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Haunted Week: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Haunted Week: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: Ever had the feeling that someone was watching you? It just might be the spirit of a book you haven’t put to rest. Today feature five books you began but never finished.

This one is particularly tough for me because it is VERY rare that I do not finish a book but I will do my best to find five if possible.

1. The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – This is because it was my first DNF for this blog. Not a fan of this book and I don’t plan on revisiting it later.

2. Nephilim Genesis of Evil by Renee Pawlish – I won this book sometime last year and only read part of it while I was on an airplane but never completed it once I got back home. I did enjoy the part of it I did read and someday I will finish it.

3. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell – Ugh. This one KILLS me that I never finished it. I LOVE Gladwell’s work, I even own all four of his books, and I just never got around to it, this WILL be fixed soonish.

4. Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good by Jonathan Balcombe – Another one that definitely “haunts” me. I got this book and even had it signed when I was in my first year of college. He was talking about his book among other things at the University of Minnesota and signing books there so I got it, I will definitely finish this one at some point as well.

5. Black Water: Pendragon Series Book #5 – This is where I left off in the Pendragon series when I was a kid. I don’t think I could find the next book in the library at the time so I stopped reading this one about 2/3 through. I’ve since bought almost the entire series and will revisit all of them (probably in a marathon) once the collection is complete.

So there you have it! I’m somewhat surprised I was actually able to find five but it looks like I pulled it off! I definitely need to get to What the Dog Saw first, that one is going to bother me until I’ve read it. I hope you enjoyed this post, the first of Haunted Week and if you did leave me a comment, it can be about my picks, if you are participating your picks, or if not whatever you’d like! Thanks for stopping by. ^.^


Waiting On Wednesday #4

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

Fade to Black by Francis Knight

Set For Release On: February 7th, 2013 

Summary from Goodreads: Mahala: a city built in the dark depths of a valley. A city built up in layers, not across – where streets are built upon streets, buildings balance precariously upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from its lofty perch at the sunlit summit & where the forsaken lurk in the shadowy depths of the Pit.

Rojan is a bounty hunter trying to make his way in the city. Everyone knows he’s a womaniser, a shirker of all responsibility, but they don’t know he’s also a pain-mage: able to draw magic from his own & other people’s pain. He’s not keen on using it (not least because it’s outlawed), but when his niece is abducted and taken to the dark depths of the Pit, he may just be forced to unleash his power . . .

I am already really excited to see how the world building works out with the way they described the city. Can you even imagine living in a place like that? There are of course a bunch of metaphors that you can see right off with that structuralization type and it will be interesting to see how Knight conveys them.

Does Fade to Black sound interesting to you? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave your link and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday post, hopefully you’ll come “hopping” back soon! ^.^


22 on 22 Read-a-thon Update Post

22 on 22 Read-a-thon

This will be my update post throughout the Read-a-thon so check back here throughout the week to see how I’m doing!

If you read my Sunday Post then you know how crazy this week will be but I will be trying to get a good amount of reading in as there are a ton of books I have that I’d love to read! I won’t set a specific goal though I plan to read a minimum of 10 books and based on their page numbers (of the first ten I plan to read) that only averages out to 452 pages/day, easy! Oh and if you want to interact on twitter use the hashtag #22readathon!

*Took time off on Monday night from 5:45 PM – 10:00 PM CST to have some family time

Here are the first ten I have in mind:

As usual I will be doing the following updates for this read-a-thon:

Book I am currently reading: Wheels by Lorijo Metz

Books I have completed: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han, Owlet by Emma Michaels

Pages Read: 441

Time spent reading: 5 hrs 35 minutes

Mini Challenges Completed: Reading Habits

Snacks Eaten: Chips & Salsa, Orange Juice (1 cup), Mixed Berry Nutri Grain Bar (1), Dr. Pepper (3 cans), Pretzels

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Reading Habits

Challenge: Answering general questions about your reading habits.

1. What book did you start reading for this read-a-thon? A: Burn For Burn though I was ~40 pages in

2. What is one of your favorite books to re-read? A: The Lord of the Rings books of course!

3. Do you have a strategy for read-a-thons to maximize your time? A: Not really, I just try to read as much as I can and update hourly if at all possible so I have a general idea of where I’m at.

4. Do you snack while reading? A: As you can see from the list of snacks above I certainly do! I am very careful not to allow any of those snacks to leave residue on the books I read though.


Random Read-A-Thon

Random Read-A-Thon

Random Read-A-Thon is hosted by the awesome people over at My Shelf Confessions, if you would like to sign up for this impromptu read-a-thon (that I somehow JUST found out about 😦 ) you can do so here http://www.myshelfconfessions.com/posts/random-read-a-thon-come-read-with-us/, I highly encourage you to do so!

