Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winter Words Reading Challenge




This challenge was referred to me and looks king of interesting.
Winter Words Reading Challenge

How many books do you want to read this Winter? It's time to start planning.
December 21 is the first day of Winter, and March 19 is the last day of the season...and this is the duration time of the reading challenge I'm hosting.

Here's how this challenge works:
Select your number of books you want to read below, and choose one of the corresponding words (I have set the minimum amount of books at 3).
3. ice, ski
4. snow, sled
5. frost, slick
6. winter, icicle, flurry
7. mittens, snowman
8. slippery, ice skate
9. snowflake

The word you pick above is an acronym & the books that you read during this challenge will have to coordinate with the letters in the acronym.
You can use either of the following ways to select your books:
(1) A word in the title of your books must start with a letter from your chosen word.
or... (2) The author's first or last name has to begin with 1 of the letters in your acronym.

Try to find a fitting book for every letter in your acronym. For example, if you want to read 3 books & pick the word ICE, this could be your book list:

I ::: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - by Laura Numeroff
C ::: The Secret of the Old Clock - by Carolyn Keene
E ::: Eight Cousins - by Louisa May Alcott

{The above are just sample titles, but it should give you an idea of what to do. Remember, you can choose ANY books you want. Maybe it's already one that you had on your reading-soon list, and fits in with this challenge. It's your decision of what you what to read!}

If this sounds like a fun challenge, and you'd like to take part, here's what you need to do in order to be ready.
Using a word from above, get your book list together... scan your bookshelves for matching letters! Feel free to post your book list on your blog (make sure to tell us what your acronym choice is). I will be opening a Mr. Linky for all the participants to sign up on. Meet me back here, anytime after Monday, December 21. More fine details & the sign-up linky will be up at that time. You'll be able to sign your name & link back to your blog.

*~* EDIT *~*
The sign-up linky has now been posted! Click here to go to that page.

This reading challenge begins on the first day of Winter, the 21st of December, and runs to the last day of Winter, March 19, 2010.
If you're busy right now (with Christmas & New Year's festivities upon us) then don't worry, you can join at any time, in January or later on.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Book Review: Hearts of Courage





Product Description (Amazon.com):
No greater saga of the Northland was ever recounted than the experiences of the survivors of the Gillam plane crash. The Alaska Fishing News, Ketchikan, Alaska, February 8, 1943 In Hearts of Courage John Tippets has done a wonderful job giving voice to his father in telling his story. Arnold Griese, author of Bush Pilot: Early Alaska Aviator Harold Gillam, Sr., Lucky or Legend? John's thorough research and attention to detail transports us back in time to become part of these miraculous events in the lives of Joseph and Alta Tippets. Jeffrey Johns, Curator, American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum None can match the Gillam crash survivors for sheer heroism in the face of impossible odds. Their courage was inspiring! Ric Gillespie, Executive Director, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR)


Review:
Hearts of Courage is the story of the Gillam airplane crash in Alaska that happened in 1943. The airplane crashed in the middle of the snowy Alaskan mountains. The details of the hardship and hunger the passengers had to go through and their will to survive are absolutely inspiring. Six of the passengers on the plane survived this horrible ordeal.


I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventures in the wilderness. This is an easy read that is very touching and well written.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Guest Blog: Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein: The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything



Synopsis
THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about.

Excerpt


Dear Diary, date: September 20

I am in love. I thought I would fall in love when I was much older, maybe 15 or 16. Not today.

I was sitting in class, reading a social studies chapter, trying to answer an awful question at the end of the chapter, “Which state has the most coal mines,” when the door opened and a new kid walked in.

There he was! I knew as soon as I saw him. He was wearing a cute plaid shirt and he had brown hair and brown eyes. I could imagine kissing his lips.

My heart felt like it turned over in my body. My pulse started to race. I couldn’t concentrate. I felt excited, like I suddenly had a big secret. “Our eyes locked.” I read that in a book that my mom had by her bed. It was true. When I looked into his brown eyes, I felt we had known each other forever. Looking at him made me feel all fluttery inside.

I wanted him to sit near me so badly I could have died. But he sat in the row in front of me, a little to the right. Not too bad. Now I can look at him all day. My best friend, Angela, sits beside him, to his right. I hope she doesn’t fall in love with him too. He’s mine! His name is Paul.





