Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Novella Review: Thread of Death (SPOILER ALERT)


Thread of Death by Jennifer Estep

Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab’s funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland’s most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab ...

My Thoughts:
This story takes place shortly after Spider's Revenge, as Gin is recovering from her last big battle with her arch nemesis. While she's still not 100%, she knows that she has to make an appearance at Mab's funeral both for her own peace of mind and to show the rest of the city that she's still standing.

Mab being Mab and Gin being Gin, it should come as no surprise that the funeral doesn't run smoothly. With Mab gone, there is a power vacuum in Ashland. It's one thing to size up the competition, but who would have the sheer audacity to stage an attack during the ceremony?

This was a quick read, but didn't have an awful lot of substance. A nice story to keep us satisfied until the next book comes out. All of the main characters make an appearance, including my favorites, the Deveraux sisters! It does serve to give Gin a taste of what she can expect now that Mab is gone. And I'm curious about some of the characters introduced during the service, and wondering if they'll play a role in future stories?

This novella will be released January 31, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Fair Book Date

Just signed up for My Fair Book Date, hosted by Down the Rabbit Hole & Books!!!!!!!!!. It's a great idea and sounds like a fun way to tackle that humongous TBR pile! As Amber explains:

Looking for that perfect read for February but have no idea what to read in that HUGE to be read pile? Why not let someone choose your perfect match for you?

When you sign up, you will become matchmaker to someone and will also be set up with a matchmaker of your own!

As a matchmaker, you will research from the list of books provided for you on the form and pick out your perfect match by checking up on reviews and/or recommending one that you read and loved from the list! Then, you will send us your book choice to set up your friend on a blind date with and a short description as to why you choose that match for them. You'll also provide a short paragraph as to why you choose that book for your friend which will be used later. The catch is that your friend won't know it's you till the end of the month!

Your secret matchmaker will pick a book and we'll email you with the title. Then you'll go on a blind date with that book through the entire month of February. At the end of the month, you'll fill out a survey rating your date (it will be about 10 questions) to see if your matchmaker did a good job. We'll send over the identity of your matchmaker and the reason why they choose your match to include in your post.

Then you link up your survey and are entered into a giveaway where two random picks will win a book of their choice from The Book Depository!

*Sign-ups will be open until February 4th and you will receive the information for your matchmaking February 5th.*

Sound like fun? Then head over to Down the Rabbit Hole or Books!!!!!!!!! to sign up today!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book Review: Crossed

Crossed by Ally Condie

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

My Thoughts:
This was the much anticipated sequel to Matched (see my review here). We pick up shortly after the end of Matched, with Cassia determined to find Ky instead of meekly following the path the Society has laid out for her. Have to admit that I liked the first book better, as I was really intrigued by the mysterious Society and how it worked. This one was mostly set outside the Society, and I found myself a little bored at times.

Cassia and Ky take turns narrating the story and the chapters are labeled so that there's no confusion. The plot was pretty smooth, despite the different voices. There were a couple of coincidences in the story that I found a little unbelievable, and I didn't really get one plot point and wasn't sure what Condie was aiming for.

Have to admit that I'm curious about what will happen next and where Cassia will end up. Xander surprised me a little, so I'm not as sure about him as I was in the first book. I liked this one okay, and will read the next book just because I'm curious how things will turn out. Middle books are tough, and this one was no exception. Gave it a 3/5 as it wasn't as good as the first one, but still okay.

ARC received from the publisher via BEA

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Book Review: Delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
This is one of those titles that had so much buzz around it when it first came out, that I put off reading it as I didn't think it would be able to live up to the hype. I'm glad I put it off, because I think I would have been disappointed if I'd read it amid all of the hoopla. As it is, I came to the story fresh and without any expectations. Well worth the wait!

Lena is the main character, who is looking forward to receiving the Cure. Her family has a checkered history of being infected, so Lena has grown up afraid that she might succumb as well. She is counting down the days until she is old enough to be cured, until the unthinkable happens when she least expects it....

Lena was a likable enough character, but I didn't really care for her family. I understand her aunt and older sister being standoffish as they had been cured, but her younger cousins seemed a little strange. Really liked her friend Hana though! Was a little surprised at her attitude at times, but she seemed like a good friend. 

