Melissa Walker

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Melissa Walker

The band names you guys came up with…. well, they rocked. I’m going to try to use as many as I can in Lovestruck Summer (I mention a lot of music in the book), so thank you for helping me write! The winner, chosen by random number generator, is…. The Book Muncher! Congratulations! Send me your address and a copy of Maine Squeeze will get to you just in time for the heart of beach read season.
51T541CANVL._SL500_AA240_.jpg Today, I’m giving away a copy of Maryrose Wood‘s fabulous and fantastical novel, Why I Let My Hair Grow Out. It’s the story of Morgan, a girl who gets dumped, buzzcuts her hair and dyes it orange, and then is sent on a bike tour of Ireland by her concerned parents. I loved watching her get more and more into her own badassness, and then delve into the forgotten fairyland of her childhood. Yeah, I know my summary makes no sense, but you just have to read it. It’s delightful. And, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say it has one of the most gorgeous covers in recent memory.
So to win Maryrose Wood’s excellent book, just tell me what book you’re reading right now… the latest on your nightstand. I’m nosey.
On mine: Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley. Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Ink says:

    Well, I’m rereading Twilight, but since that’s kind of a generic answer, I’ll probably read Book of a Thousand days next.

  2. Amy H. says:

    I’m currently reading The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov, and Bigfoot: I Not Dead, Graham Roumieu. Have you read any of the Bigfoot books he’s done? There are three of them, set up like children’s books with illustrations and such, except that they’re kind of violent and crude and pretty inappropriate overall. But they are so so so funny, haha. (Now that I explain them, I realize that it actually might be really disturbing how much I enjoy them…)

  3. Alea says:

    I love Win It Wednesdays! You always have great questions and books. It’s my favorite part of the day (and So You Think You Can Dance)!
    Why I Let My Hair Grow Out looks awesome! I’ve been hoping to read it! And that cover, magical for sure! That’s one of my recent favorite design trends, illustration mixed with photography.
    Right now I’m reading Eclipse from the Twilight series. I’m also planning on reading A New Dawn, it is a collection of essays about the Twilight series from different writers. I gotta gear up for the Breaking Dawn release!

  4. Elaina says:

    I’m reading Peeled by Joan Bauer and then I’m going to read Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber.

  5. Regina says:

    Oh this is easy! I’m reading Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson. This book is amazing! I saw it at the library and once I started reading, I got hooked. The only bad thing was that the book need a sequel. You got to read to know why. ;]
    Lovestruck Summer sounds like a great name! =D

  6. Katie says:

    im reading 4 books right now
    1. violet by design
    2. newly wed
    3. sloppy firsts
    4.perfect a pretty little liers
    so have a great day :)
    Luv ya

  7. JoeKinski says:

    I’m working my way through the Hard Case Crime Robert Bloch double: Shooting Star/Spiderweb. I love having a book I can just flip to read another novel. This is a concept that should totally make a return. Both novels are 50s Hollywood crime and mayhem – good brisk reading.
    My daughter and I are reading Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday out loud. So far, it’s been hysterically funny.

  8. Liviania says:

    I am reading:
    1. The Taste of Night by Vicki Pettersson
    2. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle by CLAMP (Chapter 101 or so . . . )
    3. Black Smoke by Robin Leigh Miller
    4. The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman
    I’m trying to decide whether to start The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore of Deadline by Chris Crutcher.

  9. lenore says:

    I am reading The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
    for the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. It’s part historical (about Brigham Young’s 19th wife who brings attention to the polygamy problem) and part modern day murder mystery where a “lost boy” tries to help clear his mother (herself a 19th wife) from murder charges. I’m 150 pages in and it’s really good so far!
    It comes out in August.

  10. Dominique says:

    There’s no space in my room for a nightstand, so I have to reach across from my bed and and put whatever I’m reading down before curling up under the covers.
    So in that ever-growing pile of books includes:
    - Farworld
    - I Was a Teenage Popsicle
    - The Red Queen’s Daughter
    - Dumped by Popular Demand
    I’m always tempted to start more, since there are so many books that sound amazing! :)

  11. Meredith says:

    Right now I am reading Ambition by Kate Brian, but I am almost done with that. So next up is The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson.

