Nov 262011
 
Yes…I surrender.  As hard as it to say, I must and the numbers show it.   This year had many real life personal challenges that took priority over everything, even reading. And even though my reading was affected, including my challenges, I am looking forward to, being optimistic and getting excited about 2012.  I have started setting up my Challenge page, stalking blogs for more challenges and getting ready for the new year.  So I thought I would start cleaning house, removing the challenges that I failed at, and making room for new ones.

I entered 18 Challenges in 2011.  I know…I am a Challenge Addict plus a button addict.  That’s why Gina from Hott Books and I are once again co hosting the Challenge Addict Challenge, for those of us who have this somewhat little, run of the mill, large, whopper of, in need of an intervention addiction. lol 
To date I have only read 45 books, so embarrassed, but there were months, that I was lucky if I finished one book.  The following Challenges I am surrendering, knowing that I will not be able to complete within a month.


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            2 of ?                                                3 of 5                                             1 of 4    

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           20 of 50                                        1 of 12                                         1 of 3

However, even with the little I did read, I did manage to complete some of my 2011 Challenges!!   I am excited that some of the challenges I was hoping for are returning and I am signed up and ready to go, then there are others that I am anxiously awaiting to see if they get posted on A Novel Challenge in hopes they will be returning and while I am stalking the site, I am finding new challenges too.  2012 is going to be my year of reading!!!!  
And now…..my TBR bookcase, Sony EReader and Kindle are full and no doubt will have many more titles added throughout the year, thanks to everyone’s reviews and the memes that I participate in, and now I sit and wait for  the New Year!!!   
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Nov 262011
 
Yes…I surrender.  As hard as it to say, I must and the numbers show it.   This year had many real life personal challenges that took priority over everything, even reading. And even though my reading was affected, including my challenges, I am looking forward to, being optimistic and getting excited about 2012.  I have started setting up my Challenge page, stalking blogs for more challenges and getting ready for the new year.  So I thought I would start cleaning house, removing the challenges that I failed at, and making room for new ones.

I entered 18 Challenges in 2011.  I know…I am a Challenge Addict plus a button addict.  That’s why Gina from Hott Books and I are once again co hosting the Challenge Addict Challenge, for those of us who have this somewhat little, run of the mill, large, whopper of, in need of an intervention addiction. lol 
To date I have only read 45 books, so embarrassed, but there were months, that I was lucky if I finished one book.  The following Challenges I am surrendering, knowing that I will not be able to complete within a month.


THE THREE R'SPhotobucketPhotobucket
            2 of ?                                                3 of 5                                             1 of 4    

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           20 of 50                                        1 of 12                                         1 of 3

However, even with the little I did read, I did manage to complete some of my 2011 Challenges!!   I am excited that some of the challenges I was hoping for are returning and I am signed up and ready to go, then there are others that I am anxiously awaiting to see if they get posted on A Novel Challenge in hopes they will be returning and while I am stalking the site, I am finding new challenges too.  2012 is going to be my year of reading!!!!  
And now…..my TBR bookcase, Sony EReader and Kindle are full and no doubt will have many more titles added throughout the year, thanks to everyone’s reviews and the memes that I participate in, and now I sit and wait for  the New Year!!!   
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Jan 112011
 

Now that ball has dropped and everyone has watched 2011 be ushered in, still trying to get used to writing 11 instead of 10, and more importantly saying, OMG!!!! I signed up for how many challenges?”  Well………

need help
I found another mini challenge, ( I know, just what you needed) but this is a Read-A-Thon via Bev’s blog, My Reader’s Block, and thought I would share it with all of you.  I have already signed up and hope to get a lot of reading done, at least until Bloggiesta starts, because Gina from Hott Books felt that I needed to do this challenge too.
Here is the info for the Read-A-Thon:
  Michelle from The True Book Addict is hosting.
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The read-a-thon is one week away and I’m super excited…can’t wait for an excuse to sit around and read! I don’t care what needs to be done around the house (aside from my writing goals). I’m going to read, read, read! Here are the dates and times for the read-a-thon: Monday, January 17 at 12 am until Sunday, January 23 at 11:59 pm (adjust your time zone as appropriate…I’m on central time). As I’m pretty sure there are no other read-a-thons that week (I checked and double checked so as to not intrude on someone else’s event), we will be using #readathon hashtag on Twitter. I would really appreciate any help in spreading the word. Also, if there are any bloggers and/or authors out there who would like to host a mini-challenge/giveaway during the event, please email me at truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom. Also, please email me or leave a comment if you have any questions. You can sign up and participate at any time during the read-a-thon…this is a flexible event. I hope you will join me for a week of reading fun!

Jan 102011
 

Now that ball has dropped and everyone has watched 2011 be ushered in, still trying to get used to writing 11 instead of 10, and more importantly saying, OMG!!!! I signed up for how many challenges?”  Well………

need help
I found another mini challenge, ( I know, just what you needed) but this is a Read-A-Thon via Bev’s blog, My Reader’s Block, and thought I would share it with all of you.  I have already signed up and hope to get a lot of reading done, at least until Bloggiesta starts, because Gina from Hott Books felt that I needed to do this challenge too.
Here is the info for the Read-A-Thon:
  Michelle from The True Book Addict is hosting.
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The read-a-thon is one week away and I’m super excited…can’t wait for an excuse to sit around and read! I don’t care what needs to be done around the house (aside from my writing goals). I’m going to read, read, read! Here are the dates and times for the read-a-thon: Monday, January 17 at 12 am until Sunday, January 23 at 11:59 pm (adjust your time zone as appropriate…I’m on central time). As I’m pretty sure there are no other read-a-thons that week (I checked and double checked so as to not intrude on someone else’s event), we will be using #readathon hashtag on Twitter. I would really appreciate any help in spreading the word. Also, if there are any bloggers and/or authors out there who would like to host a mini-challenge/giveaway during the event, please email me at truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom. Also, please email me or leave a comment if you have any questions. You can sign up and participate at any time during the read-a-thon…this is a flexible event. I hope you will join me for a week of reading fun!

Jan 042011
 

OK….so Self and I have been having a dialogue over the past few days.  We agree that I am a lost cause when it comes to challenges.  It was either Gina, my buddy from Hott Books, or Julie, my other buddy from Reading Without Restraint…sorry having a senior moment..has brought it to my attention why they think I like challenges, not only for the concept but also for the adorable buttons.  And I know if I say they are right, I’ll never hear the end of it, but, they are right!!!! 

2010 was the first time ever that I kept record of how many books I read in a year.  I had signed up for the 2010 100+ Challenge knowing that I would never get close but wanted to see just how close I would get.  I didn’t do too bad considering I had some rough months with surgeries and slumps and still accomplished to get 68 books read.  And then today…the Musing Monday question was just about this topic.  I have been debating if I should sign up again for a 2011 100+ to see if I get any closer.  I have had some very encouraging comments all day from from very kind visitors and Self and I have talked about:

And we have decided, what’s one more, at this point!!!  And please if you see me pulling up to the front door of A Novel Challenge, lock the deadbolts!!!! 
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Hosted by Amy from My Over Stuffed Book Shelf
Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf is hosting the 100+ Reading Challenge. She writes:

I am challenging you to beat your 2010 record this year! Can you read over 100 books this year?
RULES:
*The goal is to read 100 or more books.
*Anyone can join.
*You don’t need a blog to participate. Posting on GoodReads or wherever you post your reviews is good enough.
*Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.
*What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.
*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.
*Books started before the January 1st do not count.
*You can join at anytime.