Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 E-Book Reading Challenge

The 2012 E-Book reading challenge is being hosted by Workaday Reads and will run from January 1 - December 31st, 2012. Signup and Rules

My E-Books are starting to pile up as well, and since they aren't taking up room anywhere, it's easy to forget about them, so I think this is a great challenge for me!

I read about 20 e-books/novellas this year so I'm going to declare the DVD level which is 25.

I will keep track of my accomplishments here: My E-Book Progress

2012 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

The Mount TBR Challenge is hosted by My Reader's Block and will run from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2012. Sign up and rules

I not only have a Mount TBR, I have a TBR Mountain Range! I'm not trying to brag, it's more that I look around and start to think that maybe I have a problem... My husband says no, but I'm not so sure! At any rate, this is a great challenge for me!

I'm going to declare the El Toro level, which is 75 books. I was about to declare Mt. Everest, but realized that of the about 110 books I've read in 2011, almost 45 of them were audiobooks and e-books, which I'm not going to count since they're not taking up space, and that's my goal here is to work on the books that are taking up room!

I will keep track of my books here: My Mount TBR Progress

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

January 2012 Read-a-thons



Just Deb is hosting the Marvelous Middle Grade Read-a-thon, here are the Signup and details. It will take place January 2 - 8, 2012




Bout of Books 3.0 Read-a-thon takes place January 9th-15th, here is the Sign-up.




The Winter Mini Readathon hosted by Sarah Says Read is a one day event on January 22, 2012. Signup and details




A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon hosted by The True Book Addict takes place January 23-29th 2012, Signup and details, we will use Twitter hashtag #WintersRespite

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Spirit Challenge - The Day After Christmas

It's the day after Christmas, which is my favorite time if I'm lucky enough to take the day off because that means all the before work is done, all the presents are open, and it's time to play and relax! My favorite online game, Guild Wars always hosts a Holiday event where they have special missions, holiday drops from monsters and festival hats and costumes for your characters to wear. The towns are always decorated too. Here are a couple pictures from the game:



Since my last update we have also been to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert which has sort of become a tradition for us at this time of year. If you don't know who they are you should really check them out, you may have heard some of their music being used in synchronized Christmas light displays. Here is a video of one of their more well-known songs.



Neither of those count for our challenge of course, but in the interest of sharing all things Christmas, I decided to report in!

Today I watched Snow with Tom Cavanaugh, very cute and I recommend it as a fun holiday movie. Tom starred as Ed Stevens on the TV series Ed. In Snow, Tom plays Nick Snowden who has inherited the role of Santa Claus from his father. Buck, the villain has captured one of Nick's younger reindeer who has not yet learned to fly, and is hiding him at the local zoo, where Sandy works. Nick must get Buddy the reindeer back in time for Christmas because he's not able to pull the sleigh with only 7 reindeer. He tracks Buddy down at the zoo and has to try and get him back safely. In the meantime he falls in love with Sandy and tries several times to let her know who he really is but the timing is never quite right. Buck finally brings his own plan to fruition, which was to sell Buddy to a rich hunter as a premium game experience since he's able to jump very high, though not yet fly. It's during the rescue attempt that Nick is finally able to show Sandy who he is as they escape from Buck themselves. Of course is must end happily, so Buddy takes care of escaping himself, getting the best of Buck, and learns to fly at the last minute, saving Christmas. I had actually watched the sequel Snow 2: Brain Freeze first, in which Nick has amnesia and Sandy must help him to regain his memory of being Santa Claus. I really enjoyed them both, they were ABC Family titles.



As for reading, I did finish A Dixie Christmas, which was two novellas by Sandra Hill. The rating on Goodreads isn't too high, but I enjoyed them both, they were light and humorous. In Blue Suede Suites a rich business man falls (quite literally) for a farm girl and finds out what is really important in life. This one sports an Elvis theme, and I can only imagine the nativity scene that is described there! In Jinx Christmas a NASCAR driver gets the help of a matchmaker to win his ex-wife's love back and ends up as the star of a bad boy strip show. I picked this up free for Kindle, though I think it's not on the free list anymore.



I'm not sure what holiday read I'll settle on next, I'm reading for the Wrap Up 2011 Read-a-thon right now, trying to finish a non-holiday book, so I'll check in later on that!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wrapping Up 2011 Read-a-thon



It's time for the Wrapping Up 2011 Read-a-thon hosted by Jessie's Remarkable Reads This read-a-thon lasts from December 22nd - January 1st. There is also a Twitter Hashtag to use: #WU2011R

I will do all my updating in this post.

