“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ~ Mark Twain

Friday, April 30, 2010

April Challenge Wrap-Up

April Challenge Wrap-Up

How did it get to be the end of April so soon? The month went by so fast! So let's see how I did for Sheila's April Challenge:

My challenge was that for every book that I resisted purchasing this month, I'd donate the list price of the book to the Reading Is Fundamental organization. RIF puts books into the hands of children who might not otherwise have access. I included any books that were already in the pipeline and were received during the month. Also, every book that came through my door, I said I'd donate two books to my local library!

During the month of April, I won 1 book, received 2 for review, borrowed 4 books from the library, and bought 2 more. That's a total of 9 books that came through my door, so I need to donate 18 books to the library. Yikes! Quick, someone get me a paper bag before I hyperventilate! *pant* *pant* Okay....think I'm okay now. That number took me a little by surprise, but no worries! I can do this! I need the space on my bookshelves anyway, so am sure I can find 18 books to donate. (breathe in, breathe out, breathe in...) *L*

I tried to stay away from the bookstore so I wouldn't be tempted this month, but then Borders decided to play dirty and kept sending me awesome, hard-to-resist coupons. So I caved and bought 2 paperbacks, but I did resist the new Christopher Moore! The list price of those books comes to a little under $40. I'm not really sure what to do about the books I received for review or as a contest win, as I didn't consider those options when I was outlining the rules of this challenge. Technically those books were all free, but to honor the spirit of the challenge and because it's an awesome charity, I'll add them to my total and round it off at an even $100 to donate to RIF.

I'd like to thank Sheila again for coming up with this great challenge! I've already set aside 7 books for the library, so need to cull my shelves a little more to find the rest. And I no longer feel faint, so it's all good! *grin*


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cat Thursday (5)

Cat Thursday (5)
Michelle over at The True Book Addict came up with a great idea for a fun meme! "Cat Thursday" is a way to highlight cute or funny pictures of cats, little tidbits about what our kitties are up to, or any snippets about cats we've come across. Thought I would play along as I love all those funny/cute cat pictures out there! Here's my picture for the week:


Cat Thursday (5)
Isn't this the cutest picture???? Love it! Found this over at Steeez Internet Magazine while doing an online search. Had never heard of this online mag before. While they had other cute pictures, I liked this one the best! Made me go awwwwwwwwww.



Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Review: Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Review: Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.


My Review:
After all this time, you would think that I would have learned by now not to judge a book by it's cover. All the years I've been reading, I really should know better. But no, I'm embarrassed to admit that I judged this one by it's cover and blurb, then assumed it wasn't for me. I was mistaken. *hangs head in shame*

This was a recommendation on Barnes and Noble's book club blog and since I've enjoyed every other book they've recommended, thought I'd give this one a try and requested it from my library. Once I picked it up, I found myself going all judgemental on it. Thought it would be one of those epic fantasy tales that I don't like, so put it to the side. As the due date fast approached, finally picked it up and was quickly hooked! I will never doubt BN's recommendations ever again!

The main character, Yeine, quickly won me over. She's the main narrator and tells the story the same way I would, in bits and pieces. She'll start to relate something, then stop and say no, no, first I have to tell you about this! Just like a regular conversation between friends, because who remembers everything perfectly when telling a story? I loved that!

While there are gods and magic and a royal family and plots galore, it wasn't anything like the stereotypical epic fantasy I expected. Loved this story, and especially enjoyed Yeine. Despite being looked down upon by her royal relatives as a barbarian, Yeine is not stupid. She has to navigate her way around a dangerous new situation and figure out why she has been named heir. She knows that she's a pawn, but needs to discover why. I thought she handled herself well, and did much better than I probably would have!

Gave this a 4/5 rating as I really enjoyed the story. Loved the characters, thought it was well written, and especially loved Yeine's voice! Looking forward to reading The Broken Kingdoms, the sequel due out this fall. Don't make the same mistake I did, or you'll miss out on a great story!



