Sunday, March 28, 2010

Chick Porn Reading Challenge 2010

Chick Porn Reading Challenge 2010

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 do all year!

Okay! Time frame now to Dec 31 2010
overlapping 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.

My List
*Led Astray by Sandra Brown 03/26/2010
*The Aftermath by Anna J 06/01/2010
*Bitch by Deja King 06/18/2010

Prolific Blogger Award

I would like to say thank you to Aleksandra at Alekasandra's Corner.

A Prolific Blogger is one who is intellectually productive… up an active blog that is filled with enjoyable content.

1. Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!

2. Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.

3. Every Prolific Blogger must link back to This Post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.

I'm passing on this award to the following blogs (these are sites that always show up in my dashboard):

U.S. Presidents Reading Project

U.S. Presidents Reading Project

U.S. Presidents Reading Project

For more information:

The rules are simple:

1. Read at least one non-fiction book about each of the U.S. Presidents
2. Take as much time as you need
3. Have fun learning about U.S. history and its leaders

That's it! If one book about each president sounds a bit like "too much information" to you, feel free to choose books that talk about more than one president at a time and count it for each one. Tailor this project to suit your personal level of interest. Maybe you just want a passing knowledge of each one. Maybe you found a couple presidents interesting enough to read two or three or more books about them. Maybe you'll discover so many avenues you'd like to explore that we'll need to start an American History Reading Project. :-) The possibilities are endless!

The List

George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford B. Hayes
James A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
Grover Cleveland (2ND TERM)
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William Howard Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Barack Obama - Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Led Astray by Sandra Brown

Led Astray by Sandra Brown
3 stars
Hogwarts Reading Challenge, Chick Porn Reading Challenge 2010, Monthly Mixer Mele

Jenny Fletcher was taken in by the Hendren's after her family was killed in a house fire. The Hendren's are a very religious family. Hal the youngest son is the favorite. He has always been the easiest child to get along with. He always did the right thing. Cage the oldest was more difficult to get along with and became the black sheep of the family.

Hal decided to go on humanitarian trip to help smuggle out refugees. Jenny in an effort to try to keep Hal from going offers herself to him. Hal refuses and leaves the room. Hearing Jenny cries Cage enters the room thinking only to comfort but ends up doing the job Hal would not. In the darken room and under the influence of sleeping pills Jenny thinks her first time was with her love Hal.

The story becomes more steamy and complicated. Death, lies, deceit, pregnancy, and love. Like most romance novels I got frustrated. I hate how the character wait forever to just say I love you, it was me or what ever the case may be.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Dreams from My Father

by Barack Obama
Audio Book 6 cds

3 stars

U.S. Presidents Reading Project/Hogwarts Reading Challenge/Monthly Mixer Mele

This is a candid look in to the life of American President Barack Obama. Many of the events that lead up to the man that he has become is explained. He also talks quite a bit about his struggles to find himself. Not just the regular coming of age struggles or the regular struggles to fit in but also the struggle to find where he belongs bi-racially.

The audio book is read by President Obama. He does quite a good job. Even "acting" out some of the scenes. I am not a person who normally read non-fiction. I think those who enjoy biographies and memoirs would enjoyed the book as well. Good job Mr. President. (said a Marilyn Monroe sing song voice...scandal!)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts

Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts 346pgs 03/12/2010
Hogwarts Reading Challenge, March Book-of-the-Month, Ireland Challenge 2010, Monthly Mixer Mele

Shawn Gallagher is the middle child. He is the dreamer of the brood. He is also the cook of the pub and play the piano beautifully. Mary Brenna O'Toole is the eldest child and the least girlie of the crew. She works as along side her father fix up the town. Brenna has also had a yen for Shawn but refused to act on it because she thought she was not his type. She was not pretty enough she thought. She decides that she must let him not how she feels and blurts it out. Shawn after a bit of pondering falls in love with her.

I found this book a better read than the first. There was conflict and they did struggle with the relationship at first but at least they worked through it. In the first book the union was painfully slow. Prince Carrick and Lady Gwen got their 2 couples together and only has one more to go before they can be together at last.

***Note it is obvious that the sister Darcy will get together with Magee, the guy that is going to open the new theater in town or someone from his company. Am I right? We shall see.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Monthly Mixer Mele

All you have to do is read a book that begins with a letter of each month or read a book that begins with the authors name (first or last name, doesn’t matter). There are 74 letters so you will have to have 74 different books to complete the challenge. Books can however be used to complete other challenges.You don’t have to do the months in any kind of order, just fill in books as you go along until you have each letter a book by it.

Challenge begins November 1, 2009 and ends November 2, 2010 so you have a whole year to complete! Lets break out them books and get busy! Go to Jen Book Talk to sign up

Aftermath, The by Anna J 06/01/2010
Remember When by J.D.Robb
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 06/21/2010

Led Astray by Sandra Brown 3/26/2010


N aked in Death by J.D. Robb 04/05/2010


S hameless Hoodwives by Meesha Mink and De'neisha Diamond 07/2010
Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts 3/12/2010

T hug Matrimony by Wahida Clark 09/2010

Bitch by Deja King 06/10/2010

E very Thug Needs A Lady by Wahida Clark 10/24/10

D reams from My Father by Barack Obama 3/17/10



Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page

  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts

"Bad enough a woman has to get fat as a cow with a baby. But add to that the
hanging over the toilet every morning and fainting without a moment's notice."

