Saturday, December 19, 2009

Challenges 2010

Okay, this post can totally be skipped over and it won't hurt my feelings whatsoever. I'm joining a bunch (and I mean a BUNCH) of challenges and rather than doing a bunch of individual of posts for each one...I just don't have the time or I'm going to do one really long post. Really long... and I'm going to admit right now that I'm joining way too many challenges. But there are so many good ones out there this year that I just cannot resist. Oh boy!

First of all, I'm joining the 100+ Reading challenge as it looks like I am just going to fall short this year. So maybe next year I'll make it to 100 :) I'm also going to join the Christy Awards challenge which has already begun and is totally outside of anything that I ever usually read. I'm going in as a Total Fiction Newbie but would like to read more if possible. 2010 will be a year of pushing my reading boundaries a bit and this challenge will help with that.

I'm also joining in on the Graphic Novels Challenge. I'm going with the intermediate level (3-10) as I read 2 graphic novels this past year. So I think that I'm going to up the bar for next year.

I'm also joining the Series Challenge Season 4. I participated in (and actually finished) this challenge last year and since I'm a series kind of girl...perfect challenge for me.

Another challenge that is already ongoing but that I am now joining is the Women Unbound challenge. How can I resist this one? I'm going with the Bluestocking level which requires 5 books with 2 of them being nonfiction.

Two other challenges that I am participating in again that I joined last year are the 1st in a series challenge and 2nds challenge. I'm going with Addicted on both challenges which requires 12 books for each. Figured if I could do it this year (which I did :P) then I could do it next year.

I'm also joining in on the Chunkster challenge which I didn't quite finish this year. I'll be participating at the chubby chunkster level (love the names btw) which is only 3 books. Definitely doable!

I reread...I know there are those out there who don't but I definitely like to go back to books that I really enjoyed. So the Flashback Challenge was a challenge that I had join in on. I'm going with the Bookworm level that only requires 3 books but who knows if I'll reread more. Especially if I continue rereading the Harry Potter series. And I'll admit that I am craving some Harry Potter right now.
Last year, I searched and searched for a good historical reading challenge. Now this year there are a bunch. So of course I'm joining in with the Historical Fiction reading challenge at the fascinated level which is 6 books.

And the lovely Jackie is again hosting the New Author challenge. I'm so close to reading 50 new authors this year and would love to do it again next year. But I'm going to start off with saying 25...playing it safe since I'm joining so many challenges.
Next, I'm joining in on the Social Justice Challenge. The amount I participate in this one is on a month to month basis which leaves it really open for me. A good thing for sure!

Another challenge that I completed this year and am joining again for next year is the Support Your Library challenge. This is such an easy challenge for me and I just can't resist. I'm going with the Just My Size level which is 50 books.

And I'm joining the Young Adult challenge which I also completed this year...or I'm going to after I finish the book I'm reading :) I'm going with the Mini YA reading level as I don't read a ton of books that are YA. I would like to read more though...

Okay, we're almost there. I'm also joining in on the Twenty Minute Book Club Challenge at the Aluminum level. This only requires 4 books but I may read more if I can.

The Fantasy Reading challenge is another easy challenge for me that I'm joining in on. Going with the Addicted level which is another 12 books...I better hit 100 books at the rate of challenges that I'm joining. LOL!

So that's it for me...I'll probably end up joining a few more but this is it for now. Call me crazy but I am SO excited about 2010. It should be a great year of reading! And I apologize to all of the challenge hosts for not taking the time to make seperate challenge posts. But I did try to link up to you :) Now if I could just clean up my sidebar... and if the spacing would go the way I want to...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Sunday Salon- Back to Blogging

Whew! Where did November go and how are we only two weeks away from Christmas?? Sorry that I've been gone lately but I was sick (which is absolutely no fun when you are huge and pregnant too) and then I took a bit of a blogging break. I'm back and feeling better than ever minus the whole huge thing but I can't really change that right now. And I have about a zillion posts running around in my head that I need to get to but for now I thought I would catch you up with my reading and just say hello :)

I'm currently reading Stolen by Kelley Armstrong. This is the 2nd book in this series and I'm hoping to enjoy it as much as I did the first. As I have yet to review the first book, Bitten, I'll probably end up doing a double review post at some point. In fact, I may be doing a lot of those in the near future. I'm so far behind... I'm also still reading The Woman in White which is going well but let's face it: there is NO way that I am going to finish it before the new year. I'm still reading it in small sections which really does work for me.
Last night, I finished reading The House on Tradd Street by Karen White. While I don't think that I liked it as much as so many others did, I did like it enough to want to read the next book. Hmm...that sounds weird to me so suffice it to say that I liked it but didn't love it. I also recently finished reading Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine which was a great follow-up to the first book in the series. I'm currently about 10 books away from hitting 100 books read this year and have accepted the fact that I probably won't make it. I'm okay with that though as it has been a really good year for me reading wise.
I'm sure that I'll post about my reading goals for 2010 in the near future but they have been rolling around in my head for the past couple of weeks. Plus, all of the challenges that I want to join...I don't think that I can resist some of them. I've put a hold on my library check outs and am just trying to read from the stack that I have because they will all go back at the end of this year. I've decided to start all over with new library loot in 2010 :) Fun, fun... Anyways, my apologies for not being around more these past few weeks and hopefully I will catch up at some point. My google reader is at 1000+ which means I've got some reading and commenting ahead of me. Talk to you soon and happy holidays!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Seriously...I'll be back soon but for now I'm just reading "easy" reads that don't take much out of me and working on getting better.