And Alex! If you're going to be infected by the delirium of love, he's a good choice! I thought his history was a little too pat, and he seemed to have it a little easy for being what he was, but all in all he was very likable. And I really liked the ending, as it was believable. Can't wait to read the sequel and see what happens next!

ARC received from the publisher at BEA

Saturday, January 21, 2012

In My Mailbox (102)

In My Mailbox (102)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:
I've cut back on the number of review requests I'm accepting in the hopes of catching up with my TBR piles, but I've worked with Tracee before on blog tours and this one looked like a good read!

Witch Woman by Jeanette Baker
by Jeanette Baker

In two different centuries, four hundred years apart, the lives of Abigail March and her daughter, Maggie, play out along parallel lines, both women blessed and cursed by a selective birthright and marked with a startling mutation, heterochromia iridium, one brown eye, the other blue.


I admit that I had a little book envy last week when I saw this title pop up in several mailboxes. I resisted as long as I could, but caved in and requested it on NetGalley. So glad I was approved, as I really liked The Goddess Test!

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
by Aimee Carter

Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Can't wait to visit everyone's mailboxes!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Stories to Enjoy

by Tom Mach

This unique collection of 16 short stories written by prize-winner Tom Mach includes stories such as "Real Characters," which is about a writer who gets his wish--that his characters come alive.... "Breakfast, Over Easy" makes you wonder about loyalty in the face of temptation.... "When Kansas Women Were Not Free" takes you to a time when women were less free than former males slaves.... "Son" make you think differently about compassion. One novelist describes STORIES TO ENJOY as "memorable and intriguing, with O. Henry twists that are sure to surprise and entertain." (book blurb)

My Thoughts:
Short stories are one of my favorite types of book, as it gives you a quick glimpse into a world you've never been before. They are remarkably hard to write, as you have a limited amount of space to draw the reader in and make you care about the characters and what happens next, so I've always admired the short story writer for their bravery.

This was an interesting collection, as the stories were all different instead of being the same theme. I enjoyed that difference. Some left me wanting more, and some were just the right length. Rather than give a synopsis of each story, I'll just discuss a couple that stood out for me.

"The Assassin" is about the President's press secretary who finds the President's behavior on Air Force One a bit odd, and has a funny feeling that she won't be returning home. I liked Kerry and wished that she had paid more attention to her hunches instead of being so accepting, but did like the twist at the end!

"Real Characters" is about an author who is told his characters are like stick figures and need to come alive. Enter a helpful genie, and you can guess what happens next! It's a fast, funny story that made me smile.

"Frozen History" wonders what if you could stop all the actions of the world by performing a special incantation while wearing a ring dating back centuries ago? What if there were a nuclear attack and you had that power but didn’t know it? I liked this story because it reminded me of an old TV show I saw once. Wasn't The Twilight Zone, but something similar.

So all in all, I enjoyed this collection. Love short stories as you can pick them up for a quick read without having to worry about remembering what happened previously! Gave a nice, little taste of Tom's work.

Tom will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Free eBook: In The Dreaming

Received an email from the author offering his eBook at no charge! In The Dreaming by Terrance Foxxe - a dark fantasy collection of short stories, bridged together by a larger narrative.

As per his email:  Yes, this free e-book can downloaded by everyone! Not one, not a hundred, not even a thousand, but by everyone who wants a copy. Imagine a free copy downloaded in your favorite format! It's free, free, FREE! This message was brought to you by lonely and desperate authors everywhere.

Use the Smashwords.com links provided below, and find the format your reading device uses. It can be Kindled, Nooked, iPad and smart phoned. Please enter the Smashwords.com coupon code prior to completing your checkout, and please share this coupon code with everybody, and on your blogs or websites, and with your social networks. Spread the word far and wide and have fun! Write a review if you’re inclined.

The coupon code is: JP54R (and is not case sensitive).
Promotional price: $0.00
Expires: March 1, 2012

I downloaded my copy already and it was easy! I love short stories and the sample I read seems fun, so figured why not give it a chance? I like the idea of helping an author out, and you can't beat free!