Why I wrote The Truth (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything)

I believe that my introduction to this book, which is designed to be read by the girl reading the book and her mom or grandma, or teacher, or guidance counselor, explains why I wrote the book best. Here is what I say:

"When I was ten, and eleven, I knew so many things. I knew a lot of important stuff that my parents and other grown-ups had forgotten. I promised myself that I would find a way to hold on to my knowledge.

Then I grew up and became a teacher and a psychologist. I got married and had children. At work, as a psychologist, I listen to a lot of people’s problems, children and grown-ups. I always try to help them. One of the things I do is to point out to them what is right with them, rather than what is wrong. Another thing I do is to teach them how to have more fun. I also help them to remember their own wisdom and the truths that they already know in their hearts.

One day I decided to find a way to combine what I already knew as a girl with the knowledge I have as a psychologist. I had to find a fun way to do this that would really help girls and mothers recognize that what we know growing up is just as important as what we learn later.

One day, the ‘girl’ just appeared. She knew what to say and how to say it. She did a much better job of sharing THE TRUTH than I ever could have imagined. So I just let her go for it.

Here is her account of THE TRUTH. I hope you enjoy it. Remember your promises to yourself when you grow up and don't forget to listen to your kids someday.

I better get out of the way and let the girl begin……"

I would just add, that since the book has been published, most girls relate to THE TRUTH at a deep level of connection. Most have had a crush, or a problem in school, or been afraid of moving to a new town, or upset if parents did not get along. However, some kids have a whole other 'TRUTH' that is uniquely theirs. And that is great. Even those few kids that don't relate to the girl at all, if they take from the book to be true to themselves, and have the courage to grow up strong and resourceful, then my mission as a women and a psychologist has been successful!


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is the originator of The Enchanted Self(R). She has been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts since 1981. She is currently in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

She is the author of The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy, Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! and There Comes A Time In Every Woman's Life for DELIGHT.

Her newest book, The Truth, I'm Ten, I'm Smart and I Know Everything! is another first in positive psychology. Written by a ten year old girl as a diary, Dr. Barbara has been able to imbed lots of positive truths that we all need to remember and live by, regardless of our age.

The girl's edition, titled: The Truth, (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything) debuted February 2008 in bookstores nationwide. You can get your copy now at www.enchantedself.com.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Book Review: The Light, The Dark & Ember Between by J W Nicklaus




Title: The Light, The Dark & Ember Between
Author: J.W. Nicklaus
Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Bedside Books
Pages: 181 pages



About the Book

A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love.

Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope.

Excerpt
From One Washington Diner:The interior lights punched holes in the dead of night, and in the stillness I could hear the buzz of glowing neon from the sign above. I’d hoped there would be the slim chance of some distraction from the empty, laughing darkness that taunted me. Pinching the bridge of my nose between thumb and forefinger, I shuffled through the front door, greeted by the hostess/cashier/night manager, who apparently was thriving on the not-so-delicate thrush of caffeine. Her uniform bore the hallmarks of traditional diner-dom: bobby sox, her skirt hemline right around knee level, and wide, flat lapels on her blouse. She looked me over for all of two seconds before making
her vocal appraisal.

“Let me guess…can’t sleep?” Her voice was disarming, welcoming, like a puppy that jumps in your lap. Managing a frustrated grin I hoarsely replied, “That obvious?”

“Your eyes, your body language—yeah.” I should have had some snappy retort, but my mental haze precluded any such response and subsequently I let slip my small window of opportunity for any suitable comeback.
Instead, I yawned.

“Jeez, my only customer and I’m already boring you,” she blurted out. I thought she smirked, but couldn’t be certain in my unwillingly wakeful state. I glanced around the empty dining room and motioned from left to right. “Looks like you’re swamped. Should I come back later?”

Soft brown curls played upon her left shoulder as she turned her head slightly. “Early a.m. sarcasm—I like it. Sit wherever you like, I’m good at finding people in a crowd.” Even in my sleepless haze, I had to admit she was delightful.

“If you don’t mind, I’ll sit at the counter,” I croaked. “I’ll try not to be a bother.” Her hair gently fluttered as she shook her head. “Works for me. Cop a squat and I’ll be right with ya’.”

My mind was made up—she was indeed delightful, in a common denominator kind of way. Having never exceeded the mathematical scope of algebra during my academic career that suited me just fine.

Review:
The Light, The Dark and Ember Between is a collection of short stories.
Each story in The Light, The Dark, and Ember Between is set up quickly, so that the characters develop to make the stories pop.