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Review: Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

Review: Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay
A warm summer Saturday. An amusement park. David Harwood is glad to be spending some quality time with his wife, Jan, and their four-year-old son. But what begins as a pleasant family outing turns into a nightmare after an inexplicable disappearance. A frantic search only leads to an even more shocking and harrowing turn of events.

Until this terrifying moment, David Harwood is just a small-town reporter in need of a break. His paper, the Promise Falls Standard, is struggling to survive. Then he gets a lead that just might be the answer to his prayers: a potential scandal involving a controversial development project for the outskirts of this picturesque upstate New York town. It’s a hot-button issue that will surely sell papers and help reverse the Standard’s fortunes, but strangely, David’s editors keep shooting it down.

Why?

That’s a question no longer at the top of David’s list. Now the only thing he cares about is restoring his family. Desperate for any clue, David dives into his own investigation - and into a web of lies and deceit. For with every new piece of evidence he uncovers, David finds more questions - and moves ever closer to a shattering truth.

My Review:
It's been awhile since I've read a good thriller, and this book ended the drought! Had no idea what to expect and Barclay kept me guessing! You think the plot is heading in one direction, then it suddenly goes down a path you weren't expecting! Want to keep this spoiler-free, so suffice it to say that this is a really well-done thriller that won't disappoint!

Gave this a 4/5 rating as the plot was well paced, had just enough action, the writing was great, and the characters were believable. The ending took me by surprise, and while one of the plot twists was a little too convenient, it was still satisfying. Enjoyed it enough that I'm now going to go back and read his other books. Love finding new-to-me authors!


I received this ARC as part of LibraryThings Early Reviewer program.



Monday, April 26, 2010

Preview: Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer

While I've never really read literary steampunk before, I've heard about it and it sounds intriguing. This title recently came to my attention, and I thought it might be a good choice to give steampunk a try. Please let me know if you've read it and what you thought, or if you have any other book suggestions for a steampunk novice!

Preview: Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer
Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, the greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.

The tale of Harold’s life is also one of an alternate reality, a lucid waking dream in which the well-heeled have mechanical men for servants, where the realms of fairy tales can be built from scratch, where replicas of deserted islands exist within skyscrapers. As Harold’s childhood infatuation with Miranda changes over twenty years to love and then to obsession, the visionary inventions of her father also change Harold’s entire world, transforming it from a place of music and miracles to one of machines and noise. And as Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine.

Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.


Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312558155
ISBN-13: 978-0312558154


Love both the title and cover of this one, and looking forward to getting my feet wet in the literary steampuck world!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blogoversary Birthday Bash!

Wow! Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it? Despite what my blogoversary button says, my one year anniversary will be here in a few days! Near as I can remember, I set up this blog last year on April 29th. I sort of came to the whole blog-world backwards. I started out on Twitter and was quickly advised that if I ever wanted anyone to take me seriously, I better have a blog. So I set up a blog. Made it a book blog because that's my thing. Didn't want to share personal family stuff or have an online journal, so figured I could blog about the books I've read.

Had no clue that there were so many other book blogs already out there, or that the blogging community would welcome me with open arms! Also had no clue about review copies or ARCs or book contests. Yeah, I was pretty clueless, and still am about a lot of things! But I do have to say that book bloggers are some of the nicest, most generous, friendliest people I've ever come across. And are especially helpful towards clueless new bloggers!

I've learned so much from experienced bloggers like The Story Siren and J.Kaye and so many others, who were all kind enough to answer questions from newbies. Learned tips and tricks from taking part in challenges like the Bloggiesta. Found out about book conventions and publicists and review guidelines and all kinds of fun stuff! Looking forward to finally meeting some of you at BEA next month, and can hardly wait!

Am sad that so many of the bloggers who started out with me are no longer blogging, but I've found wonderful new blogging buddies, and am discovering more every day! Thank goodness for Google Reader, or I'd never be able to keep up with all of your wonderful posts! *L*

Hard to believe that I've been doing this for an entire year already! But you know what this means, right?

Time to par-tay!

Blogoversary Birthday Bash!