First up is Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale, one of my absolute favorite romance authors!

Start: page 60
EOD1: page 113
EOD2: page 184
EOD3: page 240
EOD4: page 264
EOD5: page 373
EOD6: page 447 - finished
Start Day 6: page 1
EOD6: page 13
EOD7: page 92
EOD8: page 109
EOD9: page 165 - finished
Start Day 6: page 1
EOD6: page 35
EOD7: page 66
EOD10: page 128


Total Pages: 680
Books Finished: 2.5

And we're done! You would think I could have done better in 10 days! I managed a fairly typical 68 pages per day. At least I wasn't a lot worse than normal, and considering we had a major holiday in there, I think I did pretty well!

Thanks for hosting Jessie! I'll definitely look forward to future read-a-thon's!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

2012 Reading Challenges

What to do, what to do? I did miserably on my reading challenges this year, my own and all the others I signed up for, even though they were for the type of books I read all the time! The only one I finished was the Mystery and Suspense Challenge hosted by Book Chick City, and that probably doesn't really count because while I read the books, I haven't gotten reviews for all of them posted. I know, there's technically still time, but the likelihood that I'll get them done is slim to none, especially this time of year!

Even so, I get that little thrill of excitement at the idea of NEW challenges for a NEW year, getting to start all over with a clean slate! I tell myself that I shouldn't join, that it's too much pressure etc., but then I think, okay, but if I don't, then I have to wait another whole year before I can join again! The whole point is to keep you reading, right? Right!

Here are the ones I'm considering, and I'll do formal posts later if I decide for sure:

Book Chick City has a bunch:
The Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge
The Mystery and Suspense Challenge
The Speculative Romance Challenge
There are others, so be sure to check out the right hand sidebar when you visit!

Workaday Reads is hosting the 2012 E-book Challenge

BaffledBooks/Adventures of 2.0 is hosting the 2012 Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge

Bitten by Paranormal Romance is hosting the 2012 Paranormal Romance Challenge

Romance Book Junkies is hosting the 2012 Historical Romance Challenge

Literary Escapism is hosting the 2012 New Authors Challenge

The Eclectic Bookshelf is hosting the 2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge

Luckily a lot of these will overlap. I'm going to mull it over for a few more days before committing!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Spirit Challenge - Week 3 1/2

I'm a little late reporting in for the Christmas Spirit Challenge this week, but my excuse is that I was putting up the rest of my outside decorations on Sunday.

I finished up We Three Dragons, an anthology of 3 holiday stories centered around dragons. I was thrilled to get a hold of this one when I saw it offered up in a Bookcrossing trade box because you just don't see many holiday themed fantasy novels. I enjoyed all three stories, but the last and longest of the three was basically a dragon centered version of A Christmas Carol, where a mean old dragon is re-awakened to the joys of love. I've already passed it along to Bookcrossing friend and hope she enjoys it too!



I've next started reading A Dixie Christmas by Sandra Hill, two novellas packaged together. The first one is very funny so far, the Elvis themed Nativity Scene was a hilarious idea! It's just the kind of light and humorous story I wanted!




I did watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians from 1964, and it was bad, but fun, honestly a lot more enjoyable than the Santa Claus movie with the devil wandering around. The theme song was pretty catchy too. It definitely had that 60's feel to it! The Martian suits were very silly, and the polar bear was great too, in a cheesy but fun kind of way. The premise is that all the Martian children are watching Earth television and becoming obsessed with the idea of Santa Claus. In order to make their children happy, they go and kidnap and couple of children and Santa Claus and bring them back to Mars, where they intend to keep them forever. Of course there are good Martians and bad Martians, and there is sabotage, but good triumphs, and everyone parts as friends, Santa and the human children going home to Earth, and one of the Martians taking up the reins of the Santa role on Mars. It was fun, and bad, but definitely worth a laugh, even if you don't watch it all the way through.



Believe it or not, I had never seen more than the most famous bank scene of It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart. We watched that this past weekend while visiting friends and playing cards. I have to admit I wasn't watching it closely, but at least I have seen more of it than I did before! I should probably watch it again when I'm actually paying attention!



We also watched a Barry Manilow Christmas special Barry Manilow: Happy Holiday from 2009. It was a smaller audience setting where he was taking requests, and there were definitely some superfans there! He's just got such a wonderful voice, and along with John Denver, he was one of my favorites as a child.