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ireland Challenge 2010

Join anytime. The challenge runs from February 1, 2010 to November 30, 2010.
~ Any books read for this challenge can also apply to other challenges you are working on.
~ Re-reads are allowed.
~ Any book written by an Irish author, set in Ireland, or involving Irish history or Irish characters, counts for the challenge – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, audiobooks, children’s books – all of these apply.
~ Choose your commitment level:

Shamrock level: 2 books
Luck o’ the Irish level: 4 books
Kiss the Blarney Stone level: 6 books

~ Click to here to sign up and be eligible for the prize
~ You don’t have to list your books ahead of time – just have fun reading throughout the year.
~ Everyone who fulfills their challenge level and writes at least one review is eligible for the giveaway prize at the end of the challenge: a copy of Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney.

My List: (to be filled in as I go) Shamrock level: 2 books
Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts 346 pages
Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hogwarts Reading Challenge The Houses

The Houses

Gryffindor - 83pts
Student List

Kari - 47 pts + CC 5pts + DA 5pts +SC 20pts = 77
Nay - 6pts

Ravenclaw - 0pts
Student List

Hufflepuff - 5pts
Student List

Melissa -
Evana (I Love Reading Challenge member - 5 pts

Slytherin - 21pts
Student List

La Toya - 13pts
Tenia F (I Love Reading Challenge member) - 8pts

***if you do not see points beside your name it's because I couldn't find your list. Remember the link provided is suppose to be a link to a Hogwarts Reading Challenge only post.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hogwarts Reading Challenge

Hogwarts Reading Challenge 2010
March 8 2010 to December 13 2010
Winner will be annouced on Jan 7th 2011 Christine T winner picked through
Congrats! I will contact you shortly with the link to your gift card.
giving eveyone time to check points and get them in so to those who I have reached out to please show me your books
In the Hogwarts Reading Challenge you are a student of the school. You will be sorted into houses. Each book you read must fit in to the subject of one the classes. You do not have to read books that fit all the subjects. Each book equals one point (toward the house cup).

You must read at least 5 books (audio books counts) before you are enter in to the drawing. At the end of the Challenge one person will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and one house will win the House Cup (purely a pride thing).

Check back regularly as there will be Mini Challenges. The first Mini Challenge will start on April 2nd. Come back to see what the challenge will be and it's incentive.

To be eligible to win prizes you must have a blog and sign up using Mr. Linky. Then start a Hogwarts Reading Challenge post and link it back to this post.
****Update you can be eligible for prize if you become a member of I Love Reading Challenges on Shelfari and keep the list of the books you read for this challenge under the Hogwarts Challenge post there. You can also become a fan of the I Love Reading Challenges Facebook fan page and keep you list there as well.

Click here to go to the Sorting Hat. Please be honest. If there are too many in one particular house you may be place into another. So if the Sorting Hat places you in Sytherin you are Sytherin for duration of this challenge.

Reading a Harry Potter book earns you 25 house points.

Have any questions leave them in a comment and I will get back to you. Have fun, good luck and Happy Reading!

The Houses
Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin

The Classes

Transfiguration - read any book that has trans or figure in its title, is about shape shifting, has a shape shifter in it, or is about anything having to do with changing one thing into another

Defence Against the Dark Arts - read any book that has defence(defense), dark and/or art(s) in its title, read any book that is about self defense, war, history of war/marital arts, murder mysteries

Charms - read any book that has charm in its title, any book that deals with gives something or someone a new aspect (for example the nerdy guy become a handsome doctor)

Potions - read any book that has potion in its title, cookbooks count but you must cook at least one recipe out of the book

Astronomy - read any book that has astronomy in its title, books about planets, stars, etc, sci-fi

History of Magic - read any book that has history or magic in its title, books about magic, witches, etc

Herbology - read any book that has herb in its title, again cookbooks count and again you must cook at least one recipe out of the book

Arithmancy - read any book that has arithmancy in its title, any book with a number in its title, any book that deal with numbers or math

Ancient Runes - read any book that has ancient or runes in its title, books about historical places like the pyramids, Stonehenge, great wall of china, or any book about symbols

Divination - read any book that has divine in its title, any book about psychics or psychic abilities, tarot reading etc

Care of Magical Creatures - read any book that has magical or creatures in its title, about supernatural beings

Muggle Studies - nearly any book works here, what better why to understand Muggle than to read what they read
How to list your books and keep track of points:
When you copy this post onto your blog just list the book you read for the challenge under the subject to which it fits. Please include the name of the book/author and the the date you finished reading it
History of Magic - read any book that has history or magic in its title, books about magic, witches, etc
-Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts 3/12/2010
If you are reading along at the Shelfari I Love Reading Challenges group the challenge is already set up this way.

I'm Back! and with a new challenge

WOW! I didn't realize that I have been gone for so long. I'm back though. I have a new challenge that I am working on. Everything should be posted by Monday the latest. It is the Hogwarts Challenge. To win a $25 Amazon gift card you have to following this blog and sign up using Mr. Linky.