To celebrate surviving an entire year, I'd going to host a giveaway. My birthday is on the 8th, so I'll combine this into a Blogoversay Birthday Bash!

Will keep it simple:  you want to enter, leave a comment (include your email address please!).

How does three winners sound? First choice of prize goes to winner number one, second choice to the second winner, and third choice to number three. I'll put together a prize page of books for you, and will ship to anyone with a US or Canadian address. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about my international buddies! You'll have a choice of an online gift certificate from either BN.com or Amazon, or something from the Book Depository. I reserve the right to change my mind and add more winners or prizes or whatever because, well, it's my party!

I'm not going to ask you to promote this giveaway in any way, as I'd like to keep this celebration just for you, my readers. I really appreciate each and every one of you! Want to give a giant thank you to everyone who has ever stopped by, left a comment, sent me an email, or just lurked because they're shy!  :-)

Happy Blogoversary to me!


This contest will end at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, May 12, 2010



(pssst...if you're looking for gift ideas for my birthday, I like chocolate *winsome grin*)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

In My Mailbox (38)

In My Mailbox (38)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I have included links to Goodreads should you want more information on the books.

For Review:
None  :(

Contest Wins:

3-Day Cleanse
Won a copy of the 3-Day Cleanse from Pam over at Mom's Mutterings. Love her blog, and she hosts some great contests as well! Hoping this book will help me get back on track with eating right...


Dark Divine nail polish
Won a bottle of Dark Divine nail polish from Erica over at The Book Cellar! It's brighter than I thought it would be, but still a very cool purple-ish color. Now I need to pick up a copy of The Dark Divine and get reading!

From the Library:

Every Last One
Have enjoyed every Anna Quindlen book I've ever read, so have high hopes for Every Last One!

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Saw Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella mentioned on several blogs, so couldn't resist picking it up when I saw it at the library. Have poor impulse control when it comes to library books! *L*

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen was featured in one of the online newsletters I receive, and it sounded interesting enough for me to request a copy. Naturally, all of my library holds come in at the same time!

Purchased: 

 Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
Have had my eye on Mind Games by Carolyn Crane ever since I first saw it mentioned in the blogosphere. How could I possibly resist a hypochondriac heroine? And when Borders sent me a 33% off coupon, well, guess it was just meant to be! :-)

What did you receive in your mailbox this week?



Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

It's that time of the week again! Time for the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-for-Books! Time to make some new friends and have some fun! How can you participate? Check out the main post on Jennifer's page, add your blog name, then get "hopping"! It's a great way to find new blogs you might not have come across otherwise, as well as network and show your support for other blogs.

Have fun discovering great new blogs as you 'hop" around the blogosphere!



Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cat Thursday (4)

Michelle over at The True Book Addict came up with a great idea for a fun, new meme! "Cat Thursday" is a way to highlight cute or funny pictures of cats, little tidbits about what our kitties are up to, or any snippets about cats we've come across. Thought I would play along as I love all those funny/cute cat pictures out there! Here's my picture for the week:



Nuff said....


Monday, April 19, 2010

Book Review: Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald

Book Review:  Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald
Genevieve Scelan thought she was done with magic.

She was wrong.

Sure, six weeks earlier Evie - bike messenger, supernatural tracker, and avid Red Sox fan - had been instrumental in bringing down the Fiana, the organization of magicians that had ruled Boston's undercurrent for hundreds of years. But now they were gone, Boston could breathe easy again, the Sox had a chance at the pennant, and Evie was ready to relax.

Except it turns out that when you take down the guy on top, everyone assumes you're going to fill his spot, and now Evie finds herself at the center of a whole lot of unwelcome magical attention. On top of that, a new client needs her to call up a family ghost and ask about a stolen inheritance; Evie's friend Nate has a supernatural problem of his own; and a legendary pack of hounds has been terrorizing Boston's undercurrent. And try as Evie might to deny the legacy that runs through her blood, when the Hunt is called, the Hound must run . .