I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas reading and watching! I need to get around and visit!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Snow Days Read-a-thon Dec. 5 - 7, 2011




Next up we have the first time Snowy Days Read-a-thon Dec. 5th - 7th (Mon - Wed) hosted by Turning the Pages. We'll be using the Twitter Hashtag #SDRAT. I will post my starting line and updates here, all in the same post.


Starting line - Dec. 5th - Monday

Starting point Day 1: page 142
EOD1: page 163
EOD2: page 202
EOD3: page 240
Starting point Day 1: Page 110
EOD1: page 126
EOD2: 184 - finished
Starting Point Day 1: 0:0:0
EOD1: 0:41:00
EOD2: 1:20:00
EOD3: 2:02:00


Day 1 Stats

Pages read: 37
Time listened: 0:41:00
Books Finished: 0

Day 2 Stats

Pages read: 97
Time listened: 0:39:00
Books Finished: 1

Day 3 Stats

Pages read: 38
Time listened: 0:42:00
Books Finished: 0

Totals

Total pages read: 172
Total time listened: 2:02:00
Books Finished: 1


Not my best ever, but every page read is a page farther along! ;)

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Christmas Spirit Challenge - Week 2

I participated in a Holiday Readathon this weekend, which helped me to finish up An Enchanted Season, which I really enjoyed.



This is a collection of 4 short stories by Nalini Singh, Maggie Shayne, Erin McCarthy and Jean Johnson, all known for Paranormal Romances.

In Melting Frosty Matt and Holly both suffered the loss of their parents, but it affected each very differently. Holly keeps Christmas traditions alive to honor her Mother, while Matt tries to avoid Christmas altogether if he can because memories of his father, and the loss of a keepsake hat are too painful. The grow to care for each other when they are stuck together in Holly's old house during a snow storm. They both receive a few unmistakable signs that they are meant to be together.

In Charlotte's Web Charlotte has long been in love with her best friend Will, but doesn't think he returns her feelings. Though her sister insists they are witches, Charlotte has never believed it to be so, until her powers awaken quite humorously. She then goes along with her sister's idea of casting a lust spell on Will, but then she is left wondering if his actions are because of the spell, or because he really feels for her.

Beat of Temptation was my favorite of the collection as it dealt with characters I had read about before in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. Tamsyn returns from medical school for Christmas, to a mate who believes she is too young to handle his true feelings, so he forces them back. Tamsyn needs to make him understand that though she is young, she's more than ready to take him on, and wants nothing more than for them to be together as true mates should.

Gifts of the Magi is another story where a group of people thrown together in a snowstorm learn about themselves and each other, guided by a group of magical travelers from out of town.

I really enjoyed all of these short stories and highly recommend this as a Christmas read! The paranormal aspect, while important, is fairly light in all stories except Beat of Temptation, and they focus more on relationships, and the magic of cherishing another.

I'm currently reading We Three Dragons, which is another anthology of 3 holiday stories centered around dragons, something you just don't see too much of! Fantasy and Sci-Fi rarely have holiday based stories in the way that romance and mystery do. I do recommend Orson Scott Card's A War of Gifts if you're looking for a Sci-fi holiday read, it was excellent!




I've only seen part of a movie this week, and I don't think I'll be finishing it! LOL! When I saw the following cover on Netflix, I had to give it a try, wouldn't you?



It's just called Santa Claus, here's the synopsis from Netflix: José Elías Moreno stars as Santa Claus in this decidedly dark take on the Christmas season, a bizarre tale involving the devil, a demon named Pitch (José Luis Aguirre "Trotsky") and a plot to derail yuletide cheer with pure, unadulterated evil. But there's another big twist worth mentioning: This Santa Claus lives in outer space, and his only hope for saving Christmas lies in the hands of Merlin the Magician (Armando Arriola).

I do not recommend this one, unless you just like really bad sci-fi-esque older films (it's from 1959), because that's exactly what it is! (My husband is nodding in agreement, it was really bad!) Just in case you want to judge for yourself, it's available for instant watching on Netflix.

I have another one that I just can't resist trying out, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians from 1964, I expect this one will be bad as well, but with a title like that, I have to check it out!

I'll report in again next week!

Friday, December 02, 2011

2nd Annual Holiday Read-a-thon Dec. 2 - 4, 2011




It's time for the Second Annual Holiday #Readathon hosted by WhoRuBlog. This one runs from Dec. 2nd - 4th (Fri - Sun). We'll be using Twitter Hashtag #readathon for this one. I will post my starting line and updates here, all in the same post.



