Dec 23, 2009

Buy One Book and Read It Challenge

My Friend Amy started this challenge when she realized over 50% of Americans had not read a single book in a year.

So, I decided to join. While I do buy A LOT of books. I buy a very limited amount NEW. When I asked Amy about this she said that buying NEW was important, because the challenge isn't just about reading, but about supporting authors and book sellers as well.

Amy is offering different levels to join, but I am wimping out and joining at Level One. That means I only have to buy a single book in 2010 and read it.

Sure, it SOUNDS simple enough. But I don't buy that many new books AND of all the *cough* hundreds of books I buy each year, I actually end up not reading most of them. So, I have no clue what book I am going to read because I haven't bought it yet; I haven't even thought about it.

What I do know is that when it comes to buying my book I am going to try to get it at an independent (and local) book store. But I am not sure how this will pan out depending on what book I decide to read for this challenge.

I will keep you updated!!
Oh, and join the challenge too! You have no reason not to!
Cause books are awesome.
And so are you!
Well, only if you read book.
But yeah,
you see where I am going with this.

Dec 22, 2009

Audio Book Challenge 2010

I am planning on joining several challenges for 2010 and this is the first of them. About a third of my 2009 reads were in audio format, so I decided to try that again but a bit more officially.
Royal Reviews is hosting the challenge for 2010, so thanks to them!
Here are there official guidelines:

Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:
Curious – Listen to 3 Audio Books.
– Listen to 6 Audio Books.
Addicted – Listen to 12 Audio Books.
Obsessed – Listen to 20 Audio Books.

3. Audio books only.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list
them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December,
Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.

I will be joining at the Obsessed level. And I decided that I am going to list a few of the books I am pretty sure I am going to listen to and then add more as I go.

1. City of Glass by Cassandra Claire
2. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
3. When the Sleeper Wakes by H.G. Wells
4. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
7. The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
8.-20. Yet to be determined
I am going to reread a few books I enjoyed on audio for a different reading experience. I am going to try that for The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner and possibly to revisit the first four books in the Vampire Diaries series. There are also some science fiction books on my goal list that I may try on audio if I struggle through my paper editions. And there are always new books that I stumble across in the meantime.
Are you planning on listening to any audiobooks?
What was the best audiobook you listened to in 2009?

Dec 20, 2009

The Sunday Salon - DON'T PANIC

The Sunday

Okay, so last Sunday didn't really go as planned. I didn't get to start First Light like I wanted because I found myself on an impromptu road trip. It was supposed to be fun and relaxing and it ended up being kind of like HELL. As a result I didn't read one word on Sunday, or for a few days after. I was WAAAAY too busy recovering.

Over the remainder of the week I was able to finish my 186th book of the year. (My pace is getting slower as it gets closer to the holidays.) First Light was a good read and the first book by the author of the hugely popular When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead did a good job interweaving two storylines in the icy Greenland.

The beauty of the cover seems to reflect the beauty of the land itself. It also really ties into what is happening with the story and it was interesting to flip to the cover and think about what was being said in the book.

I read this book because I saw it on a YA Dystopia list and I was really excited to read another book by Rebecca Stead since I loved When You Reach Me so much.

Okay, and if my weekend wasn't stressful enough last time, well there is another snag in my plans. My mother calls me on Wednesday and says she is flying for Christmas. Um.....

Now I have two options here.

So eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek. Aaaaaah!
Mostly just panic, and so far I am staying in control. We will see what happens after she is staying with me for THREE WEEKS!!!

I have been racing around the house like a crazy person trying to get ready for her arrival, which will be Monday. My whole life now consists of a huge countdown calendar counting down the seconds of impending doom.

Therefore, much to my chagrin, I will not be getting much reading done THIS Sunday either. I have been trying to pace myself and sneak in time for myself amidst all the chaos I have created for myself. I could also throw in a book on tape or some, but I don't have many handy. My mp3 player would be really helpful in a time like this. IF ONLY IT WASN'T broken.

But trying to make the best of all this and get through Christmas. Once all the planning for that is over I can sit down for a couple days and read, read, read. In theory at list.

What books are you trying to get in before the end of the year?

Oh and before I sign off this Sunday, I need to give a special thanks to Kathleen Duey for stopping by my blog and commenting. Now that I know this major young adult author has seen my reading goals for 2010 I am going be sure pressed to stick to them.

Speaking of 2010 goals. I am planning on reading the second book in her Resurrection of Magic series in January or February. Skin Hunger, the first book in the Resurrection of Magic, is also on many young adult dystopian fiction lists and you probably really need to check it out. Sacred Scars is the 2nd book.

And just look at these covers. Aren't they amazing?

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