Waiting on Wednesday #54

The Future of Us 
by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
I love, love, love the idea of this one... I hope it turns out as amazing as it sounds, getting the chance to see your social networking profile a few years into the future would be brilliant and I can't wait to read about it.  I just wish the cover was a bit more inviting but I get that those two authors could easily pull a crowd anyhow.

November 21st 2011 ;; It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have never used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out

My Life Undecided #1

After reading Jessica Brody's latest novel, I've been inspired to start up a polling feature as it seemed like a whole lot of fun letting the readers of my blog decide on a few questionable topics.

Which Book Should I Pre-Order?
It's all up to you, after voting feel free to leave your opinion in the comment section below. Depending on how well this goes, I may continue this as a regular feature with actual life-altering decisions.
♥ holly

Review: The Hunger Games

It was only after hearing of the movie adaptation that I started to take a serious interest in The Hunger Games as I recall this book sitting on my shelves unread for such a long time. Now I'm regretting every minute I have to wait until the official release of the movie in March 2012. 

Suzanne Collins' ever-so-popular series is set in a bleak world of poverty and death. Katniss lives in the weakest of the twelve communities where she spends her time hunting to put food on the table for her mother and little sister with the help of her closest ally, Gale. 

Although most children dread the thought of having their name selected in the yearly lottery, Katniss quickly volunteers herself the minute Prim's name is chosen setting her up for a deathly competition that can only be compared to an episode of Big Brother mixed in with the Olympics. Also nominated this year is Peeta, a weakly son of a baker who now shares a most interesting relationship with Katniss after taking pity on her as a child. 

The two are taken on a whirlwind trip of fine dining and even finer quality clothing as they make their way to life skills training where they are put to the test and ranked in order of ability for the entire world to see in a live broadcast. As only one of the twenty-four tributes will come out alive, Katniss knows her chances are slim but hopes her years of rabbit hunting will give her a slight advantage in the ultimate fight for survival. 

I can hardly believe I almost passed up on reading this series, I was dead certain the post apocalyptic themes wouldn't be suited to me but sometimes you just can't disagree with the popularity of a book as this isn't just another dystopian novel rather an addictive ride that will you keep you on the edge of your seat right until the end.


Waiting on Wednesday #53

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
I'm thinking this one will play out a bit like Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist with a bit of Sophie Kinsella thrown in, the only issue I can see is having to wait until two-thousand twelve :S

January 2nd 2012 ;; Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18B. Hadley's in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

5x5 Q's w/ Rabiah from Confessions of a Readaholic

Welcome to another edition of 5x5 Q's, this week we're chatting to Rabiah from Confessions of a Readaholic!
Q: What is your daily life really like? Hmm...well. I'm actually a pretty boring person now that I think about it :P. I'm in the 9th grade, so I go to school everyday, come home and do my homework like a good girl. When I finish my homework, I blog/email/chat with friends online and most importantly, READ! So yeah, basically, if I didn't have my blog right now, I don't what the heck I'd even be doing.

Q: How much time do you spend reading? Whenever I can! I love it when I don't get homework, 'cause that means more reading time for me! A good thing too. My TBR Pile is GIGANTIC right now (:S), so I'm reading in all the spare time I have. So usually now it's almost every night, at least for half an hour. On the weekends though, I spend hours just reading book after book after book... until I get sick of lying in bed reading and then go off to do something else... like blogging!

Q: When will you be famous? Just as soon as someone famous discovers my amazing acting skills, phenomenal voice and my awesome ability to make bird noises. [Kidding! and who says I'm not already famous anyway? ;)

Q: Why do you enjoy reading? I guess that's probably because I can feel transported to other worlds and other places. It's also really cool to find out more about paranormal creatures. After watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy, like, 3 times, I think that these fantasy creatures (elves, goblins, faeries etc.) are pretty interesting! 8-) I'm such a paranormal geek. It's also the fact that when I read I can slip away from problems and other stuff, like getting away from the noise my two younger sibs make :) to be alone, in my own silence and just get enraptured by the writing, the plotline and the characters.

Q: Where would you most like to travel? I've already lived (and living) in 6 (yup, you heard me right. SIX) countries, as my family moves every 2-4 years. I've lived in India, Japan, Indonesia, The Philippines, Canada and now, Singapore. Because of all that moving around, I pretty much get to see the world. But the top 3 places I really want to go are:
  • Cairo/Alexandria, Egypt – I want to go see all those famous places in ancient history: the Pyramids, the Nile...EVERYTHING!
  • Orlando, Florida – Unfortunately, I didn't have the chance to go visit when I lived much closer to Florida. But I want to go to Disney World!
  • Verona, Italy – Ever since I read Romeo and Juliet, I've always wanted to go here! Also, loved the movie, Letters to Juliet :)

Now, it's Rabiah's chance to ask me a few questions... 

Q: What song(s) can you sing ALL the lyrics to? I definitely wouldn't be able to get through any of my favourite songs in a karaoke style contest without at least hearing the music as backing because most of the time I just sing random noises instead of the actual lyrics, lol so it'd probably have to be something crazy from my childhood like Barbie Girl by Aqua.

Q: How did you get your start in blogging? I think I pretty much fell into blogging the same way everyone else did, while browsing the interwebz for new book titles but I do recall Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf as the very first blog I added to myfavorites while looking up books to order from the library.

Q: If you were a Candy/Chocolate, which would you be and why? I'd loved to be reincarnated as a bag of Skittles, can you imagine tasting like the rainbow... totally awesome!

Q: Are you a hot or cold weathered person? In extremes, I can usually deal with cold weather much better than hot as you can always just turn on a heater or wear an extra layer of clothes but if I could choose any weather to live out the rest of my days, it would always be warmish with lots of sunshine.

