Jan 212013


This is a sticky post for my Read-A-Thon Progress

Hosted by Michelle at Seasons Of Reading

Monday 01/21
Book:  Knowing by Laurel Dewey  
Pages Read:  Kindle  55-69%

Tuesday 01/22
Book:  Knowing by Laurel Dewey
Pages Read:  Kindle 69-78%

Wednesday 01/23
Pages Read:  0 pages

Thursday 01/24
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Friday 01/25
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Saturday 01/26
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Sunday 01/27
Pages Read:

WRAP UP 01/28
Total Pages Read:

Jan 072013

This is a sticky post to update my progress of the Read-A-Thon.


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

Monday  01/07:
Challenge/Giveaway:  Scientific Discovery – The Book Barbies
Pages read today:

Tuesday  01/08:
Challenge/Giveaway:   Guess the Cover – Never Too fond of Books
Favorite/Funniest Cover – Wading Through the Ocean of Life

Pages read today:

Wednesday  01/09:
Challenge/Giveaway:  Page 48 Challenge – Booking In Heels
Pages read today:

Thursday  01/10:
Challenge/Giveaway:  Book Spine Poetry – Escape Through the Pages
Vampires in Popular Fiction – The One with Rachel’s Book

Pages read today:

Friday  01/11:
Challenge/Giveaway:  Rewrite the Synopsis – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
Pages read today:

Saturday  01/12:
Challenge/Giveaway:  Name Your Book Crack – Bookgoonie
Bookish Dress Up – Nyx Book Reviews

Pages read today:

Sunday  01/13:
Challenge/Giveaway:  The New Year Resolution Challenge – Ex Libris
Pages read today:

Monday 01/14  WRAP UP
Total pages read:
My thoughts:

Dec 302012

I surrender!!!!   Go ahead….you can laugh at me.  But I’m sure, that if you know me, you already knew that I wasn’t going to be able to control myself.  And with only 1 day left in 2012, how could I not add at least one, two, ok, a few more challenges!!  Want to join me?  Details below:

Justification:  This challenge is so needed because I am now up to 3 shelves, not including my EReaders, of TBR requested review books that have been sitting in my bookcase crying out, “Please read me…did you forget about me?” lol

Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge 2013
Hosted by Patricia at PlanetPooks 
RULES: To be considered a TBR book, you must own it prior to Jan 1, 2013. The book can count toward other challenges, as well. It can be fiction or nonfiction, poetry or play, as long as it is a book. This is not a picky challenge–just about reading the riches we already own.

On the last day of each month I will post an entry where you can say how many TBRs you read that month, titles, and whether you liked them or not. Full-blown reviews not required. You can list them in comments or link back to your own blog or page where they are listed.

At the end of the year I will have pretty badges for all levels, and if I haven’t learned to create them by myself, hopefully somebody else will make them for me.

There are five levels of accomplishment (and a bonus challenge) in the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge.

Copper: Read 6 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013.

Bronze: Read 12 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013.

Silver: Read 24 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013

Gold: Read 36 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013.

Platinum: Read 50 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013.

Bonus Challenge! The same levels are also available for digital samples. If you are like me, you also have a quizillion samples you’ve downloaded onto your e-reader. Culling through samples and deciding whether to keep reading or not is a separate challenge with all five levels and the same year-end prize–a special badge.

So, are you in? And have I left anything out? I’ve never done this before, so let me know if I need to adjust anything or add anything! Use Mister Linky to link to your blog or wherever you might announce your participation in this challenge, and leave a comment below to say which will be your goal for 2013. You will get the appropriate badge/prize for whatever you read, whether you come in under or over your goal.
For more information and to sign-up, please  see this post.

Justification:  Due to the rapid growth of PICT and PBP, my reading has been affected big time!!  So…I need to get back into the groove and figured this challenge would be my initiative to read at least 1 book a week.

52 Books in 52 Weeks
Hosted by Robin at My Two Blessings

Are you ready for another round of Reading 52 books in 52 Weeks? Whether you are just joining in or continuing on for another round, the rules are very simple. The goal is to read one book (at least) a week for 52 weeks. Make the year easy and casual or kick it up by exploring new to you authors and genres. Challenge yourself to read at least some classics or delve into that chunkster (more than 500 pages) you always wanted to tackle. The goal is to read 52 books. How you get there is up to you.

