Wednesday, March 31, 2010

E Book Challenge 2010!

This is where I will be posting my E books!
My goal is to read as many E books as I can - for the sake of the challenge counter (I hope to put on my sidebar) I am going to set my goal at 40!  Wish me luck!
These are the E books I have read:

1. Soulless by Gail Carriger
2. Crux: Southern Arcana Book 1 by Moira Rogers
3. Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith
4. Wolf Signs: Granite Lake Wolves Book 1 by Vivian Arend
5. Wolf Flight: Granite Lake Wolves Book 2 by Vivian Arend
6. Wolf Games: Granite Lake Wolves Book 3 by Vivian Arend
7. Into the Mist: Falcon Mercenary Group Book 1 by Maya Banks
8. Into the Lair: Falcon Mercenary Group Book 2 by Maya Banks
9. Skin Deep: Laura Blackstone Book 1 by Mark Del Franco
10. Male Call: Hot Zone Book 1 by Denise A. Agnew
11. Stopping Time, part 1 by Melissa Marr
12. Stopping Time, part 2 by Melissa Marr
13. Must Love Hellhounds by Ilona Andrews
14. Unknown by Rachel Caine
15. Cry Sanctuary: Red Rock Pass Book 1 by Moira Rogers
16. Sanctuary Lost: Red Rock Pass Book 2 by Moira Rogers
17. Sanctuary's Price: Red Rock Pass Book 3 by Moira Rogers
18. Exposure by Brandilyn Collins
19. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
20. Try Me by Parker Blue
21. Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast
22. Brighid's Quest by P.C. Cast
23. Run, Wolf by Keith Melton
24. Tainted by Julie Kenner
25. Once Bitten by Kalayna Price
26. Alpha Turned by K.B. Alan
27. Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
28. Addiction by Sandra Marshall
29. Turned by Julie Kenner
30. Torn by Julie Kenner
31. Even Money by Dick Francis
32. Sanctuary Unbound: Red Rock Pass #4 by Moira Rogers
33. Short Stories from Red Rock by Moira Rogers
34. Leader of the Pack: Tales of an Urban Werewolf by Karen MacInerney
35. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
36. Crossroads: Southern Arcana Book 2 by Moira Rogers

37. Hidden Queen by Alma Alexander
38. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
39. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione
40. Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
41. The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston
42. The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston
43. The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston
44. The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston
45. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
46. A Safe Harbor by Moira Rogers
47. Hunting Season: The Gathering by Shelly Laurenston
48. Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston
49. Wild Card by Moira Rogers
50. Calling the Bluff by Moira Rogers
51. Ante Up by Moira Rogers
52. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Random Big Give-away - - Juiciliciousss Reviews

Juiciliousss Reviews is having a HUGE Random Big Give-Away! Go check it out!

W...W...W... Wednesdays

Should be Reading has started W...W...W... Wednesdays!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions!…
What are you currently reading?
Skin Deep by Mark Del Franco

I am reading this one on the Kindle. 

and Falling, fly by Sylar  White

Undone by Rachel Caine

What did you recently finish reading?

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
I enjoyed this story- felt the end was a bit abrupt, but I am excited for the sequel!

Read this one on the Kindle - loved it! 

What do you think you will read next?
Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
and on the Kindle
Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend

Friday, March 26, 2010

March 26 - Book Bloggers Hop!

This is a weekly event, hosted at Crazy-For-Books, where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read. It's a great way to network with other bloggers and make new friends! The rules are simple - Add your link to MckLinky there (using the new format posted), POST ABOUT THE HOP ON YOUR BLOG, and start hopping around and visiting other links that are posted! If you start following someone through the Hop, leave a comment on their blog to let them know! Stop back during the week to see other blogs that are added! And, most importantly, the idea is to HAVE FUN!!

So, let's do the Hop!

Friday 56 - Undone by Rachel Caine


Grab the book nearest you. Right now.

Turn to page 56.

Find the fifth sentence.

Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Storytime with Tonya and Friends.

Post a link along with your post back to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.

Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

"Okay. Here's what we do - we mark it on the aetheric; we tag it so it's clearly visible."  page 56 sentences four and five of Undone: Outcast Season: Book 1 by Rachel Caine.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
"Skulduggery, you saved my life tonight.  Are you going to undo all that effort by leaving me here so someone else can jut come along and kill me?"   p. 55

It's a Michael Grant Giveaway!