Q: Name five things you can see around your laptop/computer. Right now, I can see a stack of books piled up to be reviewed, a heap of chocolates leftover from Easter, my mobile phone, a box of tissues  and my beloved post-it notes.

Be sure to let me know if you'd like to participate in 5x5 Q's!

Daily Dose #23

I love popping over to random blogs and discovering a whole heap of amazingly inspiring images. If you'd like to also participate, simply put together a post each Monday with a few of your favourite pics taken from we heart it or anywhere you'd like.

♥ holly

In My Mailbox #73

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren once a week, feel free to participate by sharing the books you received in your mailbox!

In Order of Excitement:
Jessie ♥ NYC by Keris Stainton | So psyched about this one, I hear it's a rather quick read so my review should be done soon enough :)
A Straight Line To My Heart by Bill Condon | My copy lacks the pretty cover but I still cannot wait to read this one, I'm intrigued by the alternative review style set-up by this pub so I'll be reading this one next.
When We Have Wings by Claire Corbett | In a world dived into those who can fly and those who can't, would you give your own child for wings?
The Somnambulist by Essie Fox | I'm sure this historical debut novel would be great, if only I could pronounce the title.
Pod by Stephen Wallenfels | POD sounds pretty creepy, it's based around a twelve-year old girl whose stuck in her car garage while food and water supplies slowly run out.
The Shattering by Karen Healey | Another chilling novel... a teenage girl traces the serial killer who murdered her brother while trying to avoid being the next one killed.
Flawless by Lara Chapman | Another book focusing on nose jobs, I'm keen to see how this one plays out but it does sound a little like another high school drama.
Private Lives by Tasmina Perry | I haven't really enjoyed a chick-lit novel since Sophie Kinsella so here's hoping this one lives up to the Shopaholic series.
Q: Which duo of books would you rather read?

Waiting on Wednesday #52

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
I've only just discovered this one (and it's captivating cover), I wanted to feature it as it's one of the few paranormals I'm craving... I'm thinking it has something to do with my love for the Deadly Little Lies series. Let me know how this one goes :)

June 28th 2011 ;; What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else. 

5x5 Q's with Cass from Words On Paper!

Welcome to the first edition of 5x5 Q's, this week we're chatting to Cass from Words On Paper!

Q: What do you like most about reading? The fact that I can just get lost within a (good) book, read about new and different characters and imagine being in their situations. I love that reading is mine and mine alone, it's a good excuse for me to just stay in bed all day snuggled up under the covers. And also, once I've finished a book I get to discuss it and express my thoughts about it with the community. :)

Q: When did you get into reading? I remember during my early primary school days, I used to LOVE reading. But. When high school kicked in and we were forced to read, and read books that I never would have read out of will, reading lost its luster. It was only until high school was ending (early 2010) that I found the YA genre and my love for reading was rekindled.

Q: Where would you most like to travel to in the future? As a child, I always wanted to travel to Paris, and that stands even stronger today (Anna and the French Kiss, anyone?). However, I'd love to travel all over the world, namely Japan (maybe not for a while :X), NYC & Vegas. Hopefully as I keep reading I'll add more to the list!

Q: How will the world end? I can tell you one thing: it won't happen for centuries. 2012 will. not. happen! I think there will be a collapse in the ecosystem as the population climbs up, and that will begin a whole global down-spiral. Just, something related to the environment and how careless people still are about it. Or political strife.

Q: Why is contemporary YA your favourite? First, a link to GAYLE FORMAN's blog post [TEAM CONTEMORARY]. What Gayle says is both humorous and completely agreeable. I love that contemporary portrays people with issues that can be related to our lives, in this world. Contemporary generally focuses much more on character development than other genres, and whether or not I like the characters can make or break a book for me. There's also less of that insta-relationship and love-at-first-sight thing going on in this genre (I'm looking at you paranormal romance!). So, yeah. That said, I don't think I would survive if I were to only read this genre alone for the rest of my life.

Now, it's Cass' chance to ask me a few questions... 

Q: What kind of a student were you during your high school years? I was the perfect little kid who did all her homework in primary school but when I got to high school, I got a bit lazy and lost focus altogether. Oh and just like Cass, I didn't discover my love for YA until after I completed my school years.

Q: Where do you wish you were right now? I always, always answer this question with the same answer - a mosh pit possibly on the other side of the world but lately, I find myself imagining what the next Soundwave Festival will be like so please transport me a few months to the future so I can attend asap, please :)

Q: When was the last time that you read something, cover to cover, that was non-YA? I rarely venture out of YA these days but on inspection of my goodreads shelf, it was The Truth About You by Melissa Hill back in August 2010. It was a long haul getting through this chick-lit novel of so many different characters but it did have an interesting story in the end.

Q: Why did you name your blog 'Good Golly Miss Holly'? (other than the fact that your name is Holly lol) I actually had the name in the back of my mind way before I created a blog, Good Golly Miss Holly originally started out as a name for a clothing store I had on eBay and it's just stuck with me since. It'll always represent my blogging years to me now and I don't think it'll end up being the name of any of my future projects.

Q: How do you think the world is going to end? (I thought I'd return the question because it's an interesting one) Just the other day, I heard something about human beings solely surviving when other species in history have always died out eventually which shows that we'll most likely do the same. It's all very gargantuan to think about and definitely puts you in your place but without any scientific knowledge behind me, I don't think it'll happen for years and years to come. Maybe 5035?
Be sure to let me know if you'd like to participate in 5x5 Q's!

Daily Dose #22

I love that so many people have taken this meme under their wing and are enjoying the theme. It's brilliant to pop over to random blogs and catch some inspiring images. If you'd like to participate in Daily Dose, simply make a post on Monday with a bunch of images you find magical and hope to inspire your readers with then share the link below.

♥ holly

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