Happy New Year

Let the reading begin!!! Here is to another year filled with amazing new reads and reacquainting with some old favorites. I cannot wait to dig into my reading pile that is literally taller than I am. I have many challenges set for me this year and I hope to accomplish all that I have obliged myself to complete. Rock on 2009

2009 Young Adult Book Challenge

Ok, here is another challenge that I have signed up for. My reading tastes have changed in the past year and I found myself reading more and more YA novels. It first began as a project to screen books for my godchild, but now I truly adore them. I have a huge pile already in front of me ready to go and I hope that I am able to complete the task at hand. I don't believe that it will be a difficult challenge for me.

Guidelines for 2009 Young Adult Book Challenge

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 Young Adult novels. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.
4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.

You can sign up at J. Kaye’s Book Blog here or click on the logo. Cheers!

Here is my list, in no particular order:

1. You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay 1/20/09
2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
3. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
4. Wintergirls by Laurie halse Anderson
5. A King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby
6. The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
7. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr 2/01/09
8. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare 1/26/09
9. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
10.Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
11.Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
12.Intertwined by Gena Showalter
13.My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
14. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
15.Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
16.Evermore by Alyson Noel 2/2/2009
17.The Season by Sarah MacLean 2/16/09
18.Wings by Aprilynne Pike 3/1/09
This list is 90% solid, but some may change due to all the amazing YA books that are coming out this year.

Audio Book Challenge

I've become an audio book addict on my way to and from work. So, this seemed like a good one for me. J.Kaye's Book Blog is hosting this one. You can join by clicking the the audio book challenge image. Here's some info about the challenge:

Here are the guidelines:
1) You can join anytime as long as you don’t start listening to your books prior to 2009.
2) This challenge is for 2009 only. The last day to have all your books read is December 31, 2009.
3) You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.
4) When you sign up under Mr. Linky, list the direct link to your post where your audiobooks will be listed. If you list just your blog’s URL, it will be removed. If you don’t have a blog, leave the URL blank.
5) You do not have to list your books ahead of time. If you decide to, you can change them as you go.
6) Our goal is to listen to 12 audiobooks in 2009. No need to list your books now. You can do so as you go.
7) Feel free to post a link to your reviews in the comment section below. That way, we can visit your blog and read your review.

I will list my choices as I go along...
1. Marked by PC and Kristin Cast. 1/16/09
2. Betrayed by PC and Kristin Cast. 1/23/09
3. Cursed by PC and Kristin Cast. 1/27/09
4. Untamed by PC and Kristin Cast 1/30/09
5. Frostbite by Richelle Mead 2/ 03/09
6. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead 2/ 10/09
7. Pride by Rachel Vincent 2/28/09
8. The Adoration of Jenna Fox
9. The Fetch by
10. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.


Books Inc. Opera Plaza
Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm
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Hello, fellow readers! Look at the upcoming events in our marvelous SF Bay Area for next year. There are some events that are coming out that I cannot post about yet, but believe me when I tell you they are made of awesome.

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, January 15 @ 7pm

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Saturday, January 16 time TBD

Books INC. in San Francisco
Monday, January 18



Boderlands in San Francisco
Saturday, February 28 TBD



Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, March 6 @ 2pm

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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