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Friday, December 26, 2008

I Love Your Blog Award Take Two

I was nominated again!!! Twice!!! Can I get a woot, woot? (I heard you all go "woot, woot" don't deny it!!)

This time I was nominated by Lexi at http://anotherpageisused.blogspot.com/ and Ashley at http://booksaremylove.blogspot.com/ who both have awesome blogs theirselves and totally rock.

The rules:
1. Put the logo *look up!* and rules on your blog.
2. Link the person who nominated you.
3. List your seven favourite blogs.
4. Tell them they’ve been nominated!

My nominations:
1. http://reviewerx.blogspot.com/
2. http://fivestarreading.blogspot.com/
3. http://reviewabook123.blogspot.com/
4. http://booksandlove.blogspot.com/
5. http://writersblockreviews.blogspot.com/
6. http://kdslibrary.blogspot.com/
7. http://designsbymikayla.blogspot.com/

Okay, so I'm off to tell the people I nominated!!

Oh, and hope you all had a good Christmas, if you celebrate Christmas. Happy Holidays to everyone. :)

Thursday, December 25, 2008


It's Christmas, It's Chritmas, It's Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, that's enough of that!! I'll switch colours between paragraphs, but not letters. Just too much hassle.

Merry Christmas!! Now, to my favourite Christmas special. The Rugrats. The Santa Experience. The thing that sucks, though, is that I could only find parts two and three. Ah, well, pretend you just came in late and missed the beginning.

Well, that's all. Hope you all had/have a very Merry Christmas.
Happy Holidays,
Love, Laina

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Garfield Christmas

I can draw Garfield. For an art project in 8th grade, I made a clay sculpture of his head. I bet you guys didn't know that about me, huh?

I love Garfield. The attitude. The laziness. The love of food!!! This is one of my favourite Christmas specials.

It's Christmas Eve!!! Yay!!!
Merry Christmas (if you celebrate it)
Happy Holidays,
Love, Laina

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Frosty Returns!!!

I like this one. It makes me happy. Enjoy it, guys. :)

Happy Holidays, guys.
Love, Laina

Monday, December 22, 2008


Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul, with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal... oh, like you all don't know the words. I love Frosty... although, I did read this one creepy short story about it that was like an evil version of Frosty the Snowman that creeped my out to no end. I can't for the life of me remember who wrote it, though.

Anyways, let's get to the not evil version. Another three parter. :)

Hope you all enjoy it!!!
Happy Holidays,
Love, Laina

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Charlie Brown Christmas

I've decided this is definitely going to be a regular feature until Christmas. Hope you all enjoy it!

This is a classic, and my mother's favourite of the all. Last year, she only got to see it once, and she felt let down about that. And it's one of my favourites, too. Again it's a three-parter. Enjoy!!

If these ones don't embed right, you can probably just click on the videos and it'll take you to the YouTube page. Wish me luck with this one!!

Happy Holidays, guys, and come back soon to see the next videos I post.
Love, Laina

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas stuff!!

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas!!! And, Kwanza, Hanukkah, or whatever you celebrate. (And I deeply apologize for any mispellings there.)

I was wondering what's your favourite holiday special, and I was thinking about Christmas books, to try to come up with a review, but I don't really have many kids or Christmas books since we moved. One I immediately thought of, though, was How The Grinch Stole Christmas. And then, for the heck of it, I seached for it on YouTube and look what I found!!! It's split up into three parts, but it's the whole thing. And if you guys missed it when it was on, or have half an hour to waste, here it is! Enjoy!

So I think I'll do a few of these, maybe one for everyday until Christmas. I'll be offline for a couple days for Christmas, but I'll see if there's a way to make the posts post themselves, you know? Don't worry if you don't, it's fine. I'm babbling a little. Anyways, happy watching and of course, happy reading. Leave a comment if you want (and thank you to the lovely friend of mine who commented before I was even done the whole post because I wanted to check to make sure I did the video right, that was really nice) and come back soon to see what the next video is!!

Happy Holidays,
Love, Laina.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hi, everybody!!

