Friday, December 30, 2011

Perpetual Challenges

I am currently participating in FOUR perpetual challenges:
  1. US Presidents Reading Project
  2. Operation Read the Bible
  3. Kinsey Millhone Reading Challenge
  4. Stephaine Plum Reading Challenge

The US President Reading Project is a project to read at least one non-fiction book about each of the US Presidents. 

That's basically it.  If reading one book for each president is too much, you have the option to read books that talk about more than one president at a time and count it for each one.  Located at the blog is a list of all the presidents, please feel free to click a page for each president if you are looking for suggestions for reading material.

Being that I am a lover of history, I have been planning on reading about each president for awhile now.  My only dilemma is rather I should go in chronological order (first to present or present to first) or randomly pick presidents.  I am currently reading John Adams autobiography and think that I will read George Washington's next.  After that I may go from our current president (Obama) until I get to Reagan (the president when I was born) and then start back at the beginning.  Who knows......

Next is the Operation Actually Read the Bible.  For the past several years I have been trying to do the "Read the Bible in a Year", and can never stick to it.  I finally decided that I do not want to rush through the bible, but to take my time and thoroughly read it.  There are no rules for this challenge.  No particular translation is required.

I am just learning about the author Sue Grafton and her long standing Kinsley Millhone series.  It sounds interesting and I am a sucker for a series so I plan to participate.  Her series starts from A (A is for Alibi) and continues alphabetically.   There are 22 books (latest book is V is for Vengeance) in this series, so there is no telling how long it will take me to complete it.  If you are interested in more information about this challenge, click here.

The last perpetual challenge is the Stephanie Plum Reading Challenge.  With the challenge beginning January 1, 2012, you can join the challenge at any time.  Basically meaning if you are in the middle of the series or at the very beginning (like myself).  I discovered the author Janet Evanovich when I came across the trailer of the upcoming movie, "One for the Money".  The trailer seemed really interesting so when I saw that it was based on a book series, I did my research and from my friends on goodreads, it seemed like a really good series to get into.  Like Sue Grafton, Evanovich has a theme to the titles to her books.  I think you can guess it....NUMBERS!  This series also has 22 books to it.  I am gonna place a goal of reading five books from this one. 

So there we have it,  I am now vowing to not enter into ANYMORE reading challenges (unless they are perpetual ones) for 2012. (I may regret typing this later.... LOL!)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 Challenge: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge

January 1 - December 31, 2012

Once again…..another challenge.

I go back and forth with caring if I try and read books from this list.  Today I care…

The challenge is simple, read some books from the list.  If you do not own the book (I do not) click here for the list. 

  • You do not have to make a list before hand.
  • You DO need to chose your level at the beginning so you have a chance to win a prize.
  • Books that cover other challenges are not only permitted, but encouraged!

  • Go to trials:     5 books from the list.
  • Made the Olympic team:     6-10 books....
  • Bronze medal:     11-15 books....
  • Silver medal:     16-20 books....
  • Gold medal:      21+ books....
If you are interested in this challenge, please click here.  I will be participating in level BRONZE MEDAL

The books I plan to read are:

Moby Dick
Life of Pi
Pride and Prejudice
Interview with the Vampire
The Bluest Eye
To Kill a Mockingbird
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Gone with the Wind
Little Women
North and South

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2012 Challenge: 2012 Chunkster Challenge

January 1 - December 31, 2012

Definition of a chunkster: A book that is 450 pages of ADULT literature, whether nonfiction or fiction.  A chunkster should be a challenge.  If the book is in LARGE PRINT, then the book should be 525 pages or more. 

The rules are:
  • No audio books.
  • No ebooks allowed.
  • Essay, poetry and short story collections will be allowed, but it has to be read in its entirety to count. 
  • Books may crossover with other challenges.
  • Once you pick a level, that's it.  You are committed to it!
The levels are:
  • The Chubby Chunkster - 4 books
  • The Plump Primer - 6 books
  • Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? - 6 books (2 from 450-550 pages; 2 from 551-750 pages; 2 from books greater than 750 pages in length)
  • Mor-book-ly Obese - 8 or more books which three books must me 750 pages or more.
I will be participating in the THE CHUBBY CHUNKSTER level. 

If you interested in this challenge, please click here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012 Challenge: The Many Genres of Jane Austen Spinoffs

This may be the 20th reading challenge I have signed up for!  What am I thinking?  LOL

January 1 - December 31, 2012

Nevertheless, I decided over the summer that I was going to dive into all things Jane Austen in 2012 so this challenge gives me the perfect opportunity to do so.

Rules are:
  • There are 8 genres in this challenge, you will need to complete one book from each grenre.
  • Books can be in any format.
  • You do not have to post a review.
  • You can join the group on Goodreads.
8 Genres are: (books I planned to read are highlighted)
  1. Variation Stories - TBA
  2. Sequel - TBA
  3. Jane Austen as a fictional character - TBA
  4. Paranormal - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  5. Modern Adaptation - TBA
  6. Mystery - TBA
  7. Supporting Characters - TBA
  8. Books by Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
If you are interested in examples of each genre and to sign up for this post, please click here.

