Sunday, December 28, 2008

Rated 1 Star

Here you find all the books that I've rated 1 star. A star rating means I hated this book. Don't bother reading it.

Rated 2 Stars

Here you find all the books that I've rated 2 stars. A 2 star rating means I didn't like the book but it may have been able to be good if it weren't for a few things.

Rated 5 Stars

Here you find all the books that I've rated 5 stars. A 5 star rating means I Loved this book! It's one of my favorites

Rated 4.5 Stars

Here you find all the books that I've rated 4.5 stars. A 4.5 star rating means this is a good book and I'm glad I read it. It would have been 5 but there was something that nagged a little at me.

Rated 4 Stars

Here you find all the books that I've rated 4 stars. A 4 star rating means this is a good book and I'm glad I read it.

Rated 3.5 Stars

Here you find all the books that I've rated 3.5 stars. A 3.5 star rating means that I liked the book but don't beat yourself up if you don't get to it right away.

Rated 3 Stars

Here you find all the books that I've rated 3 stars. A 3 star rating means that I liked the book but don't beat yourself up if you don't get to it right away.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

2009 Erotica Reading Challenge

As a way to celebrate publishers like X Libris, Avon Red, Ellora's Cave, Samhain, Siren, etc, this challenge will focus only on erotica fiction. Guidelines:

1. You can join anytime as long as you don’t start reading to your books prior to 2009.

2. Read 10 erotica in 2009.

3. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.

5. You do not have to list your books ahead of time. If you decide to, you can change them as you go.

6. You must be 18 years or older to join.
My List
  1. The Sisters of APF by Zane
  2. Thong on Fire by Noire

The Cop and Calamity Jane By Elane Osborn

The Cop and Calamity Jane
By Elane Osborn
pages: 248
Published: 1999
Author website: could find one
Awards: none
Reading Challenges: RoRBC's Winter '08; Book Around The States
Rating 3 stars
Description for the back cover:
Wherever Callie Chance went, disaster seemed to strike, from exploding faucets to broken engagements. Now she'd stumbled across a bizarre catnapping case, and found herself in the protective custody of a sexy-but-skeptical detective. Yes, Callie was positively jinxed, and no one-especially Marcus Scanlon- was going to convince her otherwise!
Marcus might not believe in curses, but he had to admit that Callie's mere presence did wreak havoc on people's lives-particularly his own. After all, he'd sworn off women, yet here e was, hopelessly charmed by th his happless witness. Could he possibly solve this case wit his heart-and his precious bachelorhood-intact?
My Review
The book is a romance centered around a catnapping. At times it was hard to read due to Callie's constant 'I am a jinx' thinking. It was nearly on every other page. There were times when I just wanted to slap the hell out of her and yell "Alright already with the damn bad luck crap!"
Setting: San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Finding My Reviewing Voice

I've been trying to figure out the best way for me to blog my reviews. So you may notice different styles on the reviews here. Eventually I will find the one I like the best.

On different note. If anyone reading this have any books that would like to recommend that I read please feel free to post it in the comments. And for any authors out there, I am not oppose to receiving a free novel ;-) leave me an email address or something of the like in the comments so that I can give you my info. Please understand that I write my reviews on how I liked the book not because I got it free.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What They Want by Omar Tyree

What The Want by Omar Tyree

rating 3 stars

Successful male model Terrance Mitchell had no plans at all to ever settle down. For what? Being single was freedom, where relationships were binding. Nor did he have any plans for a family, with snotty-nosed kids running around, cramping his style, and eating for free. To hell with all that.
Terrance loved his life as is. He was a well-traveled, good-looking male model in an industry full of insatiable and insecure beautiful women. Women who adored him and were willing to do almost anything to prove it. He liked it that way. And he had become accustomed to it.
Then it happened. One of his beautiful women fell over the cuckoo's nest and shattered his peace of mind. From then on, Terrance could never again lead the blind mice with his flute without feeling guilty about it. He realized that women had a purpose for him. That they had dreams and aspirations that included his participation. Of course, a man in his position, constantly surrounded by beautiful women, would know this already. But just because he knew what women wanted didn't mean he was capable of or willing to give it to them. Nevertheless, Terrance suddenly felt inspired to try.

Street Dreams by K'wan

Street Dreams

by K'wan

rating 4 stars

Description: The son of a singer-turned-alcoholic and the daughter of an abusive father vow to do whatever it takes to make it out of the ghetto. But soon they find their backs against the wall when the streets come to claim their due.

