Books I Didn't Like? Really?

When I mentioned Tithe, a lot of you had stuff to say. Which brings up a question:

Do you guys like it when I review/mention books I didn't like or didn't finish?

I generally avoid even posting about those types of books, but would you guys like it if I did? Of course, I wouldn't be mean, I'd just say what I thought. So for Tithe I wouldn't say:

Oh my gosh! Holly Black must be a totally bad person to write a book with so much stuff I didn't like! I hated this book.

For one, I know that's not true. Shannon talks about Holly all the time, and she seems really funny. For two, I didn't hate the book. It just wasn't my style.

Anyway. Do you guys like me mentioning those types of books?

~Enna Isilee

You wanna know something really, really sad?

Have any of you noticed a lack of book reviews lately? *sigh* Yeah, me too. That's because I haven't read anything since I read Rumors back in AUGUST! First it was just school, and I needed to get into a new rhythm, then it was work, and I actually needed to find time to read, which was not easy. And then I agreed to help out with a side project that has consumed a lot of my reading time and yet I still feel like it's taking me forever. I really enjoy this side project, but I've had my sibling's birthday, my birthday, work, school, there was a time when I thought I might have mono (don't worry, it's just a cold, no mono). *sigh* again.

Anyway, back to reading. I've been searching high and low for a book I want to read. But here's what happened:

I wanted to read Cybele's Secret, I ordered it, but it won't get her for a while.
I wanted to read Tithe, full of not-nice stuff, so I stopped reading it (after the first chapter).
I wanted to read City of Ember, this series has intrigued me for a while now, but no library has it because EVERYONE apparently wants to read it!
I wanted to read Inkheart, so that I could refresh my memory for Inkdeath, but my copy is lost, and the library copy is lost!

So yesterday, after work, I got desperate. I ran to the closest bookstore I could find. Didn't even have to scan the shelves, I knew right where I was going. I grabbed City of Ember off the shelf, ran to the front desk, bought it for $5.75(Cheap right?), and dashed back home.

*calming sigh* I'm going to start it today.

Oh geez. If it's a disappointment my head may explode.

Wish me luck!
~Enna Isilee

Some Exciting New Releases

Alright, there has been a sudden rush of new releases that I'm excited about!

Cybele's Secret is now out.
Brisingr is now out (which I'm mostly just curious to read, not so much excited)
Inkdeath comes out in two days.

w00t! It's gonna be fun. And maybe I'll work time into my schedule to actually READ! Gasp!

~Enna Isilee

Psst, ~Firefly~, I'm still waiting for your e-mail.

Some unfortunate news, week 3 winners, and a cry for help

Okay. I have this weeks winners! The grand prize winner, receiving a personalized Shannon Hale Book, a book charm bracelet, and my eternal love, has already been chosen, but I’m going to let you all suffer for a bit longer. Muahahaha!

I’m really sorry, I should have forseen this, but it didn’t even cross my mind. I should have made this contest open to US residents only, but I didn’t. As it is I cannot ship out-of-country. However, if any of our foreign winners have family or a good friend in the US that I can ship their prizes to, I would be happy to do that. Be sure to ask their permission though, and send me an e-mail. If not, I’m really sorry, but I just can’t ship international.



All three will get to choose from my remaining books! Q gets to choose first, then Alessandra, then Cuileann. I know that I said there’d be a t-shirt involved, but that kind of fell through.

Ugh. So many things have fallen through! At least I have excuses, heh. heh… aw.

Congrats, e-mail me.

~Enna Isilee

But wait! Wait! I need your help!

I'm in a bit of a bind, my aunt asked me to read and write 8-10 questions about some books, but I haven't had enough time to do them all! The books are:

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Crispin: the Cross of Lead by Avi

Those are just the books you may of heard of, the others are completely random titles, and I'll work on those. However, if you've read these books and have any possible questions at the ready, please post them here. They're meant for 5th-6th graders. For example, here's one of them that I have for Fairest:

Q: What is the name of the prince's dog?
A: Oochoo

Don't feel obligated, I know some of you are busy too. But I just thought I'd throw this out there. Maybe you can consider it your birthday gift to me? Heh. ;)

Thanks much!

*sigh* My bad.

*Sigh* I should have asked the week 3 people more in advance. Here's today's:

Here’s the next installment in Enna Isilee’s ( big birthday contest. Today’s mode of entry is:

What was Jenna’s favorite color, and during the course of the story, what did her favorite color become?

That’s all you have to do! E-mail Enna Isilee your answer at . You get 2 entries for answering the question and 5 entries if you get it right. So you could get two entries just by e-mailing! These entries go towards the weekly prizes and the grand prize. This week’s prize winners will be announced on Monday morning, and the grand prize winner will be announced on Enna Isilee’s birthday, September 22nd (the same Monday, just later in the day).

Have fun!

Aw snark.

I just thought of something. My question today was supposed to be what was the Blackbringer called before he was the Blackbringer. I just wanted to clarify that I am talking about the creature Blackbringer, not the novel. Though the creature is inside the novel.

