Extra! Extra! 24

Extra! Extra! is my weekly Sunday post featuring brand new additions to my TBR pile as well as other exciting blog news.

This Sunday I'm linking up to Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Bloggiesta Update:

I'm a participant in Bloggiesta and I'm also hosting a challenge about stepping outside your blogging comfort zone.  If you're feeling blah about blogging, go take a peek!

One of my challenges for myself is being less shy -- my family calls me The Hermit. Friday and Saturday I attended the KidLitCon 2012. It was a little scary but also so much fun and I can't wait to tell you about it. I'm working up a post now!

My other Bloggiesta goal is to update my post archive AND get some blog posts up on Goodreads AND work on some new ideas that I have for posts.  That's my to-do list for today!

What Happened On the Blog This Week?


Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally:  Read my unabashed gushing about this one here.

Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant: Did I think this sci-fi thriller was out of this world?

Current giveaways:

This week's winners:

Myra @ Pieces of Whimsy won my ARC of What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang in the September 18 Hot Off the Presses Givewaway. She's a new Aussie blogger-- please go check out her blog :)

Natalie -- another international winner -- won my All These Things I've Done giveaway.  And ...

Laceyblossom won Freebie Friday! She chose Crown of Embers by Rae Carson, which I'm sure she will love!

Cursing Challenge:This week's topic on Freebie Friday was profanity in YA. I had a little quiz about fake-swearing and asked you guys to tell me which YA books use these faux-curses:

1. Frex
2. Coit
3. Bleep
4. Fug
5. Shunting

Two of my readers  (Eleonor and PepsiVanilla) offered up the answers I intended:

Frex- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Coit - A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Bleep- Paranormalcy Series by Kiersten White
Fug- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Shunting - Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Veronika, April H and Isa also answered every question, and thought that some of these words might be used in books I haven't read  (Spoiled, The Maze Runner, On the Road and Gone Away World.)

Special bonus points to Makix for guessing The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer for #4. Yes, back in the 1940s, Mailer's publisher convinced him to replace the f-bomb with "fug" in this book. Bah to all those people who claim that YA readers don't read the classics!

More fake swearing:

Fragg - Black City by Elizabeth Richards

News of the Weird:

Best spam comment: "Shoes made a big comeback last year, so that you can find a wide range of styles, including with a heel murderer of slouchy."

Best Google search that led to my blog:

Sorry -- I would say my blog is one of the last places you might find this out. But I'm glad you stopped by!


A post about KidLitCon 2012

Reviews!  I'm still moving my calendar around, so I'm not 100% sure what those will be :)

A brand-new Hot Off the Presses where you can link your reviews of new YA, read other people's thoughts, and yes, there's a giveaway!

Can't wait to see you there!

Tell me what you're up to these days ... or leave a link and I'll visit you :)


  1. Haha! That spam comment is awesome. I can't wait to see your post for KidLitCon!

  2. I'm looking forward to hearing about KitLitCon! The tarot cards google search is funny! It reminds me of Poison Princess, which I just finished. I wonder if I'll get similar comments when I post my review. LOL

  3. I have read those first three books and I thought "frex" especially sounded familiar but I still had no idea what books they were from. I did love White's use of "bleep" though-I just wish I had remembered that I did on Friday! Happy reading :)

  4. Ha ha ... love that a spammer posted about shoes! And, uh, yay for tarot cards? How funny!

    I thought I had 'fug' right, but I didn't! Darn it!

    Have a good week!

    1. I think "fug" is widely used, so if that is the only one you missed, I will count you as a winner!

  5. That's funny about the Norman Mailer thing. I always though Fug was a combo of the F-word and ugly, a fun slang word if you like. "God, that skirt is SO Fug" or "The girl Luke is dating is so fugly" for example. I never thought of it as just a replacement for the f-word. Interesting!

    1. Who knows? Fugly may be an entirely different thing -- like a combo word. I am no expert.

      But there's a great story about how Dorothy Parker met Norman Mailer and (reportedly) said "Oh, so you're the one how can't spell fu-k."

  6. Can't wait to see your post about KidLitCon. Have a great week.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  7. The spam comments make me laugh so hard. I guess their new tactic is to be nice and conversational.

    I kind of enjoy getting them - in moderation.

    I'm also SUPER shy. Blogging has really helped with that. I force myself out there now and *usually* do ok :-)

    1. I've decided that a lot of book people are shy. So that makes me feel a little better :)

  8. I haven't received any weird spam comments like that lately. I got a few a long time ago. I actually haven't had any spam at all in a long time surprisingly. I didn't even realize the words you listed were a quiz. The only ones I knew were frex and bleep. Loved Across the Universe and Paranormalcy.

  9. You had a great week. Hope the next is even better!

  10. You really rocked the book haul this week! What a lovely recap! :) My Sunday Edition @ Paulette’s Papers

  11. Amazing Week here, right Jen!? Happy Blogaversary too! :) Happy Reading! :) I love those Best Spam Comment of The Week!

    My Haul: http://wwwthebookshelves.blogspot.com/2012/09/new-to-shelves-7.html

  12. It was a fabulous week. Full of great posts & comments.

  13. Curses in books are okay with me, but only when I think it is appropriate. There are some books that have curses in every sentence, when really, it's not necessary.

  14. Congrats to the winners! And wow, EPIC google search! How'd that reach here? And hey, I recognize that spam comment! Unbelievable. :P

    And I totally forgot about The Maze Runner having some pretty unique curse words. I was able to match it up with some real curse words after a while. :)

    1. I haven't read Maze Runner, but from what I've heard it uses a lot of made-up words and slang!

  15. I always come here to buy Tarot cards....

    1. Ha ha. Well, you got the last package.
      Don't come running to me for tarot cards, cause I'm all out!

  16. Wait, so I'm not able to buy Tarot cards here? That's a rip off, Jen! I was really looking forward to getting a special edition Raven Boys tarot deck! ;)

  17. I had my daughter on Thursday night : ) I posted a pic on my blog.


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