Monday, July 26, 2010
I'm thinking of doing a new weekly feature here on Melanie's Book Addiction. Once a week, I will post ten fun facts about an author or a book blogger. I think it's a great way to learn more about our favorite authors and book bloggers and discover new ones. :)
If you're interested in being featured in one of my "Ten Fun Facts About ________" posts, email me at melvautour(at)hotmail(dot)com.
Posted by Melanie at 2:43 PM
I blogged last night about my top 5 books from childhood and the Sweet Valley High series was #4 on my list. I just found out thanks to Addicted 2 Novels that Francine Pascal wrote Sweet Valley Confidential Ten Years Later (the book will be released on March 2011). I'm so excited to find out what Jessica, Elizabeth and their friends are up to now!!
For a chance to win a copy of the book, head on over to Addicted 2 Novels . Giveaway ends August 9th.
Oh, and that's not all! You can sign up to read the first chapter of the book here. I haven't read it yet but I plan to as soon as I'm done with this post. :D
Posted by Melanie at 12:31 PM
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Top 5 Sundays is a new weekly feature hosted by Larissa's Bookish Life and runs every Sunday.
1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Fell free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
4 - After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
CHILDHOOD & EARLY TEENAGE YEARS BOOKS
#1 The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
I first heard of the Harry Potter series when I was in 6th grade (I think!). At that time, the first three books were already out. One of our substitute teachers recommended that series to me. I ended up buying and reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (I couldn't find The Philosopher's Stone) first and I fell in love. To this date, Harry Potter is the only series I've read over and over again. Even as I get older, I still enjoy going back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. In 8th grade, our school had a book festival and I was dressed up as Hermione. "Ron", "Harry" and I were signing autographs. LOL I still remember that night like it was yesterday! It was nice feeling "famous" for a couple of hours! :D
#2 Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles, #1) by Bruce Coville
It's insane the amount of times I borrowed this book from the library. I probably read this once a month for two years. No kidding! I loved how I could get lost in another world, a world with talking unicorns! If I remember correctly, it's one of the first books I've read in one sitting.
#3 The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Oh how I loved this series! Mary Ann was my favorite because we had a few things in common. I couldn't wait to get older so I could babysit and maybe start my own club like them (that never happened!). lol
#4 The Sweet Valley High Series by Francine Pascal
I haven't read all of the books in the series but I've read quite a few. I loved Liz! Jessica, her twin sister, was just too mean for me. There was one guy I loved in the books but can't remember his name. It's a great series about friendship, love, high school life...
#5 The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
This was one of our assigned readings in 9th grade. I was probably one of the few students in the class who actually enjoyed it. I'll have to get my hands on a copy. I'd like to re-read it. I have the movie here but it's not the same. I want the book! :)
Posted by Melanie at 10:08 PM
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Title : Snowflakes : A Flurry of Adoption Stories
Author : Teresa Kelleher
Published : January 4th 2010 by Tender Loving Communications, Wyatt-MacKenzie
From Goodreads :
This collection of stories is a great overview for everyone who has a connection with adoption and for everyone who wants to learn about adoption.
It gives insights from the perspective of children and teens as well as other family members.
The book allows you a peek into life before, during and after adoption: the happy, the sad, the challenging, and the delightful. It's unique because it tells about adoption from the viewpoint of children and teens who have been adopted.
***Thanks to Teresa for the copy of her book***
I've always had an interest in adoption. During my senior year of high school, I researched the subject for a project. Why am I so eager to learn more about it? Because my dad was adopted as an infant. He always says that's one of the best gifts he ever had in life. The gift of having a wonderful family who loved and took care of him. I always love hearing my aunt recall the day she, along with my grandma and grandpa, went to the orphanage.
My dad has met his birth mother and his biological brother and sister (both were also put up for adoption as an infant as well). He's very close to his biological sister and she's even my godmother. He has never met his biological father. His biological mom told him his name and said that he was dead. To my dad's surprise, he saw a few months ago his obituary in the newspaper. He had been alive all these years!
Snowflakes : A Flurry of Adoption Stories is AMAZING. Adopted children tell their story along with their parents and siblings. While reading I had a huge smile on my face and at times, tears of joy. I'm so happy that these kids had another chance at life. It definitely makes you want to go ahead and adopt or at least think about it.
We get to read the viewpoint of those kids and teens who were fortunate to have been adopted. This collection of stories helps us understand how an adopted child feels. Some of them have to live in a different country and when they first arrived, they couldn't speak a word in English. The family and the child have to deal with some tough challenges but in the end, it's really inspiring to read how adoption touched their lives.
I recommend this book to kids who were adopted, their family, teachers, couples who are thinking of adopting or someone who wants to learn more about it... Anyone can enjoy this wonderful book.