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Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July from Stiletto Storytime

“I thank god for my life
And for the stars and stripes
May freedom forever fly, let it ring.
Salute the ones who died
The ones that give their lives so we don`t have to sacrifice
All the things we love”

-Zac Brown Band

I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend with their families, also keeping in mind our troops at home and abroad and their families past and present.

And if in the meantime you need some recommendations for  “Stylish Summer Reading” check out my article for Wink Magazine’s Summer 2010 issue.


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Take a Reading Vacation

Summer is here and so is time for Summer Reading! It’s a great time for kids, tweens and teens to take the time to read for fun and also to read books of their own choosing that they might not have had time for during the school year. Your local library and even bookstores such as Barnes and Noble also even offer great incentives for kids and adults to read during the summer. Usually around this time I write a post promoting Summer Reading but this year I decided to let Melina from Reading Vacation guest post. Who better to tell kids why to read and what they might want to read than an amazingly well read tween book blogger? As a children’s librarian I know the weight a recommendation from another kid can carry so without further ado…welcome Melina!



[2009_06_27_1152.JPG] Summer is the perfect time to get your reading on!  If you are a student like me, it’s hard to find free time during the school year, but summer opens up so many more reading opportunities.  I am taking full advantage of this break from school to FEED MY NEED TO READ!

A lot of adults think that tweens and teens hate reading.  They think that we would rather be playing video games or texting our friends.  Yeah, those are popular activities, but I will let you in on a little secret – most of us LOVE to read.  The problem is, most tweens and teens don’t look past the most popular titles or the books that have become movies.  You know, they think it wouldn’t be cool to read an unpopular book.

Ah, but that is where book review blogs come in.

Since I started my blog a few months ago, I have found out about (and read) a huge stack of books that I would never have known about otherwise.  Not only that, but I have also been able to narrow down my book choices by reading the reviews of bloggers who share my taste.  In case you are wondering, I prefer girlie books, mysteries, historical fiction, paranormal, fantasy, nothing too overly violent …. Woops, got a little off track there.

The point is, tweens and teen enjoy reading as long as the books capture their attention and win their hearts.  They just need a little nudge to get them looking at the right bookshelf so-to-speak.

I put together a little list of some favorite books that I have recently read and LOVED.  It looks like the only genre missing is romance.  Remember, I’m a little young for too much of that for now.

Heist Society by Ally Carter: Download Cover

Adventure ~  Heist Society by Ally Carter

Supernatural ~  Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

Girlie ~  The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

Historical Fiction ~  Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa: Download Cover

Fantasy ~  The Iron Fey Seriesby Julie Kagwa (The Iron King is on bookshelves, Winter’s Passage is available online, and The Iron Daughter releases August 1st, 2010)

Tween ~  Karma Bites by Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas (releases August 16th 2010)

If are looking to read something a little different, then check out some other book review blogs for recommendations.  There are plenty of tween and teen book bloggers out there who would just love to tell you about a great book.

If you are a parent, please don’t let anyone know where you heard about the little secret I shared earlier.

Enjoy your Reading Vacation!

– Melina of Reading Vacation

Thanks Melina. It’s wonderful to have such a voracious reader and great blogger guest post. The fact that you are only ten still amazes me on a regular basis! Thanks for guest posting on Stiletto Storytime! If you are looking for great recommendations and reviews from the tween point of view make sure to check out the Reading Vacation Blog.


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Twenties Girl- Review

I just finished Sophie Kinsella’s new book Twenties Girl and boy was it a fun read! Nothing like a nice upbeat book to perk you up! And this one has everything: style, glamour and a ghost! Who could ask for more?  I think this would make a wonderful romantic comedy if done right! In fact I am about to watch Confessions of a Shopaholic tonight which I read a few years back. I love it when a great book can be brought to life but it is so bad when it gets ruined! That’s why I always read the book first!  Twenties Girl has some great characters and a really fast moving plot which grabs you from the very beginning.  Give it a try…it would be a great beach read or a fun travel pick for any last minute summer vacations! Check out the summary below to see if this one would be good for you!

” Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?
When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie–a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance–mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she’s just been dumped by the “perfect” man.  Sadie, however, could care less.   Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.”


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Sensational Summer of Books

It’s true..I have neglected my posting but it has been for a great reason! I have simply been devouring some wonderful new books this month. Just one after another have held me in their spell! So I have decided to simply compile a list of some wonderful summer reading for anyone interested. I would highly recommend any of these titles for a great read!

