Friday, August 23, 2013


There is one challenge today and it comes from The Space Between:
I have made up a list of what words you need to supply, but they must all come from an actual book title, or be a character whose title or series you must list.
The list of needed words and the template can be found here

My list of words are below:
a. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
b. The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
c. The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
d. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
e. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear 
f. Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
g. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

And the result:
"Help! I'm being held catptive at Jurassic Park by the White Witch!
It is very blinding in here!
She is demanding 22 ghosts to set me free!
I have just discovered that Harry Dresden was captured too!
On second thought, please send lemon cake, and don't worry if you don't hear from us for a while!

Much Love,

Thursday, August 22, 2013


The second challenge for today comes from Paperback Dreamer: 
The object of this game is to find the specific items listed...using the books you own! I do have just a few rules for this challenge so that it is a little more challenging. 1. You can only use a particular book one time for the objects listed. 2. You can only use two books from a series and then you can't use that series again to find the remaining objects. 3. You muist use a book that you own either physically or electronically.
I could not find any books that I own that have a wedding dress, combat boots, or hand-cuffs on the cover but I was able to find the rest:

1. snowflakes: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachael Cohn and David Levithan
2. flames: Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine
3. city skyline: Blood on the Mink by Robert Silverbeg
4. the moon: The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
5. a sword: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
6. high heels: That Extra Half an Inch by Victoria Beckham
7. fog: Everneath by Brodi Ashton
8. a Christmas tree: The Nutcracker by Victoria Crenson
9. sunglasses: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
10. lightning: The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
11. a tattoo: How to Get Into the Twin Palms by Karolina Wacawiak
12. a road:  The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano


The first challenge for today comes from In Wonderland:
For this challenge, I'd like for you to come up with a list of the top 5-10 states/places you'd love to visit and find a book (you either read or want to read) that takes place in that state/place or a book by an author who lives or is from there.

1. Dublin, IrelandCircle of Friends by Maeve Binchy 
2. Reykjavík, IcelandSilence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason 
3. Prince Edward Island, CanadaAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 
4. Edinburgh, ScotlandThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Sparks 
5. Rome, ItalyThe Imperfecionists by Tom Rachman 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


One of today's challenges comes from Musings of a Bookshop Girl:
1. Which 5 books are at the top of your TBR pile at this moment?
 2. If I gave you a wad of cash and sent you into a bookshop right now, which 5 books would you buy to add to the stack?
Top of the  TBR pile:
1. The Game by Ken Dryden
2. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
3. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokonsky)
5. I Am an Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran

What I want to buy:
1. Glaciers by Alexis Smith
2. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
3. Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
4. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (translated by Brian Hooker)
5. Gulp by Mary Roach

Monday, August 19, 2013


The second challenge for today comes from Book Pairing
The premise is simple. I want to see what you're out there reading and drinking or eating during Bout of Books. I'm nosy. But I also think that books and wine/food/tea/coffee/beer are better when enjoyed together. So let's share? 
I'm reading Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle and drinking Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Company. The main character, J!m, is the son of two different species of alien so the beer which is a mix of two styles (Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA) is a good match. Also, J!m is a high school student going through all of the normal angsty teenage stuff in addition to being an outcast because people think that his dad tried to destroy humanity. This beer is bitter just like him!


The first challenge for today comes from Sarah Says Read:
What is one bookish thing you want to do before you die? OR what is one thing you want to do before you die that was inspired by a book you read? 
One bookish thing I want to do to stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon. The website describes it as a place for book lovers. Each guest room is named after a different author and decorated accordingly. I first heard about it when a friend sent me this post knowing that it would be right up my alley. This place looks amazing. There are no TVs, radios, phones, or wi-fi. There is a library with an ocean view. It looks like all the rooms are great but I think I would narrow it down to the Jane Austen room or the Herman Melville room. Going on a trip to a cozy place where I could spend most of the time reading sounds like my jam.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


I will be participating in Bout of Books 8.0. I am excited to do this again. I have participated twice before and really enjoyed it both times. Goals template adapted from here.

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 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Time Devoted to Reading
I will be reading all week. I have work Monday-Friday and a few commitments on the weekend but I should be able to get a decent amount of reading time in.

My Goals
This time around I am going to shoot for 5 books, each in a different format (hardcover and paperback are admittedly practically the same but I wanted to round out the list). Last time I had a goal of visiting 5 blogs per day and I am going to stretch that to also include leaving comments. I am not going to set a goal for challenges, but will try to complete a few at least.

Books to Read
1. Hardcover: Thieves' Quarry by D.B. Jackson
2. Paperback: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
3. Ebook: Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle
4. Audiobook: The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez (narrated by Marc Vietor)
5. Graphic Novel: Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters by Mike Grell