So spread the word and lets help Terrance out!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Short Story Review: Flidderbugs

Flidderbugs by Jonathan Gould

Source:  eBook provided by the author for review

As Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow ‘bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined.

Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of insects with some very peculiar obsessions. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
This story wasn't really to my taste, as I'm not a big fan of allegories. On the surface, it's a story of how bugs on two sides of the same tree see things differently. They are so caught up in defending their "truth" that they miss seeing the big picture, which may threaten them all.

Kriffle is the main character, who has been groomed by his father to be the next leader of his tribe. Young and idealistic, he dares to think outside of the box. When no one will listen to him, he goes to the experts. Surprisingly, they are not helpful and are focused on their own particular "truths".

I felt that the moral of the story was a little too heavy-handed and didn't enjoy this one as much as I did Doodling. It might be because I'm not a big fan of stories about animals/bugs, disguised as morality lessons. Check out the reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, as other readers enjoyed it more than I did.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

In My Mailbox (101)

In My Mailbox (101)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:
I'm a sucker for most stories with updated versions of the ancient gods, especially the Greek gods! Couldn't resist this one, which reminded me a little of the TV show Cupid. The god of love has to bring together the perfect couple, but without resorting to his usual bag of tricks. Will be interesting to see if he can pull it off!

Godsend: A Love Story for Grown-Ups by Dalma Heyn and Richard Marek
by Dalma Heyn and Richard Marek

Does love as we once knew it still exist? In our age of Twitter, Match.com. texting, sexting, iPhones and Facebook, can two adults - he a West Coast book anthologist, she a Vermont maple sugar farmer - fall in love the old-fashioned way, through meeting, attraction, lust, adversity, resolution? No, says Jove, God of Gods. Yes, says his son, the God of Love, whose career depends on it...


I've worked with Lou Aronica at The Story Plant before and have always been happy with their books, so thought I'd expand my boundaries a little and give this one a try.

Gods and Fathers by James LePore
by James LePore

Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops - men he's known for a long time - come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy's girlfriend.

Awhile back, I signed up to be a Frito Lay Fan at their website. I love potato chips and buy Tostitos in bulk at BJs, so was very excited when I received a Frito Lay Fan Pack in the mail! While I'm a Lay's Potato Chip fan from way back, I'd never tried the other two. The Lime Tostitos were a little too strong for my taste, but I'm a new fan of Sun Chips! And I love the tote bag they came in, and have already used it for groceries. Sweet!

Frito LayFrito Lay
Thank you Frito Lay!

What did you receive in your mailbox this week?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Reading Challenges: Good or Evil?

An admitted challenge-a-holic, I love reading challenges and tend to sign up for way too many. Was only going to sign up for the Goodreads Challenge this year, but couldn't resist the Off The Shelf, eBook, and What's In A Name challenges. Frankly, I'm amazed that I was able to stop at four! Hope I don't jinx myself, as the year is still young!

Anyway....someone had a post not too long ago, asking if reading challenges had changed the way you read (I can't find the original post in my Reader, so if you have any idea what I'm talking about, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!). The thought must have stuck in the back of my mind and percolated a bit, because now it's front and center and won't leave me alone! 

After blithely dismissing the idea that challenges were anything but a fun way to track my reading, I think that yes, they have affected my reading choices. This is bad. 

My biggest reading challenge this year is for Goodreads. I was on a reading roll in December, so decided to shoot for 110 books in 2012. That's more books than I've ever read in a single year, but what's the point of a challenge if it's not challenging? My secret goal is 10 books a month so that I have a cushion, just in case. So far, I'm right on track with 5 books under my belt. This is where the bad part raises it's ugly head...

So there I am, staring at my bookshelves, deciding on my next read. Oh look, Stephen King's Under the Dome is sitting front and center! DH really liked the story and it sounds intriguing, yet I reached right past it for a smaller book. Have you seen that puppy? It's over 1000 pages long! I actually thought "too big" as I reached past it, then stopped myself in surprise.

When did I start letting the size of the book dictate my next read? I took a good look at my shelves and realized that there were quite a few large books sitting there, waiting to be read. So despite my best intentions, I guess that size does matter. *snicker* (sorry)

I don't want to abandon my challenges, as I need motivation. Yet I don't want to ignore books because of their size either. So I think I've come up with a solution....I'll read both! As I tend to read several books at the same time, I think I'll read the chunksters at home (so I don't have to lug them with me) and read the smaller, more manageable books at the same time.

