Thursday, January 29, 2009
Back by popular demand, the 2009 Chick Lit Challenge has been expanded for the whole year! From January 1 through December 31, 2009, read at least 10 chick lit books. Books can overlap with other challenges and you can change your list at any time.
For the Vampire Challenge you will read books with vampires - romance, YA, paranormal, mysteries - anything, as long as there's a or two (or more) vampire in it.
The challenge will start January 1, 2009 and end December 31, 2009.
The goal is to read 2+ books with vampires in 2009, that's it. It's fairly easy, I think. For some inspiration check out cosymurders post on vampires in books.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The above picture is of my tallest bookshelf. The books are stacked 3 deep! These are mostly romances and a little mystery or crime fiction.
The above picture is of my ubran lit/or street lit books with a little general and YA fiction on the bottom shelf.
There are also a few book on the shelf of my coffee table (I know, right!). Right now I think I own around 500 books and add at least one new book a month.
Friday, January 16, 2009
by Tom Perrotta
rating: 3.5 stars
Audio Book 10cds 11.5 hours
Meet Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad dubbed "The Prom King" by the moms at the playground, and his wife, Kathy, a documentary filmmaker envious of the connection Todd has forged with their toddler son. And there's Sarah, a lapsed feminist surprised to find she's become a typical wife in a traditional marriage, and her husband, Richard, who is becoming more and more involved with an internet fantasy life than with his own wife and child. And then there's Mary Ann, who has life all figured out, down to a scheduled roll in the hay with her husband every Tuesday at nine P.M.
They all raise their kids in the kind of quiet suburb where nothing ever seems to happen—until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could ever have imagined.
The title of the book is misleading. I thought the book would be about children instead it was about the adults not being happy with the lives. There are two main characters are Todd and Sarah. They engage in an affair under the guise of having play dates with their kids. Todd is unhappy with trying to pass the bar, for he never really wanted to be a lawyer in the first place. Sarah married her husband on the rebound from another relationship after having a pretty dismal after college life. He was escaping from the pressure of face a life he didn't want and Sarah was a different change of pace. Sarah was thrilled to find that someone as good looking as Todd was interested with her. Towards the end of the book they had made a plan to runaway together leaving their families behind. Then events happen to curtail their plan. Todd realized that he really didn't want to leave his family and that he would miss his son terribly. Sarah husband had went away on a trip and decided not to come back. Sarah realized how unfit and selfish a parent she had been. Throughout the novel is a story about a child molester moving into the neighborhood. He actually didn't do much in the book in fact he was the one being harassed. At the end of the book he confessed to molesting and killing a child.
The Sisters of APFby Zane
rating: 3 stars
back cover:Mary Ann is the daughter of a chicken farmer from South Dakota. She has never been more than fifty miles from home and has led a sheltered life. By the time she goes off to college in Washington, D.C., she has been intimate with only one man -- her high school sweetheart. The resident manager of Mary Ann's dormitory, Patricia, befriends the country bumpkin. She finds Mary Ann amusing, but also senses something intriguing about her, hidden under the surface. After Mary Ann becomes smitten with Trevor, the campus playboy, Patricia is determined to show Mary Ann how not to be a victim, but rather how to outdo the players and heartbreakers. She indoctrinates Mary Ann into the ranks of the sexiest secret society ever: the sisters of APF.
The bodyguard: Ilya Prakenskii, cool, inscrutable, dangerously sexy, and working in the shadow of his infamous reputation—that of a secret Russian hit man on the payroll of a notorious mobster. He’s the last man Joley should get close to, yet when her life is threatened on tour she has nowhere left to turn. But in the seductive safe keep of Ilya’s embrace, is Joley really as secure as she imagines?
by Sophie Kinsella
rating 3 stars
Audio Book 5cds 6hours
What’s a round-the-world honeymoon if you can’t buy the odd souvenir to ship back home? Like the twenty silk dressing gowns Becky found in Hong Kong…the hand-carved dining table (and ten chairs) from Sri Lanka…the, um, huge wooden giraffes from Malawi (that her husband Luke expressly forbade her to buy)… Only now Becky and Luke have returned home to London and Luke is furious. Two truckloads of those souvenirs have cluttered up their loft, and the bills for them are outrageous. Luke insists Becky go on a budget. And worse: her beloved best friend Suze has found a new best friend while Becky was away. Becky’s feeling rather blue—when her parents deliver some incredible news. She has a long-lost sister! Becky is thrilled! She’s convinced her sister will be a true soulmate. They’ll go shopping together, have manicures together.…Until she meets Jessica for the first time and gets the shock of her life. Surely Becky Bloomwood’s sister can’t…hate shopping?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
This is a meme award to be passed on.
The rules are:
1. Post the logo on your blog
2. Add link to the person who awarded it to you
3. Award up to 10 blogs
4. Add links to those blogs in your award post
5. Leave a message for awardee on their blog
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The main link for this challenge could be found here ..
Is your TBR overflowing off your shelves? Have you vowed not to buy any books until you read the ones you already own? Did you just receive a lot of books over the holidays? Or maybe, like me, you just have page after page after page of books on your shelfari "Plans to Read" list. If you consider your TBR pile or list to be "overweight" this challenge is for you!*
Pages for Pounds is a fairly basic challenge.
It's quite simple:
1. Take the books on your TBR list
2. Read them
3. Weigh the book using a kitchen scale or go to amazon.com and check the shipping weight.
4. Twice a month report the amount of weight you've read
5. At the end of the challenge see how much weight you've taken off your TBR pile!
See? Fairly simple.You don't need to sign up for this challenge. You may join at any time.
Pages for Pounds officially starts on January 1, 2009 and will end on February 28, 2009.
The official winner is the member of The Challenged Reader who has lost the most weight during the challenge. Even if you aren't declared the winner you're still a winner to have tackled some weight from your TBR!
Throughout the challenge there may be occasional opportunities to lose some extra weight. I won't tell you how just yet, but you'll find out when these opportunities arise.
There will be check-ins twice a month to report your progress and for the admins. to tally up the pounds. Only report the books that are finished. If you're still reading a book save it until the next check-in. All books count. There isn't any specific criteria just read what you want to read and what's already on your TBR (or any new books you can't possible refrain from adding to your TBR). Since you don't need to sign up for this challenge whenever you join just post your results at the next check-in.
Please report the weight of the actual edition you read. If you read a hardback you can report the weight of the hardpack. If it's a paperback, or mass market edition report the weight of those particular books. Audiobooks count as well. For audiobooks the weight is the weight of the audiobook itself. You can weight the audiobook in the case or use amazon.com. During the check-ins post if it was a hardback, paperback, mass market, audiobook, or electronic reader edition.
There won't be any prizes given to the winner, but you will receive bragging rights and if you have a blog or a webpage a special graphic to show off your dedication to reducing your TBR.
Any questions? Feel free to let us know!
* Even if you don't consider your shelf or list to be overweight and, unlike a lot of us, are able to refrain from buying books that consume all your space, you may still participate in all the fun. =P
Okay, for books read on Kindle, or any other electronic reader, we decided to use the mass market paperback edition (or if it's only available in regular paperback, then that one). We decided that since both electronic readers and mass markets are easily carried around those would count the same.
Books with weight
Shopaholic & Sister 3.5 ounces
The Boss's Christmas Baby 0.8 ounces