Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On the Porch Swing


One of the Yahoo group’s I belong to is ‘On the Porch Swing‘ they do a challenge each year:

For those of you who choose to accept this mission, here is your ontheporchswing book challenge for 2010!




1. Read two books whose title contains the first letter of your first and last name – for example – for me – I would read “The History of Love” or “Land of a Thousand Hills. You can do it in either order HL or LH – or do two of the same – two HL’s or two LH’s…. (hope this makes sense!)

2. Read two books by an author whose first name begins with a “D” – this can be two male authors – two female authors – or one of each. Since I tend to read few books by male authors, I may try to do both of mine for this challenge as male authors.

3. Read one book by a female author whose first name is Mary

Undead Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

4. Read a biography about someone you have always been interested in – or just pick someone you have never heard much about

5. Read a book of short stories



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3. Undead Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

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Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge 2010



Another challenge


2. There are four levels:

Inquisitive – Read 3 Speculative Fiction novels.

Enthusiastic – Read 6 Speculative Fiction novels.

Addicted – Read 12 Speculative Fiction novels.

Obsessed – Read 24 Speculative Fiction novels.

Genres:

- Science Fiction
sub-genres: hard/soft SF, cyberpunk, time travel, alternative history, space opera

- Fantasy Fiction
sub-genres: dark fantasy, urban fantasy, magic realism, quest, mythical fantasy, steampunk

- Horror Fiction
sub-genres: paranormal, gothis literature, splatterpunk

- Supernatural Fiction
- Superhero Fiction
- Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
- Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Interested? Check out Book Chick City

I'm going to aim for Addicted

1. Ecstasy by Jacquelyn Frank

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cheerleaders: The New Evil by R.L. Stine

Cheerleaders: The New Evil (Fear Street Superchillers) Cheerleaders: The New Evil by R.L. Stine


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Pages: 199

The Evil has returned.

Corky and her friends thought that they where safe, after drowning the evil in the river last time. But when their friend Hannah get's sent through the window of a car, they start to think could the evil have returned. Then when more events happen they are more then convinced that it had come back, this time taking over the body of Ivy the replacement Cheerleader. Or so they thought.

They come up with a plan to drown the evil again, at a skating party they invite everyone, except instead of sending the evil away they actually release it again. Now where did it go? Who has it taken over this time?



I liked reading this book, I enjoyed reading the obvious 90's references. Unplugged music and Doc martins gave me a smile.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2010 Create-Your-Own Reading Challenge

So one of the challenges at the goodreads group Romance readers reading Challenge is a 2010 Create-Your-Own Reading Challenge. So I've decided to give it a go.

On to my challenge


Through out the years I have been given lots of books, either as gifts or bags of books that others have read then they have past them down to me etc. Now these books I personally might not have picked out for my self to read. So that's what my challenge will be this year.

Challenge Title: Here have a book.
Duration: January 1 2010 to Dec 31 2010
Number of Books: 20
Challenge Description: Read the books that have been given to me, ones that I have not bought/picked out my self.
List of Books: None at the moment, I have yet to go through the shelf :D

I've only chose to do 20, with all the other challenges I'm trying to do next year 20 seemed like a reasonable number.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Graphic Novels Challenge 2010


So - rules and guidelines:
  • The challenge starts on January 1st 2010 and ends on December 31st (but we don't mind you starting early.)
  • You don't have to make a list beforehand (but you can, of course! Lists are great because they give ideas to people who aren't sure what to read. And if you do make one, don't feel forced to stick to it!)
  • We simplified the levels of participation: you can be a Beginner (3 Comics or Graphic Novels), Intermediate (3-10) or an Expert (10+). You're more than free to adjust your level of participation after the challenge has begun.
  • There will be mini-challenges! Look for a post with more info on that soon.
  • Overlaps with other challenges are totally fine.


Interested? Graphic Novel Challenge 2010

I'm probably going to with Beginner but I may change to Intermediate

Friday, December 18, 2009

2010 Chunkster Challenge



Definition of a Chunkster:
  • A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) ... A chunkster should be a challenge.
  • If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more ... The average large type book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.

You must pick a level of participation:

  1. The Chubby Chunkster - this option is for the reader who has a couple of large tomes on their TBR list, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. 3 books is all you need to finish this challenge.
  2. Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 4 Chunksters over the next twelve months.
  3. Mor-book-ly Obese - This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to.....go on and give in to your cravings.

Interested? Chunkster Reading Challenge


This is my first Chunkster challenge, so I'm going to go for #1.