So am curious if anyone else has found themselves ignoring the larger books in favor of small ones so you can have more notches on your reading challenge belt? How to you deal with this? And isn't there a reading challenge out there somewhere for ginormous books....

Threaded comments!

Thanks to the helpful hints from Emily at Emily's Reading Room, I updated my blog to enable threaded comments! I had to change from pop up comments to the embedded ones, but I think it's worth it.

I gave serious consideration to switching to wordpress because of the threaded comment option, so very happy that blogger finally made this possible! I want to change the font color of the comments, but am pleased overall.

Please let me know what you think, or if you have any problems with the update.

Thanks again Emily!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Featured Title: Stories to Enjoy

by Tom Mach

This unique collection of 16 short stories written by prize-winner Tom Mach includes stories such as "Real Characters," which is about a writer who gets his wish--that his characters come alive.... "Breakfast, Over Easy" makes you wonder about loyalty in the face of temptation.... "When Kansas Women Were Not Free" takes you to a time when women were less free than former males slaves.... "Son" make you think differently about compassion. One novelist describes STORIES TO ENJOY as "memorable and intriguing, with O. Henry twists that are sure to surprise and entertain." (book blurb)

About Tom Mach:
Tom Mach wrote two successful historical novels, Sissy! and All Parts Together, both of which have won rave reviews and were listed among the 150 best Kansas books in 2011. Sissy! won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award while All Parts Together was a viable entrant for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Award. He also wrote a collection of short stories entitled Stories To Enjoy, which received positive reviews. Tom’s other novels include: An Innocent Murdered, Advent, and Homer the Roamer.

His poetry collection, The Uni Verse, won the Nelson Poetry Book Award. In addition to several awards for his poetry, Writer’s Digest awarded him ninth place in a field of 3,000 entrants. His website is: www.TomMach.com He also has a popular blog for writers of both prose and verse at http://tommach.tumblr.com

Author links:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book Review: Every Other Day

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human. And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

My Thoughts:
This was a fun read by a talented author! 

Kali knows that she isn't normal, but doesn't know much more than that. Living with her father, she does her best to stay under the radar and remain invisible, as she's learned that this is the safest course. 

Despite her best efforts though, she makes a friend at her new high school. One thing leads to another and soon she has her own version of a Scooby Gang! And yes, that's a deliberate Buffy reference, as Kali reminded me a little of my favorite Slayer.

What exactly is Kali? Is she even human? And why did her mother leave when Kali was so young? This story leads us down roads I didn't really expect, but they are awesome roads! There's a bit of conspiracy and a hint of evil scientists, as well as supernatural forces you may or may not be familiar with. All in all, a very exciting read!

Loved Kali's friend Skylar, and even liked Skylar's obnoxious brother! All of Kali's new friends were interesting, and think they make a great new gang for her! Looking forward to reading more about them all and learning about Kali's abilities, so I really, really hope that this will be a series! Fingers crossed!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

In My Mailbox (100)

In My Mailbox (100)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:
I love, love, love Gin Blanco, aka The Spider! Was beyond thrilled when the immensely talented and awesome Jennifer Estep agreed to let me review this novella, which takes place near the end of Spider's Revenge. And yes, I squeeeeeed!

Thread of Death  by Jennifer Estep
by Jennifer Estep

Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, might have finally killed her nemesis, Mab Monroe, but that doesn’t mean that it’s smooth sailing. Gin goes to Mab’s funeral to say her goodbyes and runs into some of Ashland’s most notorious underworld power players, including Jonah McAllister and Phillip Kincaid. McAllister wants her dead, and Kincaid has his own murky motives when it comes to the Spider, and Gin once again finds herself fighting for her life. Only this time, she might wind up in the cemetery right next to Mab ...

This one sounded too intriguing to pass up....scent can trigger memories of previous lives? I'm in!

Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
by M.J. Rose

A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra - and lost for 2,000 years.