Week 3 News and Week 2 Winners

Alright! We have our winners! But first, a little about this week’s contest:

This week’s contest will be trivia. On a few blogs, as always, you will find a question. E-mail me your answer, and you get points! Right answers get you 5, wrong answers get ya 2. And just ta let ya know, it’s worth it to e-mail. Our first place winner this week, won because of wrong answers (sorry, bud, but it’s true). I think what I’ll do is I’ll have a question for each book that we had last week. So that’s your hint. All of the questions will come from a book that I gave the first line to last week. Though I may throw in a Shannon Hale themed one, just to keep things interesting. So I’m not going to tell you what book the question is from (though you should be able to glean it from the text) so that all you brilliant book people might be a little more challenged.

I have now contacted everyone I needed to help in this last week. And I’ve updated my sidebar link-list so I won’t have to post every day. Check your e-mail inboxes, and if your blog is listed in the sidebar, I definitely sent you an e-mail.

The contest today will be at Alessandra’s blog.
And now our winners!

In third place: MADISON/ANILEE/ANIDORI- ISILEE She gets to choose one of my fabulous books.
In Second Place: SUMMERMOON! She also gets to choose one of my fabulous books.
In first place winning one of my fabulous books and a pair of Nerd Goddess’ earrings/2 charms/ necklace is… TAIGER!

You need to contact me by Wednesday the 17th in order to claim your prizes.

All right. Now hop on over to Alessandra’s place and win, win, win! This next week I’ll be giving away a book-themed T-shirt along with more, more books!

~Enna Isilee

The End of Week 2

Here's the last bit of Week 2 (I really need to get thinking on week three) it's at my friend Nerd Goddess' blog.

Failure! Again!

Wow. I love you Charybdis, I really do, but now I'm pretty convinced that you don't like me so much. ;) Glitches happen, I understand. No need to grovel for forgiveness (but you can if you want to). So, here we go. Sorry guys:

This week in Enna Isilee’s ( big birthday contest, you must identify the novel this opening line belongs to:

“I used to be someone.”

That’s all you have to do! E-mail Enna Isilee your answer at . You get 2 entries for answering the question and 5 entries if you get it right. So you could get two entries just by e-mailing! These entries go towards the weekly prizes and the grand prize. This week’s prize winners will be announced on Monday, and the grand prize winner will be announced on Enna Isilee’s birthday, September 22nd.

Have fun!

And again today, plus a meme

Here 'tis. We're giving Charybids a second chance.

The 3
(which is unfortunately my unlucky number)

Here are the rules: I am going to list three categories of books. 3 MUST Read Books, 3 Keep Your Eyes on These, and 3 Look For These Soon. Keeping with the theme, I am going to tag at least 3 bloggers. They should put these same lists on their blog but SUBTRACT one book from each list and ADD one of their own. Then they should tag at least 3 more bloggers. It will be fun to see how the lists change as they go around the blogosphere. Please come back to this post and leave a comment so I can see how the lists are changing.

Since this is Book Buzz…please keep your lists to titles released in 2007-2009.

So, here goes…[asterisks are next to my additions]

3 Must Read Books:
A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action (Signet Eclipse) by LuAnn McLane
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale**
The Host: A Novel by Stephenie Meyer

3 Keep Your Eyes on These:
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The 13th Reality by James Dashner**
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10) by Jim Butcher

3 Look For These Soon:
Cybele's Secret by Juliette Marillier**
Magic And The Modern Girl (Red Dress Ink) by Mindy Klasky
A Fatal Slip by Melissa Glazer

And I'm going to tag:

Alysa (
Verity (


Today the contest is here. I should just save myself the time and fix my sidebar but... I'm lazy.

Good Question: Win Twice?

Yesterday, ~Firefly~ had a good question. Should you be allowed to win the weekly prize multiple weeks? Of course anyone who wins the weekly prize will still be eligible for the grand prize, but should they be eligible for more weekly prizes?

Please vote in the poll. Here are you options:

a) If you win a weekly prize, that's it, you can't win anymore weekly prizes. All of your entries will be counted towards the grand prize, so you should still do the daily entries, but you can only win the weekly prize once.

b) You can win a weekly prize every week. So perhaps someone would win the weekly prize all three weeks, and you are eligible for the grand prize. So basically, one person could sweep the whole contest. Chances of this happening are very slim though.

Thoughts? I'll close the poll by Sunday.

Oh, and the contest is here today.

Week One Winners, and Week Two Instructions

Oi! I’m never going to do that again. I cut up 323 little pieces of paper and put them into a box! But I do have this week’s winners. But first:

The answers to Saturday’s questions:

1. My favorite color is: GREEN
2. My favorite animal (anything not human) is: BUTTERFLIES (duh!)
3. My favorite author: SHANNON HALE (I’m really glad no one missed this)

Alright, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way I’ll announce the winners of the drawing.

