Friday, August 17, 2012


The second challenge for the day comes from bookgoonie.
I’m crazy about Haikus. I love that they are short and sweet, kind of like a literary tweet. I thought the haiku format would provide a nice constraint to our Book Spine Poetry Challenge.

hard times, the tempest
we, the drowned fathers and sons
and then there were none


One of today’s challenges is from Pages of Forbidden Love.
The Challenge Questions:  
1. What book are you most looking forward to based on summary alone? Feel free to show off the summary!   
2. What book are you most looking forward to based on cover art alone? Feel free to show off the beautiful cover art!
The Corpse-Rat King, by Lee Battersby

I have the same answer for both questions: The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby.  I saw the cover last month when I was browsing my favorite bookstore's list of new books that will be on sale for August.  Both the title and the cover are rad and once I read the summary I got even more exited to check this out. 
Marius don Hellespont and his apprentice, Gerd, are professional looters of battlefields. When they stumble upon the corpse of the King of Scorby and Gerd is killed, Marius is mistaken for the monarch by one of the dead soldiers and is transported down to the Kingdom of the Dead.
 Just like the living citizens, the dead need a King-after all, the King is God's representative, and someone needs to remind God where they are. 
And so it comes to pass that Marius is banished to the surface with one message: if he wants to recover his life he must find the dead a King. Which he fully intends to do. 
Just as soon as he stops running away.
Summary and picture of cover taken from the publisher's website.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


This challenge comes from BookSmartie.
So for this challenge (also, because my rating system just screams candy) I’d like you to share either what’s your favorite snack while reading - do you snack at all? Or do you - like me - sometimes try to eat (or drink) exactly what the characters in the story are having?
I tend to reach for snacks that are somewhat self contained and don’t need utensils otherwise I end up with food smudges and droplets all over the pages. Lately I have been going for wasabi peas. For a drink, it is always hot or iced tea (except when it is beer).
I don’t usually eat food that reflects a book while I am reading it but I have tried making making dishes later when an author makes something sound particularly delicious. A Feast of Ice and Fire/Inn at the Crossroads has been super awesome for this. The descriptions of food in ASoIaF are seriously the best and I want try so many things from those novels.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


The next challenge comes from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm.
For today’s challenge, I’d like you to write me a bookish or bloggish limerick
My TBR pile is too high
It reaches clear up to my eye
But I go to the store
And come home with more
And add books to the stack with a sigh

Monday, August 13, 2012


The first Bout of Books 5.0 challenge comes from Reading in Texas and The Space Between
To enter this challenge, tell us what happens to your books after you have read them.
If I love or even just like a book and know that I will want to reread it I keep it on my bookshelf. I frequently lend books to family and friends so I keep a little notebook and write down what I lent to who and when I gave it to them (I also use it to keep track of what I borrow from other people). For books that I don’t want to keep, I pass them along to friends or family to keep or pass on to someone they think will like it or I donate them to a charity shop. I signed up for BookCrossing today so I think I will start to use that for the books that I end up giving away.  It will be awesome to see where my old books turn up! 

Friday, August 10, 2012


This is my first read-a-thon.  Between work and personal commitments I didn't get as much reading done last month as I would have liked so I figure this will be a fun way to get back on track. Goals template taken from here.

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.  It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 13th and runs through Sunday, August 19th in whatever time zone you are in.  Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.  There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 5.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 5.0 team
Time Devoted to Reading
I will be reading all week

My Goals
My goal is to read at least 5 books from the list below and participate in at least 4 challenges.

Books to Read
1. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
2. We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen (translated by Charlotte Barslund, Emma Ryder)
3. Albert of Adelaide by Howard L. Anderson
4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
5. Kasher in the Rye by Moshe Kasher
6. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
7. Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur IndriĆ°ason (translated by Bernard Scudder)