As this is informal and random, and due to my just finding out about it I have no clue how often I will update, hopefully a few times. It started Friday and will end at 12 AM on Tuesday the 23rd. Without further ado, let the read-a-thoning commence! ^.^

*From Noon – 1 PM CST I took a lunch break, pizza is good stuff people 🙂

**From 6 PM – 8:30 PM CST I took a break to be with my family

Book I am currently reading: Owlet by Emma Michaels

Books I have completed: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Burn For Burn by Jenny Han

Pages read: 835

Time spent reading: 10 hours 53 minutes

Mini Challenges Completed: Your Fate in Fiction, Randomly Fill in the Sentence

Snacks Eaten: Mixed Berry Nutri Grain Bars (3), Cherry Coke (2 cans), Dr. Pepper (3 cans), Supreme Pizza, Orange Juice (1 cup), Chips & Salsa

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Your Fate in Fiction

Challenge: If your life were to suddenly (very randomly) turn into a plot from any book you’ve either read or want to read in the future, which plot would you hope it turned out to be and why?

Response: I would want it to turn into the plot from the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale. Bobby (the main character) does have to go through a lot of emotional and physical pain at different points in the series but he gets to travel across time and various dimensions/other worlds which is awesome. It may not be a “perfect” life to live but it would be incredible and Bobby learns a lot about himself along the way. ^.^

Randomly Fill in the Sentence

Challenge: Keeping things random and simple, we just want you to finish the following  sentence from Speak  with a random sentence on a random page from your current read!

“I can’t decide if she had pissed off her hairdresser or is morphing into _____________”
Response: I can’t decide if she had pissed off her hairdresser or is morphing into her dark reflection.

Dewey’s 24hr Read-A-Thon

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon

Here is my list of things that I will keep track of, although I will also post mini-challenge updates below as well as they go on:

Currently Reading: It is time for my reward for completing the read-a-thon so I am reading Burn For Burn by Jenny Han!

Books Finished: Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer, The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman, Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn, The Sun Never Rises in the Big City by Jeremy C. Shipp.

Pages Read: 655

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 12 hours 15 minutes

Snacks Eaten: Yogurt (2), Coke (2 cans), 2/3 small supreme pizza, Dr. Pepper (3 cans), Oreos (1), NutriGrain Mixed Berry Bar (1)

Challenges Participated In: Oldies but Goodies, Turn to Page, Book Blogger Bingo, Read-A-Thon-A-Crostic, Day Break, Book Puzzle, Literacy Mini-Challenge, Challenge Your Brain While Reading, Six Word Celebration, Book Sentences, Show It Off, Opposite Title Puzzle, Book to Movie, End of Event Meme

If you would like to join just click on the button above for all the updates on the read-a-thon, have fun!

*I had to go out of the house to stock up on snacks and to get some pizza to munch on while I dive into the books but I swear by the end of this I WILL have read 3-4. 🙂 – 5:18 PM CST (Hour 11)

** I thought people might like to see my snacks so here they are! – 11:21 PM CST (Hour 17)

Mid-Event Survey – 7:00 PM CST, Hour 13

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

I’m doing fantastic in terms of stamina even though I have been up since 2:30 AM CST! ^.^

2) What have you finished reading?

Sadly only Dark Light of Day which I only needed to finish 100 pages of during Dewey but I’m close with Reanimation and I’m focusing more on the books and less on the challenges even if they are really fun! No distractions!

3) What is your favorite read so far?

I loved Dark Light of Day! It’s a fantastic read, you really must get it if you haven’t already, there is a link above. 🙂

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Ooo well I have them listed above, I haven’t really dug into them too much, the pizza was delicious though!

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

Well I found the ones which hosted the challenges but they are too numerous to mention so if you are interested please click the button above to go visit the main host! I’ve also interacted with a couple through this post which has been fun. ^.^

Introductory Questions

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

A: Minnesota, USA

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Pizza if I can get my hands on it!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m 20 years old and a recovering Lord of the Rings fanatic, though I don’t think I’m very successful in my recovery. :p I love reading any genre of books and the more the better which is why I am thrilled to join in (even late) to this read-a-thon! Oh and I am a tad crazy when it comes to memes as I tend to comment on EVERY post made so…ya. Off to bookland!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I have not participated in this read-a-thon though I did participate in a different one a bit ago called Fraterfest! I’m excited to interact with the other bloggers and to dive into some great bookish goodness!

The “Oldies but Goodies” Mini-Challenge

Q: What classic book should ALL high school aged children read and why?

A: I am with the majority of people in this challenge and have chosen To Kill a Mockingbird. It is a very touching story that still gets to me each time I read it but it is also very educational in nature. The high school aged children seem to be reading less and less in general so let’s put one of the best classics in their hands and hope it can inspire them!

