Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Erotic Romance Challenge 2014

Ok, this one now too.  Will be going for level one, since this is a bit new to me.  I have a few lined up already. Sign up for this one here.




Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014


The goal is to read at least 12 Erotic Romances in 2014! 
  • Level 1--12 erotic romances
  • Level 2--18 erotic romances
  • Level 3--24 erotic romances
  • Level 4--30-60 erotic romances
Added a couple extra levels for yall super readers ;)
  • Level 5--61-80 erotic romances
  • Level 6-- 81-100+ erotic romances
**Note**You can change your level at any time. It's just a starting point :)

**Note** I'll be adding a check list of ideas for those that would like to use that-- ex- BDSM, menage, dark erotica/romance, etc.

    What counts!
    • Every erotic romance you read and review in 2014
    • They can be any type of erotica-- paranormal, historical, m/m, contemporary, etc
    • All erotic romances over 100 pages in length--audio, ebook, print
    • Re-reads, cross overs from other challenges
    To Join! 
    • Grab the challenge button and create a post or page on your blog to track progress.
    • Non-bloggers you can use your Goodreads, LibraryThing, etc profiles. Just create a 2014 Erotic Romance Reading Challenge shelf 
    • Link your blog starting post/page or your Goodreads/etc challenge shelf in the linky below. 
    • We also have a closed FB group for the challenge. To join click HERE

    Sign Up HERE! Just include your Name and link to your challenge post/shelf. 




    Saturday, March 1, 2014

    2014 Newberry Reading Challenge

    Ok, I'm doing another one.  I've finished one already, and so why not another?  Some I haven't made any progress yet, but there are still nine months left in the year.    I'd pondered this one for a while now, and I've already read some that will fit this one I'm now entering. and have a few more sych books planned as well.

    The Newberry Reading Challenge is  hosted by Smiling Shelves.  The levels in this one are achieved by points, rather than a number of books.   I'll be doing the first level.  Sign up at the link above.  Details below, copied from Smiling Shelves:


    Smiling Shelves

    It’s been a goal of mine for quite awhile to read all of the Newbery Award winners. I'm sure I read some as a kid, but I also know I only touched the tip of the iceberg. I needed a way to inspire myself to focus on this goal. What better way than a reading challenge?
    I'm so excited about hosting this reading challenge that I may have made it a bit more complicated than it needed to be. But I didn't want to leave out the Newbery Honor Books. Are they any less of a good book just because they didn't win the Medal? Certainly not. So here's my compromise:
    Each book you read is worth points. You get:
    • 3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner
    • 2 points for a Newbery Honor Book
    • 1 point for a Caldecott Medal Winner (Gotta give the picture books some love, too.)
    In addition to that, you pick a level to aim for:
    • L'Engle: 15 - 29 points
    • Spinelli: 30 - 44 points
    • Avi: 45 - 59 points
    • Lowry: 60 - 74 points
    • Konigsburg: 75+ points
    You can get to this level with any combination of points you want. You can read all Newbery Medal winners. You can throw in a few Honor Books. If you want, you can even read 75 Caldecott Medal winners! How you get to your point level is totally up to you.
    (And just to make it extra fun, every couple of months I'll give you a mini-challenge. You can earn bonus points by completing mini-challenges!)

    List of Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
    List of Caldecott Medal Winners

    Challenge Guidelines:
    • Rereads count (because you were probably a kid when you read it last, and your perspective on the story just might have changed since then).
    • Audiobooks and ebooks count.
    • And paper books count, too. :)
    • All books must be read between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. Books begun before January 1 don’t count.
    • Books can be used for other challenges as well.
    • You don’t have to have a blog to participate. You can link up reviews from Amazon, Goodreads, etc., or just hang out with us in the comments!
    • Reviews are encouraged, but not necessary. There will be a monthly post for you to link up your reviews if you want to share your thoughts.
    • Choose your point level. You can always aim for a higher point level, but you can't move to a lower one.
    To join the Newbery Reading Challenge:

    • Write a post (or a comment) stating your intention to join. Choose your point level. You can find the challenge button below to use in your post.
    • Add your link to the Linky at the bottom of this post. Make sure you include the link to yoursign-up post, not just your homepage.

    Here is my progress below:


    1. Number the Stars--Lois Lowry   3 points
    2. A Wrinkle in Time--Madeleine L'Engle 3 points
    3. The Giver--Lois Lowry  3 points


    What I've Been Doing

    Besides reading, as per all the challenges listed on my blog.  It's been so long since I actually wrote a post like this on the blog.

     I am now awaiting the drug test results for the job I interviewed for last week.  They said they wanted to off it to me, and Now I have to wait for the drug test results to see when I'll begin.  Oh, and it was with a swab that you stick in your mouth and saturate with your saliva.  Much better than how many people do drug tests--I think you know what I  mean :-)   Can't wait to hear from this.  Will be glad to have a regular job once again, even if it's only part-time. Since December I've been a temp at a local agency after months without a job.

    Also been attending activities through the county mental health department's center as well as going to therapy.  Been doing that since December.

    And I can't believe it's already March.   The year seems to be going by fast.  Waiting to see how the rest of the year goes.



    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Historical Romance Challenge

    Decided to give this one a go, too.  Going for Level 1 on this one. Sign up here.

    Seriously addicted.  But I'm sure I can do them all.



    Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014


    The goal is to read at least 12 Historical Romance! 
    • Level 1--12 historical romance
    • Level 2--18 historical romances
    • Level 3--24 historical romance
    • Level 4--30-60 historical romances
    • Level 5--61-80 historical romances
    • Level 6--81-100 historical romances
    • Level 7--101+ historical romances
    **Note**You can change your level at any time. It's just a starting point :)

    **Note** I'll be adding a check list of ideas (historical romance w/ arranged marriage, w/enemies to lovers, w/ older heroine, younger hero, etc for those that would like to use that.