So guess what, everyone? My birthday was on Saturday!!!! I am now 16 years old!! Cake for everybody!

And, even though it was my birthday, I have a present of sorts for you guys. A new review!

Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley

Summary (from http://www.robinmckinley.com): Dragons are extinct in the wild, but the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies in Smokehill National Park is home to about two hundred of the world’s remaining Draco australiensis. Humans have never seen a baby dragon . . . until Jake discovers a dying dragon that has just given birth, and one of the dragonlets is still alive.

My review: Once upon a time, I thought I could maintain my dignity during my reviews. And then I read a book like this. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it!!!!! It was so good, like the Godiva of books.

Robin McKinley is another of my favourite authors. She wrote one of the greatest vampire books of all time, in my opinion, Sunshine, which is a shivery good book.

One of the (many) things I loved about this book was how the main character, Jake, wholly and absolutely became the mother of this baby dragon (who he names Lois, because she looked like a Lois). Not father, not parent, but very much the mother. He honestly thought of himself as "Mom" to Lois. At one point, he worries about her eating habits, that she'd fallen in love with ketchup because she'd "made a dive" for his plate and got a mouthful of ketchup. He thinks,

Or about wondering what ketchup would do to dragon physiology. I spent most of my life wondering what something or other would do to dragon physiology. I hadn't realized till we got out here how much I'd left all the nutrition stuff up to Grace. But in theory I didn't let her eat anything with sugar in it, just like a good mom. Ketchup had sugar in it. (Do dragons get ADHD?)

I loved that enough to mark it with a piece of paper so I could share it with you all and that was just one of many things that had me smiling and laughing and, occasionally tearing up. I also really liked it that the author wrote like she had some idea what a teenager actually thinks and talks like, unlike some books I've come across. Jake was also a deep, interesting character with issues and quirks and wonderful to read.

Conclusion: This has definitely become one of my favourite books, and I recommend it to anyone out there looking for a good read.

Happy reading, guys, leave a comment if you want, and check in soon.
Yours, Laina

Monday, December 15, 2008


Another link to an awesome contest, two actually!! This one's at the Story Siren's blog!
Good luck to everyone!! And if you enter, be sure to tell her I referred you, okay? You'll get an extra entry! Thanks!!!

And also, http://sharonlovesbooksandcats.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-holiday-giveaway.html Good luck there, too!!!

Review X is doing a TON of contests on her blog for Girl Week (woot), so I'm going to put all the links here. Extra entries. :D
Interview with Melissa Walker: http://reviewerx.blogspot.com/2008/12/melissa-walker-on-fashion-industry.html

Interview with Libba Bray: http://reviewerx.blogspot.com/2008/12/libba-bray-on-history-her-books-herself.html

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hey, guys

Hey people, how are you all? Hope you're good, getting ready for Christmas and all that.

So I don't have a review for you. :( My deepest apologies. But I'm fighting a cold/flu thing that's really not fun and my birthday is on Saturday (yay!!), and other things, too, and I haven't really had time to read, or honestly felt like it, even though I'm reading a really good book called Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley and loving it.

Hopefully I'll have a review up soon for you guys! But be patient with me, okay?
Love, Laina.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I Love Your Blog Award

Lookit!!! Look at that!!! I won the I Love Your Blog Award from Lexi and ...another page is used (reading is my life) http://anotherpageisused.blogspot.com/ And that's so cool because I've only had this blog for a couple months! As you can tell, I'm pretty darn excited!!

My nominees:
- Exercise Your Mind a.k.a. Read Books http://excersiseyourmind.blogspot.com/
- Just Listen Book Reviews
- The Books Room http://thebooksroom.blogspot.com/
- The Fox Reads http://thefoxreads.blogspot.com/
- YA Books Realm http://yabookrealm.blogspot.com/
- Reading is a Drug http://reviewabook123.blogspot.com/
- Books Make Great Lovers http://booksaremylove.blogspot.com/

What You Guys Have To Do Now:
After receiving the award you are supposed to pay it forward:
1) Add the logo of your award to your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5.) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.