Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Heroines Bookshelf Reading Challenge

The Heroines Bookshelf Reading Challenge

Challenge Requirements:

1. Challenge will start Saturday, January 1, 2011 and will end Saturday, December 31, 2011.
2. You can read anywhere from 1 to 5 books for the challenge and of course, you are more than welcome to surpass that number.
3. You can choose books from the specific chapters of the book and/or the literary sisters mentioned in the book. Rereads don't count towards this challenge. The point of this challenge is to explore new books and new heroines.
4. Create your own post to let all your readers know you’re taking part in the challenge. Make sure to link back to this page using the Mr. Linky.
5. Have fun and share reviews of the books as you complete them!

Challenged Completed

I am going to read one book for this challenge - The Color Purple 1/18/2011

*click here or the challenge name to sign up

Alex Cross Reading Challenge

Here are the guidelines...

1. Choose how many books you'd like to read from the series. You can read the entire series or however many you'd like. It's up to you! You can change your mind any time throughout the year.
2. All books need to be read between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. Books read prior to September 1st don't count for this challenge.
3. If you want to participate, just post about it on your blog with a link back to here. Make sure you list the books you need to read.
4. Audio and Ebooks are acceptable. You can also use these books for other challenges.
5. Please use Mr. Linky below to sign up. Use the link to your post about this challenge, not your main blog address. Links that don't go directly to your challenge post will be deleted.
6. Once you complete the challenge, please post the link to your wrap-up blog post with Mr. Linky (I will put up a Mr. Linky for completed lists.)
7. There will also be a Mr. Linky for reviews, although posting your reviews are not a requirement.
8. You can take the button above and post it on your blog.

These are the books in the series that have already been published...

1 Along Came a Spider
2 Kiss the Girls
3 Jack & Jill
4 Cat and Mouse
5 Pop! Goes the Weasel
6 Roses Are Red
7 Violets Are Blue
8 Four Blind Mice
9 The Big Bad Wolf
10 London Bridges
11 Mary, Mary
12 Cross
13 Double Cross
14 Cross Country
15 Alex Cross's TRIAL
16 I, Alex Cross

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Very Cougar Christmas by Lex Valentine

ebook from Pink Petal Books

This is a great, sexy, steamy short story. Living side by side these two neighbors have only exchanged the usual pleasantries. Each have had thoughts about the other and each have never acted on thoughts, that is, until a package arrives for ­­­Nikki , When she doesn’t answer the UPS deliveryman knocks on Vincent door instead giving the package to him. More than a little annoyed, Vincent slips on some flip flops and begin to knock on Nikki’s door. From the moment his knuckles rap the door the story get interesting and does not disappoint from that point on.

Friday, December 24, 2010

I Spy Reading Challenge

I Spy Reading Challenge
Duration: One year from the date you start the challenge
*The challenge post says only non 3 non paranormal's allowed but for this challenge post can read anything

I love challenges where we have to go on a little scavenger hunt through our TBR to find books that fit.

This one is a TITLE search challenge--it's not based on finding pictures on the cover, but finding words in the title of the book. But instead of giving you specific words to search for, we're going to do categories. I've listed a bunch of examples, but you're not limited to those--use your imagination and find words that fit the categories.

The duration of this challenge will be one year from your start date. So whenever you decide to start, you will have one year to complete it. Please post your dates with your list. You may use anthologies & rereads, and while most should be along the paranormal/fantasy theme, I won't smack you upside the head if you throw one or two non-paranormals in there. :)

Also, if you are having a hard time with a category, you many use the series name if it is printed on the cover of the book. Everyone can do that for up to 3 categories. In the TITLE of a book, find a word that fits the below categories: ***items below in italics are just suggestions from me, use them or come up with new ones, I just wanted to give examples and I got carried away. :)

1. Color don't forget the good ones like crimson & indigo
2. Number one, two, three, as well as once, twice, first, second
3. Things That Grow flower, tree, rose, orchid, garden, lily, forest, seed, thorn, ivy
4. 4 Seasons spring, summer, fall, autumn, winter
5. First Name Dick, Tom, Harry, Harriet
6. Places city, state, country, land, town, empire, kingdom, world OR the proper name of a city, state or country (NY, London)
7. Body Part heart, eye, hand, bone, skin, mind, foot
8. Weapon knife, sword, arrow, dart, poison, blade, razor
9. Body of Water sea, ocean, river, lake, pond, bayou
10. Form of Water ice, fog, rain, snow, water, mist -
11. Product of Fire heat, smoke, fire, burn, flames, light, ash, blaze -
12. Heavenly Body sun, moon, star
13. Architecture castle, house, tower, bridge, gate
14. 5 Senses sight, sound, touch, scent, taste
15. Royal Title king, queen, princess, duke
16. Family Member brother, daughter, mother
17. 4 Elements fire, earth, air/wind, water
18. Time of Day morning, noon, night, evening, midnight, twilight, dusk, dawn
19. Metal gold, silver, bronze, iron, steel
20. Emotion/Feeling love, hate, pride, passion, desire, fear, envy
21. Animal/Insect dog, cat, wolf, tiger, bird, spider, fox, crow, goose, snake
22. Something to Read book, tale, story
23. Gender Identifier boy, girl, man, woman, wife, husband, lady
24. Paranormal Being vampire, demon, angel, succubus, ghost, zombie, devil, unicorn, dragon