Description: Love, Betrayal and Loyalty on the Streets of Harlem
Daruis, a.k.a. Rio, the only child of a singer turned alcoholic, feels he has nothing to hold on to except the idea of escaping the ghetto. Years ago, he took a gun charge for a friend and did some prison time. Unable to find a job when he gets out, Rio turns to hustling as a way out. In the meantime, Rio finds escape in the arms of his soulmate, Trinity.
When Trinity's mother died, her abusive father looks to her to play the role of house wife and bedmate. Trinity finds strength to endure in Rio's arms. Together they vow to do whatever it takes to make it out of the ghetto. But soon they find their backs against the wall when the streets come to claim their due

My Opinion

Street Dreams is a fast pace book that takes you in to the emotion by the streets. You don't see the characters do their dirt but you find out why and has made them act the way that they do. You find yourself wanting the characters to obtain their dreams. You also feel yourself let down by the stones thrown in path threatening to cut off the direction to those dreams. For those street lit fans this should be in your library.

typos *page 36 line 10; page 86 line 4; page 93 line 19; page 180 line 29; page 248 line 5

Good quote ** Triinity page 142 line 6 "Behind every good man is a cunning woman"

Spoiler!!!The story center around Daruis "Rio" Santana a young kind who after doing a 13 month bid is trying to get a regular 9 to 5 but with a felony gun charge on his record he's having no luck. In the meantime, he's working part-time for the lock kingpin Prince.
Trinity is Rio girlfriend, or should I say, soulmate. She is only nineteen but has been taken care of her family ever since her mother died. And since her mother died her father has been raping her, a dark secret she keeps from everyong including Rio. After trying to committ suicide Trinity little brother reveals her secret to Rio.
In a drunken rage Rio see Baker, Trinity's father, with a young girl. He follows them and while the youngster is serving Baker, Rio pulls out his gun. A fight ensue and the gun goes off shooting Baker. Rio tries the calm the girl down but in his panick of not trying to get found out kills her as well. The first person he thinks to call to help him out of this mess is Prince. Prince is all to willing to help but the price would be Rio's full-time empolyment. Knowing that he could not say no, Rio became a Carpo that night.
Truck is one of Prince's sons. He feels that he is entitled to the throne. He resent the fact that his father is grooming Rio to be his replacement. So he takes matters into his own hands and hires hitmen to take Prince out which is just what happens right along with Prince other son. Rio is wound in the incident. No one can finger Truck just yet but they all suspect him. Soon sides are being taken and all hell breaks out.
In the end, Rio, Trinity, Rio's best friend Shamel, Rio's other friend Cutty, and Truck all loses their lives in one way or another. I won't say who actually dies and who ends up spending the rest of their lives behind bars. You'll have to read that for yourself!

Night Work by Nelson George

Night Work
by Nelson George

rating 3 stars

Overview:Dark-skinned chocolate, sexy and smooth, Night earns his keep by pleasuring rich white women around New York City. But he's grown weary of this seedy, criminal life. If he could just get someone to sign him to a record deal, he'd willingly say good-bye forever to the emotionless sex that is slowly numbing his soul. Just when his dream of becoming an R&B vocalist is about to be realized, Beth Ann, a beautiful supermodel deep in debt to a dangerous drug ring, begs Night to help her move a large quantity of Ecstasy. He reluctantly agrees, but the good deed sinks him deeper into the nightlife he's been trying so desperately to escape. It also puts him on the radar of the NYPD, and when one of Night's clients is found murdered the cops are quick to add it all up against him. Now Night must fight the fallout of his past and try to forge a path back to his future, before it takes off without him.

My Opinion:

reading time: 17 days
It took a while to get through this book. It did not grab me. The pace of the book was a bit slow. The main character Night annoyed me in a way that I can't be my finger on. Perhaps the book pace and lack of excitement is due to the fact that the character was missing that in his life, since he had no real passion in his day to day life. The end of the book was it's saving grace. I look up how this book was rated on other sites and I must agree the masses. I did not dislike the book but it wont go down as a favorite either. In other words, it's a very middle of the road read.

*daring quote- page 111 when describing how blessed he felt character states " I fe lt like my back was being touched by the right hand of God and His left was massaging my dick" What can I say, that is bold!

