Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pride and Prejudice - YouTube Style

Are you as much of a Jane Austen fan as I am? Well if you are, you need to watch this you tube channel!

We've all read Pride and Prejudice and seen the movie (the most amazing movie EVER) but have you ever watched a Vlog by 'Lizzie Bennet"? Well now you can! I found these the other day and spent about an hour watching it.

The story is basically a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, though video diaries by Lizzie Bennet. If you have some time on your hands I really recommend watching because they are GREAT!

Here are the first two episodes:

**Heads up** There is some cursing and suggestive comments in the future episodes.

I bet you can guess who she's talking about!

Let me know what you think about the video dairies! Do you love them as much as I do?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Layout Issues!

I just wanted to let you guys know that there is no way to get a virus from my site now. When I came home from school my computer wouldn't let me onto my blog. Honestly, I had a minor freak out. Then I realized the problem was with Shabby Blogs. I was using one of their layouts and supposedly they had been hacked.

Now the layout has been taken down and With A Book is perfectly safe.

I have one question for you guys, does this layout look okay? I don't have time to sit down and fix it right now. This is all I could do with the time I had. It will not be staying this way, but I wanted to make sure you guys thought it was okay for now. I'm not to sure.

**Update** - So today my blog had a virus and then it deleted it's self, and my layout went away. It's been such a crazy day. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone that helped me. Everything should be fixed, up and running. Let me know if you have any issues.




Guys, BEA is next week! You have no idea just how excited I am for this. I had so much fun last year and I can't wait to do it all over again. Since I have done BEA once before I can probably answer a few questions if you guys have them, but I've mostly been pointing people in direction of some great blog posts that have helped me a ton already, such as, or this vlog by Erica from The Book Cellar

Oh but one piece of advice I wanted to tell you, is for lunch. My mom and I found this cute little cafe right around the corner for the Javits Center, it's really only 3 minutes walking.  The food was really good and I even saw some authors there, but it seemed like not many people knew about it. It's just a nice place to relax for an hour if you need a break.

Now there's a few things that I'm going to try and do a little differently this year. I'm a really shy person and I didn't talk to many bloggers or publishers last year. This year my plan is to do this MUCH differently. I want to meet as many people as I possibly can. I also hope I actually stand in line with other bloggers this year. Last time I was always around librarians, and they were supper nice, but I want to meet some bloggers!

This year I'm also going to try and talk to publishers about that they majored in college and what they suggest doing. I know I'm not the only blogger my age that is curious about this. Since I'm going to be applying to colleges in the fall, and dream of working with books, I want to have a little more knowledge about this.

I'm also going to try and sneak as much footage as I can, you're not suppose to use camera's or video recorders there, but I have a flip that I got for Christmas and I REALLY want to use it.

Also I wanted to address the fact about my age and my small blog. No one has said anything directly to me but I just hate hearing other bloggers put down teenagers or small blogs. I'm getting this incredibly chance to go to the expo in NY, I'm going to take it. I like to think that I'm not one of the bloggers that go crazy, last year I didn't take that many books, only what I knew I could read. I also asked before taking, and everything people suggest to do. Just because someone's blog is small or they are young doesn't mean much.

So if you're going to BEA too, I would love to know! I really want to talk to as many bloggers as I can while there. It's an amazing experience and I want to do it right this time. If you do have a question that you haven't seen answered on someone else's blog, I'll be happy to help. I don't know how helpful I'll be but I'll try my best!

Can't wait to see all of you there :)


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Seven Tears Into The Sea

This isn't really a review. I just felt like disusing this book with you guys. 

Summary: Beckon the sea,
I'll come to thee....
Shed seven tears,
perchance seven years....
At the age of ten, Gwen Cooke had a strange encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes. He came to her on the beach, whispered strange words in her ear, and then disappeared. Shortly thereafter, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again.
Now seventeen, Gwen is returning to her childhood home. Her nana asked her to come. But Gwen knows it's time to go back for another reason: She yearns for the sea. Perhaps the sea itself is calling to her. Perhaps the memory of the boy and his haunting words are drawing her back to the place they met. Perhaps it's time for her to face her destiny.
Thoughts: I read Seven Tears Into The Sea for the first time a few years ago, I had to have been in middle school. Yet ever once in awhile, I'll just want to pick it up again. The story just gets into my head head and I'll need to visit again. Does this ever happen to anyone else? The worst part is, I don't even own the book. The first time I read it, I had picked it up from the library and ever time I wanted to reread it I just pick it up again. I really should invest in buying this book. I did the same this with Pride and Prejudice, my favorite novel, which I still don't own.

One reason I probably always go back to this novel, is probably because the ending it left out in the open. You don't know what happens next and just want the story to continue. Every time I read this novel I hope there's a different ending. Yet, it just wouldn't be the same if there was. Thats part of the magic of this book, the mystery after it's over. 