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Always an adventure with Lisa See)

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells (For all us Southern Girls)

Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (Strong suggestion for fellow Janeites)

Secret Keepers by Mindy Friddle

The Seance by John Harwood (Gothic done right)

Thanks for the Memories by Cecilia Ahern

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The Actor and the Housewife- Review

“What if you were to meet the number-one person on your laminated list—you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you’d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance? And of course since it’ll never happen it doesn’t matter… Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity hearththrob Felix Callahan. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later, something has happened…though nothing has happened. It isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. H er children roll their eyes. Her neighbors gossip endlessly. But Felix and Becky have something special…something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it? A magical story, The Actor and the Housewife explores what could happen when your not-so-secret celebrity crush walks right into real life and changes everything.”

I have to say that while I found this book to be a little far-fetched I still loved it and would recommend it to anyone for some light, fun summer reading. Shannon Hale’s Austenland was also kind of far-fetched but I guess as a Janeite I have better suspension of belief when it comes to all things Austen! The Actor and the Housewife is a big a “what if” story that seems impossible to happen but I still enjoyed the fast moving plot and her unique characters. Becky cracks me up with her over the top mom/housewife personality by she is completely loveable from the first page. Funny, sweet and yet in some ways very poignant The Actor and the Housewife in the end makes us all questions what our dream life really is and what we actually hold most dear.

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Summer Reading for Girls

Summer is upon us and it’s time again for Summer Reading! Make sure you sign up at your local library! No matter the age of your children most libraries will have an appropriate program from birth to teens. Book stores often also have Summer Reading Programs such as Barnes and Noble where kids can earn a free book just by reading. If you have girls in the 8-12 age range below are two great choices for their summer reading lists! Plus they are both part of great series so if your girls like them…there are more to enjoy!

As usual I cannot say enough about The Mother Daughter Book Club series. The latest Much Ado About Anne features the girls reading the classic Anne of Green Gables. I first read this book last fall and I have to admit I have read it again since then after re-reading Anne of Green Gables. The series is such a great way for kids to read classics with a modern fiction companion. Also with four great main characters-there is a character for every girl to identify with in some way! Keep a watch out for future volumes as well…I hear Heather Vogel Frederick has some great plans for the series! Below is a description for Much Ado About Anne:

“Drama is required reading in this spirited sequel to The Mother-Daughter Book Club, as the mothers have a big surprise in store for Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan:  They’ve invited snooty Becca Chadwick and her mother to join the book club!  But there are bigger problems when Jess finds out that her family may have to give up Half Moon Farm.  In a seventh grade year filled with Anne of Green Gables, skating parties, a mother-daughter camping trip, and a high-stakes fashion show, the girls realize that it’s only through working together — Becca included — that they can save Half Moon Farm.”

Another great series for girls is Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot. I think this series is great especially for those younger girls who are just now moving into longer chapter books. Allie is a great character that most girls will love! She’s funny, girly and very fashion forward! Also she deals with a lot of common problems facing kids such as bullying, making new friends and moving to a new place. There are three great titles so far in the series. I just finished The New Girl and am looking forward to reading Best Friends and Drama Queens next. Also check out the Scholastic site for the series which has some great games, contests and more! Below is a description for Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl:

“Allie Finkle is the new girl at Pine Heights Elementary, and she’s very excited. She already knows she likes her new fourth grade teacher Mrs. Hunter, and she’s already friends with classmates Erica, Caroline, and Sophie. There is only one fly in the ointment of Allie’s perfect new life: one of the girls in Allie’s new class, Rosemary, doesn’t like her. In fact, Rosemary says she’s going to beat Allie up after school.  Everybody around Allie tells her their rules for dealing with bullies. But which are the right ones to follow?”

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A Sizzling Summer of Reading

I was looking today at my list of YA and Adult books that are coming out this summer and I am super excited. Because they are fun and flirty this summer! If you haven’t got these jotted down…make a note and get on the request list early at your local library! I know when I am on the beach this summer some of these will be in my bag!
May 1: Airhead by Meg Cabot
(P.S. Head to Meg Cabot’s site for a chance at a free Advanced Reader’s Copy. I got one and can’t wait to read it and she sends you a real nice email with it!)
May 6: The Host by Stephenie Meyer (her first adult novel)
May 8: Gossip Girl: The Carlyles Series #1 by Cecily Von Ziegesar
May 27: Pretty Little Liars: Unbelievable by Sarah Shepard
June 3: Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Ann Godbersen
Aug 2: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Aug 26: Identical by Ellen Hopkins
That should keep us all busy this summer!

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