Turn To Page Mini-Challenge

Challenge: Turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence: “If only you knew ____, you’d run screaming into the night!”

A: If only you knew the world outside looked like Armageddon, you would run screaming into the night!

I know it isn’t the best in the world obviously but that page was not particularly helpful, I did my best I swear! Back to reading! ^.^

Book Blogger Bingo Mini-Challenge

Challenge: Find a blogger for each letter of B-I-N-G-O that corresponds with the categories.

Categories: B – A blogger you have never come across before, I – A blogger whose name has the word book in it, N – A blogger who lives in Europe, G – A male blogger, O – A blogger whose read-a-thon pile has more than 5 books in it

Result: I actually challenged myself a little further, I tried (and almost succeeded) to have either the blogger’s name or blog start or include the corresponding letter.

I will post the blog’s later on. 🙂

Read-A-Thon-A-Crostic

Challenge: Take the title of your current book or a book you’ve already finished today and create an Acrostic.

Result: I am currently reading a book with an exceptionally long title but I took it in stride.

The Reanimation of Edward Schuett

Thrilling Hilarious Ego

Revolting Enigmatic Apocalyptic Nefarious Intelligent Male Atrophy Terrifying Ill Ogle Nature

Ornery Feral

Entwined Disastrous Waning Alarming Rectified Dangerous

Sacrifice Cannibalism Hunger Undead Egregious Terrific Torture

I hope you enjoyed reading it! ^.^

Day Break

Challenge: Go outside for a bit and separate yourself from technology, books and the indoors in general than come back and comment on it telling what you did.

Result: I went outside and danced in the rain! I even jumped in a puddle! (I know, I’m a dork, or as I prefer it a kid at heart ^.^)

Book Puzzle

Challenge: Create a set of pictures to use as a puzzle representing the title of one of the books you are reading.

Can you figure out what the name of the book is? Leave me a comment with your guess and at the end I will see who got it! ^.^

Literacy Mini-Challenge

Challenge: Create a post celebrating the reading child.

Result: There were a plethora of ways in which to participate in this challenge but I am choosing to discuss some of what my relationship with reading was like when I was younger.

I was a very lucky kid when it came to reading and books in general. My mom is a high school teacher and my grandmother was a librarian so my love of books began almost immediately when my mom and grandmother would read to me before I learned how to myself. A little after I turned four years old I started reading by myself, small books at first, but chapter books followed soon after. Reading to me still reminds me of that time with my family, even if we weren’t reading the same thing it was a closeness that we shared and still do at times. I also remember feeling that because I could read I was growing up, I was capable of doing the same things as the people I looked up to the most and that made me feel special. I’ve never lost that love for reading, books fascinate me in a way that nothing else can and I am forever thankful to my family for sharing that gift with me.

Challenge Your Brain While Reading

Challenge: Choose a book that would be challenging for you to read, something not in your usual array of genres. Then choose any favorite words you may have, especially ones you don’t use often, and any that you come across while reading that you weren’t familiar with.

Response:

Book That Would Be Difficult: A Dead Red Oleander by RP Dahlke – This is a book in the highlander genre which is not something I am used to reading, I won it in a giveaway a couple weeks ago but haven’t gotten around to it.

Favorite Words: Nefarious – Adjective – Meaning: Wicked or criminal

                                   Enigmatic – Adjective – Meaning: Difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious

                                   Atrophy – Noun – Meaning: A wasting away or progressive decline

Six Word Celebration

Challenge: Create a six word celebration of Dewey’s Read-A-Thon!

Result: A brilliant flash of spontaneous wonderment!

Book Sentences

Challenge: Using three or more print books, use only their titles to create a sentence, you can’t add any words.

Result: I loved this challenge and I found a great set of three, here they are!

The Dragons of Krynn Scorched The Snow Garden

How awesome is that?!

Show It Off

Challenge: Show off a book or books from your library that you are extremely proud of.

Result: Here are a few books that are my personal favorites for different reasons –

Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson is special to me because it is the first Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) I ever received. The Trading Game was huge for me as it kindled my passion for sports cards and sports in general which has stuck with me over the years and has caused me to amass a sports card collection around 5,000+. The Firm & Cell are written by my two favorite authors whom I have loved for over a decade, they made books come to life for me. Finally, and most importantly, The Lord of the Rings trilogy which gave me the identity I have had for over ten years. That’s right, I have been called some variation of “Frodo” for over a decade to the point that using my real name is awkward in comparison. I have so many books that mean the world to me but these are definitely at the top of the heap. 🙂

Opposite Title Puzzle

Challenge: Take one of the books you are reading for the read-a-thon and change all the words to be the exact opposite.

Result: I read Dark Light of Day during this read-a-thon so mine went as follows:

Bright Shadows of Night = Dark Light of Day

What’s yours? ^.^

Book to Movie Mini-Challenge

Challenge: Choose one of the books you have read during the read-a-thon and cast the movie. Interesting director? Actor for bit part?