Starting line - Dec. 2nd - Friday

I'm in the middle of 3 books right now, so I'm going to keep going on those and try to finish them up!

Starting point Day 1: page 153
EOD1: page 264
EOD2: page 330 - finished
Starting point Day 1: Page 117
EOD1: Page 125
EOD2: page 142
Starting point Day 1: 5:15:32
EOD1: 6:31:37
EOD2: 8:52:34 - finished
Starting point Day 2: Page 1
EOD2: page 47
EOD3: page 110


Day 1 Stats

Pages read: 119
Time listened: 1:16:05
Books Finished: 0

Day 2 Stats

Pages read: 130 (so much for my big boast of reading a lot more today! lol!)
Time listened: 2:20:57
Books Finished: 2

Day 3 Stats

Pages read: 63 (not so good today, but it was still a great read-a-thon!)
Time listened: none

Total pages read: 312
Total time listened: 3:37:02
Books Finished: 2

Thursday, December 01, 2011

3 December Read-a-thons

I've found 3 read-a-thons in December so far that I'm going to participate in! It's typically a pretty busy month with the holidays, so I don't expect to get a lot done, but I do enjoy the read-a-thon vibe.




The first one is the Second Annual Holiday #Readathon hosted by WhoRuBlog. This one runs from Dec. 2nd - 4th (Fri - Sun) so it starts tomorrow! There is a charity component to this one, so what I'm going to do is donate for all three read-a-thons, to make my donation better, and I've chosen Wayside Waifs, a local no-kill animal shelter, as my charity of choice for this month! I will pledge $5 for each book I finish during these three read-a-thon's. We'll be using Twitter Hashtag #readathon for this one.




Next up we have the first time Snowy Days Read-a-thon Dec. 5th - 7th (Mon - Wed) hosted by Turning the Pages. We'll be using the Twitter Hashtag #SDRAT. I'm hoping we don't get any snow, since I have to work anyway, but if we do that's okay! ;)




I've posted about this one once already but wanted to include it again. This is the Wrapping Up 2011 Read-a-thon hosted by Jessie's Remarkable Reads It's her first time hosting, so lets make it a great one so she'll keep on doing it! The read-a-thon lasts from December 22nd - January 1st. There is also a Twitter Hashtag to use: #WU2011R



So there we go! Come join us for some reading in December! Maybe it will help you finish up those reading challenges! Not me, I'm way too far behind for that!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Spirit Challenge - Week 1

I haven't gotten much reading done yet on the Challenge, but I have managed to catch some Christmas movies this week. Check out ABC Family because they are showing a bunch right now!

So far I have seen:



Santa Buddies was cute and definitely for kids. Puppy Paws, the son of Santa Paws, Santa's dog conterpart, wants to learn how to be a normal puppy and gets the "Buddies" a group of Golden Retriever puppies, in all kinds of trouble. Meanwhile the magic of Christmas is waning the longer Puppy Paws is gone from the North Pole. Finally they locate Puppy Paws, and with the help of the "Buddies" get him back to the North Pole where he is able to save Christmas.

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a classic. Michael Caine stars as Scrooge, with Gonzo narrating in the part of Dickens. All our favorite Muppets are there, it has catchy songs and it's just wonderful!

Snow 2: Brain Freeze stars Tom Cavanaugh, so if you were a fan of the TV series Ed, you should definitely watch! I need to go back and watch the first one where he becomes Santa. In Snow 2, he loses his memory, and so his wife Sandy must find him and help him to remember who he is in time to save Christmas.

All three of these were fun, and I definitely recommend them to help you get in the mood!

The first book I'm working on right now is Enchanted Season by Maggie Shayne, Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy and Jean Johnson and is an anthology of paranormal romances. I enjoyed the first one so far and I've read all but one of these authors before, so I think I'll like the rest as well!



I hope to start getting my decorations up this week, I bought a few more spiral trees for my poor light up animals, so they don't feel so exposed! ;)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson

I received my copy of Vampire Crush through Goodreads First Reads giveaways.

Sophie McGee is ready to start the new school year, she is determined to be the Editor-in-Chief of the school paper and thinks she has a great shot at it with her investigative skills. Her teacher tasks Sophie and her Editor in Chief rival with interviewing the new kids at school, and a strange bunch they are. The new students are as odd as their names, and before long Sophie has realized that there is something off about them. Vlad especially seems to get whatever he wants from whomever he wants. The foursome don't keep up their charade of being new high school students very well, and Sophie puts her investigative skills to work to find out why they're really there.