**typo alert: page 143 7th line...see it?

Spoiler!!!Night dream is to be a famous R&B singer. But until that happens, he makes his living as a is a gigolo who serves mostly rich white women. He grew up with low self-esteem mostly due to the fact that people including his father put him down for being so dark.
When he was a child, he and his sister watched their mother die from a stroke. As a result he holds resentment towards his father for not being there when it happen and he thinks his father holds the same resentment towards him for not calling an ambulance. Now the only love they share is for Nikki Night's sister. Nikki had a tumor as a child and though they were finally able to remove it, she still suffers from aweful headaches and surgeries.
They story really gets good when he hooks up with DJ Power to drop his vocals on a rap track. Dj Power shows interest in wanting to sighn him. The track is quickly a hit. Comes in to the picture is Ivy Greenwich big time manager interested in Night as well. Along with Ivy is Beth Ann the Sports Illustrated model he fantasized about. She gave him the cold shoulder.
Night relucantly takes a job. He gets there to find and older white couple, the Perls, and a black female escort in a Billy Holiday mask. With the Miles Davis mask on he went to work on Mrs. Perl. After a few minutes he feels finger probing a place that's off limits for him and he flips on Mr. Perl. Night leaves the party.
At a video shoot Night spots a story about Mrs. Perl being found murder. Panick hits him knowing that could easily get caught up. After the shoot he goes to his female pimp Raffaella's apartment only to get cuffed by the detectives waiting for him to show up. He spends the night in jail but let go the next day.
All the while Night has been helping Beth Ann through one of his friends sell a large quantity of E pills. She gotten herself way over her head they are holding one of her friends until they get the money.
In the end Night finds out that the Mr. Perl he met was not the real Mr. Perl but a neighbor. He killed Mrs. Perl because she wanted him to get a divorce like she was going to do so that they could be together. With the help of another one of Night's friends the men who had kidnapped her friend were arrestted in a sting. Night makes a mind with his father. And the story ends with Night in the hospital awaiting news about whether or not Nikki will survive her latest medical crisis.

The Sweetest Taboo by Risque

The Sweetest Taboo

by Risque
rating 4 stars
The sweetest taboo–if you want it, come get it. . . .Yuri and Drae are keeping secrets–each caught up in her own whirlwind of scandal and passion. They swore as children that they would never conceal anything from each other, but now, as adults, they realize that not everything is meant to be told. Yuri is married to Jeff, a man she never really loved yet settled for. During a trip to the Caribbean she begins a torrid affair with her longtime friend Britt, a rising reggae star she has always secretly desired. Drae, a high school guidance counselor, is married to Hassan, a sadistic porn king who makes her “audition” his actors and actresses while he gets off on the wild, and not always consensual, sex. As Yuri and Drae struggle to keep up their double lives, their clandestine cover-ups come to light–and the consequences are more than either of them bargained for.

My Opinion:
Good book. It read fairly well. The story interested me and the last few chapters of the book were quite good

Grindin' by Danielle Santiago


Author: Danielle Santiago
rating 5 stars

Description: .
After partying and "grindin'" in Las Vegas and clearing more than $100,000 and a bag of stolen diamonds, twenty-two-year-old Kennedy Sanchez, a beautiful, street-smart single mom, and her cousin Nina fly back home to New York. Later that night, Kennedy gets a call that Nina is being beaten up by her boyfriend - again. Kennedy rushes over to help, but it's too late: Nina dies in Kennedy's arms after making her promise to take care of her children. Stepping up to the plate, Kennedy becomes the mother of three more kids and moves them into a Harlem brownstone. She knows she needs to refocus her life, and gets her chance when she meets Chaz, a successful hip-hop artist who sees star quality written all over her. She's offered the chance to become a rapper and leave the streets behind - or at least shift to another kind of grind. But once in the music world, Kennedy realizes that the setting may have changed, but the hustle remains the same.

My Opinion:

It was a good quick read. A lot of baby mama drama, chicks getting jumped and cut, death, pain, and love. One of the things that distracted me, was the use of slang. It just felt like too much at times. Overall, for those fans of urban fiction, you will love it.

Hood by Noire

Hood An Urban Erotic Tale

(Paperback) by Noire
rating 5 stars

Description: .
Lamont be my government, but Hood be my name. I earned my stripes chilling up in Fat Daddy's joint, a Brownsville barbershop in the belly of Brooklyn. Some called me a street savior...others said I was just another Brownsville boy gone bad. Whatever. I brung it and I took it too. But when it was all said and done, I walked away with a lesson learned in street loyalty: ain't no need in looking over your shoulder in this game. Because your real enemies ain't aiming at your back. They lunging straight for your heart. Ya dig?
Lamont "Hood" Mason is a fearless nineteen-year-old gangsta who was born and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, New York. He was an abandoned child who roamed the cold city streets and fought hard for survival. The only thing constant in his young life was the safety of a Brownsville barbershop owned by a father figure called Fat Daddy.
The barbershop is where Hood comes of age, but cutting hair isn't the only thing Fat Daddy has going on. His daughter, Egypt, is the love of Hood's young life, and the one person whose dreams of a stable future can lead him off the grimy urban corners and out of the hustling life.
But when Fat Daddy gets caught slippin and crosses paths with Xanbar, a notoriously brutal drug kingpin, his vices threaten to bring death down on the family Hood loves. In an effort to protect his own, Hood and his best friend and hustling partner, Dreko, take to the streets on a bloody mission that doesn't go exactly as planned. Hood returns to find his world turned upside down by a wave of sex, violence, and betrayal. No longer the starving kid on the street, he's now a man seeking vengeance and retribution, and he might beforced to choose between bending or breaking as he picks up the shattered pieces of his life, one by one.