J.W. Nicklaus is a wonderful colorful writer – the words make for beautiful musical stories. The stories are funny, serious and some are supernatural (didn’t like this one as well).

I liked most of the stories and will definitely pass this book on to my reading group. These are stories that that can be reread over and over, because the message that is hidden in each one is a gem. I do hope that there are more stories to come from this author.

Book Review: A Blue And Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott



Title: A Blue and Gray Christmas
Author: Joan Medlicott


Rating: 4/5
No. of Pages: 336
Published: November 10, 2009


From the inside flap:
In this stunning holiday story, a cache of Civil War-era letters and diaries sweeps the ladies of Covington up into a dramatic and heartwarming historical saga that inspires them to plan an unforgettable Christmas for two families forever changed by war.

When a rusty old tin box is unearthed at the Covington Homestead, longtime housemates Grace, Amelia, and Hannah discover that it contains letters and diaries written by two Civil War soldiers, one Union and one Confederate.

The friends are captivated by the drama revealed. The soldiers were found dying on a nearby battlefi eld by an old woman. She nursed them back to health, hiding them from bounty hunters seeking deserters. At the end of the war the men chose to stay in Covington, caring for their rescuer as she grew frail. But while their lives were rich, they still felt homesick and guilty for never contacting the families they'd left behind.

Christmas is coming, and the letters inspire Amelia with a generous impulse. What if she and her friends were to find the two soldiers' descendants and invite them to Covington to meet? What better holiday gift could there be than the truth about these two heroic men and their dramatic shared fate? With little time left, the ladies spring into action to track down the men's families in Connecticut and the Carolinas, and to make preparations in Covington for their most memorable, most historic Christmas yet.

Mine:
A Blue and Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott is part of the Covington Series and was the first one I read, I would have to say that it would be well worth it to read more of the series. The characters of Amelia, Grace and Hannah wonderful and developed. A box of letters from the civil war was found on the property, the women read the letters and are touched by the letters.

The authors of the letters are one soldier from the south and one from the north. The two were both injured and were helped by Miss Ella Mae who brought them up as her own. The “Girls” decide it would be a great gift to find the family of the soldiers and invite them for a wonderful Christmas celebration.

This is a delightful tale for Christmas as the geneorsity of spirit is shared by all.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter Reading Challenge 2010





December 1, 2009 - February 28, 2010


The Royal Reviews is hosting the Winter Reading Challenge 2010. They write:

This Challenge is the brain child of Diane from The Book Resort (aka The Moody Countess). Even though it's not Winter here in Australia at the moment, in fact we are sweltering in very high temperatures usually only seen in the height of Summer, it's nice to think 'cold' to help keep us cool.
To complete the challenge, readers must read six books which meet specific criteria as follows:

Read a book not set in the USA or England.

Read a book with “Ice”, "Frost", "Chill", "Cold" "Winter" in the title.

For Valentine's Day, choose an author whose first or last name begins with “L”.

Choose a book that is not part of a series.

Read a book written in the first-person point-of-view.

Read a book with “Mr”, “Mrs”, “Miss” or “Ms” in the title.

Challenge Guidelines:

Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section on the post about the challenge.
You must read all six books to complete the challenge.
Any book format counts.
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.
Want to join? Visit the post about the challenge.

Romance Challenge 2010




January 1 - December 31, 2010


The Royal Reviews is hosting the Royals Romance Challenge for 2010. They write:
This is the second year we have run the Romance Reading Challenge.


Although this year it will be a little different with more options for those die hard lovers of Romance novels. This challenge includes all sub genres of Romance i.e. paranormal, young adult, historical etc. So this should give you plenty of options.


Challenge Guidelines:
Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section on the post about the challenge.

Any book format counts.

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.

Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.


There are four levels of participation:
Curious – Read 3 Romance Fiction novels.
Fascinated – Read 6 Romance Fiction novels.
Addicted – Read 12 Romance Fiction novels.
Obsessed – Read 20 Romance Fiction novels.


Want to join? Visit the post about the challenge.

Finish That Series Challenge 2010




January 1 - December 31, 2010


The Royal Reviews is hosting the Finish That Series Challenge in 2010.