Monday, December 26, 2011

2012 Challenge: Books I Started but didn't Finish

January 1 - December 31, 2012

This challenge can right on time!!  LOL... I have so many books in my TBR folder on goodreads that it is ridiculous! LOL...

The goal of this challenge is really simple: Commit to finish some or all the books you began in 2011 (or before) and never completed.

The rules:
  • Post a list of the books you began reading in 2011 (or at some point in your life) and never finished reading.  Maybe even say why you stopped reading!
  • These books can be combine with other challenges.
  • Commit to finish your list by the end of 2012.
If you are interested in this challenge, please click here.

Here is a picture of the books in my TBR pile on Goodreads.....

2012 Challenge: Classic Double Challenge

January 1 - December 31, 2012

This challenge essentially wants you to read a classic and then a newer book that relates to the older one in some way.  

The Levels are:
  • Small - 2 related books
  • Medium - 4 books (2 sets of related books)
  • Large - 6 books (3 sets of related books)
  • Super size - 8 books (4 sets of related books)
There are several examples posted here

I will be participating in LEVEL MEDIUM and reading the following books:

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logstedt
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
If you are interested in the challenge, please click here.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

2012 Challenge: Getting Lost in a Comfortable Book

January 1 - December 31, 2012

The guidelines to this challenge is pretty simple:

Make a post and read five books from the list provided here.

The five (5) books that I have chosen are:
  1. North and South by Elisabeth Gaskell
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
If you are interested in joining this challenge, please click here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

2012 Challenge: The Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge

January 1 - December 21, 2012

The Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge is a challenge that pushes you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different genres.

This challenge fits me perfectly because I consider myself an eclectic reader. 

You can join in by:
  • Creating a blog post committing yourself to the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can create a shelf on Goodreads or a similar site.  Just include your name and a link to your shelf. 
  • Post your direct link to your challenge here.
  • Select, read, review a book from each genre listed below during the year for a total of 12 books.
  • You can choose your books ahead of time or as you go. 
  • Can combine this challenge with others.
  • Where a book is identified by more than one genre, it may only count for either genre but not both.
  • Each time you read and review a book, share your review by providing a direct link to your review in the Linky.
  1. Literary Fiction
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction
  3. Romantic Fiction
  4. Historical Fiction
  5. Young Adult
  6. Fantasy
  7. Science Fiction
  8. Non Fiction
  9. Horror
  10. Thriller/Suspense
  11. Classic
  12. Your favorite genre - URBAN LIT (not my favorite, but I felt it needed to be added)
I do not know what books I will read, but it should be fairly easy since I have a book I want to read from every genre!

2012 Challenge: Banned/Challenged Book Reading Challenge

I am at a lost with regards to how many challenges I have signed up for, but here I go with another one (and more to come).

This year during the week devoted to Banned and Challenged books, I created a personal reading list from a list of challenged/banned books provided by a website I cannot recall. 

January 1 - December 31, 2012
  • Anyone can participate.
  • No re-reads.
  • Create a sign up post and post the link here.
  • Challenge Crossovers are ok.
  • Level 1 - Read 12 Banned/Challenged books.
  • Level 2 - Read 24....
  • Level 3 - Read 36....
  • Level 4 - Read 37+.....
I will be participating in LEVEL ONE and reading books that I presently own.  Below are 10 books that I plan to read from my own personal collection (being that I only own 10 banned/challenged books that I have not read, I have no clue what the other two books will be).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon: STARTING POST!

The blog, Remarkable Reads is hosting a readathon that started today and ends on January 1st!  What an excellent opportunity to get through some books before the new year begin.  This year I plan to have a pretty low key holiday season.  I do not plan to visit everywhere and everyone.  Just immediate family and get until my belly cannot take it anymore! LOL..  With that being said, I will have plenty of time to dive into this readathon.  I plan to spend AT LEAST three hours a day just reading.  My goal is to hopefully get through 3 or 4 books. 

The first on on my list to complete is.......

I plan to use my Monday off to go and catch a Matinee of the movie version. 

Are you guys participating in the readathon?  If so, what are your goals?  Leave a comment below!!

2012 CHALLENGE: Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

As stated in my First in a Series Reading Challenge post, I will be reading a lot of books that are part of a series.  The blog, Socrates Block Review Blog is hosting a challenge called:

January 1 - December 31, 2012

It is a challenge for all those series books you started at some point and have not finished.  The rules are pretty simple:
  • All books that are part of a continuing series qualify.
  • It does not matter if you have 1 or 10 books to finish in the series, it qualifies.  THE GOAL IS TO COMPLETE THE SERIES.
  • Any format of books count (audio, ebook, etc.)
  • You should choose the series you want to finish before the challenge begins, but it is not necessary.
The levels:
  • Level 1 - Complete 1 series.
  • Level 2 - Complete 2 series.
  • Level 3 - Complete 3 or more series.
If you are interested in this challenge, please click here.