My Opinion

This first page is written in street lingo. It would have been tiring if the whole book was written this way but it did what it was suppose to do. It make me want to keep reading.
The characters in this book tug at heart, mind and emotions. It is clear who you are to root for and who must go down. They have a depth to them that holds you in their world. What I liked best was just when you thought that you knew the characters they would do something unexpected or in Dreko (Hood's right-hand man) case in even cold-hearted than before.
This is definitely a page turner. I could not put it down. This novel is rated MA for its sex violence and brutality, sometimes all three are happening at the same. Not the the PG type readers.

Sticky Fingers by Alison Tyler

Sticky Fingers
Alison Tyler
Paperback, 256 pages
MacmillanMay 01, 2004

rating 1 star

Description: Lingerie, lust and hidden treasures in this dazzling piece of West Coast noir erotica. Jodie Silver has money and prestige - she's a buyer for an import and export business handling luxury goods in the heart of San Francisco. But underneath this polished exterior, Jodie has a darker, wilder side. She's an addictive thrill-seeker who gets a powerful rush from pocketing things that don't belong to her - jewellery, artefacts and works of art. It's a potent feeling, almost as gratifying as the excitement she receives from engaging in wild exhibitionist sex - but not quite. Skilled at concealing her double life, Jodie thinks she's unstoppable, but with hunky detective Nick Hudson on her tail, it's only a matter of time before the pussycat burglar meets her comeuppance.

My Opinion

This book lost my interest on the first page. I kept hoping with every turn of the page some would grab me and pull me into the story. Did not happen. I care about none of the characters. There weren't any depth to them. Even the sex scenes did not excite me. The ending of the book was predictable but the most satisfying part of the book.

Sexcapades by Honey B

Sexcapades by Honey B
rating 4 stars

About the book:

Description: Nick and Natalie are two lovers whose sexual lives are more than above average. But their secret relationship is put to the test when they both end up competing for the same CEO position in the firm that they work for.
Justin Flint has the power to persuade the Board of Directors. He is bisexual and attracted to both Nick and Natalie, but he doesn't know that they are lovers. He decides to give them the task of creating a business plan for the new branch of the company opening up in Paris. Whoever does the best job will get the promotion.
But as the deadline approaches, tension and their aggressive competitive personalities cause a rift in their relationship. Will their need for the promotion ruin their relationship forever?

My Opinion

Very sexual and quite informative. Not only do you get into the story but you feel that maybe you have been missing out on some of life's most intimate moments. After reading this book you just may decide to put in more work in ALL areas of your life.”

*Books mentioned pages 86-7 The Multi-Orgasmic Woman: Discover Your Full Desire, Pleasure, And Vitality; Blow Him Away: How To Give Him Mind-blowing Oral Sex; The Black Woman's Guide To Sexuality; Healing Love Through Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy

Saturday, December 20, 2008

100+ Reading Challenge 2009

The goal is to read 100 or more books starting on Jan 1st 09 through Dec 31st
My List (subject to change)
1. The Boss's Christmas Baby By Trish Morey
2. Point Blank
3. Metro Girl
4. Thong On Fire by Noire
5. Fire and Ice: Legal Briefs
6. Who's Loving You by Mary B Morrison
7. Christmas In His Royal Bed
8. 4 Blind Mice by James Patterson
9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
10. Baby Love
11. Prey by Michael Crichton
12. The Duke
13. May December Souls
14. Heart of the Sea
15. 16 Lighthouse Road
16. 204 Rosewood Lane
17. Sweet Pea by Renay Jackson
18. Just Deserts by Brenda Jackson
19. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
20. Just 4 Play
21. Second Chance
22. 3 Wishes
23. Sex on the 2nd Floor
24. Love on a Two Way Street
25. 5 minutes and 42 seconds
26. Five Days In Paris
27. Only You
28. The Billionaire who Brought Christmas
29. The Perfect Man
30. Hummingbird
31. Love Killers
32. The Secrets of the Heart
33. Heart of the Sea
34. Wild Rain
35. The Secret Circle
36. Spellbound in Seattle
37. Candy Licker
38. The Sisters of APF
39. Little Ghetto Girl
40. Street Vengeance
41. Thug Matrimony
42. Drama Queen
43. Baby Momma Drama4
4. Scorpia
45. The Concrete Blonde
46. The Cradle Will Fall
47. Eleventh Hour
48. Double Take
49. Jinxed
50. My Husband, My Babies
51. Nathian's Child
52. The Executive's Surprise Baby
53. The Pastor's Baby Momma
54. Whose Baby?
55. Expecting His Royal Baby
56. Black Sheep Billionaire
57. Hood Rat
58. In Sheep's Clothing
59. Eyes of the Dragon
60. Stork Alert
61. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
62. Tame A Wild Stallion
63. The Countess
64. The Last Princess
65. The Princess Bride
66. Taming the Prince
67. Always a Knight
68. Princess Sister
69. A Most Desirable M.D.
70. In Over His Head
71. Hospital Vineyard
72. Unwanted Wife by Rachel Lindsay
73. Wrong Kind of Man by Hammond ***3stars
74. Protecting the Princess 75. Shopaholic & Sister (audio book) ***3stars 
76.Turbulent Seas by Christine Feehan (audio book) ***3.5stars 
77. Little Children by Tom Perrotta ***3.5 stars
 78. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
79. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts (audio book)***3stars
80. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (audio book) *****5stars
81. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audio book) *****5stars
82. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (audio book) *****5stars
83. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (audio book) *****5stars
84. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audio book) *****5stars
85. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (audio book) *****5stars
86 .Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audio book) *****5stars

The Genre Challenge

The Genre Challenge

This challenge will run from November 1 2008 – November 1 2009
The goal:
To read one book in the following genres: crime fiction, detective fiction, mystery fiction, horror fiction, thriller fiction, romance fiction, science fiction, action/adventure fiction, fantasy fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, and western fiction.

Specific definitions of these genres can be found in this post.
There are three options if you want to join:
A: Read 10 books, drop the genre you read the most and one of your own choosing
B: Read 11 books, drop the genre you read the most
C: Read 12 booksThe rulesYou may not read more than 1 book per genre

All books must be read within the challenge period
No crossovers within the challenge, each genre should have a separate book
Crossovers with other challenges are allowed
Audio books are allowed, graphic novels are not
You may make a list of books, but that’s not mandatory and you can change your picks at any time before or during the challenge

How to join?
Make a post stating you are joining the challenge, make sure you add which option you take and link back to this post. If you pick option A or B, include which genre(s) you aren’t going to read. Make a comment to this post, with your name and the direct link to your sign-up post. Review each book you read, and post a link to the post I will set up for that, which I will do closer to the challenge. A requirement of the review is that you clearly state which genre the book is for. It would be nice of you explain why that book fits well within the genre, but that’s not mandatory.

Click here for find out more about the Prize drawing at the end of this challenge as well as to sign up for this challenge
If you are not interested in winning a prize you can also do this challenge at My Group

My List

crime fiction
detective fiction
Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson
Hand of Evil by J A Janice
mystery fiction
horror fiction
thriller fiction
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (audio book) *****5stars
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audio book) *****5stars
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (audio book) *****5stars
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (audio book) *****5stars
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audio book) *****5stars
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (audio book) *****5stars
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audio book) *****5stars

science fiction
action/adventure fiction
fantasy fiction
realistic fiction
historical fiction

Friday, December 19, 2008

If The Slipper Fits By Elizabeth Harbison

Lily Tilden and her two sisters where left at an orphanage own by a church. Now as an adult she works as a concierge for a hotel in New York. The Montclair used to be a popular hotel. As of late, it has been having a hard time.

Prince Conrad of Beloria has decided to stay at the hotel. He is in town to accept an award from the UN in the place of father as well as promote his father's foundation. Accompanying the prince is his stepmother Princess Drucille and stepsister Lady Ann.