They write:
This is an opportunity for you to finish all of those series that have been sitting on your book shelf looking at you. I don't know about you but I have quite a few. With this challenge you count series completed, not books read. I have a series with 20 books in it, although I'm not sure I'll include this one, it doesn't matter how many books are in the series or if you've read most of them and only have one or two left to read. The object of this challenge is to finish the series.
Challenge Guidelines:
Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section on the post about the challenge.
Any genre counts.
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.
Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.
There are four levels of participation:
Curious – Finish 2 series.
Fascinated – Finish 3 series.
Addicted – Finish 5 series.
Obsessed – Finish 10 series.
Interested? Visit the post about the challenge to learn more and sign up.
**NOTE: there is a similar challenge being offered at Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic here.

2nd Challenge 2010




This challenges was previously hosted by J. Kaye's Book Blog. When J. Kaye kindly offered to let Royal Reviews take over running this host we were very excited.


The great thing about this challenge is that it's not just for your second in a series books, but the second time you've read an author as well. This encourages you to give authors another try if you haven't liked the book you've read or simply another excuse to read a book by an author you loved.


Challenge Guidelines:

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 novels that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Addicted – Read 12 novels that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 novels 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

3. Any genre counts.

4. 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.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to the post about the 2nd Reading Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.

1st In A Series 2010






This challenges was previously hosted by J. Kaye's Book Blog. When J. Kaye kindly offered to let Royal Reviews take over running this host we jumped at the chance.

As so many of us love reading our series this one gives you the chance to include them in your challenges. As with all our other challenges there are various levels from the Curious to the Obsessed. If you start out at the Curious level and find yourself on the Addicted level then just change you post accordingly.


Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious– Read 3 novels that are first in a series.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 novels that are first in a series.

-- Addicted – Read 12 novels that are first in a series.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 novels that are first in a series.

3. Any genre counts.

4. 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.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to the post about the 1st in a Series Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.

Audiobook Challenge 2010






January 1 - December 31, 2010


The Royal Reviews is hosting The Audio Book Challenge in 2010. They write:

With most of us having IPods or MP3 players these days listening to audio books has become an easy activity. Personally doing housework, driving the kids to school or sitting waiting for soccer training to finish has never been more enjoyable.
Challenge Guidelines:

Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section on the post about the challenge.

Audio books only.

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.
Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.
There are four levels of participation:

Curious – Listen to 3 Audio Books.
Fascinated – Listen to 6 Audio Books.
Addicted – Listen to 12 Audio Books.
Obsessed – Listen to 20 Audio Books.

Want to join? Visit the post about the challenge.

Romance Reading Challenge 2010





January 1 - December 31, 2010



Naida of The Bookworm is hosting the Romance Reading Challenge again in 2010. Here's what she says:



I'm happy to say that my Romance Reading Challenge is going into it's third year! Wow! Thank you all who have joined and read and posted thier reviews. That's amazing to me, that I started a challenge and other bloggers joined up and participated, it's really great. I hope you will sign up again this year. So, without further ado, here's the rules:


1. "Romance" isn't limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love.


2. Choose at least 5 novels to read. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine.

3. Read them at your own pace in 2010 then post the link to your review(s).

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge 2010




January 1 - December 31, 2010



Yvonne and Book Dragon are hosting the Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge again in 2010.



Here's what they say:



Rules:

All of the books must be from the Harlequin family of imprints

Read one book for each requirement


Requirements:

1) Read 1 book with a weather condition in the title (i.e. storm, rain, snow)

2) Read 1 book with a person's name in the title (i.e. Mary, John)

3) Read 1 book with a title in the title (i.e. King, Prince, Princess, Sheik)

4) Read 1 book with a color in the title (i.e. red, blue, white)

5) Read 1 book by an author whose last name begins with the letter "R"

6) Read 1 book with an element in the title (earth, wind, fire, air, spirit)

Other information:
1) Please join the challenge by commenting with a link to your post (I'll start a participant blog roll)

2) A list is not necessary and may be changed at any time

3) Books can be in any format - paper, audio, ebook

4) Books may be used for other challenges

5) Go to eHarlequin for book information, anything you can purchase there counts for the challenge.

To Join, go to Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge

YA Through the Decades 2010





January 1 - December 31, 2010


Whitney of Youth Services Corner is hosting the YA through the Decades Challenge.
Here's what she says:


I only started reading YA literature a few years ago and tend to read current books. With the recent release of the Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick, which looks back at teen lit from decades past, I’ve been itching to read some older YA books. So, why not start a reading challenge?


There’s some debate about when YA lit first started. In Michael Cart’s “Naming Names” column from March 15, 2009’s Booklist, he lists The Outsiders (1967), Catcher in the Rye (1951), Seventeenth Summer (1942), Sue Barton Student Nurse (1936) and even Little Women (1868) as contenders for the first book for teen readers. For the purposes of this challenge, though, I’m defining early YA pretty broadly, in that the book should feature a teen point of view and be accessible to young people, even if it wasn’t published for teens.


Rules:
1. Books should be considered YA or, for older books, should feature a teenaged main character or point of view. Let’s say from roughly ages 12-18.
2. Read at least one book from each decade: 1930s or earlier; 1940s; 1950s; 1960s; 1970s; 1980s; 1990s; 2000s. Re-reads are fine. Check the main challenge page for book ideas for each time period.
3. Sign up either by commenting or signing the Linky at the bottom of the page. You can use the graphic on your blog to promote the challenge if you wish. You can start this challenge at any time during the year.


Optional
Post your reading list on your blog!To join, go to YA through the Decades Challenge

Friday, December 11, 2009

2009 Virtual Advent Tour Day 11




I've had fun reading others articles and have had to look back on my own family traditons.

It's been great have nephews (8 & 7) now to rekindle the Christmas traditions.

We have gone to a different Christmas display each year for 2 years and then find a new one to go to. We first went to Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose - where different organizations decorate trees and then there are decorations that are put up. The decorations have been around for years and and are wonderful to watch, since they are move and the kids would watch facinated.

Next we've gone to the Fantasy of Lights that takes place at Vasona Park in Los Gatos. This is great since you can do this in any weather, since you drive through the park and the lights in your car. The entire park is decorated with lights and lighted arbors that you drive under. The greatest lights are of the dinosaurs.

This year we will be going to Gilroy Gardens to there decorated gardens. Going next weekend since its suppose to be pouring down this weekend.

I've also gotten an ornament every year for each one of them that might be their favorite animal (penguins) or characters (Lightning McQueen). They each get a different snow globe each year.

Most of our traditions now are about the kids.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Friday 56: Evolution Of A Sad Woman




The Friday 56 is a weekly meme that was started by Storytime With Tonya and Friends.

The rules are simple:

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions on your blog.
* Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Evolution of a Sad Woman by Gale Laurie

"Sometines the petals fall from the flower. Yet, it can remain beautiful. Happy Birthday

Happy Thanksgiving 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Flashback Reading Challenge





January 1 - December 31, 2010


Aarti and Kristen are hosting the Flashback Challenge for 2010. This challenge is all about re-reading books.

You can sign up for the following levels:

Bookworm - Up to three books
Scholar - Four to six books
Literati - Over six books
Within these levels, there will be mini-challenges! These are:


1. Re-read a favorite book from your childhood

2. Re-read a book assigned to you in high school

3. Re-read a book you loved as an adult


Want more information or to sign up? Visit the post about the challenge.

Thriller and Suspense Challenge 2010




January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010



Book Chick City is hosting the Thriller and Suspense Challenge 2010. Last year, J. Kaye Book Blog hosted it.



The Details:
• You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront then you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
• If you decide to participate in this challenge please use the links I have set up below with the buttons to post on your sidebar, this way others can find their way back to this post and join in the fun.
• If you decide to join this challenge be sure to create a post telling others, please make sure you add a link back to this post so others can join in.
• You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
• There will be a place for you to link your reviews, but this is optional.

Now, there are many different sub-genres of thriller, so don't go thinking that you don't actually read these kinds of books because I bet you read more than you think. As I mentioned above you can choose from the numerous sub-genres, from cosy mysteries such as Agatha Christie to the more hard-boiled kind like V I Warshawski by Sara Paretsky, or even supernatural/ paranormal suspense written by the likes of Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake) and Kelley Armstrong. So, there you have it, this challenge will have something for everyone I'm sure! :)
To help you figure out and decide, J. Kaye has kindly given me the sub-genre list that she compiled when hosting the challenge. To view this list go HERE.

To join, go to Thriller and Suspense Challenge 2010

Young Adult Reading Challenge




January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010


J. Kaye of J. Kaye's Books in starting a new challenge, the 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge.
Here's what J.Kaye says:


1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. --Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.


2. There are four levels:-

-The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.

--Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.

--Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.

--Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.


3. Audio, eBooks, paper all count. 4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

The Nancy Drew Challenge




January 1 - December 31, 2010


Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food is hosting The Nancy Drew Challenge where participants are encouraged to read all 56 original Nancy Drew Mystery stories.

