Friday, April 30, 2010

I won Books!

   I am thrilled to post that I have won two (yes - I am not always a loser - two!) books.

Christie at the Fiction Enthusiast had a 100+ followers Contest and I won a book of choice!
     I chose Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead.

Wendy at the Minding Spot also had a contest - this one was for a copy of Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson!

Thanks to you both!  I can't wait to get the in the mail!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

It's Friday - - - Let's Hop!!!

It's Friday!  Let's Hop!  Can't wait to see what everyone is reading!  It is also Blogmania - don't forget to check that out! 
(Blog- 1 – HOST OF BLOGMANIA) Between The Pages –

Super Amazing Contest!

Book Faery is having a huge follower give away!  If you go there because you saw the give away here  - tell her where you saw it and I get an extra entry too!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Super fun Contest!

At Home with Books is having a contest for this book!  Go check it out!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Should be Reading has started W...W...W... Wednesdays!
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions!…

What are you currently reading?
What have you just finished reading?
What do you plan to read next?
What am I currently reading?
Changeless: The Parasol Protectorate #2 by Gail Carriger
This is the second book in the series that started with Soulless.  I have been waiting for this one!  The first book was great - as I am sure this one will be as well.
What did I just finish reading?
Elphame's Choice and Brighid's Quest by P.C. Cast.
I enjoyed reading both these.  I feel in love with the characters and once I found out there was a second book (Brighid's Quest) I was thrilled.  There were moments where I didn't love all the goddess incarnate business, but it is easy to overlook.  I would recommed them to my high school girls and adults too!

What am I reading next?

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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
(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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this Tuesday is from Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.
page 22

She blinked several times before her vision cleared and she found herself looking up into the pale face of a strange man.
He was glaring fiercely, but not at her.
"How dare you?" His voice was quiet, but it rang in her head with both menace and authority.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday is hosted by The Printed Page.  Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This week was a busy one!  BER on Wednesday and Spotlight on Books Friday and Saturday!  I did get some reading in though.....

I read Elphame's Choice and am almost finished reading Brighid's Quest by P.C. Cast on the Kindle.  I am so pleased that I had the Kindle because when Elphame's was over I still wanted more story and was thrilled to learn that Brighid's was the sequel - just had to download!  No having to go looking for a copy of the book in the middle of the night!  Enjoyed them both.

I bought a number of books at Spotlight: 
Touching Spirit Bear, The Ghost of Spirit Bear, and Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen.  (I also got to meet him and sit next to him during Henry Cole's presentation!)
Lost in the Wild by Ryan Jacobson, A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole, The Cat and the Canvas by Deb Mercier, Abercrombie Trail by Candace Simar, I Hear the Wind by Greg Budig, and Finnigin and the Star Jar by Christine Berg.

Just in case I wasn't already overwhelmed by the sheer numbers listed above - I also got Changeless by Gail Carriger from my friend Kathy, Blood Game by Iris Johansen at the restaurant where we had dinner on Saturday (who dercieded to put a bookstore in the bakery?), Lisa Jackson's Malice at the grocery store on Friday, and Shapeshifter by Holly Bennett from the Early Reviewers at Library Thing!

Add all those to the stack I have checked out the MC at my school: Intertwined by Gena Showalter, Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn, and The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting - - I should see the backside of my TBR pile sometime in the next 40 years or so!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Cool Contest!

Bewitched Bookworms is having a contest!  They are giving away 7 different prizes to 7 winners!  Be sure to go check it out!

It's Friday! Let's Hop!

It's Friday! Time to Hop!  Crazy for Books has the Link! Can't wait to see what's up!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Firefly Rain Giveaway!

A Journey of Books is having a contest for Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On a Mission!

I am on a mission to win a copy of Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale!  He is one of my all time favorite authors and I am so excited about the new series! You should check out his Pendragon series, they are great for middle or upper grades as well as being wonderful for the adult reader.

You can find contests at:

Monday, April 19, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday, What are you reading is a meme hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books
Here is an explanation of the meme in the creator's own words:

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment. You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

What am I reading? 
I have just finished On the Edge by Ilona Andrews.  It was a Kindle read and this is my first view of the cover.  Not the people I pictured while reading. 
This was a one day read for me.  I really enjoyed the story.  The author grabs you with the first line and keeps you on "the edge" of your seat to the end.  I was left wondering when there would be more books in this series.  The author builds great characters (both good and bad).  She gives them the personality and character traits we all look for in our heros and villians.  I love the twists of the story - no I am not sharing the twists!  All in all a great read.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fangtastic Fiction Challenge 2010

Despite what some might think, there is more to vampire fiction than Dracula, Interview With The Vampire and Twilight, and so, with a little help from Pam @, I am hosting a vampire reading challenge!
Oh, and do forgive the puns.
Challenge Levels/Goals

The base challenge here (“Newly Turned”) is to read four books, one from each of the four categories below: classic, horror, romance and young adult. If a book can fit into two categories (or more), simply pick one category and then read another.

Once you have completed that, you can go wild with what books you read for your challenge list, so long as they have vampires in some form as a prominent part. For every additional four books you read, you go up a level. Where the base challenge is the equivalent of the first stages of a vampire, think of each four books as a century added onto their existence.

How old can you go?

First Blood
This is the category for vampire tales that were written prior to 1900. Examples of such books would be:
•Dracula – Bram Stoker

•Carmilla – Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Things That Go Bite In The Night
This is the category for works firmly entrenched in the horror genre. Examples of such books would be:
•Salem’s Lot – Steven King
•Let The Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

Kiss Of The Vampire
This is the category for all books that have romance as one of its main genres/focusses. Examples of such books would be:
•Dead Until Dark (etc) – Charlaine Harris
•Jessica’s Guide To Dating On The Dark Side – Beth Fantaske
High School Is Hell

This is the category for all vampire books that fit in the young adult category. Examples of such books would be:
•The Vampire Diaries – L.J. Smith
•The Morganville Vampires – Rachel Caine

Bonus Challenge/Activity: Screams On Screen

As a bonus challenge/activity, why not take in vampires on the large and small screens as well? Keep track of how many movies or TV seasons you watch, whether it’s Buffy, True Blood or The Vampire Diaries on your TV, or Lost Boys, Underworld or any film adaptation of a vampire novel, and see how many you can total up during the year!

Other Information
This challenge runs the entire length of 2010, so from January 1 to December 31.

Fangtastic Fiction Challenge 2010

These are the four catagories: classic, horror, romance and young adult.
These are my Fangtastic Fiction Challenge picks:

Classic:  Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (reading this on-line)

Amazon Product Description

The vampire novella "Carmilla" set in Austria is one of Le Fanu's best tales and greatly influenced Bram Stocker, who published Dracula 25 years later. This is definitively a great book and a must for the lovers of horror tales.

Horror:  Already Dead by Charles Huston
From Bookmarks Magazine
Already Dead is not for the squeamish. Even so, it surprised even critics who had never thought themselves fans of Count Dracula. Huston portrays a noirish, gritty, alter-Manhattan world, with political rivalries comprised of all sorts of vampires, even "revolutionary" gay and lesbian ones. The terse, hard-boiled prose and characters contain shades of Raymond Chandler, Hunter S. Thompson, and Quentin Tarantino, but are wholly original. Despite the novel’s sophistication, it’s not for everyone. "Huston deserves hardcover publication and will get it soon enough, but it’s probably true that this book’s core audience is among the young, the cool, the hip, and the unshockable" (Washington Post).

Romance: Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris - - - finished reading 6/14/2010

Amazon Product Description:

The #1 New York Times bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series- the basis for HBO(r)'s True Blood-continues!
After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

Young Adult:  Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez

From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—Nightshade, CA, is downright strange and full of the unexpected. When the girl-to-be, cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, begins the school year with a completely new look, Daisy Giordano gets suspicious. The fact that Samantha appears dead doesn't seem to bother anyone, and before long looking dead becomes the rage. Being dead takes on a whole new meaning when a girl is mysterious attacked and turns up in the morgue, and other cheerleaders are stricken with seizures. Daisy and her psychic sisters get to work investigating the goings-on and learn that the culprit is really a vampire, and Daisy is determined to get to the bottom of things. This is the witty and humorous first installment in a series; it provides romance, mystery, friendship, adventure, and the supernatural all rolled up in a fast-paced, plot-twisting story. Readers will identify with Daisy and her struggle to accept and appreciate who she really is and what she has to offer. The slapstick humor and tough attitudes mixed with the occult make this an entertaining choice for teen libraries.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

Awesome Author Challenge 2010

Alyce from At Home with Books is hosting this challenge.

I am signing up at the Easy level:  My three authors are:
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, and P.C. Cast

I have been hearing about these authors from students, staff, and friends.  I have been waiting for each series to finish (or at least that is the reason I am using to keep them on my TBR pile - really my pile is just too big!)
This challenge is the perfect opportunity to get these books to the top!

The books I am planning to read from each are listed below:  I will note when I have finished each.
I will read at least one book from each author ~ hopefully will finish each series, but no promises.

Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning
The Awakening
The Reckoning

Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely - read July 2010
Ink Exchange
Fragile Eternity
Radiant Shadows

P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted, Burned, and in 2011 - Awakened

Once Upon a Read-A-Thon!

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon!! The read-a-thon will take place on July 12th, 13th, and 14th. That's a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday! Great for all of us that work or are just busy on the weekends.

The read-a-thon is being joint hosted by: Pure Imagination, Reading Angel, and Candace's Book Blog.

They have a bunch of really fun things planned! There will be lots of big giveaways! So mark your calenders!

Super cool contest!

Check out the contest going on at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm!

Another Body Finder Giveaway!

Candace at Candace's Book Blog is having a contest for the Body Finder too!  Check it out here!

Body Finder Giveaway!

The Eager Readers - four avid readers - are having a great Body Finder contest!  Check it out here!

Awesome Authors Challenge 2010

Alyce from At Home with Books is hosting this challenge! The concept and rules are below:
Welcome to the Awesome Author Challenge!
The idea behind this challenge is to read works by authors who have been recommended to you time and again, but you haven't gotten around to reading them yet. These are the authors that everyone else tells you are awesome, thus the "Awesome Author Challenge" title.

The Rules:
The challenge starts January 1, 2010 and ends December 31, 2010.
Crossover from other challenges is allowed.
Choose the level at which you would like to participate, post about it and come back and leave a link to your post in Mister Linky.
Titles and authors do not have to be predetermined, and can change at any time.
Books can come from any genre or reading level, the only requirement is that you have heard great things about the author, but haven't yet read any of their works.

The Levels:
Easy: Choose three authors and read at least one title from each author.
Moderate: Choose six authors and read at least one title from each author.
Challenging: Choose ten authors and read at least one title from each author.
Over-Achieving: Anything over ten authors.

Post links to your reviews on the review posts: Jan/Feb, March/April.
Please leave a direct link to your challenge post in Mister Linky.

I am planning to sign up at the easy level - commit to only three authors.  That way I can be successful at the challenge and read additonal books and authors if time allows.

Read Your Name Challenge 2010

This challenge is really cool!  Go to Read Your Name Challenge to sign up!  I am participating and will be using Bev At The Wormhole as my name and the books I will be reading are:

