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I’ve finally decided to sign up for the 2011 Debut Author Challange, after reading about the 2010 one on Kristi’s blog, The Story Siren. It’s looked like a lot of fun for 2010, so I couldn’t resist it for next year.

Click here for more info on the challenge if you’re interested in signing up.

Yeah, I know I’m late posting this. Better late than never, right?

Recently my TBR pile has been growing precariously tall. Not a good thing. So I thought this weekend would be a great time to tackle at least part of that pile. Here are the books I’m hoping to finish:

  1. What I Learned From Being A Cheerleader
  2. Haint Misbehavin’
  3. Very Valentine
  4. A Change in Altitude
  5. Seaglass Summer

Think I can do it? I’m not so sure. Good luck to everyone participating!

I’m a sucker for anything that ends in a-thon. A challenge is presented and I’m instantly hooked. I heard about Monica and Star’s read-a-thon on Twitter and I couldn’t resist – I had to join in. It starts Friday August 13 at 9am and goes until Monday, August 16 at 9am. The idea is to get as many of the books that you own read. This is a great challenge for me, because I use the library a lot, so the books that I actually own take a back seat to library books because of the lack of due dates. So I’m pretty excited about this challenge.

Interested in joining in on the fun? Check out the details at The Bibliophilic Book Blog. And thanks to Monica and Star for hosting the challenge!

I’ve decided to join the Summer Break Reading Challenge hosted by Karin. Check out the details here.

For the first activity, here are the books I want to read this summer:

  • The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
  • Betrayals by Lili St Crow
  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
  • Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

I know I’ll read more than just these, but I really want to read these ones in hte next couple months.

I’ve just come across a challenge that’s calling my name, even though it’s half over. It’s called Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge, and it’s all about reading books from the library. Check out all the details on Home Girl’s Book Blog.

Since I only have six months left I will be aiming for the Mini – reading 25 books that I borrowed from the library. That should keep me busy. I will be keeping a list here of the books that I’ve read for the challenge. I’ll start counting books from June 1st.

Happy reading!

  1. Strange Angels by Lili St Crow
  2. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  3. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
  4. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
  5. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
  6. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
  7. The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  8. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris


The read-a-thon is hosted by Kate at The Neverending Shelf.

Today’s activity is to do a wrap-up post, so here I go.

I’ve gotten a ton of reading done, more in the first half of the week than the second half though. I still think I made out pretty good. I didn’t reach my goal of 24 hours, it was probably more like 16.

I got a bunch of posts written – at least one a day, which is great for me cause I struggle with the whole consistency of posting thing. I thought there was no way I could post everyday, but the challenges were great and really made me put the effort in to get them done each day. They were so worth it.

It was great reading everyone else’s posts. The Mr Linky’s in each activity’s post made it easy to check out what everyone else was doing, so that was fun.

Thanks for all the work you put in Kate, as well as everyone who posted challenges. You’re hard work is very much appreciated!

The read-a-thon is hosted by Kate at The Neverending Shelf and the activity today is courtesy Eleni at La Femme Readers.

The challenge today is to list the top six books that you’ve read in 2010. Yeah, not so easy. I’ve looked through my past posts and here are the books I’ve chosen in no particular order (links go to my reviews):

A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris


The Clean Away the Clutter Read-A-Thon is hosted by The Neverending Bookshelf. Today’s activity is hosted by A Passion for Books.

Today’s challenge is to de-clutter the blog – always a good thing to do. It seems like I always think of something that I should do to make things more streamlined, but it never gets done, so this is a great challenge for me.

First I will be looking over the labels and make sure that they’re all used appropriately.

Second, I have a spreadsheet going of all my posts. However, it’s not up to date. It makes things a lot easier for to, to have everything organized in one spot with all the information that I need. So I will be updating that as well.

And last of all, I have a couple ideas for posts that aren’t really enough to be posts on their own. I think I’ll combine a few of them, and instead of doing 4 or 5 posts, I’ll just do 2. I’ll get my ideas written down so that I know which ideas go together.

Thanks for the challenge today, Casey!

The Clean Away the Clutter Read-A-Thon is hosted by The Neverending Bookshelf. Today’s activity is hosted by Teens Read and Write.

Is there at least one book on your growing TBR that has been there forever and (if you were honest) you could give up without to much trauma?

Yep. The third Anne of Green Gables has been in my basket for forever. By forever I mean almost a year. I’ve never read it before, but I think the first one will always be my favorite.

What is your latest “Gotta Have It” book? (That you can get once you’ve given up that one in question #1)

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening. I watched an episode last week for the first time, and I really liked it, even though I didn’t know half of what was going on. I really want to read the books now.

What are your classics – you’re ‘comfort books’ that you never want to give up?

My Harry Potter books, Pride and Prejudice, a couple of my Stephen King ones, my non-fiction books on NGO’s/humanitarian organizations in Africa.

What are your best tips for keeping that TBR in check?

Using my book basket. I can have as many books as I want as long as they fit in the basket. If they don’t fit then some of them have to go back to the library, whether they’ve been read or not.

Today’s challenge is hosted by The Neverending Shelf. You can see the post with the challenge here.

So, we’re supposed to share three blogs that we enjoy reading and want to share with others. It’s such a great idea – there are so many blogs out there, it’s always interesting to see what other people are reading. Here are my three:

Cover to Cover

Not only is Jessica a book blogger and reviewer, she also hopes to one day be an author. I love hearing about the other side of the book, from the writer’s perspective. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo, and I’m kind of in awe, cause I want to do it next year too.

The Brown Eyed Baker

Not only do I like to read, but I’m also a big baker. I recently discovered that there are a ton of baking blogs out there in the blogosphere. Why I didn’t know this before, I have no idea, but I was pretty excited when I discovered this one. She makes a great selection of baked good – everything from breads to cookies to pies – and they all look so delicious. One of my favorite things I’ve made from her blog was doggy treats! I shouldn’t say that they were my favorite, my dog Bailey was the one who really liked them.

The Recipe Curio

I love looking at old school recipe. Anything from the sixties and older intrigues me – I find them so interesting. She  posts recipes that she’s found in old collections of recipe cards, clippings from magazine or newspapers, and even old cookbooks. Most of the time she shares a picture of the recipe card/clipping/cookbook as well as a typed version of the recipe. I LOVE seeing the old ones, they’re so cool!

I hope you enjoy the little look into what’s in my Google Reader!


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