Result: I am casting The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman –

Woody Harrelson as Edward Schuett

Michelle Rodriguez as Liddie Gates

Milla Jovovich as Rae Neuman

Woody Harrelson has plenty of experience in zombie movies as it is, I’m sure he could play one that was turning (mostly) back into a human and he has that goofy quality about him while still being able to lash out at people, great combo though he is a bit old for the role. Michelle Rodriguez is just bad-ass and she is beautiful and just about the right age to play Liddie Gates, Woody’s main love interest. Finally, the third main character is Rae Neuman, the no-nonsense bruiser that takes care of business but does so with a little flair and always with her gun at her side, I’m pretty sure Milla Jovovich would crush that role. ^.^

End of Event Meme

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hours 21 and 22, I had been up since 2 AM CST the previous day.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I loved The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, it comes out this month so I’d recommend that!
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? As fun as all of the challenges are, doing them every hour (when many take a minimum of 15min to complete) takes away a large chunk of reading time. Otherwise great!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hosts were amazing!
  5. How many books did you read? 2 1/3 regular books and a short story
  6. What were the names of the books you read? You can see them above but they were: Dark Light of Day, The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, Here Lies Death & the short story The Sun Never Dies in the Big City.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Dark Light of Day though I only needed to finish the last 100 pages during Dewey
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Here Lies Death but not because it was bad by any means, I think I was just really tired, it did drag
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was not but they are amazing! My suggestion would be to use TweetChat if you aren’t already so you can follow along with the people using the hashtag, you won’t miss anyone who could use a boost. 🙂
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will definitely be participating in this and other read-a-thons again! I absolutely love diving into my TBR pile and getting to interact with other wonderful readers!

That’s it guys, that’s all she wrote, or in this case read! If you are a follower of this blog just a quick reminder to check my Sunday Post if you haven’t already to see what is coming up and that I’ll be posting my review of Dark Light of Day this afternoon/night. If you are new to my blog, which I know many of you are, welcome! Don’t hesitate to subscribe via your preferred method and comment as much as you desire, I read them all and really do appreciate it! ^.^ Enjoy your Sunday!


Feature and Follow #1

Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow is hosted by the amazing people over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and is basically a way for blogs to gain new followers and to find some cool new ones to follow as well. If you do get followed please be courteous and follow them back via their preferred method.  If you would be so kind as to follow me, and I of course will follow back, you can do so via email, Linky or Networked Blogs, I do not have a preference and thank any of you who do follow. Also let me know how you follow me too! 🙂

This week’s question is: “What book do you think would make a great Halloween movie? Please explain in graphic detail of goriness…

For me this was a no-brainer! I would go with the Attic Clowns volumes written by Jeremy C. Shipp! They are an amazing mix of creepy, gorey and humor filled with a variety of odd but oddly intriguing types of clowns. I love each volume and would recommend reading them too! You can check out my mini review of the first two if you would like here to get a gist of what I am talking about. As always thanks for reading, I really do appreciate it and leave a comment either about what you think of the Attic Clowns books or your own FF post, I read every one! ^.^ Enjoy your Friday and your weekend! 🙂


Waiting On Wednesday #2

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Set For Release On: Late October/November 2012 

Summary From Sarah-Jane Lehoux’s Website:

Starting over isn’t easy, especially when the world isn’t ready for you to change. Sevy, thief turned assassin turned mercenary, isn’t having any fun adjusting to a normal, law-abiding life. Luckily for her, an old partner in crime arrives with an irresistible proposition: a getaway to a tropical island, an adventure of a lifetime, and an amazing friendship ready to blossom into an even more amazing romance.

Things are looking up for Sevy. That is, until a pack of maniacal fairies with a taste for human flesh arrive on the scene.

Now she must unravel a web of magical intrigue hidden behind the outwardly idyllic atmosphere of the islands of Belakarta. Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Trapped under the spell of a handsome and mysterious stranger, Sevy must fight fairies and tricksters to regain her freedom.

Or spend an eternity as a sorcerer’s plaything.

If you’ve been following my blog you’d know I’m a huge fan of the Sevy series and this one coming out soon has me really excited to see what will happen in the next adventure! Knowing Sarah-Jane it’s highly likely Sevy will be put through the ringer again, but I’m sure she’ll encounter some pretty amazing things along her way! You can check out my review for Thief here or for Shades of War here if you want to find out more about the previous two books. I would recommend buying and reading them both before Masquerade comes out, if you’d like to purchase them you can do so here.

Thank you so much for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment about what you think of Masquerade or your own Waiting On Wednesday post, I do read every one! You can also follow me if you’d like or check out my other posts, I do appreciate it. ^.^