Monthly Archives: September 2009

Fall Into Reading Challenge 2009

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Hosted By: Callapidder Days
Sept 22 – Dec 20, 2009

My Goal – 15 books

This is one of the first challenges I ever joined, and one of my favorite, for some reason. The sign up isn’t quite yet, but we’re closing in now that September has started and I wanted to begin brainstorming what I really want to read by the end of the year. Last year I committed to 18 books, but only finished 14. That’s not going to happen this year.

I’m bringing over the 4 books I didn’t finish for the Summer Reading Challenge and then the other 11 reads will be books needed to complete other challenges as well.

My List:

  1. The Shack by William P. Young
  2. The English Patient by Michael Ondaaje
  3. Spook by Mary Roach
  4. Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews
  5. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
  6. Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  8. Roxana by Daniel Defoe
  9. Generation Kill by Evan Wright
  10. Double Cross by James Patterson
  11. Emma by Jane Austen
  12. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  13. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  14. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  15. Cross Country by James Patterson

Alternates:

  • TBD

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REVIEW: High Five

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Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: September 18, 2009
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Published: 1999

It’s been awhile since I had a chance to read a Stephanie Plum adventure and I’m back to being completely addicted in a matter of minutes.

This time Stephanie is in search of her uncle who went missing while running errands and never returned. No one’s worried until a set of photographs show up of a dead body. Not only is Stephanie dealing with crazy family members, trying to make rent when no one is jumping bail, but a new attraction has thrown her for a loop.

I keep hearing how great the next few books are, which makes me even more obsessed with getting caught up, not to mention this particular adventure ends on a very high cliffhanger and I would really like to know what happens. I wouldn’t be surprised if I get the next one in very very soon.

*challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999×2 Challenge, Summer Reading Challenge, Stephanie Plum Challenge

other reviews: Reading With Tequila

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It’s Monday. What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week.

Well, it felt like eventful reading because I made progress on Lady Chatterley’s Lover but figured I should stop and read the books I needed finished for the Summer Reading Challenge. (P.S. I failed). Either way, I loved the 1 book I finished. I almost almost done with D is for Deadbeat but I just got too tired last night to finish.

Read Last Week:

  • High Five by Janet Evanovich

Reading This Week:

  • D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Shack by William P. Young
  • Spook by Mary Roach
  • Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • Roxana by Daniel Defoe

I’m moving all the books not finished for the Summer Reading Challenge to the Fall Reading Challenge. I won’t let myself off that easy. Hopefully my reading will start to improve as fall hits and the warm weather disappears.

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BBAW – Day 3 – Reading Meme

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Day 2 was about interviewing other book bloggers, which I didn’t end up signing up for. But Day 3 is a reading meme. These are always the most fun.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
not often, but usually sweets
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
only if it’s inspiring or educational
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
bookmark, sticky, paperclip, rubberband
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
Fiction primarily, but not opposed to non
Hard copy or audiobooks?
Hard copy
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
I try to read to end of the chapter only because it’s easier to remember where I was at, but not always
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
no, hardly ever – I try to figure it out by the content
What are you currently reading?
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
What is the last book you bought?
Bonk by Mary Roach
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I can read more than one, and usually do
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
Lunch and at night, usually on my couch or in bed
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I love series, but also love stand alone
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
I love James Patterson, but I almost recommend everyone I read
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
First alphabetically read, then unread sort of by genre/hardback/softcover. I need to work on that more.

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BBAW – Day 1

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week has started and I’m going to try and be better about keeping updated and join in the fun.

Day 1 – What book blogs mean something to you?  Who are your most trusted sources for recommendations, your greatest help, the blogger you turn to for a laugh or to vent?  Whose writing do you admire or who introduced you to a whole new genre you didn’t know about?  We want to hear all about them…because we want to know them too!  Please share about the blogs we haven’t had a chance to meet via BBAW and let the party begin!

There are a lot of blogs out there that I enjoy reading, and so many more that keep coming about I can hardly keep up. Some of the ones I frequent the most, and look forward to seeing what is new:

So far my Google Reader is pushing 60 bookish friends, but over 160 in overall blogs I am currently subscribed to. I know that this is not even close to some peoples count, but it’s a lot to keep up with.

I trust all the blogs I visit. Sometimes it takes a few visits to really decide what I think, but most of the time the thing that draws me the most is either challenges or a common theme in books/authors. I may not always agree with the reviews but I value the opinion of each person, just like some may not agree with my reviews.

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It’s Monday. What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week.

I was out of town last week for the holiday so my list includes the past two weeks reads. I’m finally catching up but still so far behind.

Read Last Two Weeks:

Reading This Week (Coming Up Next):

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • Roxana by Daniel Defoe
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews
  • Spook by Mary Roach
  • The Shack by William P. Young

I have another challenge ending Sept. 21, so hopefully I can get through those in a quickie.

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REVIEW: As Man Thinketh

Title: As Man Thinketh
Author: James Allen
Finished: September 11, 2009
Pages: 80
Published: 1902

For our sales meeting this morning, we listened to an audio version of this amazing book by Allen, As Man Thinketh, and while old and for some out of date, the concept is perfect for everyday life.

The premise is that man is controlled by his thoughts, not just his circumstances. There are many great ideas and quotes that I gathered from just listening to the book, which is almost more a speech than anything else.

Just a few:

  • Act is the blossom of thought
  • Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals itself
  • Man cannot choose his circumstance, but can choose thoughts
  • Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything
  • Can only rise, conquer , and achieve by lifting thoughts
  • Dreamers are saviors of the world
  • Calmness is power
  • Peace. Be still.

I may find myself a hard copy of this in addition to the audio version to compare and reflect upon.

*challenges:

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