Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Booker Award

OK, so first, the ice show went great!  We had a couple stumbles in our synchronized skating program, and we ended WAAAYYY early.  But all in all the show was great!


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Yesterday I was awarded the Booker Award by Angeline Trevena.  Thanks Angeline!  In order to accept this award, you have to share the top five books that you've ever read!  OK here are mine! 


1. The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd   
Set in South Carolina, 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells a story about a girl named Lily Owens, whose life is shaped around the old memory of the day her mother was killed.  This book was sooo good, I loved it!

2. Savvy, by Ingrid Law  
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. 

3.  The Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski  
Petra Kronos has a simple, happy life. But it’s never been ordinary. She has a pet tin spider named Astrophil who likes to hide in her snarled hair and give her advice. Her best friend can trap lightning inside a glass sphere. Petra also has a father in faraway Prague who is able to move metal with his mind.

4.  House of Dark Shadows, by Robert Liparulo  
When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.   They soon discover there's something odd about the house that they decide to move into. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David, Xander's brother, tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

5. Heart of a Samurai, by Margi Preus  
In 1841, a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan’s borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way.  Manjiro, a fourteen-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about this new culture. Eventually the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his home in New England.



Thanks
-Alyssa :)

30 comments:

  1. I love The Secret Life of Bees! That Heart of a Samurai book has me really intrigued. Congrats on your successful ice show (drat to the stumbles...)

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    1. I know it was soo good!! Thanks :) other than the stumbles I'm pretty happy about how we all performed :D

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  2. Thanks for following!
    Love the background btw, and your books seem interesting :)

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    1. You're welcome! Hahah and thanks! :D

      Thanks for following back! :)

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  3. Great job!! yeah no show is perfect!!))
    Yuck, I hate double axels!! then again I hate single axels too, never been my best jump. LOL wow triple toe is awesome!! Great choice in "Heart of a Samurai"!!!

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    1. Thanks!! I know double axels are so hard!! I hate them! Thanks for commenting!!! :D

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  4. Hi Alyssa! Thanks for following my blog. Those look like wonderful choices for reading. I have "The Secret Life of Bees" at home in a stack waiting to be read. You make me want to read it right now. :)

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    1. You're welcome!! Yes and you should read it! It was sooooo good! :D

      Thanks for following back! :)

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  5. Thanks for the award, Alyssa! House of Dark Shadows sounds MAD creepy... and yet I really want to read it :) The Samurai book also looks fantastic. So many good reads, so little time - gah!

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    1. You're welcome! :D Yes the House of Dark Shadows was great and suuuuper creepy!!

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  6. I've read The Secret Life of Bees which I loved. Will look up the others :)

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    1. Yeah The Secret Life of Bees was amazing!!! Thanks for visiting my blog! :D

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  7. Thanks for the award Alyssa! Really appreciate it! :)

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  8. Hi Alyssa! I love your book choices. House of Dark Shadows sounds awesome since I love Horror. Keep on reading! :-D

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    1. I like horror stories too! I love all of the suspense! :D

      Thanks for following!! :D

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  9. Thanks for these recommendations!

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      Thanks for following!! :D

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  10. I own the secret life of bees and still need to read it! The rest of these books I need to look up sometime, I love the covers :)

    Great blog, I am looking forward to reading more.

    Andrea

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      Thanks for following me too!! :D

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  11. The Secret Life of Bees is one of my favorites too! Thanks for sharing your top five.
    Catherine Denton

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      Thanks for following! :D

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  12. Hi Alyssa. Great choice on the books..I like murder/mystery/horror types of books..thanks for sharing.

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  13. Hi Alyssa,
    Nice to meet you. I was looking through Dana's blog list and found TWO Life is Good blogs so of course I had to check out the other one. I think it's awesome that you're blogging at 13 and I wish you all the best. My youngest, YellowBoy, will be 13 in October and I also have Jake (who doesn't want a "stupid blog nickname" who is 15). I completely agree with you about the Secret Life of Bees, amazing book. Have you read The Help? Loved that, too. Right now I'm reading CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's sci-fi and the sequel to CassaStar.
    I don't know if you've heard of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, but we'd love to have you join us next year. I'll leave you some info in my signature. Come visit me some time if you want to see another "Life is Good" blog.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Post A-Z Road trip!
    Co-Host of the A-Z Challenge

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    1. I haven't read The Help but I watched the movie. It was really good!! My mom just finished CassaFire (she blogs too) and she loved it!! And yes I participated in the A-Z Challenge this year, it was sooo much fun!! :)

      Thanks for following!! :D

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  14. LOVED House of Dark Shadows and the whole Dreamhouse Kings series! Every time I finished one, I said "This one's my favorite!" Nice list.

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      Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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  15. This comes to you belatedly because I have been away, promoting my book at book fairs in Chicago, IL and Waukesha, WI. Based on your recommendation, I put "Heart of a Samurai" as a must-read book on my list. I knew of Manjiro through history lessons but never read a book specifically about him. Thank you, Alyssa! Love, Grandma

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    1. Yes this book was really good!! I would highly recommend it! And you're welcome!! :D

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