I will be participating in LEVEL THREE and completing three series.

The Patternmaster Series (I have currently read book 1 and 2 of this 5 book series)
The Twilight Series
The Hunger Games Series

2012 CHALLENGE: First in a Series Challenge

January 1 - December 31, 2012

When thinking about the books I want to read next year along with Literary Marie's "Sunday Series", I realize that a lot of the books will be books that are the first in a series.  So what a pleasant surprise it was to see that the blog, A Few More (Reading) Challenges was hosting a challenge about the first book in a series. 

The levels are as followed:
  • Series Novice: Read 3 books that are the first in any series.
  • Series Lover: Read 6....
  • Series Expert: Read 12...
  • Series Fanatic: Read 20....
I will be participating in the SERIES LOVER level of the challenge.

If you are interested in participating in this challenge, please click here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2012 CHALLENGE: Southern Literature Challenge

January 1 - December 31, 2012

This challenge is pretty simple.  Read books (nonfiction or fiction of any genre, adult or young adult) written by an author from the South and set mostly in the South.

The states:
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Level 1 - C'mon in the house! READ ONE BOOK
  • Level 2 - Pull up a seat & stay awhile! READ TWO BOOKS
  • Level 3 - Have a glass of sweet iced tea, honey.  READ THREE BOOKS
  • Level 4 - Y'll come back now, y'hear! READ FOUR BOOKS
I will partake in LEVEL 4.

If you are interested in this challenge please check out the blog, The Introverted Reader to participate.

2012 CHALLENGE: Outdo Yourself Challenge

January 1 - December 31, 2012

I participated in this challenge last year and along with one other challenge, this was one I actually succeeded at!  LOL....

Nevertheless, the blog, The Book Vixen is hosting the challenge.  The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2012 than you did in 2011.

The details are:
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress.  Please include a link back to this sign up post so others can join the reading challenge too.  You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you could track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.
The levels are:
  • Getting my heart rate up - READ 1-5 more books.
  • Out of breath                 - READ 6-10 more books.
  • Breaking a sweat           - READ 11-15 more books.
  • I'm on fire!                     - READ 16+ more books.
This year my goal was to read 25 books, but currently I have read 16 books.  For 2012 my goal is to read 50 books so I will be participating in the I'M ON FIRE! level.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2012 CHALLENGE: 2012 Twilight Series Challenge

It is best to say that I have officially jumped on a bandwagon.  What bandwagon is it?

THE TWILIGHT SERIES (I know.... I know)

With my roommate gushing over the series, the Breaking Dawn movie trailer enticing me and the hilarious vlogger Kingsley, I have slowly been bitten by the Twilight bug.  I have been fighting the urge to read the series for many reasons:
  • I am not into vampires unless Anne Rice is writing about them.
  • I thought it was for teen aged, hormone filled girls.
  • I did not want to jump on the hype.
  • How am I ever gonna be a "book snob" reading material like that?  LOL!!
So when I saw that there was a challenge I finally gave in said, "Ok ok... I will read them."


The blog, Pages of Forbidden Love is hosting the challenge.  Throughout the year those who participate will read all four books and have discussions each month on one of the books.

I am planning on spreading out the books and finishing up the last one right before the release of Breaking Dawn 2 in theaters on November 16, 2012.

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's Monday, What are you reading? 12-19-11

"It's Monday? What Are You Reading?", (Hosted by Sheila at Book Journey) is where bloggers share their reading material for the week as well as what they read the week before.


The movie comes out this Wednesday.  I am too excited about it and plan to see it either Christmas day or the day after.  Stay tuned for a review!!!  


 A fast and enjoyable read!  

STILL PUSHING THROUGH: (In order that I started reading them)

(started reading January 2011)

(started reading April 2011)

(starting reading April 2011) 

(started reading August 2011)

(started reading August 2011) 
(started reading October 2011)
(started reading November 2011)
Since some of my favorite shows are on a "winter break", I have to take a break from TV as well this week and hopefully I can dive into some of these books I have in my "currently reading" pile.  Please leave a comments on the books I am reading, and/or shout out your reading list for this week in the comment section!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2012 CHALLENGE: The Dystopia 2012 Reading Challenge

The Dystopia 2012 Reading Challenge
January 1 - December 31, 2012

The Dystopia Challenge is for those who love it and for those who never tried it (such as myself).  If you are not familiar with what the Dystopia genre really is, a definition can be found here

The blog Bookish Ardour is hosting this challenge for the second year. 

  • Choose a level (you can find the levels below).
  • Grab the badge (the picture at the top of this post).
  • Sign up and place post here.
  1. Asocial - Choose 5 books to read.
  2. Contagion - Choose 15 books to read.
  3. Soldier - Choose 30 books to read.
  4. Drone - Choose 50 books to read.
  5. Conditioned - Choose 75 books to read.
  6. Brainwashed - Choose anywhere between 76-135 books to read.
  7. Totalitarian - Choose anywhere between 136-200 books to read.
I will be participating in the ASOCIAL level where I will read five books.  Below are the books I plan to read: