LAST CHANCE...SALE e-reads on Amazon for your Kindle!

Today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of February's batch of SALE BOOKS for your kindle...courtesy of Amazon.com

Below are some of my favorites...just click on the book to purchase!  Happy Reading!!
FEED by M.T. Anderson
This book is SUPER POPULAR with my high school readers!!
Blurb from Amazon:  Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
This is a wonderful read...I really enjoyed it!
Blurb from Amazon:  New York Times best-selling author Jessica Park mines the territory of love’s growing pains with wit, sharp insights, and a discernible heat and heartbeat. 
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Gorgeous cover...fantastic read.
Blurb from Amazon: Beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns with the most epic and ambitious novel of her career—a breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week I will be sharing my Top Ten Auto-Authors!  We all have them...those authors we stalk at used-book stores...those authors we pre-order...those authors we read "no questions asked".  Here are MINE :)

  1. John Green - a no-brainer...LOVE his works.  Looking For Alaska was my first John Green book, and therefore it always will hold a special place in my heart :)
  2. Sarah Fine - new author...FANTASTIC author.  She is SO wicked smart it's crazy.  Her debut novel Sanctum: Guards of the Shadowlands is one of my top five all-time favorite books.  'Nough said :)
  3. Sarah Dessen - her books just make me happy
  4. Kieran Scott - I loved her He Said/She Said trilogy and can't wait to see what she writes next!  I'm new to her work, so I'm excited to go back and read her earlier books!  Yeah!!
  5. Miranda Kenneally - such a witty writer...love her sense of humor.  I'll read anything she writes :)

Well...these are the FIVE authors on Auto-Buy for me.  Sorry...don't have TEN at this point. 

Who are YOU stalking?  What authors do YOU keep on Auto-Buy? Perhaps YOUR favorite will become one of MY favorites!!   I'm excited to hear from you!!  Happy Reading!!  ~Amie Beamer

Inspired Fridays: FONTS

Inspired Fridays is a weekley meme hosted by my friends over @ INKK Reviews They love to showcase what inspires fellow book bloggers...projects we have done, sweet libraries or book nooks, etc. Here is my inspiration for the week... :)

My name is Amie Beamer.  I am addicted to fonts.  It has been 18 hours since my last use of a novelty font.

Who's with me?  I think there is a whole society of us out there.  We secretly hunt down unique fonts to portray a mood...fonts to make a point...fonts to grab your attention.  In fact, I would go so far as to label myself a font snob.  If something is written in Comic Sans...I don't read it.  Don't judge me :)  

Here are some recent Pinterest posts that showcase different fonts...enjoy!!  PS - what's your favorite font (currently?)  I'd have to say pupcat is my favorite today :)  I'd love to hear from you!   Happy Friday!!  Enjoy your weekend and happy reading :)








You Didn't Like the Book...Now What???


Hello fellow book blogging buddies :)  I am conflicted...and need the collective help of this incredible community.

What do you do when you DON'T like a book?  More specifically...when you don't like a REVIEW copy of a book?

I'm in a rut...haven't finished the last two books I started...just couldn't do it.  Below is what I did...but I'm wondering if it's the correct way to handle things?  What do you all do?  Help!!  :)

BOOKS I DO NOT FINISH:

GOODREADS
  • I do not give the book a rating
  • I mark the book as "read" and as "Did Not Finish"
  • My comments are "DNF...no review"  
MY BLOG
  • I don't post a review
  • Essentially it's like I never read the book
NETGALLEY/LIBRARYTHING
  • I leave a comment saying I didn't finish the book, and therefore no review will follow
OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA
  • I don't post/tweet/list anything else about the book

***I think I'm comfortable with how I handle DNF books??  Decisive, I know :)  Thoughts??***

BOOKS I DID NOT LIKE, BUT DID FINISH:

GOODREADS
  • Rate with 1 or 2 stars
  • Leave review stating what I didn't like about the book
MY BLOG/ALL OTHER OUTLETS
  • Post review stating what I didn't like about the book

PLEASE NOTE...this post isn't about leaving negative reviews.  

It's about what YOU do/don't do when you don't like a book and/or don't finish a book.  
I'd love to hear from you!!!

Thanks...and Happy Reading!!  ~Amie





Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten YA Book Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week I will be sharing my Top Ten Characters in a specific genre...for me, that's YA books!

OK...as I wrote down the first ten characters I thought of, I saw a trend.  I listed exactly TWO types of characters...leading men from my favorite series, and minor characters.  Too funny :)  So, I will be dividing my list as follows: top five leading men...top five side-kicks!

Top Five Leading Men (from YA series):

1. Malachi from Sanctum: Guards of the Shadowlands (series to follow) by Sarah Fine - Tall, dark, handsome, dangerous, tender, lonely, troubled, hopeful...I could go on forever.  LOVE HIM.

2. Keenan from The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr - totally swoon-worthy...dark and dangerous

3. Stark from The House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast - ummmmm...yummmmm...

4. Ky from Matched trilogy by Ally Condie - loved his checkered past...and the silent-type thing he has going on :)

5. Edward from Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer - I know, I know...most everyone is sick of him...but I couldn't get enough of Edward when I was reading the books!

Top Five Side-Kick Characters in YA Books:

1. Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green - I haven't enjoyed a character this much in a long time...I wish he were my friend!!

2. Jesse from The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher - another character I enjoyed SO much...again, wish we were friends!!!

3. Roux from Also Known As by Robin Benway - She's awesome.  I wish I were that cool :)

4. Alice Cullen from Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer - SO incredible...SO fun...SO unique...SO cool!!  

5. Cinna from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins - what a cool job!!  

So...what about YOU?!  Who are YOUR favorites?!  Let me know!!  ~Happy Reading :)


Inspired Friday: Don't Mess With Books!

Inspired Fridays is a weekley meme hosted by my friends over @ INKK Reviews They love to showcase what inspires fellow book bloggers...projects we have done, sweet libraries or book nooks, etc. Here is my inspiration for the week... :)

To those who know me, it's no surprise I'm addicted to Pinterest signs/quotes/sayings/etc.  This week, one of those signs really spoke to me...and wanted to share it with you.

This is SO true for me.  And I know it's supposed to be cute/funny...and it is.  BUT...it also speaks to me on a deeper level.  Books are VITAL to my being.  They define such a large part of me...my job, my hobby, my passion, my relaxation, my escape, my children.  And truly, when someone "messes" with any one of those things...the fightin' claws come out!  

I like this saying so much, I am incorporating it into a sign for my library :)

What inspires YOU?  Have a great weekend!  ~Amie

BOOK REVIEW: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Title: Also Known As
Author: Robin Benway
Published: expected release date February 26th, 2013
Source: eARC from publisher via NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

Mrs. Beamer's review:
This is the type of book I hope my daughter grows up liking to read.  It's light but clever...funny while still touching on some serious topics...and leaves you feeling GOOD.  While I was prepared for much more "meat" around the spy storyline, I wasn't disappointed that it was lacking.  I found the focus on the teen characters enjoyable...and applaud Ms. Benway for creating such lovable, flawed individuals for us to love :)

For me, the females stole the show in this book.  Maggie is perfect as a spy-turned-high school student trying to find her way...while Roux is the PERFECT compliment to her.  By far my favorite relationship in the book :)  And Maggie's mom makes more appearances than most parents do in YA novels I've read...loved it!

If you are looking for a book that makes you laugh out loud and leaves you wanting more...this is the book for you!  I highly recommend it to all teens and look forward to buying it for my high school library.  I know it will fly off the shelf!

Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 0
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 1
Drugs/Alcohol: 1
Potential Controversial Topics: none
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: middle school




Meet the Author!
I'm the author of "Audrey, Wait!" and "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June." My new book "Also Known As" will be released on February 26, 2013. I live in Los Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I've gotten a lot better at cooking. I still love coffee. We should be friends.

Top Ten Tuesday: Romances!

OK...by far my favorite TTT topic :)  We all know I'm a hopeless romantic.  Here are my top ten book romances of all time...those loves so unique, enticing, timeless, etc I don't need to refer to the book to remember in detail.  Counting down to the best book romance EVER...get ready to swoon!

10. Tally & Zane from The Pretties series by Scott Westfeld

9. Ash & Seth & Keenan from the Wickedly Lovely series by Melissa Marr

8. Bella & Edward from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer 


7. Cassia & Ky from the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie


6. Tris & Four/Tobias from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth


5. Julia & Gabriel from Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard


4. Zoey & ??? (I'm not ruining the series for you if you haven't read it yet!!) from the House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast



3. Lela & Malachi from Sanctum: Guards of the Shadowlands by Sarah Fine

2. Allie & Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Spark

1. Scarlett & Rhett from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell  

Happy (early!) Valentine's Day!  Happy Reading!!

Lovin' New Book Bloggers!



...*sigh*
...it's the week of Valentine's Day
...and I want to spend it with YOU!!!

I want to celebrate all the NEW book bloggers out there!  I started this blog October 15th, 2012
I'm a BABY in this crazy world!  
Are YOU a new book blogger?  If you answer "yes" to any 
of the questions below...
I'm thinking you qualify :)

Is your book blog less than 1 year old?

Do you have less than 200 followers (GFC, twitter, Goodreads, etc.)?

