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Monday, November 30, 2009

Young Adult Reading Challenge Complete!

Another one down! My favorites from this bunch were Glass Houses by Rachel Caine, and Extras by Scott Westerfeld. My least favorite was probably Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block, it just wasn't a style that I enjoy.

The 2009 Young Adult Reading Challenge: Read 12 Young Adult Novels between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009

1. Temple of the Dragonslayer (#1 New Dragonlance Adventures) - Tim Waggoner - finished 3/22/09
2. Fendi, Ferragamo and Fangs - Johanna Edwards, Julie Kenner and Serena Robar - finished 6/9/09
3. Glass Houses (#1 Morganville Vamps) - Rachel Caine - finished 8/15/09
4. The Colossus Crisis (#6 Seven Fabulous Wonders) - Katherine roberts - finished 9/5/09
5. The Good Ghoul's Guide to Getting Even - Julie Kenner - finished 9/6/09
6. Braced 2 Bite - Serena Robar - finished 10/10/09
7. Fangs 4 Freaks - Serena Robar - finished 10/13/09
8. The Book of Time - Guillaume Prevost - finished 10/25/09
9. The Curse of the Blue Figurine - John Bellairs - finished 10/31/09
10. Heart of a Jaguar - Marc Talbert - finished 11/8/09
11. Psyche in a Dress - Francesca Lia Block - finished 11/15/09
12. Extras (Uglies #4) - Scott Westerfeld - finished 11/30/09

Challenge completed 11/30/09!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giveaway: The Gift by Nora Roberts

My first read for the Holiday Challenge that I joined is The Gift by Nora Roberts. This is my first sampling of her work. I am staggered by the sheer number of books this woman has written! Just click on her name above, and you'll see what I mean!

The Gift contains two stories, Home for Christmas and All I Want for Christmas. While they're pretty predictable, they're exactly the kind of heartwarming stories I was looking for in a Christmas read. There are even a few recipes to kick it off!

Home for Christmas

Jason has been away from his small hometown of Quiet Valley for 10 years, making a living for himself in the journalism world. He decides to come back home, trying to get in touch with his roots, preparing himself for the changes he knew must have taken place. His old girlfriend Faith had gotten married in the meantime, he already knew. What he finds when he gets to town is that she's had a daughter, but is no longer married. Faith has established a living for herself with a doll store, always her dream job. Confronted with Faith's now available state, Jason is in turmoil as all the old feelings come back and wonders if she feels for him. He's captivated by Faith's daughter Clara, and slowly Jason and Faith come to terms with the feelings they still have for each other. There is one last secret of Faith's that they must work through, can Jason forgive her for hiding it from him? (Well of course, because that's what is supposed to happen in a Magic of Christmas story, duh!)

All I want for Christmas

Zeke and Zack have been good all year, so they know that Santa just has to give them what they want for Christmas this year. Their request is a tough one, so they're giving Santa extra time to work it out: they want a mom, and not just any mom, but THE MOM! They don't really remember their real mother, she left them and their father when they were tiny, leaving Mac Taylor to raise his twin sons all alone. When music teacher Nell Davis comes to town, the boys believe that Santa has granted their wish, now it all depends on their Dad, and he can fix anything. Mac is hesitant though, all his time has been centered around the boys and giving them the best life possible, and he doesn't want to open them all up to being hurt again. Will he be able to overcome his fears and let Nell into their lives? (I know you're pretty sure he will, again with that Magic of Christmas thing!)

And now it's time for the giveaway! I'm ready to pass my copy on to make a new friend! It is a gently used hardback, dustjacket intact and Bookcrossing labeled. The only thing is that they had put some sparkly stuff as the ribbon and it's flaking off for some reason, but no actual damage, just wanted to warn you in case that matters! ;) While I would love a journal entry from you on, it's not required, and the book is yours to do with as you please. To enter, just tell me what your favorite Christmas thing is, whether it's a certain cookie or dessert, a certain carol or activity, whatever it is that gets you in the mood. I will choose a winner on Dec. 12th, so I can get it mailed out to you before the big day!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Another Challenge Down!

I've listened to some fantastic audios this year, and have just today completed the Audiobook Challenge hosted by J. Kaye. I have a few more audios in mind, but luckily they'll fit in with the 2nd's challenge which I may be struggling to complete. I've got the Young Adult Challenge sown up as soon as finish Extras by Scott Westerfeld, but the Erotica Challenge is just going to have to go by the wayside I'm afraid. I did finish a second one (that's right, only a second one in the whole year so far!) this past weekend, but I really don't see me finishing enough to complete the challenge in less than a month and a half. I guess I just don't have that much naughtiness in me this year! :D

There is not a single one of these audios listed below that I wouldn't recommend, they've all been great and I really do need to review a few more of them! Thanks again for hosting J. Kaye!

The 2009 Audiobook Challenge: Listen to 12 Audiobooks between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009

1. Wedding Season - Darcy Cosper - finished 1/28/09
2. The Valley of Secrets - Charmian Hussey - finished 3/5/09
3. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose - Lauren Willig - finished 5/1/09
4. The Egyptologist - Arthur Phillips - finished 7/10/09
5. Magic Study - Maria V. Snyder - finished 8/4/09
6. Fire Study - Maria V. Snyder - finished 8/19/09
7. One for Sorrow, Two for Joy - Clive Woodall - finished 9/3/09
8. Skullduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy - finished 9/26/09
9. Bartimaeus #3: Ptolemy's Gate - Johnathan Stroud - finished 10/12/09
10. Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr - finished 10/26/09
11. 12 Sharp - Janet Evanovich - finished 10/29/09
12. The Well of Lost Plots - Jasper Fforde - Finished 11/23/09

Challenge completed 11/23/09!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Holiday Reading Challenge

I've been needing something to help me get in the mood, and this is just the thing!

Click Here For details on this challenge hosted by All About {n}.

1. The Gift - Nora Roberts - Finished 11/25/09
2. Holiday with a Vampire - Maureen Child, Caridad Pineiro - Finished 12/6/09
3. Murder with All the Trimmings - Elaine Viets - finished 12/13/09
4. I'm Your Santa - Lori Foster, Karen Kelley and Dianne Castell - reading now

I'll blame -- oh, I mean thank, J. Kaye for bringing yet another challenge to my attention! ;)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Giveaway Winner: Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant

Good morning! Did everyone have a good Friday the 13th?

Time to choose the winner for Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant!

And the winner is....


I'll message you for your address to get this hunky alien sent off to you soon!

Thanks everyone! My next giveaway is for Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella, so check back in!
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