In light of a couple of women trying to be the next princess Prince Conrad asks Lily to go out on a couple of dates and be his escort to the foundation's dinner. His stepmother has her own agenda and she soon succeeds in trying to split them apart. But the split doesn't last for long. Prince Conrad finds out just how devious his stepmother has been and proposes to Lily. It's a very fairy tale ending after all.
pg 19 line 3 Prince Conrad is described has having "striking pale blue eyes"
pg 112 line 15 his eyes are now green and penetrating
pg 148 line 11 his eyes are back to being pale blue

Monday, December 8, 2008

Love at First Sight by B.J. Daniels

Love at First Sight by B.J. Daniels
Rating 4 stars

Karen Sutton is on a blind date at a hotel resturant with her next door neighbor grandnephew Howie. When he spills red wine on her she uses it as a chance to take a break. She gets but on her way to the restroom while retracing her steps she witness a strange scene.

A man knocks on a door, when the woman opens the door she tries to hi the man but he grabs her arms. Before he stepping through the door he looks to the side and spots Karen. Did the man say Liz?This is the start of a crazy series of event got Karen. She seeks out the killer refusing to wait for him to find her. She's almost get run over by a car, blown up, and shot. She recieves a hit to the head that results in her temporary memory loss.

Detective Jack Adams in an effort to keep her by his side so that he can protect her pretends to be her husband. Which opens up a whole other can of worms.As the story moves along the motives for Liz's murder goes from a love affair gone wrong to illegal adoption conducted by a vengeful husband. Once Karen got her memory back every thing comes back including the fake marriage to Jack and the very real things they did while living that lie.

In the end of the story the mystery is solved and as with any romance novel the couple, Jack and Karen, wind up together.

I liked this book. Just when you thought you had the story figured out there was another twist.

Would've been 4.5 but the squares replacing the "fi" and "fl" in words disrupted the flow of the story.

For some reason some words that contained "fi" and "fl" those letters were replaced with a square. Why this wasn't caught doing the editing or printing process is beyond me. The following are the pages and the lines where this happened.
Page 10 lines 15, 17, 19, 25
Page13 lines 8, 9
Page15 lines 4
Page18 lines 16
Page20 lines 4, 18, 29, 32
Page21 lines 23
Page23 lines 11, 27
Page28 lines 27, 29
Page29 lines 6, 7, 17, 22, 27, 29, 30, 31
Page31 lines 20, 22, 29, (2) 32
Page34 lines 4, 16, 21
Page37 lines 3
Page39 lines 8, 21
Page44 lines 13, 18, 25, 28, 33
Page45 lines 8, 10
Page52 lines 1, 5, 25, 28
Page53 lines 12, 20, 21, 30
Page55 lines 12
Page58 lines 7, 9, 12
Page60 lines 1, 8, (2) 19, 20
Page 61 lines 11
Page 63 lines 9, 20, 29
Page 194 lines1, 5, 11, 28
Page 196 lines 1, 11, 33
Page 197 lines 15
Page 199 lines 5
Page 202 lines 18
Page 204 lines 19
Page 205 lines 16, 22, 27, 33
Page 210 lines 27, 28
Page 212 lines 7, 27, 29
Page 213 lines 3, 8, 18
Page 215 lines 27
Page 218 lines 1
Page 220 lines 11
Page 223 lines 3, 5, (2) 16
Page 226 lines 10, 32
Page 228 lines 6, 27
Page 229 lines 17, 20, (2) 29
Page 231 lines 23
Page 234 lines 6, 8
Page 236 lines 7
Page 237 lines 11, 17, 28
Page 239 lines 30
Page 242 lines 3, 8
Page 245 lines 15
Page 247 lines 18, 20, 31
Yes I actually kept track!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Bookworm Award

The Bookworm Awards

WOW! I never thought I would win an award this early in my blogging experience. I'll first like to thank God. I would like to thank my Mom for always believing in me. My family and friends who are always understanding about my book addiction. I would like to thank DeSeRt RoSe for thinking of me for this award. And last but certainly not least, I would like to thank you, the readers, because without you this award would not be possible. (LOL! that's a pretty good acceptance speech)

Here is how it goes: Open the book closest to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following there. The closest book to me is Love at First Sight by B.J. Daniels.

She'd showered and changed and didn't feel half-naked anymore, but she also didn't feel quite herself, either. This new braver, more impetuous Karen scared her.

That's why she wasn't sure what her reaction was going to be as she let Denny envelop her hand in his larger one and was relieved when she felt nothing. Zip. Not even a flutter. Nothing that is, other than frustration at not being able to place where she'd seen him before.

I'm new to blogspot so I don't know many here yet. I'm only able to tag two people.

kolibri @ a young lady's book lounge
Maria @ Maria's Book Blog

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Naming Conventions Challenge

Naming Conventions Challenge

Instructions1) Write down your first name (or whatever name you usually go by)

2) Do any or all of the following (i.e. do 2a and/or 2b and/or 2c):

2a) For each letter, pick an author whose last name starts with that letter.