      What counts!
      • Every historical romance you read and review in 2014
      • Any time period prior to 1920 qualifies.
      • They can be historical paranormal, historical erotica, m/m, f/f, etc.
      • All historical romances over 100 pages in length--audio, ebook, print
      • Re-reads, cross overs from other challenges
      To Join! 
      • Grab the challenge button and create a post or page on your blog to track progress.
      • Non-bloggers you can use your Goodreads, LibraryThing, etc profiles. Just create a 2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge shelf 
      • Link your blog starting post/page or your Goodreads/etc challenge shelf in the linky below. 
      • If you'd like to be part of the FB group for the challenge join HERE.

      My books for this one:

      1. The Night Circus--Erin Morgenstern
      2. Through a Glass Darkly--Karleen Koen

      Romantic Suspense Challenge 2014

      Yes, another challenge.  But this is one genre I'm getting into now.  Sign up for this one here.  Details copied from the blog below:

      2014 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge


      My favorite romance sub-genre is romantic suspense. I can’t get enough of the genre and I’m always looking for new authors and books to read. And here’s your chance to join me.


      Reading Challenge Details:
      • Runs January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 (books read prior to 1/1/2014 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2014. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
      • The goal is to read 10 romantic suspense novels.
      • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
      • Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
      • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
      • To join the challenge, grab the 2014 Romantic Suspense 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 can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, Libib, etc., so as long as you have adedicated shelf for the 2014 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

      Here are my books for this one;
      1. Gone Girl--Gillian Flynn

      Wednesday, January 29, 2014

      In The Middle Reading Challenge 2014

      Now this one too, since it's halfway between the Quick Fix and the Chunksters challenges. Trying to get the best of all worlds, and it should be quite challenging to find books over 300 pages but no more than 450.  Will go with five to start with and see if I can go over that number.  Sign for this challenge here.



      The In The Middle Reading Challenge is back for its second year. I'm so grateful to everybody that joined the challenge last year. I had so much fun watching the review list grow as readers achieved their goals to not let those books that are In The Middle be left out.


      The major change for this year is that books up to 450 pages will count. I realized last year that books that were from 400 pages to 450 pages did not fit into any challenge. I hope this will help people read the books they want to and not just books that complete their reading challenge goals. 

      Challenge Guidelines:


      • This challenge will run from January 1st, 2014 to December 31st, 2014
      • All books read in 2014 count that includes bound, ebook, and audiobooks
      • All books must be from 300 to 450 pages in length
      • For audiobooks: look up the page number on Amazon and use that number
      • You do not need to be a blogger to participate although I would appreciate if you leave a comment to tell me what level you are aiming for and a link where I can track your progress. This could be a shelf on goodreads or shelfari or any other website you can think of. I would appreciate non bloggers putting their link in the linky if they can. 
      • For bloggers, grab the button and make sure to post what level you are aiming for. Then be sure to link your post in the linky below
      • You don't have to review books however if you do. I would be glad to read them. You can also link your reviews in the linky below
      • Have Fun (as the quote in the button says "the pages we read transport us into a whole new world". Reading is about the experience and if you do not enjoy reading you will not get the full experience of the story) I want this challenge to create little stress in your mind. 

      Levels:
      Leafing through the Pages: 5 books
      Cruising through the Pages: 10 books
      Fly Through the Pages: 15 books
      Never Stop Reading: 20 books

      The Linky will be below so please be sure to sign up. Thanks to everybody who joins. 


      Here is what I'll be reading for this one:
      1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe--Fannie Flagg
      2. The Year of the Intern--Robin Cook
      3. Gone Girl--Gillian Flynn
      4. Blueberry Muffin Murder--Joanne Fluke
      5. Cherry Cheesecake Murder--Joanne Fluke
      6. The Fault in Our Stars--John Green
      7. The Night Circus--Erin Morgenstern
      8. Destined--P.C. Cast
      9. Hidden--P.C. Cast
      10. Revealed--P.C. Cast
      11. The Lemon Tree--Luanne Rice

      New Author Challenge

      Now I have to do this one for sure.  I know I'll be reading a lot of authors I have not previously read and have  already done so.  To participate in this one go to Literary Escapism.  I will pick 15 to start with, but may go over as I often think I will for most of my challenges.   Below are the details copied from the blog:
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      Here are the guidelines:
      1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
      2. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from short stories/novellas or anthologies.
      3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.  If you reach your goal halfway through the year, don’t stop. Any new author you try can be added to Mr. Linky. We all want to know about your new experience.
      4. After reading your new author, write your review and then come back here and add your link to Mr. Linky. Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
      5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like.
      Once you reach your goal, you don’t have to stop. Any new author you try, go ahead and head back here and add it to the list. Introduce us all to whoever you find. Afterall, there’s no reason to stop trying new authors, right?
      Twitter: If you tweet your review, make sure to include the hashtag #NewAuthorsRC2014!


      Here is my progress on this one:

      1. The Sugar Queen--Sarah Addison Allen
      2. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe--Fannie Flagg
      3. The Gospel According to Larry--Janet Tashjian
      4. The First Eagle--Tony Hillerman
      5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower--Stephen Chbosky
      6. Gone Girl--Gillian Flynn
      7. Divergent--Veronica Roth
      8. Number the Stars--Lois Lowry
      9. The Fault in Our Stars--John Green
      10. The Night Circus--Erin Morgenstern
      11. Heaven is For Real--Todd Burpo
      12. The Lemon Orchard--Luanne Rice
      13. Through a Glass Darkly--Karleen Koen
      14. Gods in Alabama--Joshilyn Jackson