  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
  2. Our book weeks begin on Sunday.
  3. Participants may join at any time.
  4. All books are acceptable except children books.
  5. All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
  6. Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2013.
  7. Books may overlap other challenges.
  8. Create an entry post linking to this blog.
  9. Sign up with Mr. Linky in the “I’m participating post” below this post.
  10. You don’t need a blog to participate. Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post.
  11. Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of the weekly post to link to reviews of your most current reads.
  12. More details on her blog.  Click on link above to join in the fun!!

And the last one, unless more get posted that I can’t resist, is  one that I have yet to complete.  But will keep trying until I do.  Plus I just love the button!!!

Hosted by Kimberly’s Bookshelf

 January 1st, 2013 to December 31, 2013

Are you a book addict?  Well, are you?  Are you that person who is always seen with your nose buried between the pages and never without a book or two nearby?  Perhaps, your looking for the ultimate reading challenge? 
Well then, the 2013 Read-A-Latte Challenge is just for you!   
This is the place where I challenge you to read… -a- latte! 
Here are the challenge details:  
1. This challenge will begin on January 1st, 2013 and end December 31, 2013.
2. Books for this challenge can be from any genre and may include print books as well as e-books (please, no audio books).  Sign-ups will close on September 1, 2013. 
Choose a Level: 
Latte                        75        books 
Cappuccino              100      books 
Double-Espresso     150+    books 
3. This challenge can cross-over to your other reading challenges.
4. You do not need a blog to participate! If you are not a blogger, you can post your reviews at Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing and link them up here.
5. I will create a new post each month with a linky for your reviews.  Also, I’ll be offering quarterly reader gifts to the top three participants. I’ll announce the winners on the last day of every three months. And at the end of the challenge I’ll have a special bonus for the top three overall participants.
6. Create a sign-up post and link back to this post. Sign up with Mister Linky below! Be sure to use the direct url to your sign-up post and not the url to your blog.

For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.      

lol  You can stop laughing now!  lol


Dec 242012

Happy Christmas Eve!!!

I just don’t have control!!  Can you guess?  YES!!!  I just signed up for another challenge.  This one looks like another fun one and figured, what’s one more?  Right?  Want to join me?  Here are the details:

Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge

monthly key word challenge

For this challenge I have chosen ten key words associated with each month in 2013. Your task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month. For instance, in January I might read Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. The key words are listed below.GUIDELINES 

* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’

*Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read “Cinder” or “Ashes” for the key word ‘Fire’ and that would be just fine. If the key word is ‘family’ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’If the key word is ‘food’ then your title could include the word ‘cake.’

* Link up below to participate and add additional links any time you post about the challenge or post about a book you read for the challenge.

Monthly Key Words:

This reading challenge is hosted by Bookmark to Blog. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post
Dec 212012

You can stop laughing now!!!!  LOL

OK…I know I said I was going to cut back this year on challenges BUT my willpower caved.  However, I’m not even close to how many I signed up for 2012.   My thinking is, and hoping you “buy” my rationale lol since I have justified it to myself.  Since I did complete some, there were others that I didn’t even make a dent so I have to keep trying, right?  Right?  Help me out here, please lol.

This one I didn’t complete in 2012 but enjoyed it.  Plus I asked Lori from Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book, to host it since the blog that had hosted it is no longer.  Here are the rules, plus I just LOVE the button.

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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

I really enjoyed this challenge this year!
I see the blog that hosted it is no longer in the blogosphere so I have decided to host it myself.

Technical Stuff
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2013.
You can join anytime.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z challenge.

A – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – The Azalea Assault B- Blue Monday C – Crops and Robbers D – A Deadly Grind etc.


B – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Hope that by the end of the year you have read one book for each letter. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

Ready to join??

Bloggers grab the button and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join! Use the post URL in the linky below.

Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish and enter a link below if available or sign up in the comment section.

Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.

This next one I did complete but am going to give this one a little twist to it for 2013.  Since I joined this community 3+ years ago, 99% of the books I read are obtained from authors, publishers, publicists, agents, etc.   In 2013, not only will I keep track of the titles but give credit to those that have kindly and generously provided  me with the book.

Free Reads 2013

Following is information about, and sign-up for, BA’s Free Reads Reading Challenge. This is for the 2013 challenge only. If you have any questions or issues you can’t find the answer to on this page, please visit the Challenge F.A.Q.s.
Challenge Quick Links

BA’s 2013 Free Reads Reading Challenge

About: The Free Reads Challenge is about all those books you’ve received for free, but haven’t been able to get to. Read books you’ve gotten via presents, review requests, prizes, or just found in the street. Does not include library books or other lending services. They must be books that have become part of your personal collection.