Another mystery is that the house next door that has been empty for awhile, is now reoccupied. Sophie's friend James who used to live there has returned, but alone after his parents died, and he doesn't want anyone to know he's back. Predictably that doesn't last for long.

When Vlad starts dating Sophie's sister Caroline, it becomes even more important to find out what she can. Something is just not right about him, and she doesn't want Caroline to get hurt. In the meantime Sophie has inadvertently made friends with another of the new students, Violet, who speaks, acts and dresses old-fashioned. She's become fascinated by teen magazine surveys and advice on boys, as she has someone she's in love with, but can't keep.

So many things to find out, what happened to James while he was gone, how is he connected with the new kids at school, and why are they really there?

This was a cute read, but not anything that will stick out for me so I gave it a 3/5. I liked Sophie, James and Violet the most, Vlad the least, he was super annoying in my opinion. I prefer likable bad guys I guess. It's possible that it was just targeted towards a younger age group than I really enjoy and that I was expecting too much from it compared to all of the other teen vampire fiction I've read that is more complex and intense. Sophie is written with a fun sarcastic but light style, and I did enjoy it. I think as a debut this was good. The back of my copy suggests an age group of 12 and up, and recommends it to fans of Vampire Kisses and the Vladimir Tod series, with which I would have to agree.

For more information on A. M. Robinson, visit her Website.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wrapping Up 2011 Read-a-thon

I found another read-a-thon to do!

This is the Wrapping Up 2011 Read-a-thon hosted by Jessie's Remarkable Reads It's her first time hosting, so lets make it a great one so she'll keep on doing it!

The read-a-thon lasts from December 22nd - January 1st. There is also a Twitter Hashtag to use: #WU2011R

For more details head on over to the sign up post.

Thanks Jessie!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2011

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge


It's coming up on that time of year again! The Challenge runs from November 21st through January 6th! Click the picture above for details. Come and join us!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

NANOWRIMO 2011

Well, I'm going to try it again. Just like last year though, my busiest month at work is November, so I'm not expecting to finish, but it's still fun to give it a try!

For anyone who doesn't know what in the world I'm referring to, November is National Novel Writing Month, or NANOWRIMO. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. This seems to send would be novelists into a frenzy, and makes professionals in the industry cringe at the flood of unpolished works they may be subjected to.

For me, I'd just like to get back in touch with my ability to write, as I feel like I've lost that as I've moved to adulthood and have been in the working world with most of my concentration going to my job. Being an accountant/analyst really doesn't channel my imagination a lot, though it does sap my energy for sure!

If this sounds at all interesting to you, check out the NANWRIMO website where you can sign up, choose a region, and join the fun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bout of Books Read-a-thon - Daily Updates


I will do all of my updates here in this post, newest will be at the top. Thank you for visiting!

Nothing new started today
Day 7 - 10/30/11 - The End!

Pages read: 74 (Miss Zukas)
Time listened: 4 h 28 m (Catching Fire)
Visited: no visits today :(
Books finished: 1 book, 2/3 audiobook, 2 short stories
A Tail of Two Skittys
My Soul to Steal
Vampire Crush
Old Habits
Total Page Count: 649 (401 behind total goal)
Total Time Listened: 15 h 32 m
Comments: I really thought I would get more pages this week, but I am surprised at how much I got listened to! Luckily some of the work I had to do this week was something I could do while listening to an audiobook. Thanks again to all the organizers, you are great!

Nothing new started today
Day 6 - 10/29/11

Pages read: 60, 81(Miss Zukas, Old Habits)
Time listened: 2 h 3 m (Catching Fire)
Visited: no visits today :(
Books finished: 1 book, 2/3 audiobook, 2 short stories
A Tail of Two Skittys
My Soul to Steal
Vampire Crush
Old Habits
Total Page Count: 575 (325 behind total goal)
Total Time Listened: 11 h 4 m
Comments: 1 more day to go! Still have a lot of work for the last day, so I doubt I will make my page goal, but I'm still really glad to have been a part of Bout of Books and will definitely be in for another one!