Here are the guidelines:

Only the yellow hardback versions of the books count (check out the post about the challenge for more information on this)
Audio and e-books are allowed
Re-reads count and you can count ones you've read in the past
Reviews are not required
Crossovers are allowed
You don't need a blog to participate
Learn more and sign up by visiting the post about the challenge.

2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge






January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010

J. Kaye from < href =" J.Kaye's Book Blog is hosting the2010 Support Your Local Library Challenge again, where participants are encouraged to read from their libraries.

There are four levels of participation you may choose from for 2010:



--The Mini – Check out and read 25 library books.

--Just My Size – Check out and read 50 library books.

--Stepping It Up – Check out and read 75 library books.

--Super Size Me – Check out and read 100 library books.

(Aim high. As long as you read 25 by the end of 2010, you are a winner.)

Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Young Reader – any book as long as it is checked out from the library count. Checked out like with a library card, not purchased at a library sale.

No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

100+ Reading Challenge 2010








1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. --Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.


2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.


3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.


4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.


5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.


6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Young Readers Reading Challenge for 2010





January 1 - December 31, 2010


Becky of Becky's Book Reviews is hosting the Young Readers Reading Challenge for 2010. The goal is to read 12 children's books. Becky writes:

Think of this as referring to the "E" (Easy) and "J" (Juvenile or Junior) sections of the library.

A list is not required. Choose what you like. Choose as you go. Or plan it all out now. Whatever you want.

Learn more and sign up by visiting the post about the challenge.

Reading From My Shelves Project in 2010




January 1 - December 31, 2010


Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea is hosting the Reading From My Shelves Project in 2010. Diane writes:

So with 2010 just around the corner, I've decided to try to lessen the weight on my bookshelves, by reading books from my shelves, and then passing the books on to someone else: a friend, relative, the library, used book store, swap them, just as long as the book leaves my house once it has been read. I'm setting an ambitious goal of (75 books).

To participate:

grab the button
decide how many books you want to read from your shelves (minimum of 20 - no maximum)

find a new home for the books once you read them
post the titles and the authors of books you've read and passed on
Learn more and sign up by visiting the post about the challenge.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Online Holiday Greeting Card Exchange




Color Online Holiday Greeting Card Exchange
Sign-up is open till December 5th. Let us celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid, Kwanzaa and Solstice together.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

TBR Challenge 2010


TBR Challenge 2010




January 1 - December 31, 2010




Jenn has a new home for the TBR Challenge for 2010. Here is the information about this challenge:

** Pick 12 books – one for each month of the year - that you’ve been wanting to read (that have been on your “To Be Read” list) for 6 months or longer, but haven’t gotten around to.
** OPTIONAL: Create a list of 12 “Alternates” (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn’t grab you at the time)
** Then, starting January 1, read one of these books from your list each month, ending December 31. )
(for more information, please read the challenge FAQs)

Additional rules/guidelines for this challenge:
* the challenge is to read 12 TBR books in 12 months — you can read those all in one month if you want, or one a month, or however you wanna do it.
* you should have a list posted somewhere for others to see* you CANNOT change your list after January 1st, of the current year!!!
* you can create an Alternates list of MAXIMUM 12 books, if you want, in order to have options to choose from (you can read these in place of books on your original list).
* audiobooks and e-books ARE allowed* re-reads are NOT allowed, as they aren’t TRUE “TBRs”
* you CAN overlap with other challenges
* OPTIONAL: you can join the Yahoo! Group created for participants of the TBR Challenge, if you want to have a place to keep your list, or just to share with others about how you’re doing!

Learn more on the post about the challenge.

Read and Review Challenge 2010






January 1-December 31, 2010


Jenn is hosting the Read and Review Challenge in 2010 - but it has a new site from last year's challenge. Jenn writes:

Review each book you read between January 1st and December 31st of the current year.

PLEASE keep your reviews clean & respectful ~ these books we read are the hard work of an author, and we don’t need to be mean. Even if you didn’t like the book, please try to find something you can say that would be encouraging to the author.

Guidelines:
reviews can be as short, or long, as you wish
you MAY overlap with other challenges
eBooks and Audiobooks ARE allowed
if there will be spoilers in your review, please note this in the subject line of your post so that those who don’t want to read them can skip that review


Read Your Own Books 2010





January 1-December 31, 2010


Jenn is hosting the Read Your Own Books Challenge for 2010. She writes:


For 2010, I am planning to continue with the RYOB (Read Your Own Books) challenge! The rules are simple:

Pick a number of books you’d like to read in one year
Choose those books from your OWN collection
Read them between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010

And, that’s it!
Some other guidelines for this challenge:

Re-Reads are NOT allowed (the challenge is to get more of your own books read that have been sitting there waiting!)

