Monday Reading (Sept. 19th, 2011)

This beautiful advertisement was created for the Anagram bookshop in Prague. Unfortunately, the store closed in 2011... but their slogan - "Words create Worlds" - lives on.

This beautiful advertisement was created for the Anagram bookshop in Prague. Unfortunately, the store closed in 2011… but their slogan – “Words create Worlds” – lives on.

In this weekly event hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World Of Books where we discuss what we’ve been reading this week (and, occasionally, what we haven’t).

Arg! Today be the International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So make aye you speak like t’worst pirate around!

Currently reading:

  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett -Yep, I’m still reading this. While I have serious problems with any mention of animal testing, it is still an Ann Patchett book. So yes, I am loving it. But not as much as her other novels!
  • The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien – Does anyone remember how I participated in the LotR Readalong last year? Well, I made it through The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, but I never finished any of the other books. But I’m working on it now!

Finished this week:

  • Beastly by Alex Finn – The only thing that saves this book is the fact that it is a re-telling of one of my favourite tales. Other than that, I can’t say I’d run out to get it…
  • 13 to Life by Shannon Delany – This book is an extremely disjointed, but unexpectedly entertaining, werewolf version of Twilight. Reviewing it will be tough!

Up next from the TBR pile:

  • I really just need to finish the books that I am reading! That is my GOAL.

Oh, what a challenge (The 2010 wrap-up post)

reading_medieval_-_2The challenges of 2010.  The suffering and guilt, the fantastic books and prizes – here’s a wrap-up of the challenges I conquered, and the ones that nearly conquered me!

There was the 100+ Reading Challenge, over at (what once was) J.Kaye’s Book Blog.  I managed to get 71 books read, which was a record for me but still didn’t get me over the bar.  It was also the first year I participated in The Story Siren’s Debut (YA) Author Challenge – for which I read and reviewed 9 out of 12 debut novels. Then there was J.Kaye’s YA Reading Challenge, for which I read a grand total of 37 books.  Pretty impressive given the fact I’d set out to read only 25.

I also took part in two of Literary Escapism’s New Author Mini-Challenges.  These were super fun, as they only lasted a month and I actually managed to complete them!  First there was The League of Reluctant Adults Mini-Challenge (where I discovered Jaye Wells and Richelle Mead), and then there was the Deadline Dames vs. Fangs Fur & Fey Mini-Challenge.

The award for most neglected challenge of 2010 goes to… the Finish that Series Challenge.  To be honest, I just forgot about this one once I’d signed up for it.  You didn’t have to check in monthly, there were hardly any wrap-up posts, and well… I still managed to complete the Mercy Thompson series (although a new book has since been released!).

The only challenge I regret not completing was the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Readalong.  I managed to get half-way through Two Towers before I accidentally abandoned the books.  I truly do plan on finishing this series at some point in my life – just a shame I didn’t manage to do it in 2010!

I also participated in two of Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thons.  I didn’t get too many books read, but they were great fun! I really look forward to the September 2011 Readathon.

In My Mailbox (Jan. 17th, 2010)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren ( inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie) and explores the content of your mailbox.  Or bookbox as they should now be called!

I got quite a few books this week – ones I have been waiting for for a while!  (And apologies for the crappy photos – its my camera phone!)
Storm Glass and Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
I loved Maria’s The Poison Study, so I splurged and bought all her books!  These are supposed to be more YA than her Study series, but set in the same universe.
Vampire Academy (signature edition) by Richelle Mead
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
I have already read Springer’s book and LOVED it!  Look out for a review this week.  And I finally gave in and bought Vampire Academy – this is a hardcover which apparently has some sort of magical power when you hold it up to a webcam?  Haven’t tried it yet…!
The Hobbit (Illustrated by Alan Lee) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Firespell by Chloe Neil
The Hobbit is part of my LOTR Readalong and is as wonderful as I remember it.  And the illustrations are absolutely stunning!  While Firespell is part of my YA debut author challenge (also hosted by The Story Siren), and, even though I am only 8 pages in, I am already in love with it!
So what came in your mailbox this week?

What are you reading on Monday? – (Jan. 11th, 2010)

monday reading

It’s Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event to celebrate what we are reading.

Books I am currently reading:

  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson – I only have about 25 pages left of this and should be finishing it tonight.  It is shelved under literary fiction – but it’s main theme is reincarnation and angels/demons!
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein – I am reading this as a part of the LOTR readalong.  Just started last night and am in love with my illustrated copy!

Books I plan on reading this week:

Books to review:

  • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
  • Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
  • Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
  • Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine
  • A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Taste of Night by Vicki Pettersson
  • Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
  • Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast
So that is this week!  I really need to pick up the pace if I want to complete the 100+ Book Challenge….!