B: Brighid's Quest by P.C. Cast (this is the sequel to Elphame's Choice and absolutely had to be read immediately upon finishing Elphame!  It too was great! finished 4/25/10)
E: Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast - - finished April 23, 2010
V: Viper's Nest (39 Clues #7) by Peter Lerangis - finished August 11, 2010
A: Alpha Turned by K.B. Alan ----- finished April 16, 2010
T: Tainted by Julie Kenner - - - -finished May 18, 2010
T: Touch the Dark by Karen Chance - - - finished 6/10/2010
H: Hidden Queen by Alma Alexander - - finished 7/12/2010
E: Even Money by Dick Francis - - finished - 6/20/2010
W: Wings by Aprilynne Pike - finished 6/15/2010
O: Once Bitten by Kalayna Price - - - finished 6/11/2010
R: Run, Wolf: Nightfall Wolf Clans #1 by Keith Melton - - - finished 5/15/2010
M: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane - - - finished 6/8/2010
H: Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl - - - finished 5/8/2010
O: On the Edge by Ilona Andrews - - finished April 18, 2010
L: Leader of the Pack - Karen MacInerney - - - finished July 2010
E: Exposure: A Novel by Brandilyn Collins - - - finished 5/4/2010

It's the Hop!

 It's Friday! It's the Hop!!! Can't wait to see what everyone else is reading! See you at the Hop!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mega book give-away!

Book Blab is having a HUGE contest

Lisa at Book Blab says:
"Alrighty folks....... my google friend follower may say 295, but my site feeder says 324!!! WOOT!!! Thank you sooo much and WELCOME to all of my new followers! And a GIANT thank you to all of you who have been following for some time now!!!"

The prizes are great!  The site is super!  Go check it out!!!

Road Trip: Patricia Briggs

My friend Kathy and I went to see Patricia Briggs this last weekend.  She was signing books on Saturday in Minneapolis at Uncle Hugo's bookstore.  I am a new Patricia Briggs fan - found her in Strange Brew - after hearing about what a great author she is from my friend Kathy. 

We arrived at the bookstore, after an amazing lunch at a fantastic deli, with our books to be signed: me with my very few (3) and Kathy with ... everything that Patricia Briggs has written (except the newest, which she intended to buy there).  It was wonderful, Patricia Briggs is truly a "real" person and was fun to chat with.  Here are pictures of us with her!

We are planning to go back to Uncle Hugo's to meet Robin Hobb in May - more photos to come!

TOP 100 YA List - how many have you read?

April at Good Books & Wine has compiled a list of the top 100 YA books - you can check out more about the list here.  I have highlighted the ones I have read. Only 26 - I can't believe that I have just added SOOOOOO many more books to my TBR stack.

100. Hate List by Jennifer Brown

99. Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

98. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

97. Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix - have read this entire series.

96. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Claus

95. Forever by Judy Blume

94. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

93. Tithe by Holly Black

92. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

91. Wings by Aprillynne Pike

90. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

89. Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

88. Marked by PC And Kristin Cast

87. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson -  I have just picked up a copy of FANG. The first one in this series is one of my all time favorite books!

86. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

85. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

84. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

83. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

82. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot

81. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

80. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

79. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

78. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

77. Evernight by Claudia Gray

76. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

75. Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer

74. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

73. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

72. Alana: The First Adventure series by Tamora Pierce

71. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

70. Unwind by Neil Shusterman

69. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

68. Paper Towns by John Green

67. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

66. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

65. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

64. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon

63. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

62. Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz

61. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

60. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

59. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

58. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

57. Eragon by Christopher Paoloni

56. Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

55. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith

54. Fallen by Lauren Kate

53. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

52. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

51. Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke

50. Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

49. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

48. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

47. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares  - have read only the first one.

46. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

45. The Summoning series by Kelley Armstrong

44. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

43. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

42. Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card

41. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

40. Wake series by Lisa McMann

39. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

38. Are You There Good? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume

37. Looking For Alaska by John Green

36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

35. A Great And Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray

34. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman

33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

32. Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare

31. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

30. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr

29. Forest of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan

28. Holes by Louis Sacher

27. The Outsiders by SE Hinton

26. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger

25. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

24. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

23. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

22.Uglies series by Scott Westerfield - (I have read everything else by Westerfeld!)

21. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

20. Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder

19. Book Thief by Markus Zusak

18. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carlson Levine

17. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

16. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

14. Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery

13. The Giver by Lois Lowry

12. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

10. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis - I have read only the first one. 

9. A Wrinkle In Time series by Madeline L'engle

8. Graceling series by Kristin Cashore

7. Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan - have read only the first one.

6. Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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

(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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Pleeeaase can I turn them to stone?" Medusa begged.  "It's not the polite thing to do, dear," said Medusa's mom."  page 3 - Medusa Jones by Ross Collins


Angela at Reading Angel is having a contest!  100+ followers contest!  You can win great prizes for following a great blog!  Check it out!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Top 100 Middle Grade Books

Elizabeth Bird of Fuse #8 Productions asked bloggers to list their top 10 Middle Grade books of all time and to put the list in order from 1 - 10. Then she compiled the results in a weighted scale.

How many have you read? 
I have put mine highlighted and in bold - WOW - so many left to read - just in case I needed another challenge!

100. The Egypt Game - Snyder (1967)

99. The Indian in the Cupboard - Banks (1980)

98. Children of Green Knowe - Boston (1954)

97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - DiCamillo (2006)

96. The Witches - Dahl (1983)

95. Pippi Longstocking - Lindgren (1950

94. Swallows and Amazons - Ransome (1930)

93. Caddie Woodlawn - Brink (1935)

92. Ella Enchanted - Levine (1997)

91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School - Sachar (1978)

90. Sarah, Plain and Tall - MacLachlan (1985)

89. Ramona and Her Father - Cleary (1977)

88. The High King - Alexander (1968)

87. The View from Saturday - Konigsburg (1996)

86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Rowling (1999)

85. On the Banks of Plum Creek - Wilder (1937)

84. The Little White Horse - Goudge (1946)

83. The Thief - Turner (1997)

82. The Book of Three - Alexander (1964)

81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Lin (2009)

80. The Graveyard Book - Gaiman (2008)

79. All-of-a-Kind-Family - Taylor (1951)

78. Johnny Tremain - Forbes (1943)

77. The City of Ember - DuPrau (2003)

76. Out of the Dust - Hesse (1997)

75. Love That Dog - Creech (2001)

74. The Borrowers - Norton (1953)

73. My Side of the Mountain - George (1959)

72. My Father's Dragon - Gannett (1948)

71. The Bad Beginning - Snicket (1999)

70. Betsy-Tacy - Lovelae (1940)

69. The Mysterious Benedict Society - Stewart ( 2007)

68. Walk Two Moons - Creech (1994)
67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher - Coville (1991)

66. Henry Huggins - Cleary (1950)

65. Ballet Shoes - Stratfeild (1936)

64. A Long Way from Chicago - Peck (1998)

63. Gone-Away Lake - Enright (1957)

62. The Secret of the Old Clock - Keene (1959)

61. Stargirl - Spinelli (2000)

60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi (1990)

59. Inkheart - Funke (2003)

58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Aiken (1962)

57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Cleary (1981)

56. Number the Stars - Lowry (1989)

55. The Great Gilly Hopkins - Paterson (1978)

54. The BFG - Dahl (1982)
53. Wind in the Willows - Grahame (1908)

52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)

51. The Saturdays - Enright (1941)

50. Island of the Blue Dolphins - O'Dell (1960)

49. Frindle - Clements (1996)

48. The Penderwicks - Birdsall (2005)

47. Bud, Not Buddy - Curtis (1999)

46. Where the Red Fern Grows - Rawls (1961)

45. The Golden Compass - Pullman (1995)

44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Blume (1972)

43. Ramona the Pest - Cleary (1968)

42. Little House on the Prairie - Wilder (1935)

41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Speare (1958)

40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Baum (1900)

39. When You Reach Me - Stead (2009)

38. HP and the Order of the Phoenix - Rowling (2003)

37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Taylor (1976)