My Review:
This book picks up shortly after the ending of Spiral Hunt, the first book in the series. Evie is still trying to keep her head above water, only now she has to deal with unwanted outsiders coming to town, and others expecting her to step in to fill the power vacuum she helped create. While no one will admit to wanting the Fiana back in power, at least with them, everyone knew where they stood. Now there's a little too much uncertainty in town, and Evie is once again dealing with unwanted attention. Poor Evie...

The story starts off with an unusual job for one of the few people Evie trusts. Yuen had helped Evie get her start as a Finder many years ago. As one of Evie's strengths is her loyalty, when he calls, Evie answers. Now Yuen is dying and he has one last job for Evie that seems pretty straightforward, but Evie soon learns that nothing is straightforward when dealing with the undercurrent. There are ghosts, rumors of a wild hunt, shapeshifters, possible possession, a historical mystery, and a whole host of other issues for Evie to wade through, all while trying to keep her day job. Never a dull moment for Evie Scelan!

Am really enjoying this series, as Evie is learning more about her powers and is actually growing as a character. Thought the story was interesting, the action was well paced, and the series is noticeably evolving. Gave this a 4/5 rating, and am looking forward to seeing where Ronald goes next and how Evie will deal with whatever is thrown her way!


I received this ARC from the publisher.



Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book Review: Blood Ties by Kay Hooper

Book Review: Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam (January 26, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553804863
ISBN-13: 978-0553804867

Rating:  4/5
Source:  Library

From Publishers Weekly:
Too many interchangeable doll-like victims and a by-the-numbers plot mar bestseller Hooper's conclusion to her paranormal thriller trilogy that began with Blood Dreams and Blood Sins. When a serial killer tortures, dismembers, and dumps eight women in eight weeks in Tennessee and adjacent states, Noah Bishop, head of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit, gets on the case, along with Noah's touch-telepath and seer wife, Miranda, and special agent Hollis Templeton, a profiler-in-training and medium who can self-heal and see auras. Hollis and special investigator Diana Brisco, also a medium and healer, travel to the gray time, a corridor between life and death where a young spirit, Brooke, helps them connect the killings to a past threat. Series fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the appendixes, which include bios of Special Crime Unit agents and definitions of their various paranormal abilities.


My Review:
I have to disagree with Publisher Weekly's assertion that the plot was a by-the-numbers disappointment. The Bishop books are one of the most reliable series around, and I know that I'll be on the edge of my seat, trying to figure out the mystery, while staying up much too late in order to finish reading. This is the 12th book in the series, and I've never been disappointed with any of them.

In this book, the team is still dealing with the ramifications of one of their old cases, where some team members were exposed to a dark energy which seems to have caused their powers to mutate. All of the team have psychic powers of some kind, but they're trained FBI agents as well. Two of the newest members of the team, Diana and Hollis, are the featured players this time around. They are still learning to be agents, while dealing with their shifting powers. I found both aspects fascinating!

The main mystery concerns the violent serial killer the team has been tracking, whether it's one madman or a partnership, and why has the trail led to this particular small town? I was also wondering where Bishop was, as he's the leader of the team and usually plays a larger role. It's eventually explained, but I did miss his presence. And the appendix at the end of the book was a nice touch, reminding you who had what powers and such.

Gave this one a 4/5 rating as I enjoyed the story, I couldn't figure out the mystery or solve the case, the action was well paced, and there was even a touch of romance. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with any of the books in this series! Very enjoyable!



Friday, April 16, 2010

Book Review: Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald


Book Review: Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Eos; Original edition (January 27, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061662410
ISBN-13: 978-0061662416

Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC received from HarperCollins Publishers

Book Blurb:
Some people have the Sight. Genevieve Scelan has the Scent.

They call her "Hound," and with her unique supernatural sense Evie can track nearly anything - lost keys, vanished family heirlooms . . . even missing people. And though she knows to stay out of the magical undercurrent that runs beneath Boston's historic streets, a midnight phone call from a long-vanished lover will destroy the careful boundaries she has drawn. Now, to pay a years-old debt, Evie must venture into the shadowy world that lies between myth and reality, where she will find betrayal, conspiracies, and revelations that will shatter all she believes about herself and the city she claims as home.