  12. khyrinthia says:

    I’ve finally gotten around to reading Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. It is absolutely awesome so far.

  13. Currently:
    The Host, Stephenie Meyer (again)
    The Kreutzer Sonata, Leo Tolstoy
    Love Walked In, Marisa de los Santos
    Skin was a great book, although a bit sad. Have you read Sight?

  14. Gabrielle says:

    I liked Maryrose Wood’s book. The Irish commentary was hilarious, but my favorite part was at the beginning when she describes how her boyfriend treated her. She says that he drew a map of her that didn’t make sense… I thought that was poignant.
    Right now? I’m reading Sarah Mlynowski’s “Bras & Broomsticks,” David Yoo’s “Girls for Breakfast” and re-reading “My Most Excellent Year” by Steve Kugler for the third time this week. We’re interviewing him over at Innovative on Saturday; definitely check it out! He’s insanely cool (as is his book), especially neat for Broadway geeks like myself.

  15. Renee says:

    Im kind of stalling right now actually :-p Im suposed to be reviewing a book for Simon Pulse’s PulseIT board. Amazning, they send you free books and you only have to read it! But this one isnt really my thing, its nonfiction, how to deal with stress. And while everybody has that I dont need to read about it :-p So Im going back through some of my favorites and reading the best parts. Such as Twilight and Eclipse by Stephenie meyer, Major Crush by Jennifer Echols, Wake by Lisa McMann and a few others :-) And now I think Im going to go talk my grandpa into driving me to the book store so I can add some more to that list :-)

  16. Maria says:

    Hehe what a coincidence, I just finished “Violet On The Runway,” and now I’m halfway through “Violet By Design.”
    I’m also reading “Lady Knight” from “The Protector of the Small Series” by Tamora Pierce.
    “Why I Let My Hair Grow Out” sounds like a good book to me, by your review! :]

  17. ooh, i really want this book (it has such an awesome cover!!)
    well, currently, i am in between books. i know! big shocker! but yeah….i’m surprised too :D but i will be starting E Lockhart’s Fly on the Wall soon :D (i think i have the British cover, it’s so cool!)

  18. Cammi says:

    I’m currently reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer and the book on my nightstand is Promises by Fern Michaels. :D
    The Host is such a great book!

  19. Cammi says:

    I’m currently reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer and the book on my nightstand is Promises by Fern Michaels. :D
    The Host is such a great book!

  20. Jenessa says:

    Well right now on my nightstand, I’m reading Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel, it’s absolutely amazing. She goes into such detail about what each of the characters goes through. She’s such an amazing author. Only problem is I’m almost done with it.
    Thanks So much
    Keep up with the Violet Series they’re so good!

  21. I was getting ready to read Rockabye by Rebecca Wolf. She was part of a program that i was part of and she has said the book is about when she got pregnet with her son Archer. and just how her life was before and now after so i am looking foward to reading it..

  22. I was getting ready to read Rockabye by Rebecca Wolf. She was part of a program that i was part of and she has said the book is about when she got pregnet with her son Archer. and just how her life was before and now after so i am looking foward to reading it..

  23. Amanda says:

    I am currently reading Stealing Heaven By Elizabeth Scott, which is amazing, and next on my list is Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

  24. Lisa says:

    I’m reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. It’s pretty much one of the BEST, most addictive books out there right now.

  25. Anna says:

    “This Side of Paradise” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is my the all-time best book and I can read it continually!

  26. PJ Hoover says:

    I just started Skulduggery Pleasant. So far, so good.

  27. Em says:

    I’m reading Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont. She’s an NC girl like you. :-)

  28. Annemarie M says:

    I love Win It Wednesday sooooo much! Thanks Melissa for hosting this!
    I’m reading “What My Mother Doesn’t Know” by Sonya Sones for about the twentieth time. I love how it’s so hilarious, and it’s written all in free-verse poetry! What’s not to love?

