Monthly Archives: November 2008

Tuesday Thingers

tuesdaythingersToday’s question– Blog Widgets. Do you use them? Do you have them on your blog? Do you know what I’m talking about? :-) A blog widget is that list of books “From my LibraryThing” and such, that you’ll sometimes see on someone’s sidebar. If you use it, do all of your books show up or do you have it set to only show certain books? Do you have a search widget, which would allow your blog readers to search your library? Have you ever made a photomosaic of your book covers? You can find widgets and photomosaic information on the “Tools” tab in LibraryThing.

Today’s Answer – I don’t know of many, but I do have a blog that I used the “from my LibraryThing” widget, but I don’t think it ever made it to this blog. Interesting. I see that one specifically on a lot of blogs, or one similiar to it from those people who use other book categorizing websites. I don’t have a search engine, but maybe I’ll look into that one. I have such a basic blog that I haven’t taken a whole lot of time in figuring some things out. It’s a work in progress.


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What’s on Your Nightstand – November


It’s my second time joining 5 Minutes for Books in the What’s on Your Nightstand carnival.

Last month I had read 24 books, but this month has been a little slower. I have only read 19 pieces of work, including two plays. I managed to get through most of my anticipated reading, with the exception of one book.

Currently on my nightstand:

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Away Laughing on a Fast Camel
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife

Being that I have a challenge that ends on December 20, my focus has been on trying to complete as much of this as possible. I’m hoping to get in The Secret and Stiff before this deadline, which still leaves me with 4 more books for that challenge. I don’t think I will be finishing this one.

Then through the rest of December I hope to read Deck the Halls, The Year of Yes, Secrets of the Morning, and Cat and Mouse, hopefully leading me into the first of the year with all new challenges ahead of me.

Here’s to more productive reading.


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2009 YA Challenge


And the challenges keep coming. Similar to the 2nds Challenge. Read 12 YA books. More rules and info here.

  1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  2. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  3. Daniel X: Alien Hunter by James Patterson
  4. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers by Louise Rennison 
  5. Startled by His Fury Shorts by Louise Rennison
  6. Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison
  7. Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison
  8. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me by Louise Rennison
  9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  10. Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
  11. Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson
  12. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson


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2nds Challenge 2009


And yet another one. All the rules and instructions are here.

I’ll have 2nd in Series books and 2nd book I’ve read by an author.

  1. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
  2. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks 
  3. Mommywood by Tori Spelling
  4. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane 
  5. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 
  6. The Witches by Roald Dahl 
  7. Spiderwick Chronicles: the Seeing Stone by Holly Black 
  8. Persepolis 2 byMarjane Satrapis 
  9. Maus II by Art Spiegelman 
  10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  11. Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
  12. 300 by Frank Miller

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The Lake House

the-lake-houseTitle: The Lake House
Author: James Patterson
Year Published: 2003
Finished: November 19
Pages: 380
Challenges: Fall Into Reading 2008, Countdown Challenge, From the Stacks

The sequal to When the Wind Blows, and it starts off with a bang. Frannie and Kit are waiting to find out if they will received custody of the extraordinary children, but while they’re trying to move on with their lives past heartache, someone else is creating a place much worse than the school – The Hospital.

It was a great conclusion to the adventure, even up until the very last page of the book, where you are unsure what is really going to happen.

I’m interested to see where the Maximum Ride series comes in and how they take off from end of this story. Unless, it’s about the kids adventures before they meet Frannie and Kit.

Overall, a very good book, doesn’t necessarily need to accompanied with When the Wind Blows.


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Tuesday Thingers

tuesdaythingersI decided to jump on the Tuesday Thingers bandwagon since I am a user of LibraryThing.

This week:

Popular this month on LT: Do you look at this list? Do you get ideas on what to read from it?
Have you read any of the books on the list right now? Feel free to link to any reviews you’ve done as well.
Here’s the list and my answer:

  1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  2. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
  3. Nation by Terry Pratchett
  4. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
  5. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  6. American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
  7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  8. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski
  9. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
  10. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

As you can see, I’ve only read one of the books on the list, but I’ve heard of most of them and will most likely end up getting to them eventually.

After looking through past Tuesday Thingers, I found I wanted to answer most of the recent ones, so follow the break to see what I had to say about them.

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Romance Reading Challenge 2009


Read on for the rules:

  1. Now, “Romance” isn’t limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love.
  2. Choose at least 5 novels read them between Jan 1st though Dec 31st 2009. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine.
  3. Read them at your own pace in 2009 then come here and post the link to your review(s).
  4. Link your “RRC” choices here with any of these graphics:

I haven’t officially decided what to read yet, but I’m thinking of adding a book-to-movie theme along with it just so I can read a wide variety.


  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – finished Apr 4, 2009
  2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – finished Aug 23, 2009
  3. Roxana by Daniel Defoe – finished Oct 22, 2009
  4. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – finished Oct 25, 2009
  5. Emma by Jane Austen – finished Nov 23, 2009


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