Audiobooks & e-books ARE allowed

You do NOT need a blog to participate

Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Reading Challenge (2009)

Holiday Reading Challenge (2009)



November 20 - December 31, 2009


Nely at All About {n} is hosting the 2009 Holiday Reading Challenge.

She writes:

As I'm sure you can all tell, I'm in a "Christmassy" mood already. The blog is decked out, my giveaways are up, the iPod is set to holiday tunes, and I'm ready to snuggle up with a... Frappucino (because sadly, it is still too hot in Florida for hot chocolate). But what I'm really ready for is to crack open those holiday books that I have (bows head in shame) already begun buying. I can't help it! I love reading holiday books - they make me feel warm and toasty inside. And I thought what better way to get some of you guys in that same mood then to have (ahem) my very FIRST reading challenge. (Hooray!)
The Rules:

You can read anywhere from 1 to 5 books for the challenge and, of course, you are more than welcome to surpass that number.
Books must be holiday related books. That's right, the holiday doesn't really matter, but it would be more "jolly" if your choices were Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.
The size of the book does not matter, nor does the genre.
It is also okay for the book to overlap with other challenges.
No children's books. YA is okay. And so are re-reads.
There will be goodies. At the end of every week that the challenge is running Nely will choose one winner from the review links and allow them to pick a book of their choosing from a provided list. Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning a "present".

Thankfully Reading Weekend

Thankfully Reading Weekend - EVENT



November 27-29, 2009


The group over at the Book Blog Social Club are encouraging readers to devote some time to reading over the Thanksgiving weekend. Dubbed Thankfully Reading Weekend, the event runs throughout the holiday weekend. Beth writes:

There are no rules to the weekend and no prizes; we're simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for 2009. We thought it'd be fun if we cheered each other on a bit. If you think you can join in, grab the button (Didn't Jenn do a great job?) and sign on to Mr. Linky. If you don't have a blog, use the comments!

For more information and to sign up to participate, visit the post about the event.

Rainbow Connection Challenge



Thank you to Wendy for the help with the botton.

January 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010


I’m hosting my first Challenge, Rainbow Connection Challenge. Reading Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet books.

You can complete either a single rainbow or double rainbow challenge.

Single Rainbow (reading 7 books) by either Author (first or last name) or Title for every color Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet books.


Double Rainbow (reading 14 books) by Author (first or last name) and Title for every color Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet books.



There will be a rainbow prize for all that complete the challenge.

Rules:
1. This challenge is from January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010.
2. The books you chose for this challenge can overlap with other challenges.

If you are taking part in this challenge, do leave a comment here, post about the challenge.

PS. Could use some help with MrLinky.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Revist Your Childhood Favorites Challenge 2009/10

Revist Your Childhood Favorites Challenge 2009/10






October 2, 2009 - June 30, 2010

Debbie at Debbie's World of Books is hosting a challenge all about nostalgia. The Revisit Your Childhood Favorites Challenge encourages participants to read 5 books that were favorites while growing up.

To learn more and sign up, visit the post about the challenge

Four Month Challenge Part 2




November 1, 2009-February 28, 2010



Hosted again by Virginie Says...

Virginie Says…

I had so much fun doing my last challenge – the first one I ever did or hosted. November 1st will be the beginning of twenty all new challenges and I hope that everyone will join me again. I’m posting this now so everyone can start going through their libraries to find books for each cate
gory. Rules/guidelines will be posted November 1st when the challenge starts.


5 Point Challenges
Read a book with a proper name in the title
Read a book about a queen or king
Read a book by a Bronte
Read a book about Vampires
Read a book by V.C. Andrews

10 Point Challenges
Read a book by Canadian author
Read a book by Charles Dickens
Read a book set in France
Read a book by Georgette Heyer
Read an ‘art’ themed book.

15 Point Challenges
Read a book with a Civil War theme (any country)
Read a book with characters inspired by King Arthur or about King Arthur/Camelot
Read a biography/autobiography
Read a book related to or something by Shakespeare
Read a book by an author born in November, December, January or February

20 Point Challenges
Read a book with a wintery theme (Christmas, snow, ice, freezing etc.)
Read a book that was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Read a book that begins with A and one that begins with Z
Read a book from The Modern Library Top 100
Read a book and then write a review

To find out more or to sign up, go to: Virginie Says...