When the Hunt is on, the Hound must run . . .


My Review:
Really enjoyed this book, and think it's a great start to a new series! Hadn't read any reviews, so went into it with no expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. Evie is doing her best to keep her head down and avoid notice, while barely making a living as a bike courier by day and a Finder by night. She has a unique talent which lets her track things by scent, which is how she got her nickname of "Hound."

Despite her best efforts, Evie comes to the attention of The Bright Brotherhood, who are sort of like the mob bosses of magic.  Because she's spent most of her life trying to stay out of the magical undercurrent of Boston, she finds that she is unexpectedly ignorant of magical legend and lore, and needs to play catch-up before it's too late.

Liked that Evie was struggling to make ends meet and trying her best to live a "normal" life, but was dragged into the underworld despite her best efforts. She isn't your typical kick-ass heroine; she's not a great fighter, not a great detective, and her main skill is one commonly associated with shapeshifters, but she's not a shapeshifter either. Evie is unique, and I really liked that.

Gave this a 4/5 rating as I really enjoyed Evie and seeing how she dealt with situations outside of her control, while trying to keep her friends safe and her head above water. Looking forward to seeing what the author has in store for Evie in the next book!



Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cat Thursday (3)

Cat Thursday (3)
Michelle over at The True Book Addict came up with a great idea for a fun, new meme! "Cat Thursday" is a way to highlight cute or funny pictures of cats, little tidbits about what our kitties are up to, or any snippets about cats we've come across. Thought I would play along as I love all those funny/cute cat pictures out there! Here's my picture for the week:


Cat Thursday (3)


This picture popped up while I was searching for something else, and it made me laugh out loud. Think it works on so many different levels, so hope you enjoy!



Saturday, April 10, 2010

In My Mailbox (37)

In My Mailbox (37)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I have included links to Goodreads should you want more information on the books. After a few weeks of a constantly empty mailbox, the book fairy finally came through for me!


For Review:
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Received an ARC of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens from the publisher. This is about a woman who was abducted, her year in captivity, and trying to put her life back together after a daring escape. It's listed as a not-to-be missed thriller, and the first paragraph really grabbed my attention! Due out in July.


So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
Received an ARC of So Cold the River by Michael Koryta from the publisher. A filmmaker is hired to make a documentary about a mysterious billionaire. A few hours after his arrival, he starts hallucinating. There's an evil hotel at the center of it all, which reminds me a little of The Shining. Should be interesting! Due out in June.

Purchased:
Mage in Black by Jaye Wells
I had preordered Mage in Black by Jaye Wells so long ago that it was a nice surprise when this showed up in my mailbox! This is the second book in the Sabina Kane series and I highly recommend the first book, Red-Headed Stepchild, if you haven't read it yet. Jaye rocks!

From the Library:
Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
Had Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep on hold at my local library and was so happy when it finally came in from one of the other branches! When it rains, it pours, right? :-)

So that's four books that came into my house after a small book-drought. That means I'll be donating 8 books to my local library and donating the list price of these books to RIF for my April Challenge. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else received this week, as I love discovering new titles!

Happy reading!



Thursday, April 8, 2010

April Challenge – Spring Into A New Beginning

April Challenge – Spring Into A New Beginning
Sheila over at One Person's Journey Through A World of Books has come up with an interesting challenge for the month. Inspired by the book The Power of Half, she has challenged us to give up (or cut back) on one thing we really enjoy and instead take that money and put it away to give to a charity or cause of our choice at the end of the month.

I've been thinking about this and wondering how I could participate ever since I first read her post. My only real indulgence is books. I already brown bag my lunch, don't have a Starbucks habit, am not a smoker, and we don't go out to eat very often. So books it is!