Anyway, back to Seven Tears Into the Sea. This novel just had characters and a story that sucked you in. The romance makes you swoon, and the emotion makes you cry. You can smell the salt water as you read and feel Gwen feels. Terri Farley's writing was perfect. I really wish she would write another young adult novel. 

For anyone who enjoys books about mysterious sea creatures, summer romance, or just a great story you'll want to pick this one up. However, I feel like I should warn you to pick up a box of tissues too, you're going to need them. 

Go read Seven Tears Into The Sea


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Selection: Character Videos

I ran into these videos on Youtube. It's the author of The Selection acting out some of her characters. I love Kiera Cass's video's and I really need to pick up the Selection soon. I've heard it's great!

This are great right? I just thought I would share them with you in case you haven't seen them yet. :)

Have a great Tuesday guys :)


(P.S. - this is a quick post because I'm starting my first day of work today! Nothing exciting, just a sale's associate at a sneaker store, but wish me luck!)

Monday, May 21, 2012

In My Mailbox (78) *A day late*

IMM is hosted and created by The Story Siren

For Review: (From Around The World ARC Tours)

Lucky Fools
This book is about a guy who is torn between a college decision and I can really relate to that since I'm going crazy thinking about colleges and I still have one more year left. But unlike the main character of this book, I didn't think I'll be getting into Julliard or Stanford anytime soon. 

Blackwatch (Wintercraft, #2)
So I got this one in the mail this week. I'm not a hundred percent sure what to do with it yet. It's a sequel and I have yet to read the first one. Actually, I've never even heard of the first one. The reviews on good reads seem pretty good and the plot seems really interesting, so I might have to pick it up. If not I'll be donating this book to someone who's read the first one or to the tour above. Does anyone know if this series is worth reading? 


The Road to Paradise Island
My grandma gave me this one to read, and she said it was really good, so I'll be reading this one soon. The summary actually sounds really good, you should go check it out on goodreads. Historical Romance, nothing better then that :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Traveling Book Box!

The Traveling Book Box is hosted by Erika from Moonlight Book Reviews. It is basically a box of books that travels around to book bloggers. You take out the books you want and replace them with your own books. It's such a great idea and so much fun! You can find out more information about, or sign up for the Traveling Book Box here.

**Update -- Didn't realize I was chewing gum. Sorry about that...

Got some amazing books! Can't wait to read them :)

The box is officially sent out and on it's way to the next person!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In My Mailbox (77)

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
I bought this one the day it came out. I have been in love with this series since the first book came out. I love the sarcasm, humor, romance, and action all action into these pretty books. 

I also got the Traveling Book Box this week! My post for that will be up later today or tomorrow. :) I got some amazing books from it and can't wait to send it off to the next person. 

Happy Mothers Day!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Wither (audio book)

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)Wither (audio book)
by Lauren Destefano
Read by: Angela Lin

Summary: After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

Review: This is one book that took me awhile to actually pick up and read. Actually I didn't even picked it up to read. I choose to listen to it as my first audio book. Well it might have been the only one at the library when I went to pick up an audio book, but I'm glad it was. Wither is such a great story! I was addicted. Most of the time I didn't want to get out of the car, I wanted to keep listening. 

Why did I want to try an audio book? Well, I just got my first car and my license so I thought I would put one in since I couldn't figure out my radio. This happened to be the one I picked up. My first opinion of this audio book was boring. The narrator seemed to have no emotion. Everything was read in monotone. I almost stopped listening to it. But after a few chapters it started to pick up and I got addicted to the story. I wanted to know what would happen to Rhine and her sister wives. (Yes sister wives, it was a bit weird for me too at first). 

Lauren Destefano created this scary world where everyone dies at twenty or twenty-five. Girls are taken off the streets to be wives, and forced to have children. Yet, everything was so descriptive and beautiful. At times I wish I lived in the orange grove at Lindon's manson. The character's in the novels were also well-rounded. They had there flaws, and ones that you start off hating end up being your favorites. Such as Cecily.  

Wither also had a love triangle. This one actually didn't bother me much. Rhine was married to Lindon, but she was forced into it. I don't think she would ever be able to love him after that. I wouldn't. Then there is Gabriel who was there when she needed someone. While I liked Lindon, he didn't know what he was doing wrong, I will always be team Gabriel. 

There was only one other problem I had with the audio book. It is also with the narrator, sometimes I couldn't tell when Rhine was saying something or thinking it. I didn't get quotation marks like reading and the narrator's voice didn't change much. Other then that I really enjoyed listening. I'll be picking up another one soon, but I'll probably read Fever instead. Audio books just take to long to listen to. 