Winter Holiday Reading Challenge #2

November 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010


Diane from Book In Hand is hosting the Winter Holiday Reading Challenge again this year.

She writes:
The theme for this challenge is Winter Holidays. The books that you choose to read must have a storyline that includes celebrating a winter holiday, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, etc. (However the holidays are not limited to just these examples.) You may choose the number of books you wish to read and a reading list is optional.


To learn more or to join, go to the Winter Holiday Reading Challenge.

Secret Santa




Sponsored by The Neverdending Shelf


As I have previously mentioned, this time of year is my favorite. There is so much going on with holidays, weather, etc. One of my favorite events for the holidays has always been Secret Santa. My extended family does this every year, and it is usually really funny to see what everyone gets. We then spend what seems like forever trying to guess who gave what to whom. Anyways, I thought that this would be a fun event to do for the blogging community since I feel like many of you are now a part of my extended family.

Information:

* I have created a sign-up sheet-- which is below. Please only fill out this form if you are serious about this. (I would really hate to pair someone up, and then one of the partners does not participate.)

* This open internationally. I am hoping to pair those in like countries. For example: Canadians with other Canadians, UK with UK, etc. If it does not work out equally, then I will try to find some sort of compromise.

* Books given can be new or used. If used, please make sure they are in good condition.

* Sign-ups end on November 15th. I will email you your partner's information by Wednesday, November 18th.

* Please have your package sent out no later than December 10th.

* When you’ve sent out your package, please email me and let me know. And please also email me when you receive your package. I want to ensure that all who sign up receive something.


* If you have any questions, feel free to email me at neverendingshelf@gmail.com

* And most importantly: HAVE FUN!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monthly Mixer Mele (Nov 1, 2009 - Nov 2, 2010)

Monthly Mixer Mele

All you have to do is read a book that begins with a letter of each month or read a book that begins with the authors name (first or last name, doesn’t matter).

There are 74 letters so you will have to have 74 different books to complete the challenge. Books can however be used to complete other challenges.

You don’t have to do the months in any kind of order, just fill in books as you go along until you have each letter a book by it.

Challenge begins November 1, 2009 and ends November 2, 2010 so you have a whole year to complete! Lets break out them books and get busy!

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M

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If you decide to join me in the 2009/2010 Monthly Mixer Mele, create a post on your blog telling others about this event. In your post, be sure to include the link to this post on your blog. That way others can find their way here and join in the fun!

When you sign up under Mr. Linky, list the direct link to your post where your books will be listed in the URL spot.

No need to link your reviews to here just come back and let us know how your coming along in this same post. :)

The most important thing is to have fun!

Mailbox Monday 11/9/09



Still catching up on what I've received




About the book:
The Laceyville Monkeys: Say the Right Words by Harriett Ruderman
ISBN: 978-0615264820
Publisher: Illusion Press
Date of publish: March 1, 2009
Pages: 32




About the book:
Stop It! By Sally Lee
ISBN: 978-1439261149
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
Date of publish: Oct 26, 2009
Pages: 36




About the book:
Jack's Dreams Come to Life by Sara Jackson
ISBN: 978-1439242810
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
Date of publish: July 28, 2009
Pages: 26





About the book:
Fairy Hunters, Ink. By Sheila A. Dane
ISBN: 978-0982095607
Publisher: Dane & Dane, LLC
Date of publish: Dec 29, 2008
Pages: 105





About the book:
The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan Runholt
ISBN: 978-0142413388
Publisher: Puffin
Date of publish: June 25, 2009
Pages: 308

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mailbox Monday 11/2/09







About the book:
Messy Tessy by Leah Orr
ISBN: 978-1438993980
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Date of publish: August 18, 2009
Pages: 36





About the book:
Through the Triangle by C.P. Stewart
ISBN: 9781432740368
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: Aug 29, 2009
Pages: 388





About the book:
Triangle of Deception by Haggai Carmon
ISBN: 978-0843961928
Publisher: Leisure Books
Date of publish: Oct 27, 2009
Pages: 336






About the book:
Crack the $$ Code by Patricia Annino
ISBN: 978-1439247426
Publisher: BookSurge
PublishingDate of publish: July 3, 2009
Pages: 80



About the book:
Chris Dreams BIG by Chris Dudley & Chris Love-Dudley
ISBN: 978-0982322406
Publisher: CCD Productions
Date of publish: April 1, 2009
Pages: 38