Oh, but before I do that I just wanted to say that Q had the most amount of entries, 17. Anyway…

In first place (she gets the first pick of all the books I’m giving away) HEATHER Z
In second place (getting the second pick of books) BUNNY B
And in third place (I think you get the drill) ~FIREFLY~

There you have it. You can tell Heather Z really wanted to win, because her piece of paper literally jumped out of the box. It was quite miraculous.

Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll let you know how to collect your prizes. If I don’t get an e-mail by Wednesday your prize will be forfeit and I’ll pick another winner.

E-mail to:

ALL THE WEEK 1 POSTS ARE CLOSED. Feel free to answer the questions, but you won't get any entries. Now it's all up to Week 2:

This week requires a little more work on your part. You have to e-mail me your answers, but there are more opportunities to get more entries than last week.

Every day, on someone’s blog, will be posted the first line of a novel. You have to identify the book the line comes from. E-mail me your answers to . You’ll get points even if you get it wrong. However, I would ask that you would also comment on each respective blog when you e-mail me, just so I can tell if any e-mails have been lost.

The prizes this week are(You may notice that the prizes get a little better every week):

1st place: Your choice of one of the books I’m giving away and any pair of Nerd Godesses’ punctuation jewelry (earrings, necklaces, charms, and more!)
2nd place: Your choice of one of the books I’m giving away
3rd place: Your choice of one of the books I’m giving away

Today the contest is hosted by Cuileann:

I’ll update the list on my sidebar soon.

Chao! And happy guessing!

~Enna Isilee

On Naming [Part II], and the last leg of Week 1

I'm really excited for the contest today. It's all about me! I want to see how many people know the answers to those questions. Run on over to Q's blog ( and enter.

I thought I'd list some of my favorite boy names now:


Oh... I can only think of one name. Hm...

You see, I like the name Tegus (my favorite male hero in Shannon's books) but I would never name a kid that. It's not quite so versatile as Enna.

Do you guys have favorite boy names? Maybe it'll spark my brain.

The First Curse: On Naming Children

I was thinking, a name is really the first curse your parents put on you, or blessing. Your future is completely in their hands. Will they name you a name that is statistically successful? Or one of those names that everyone has (i.e. Brittany, Ashley, Jessica). I like my name. It makes me happy.

The reason why I was thinking this is because I was thinking of names that I could name my future children. I think about this a lot, because I like names. Here are some of my favorites(They’re all girl names, maybe I’ll post my favorite boy names later):

Lindsey (with an “e.” “a” is okay, but I like “e” better)
Kimberly (or Kim)
Aly (Just Aly, not Alyssa/Alysa/Allysa/however you spell it, though I like those names too)
Kari (Pronounced Car E [like the vehicle and the letter])

But the name I like best (and fully intend to name my daughter) is Enna. SHOCKER! I wouldn’t necessarily be naming her after the character (after all, if you name someone Ashley are you naming her after every Ashley? No.), I just love the name. Having the name shared with a kick-butt novel heroine is just a bonus.

Then I started thinking about middle names. I like simple middle names. Like Jane, or Lynn, or Lee and so on. So I started paring names together.

Enna Jane (No, just doesn’t sound right)
Enna Lynn (I like that one better)
Enna Lee (Hey… wait a minute)

I totally didn’t think about that at first. How cool would it be if I had a daughter named Enna Lee? My pseudo-nickname is Ennalee!

I just thought that was cool, and wanted to share it.

Of course, with my luck I’ll probably marry a guy who’s last name was something like Tennabee. I don’t know if that’s really a last name, but Enna Lee Tennabee would not work. Not at all.

I should marry someone named Smith. That’s a safe name.

~Enna Isilee

Uh-oh. The first glitch.

Charbydis never posted the contest post for today. Whether it's because they hate me, or just didn't get my e-mail, I don't know(Don't worry about it Charbydis, no big deal). Either way, I'll post it here so that people who want today's entries can have them.

List your three favorite authors

That’s all you have to do! Just leave a comment that lists your three favorite authors and you’ll automatically receive 3 entries towards this week’s prizes and the grand prize. This week’s prize winners will be announced on Monday, and the grand prize winner will be announced on Enna Isilee’s birthday, September 22nd.

Have fun!

Just plain happy

I am just plain happy. That's all I have to say. I feel like singing "I feel pretty." Everything is going my way. Work is great, home is great, school is great, friends are great, life is great.

Love the world!

Oh, and check out the latest things Shannon's been posting about how to be a reader, they're awesome! (Just be nice, please)

Quick! I need you!

Please go here and enter my contest today! I'm currently in a reading slump, so I really want to see what all of you have to say!

Enna Isilee’s Birthday Extravaganza!

Alright, to get into the action today all you have to do is comment. That’s it. Just comment. Really.

You might also want to mention if you’ve posted about my contest, and I’ll give you the 10 entries towards the grand prize.

If you have any questions, you can just view the post below this one. It has the info.

Okey dokey then. Let the contest begin!

EDIT: I added a list of links to my sidebar that show where the contest will be each day, just in case you get lost.

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