Day 5 - 10/28/11

Pages read: 10, ?? (Miss Zukas, Old Habits)
Time listened: 2 h 50 m (Catching Fire)
Visited: no visits today :(
Books finished: 1 book, 2/3 audiobook, 1 short story
A Tail of Two Skittys
My Soul to Steal
Vampire Crush
Total Page Count: 434 (316 behind total goal)
Total Time Listened: 9 h 1 m
Comments: Still have work to do this weekend, but hopefully I can catch up a little bit!

Day 4 - 10/27/11

Pages read: 82, ?? (Vampire Crush, Old Habits)
Time listened: 2 h 3 m (My Soul to Steal)
Visited: Smitten with Reading, Kelsinator's Blog, For Love and books
Books finished: 1 book, 2/3 audiobook, 1 short story
A Tail of Two Skittys
My Soul to Steal
Vampire Crush
Total Page Count: 424 (176 behind total goal)
Total Time Listened: 6 h 11 m
Comments: It's time to leave the Teen Paranormal scene for awhile, I'm going to go visit with Miss Zukas the Sleuthing Librarian now. We're on the downhill slide, and I'm way behind, but I knew it would be a busy week, so it's alright!

Day 3 - 10/26/11

Pages read: 78, ?? (Vampire Crush, Old Habits)
Time listened: 55 m (My Soul to Steal)
Visited: Colleen's Reads, Creative Deeds Reads, Gone With the Words
Books finished: 1 short story A Tail of Two Skittys
Total Page Count: 342 (108 behind total goal)
Total Time Listened: 4 h 8 m
Comments: My work is not conducive to read-a-thon's. Grrr...

Day 2 - 10/25/11

Pages read: 134, 20 (Vampire Crush, A Tail of Two Skittys)
Time listened: 1 h 57 m (My Soul to Steal)
Visited: Celine @ Nyx Book Reviews, Mazz @ Words on the Shelf, Vasilly
Books finished: 1 short story A Tail of Two Skittys
Total Page Count: 264 (36 behind total goal)
Total Time Listened: 3 h 13 m
Comments: The Shipscat series by Mercedes Lackey is a series of short stories centered around a specially bred for space breed of cats, very quick, fun reads. Good if you like cats, Sci-Fi and/or Mercedes Lackey. Their reviews on Goodreads are quite high. I believe they may all be gathered in the book Werehunter, but are also available individually in other anthologies, as well as for Kindle, which is where I'm reading them. :)
Day 1 - 10/24/11

Pages read: 110 (Vampire Crush)
Time listened: 1 h 16 m (My Soul to Steal)
Visited: Smittenskitten, JJ ireads, Michelle@True Book Addict, Elsi@Reading in Texas
Books finished: 0
Total Page Count: 110
Total Time Listened: 1 h 16 m
Comments: Note to self figure out how to get paid for doing read-a-thon's

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

Yay! Another read-a-thon to do, and it starts tomorrow! I'm so happy, I'm totally addicted to read-a-thon's now! It just makes reading so much more fun when you have a group of people being excited about it with you! It's called the Bout of Books Read-a-thon hosted by On a Book Bender, and it runs from 12:01am 10/24 through 11:59 pm 10/30 (your time zone). While the excitement of a 24 hour read-a-thon is unparalleled, I am really liking the multiple day read-a-thon's as well. This is a super busy time at work for me, but having this to look forward to when I get home will be great! It will also ease the let down I normally feel after Dewey's at having to wait until April to do another one! So glad to be finding all of these additional read-a-thon's! I'm probably crazy, but I'd be reading anyhow, and this just helps me keep up my resolve to do so, and let's me share it with a bunch of like minded people! Come on and join us!

Starting Line

This will be a very busy work week for me, so I'm not going to try and push myself too hard, that will only frustrate me, I'll just be glad to have a read-a-thon vibe to enjoy through the week! I still have my book pool from Dewey's to use, but also have some owed books I need to work on.

Goals

I will give myself a goal of 150 pages a day, which is 1050 pages over 7 days. It's ambitious for my work load but I think I can do it! No regrets if I don't make it though. Whatever I finish will also be included in my Read-in-October donation to Literacy Kansas City. Another goal will be to visit at least 3 other participants a day. I will probably just update once a day in the evening on separate posts, but plan to look in the twitter channel #boutofbooks throughout to see what's going on!

Here are some of the books I'm considering:



I'll just have to wait and see what else I'm in the mood for if I get that far!

Good luck everyone! Hope you all get off to a great start tomorrow! Monday's don't seem so bad when you have a read-a-thon to look forward to!
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