2b) For each letter, pick an author whose first name starts with that letter.

2c) For each letter, pick a book that starts with that letter.

3) Books can be cross-overs from other challenges, but each book can only be used once in this challenge. Authors may be repeated though.

4) The challenge lasts one month per letter of your name
The books can be read in any order and the list changed at any time during the challenge.






If The Slipper Fits by Elizabeth Harbison

The Themed Reading Challenge

The Themed Reading Challenge

The Themed Reading Challenge is a six month challenge designed to help readers clear books from their to-be-read stacks which center around a common theme or themes.
Here are the “rules”:
Books should be chosen from the reader’s TBR pile (this may be an actual physical pile or a virtual pile).
The goal is to read 4 to 6 books linked by theme.
Overlaps with other challenges are allowed.
Readers may change their list of books at any time.
Readers may choose three different levels of participation:
Read at least 4 books with the same theme.
Read at least 5 books that share at least TWO themes.
Read at least 6 books that share MORE than two themes.
Themes can be geographic, genre, author, subject matter, or anything in between! Last year’s themes were wonderfully creative and varied and included such things as: books about books, books set in New England, books with a color in the title, books about vampires, books with the word ‘lady’ in the title, Gothic classics, fairy tales retold for adults, highschool classics, Asian culture, feathered friends, WWII, Canada, books in translation, and Beverly Cleary. There were many others I have not listed here!

Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge

Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge

Rule #1: The challenge runs from January 1 to March 31. (No cheating and starting before!)
Rule #2: You must read three books. After that, it's up to you how much you want to read.
Rule #3: The books must:
have a food name in the titleORbe about cooking/eatingORhave a place name in the titleORbe about one (or more) person's travel experienceORbe about a specific cultureORbe by an author whose ethnicity is other than your own (see, I squeezed it in!)
I'll leave it up to you to choose how the three books you read fit the criteria.
Rule #4: They must be middle-grade on up, but can be either fiction or non-fiction.
The purpose, this winter, is to take yourself someplace out of the ordinary, to go on a literary trip, whether that be challenging your expectations, discovering a new place, or enjoying the experience of reading about good food, places, and people

2nds Challenge 2009

2nds Challenge 2009

This is a great way to combine 1st in a Series with this one. The only thing with 2nds is doesn't have to be a series book. It can be a book from an author you've just read one book from before.
Here are the guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need to have a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 books by authors that you have only read once. It doesn't have to be a series.
3. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009. Don't start reading until January. 4. You may list your chosen books any time during the year. Change the list if needed

1st in Series Challenge 2009

1st in Series Challenge 2009

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

2. Read 12 books that are the first in any series. You may read & list your chosen books any time during the year.

3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.

4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.

Chick Porn Reading Challenge

Chick Porn Reading Challenge

Another I Love Reading Challenges group exclusive

With a name like that, you know this may not be a challenge for everybody! Now that you've been warned on with the challenge...

Chick porn is chick lit, romance and/or erotica.In this challenge you will be required to read 2 books for each rating. This may be the steamiest reading challenge you'll be all year!
Okay! Time frame Jan 09 to Dec 09overlapping with other challenges as always is fine

G - very light on kissing scenes if it has any. This is young love or even just a crush.
PG - kissing, mild "love" scenes maybe only a couple of love scenes in whole book
PG-13 - kissing, mild "love" scenes 2 to more love scenes
R- kissing, "love" scenes, more nudity 3 or more love scenes
X- you would not recommend this book to anyone under 18. In fact you feel a little naughty for reading it yourself!

The ratings are just a guide. Use you judgement as to which rating your book goes under.
Happy Reading

  • G
  • PG
  • PG-13
  • R
  1. The Boss's Christmas Baby by Trish Morey
  • X
  1. The Sister of APF by Zane

Official Winter Challenge

Official Winter Challenge

Dec 1 to Feb 28th

1. Anyone can participate and can join in at anytime after December 1st and before February 28th.
2. Each individual can set their own goal as to how many points they think they can earn in that time and if they want to they can reward themselves.
3. Each task counts for points only once and the same book can not be used for two categories.
4. Re-reads count (unless otherwise stated).
5. If you have at least 50% of a book you started prior to the beginning of the current challenge it may be counted towards your point total if it meets the criteria for one the tasks.
6. Small adjustments can be made to the categories but try to stick as close to the task as possible...if you aren't sure feel free to ask.
7. In general small books (I'd say 100 pages or less) like children's books should be used sparingly and only for the 5 point tasks.
8. Other than that just have fun and post what you are reading and your point totals...

