Monday, January 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Tuck Everlasting

Title: Tuck Everlasting
Author: Natalie Babbitt
Published: January 20th, 2015
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux BYR
Ages: 10 – 14
Grades: 4 – 8
Pages: 192

Blessed with—or doomed to—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less of a blessing than it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

A brand-new introduction from Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, and additional bonus materials make this special edition of Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting a must-have for lovers of the book and a great way to introduce a new generation to a classic.

The 40th anniversary edition of TUCK EVERLASTING is on sale now, and the anniversary edition includes a foreword from Wicked author Gregory Maguire.

What if you could live forever?

For this blog tour, every blogger has been asked to answer the above question, and for me, it brings to mind quite a few interesting ideas. The idea of living forever is an incredibly romantic notion. Think about it, take a moment and just imagine all the things you could do if you didn't have to worry about time or getting sick.

If I could live forever, I'd... all of the books I never have time for. When you have forever, you can basically read everything. 

...learn something helpful and useful. Exactly what useful and helpful thing, I have no idea. But with so much time, I'd hope to figure out something to make my time meaningful.  

...probably watch too many movies, TV Shows...*shrugs*

...go skydiving, climb a ridiculously tall mountain, go see an active volcano up close, or do something I would normally consider completely terrifying and slightly reckless. I'd take risks I normally would never even consider. across the world. All across the US, Europe, Africa, Antarctica, South America, I'd go everywhere and anywhere. I would see every single place I could find and meet as many new people as possible. 

...learn to speak and read in multiple languages. Because wouldn't it be awesome to speak French one minute, German the next, Japanese, Greek, Latin...I'd love learn them all! 

...learn something crafty. Maybe more than one crafty hobby. I'm not nearly crafty enough, and with that much time on my hands, I'd have no excuse. 

...ultimately, decide it wasn't worth it.  I'd miss my loved ones too much. While being mortal can sometimes be scary when you think about it, knowing tomorrow is never guaranteed keeps you living to the fullest. If I was immortal, I'd have time to do a lot of great things, but I'm not sure if I would appreciate them as much as I otherwise would. Life is most fulfilling when you live it to the fullest once. Forever, however, is too long of a time to live. I think a life lived forever would only bring pain and regret, and I would never want to live a life like that.


Thanks to Mary and Macmillan, I have one paperback copy of Tuck Everlasting and one super special 40th anniversary hardcover edition of Tuck Everlasting that I would like to pass along to two of my readers. Trust me, this book is outstanding, and you should add it to your to-be-read lists.

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Follow the rest of the Tuck Everlasting blog tour here, and share your own answer to What if you could live forever on social media using #Tuck40th

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (156): ROYAL WEDDING

WOW is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot 
The Princess Diaries #11
June 2nd 2015 from William Morrow & Company

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding--but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

I basically grew up reading a handful of authors, and Meg Cabot was one of the few I would read all the time. The Princess Diaries was probably the book that introduced me to YA lit. So, I'm incredibly excited that Cabot's writing another Princess Diaries novel! Mia as an adult! This should be interesting :)

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Audiobooks I Want to Listen to This Year

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

1. SINNER: I recently finished the audiobook versions of SHIVER, LINGER, and FOREVER, so I know that this book is going to be excellent. I started it recently, and am loving it so far (such fantastic narrators).

2. PRINCESS OF THORNS: The story sounds great, and the narrator is supposed to be excellent. I have the kindle version, but I hope I can get my hands on the audio instead.

3. FOUR: I've already heard the first story, and I can't wait to get the other three from the library.

4. VERONICA MARS: MR. KISS AND TELL: A Veronica Mars story narrated by Kristen Bell. YOU CAN'T GO WRONG. The first book on audio was great, so I'm sure this will be wonderful too.

5. THE CONSPIRACY OF US: This story sounds fascinating. Definitely on my wishlist!

6. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER: I keep hearing how incredible this novel is, and I loved the movie, so I'm hoping to start this one soon.

7. DARK TRIUMPH: I loved the GRAVE MERCY audiobook, so I'm curious to see how the sequel is.

8. MORTAL HEART: Same as above!

9. HOW TO SAVE A LIFE: I started this one a couple days ago, and am liking it so far. I can see why so many readers like this author's work.

10. PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS: Already purchased, just waiting for enough free time to start listening!

Do you have any audiobook recommendations? What audiobook do you want to listen to this year? Let me know in the comments!