What did you receive in your mailbox this week? Leave me a link so I can stop by and check it out?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Book Review: Bumped

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

My Thoughts:
This story felt a little been there, done that. Yet another tale of a future where young girls have a horrible fate in store for them when they grow up. Instead of dying at a young age, they simply become infertile. What exactly does the future have against teenage girls?

Despite the feeling of deja vu, I did like the story. Melody and Harmony are twins who were separated at birth; Melody to be raised to become the perfect surrogate and Harmony to be a wife and mother on a religious compound. Neither one is happy, but they aren't quite sure what they actually want. 

The chapters alternated between the two girls, but were clearly labeled so there was no confusion over which twin was narrating. Of the two, I found myself liking Melody a little more, as Harmony seemed to act out of character with little provocation. And I didn't really buy the ending.

Gave this one a 3/5 as it was a likable read, but I didn't love it. I really liked some of the details, such as internet access via contact lenses and an earpiece. How cool would that be? If you read this one, am curious what you thought of it. And are you as tired as I am of the dreary future for teenagers trend in YA?

eBook from my personal library

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pick Your A Thon Wrap Up

Aaaaaaaaand...it's a wrap! The end of the Pick Your A Thon hosted by The Book Monsters! I wasn't as productive as I had hoped, but I did get quite a bit done! 

I took part in the following mini-challenges:
#1 Goals, Goals, Goals
#3 Organizing Upcoming Reviews
#5 Join Some Challenges
#6 Organizing Your Bookshelves

While I didn't write the 10 reviews I had planned, I did get three full reviews written and prepared nine more (everything done but My Thoughts). I also answered several email review requests and caught up on my Google Reader (procrastination can sometimes be a good thing!).

So guess it was a semi-productive semi-success! I had fun, learned a couple of things, and have a new goal of how to organize my reviews! Hope that Kate and Kristen decide to host this again, as I'm always up for a little push in the right direction!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review: Immortalists

The Immortalists by Kyle Mills

It's a question microbiologist Richard Draman thought he'd answered when he walked away from his career to focus on curing a genetic defect that is causing his daughter to age at a wildly accelerated rate. But now he and his wife Carly are being forced to come to terms with the fact that eight-year-old Susie's time is running out. Then they receive an unexpected gift: startling new research into the fundamental secrets of life that could be the miracle they've been looking for. 

When Richard is arrested on a trumped-up charge of having stolen the data, he takes his family and runs, seeking out a retired special-forces operative and old friend to help dig up the truth behind the controversial experiments. Determined to either save Susie's life or die trying, the Dramans plunge into a bloody conflict between two powerful factions vying for control of a discovery that could change the face of humanity. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
At first glance, this didn't seem to be my sort of book. I don't care for medical thrillers, and the synopsis sounded like a medical thriller. May be shallow of me, but I usually get bored and don't really care if the doctor(s) are able to find a cure in time before the whole world dies of some new deadly disease strain! 

Boy, was this a nice surprise! This is more a straight thriller, where the main character just happens to be a medical researcher. No boring details of the disease and no long, drawn-out explanation of how a cure is ultimately found. 

Was drawn into the story of how Richard and his wife Carly are suddenly thrust into a life on the run and wind up smack in the middle of huge conspiracy! The poor researcher and his chef wife handle themselves surprisingly well, but nothing too over-the-top unbelievable and they are both likable characters. 

Gave this one a 4/5 as it had interesting characters, was well-paced, had no gaping plot holes (that I noticed), and was well written. I even liked the ending. So lesson learned, and I won't automatically assume that something isn't my taste without at least reading the excerpt!

Review copy provided by Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 Wrap Up...and a look ahead

2011 turned out better than expected challenge-wise! I completed 7 of the 9 challenges I signed up for! Yea me! One was a horrible fail, and the other I only missed by two (couldn't find books that I wanted to read starting with Q or V for the A-Z Challenge). So all in all, I did much better than expected! Here's my reading challenge recap:

100 Books In A Year Challenge
102/100 completed

Outdo yourself Challenge
102/100 completed 

Off the Shelf Challenge
7/30 (FAIL)

Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge
35/24 completed

What's In A Name 4 Challenge
6/6 completed

2011 eBook Challenge
38/20 completed 

2011 Debut Author Challenge
13/12 completed

A-Z Reading Challenge
24/26 (FAIL)

Goodreads Reading Challenge 

Since I have a tendency to sign up for too many challenges (I have challenge-acceptitus), am going to try and  limit myself to only 4 challenges this year:

hosted by Beth Fish Reads
Had an awful lot of fun with this challenge last year, so looking forward to the new categories for 2012!