Blogging about books is having a contest for the new Michael Grant book, Lies. 

This is the 3rd book in his series about Perdido Beach, a peaceful little town that dissolves into utter chaos when everyone over 15 disappears one day. It's a fun, exciting YA series that should appeal to readers of all ages.

If you haven't read the first two books, Gone and Hunger, this is a great time to do that - the contest is for an ARC of Lies - so you could read the first two before the end of the contest and get to read book three before it's even out!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Contest: Numbers by Rachel Ward

Darcy at the Library Lounge Lizard is having a contest for multiple copies of Numbers by Rachel Ward.  I have heard soooooo much about this book, I just can't wait for it to come out!  The cover is intriguing, and interesting - if I had heard nothing about this book yet I would pick it up to check it out just from the cover!

In My Mailbox!

"In My Mailbox" is hosted
by Kristi at the Story Siren.

The only thing
"In My Mailbox" this week was Heartless
by Anne Elishabeth Stengl. 
I am hoping that since this was the only mailbox item,            perhaps I can get it read in
 a somewhat timely manner.

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This fantastic meme is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

I am reading Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.  Okay, I am starting to read it, I have only finished the prologue, but I am excited to keep going on it. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Break Reading Challenge

Spring Break Reading Challenge #3 -
1. Title and author of the book you are reading.
2. Include the cover of the book.
3. Synopsis
4. What do you think about the book so far?
5. Does the author have a website or blog? If so, insert a link in your post.

Be sure to link to your direct post using Mr. Linky in order to be eligible for the book giveaway.

I am reading The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith

Synopsis from Amazon:  "Cathy is on top of the world--beautiful, rich, a top movie star about to launch a new career as a cosmetics queen--when an unscrupulous photographer in search of a story causes her car to crash and burn, destroying her perfect body as well as her career and sending her scurrying for a place to hide her scars. Thomas, on the other hand, is still mourning the deaths of his wife and young son in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and is slowly drinking himself to death while sleeping in the bed of his truck in an isolated hamlet in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. Together, however, they find they are stronger and better people, and they begin to take an active interest in the mountain community that has taken them both into their hearts, and into their kitchens."

So far I love this book.  I am reading it on the Kindle (my first ever Kindle book) and am very impressed, both with the Kindle and the story.  The author creates amazing characters - both human and animal.  I find myself not wanting to put the Kindle down.  The lives of those characters are well constructed.  I love the strong women and the references to the ideals and things in life that the people in the Crossroads charish.   I know that when I finish this story I will be looking for more books by Deborah Smith.  You can click on her name above and go to her website.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Book Blogger Hop!

It's that time of the week again! Because of the success of the first week, the Book Blogger Hop will be a weekly feature at Crazy-for-Books! So, get those party shoes on and let's start the Hop!

Missed out last week? Here's what the Hop is all about!

In the spirit of the Friday Follow, the Book Blog Hop gives all us bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It also gives blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!

I can't wait to check out all the blogs!  I am hoping to find new blogs to follow and new followers to my blog!

So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky, and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!
Pretty please - Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

Spring Break Reading Challenge - 2010

This is my first blog post for the Spring Break Reading Challenge hosted by Karin Librarian! The Challenge runs March 12 - March 21, 2010.  Goals....that is the topic today.  Wow - this should be easy, but I don't want to be unrealistic and set some lofty "will read so many books" goal - because I realize that what I lack more than anything is time.  So, with that in mind...

My goal:
Simply to take the time to read EVERY day: before 10:00 pm. I usually end up taking time from the night (between midnight and 3 am) when I really should be sleeping.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

HUGE Swag Contest!

Extreme Reader is having a ginormous swag contest!  There are 5 different prize packages!  Each with a load of great swag!  1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth Prize Pack.   2. The Pace Prize Pack.  3. The Pace Prize Pack.  4. Wicked Lovely Prize Pack.  5. Wicked Lovely Prize Pack.  There are also Swag Bags!  So Many cool things to win!