What do you think of audio books? 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: Pandemonium

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Pandemonium
By: Lauren Oliver

Summary: I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, 
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Review: This has to one of the most anticipated novels of 2012. I know I have been dying for it since I read Delirium, especially after that insane cliff hanger it left us with, and I know most readers felt the same way. It took me a few months to pick up Pandemonium and I think it's because  I was scared to read it. Delirium was one of my favorite novels and I just didn't know if Pandemonium could top it. However, i really enjoyed it.

Pandemonium kept you addicted and reading until the very last page. Just like Delirium, it's a hard novel to put down. Once you start you just have to read the whole thing. How the novel went back and forth from past and present in each chapter helped. The past took place right after Delirium ends and present is the a year or so later. At first it was a bit confusing but once I got into the book, I just couldn't stop. 

Pandemonium was also much, much different then Delirium. The writing and world had a whole different feel then Delirium. Which wasn't such a bad thing. Yes there was much less romance but you can probably realize why, if you read the first novel. Pandemonium was more action packed and suspenseful then Delirium. 

Now there's only one thing in this novel that I didn't enjoy. The cliff hanger at the end. It was much worse then the one in Delirium, if that's even possible. Just to give you guys a heads up. You're going to need it. I might even suggest waiting until closer to the next novel's release date to pick this one up. The cliff hanger is HUGE. 

Overall Pandemonium was great and if your a fan of Delirium it is a must read. Also if you have yet to read Delirium I would really suggest reading it. It's still one of my favorite books.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen, #2)

Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human - and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss. With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead .
AHHH I'm so excited for this sequel! Infinite Days was one the first ARC's that I read and it was just amazing. It also has been the longest wait for the sequel yet. 2 years! I'm going to have to reread this one. There is so much that I forgot about Infinite Days.

Anyone else excited for this sequel?


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books

Meme from  The Broke and the Bookish

I haven't done this meme in forever but when I saw this weeks, I just couldn't resit. I love book quotes so much, mostly romantic and funny ones.

Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books (In no order)

1. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” - Pride and Prejudice 

2. "Don't think or judge, just listen." - Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

3. “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?' 
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself." 
..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland." 
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.” 
― Cassandra Clare

4. “There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”  - Cassandra Clare

5. “There is darkness in light, there is pain in joy, and there are thorns on the rose.” - Cate Tiernan

6.  “What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.” - Scott Westerfeld 

7.  “Yelena, you've driven me crazy. You've caused me considerable trouble and I've contemplated ending your life twice since I've known you." Valek's warm breath in my ear sent a shiver down my spine.

"But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

“That sounds more like a poison than a person,” was all I could say. His confession had both shocked and thrilled me.

“Exactly,” Valek replied. “You have poisoned me.”

--Maria V. Snyder

8. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”  - Harper Lee (To Kill A Mocking Bird) 

9. “You love me. Real or not real?"
I tell him, "Real.” - Suzanne Collins

10.  “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” - Sarah Dessen

There are so much more. But those are 10 of my favorites. I have a little box in the left side bar if you want to see more. 

Leave a comment with a link to your Top Ten or just put your favorite quote there, I love reading them :)


Monday, May 7, 2012

In My Mailbox (76)

ARGH. blogger didn't post this one as scheduled again. So frustrated, so here's my IMM a day late. My review of Pandemonium will have to be pushed to Thursday.

For Review:
This one sounds really interesting and I'm excited to start it. Yet,  I haven't heard much about it so I hope it will be good. 

gslhghadljfgjieerijrgjddg I just finished this one. It was so good. This has to be one of my favorite series. 

What did you get last week?


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Releases That I Can't Wait To Get My Hands On...

Now I was going to do a regular WoW, and actually it was already scheduled to be posted. Just like my Pandemonium Review yesterday but for some reason Blogger just refuses to let my posts be posted (seriously considering switching to a new server...) Anyway to get my mind off of all this craziness I thought I would try something different and fun.

So many books that were just released I just can't wait to get my hands on, so I thought I would share those with you...

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
AHHHHHH! Divergent's sequel, my all time favorite book from 2011. I have no idea how I have not picked this one up yet. I would get it on my Kindle but I want a physical copy to sit next to my beautiful copy of Divergent. As soon as I have time *hopefully this weekend* I will be driving to the closet book store and then devouring this novel. 

This one came out last week and is a 2012 Debut that I'm dying to read. Mystery, romance, reincarnation, what's not to love? Maybe I'll pick this one up when I get Insurgent, (well, if my wallet allows me to...).

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls Series #5)
This one came out in March but I have yet to pick it up. I'm a huge fan of this series, it's just something fun to pick up and enjoy. I'm going to be very sad when this one ends. 

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire Series #2)
Angelfire was SO GOOD. Plus this one has been out since January. Where have I been? 

The Selection (The Selection, #1)
I've been so excited for this book since I met Kiera Cass at BEA in 2011. She's just a nice person and I love her youtube videos. It also helps that The Selection sounds AMAZING. 

These are the books I'm hoping to pick up really soon. What have you been dying to buy? 


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