Off the Shelf Challenge
hosted by Bookish Ardour
This one was my major fail of 2011. Going to try it again in the hopes that I can whittle down my ginormous stacks of TBR books!

hosted by Workaday Reads
I surprised myself by reading so many eBooks last year, and want to try and break my old record. Love my new Simple Touch nook! And love that publishers are offering so many eARCs!

Also going to take part in the 2012 Goodreads Challenge again this year. Decided to shoot for 110 books in 2012, as I want to challenge myself.

Well, that's it. All the challenges I took part in during 2011, and the ones I'm going to attempt in 2012. Please don't tempt me with any exciting, new challenges, as they're sooooo hard to resist!
Wish me luck!

2012 Ebook Challenge

hosted by Workaday Reads

This was a fun challenge last year, so was one of the few I wanted to sign up for again. I was surprised by how many eBooks I read, mostly thanks to netGalley. This challenge was hosted by The Ladybug Reads last year, but Workaday Reads was the lucky blogger who won the right to host it this time around (as The Ladybug decided not to host again).

Challenge Guidelines:

  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  • Anyone can join, you don't need to be a blogger. If you don't have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
  • Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
  • You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  • You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  • Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.


  1. Floppy disk - 5 ebooks
  2. CD - 10 ebooks
  3. DVD - 25 ebooks
  4. Memory stick - 50 ebooks
  5. Hard drive - 75 ebooks
  6. Server - 100 ebooks
  7. Human brain - 150 ebooks

I decided to go for the Memory Stick level of 50 eBooks! I managed to read 38 last year, so figured I'd go for broke! I know that I usually don't want to bite off more than I can chew, but I'm still in the honeymoon phase with my Simple Touch, so what the heck! Plus, I've got over 60 unread eBooks on my nook that I need to read (but at least they're not gathering dust!).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Off The Shelf Challenge 2012

hosted by Bookish Ardour

This was a major fail for me last year, but I'm determined to do better! I have so many unread books crying out for my attention, yet I keep getting distracted by the bright, shiny new titles! Have decided to concentrate on my TBR piles and have resolved to cut back on any new review titles in the hope that I can catch up.

This challenge is to read those books you own a copy of, print, digital, and audio, you have been meaning to read, but never gotten to. If you don’t own enough books for the challenge, you can read your TBR list instead. And no, you do not need to get rid of your books afterwards, that’s completely your choice, this challenge is only to read them.

The Details:
  • The Main Rule: Do not include books acquired during 2012, it defeats the purpose, read those books from before 2012 started!
  • Running Dates: 1st of January - 31st of December 2012
  • When Can I Sign Up: All the way up to the last two weeks of December 2012!
  • Crossover Genres: Anything! The name of the game is to turn those unread books into read ones.
  • Further Details: Crossover challenges are fine, you can change levels at any time, this is eBook, short story, and graphic novel friendly, and you don’t need a blog to join in

Challenge Levels:

  1. Tempted– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Trying – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
  4. On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Hoarder – Choose between 76-135 books to read
  7. Buried – Choose between 136-200 books to read

I'm not sure what level to choose, as I only managed to read 7 books for this challenge last year. Think I'll double that and shoot for the Trying level of 15 books. Really want to do 30, but I'm worried about setting myself up for another major fail. Think I was too ambitious last time around, then got discouraged.

Fingers crossed that 2012 is my year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Can you believe that it's 2012 already? Seems like only yesterday that we were ringing in 2011! What are your plans for the year? Do you make resolutions, or just go with the flow? I've decided to make a few blog-related resolutions this year:

1. Leave at least 10 blog comments every day
2. Cut down on reading challenges (I tend to go overboard and sign up for way too many)
3. Accept fewer review copies (so I don't fall behind)
4. Catch up on my TBR piles
5. Commit to a posting schedule

What are your resolutions for 2012?