Here's my list
1. Color:
2. Number:
3. Things That Grow:
4. 4 Seasons:
5. First Name:
6. Places OR Proper Name: Living Dead in Dallas
7. Body Part: Face the Fire
8. Weapon: Dark Lover/Black Dagger Brotherhood
9. Body of Water:
10. Form of Water: Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen 05/13/2011
11. Product of Fire: Wild Fire by Christine Feehan 04/14/2011
12. Heavenly Body: Moon Called
13. Architecture: Glass Houses
14. 5 Senses: Touch the Dark
15. Royal Title:
16. Family Member:
17. 4 Elements: Dance Upon the Air
18. Time of Day: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer 02/06/2011
19. Metal:
20. Emotion/Feeling: Guilty Pleasures
21. Animal/Insect:
22. Something to Read:
23. Gender Identifier: Dead Girls' Dance
24. Paranormal Being: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

What's In A Name 4

What's in a Name 4

Welcome to the fourth What's in a Name Challenge! This challenge was originated by a young blogger named Annie, who hosted it for two years. When she decided to give up on being the host, I took over the challenge.

I credit this challenge with being one of the prime reasons for my becoming a blogger, so I am thrilled to be its new host.

Here's How It Works

Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. A book with a number in the title: First to Die, Seven Up, Thirteen Reasons Why
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Diamond Ruby, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Opal Deception
  3. A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea, Small Wars, Little Bee
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Dead Witch Walking, Crawling with Zombies, Time Traveler's Wife
  5. A book with evil in the title: Bad Marie, Fallen, Wicked Lovely
  6. A book with a life stage in the title: No Country for Old Men, Brideshead Revisited, Bog Child

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

Other Things to Know:

  • Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged.
  • You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
  • You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.

On January 1, there will be 7 posts, each with a Mr. Linky (one for each category and one for your wrap-up post), on this blog so you'll have a place post links to your reviews (bloggers) or leave comments (non-bloggers) as you finish up each category.

Here's my list:

  1. A book with a number in the title: Fifth Born
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Ring of Fire
  3. A book with a size in the title: Little Ghetto Girl
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Nowhere to Run
  5. A book with evil in the title: Divine Evil
  6. A book with a life stage in the title: Baby Mama Drama

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Off The Shelf Challenge

Off The Shelf Challenge

Are your books multiplying like rabbits before you even get a chance to read them? Trying to keep up with them, but can't stop buying new ones?
Maybe this challenge is for you. I know what it's like. There are so many titles and so many beautiful books out there sometimes it's hard to keep that TBR shelf under control, but if you really want to try why not challenge yourself?

The challenge begins on the 1st of January and ends on the 31st of December 2011

Note: This challenge is to read those books you own copies of, but have never got around to reading. If you don't have many that you own, but have a massive TBR shelf you're welcome to read those ones as long as you don't add new ones. You don't need to actually get rid of your books after you've read them, This is just to read them.

How to Participate

1)Decide which challenge level you'll be doing (further below) - do not include books that you buy from the start of this challenge.
2)Grab the code for the badge and post it on a side bar or in a signature (if you want to participate, but aren't blogging, on a social network or forum - Submission for Non Bloggers).
Create your own post to let all your readers know you’re taking part in the challenge and at what level (if you're really proficient you can list your books!). Make sure to link back to here.
Use the link form below here into the challenge by sharing your challenge post URL and your name (either your name, blog name, or both).Please don't use the comment form to participate, only to comment on the challenge or something else..
Submit your reviews (if you choose to review them, but that is optional) on the review page.
When you’ve completed your challenge let us know on the completion post. If you're using a tag or category I recommend sharing the link back to that so everyone can find them

Challenge Levels

Tempted – Choose 5 books to read
Trying – Choose 15 books to read
Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read
Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read