1. February Is African American History Month: Read A Book With A Main Character Who Is African American Or A Biography/Autobiography Of An African American.
2. February Is National Library Lovers Month...Visit Your Local Library And Either Check Out A Book Or For Those Who Have To Own - Buy One From A Library Sale And Read That Book. (Previously Purchased Books Don’t Count.)
3. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Romance Novel.
If The Slipper Fits by Elizabeth Harbison
4. It’s Winter: Read A Book Whose Title Contains a Winter Weather Word – i.e. Blizzard, Snow, Ice, Sleet, Icicle, Snowflake, Frost, Freeze, Slush, Flurry, Chill, Or Hail.
5. Pick 10 Books From Your TBR List, Put The Titles Pieces Of Paper, And Pick One Out Of A Basket Or A Hat Whatever You Can Find, And Then Read That Book.
6. Read A Book By A New, First Time Author. (The author can have only one published book at the time you read it.)
7. Read A Book Whose Title Starts With The Word Who, What, Where, When, Why Or How.
8. Read A Book Whose Title Contains The Word Winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other winter holiday.
9. Read A Mystery Novel.
10. The Oscars Are In February: Read a Book you’ve Already Seen the Film To.

1. For Chinese New Year: Read a Book That Takes Place in China or Was Written By a Chinese Author.
2. For The Holiday Season: Read a Book with a Holiday Song in the Title.
3. For Christmas: Read a Book with Any of the Following in the Title: Angel, Miracle, God, Jesus, Shepherd, Manger, Wise Man, Mary, or Joseph.
4. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Book with the Word Love, Romance, Kiss, Valentine, Cupid, Sweetheart or Heart in the Title.
5. Many Great Authors Died In 2008: Read A Book By An Author Who Died This Year.
6. Read A Book That Takes Place In A Country That Is Part Of Your Ancestry (I.E. If Your Irish Read A Book That Takes Place In Ireland Or About Ireland).
7. Read A Book Where The Main Character Is Mentally Or Physically Handicapped.
8. Read A Book Whose Title Contains The Word King, Queen, Princess, Prince, Duke, Or Duchess.
9. Read A Book With December, January, Or February In The Title.
10. Read A Book With A Title Containing The Name Of A Body Part (Eg. Hand, Nail, Finger, Toe, Etc).

1. For African American History Month: Read a Book about the Civil Rights Movement (Non-Fiction) or Takes Place during That Time Period (Fiction).
2. For Christmas: Read a Book with the word Santa, Elf, or the Name of Any of the Reindeer in the Title.
3. For Valentine’s Day: Read a Book with the Word Chocolate (Or Type of Chocolate or Other Candy) In The Title, Then Eat That Kind Of Chocolate Or Candy.
4. Read A Book And Read It's Sequel. Books should be read back to back. They can be any two books from a series (not necessarily book 1 & 2) but should be read in order i.e. book 3 then book 4 not book 5 then 8.
5. Read A Book Where One Of The Main Characters Has The Same Profession As You.
6. Read A Historical Fiction Book Featuring A Famous Historic Personality Or A Biography Of A Historical Figure.
7. Read A Non-Fiction Book About A Religion Other Than Your Own.
8. Read A Book That Relates To One Of Your New Year's Resolutions.
9. The Oscar’s are coming: Read a Book or Play Whose Movie Counterpart Was Nominated or That Won in the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay Category and Watch the Film. ttp://
10. In Honor Of Inauguration Day: Read A Book About Politics/Politicians (Fiction Or Non-Fiction).

1. Read a book about / set in / or by an author of a country with a name that starts with the first letter of your name (first / middle / last). Example - If your name is John - you could read a book about Japan, set in Jamaica, or written by an author from Jordan.
2. Read a book that you have started but never finished.
3. Read a book of at least 700 pages.

Monday, December 1, 2008

books with titles that begin with the number "2"

books with titles that begin with the letter "Z"

books with titles that begin with the letter "Y"

books with titles that begin with the letter "X"

books with titles that begin with the letter "V"

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books with titles that begin with the letter "R"

books with titles that begin with the letter "Q"

books with titles that begin with the letter "O"

books with titles that begin with the letter "M"

books with titles that begin with the letter "K"

Karen's Leprechaun by Ann M. Martin
Karen's New Teacher by Ann M. Martin
Karen's Sleepover by Ann M. Martin
Kill Switch by Baer & Greene
Killing Rain by Barry Eisler
Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin

books with titles that begin with the letter "J"

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books with titles that begin with the letter "C"