So here's my challenge:  for every book that I resist purchasing this month, I'll donate the list price of the book to RIF. Reading Is Fundamental is a great organization that puts books into the hands of children who might not otherwise have access. I'll also include any books that are already in the pipeline and are received this month. As the icing on the cake, any book that comes into my house, I'll donate two books to my local library! That actually hurt a little when I wrote that....that must mean it will be a legitimate sacrifice, right? Why am I suddenly nervous..... ;)



Cat Thursday (2)

Cat Thursday (2)
Michelle over at The True Book Addict came up with a great idea for a fun, new meme! "Cat Thursday" is a way to highlight cute or funny pictures of cats, little tidbits about what our kitties are up to, or snippets about cats read online or heard elsewhere. Thought I would play along as I love all those funny/cute cat pictures out there! Here's my picture for the week:


Cat Thursday (2)

I love this picture! My cat loves to curl up beside me as I'm reading. And there's something so comforting about reading a good book with your bookcat right beside you, keeping you company.

Happy Cat Thursday!



Monday, April 5, 2010

Book Review: Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb


Book Review: Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition first Printing edition (February 23, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399156240
ISBN-13: 978-0399156243

Rating:  4/5
Source:  Library

Book Blurb:
Bart Minnock, founder of the computer-gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical. The next morning, he is found in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game. . . .


My Review:
Another great Eve Dallas book! This one is a variation on the classic locked room murder mystery. The twist is that the murder victim was playing a virtual reality game at the time of his death, alone in a locked room. Now it's up to Eve and her team to determine how the crime was committed and the identity of the murderer.

This is another good book for those familiar with Eve and her team. She gets assistance from her sexy husband Roarke, as well as her partner Peabody. Feeney, McNab, Dr. Mira, Mavis, and the whole gang make appearances, and there's even a cameo by Trina to strike fear into Eve's heart by doing her hair and make-up for a party! *gasp*

Really enjoyed this book, and am a huge fan of this series! Even though I know that Eve will ultimately solve the crime, the author is still coming up with creative mysteries and original solutions. She also skillfully weaves in the themes of friendship, love, and marriage throughout the book, and I love how much Eve has grown as both a woman and a cop. Highly recommend this whole series! And btw - Roarke is majorly hot! :)


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter 2010!

Happy Easter everyone!

And if you don't celebrate the day, Happy Sunday!

Enjoy!

Happy Easter!
*snicker*

Happy Easter!
Hmmmm...what is he up to?

Happy Easter!
awwwwwwww.....


Have a great Sunday! Looking forward to our traditional ham dinner tonight. Yum! What are you having?


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Reading Challenge Check-in (2)

Reading Challenge Check-in (2)
Thought it would be a good idea to do another check on my reading challenges, as otherwise I tend to lose track. Here are the challenges I've signed up for, and my current status as of the end of March:


Speculative Fiction Challenge12/24 for the Speculative Fiction Challenge.
Am actually ahead of schedule for this challenge, as I need to read at least two books a month to complete the 24 books needed. Yea me!


Young Adult Challenge
6/12 books for the Young Adult Challenge.
Am actually ahead of schedule for this one too. Woo hoo!


Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge
0/10 books for the Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge.
 I haven't read any books for this challenge yet. Boo! :(

100+ Reading Challenge24/100 books for the 100+ Reading Challenge.
Think I'm doing okay on this one. I wanted to read 9 books a month to have a cushion, but think I'm doing all right and can catch up.

Library Challenge
5/50 books for the Library Challenge.
Okay, I'm behind on this challenge as well. Need to read at least 4 library books a month to make my goal of 50 by the end of the year. This is why I need this check-in, so I can see where I need to concentrate!

Random Reading Challenge
2/12 books for the Random Reading Challenge.
I'm way behind on this challenge, as it started last August and ends July 31st.


Clear Away the Clutter Challenge
4/10 books for the Clear Away the Clutter Challenge.
This is my newest challenge and I think I've gotten a good headstart!

Okay, all in all I think I'm hanging in there. Am on track for a couple of challenges, but need to play catch-up for a few others. Trying to catch up for one challenge and neglected others. *sigh* How is everyone else doing on their challenges? Please tell me I'm not the only one playing catch up!


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