The Page Masters Reading Club

I am the advisor for a reading club at a middle/high school. We have just over 200 members in a school whose student population is just over 600. The club encompasses all grades, 6-12. It is called the Page Masters and you can check it out by clicking here. Click on High School, student groups, Page Masters.  I am always looking for great ways to encourage students to read and I would love ideas on how to keep the kids involved in the club as they get older.   Anyone else out there have any YA groups? 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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
* 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!

Viper's Nest: 39 Clues Book 7 by Peter Lerangis

p. 50
Amy had come within an inch of being flattened by a subway train. She had escaped collapsing buildings and been trapped in airless tombs.

Turnaround Tuesday Giveaways!

Tiger Holland at All-Consuming Books is giving away both Hex Hall and Tangled.

Go Check it out!  New contests each Tuesday.

Monday, March 8, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted weekly by Kristi at the Story Siren. You can see what everyone else is getting in their mailboxes, shopping bags, and trips to the libraries.

This is what I got this week:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Prolific Blogger Award

The Prolific Blogger Award was given to me by the Serpentine Library.

A Prolific Blogger is one who is intellectually productive...keeping 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. (see above).

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

4. Every Prolific Blogger must visit this post and add his/her name in the Mr. Linky, so that we can get to know the other winners. (Click here for the Mr. Linky page).
I am passing it along to:
1. Kathy at Inside of a Dog
3. Ellie at Ellz Readz
4. Emma at Emma Michaels
5. Jen at Unedited
7. Jenny at Take Me Away


I have received three awards! From the Serpentine Library and also one from Kathy at Ms. Martin Teaches Media.

39 Clues

This post is just a heads up for those of you who are looking for a book with "a little bit more" for your readers. I would say it is for young readers, upper elementary through early high school age - but a friend and I both go here and love it. We are well above that age group.

The books I am talking about are the 39 Clues. It is a book series from Scholastic. The series currently has 8 books, but there will be 10. The books all build upon each other. The main characters are two young children, Amy and Dan Cahill, and they are on a hunt for 39 clues. The hunt takes them all over the world, the winner becomes the most powerful, influencial person on the planet. The catch is that the whole Cahill family, there are four branches in the family filled with famous people from the past, are also searching for the clues.

The website links the books with clues, puzzles, and games on the internet. The site has missions for each book. Each book comes with collector cards, you can also buy card packs. You log your cards, solve the puzzles, and collect the clues.

The opportunity to play games on the computer is enough to get some kids to check out the books, the story keeps them going. I love the idea of combining books, card collecting, and technology! It gives us the chance to reach so many more kids than any one of the three alone!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Your Blog is Soooo Kewl and Bliss (Happy 101) Awards!

The "Your Blog is sooooo Kewl" award was passed on to me by The Serpentine Library. The Bliss (Happy 101) Award was passed on to me by Kathy at Ms. Martin Teaches Media.

The Bliss Award: list 10 things that make you happy and pass it along to 10 bloggers!

10 Things that make me happy:
1. My children (almost all the time)
2. My pets (more often than not)
3. My family (almost always)
4. Reading
5. Puzzles - jigsaw, word, and more
6. Days where I get to just sit and read
7. My jobs (both for different reasons)
8. Swinging in a hammock
9. Long peaceful walks with my dogs
10. The casino - as long as I don't lose too much
I am passing these awards along to:

1. Taschima Cullen at The Bloody Bookaholic

2. J. Kaye at Home Girl's Book Blog

3. Jill at The O.W.L.

4. Karin & Julie at Edifying and Edgy

5. Wings at Story Wings

6. Andrea at The Little Bookworm

7. Donna at Bites

8. Sarah at I'm a Lit-Bitch, Baby

9. Dazzling Mage, Kabocha at A Reading Kabocha

10. Mama Bookworm at The Fiction Enthusiast

Wanting to Read Wednesday!

A couple weeks ago I was "Waiting" for this book - this week I am "Wanting to Read" this book - - it is, of course, the newest Kim Harrison - Black Magic Sanction. A friend and I went to the book signing in Roseville on Monday, where we met Kim Harrison while she signed all our books! It was a super time and I had a lot of fun. I learned a lot about how she works and how the story seems to play out for her.
Check out more waiting and wanting at Breaking the Spine!