For extra hard challenges

Hoarder – Choose 76-125 books to read
Buried – Choose 126-200 books to read

***I am doing Tempted - 5 books

1. Dead Until Dark
2. Daddy Unknown
3. Every Woman Fantasy
4. Fifth Born
5. Heaven and Earth

Foodies Reading Challenge

One thing we all have in common is the need to eat food. Some of us also have a strong need/desire to read about food. I’m one of them, are you? Such people are known as Foodies – people who love to talk, read, watch food tv, or anything else with a food theme.
If that description fits you, I invite you to join me in the Foodie’s Reading Challenge for 2011. Together we’ll explore the world of good food writing. That may take the form of a cookbook or a biography or even a novel centered around food. (See the definition for a food book in the right sidebar.)
Here’s how it works:
1. Decide how many food books you want to read in 2011 and choose your level of reading. Keep in mind this is a challenge – a thrown-down. Go a bit beyond what you think you can really do.
Nibbler: 1 to 3 books
Bon Vivant: 4 to 6 books
Epicurean: 7 to 9 books
Gourmet: 10 to 12
Glutton: More than 12
2. Grab the challenge button and write a post on your blog so we can spread the word. No blog? That’s okay. Sign up in the comments section.
3. As you read each book for the challenge, come back here and tell us about it. On January 1st pages will be provide so you can post links for your reviews. Non-bloggers will use the comment section.

You don’t need a pre-selected list of books.
Crossing over with other challenges is fine.
Any book format is allowed (print, audio, ebook)
To encourage you to return and talk about what you read, there will be a prize at the end of each quarter. will be used to select from all the books you talk about. Each book read will be one more chance to win.
by books:

Clue Board Game Challenge

Clue Board Game Challenge

One of the most famous detective board games is Clue/Cluedo made by Parker Brothers. This challenge will be based around the characters, weapons and rooms from the original game. The challenge will run for a year, until Oct 1, 2011. Books may only be used once for this challenge, so you'll be reading 17 to 22 books to complete the challenge.

Clue Characters: Read a book where someone on the cover is wearing the same color clothes as the clue character. (ie a red dress, a green suit, etc. Outfit on cover does not have to be specifically a dress or suit, as long as the person on the cover is prodominately dressed in the color.)

Read one book for each person.
Miss Scarlet (a red piece)
Colonel Mustard (a yellow piece)
Mrs. White (a white piece)
Mr. Green (a green piece)
Mrs. Peacock (a blue piece)
Professor Plum (a purple piece)

Weapons: Read a book where either one of the following weapons is pictured on the cover, specifically named in the title, or was used to murder someone in the book. Read one book for each weapon.
Revolver (any revolver or pistol)
Lead Pipe

Rooms: Read a book with one the following rooms pictured on the cover, specifically named in the title, or featured prominately in the plot. The room doesn't have to be the main place the story takes place but if the characters just walk through the room once it isn't enough to count. If an entire scene takes place in the room, then it's enough to qualify. Choose 5 of the 10. (Some will be harder, so you don't have to find them all unless you want to.)
Dining Room
Billard Room
Cellar/Stairs (where the envelope with the solution was kept)

BONUS #1: Read a book based on the actual game Clue. Example:
BONUS #2: Play the board game with family and/or friends.
BONUS #3: Watch the movie CLUE starring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, and Martin Mull.
NOTE: The books read for this challenge do not have to all be mysteries. It's your choice.

My books:
Miss Scarlet (a red piece): In Sheep's Clothing

Mrs. White (a white piece0: Payback With Ya Life

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

James Patterson Reading Challenge II

James Patterson Reading Challenge II

Level 1 - Read 2 books...just trying them out
Level 2 - Read 5 books...a loyal fan
Level 3 - Read 10+ books...obsessed with James Patterson

Here are the guidelines...
1. Choose one of the levels above. You do not need to make a list of what you will read now or, if you want, you can. However, nothing is written in stone and the books you list can be changed at any time. Overlapping books with other challenges is allowed.
2. Although you can change books throughout the year, you cannot change your level of participation. So, choose one level and that's what you must stick with for the year.
3. As long as it's written by James Patterson, you can use the book in this challenge. Even if you are part of my upcoming Alex Cross challenge, you can overlap books and count them as part of this challenge.
3. All books need to be read between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. Books read prior to September 1st don't count for this challenge.
4. If you want to participate, just post about it on your blog with a link back to Socrate's Book Reviews.
3. Audio and Ebooks are acceptable.
4. Please use Mr. Linky below to sign up. Use the link to your post about this challenge, not your main blog address. Links that don't go directly to your challenge post will be deleted.
5. Once you complete the challenge, please post the link to your wrap-up blog post with Mr. Linky.
6. There will also be a Mr. Linky for reviews, although posting your reviews are not a requirement.
7. You can take the button above and post it on your blog.

