Fantasy Reading Challenge – Completed

This Fantasy Reading challenge is being run by the royal reviewers over on the Queen of Happy Ending’s blog

I decided to do the Fascinated level – Read 6 Fantasy Fiction novels.

1.  Water by Peter Dickinson and Robin McKinley

2.  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

3.  Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

4.  Magic Study by Maria V Snyder

5.  Fire Study by Maria V Snyder

6.  The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

No doubt I will read more before the end of the year – but the challenge component is over 🙂

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E-Book reading challenge – Completed

The Royal Reviewers are running this challenge here.

As I am only new to e-books I decided to go for the ‘Curious’ level – here is my list

1.  Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson

2.  Amanda by Anna Balmer Myers

3.  Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart

Challenge now completed – but I have to say that I am now the proud owner of a kindle 🙂

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I am taking a break

For at least 2010 I will be doing no challenges I am tired and want a life for a while – to bring back the joy of reading instead of the stress.

UPDATE: Rest over – I am slowly getting back into challenges – just not over committing myself

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On The Porch Swing – Completed

One of the Yahoo group’s I belong to is ‘On the Porch Swing‘ they have a couple of challenges going this year but I am only doing one of them:

Want to be a part of our 2009 Reading Challenges? All members are welcome to join in.

What is a reading challenge? Each year, Linda and Kari will come up with certain themes or goals and you select a book for each one. Every year they will be different. Keep track of these on your own and let us know your progress.

Below are the links that describe them and contain an image for your own blog. (Please note, these links will take you to Kari’s personal reading blog but the information is there for you.)

On The Porch Swing 2009 Reading Challenge
1. Pick a title with the word “marriage” or “marrying” or “married” in it
2. Pick a title with the word “friends” or “friendship” in it
3. Pick a title with the word “summer” or “winter” in it
4. Pick a title with a flower name in it

My List:
1. Bound by Marriage by Nalini Singh – Review is here
2. Best Friends for Ever by Jennifer Weiner – Review is here
3. The Long Winter by Laura Ingells Wilder – Review is here
4. Lilies for Love by Felicity Pulman – Review is here

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RIP Challenge IV: Completed

Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings is doing his RIP challenge again.

RIP stands for Readers Imbibing Peril.

The R.I.P. IV Challenge is a celebration of all tales gothic, eerie, creepy, and dark. Tales that one reads in the dark of night, experiencing delicious shivers of terror and suspense at each creak of the floorboards or each gust of wind. The definition for what type of books fit into this category will be very broad.

Carl writes:

There are two simple goals to the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge:

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

R.I.P. IV officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But lets go ahead and break the rules. Lets start today!!!

I hope you’ll consider joining us on this more eerie road less traveled.

Walk this way.

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural
.

The desire for the thrill that comes with this kind of reading drifts in on the autumn winds. You breathe it in and it takes hold of you, tempting you to late nights, book-in-hand, turning pages and starting at every unknown noise. Something wicked this way comes…

I find that kind of melodramatic fear to be a delicious intoxication, one that makes this time of year an especially enjoying time to be a reader. There is enough bad fear in the world: fear of losing one’s job, fear of the state of the world, fear of failure…the list is endless. It is time to reject that fear, embrace hope, and while doing so embrace the fun kind of fear–the kind that had us sitting around camp fires as children, listening to adults tell us ghost stories. The kind that made you want to stay up past your bed time to peek at the late night scary movie on television.

All we need to do is read books that fit the above description, choose a Peril and then review them here.

There are different levels of Peril to choose from, you can do one – or all of them:

Peril the First: Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the Second: Read Two books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the Third: Read One book of any length, from any of the subgenres listed earlier in the post.

I am committing to Peril the First – and have been sitting on some books especially for this challenge.

MY LIST:
1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Review is here
2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Review is here
3. Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard – Review is here
4. Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestly – Review is here

3 out of the 4 books were ‘A’ reads – and the other was a very enjoyable B – not a bad challenge result.

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August Reading Challenge 2009 – Completed

Pizza’s Book Discussions is hosting an August Book Challenge.

The goal of this challenge is to see who can read the most books in the month of August.

Well, it won’t be me, but I will see how many I can read. Maybe I can break my own record of 19, which is unlikely as I was off work for my record month and recuperating after an operation.

I’ll be posting the books I read in August here.

If you are interested then to sign up you need to click here.

My list:

1. Her Secret Family by Sherry Lewis
2. No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong
3. The Cat who wasn’t there by Lilian Jackson Braun
4. Zipporah, Wife of Moses by Marek Halter
5. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
6. Housewife Down by Alison Penton Harper
7. Consequences of Sin by Clare Langley-Hawthorne
8. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur
9. Lost by Michael Robotham
10. The Xenocide Mission by Ben Jeapes
11. The Thing around your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

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Reliquiae Challenge – Completed

Anna (from Miss Picky’s Column) and Alex (from Le Canape) are hosting the Reliquiae Challenge...witches, vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, fairies and elves are the subject matter from which you will read!

They write:

We’ve been roaming for quite some time in a world owned by vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches and all sorts of fantastical beings, and the inevitable has happened, we’ve been bitten. We can’t seem to stop ourselves trying out new authors, drooling over gorgeous covers, adding series to our wish lists and watching out for new releases. It’s almost like a disease, though it only gets worse!

So setting out to find if there are any ailing souls like us out there we’ve decided to host a new challenge, and thus Reliquiae was born. Please come join us on this journey, grab your sunglasses, don’t forget your broom and spell book, be sure to pack some nourishment and you can even bring your black cat along. But beware, you’re not coming back!

You can choose from four different participation levels:

* Bite on the Neck: 3 books.
* Flying Cauldron: 4 books.
* Deadly Red Moon: 5 books.
* Haunted Nights: 6 books.

And read from the six different categories:
Vampires, Witches, Ghosts, Shapeshifters, Fairies and Elves

I am going for Haunted Nights – and trying to read one from each of the catagories if I can.

My List:

1. Vampires: Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks – Read, review here
2. Witches: No Rest for Witches by MaryJanice Davidson et al – Read, review here
3. Ghosts: City of Masks by Daniel Hecht – Read, review here
4. Shape shifters: Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong – Read, review here
5. Fairies: Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan – Read, review here
6. Elves: Lords and Ladies by Terry Prachett – Read, review here

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