Are you overwhelmed by in awe of all the established giants out there in the book blog community?

I want to hear from you!  I want to spread some book blog love your way!  

Do you have ideas you want to bounce off someone?  

Do you want to share stories with others in your newbie position?  

Do you need a virtual hug?  

Do you have questions you want to ask, but feel uncomfortable putting them out there for the entire book blogging world?

Let's help each other!  Let's succeed TOGETHER!!  Some initial ideas...

  • I would LOVE to create a BLOG ROLL comprised entirely of NEW BOOK BLOGS.  Leave me a comment with a link to your blog button!
  • I would LOVE a twitter list of NEW BOOK BLOGS.
  • Perhaps a Goodreads group of NEW BOOK BLOGS...
  • IDEAS FROM YOU!!!
Comment away and let me know what you think!!  I'm super excited to get to know all of you...and...Happy Valentine's Day from ReadingYA!!!



Inspired Friday: Get That Library!


Inspired Fridays is a weekley meme hosted by my friends over @ INKK  They love to showcase what inspires us...projects we have done, sweet libraries or book nooks, etc.

My inspiration this Friday...the gorgeous library in "Beauty and the Beast".  Below are two of my favorite references to this most magical of places :)



What inspires YOU?!  Have a great weekend!  Happy Reading!!

Kindle Daily Deal: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Today you can snag this Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month (Aug 2012) for 83% off!  LOVE THAT DISCOUNT :)

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten "Bookish" Memories!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week I will be sharing my Top Ten "Bookish" Memories!

Reading to my children.  This beats them all :)  NOTHING like it...  We had ALL these "That's Not My..." books (actually, we had more!)
The first time each of my children begged to stay up later so they could keep reading a book...of COURSE I said "yes" :)
Staying up late myself as a child reading until my eyes burned!
The tiny public library in Greenford, Ohio...practically lived there as a child!  
That moment (for me it was in college) when I realized I could READ for a LIVING and decided to go to library school to become a librarian :)
Reading "Les Miserables" in high school.  This solidified my love for reading.  It was the first "grown up" book I read and I felt so accomplished!
Landing my current job as high school librarian at my local school district...DREAM COME TRUE...
Standing in line at my first big book signing...Tom Clancy was worth it!
Realizing there was a whole blog world out there full of book lovers just like me...and then launching my own book blog!

Receiving a signed copy of "Sanctum: Guards of the Shadowlands", from my favorite YA author Sarah Fine, as a direct result of this blog :)


Wow!  That was HARD!!  I can think of SOOOOOOO many other wonderful bookish memories.  It's difficult to stop at just ten...but I will :)  

"Reading is an addiction I adore..."

~Happy Reading!





BOOK REVIEW: 15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins

Title:  15 Days Without a Head
Author:  Dave Cousins
Expected U.S. Release Date:  May 8th, 2013 by Flux
Source:  eARC from publisher

From Goodreads:
A compelling US debut about family, forgiveness, and hope

Despite having a depressed alcoholic mother and a little brother who's convinced he's a dog, fifteen year-old Laurence Roach is trying to live a normal life. But when his mom doesn't come home after work one night, Laurence is terrified that child services will find out she's gone and separate him from his brother.

For two weeks, Laurence does whatever he can to keep her disappearance a secret. Spinning a web of complicated lies for friends, neighbors, and the authorities, Laurence even dresses like his mother to convince everyone she's still around. By following clues, the brothers are finally able to track down their mother's whereabouts. And that's when the real trouble begins in this powerful story about what it means to be a family.


Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I read this book straight through in one sitting.  It's a solid 3.5 stars for me.  I thought the writing was superb.  While the subject matter  is depressing, I felt the author did a good job providing a few lighthearted moments.  I never felt like I needed to put the book down to give myself an emotional break.  

Two things I wasn't sold on...
Mina.  I liked her well enough.  BUT...I never felt I really knew her.  I wanted to know about her background.  Why does she interact with Laurence the way she does?  What is she all about?  I wanted to know more.
The Game Show.  I just wasn't that interested in this part of the storyline.  I understand its place in the story...but I found myself skimming most of those scenes.

What I loved loved loved about this book was the relationship between Laurence and his younger brother.  THAT hit me in my gut.  Mr. Cousins created such a complex and beautiful character in Laurence.  In fact, the book read more like a character study than a novel at times.  I highly recommend this book to all my high school students.  This book tackles some serious topics while keeping the material teen-appropriate.  And, the writing is SO GOOD I'm certain anyone who starts this book will not be able to put it down until they are done :)  Amazing debut novel Mr. Cousins.


Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 0
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 0
Drugs/Alcohol: 1
Potential Controversial Topics: none
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: high school