The Finer Deets

  • The Main Rule: Read books you’ve received without purchasing and you haven’t read yet. Books include gifts, ARCs, prizes, rescue books, but does not include library or other loaned books, and yes you can read new releases.
  • Running dates for all 2013 challenges: 1st of January – 31st of December 2013
  • Sign-Ups are accepted until the 16th of December 2013.
  • Formats: All BA Challenges are eBook, audio, short story, and graphic novel friendly.
  • Crossovers: You’re welcome to crossover with BA’s challenges. Include as many books across all the challenges as you can, I always say.

How To Sign-Up and Join In

  1. Choose Your Level: Choose a challenge level listed below.
  2. Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (where possible) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
  3. Grab The Badge: Download or grab the badge and place it in your sign up post. Then link back toBA's Free Reads Reading Challenge. Grab me!Bookish Ardour.
  4. Link Up: Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Mr Linky graphic and enter your link.
  5. Blogless? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube, Twitter, GoodReads, Shelfari included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment.
  6. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review it would be great for you to share them by submitting them on thereview page.
  7. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the completion/wrap-up page.

Challenge Levels

  1. For Me? – Choose 5 books to read
  2. On The Cheap – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Bargain – Choose 30 books to read
  4. Presents – Choose 50 books to read
  5. So Free – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Gift Addict – Choose between 76-135 books to read
  7. Speechless – Choose between 136-200 books to read
The following challenge is similar to one I did complete or 2012, and seeing that I enjoy suspense/mystery, I HAVE no choice but to sign up.
Hosted by Amy from The Crafty Book Nerd
January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013

I love a good mystery, my favorite authors include Agatha Christie, James Patterson, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; so I thought that having a reading challenge for 2013 that includes reading mystery/crime novels and short stories would be fun, even if I turn out to be the only one participating! So here are the rules should you want to join in the fun:

1.) The challenge starts January 1, 2013 and ends  December 31, 2013.
2.) You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is mystery/crime.
3.) 1 novel counts as 1 novel( 1 novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel.
4.) There will be a monthly post for you to add a link or links to your post showing the progress that you have made so far.
5.) Each month there will be a drawing for those that linked up their participation in the challenge for that month the prize is a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. These gift cards are delivered via email so you can only use it at Barnes and Noble.com not the store and of course Amazon is all online anyway.

If you don’t have a blog you can also link up through GoodReads or Flickr (for Flickr just keep track by having a picture of the novel and then numbering them in the description so I know where you are at in the challenge).

If you read a certain number of novels you receive a rank at the end I will award a secret prize to the person who reads the most books:
5 books= Detective
10 books = Sergeant
15 books = Lieutenant
20 books = Captain
25 books = Chief
30+ books = Sherlock Holmes
For more information and to sign-up, please see this post


Since I read some debut novels this year that blew me away, I thought that this challenge would be fun.  This will be the first time participating.

Hosted by DDS at Book R3vi3ws

Do you remember the feeling when you read the first book by your favourite author? Yes well, its for that feeling that I have come up with this challenge. Also, there was a time when I would only stick to the books written by authors I had previously read and enjoyed. But soon I realised that I was missing out on a lot other books. So, readers & bloggers, come together to this challenge that will make you pick up books by authors that you haven’t read before! You never know, you just might find another author to love and follow.
Points to Know:

1. Read as many books as possible, by authors that YOU haven’t read before.
2. You do not have to be a blogger to participate.
3. Books read may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
4. The books can overlap with other reading challenges.
5. Post your links to your reviews each month to share with other participants.
6. The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013. Its never too late to Join In!

How To Sign-Up and Join In:
1. Choose a challenge level listed below.
2. Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (where possible) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of Authors/Books is optional).
3. Grab the badge and place it in your sign up post. Then link back to b00k r3vi3ws.
4. Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Linky List and enter your link.
5. Not a Blogger? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube, Twitter, GoodReads included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment.
6. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review it would be great for you to share them by submitting them on the Review List.
7. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the completion/wrap-up List.

Challenge Level:
Amateur : Choose to read 1 – 10 New Authors
Lover     : Choose to read 11 – 20 New Authors
Expert    : Choose to read 20 – 25 New Authors
Fanatic   : Choose to read 25 or above New Authors

When talking about this challenge on Twitter, please use the hastag (#FirstReads). It makes it much easier to keep track of the conversations, answer questions and/or tweet back!

On January 1, I’ll publish a Post with all the Linky Lists and instructions on how to add the links as you finish up reading & reviewing a book. You’ll be able to find these posts during the year by clicking on the button in the sidebar. (I’ll create those links on January 1.)