36. Are You there, God? It's Me, Margaret - Blume (1970)

35. HP and the Goblet of Fire - Rowling (2000)

34. The Watson's Go to Birmingham - Curtis (1995)

33. James and the Giant Peach - Dahl (1961)

32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - O'Brian (1971)

31. Half Magic - Eager (1954)

30. Winnie-the-Pooh - Milne (1926)

29. The Dark Is Rising - Cooper (1973)

28. A Little Princess - Burnett (1905)

27. Alice I and II - Carroll (1865/72)

26. Hatchet - Paulsen (1989)

25. Little Women - Alcott (1868/9)

24. HP and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling (2007)

23. Little House in the Big Woods - Wilder (1932)

22. The Tale of Despereaux - DiCamillo (2003)

21. The Lightening Thief - Riordan (2005)

20. Tuck Everlasting - Babbitt (1975)

19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Dahl (1964)

18. Matilda - Dahl (1988)

17. Maniac Magee - Spinelli (1990)

16. Harriet the Spy - Fitzhugh (1964)

15. Because of Winn-Dixie - DiCamillo (2000)

14. HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Rowling (1999)

13. Bridge to Terabithia - Paterson (1977)

12. The Hobbit - Tolkien (1938)

11. The Westing Game - Raskin (1978)

10. The Phantom Tollbooth - Juster (1961)

9. Anne of Green Gables - Montgomery (1908)

8. The Secret Garden - Burnett (1911)

7. The Giver -Lowry (1993)

6. Holes - Sachar (1998)

5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Koningsburg (1967)

4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Lewis (1950)

3. Harry Potter #1 - Rowling (1997)

2. A Wrinkle in Time - L'Engle (1962)

1. Charlotte's Web - White (1952)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Found it at the Hop! Spring Reading Thing 2010!

While I was hopping - I found this challenge!  Spring Reading Thing 2010
So I joined up! 
This will be my post for the list of books I am reading/planning to read for the Spring Reading Thing 2010.

Book List (black is planning to read - green has been read)!

Crossroads: Southern Arcana Book 2 by Moira Rogers
Crux: Southern Arcana Book 1 by Moira Rogers
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Changeless (sequel to Soulless) by Gail Carriger
Into the Mist by Maya Banks
Into the Lair by Maya Banks
Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend
Wolf Flight by Vivian Arend
Wolf Games by Vivian Arend
Must Love Hellhounds by Ilona Andrews
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Storm Born by Richelle Mead

It's the Hop!

I am from Minnesota - I didn't put that on the Mr. Linky - I guess I am an old blogger, but I still feel like a new blogger and apparently don't always follow direction!
It's the hop!  I have been so busy that I haven't been able to blog - although I have miraculously have found time to read (but I have been taking it from the night)!  On my way now to check out as many hop blogs as I can in the next 30 minutes - thank God for lunch break!  You can come hop too my clicking here!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Random Reading Activity Challenge

If you participated in or heard about the Holiday Break Reading Challenge and the Spring Break Reading Challenge you won't have any trouble catching on to what is going on at this site. Karin found she enjoyed hosting the challenge actvities and prize giveaways so much that she decided to set up a way for her to do it all during the year. So here is what she'll do:

•RANDOMLY, she'll post an activity challenge. You might want to look at some of the ones she did during the Holiday Break Reading Challenge and the Spring Break Reading Challenge for an idea of what to expect.

•You'll have a SPECIFIC amount of time to complete the activity.

•You'll post something on your blog with your completed activity challenge and come back to this site and link your blog post to MR. LINKY. (If, for some reason, there isn't a Mr. Linky available then just leave the link to your post in the comment section. Mr. Linky seems to be down as she's creating this post.)

•After the time period to complete the activity is up, she'll RANDOMLY choose a winner from the people on Mr. Linky.

  • She'll post the winner and ask them to email her with their mailing address and prize choice. (Some challenges will be for SPECIFIC prizes, like this one.)


So, are you ready for the first activity challenge? This is an easy one. The winner will receive YOU by Charles Benoit. It won't be available for purchase until August 24, 2010.