I'm doing level 2 - 5 books

  1. You've Been Warned 12/23/2010 6cds 6 hrs 56 mins
  2. Hide & Seek
  3. Judge & Jury
  4. Cat & Mouse
  5. Honeymoon

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Hookup by Lex Valentine

Christmas Hookup by Lex Valentine
3.5 stars

This is a very short story about a woman who goes back home for the holidays and a class reunion. She stumbles upon a male model who also grew up in the same town. Sparks fly immediately. Neither wanting to let the opportunity pass they hop in their cars for a Christmas hookup.

The story was heated with a twist I wasn't expecting. I really liked it.
Challenges: 2010 Holiday Challenge, RoRBC w11(shelfari group)

2010 Holiday Challenge

2010 Holiday Challenge hosted by Bookwormy Girl

It's that time of year again! And this year, starting a little earlier than last. Starting November 15, 2010 (it's a Monday!) the Holiday Reading Challenge will commence. That's right! she's starting earlier this year in order for you guys to have more chances at winning at the end of every week. She's still considering what the winners will get. She is thinking it doesn't all have to be about books (well, it does!), but she is also thinking Christmas book marks, tote bags, mugs with hot chocolate, tea, etc. Of course, she may have to throw in books as well.

Challenge Requirements:
1- Challenge will start Monday, November 15 and will end Friday, December 31.
2- You can read anywhere from 1 to 5 books for the challenge and, of course, if you're like me, you are more than welcome to surpass that number.
3- And now, here's the clincher... they must be holiday related books. That's right, the holiday doesn't really matter, but it would be more "jolly" if your choices were Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.
4- The size of the book does not matter, nor does the genre. It is also okay for the book to overlap with other challenges. The only thing she ask is that they are not children's books. YA is okay. And so are re-reads.
5- To sign up - leave a link back to your challenge post. There will also be a post for review links as well as one for challenge wrap-ups.
6- And.... there will be goodies. That's right, we'll call them presents. At the end of every week that the challenge is running she will choose one winner from the review links. Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning a "present".

If you'd like to sign up for the 2010 Holiday Reading Challenge, please link up your challenge post with the list of books you plan to read (this list is not set in stone and can be changed as you please):

My list ( I have no set book list other than the one christmas theme book I own)
Christmas Hookup by Lex Valentine (ebook) 12/07/10
A Very Cougar Christmas by Lex Valentine (ebook) 12/27/10

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

2011 Where Are You Reading?

2011 Where Are You Reading? hosted by Book Journey

This Challenge starts January 1, 2011 – December 31st 2011. The Challenge consists of reading at least one book that covers each of the 50 states of America and you can add as many other countries as you like.

So how do you decide what state a book is categorized under?
1. In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in. (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)

2. Non fiction reads categorize in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

How to get started
Set up a map under Google Maps. It is easy to do! Every time you read a book in 2011, upload a cover picture to Picasa Web Albums (there may be other sites to use, feel free to use what works best for you).

Do you have to have a blog to participate? No. You can do everything on the map above without linking the book to a review.

Do I have to have my post up by January 1st, 2011? No, but I would think you would want to get started right away at the beginning of the year. However, you will be able to sign up throughout January as well.

How will people see my map? There are a couple of possibilities. On your original challenge post you should have a link to your map. You could also put it on your side bar to draw interest to it.

Once you are ready and have your map set up please create a blog post (those who have blogs) using the Challenge picture of the map as well as link to Book Journey post so others may join in. Then link that post to her Mr Linky so she as well as other participants know that you are participating and we can pop in throughout the year to check out your map and how we are all doing.

This is actually a fun and easy challenge as all books you read qualify and it will be fun to see where you generally read books from as well as searching out books to fill in areas that you need.

For those who have covered the 50 states by the end of 2011, they will go into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble or to Amazon. ** All other areas beyond the 50 states are bonus points and we will have a drawing using for those who read 10 or more books throughout 2011 in that category.

My list will be listed below and here is the link to my map

Monday, December 6, 2010

Men In Uniform

Men in Uniform Reading Challenge
hosted by The Book Vixen

Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011(books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime – Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.

The goal is to read as many novels that involve men in inform as you’d like. It can be a policeman, firefighter, paramedic, Army, Navy, Marine Corp., etc. – As long as the leading man wears some sort of uniform, it counts. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.

Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).

Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.

You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so.

Post this reading challenge on your blog so you can keep a list of the books you’ve read for this challenge. Please include a link back to this post so readers can join the challenge too.

You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. You can keep tabs on books you’ve read for this challenge on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you’d like (maybe make a shelf for “Men in Uniform Reading Challenge”). If you are not on either of those sites then you can list the books you read for this challenge in the comments on her wrap-up post, which will be up at the end of 2011.

Sergeant – Read 1–5 men in uniform novels
Lieutenant – Read 6–10 men in uniform novels
Captain – Read 11–15 men in uniform novels
Chief – Read 16+ men in uniform novels