  29. emily says:

    i’m reading amos, amas, amat & more, and veni, vidi, vici, both by Eugene H. Ehrlich… graduation presents from my aunt, because i’m taking latin next year in school

  30. Kelly says:

    Wow. I love the cover of Why I Let My Hair Grow Out. It sounds like a good book. I’ll add it to my list of future reads.
    I’m currently reading Lionboy by Zizou Corder. It’s the teen book club read for this month at ERL. I really like it. Kathleen sure does choose good books for the club. =P

  31. Lauren says:

    I finshed The Host yesterday and just began How to Ruin A Summer Vaction.
    Anyway, Why I Let My Hair Grow Out sounds awsome!! I really want to read it now!!

  32. Alex says:

    I actually really like your summary. It makes me want to read this book.
    At the moment, I’m reading “The Well of Loneliness” by Radclyffe Hall.

  33. Grace says:

    Right now, I’m reading the first book of the Fablehaven series

  34. Oh geez. I think I’m starting One Small Step by P. B. Kerr next (tomorrow morning). I just finished Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz today so I haven’t actually made my way to another one yet. But I think that’ll be my next victim.
    I agree about the cover. Absolutely beautiful.

  35. Cyndi says:

    I would love to read this book!
    Anyway, my current read is Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen.

  36. Hillary says:

    I just finished Rumors by Anna Godberson today and it was wonderful. Now I’m reading Popular Vote by Micol Ostow and it’s amazing. It’s sooo funny and sooo awesome. When it comes out in September, EVERYONE should read it. And it’s got ARGYLE on the cover which is, like, totally awesometastic! yay!
    That book looks really good. I’ve heard of it, but I’ve never really looked up the summary. And I LOVE the cover. I’ve never seen anything like it. Ever.

  37. Bricket says:

    Currently: Seeing Redd, the sequel to Frank Bedor’s ‘The Looking Glass Wars’. Completely hooked on the series.
    This book you’re speaking of sounds intriguing to me, especially on a personal level. I, too, am growing my hair out. Always fun to find out why others do it – even if they are fictional. :)

  38. bunny says:

    I’ve just started Names My Sisters Call Me by Megan Crane :)
    Btw, I think most girls always change their hairstyle when something big happens in their lives… right? :P

  39. Lindsay Steiger says:

    Right now I am reading Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. It’s really good. It makes you think about yourself, who you are, who you want to be, and how people can change you.

  40. Book~Adorer says:

    Right now i’m reading Kitchen Princess #5. I love the cover of this book, it’s awesome!

  41. Stephanie Wade says:

    Unfortunately, since I’m working and doing online college classes, right now I’m not reading anything except my textbook, The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers. (It’s not half bad! =]) But there’s a library near where I work, so hopefully I can get my hands on some books soon!
    P.S. Way to go for finding me on myspace!!! Haha.

  42. Holly says:

    I am reading Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer and the next one up is Airhead by Meg Cabot.

  43. Megan says:

    Nothing right now, really. Which is a big surprise. But I should be starting one of the books on my TBR list soon.
    Ashes of Innocence
    The Strand Prophecy
    How to be Bad

  44. andy says:

    i heard this book was reading betrayed right now

  45. Irene says:

    Just finished a book in hebrew called “Mixed Jerusalem” (lame translation of the title. sorry)
    and I’m just starting Vampire Academy

  46. Irene says:

    Lots of Stephenie fans here:)

  47. Linda Goff says:

    Losing It by Valerie Bertinelli — and I recommend it, too.

  48. designsbymikayla says:

    I am currently reading:
    *Switch by Carol Snow
    *Madapple by Christina Meldrum
    *Valient by Holly Black
    *Ninth Key by Meg Cabot
    *Jesus Freaks by dc talk
    and next up is Reunion by Meg Cabot, Ironside by Holly Black, and rereading The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.

  49. Ryleigh says:

    OMG i loved I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill you. such an amazing book.

  50. Eunice says:

    I am reading,
    1. Breaking Dawn
    2. Vamps
    3. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Play list
    im probably gonna read why i let my hair grow out too.

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