Thought of the moment....

No matter how hard you try, you will NEVER control anyone else's attitudes, actions, or outcomes. The only person that you have the ability to directly impact is you, and it is your responsibility to learn how to do just utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities you have been given to impact the world in the most positive way that you can EVERY chance you get!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spread The Love Contest: The Sky is Everywhere

First I need to apologize for the lengthy absence I have shown on my blog lately. I have had a very trying month. My father suffered a stroke on August 4th and we are still trying to get him back on track at home. My mother was also just diagnosed with breast cancer. She is have a mastectomy on August 31st. I have been dealing with those medical emergencies but am glad to say that I have a great opportunity for you all. I am a couple weeks late on getting this posted so here goes.

I just finished THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. It was poetic, romantic and full of raw emotion. Here's the blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

I loved Lennie, and I really connected to her. I know that if you read this, you will not be disappointed.

Now, on to the fun part! Casey Mccormick @ Literary Rambles started this contest back in February and it is still going strong! I won my lucky copy from Eliza Tilton  and now it's time for one of my followers to win theirs.

Here are the rules:

Since this is a pay-it-forward contest the winner must agree to hold the same contest on their blog, preferably within two weeks. All you need to do leave a comment below. If you tweeted or Facebooked the information, let me know that as well. Deadline is next Friday, 9/9. USA only.

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