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Vampire Series


For this challenge you will read according to your preferred level of participation. Choose ONE (1) of the following 4 levels:

Level Three: Vampire Enthusiast ~ Read 6 books from any series featuring vampires as key/main characters. This can be a mix of different series, or you can read all 6 books from one series, or whatever.



Interested? MizB's Vampire Series Challenge

I'm going to post as I go.

1. Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
2. Lover Eternal by J.R Ward
3. Lover Awakened by J.R Ward
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Fantasy Reading Challenge 2010


The Fantasy Reading Challenge can include YA Fantasy or Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy or any other sub genre of Fantasy. There really are no limits to this challenge as Fantasy is such a wide and varied genre.




-- Curious – Read 3 Fantasy Fiction novels.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 Fantasy Fiction novels.

-- Addicted – Read 12 Fantasy Fiction novels.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 Fantasy Fiction novels.



Interested? Fantasy Reading Challenge


I'm going to try for Fascinated

1. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Moning
2. Ecstasy by Jacquelyn Frank
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2nd Reading Challenge



Well seeing how I did sign up for the 1st in a Series challenge I figured I might as well go for 2nd.

Like the other one:

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 novels that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Addicted – Read 12 novels that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 novels 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

3. Any genre counts.


Interested? Royal Reviews 2nd Read Challenge

I think for this one I may get a little brave and go for Fascinated :D

1. Lover Eternal by J.R Ward

Will post as I go.

1st In A Series 2010




Another Challenge



Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious– Read 3 novels that are first in a series.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 novels that are first in a series.

-- Addicted – Read 12 novels that are first in a series.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 novels that are first in a series.

3. Any genre counts.


Interested? Royal Reviews: 1st In a Series Challenge



Not really sure what I'm going to read for this one but I am going to try for Curious.

  1. Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
  2. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
  3. Ecstasy by Jacquelyn Frank
Well I finished this one pretty fast, I think I'm going to try and extend it now.

Dark Desires by Eve Silver

Dark Desires (Zebra Debut) Dark Desires by Eve Silver


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pages: 349

I really liked this book. As a first time reader of Eve Silver I must say that I was really impressed. It kept me on my toes at all times, kept me guessing. Dr Damien Cole was such a hard to read character and that's good because that was the authors plan, he was meant to leave you going hmm. I really liked Darice although at times I will admit I was wondering what she was thinking, for example bedding (and yes I know I used the word bedding) a guy you think is a murderer.

Will I read more of her? Oh yes, I think she might end up being a automatic buy for me now.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)Dark Lover by J.R. Ward


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book One of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Pages 393

As I was reading I found that the basic storyline to be really interesting but the writing at times kind of got to me. The "funny" moments seemed forced. I wasn't a fan of the names but, I can over look that. Wrath at times reminded me of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, and yes I mean the Disney cartoon. But over all good book, can't wait to read the second book in the series. I'm looking forward to know what happens to some of the other charters.


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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Historical Reading Challenge



Yet another challenge that I hope to do this coming year.


Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Addicted – Read 12 Historical Fiction novels.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 Historical Fiction novels.




Interested? Royal Reviews: Historical Reading Challenge 2010

Fascinated

  1. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

Wish I read That Challenge 2010






This challenge is for all those books you wish you'd read. It might be Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, a Nora Roberts Romantic Suspense, the Outlander series or a childhood classic Winnie the Pooh. I have a very long list of books that I've been wanting to read for years, not to mention the list of books I've added to it since I've been blogging. These don't have to be books you currently own, you can buy them, borrow them or beg for them. This is a great challenge for getting those TBR piles reduced. So go have a look at what you might read and challenge yourself.

Challenge Guidelines:

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 books.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 books.

-- Addicted – Read 12 books.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 books.







Interested? Click Royal Reviews: Wish I Read That Challenge 2010

Romance Reading Challenge



Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 Romance Fiction novels.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 Romance Fiction novels.

-- Addicted – Read 12 Romance Fiction novels.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 Romance Fiction novels.

3. Any book format counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.



Addicted – Read 12 Romance Fiction novels.

1. Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
2. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
3. Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
4. Ecstasy by Jacquelyn Frank
5. Lover Eternal by J.R Ward
6. Lover Awakened by J.R Ward

Interested? Click Royal Reviews: Romance Reading Challenge

2010 Finish that Series Challenge





Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Finish 2 series.

-- Fascinated – Finish 3 series.

-- Addicted – Finish 5 series.

-- Obsessed – Finish 10 series.

3. Any genre counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.


Interested? Click here
Not really sure what ones I'm going to finish