Posts Tagged: challenges

Jan 03
Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

The Non-Fiction Reading Challenge is hosted by Angie @ Lady Knight Reads. If you have any questions about the way the challenge works, please visit Angie’s blog. I love history and I’ve made no secret of my love for it. I don’t read much non-fiction because I want to highlight and check facts as well as spend my time arguing with the author! I do want to read more and outside Medieval History so when Angie posted this challenge, I knew it would be a great one for me! Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to join click the link above or below): 1. The challenge starts January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016. 2. Any non-fiction book counts!… Read more »

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Jan 03
Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is co-hosted by Jess @ Gone with the Words and Danielle @ Love at First Page. While I read a lot of romance, it tends to me mostly historical. I want to read a bit more contemporary and this is the prefect challenge for me! Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to join click the link above or below): 1. The challenge starts January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016. 2. You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is contemporary romance (sadly, romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller). 3. There will be a… Read more »

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Jun 01
Challenge Accepted: Michael Olajide, Jr’s Sleekify

Challenge Accepted: Michael Olajide, Jr’s Sleekify

In early January of this year, I received a copy of Michael Olajide, Jr.’s Sleekify from Random House (he’s the guy who trains Adriana Lima, the beautiful Victoria Secret’s model). I’ve been waiting to see what others say about his book and really want to take what he says and use it. About a year ago, I suffered an injury to my left thigh (pulled a muscle in the back) and sort of didn’t bother working out afterwards because it was too painful. By then I had lost about 60 pounds and even though the weight loss was pretty much stalled, I was losing inches and clothes fit better, but it’s easy to get discouraged when you aren’t seeing the scale move. I’ve been wanting to get back into working… Read more »

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Apr 06
ARC April 2014

ARC April 2014

Octavia and Shelly over at Read Sleep Repeat are hosting ARC April and since I’m a little behind on my ARC TBR pile, I decided to participate! Tackle that ARC pile you have! Don’t give me that “what ARCs?!” look! You (just like me) have a giant pile of ARCs giving you their best judgey face right now and April is the month you’re going to tackle them, get that NetGalley & Edelweiss ratio up and show publishers that you can be trusted with their babies! You’ll have an amazing support team via the other ARC April participants and most importantly you’ll enter for a chance to win ONE $20 giftcard to a book dealer of your choice, such as B&N, Amazon, TBD, Kobo or iBooks. We’ll have 2 twitter… Read more »

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Mar 29

Bookish Bingo!

Kara, Lyn, and Bekka over at Great Imaginations have introduced a new interactive feature: Bookish Bingo. It’s fairly easy to sign-up and even non book bloggers can participate. Every three months there will be a new card. I really like this idea because it gives you the chance to step out of your comfort reading zone especially if you’ve been wanting to try a different genre. I really hope to see some of you participate and look forward to seeing your completed card. This is the bingo card for April, May, and June: A few rules: Sign-ups close on April 9th. All reading and reviewing must fall between April 1st and June 30th. One square per book. For instance, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is both the first in a series,… Read more »

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Jul 07

Summer Lovin’ Day 7: Graduation & Book Cover Guessing

(Organized and hosted by Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) I can’t believe Summer Lovin’ is over! Boo! I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for the next one. So how did my progress go? I had hoped to start both Divergent and Murder as a Fine Art, but there were a few snags. I received notification from my library branch that Divergent was ready for pick up on Thursday so I went Friday and couldn’t find it on hold. One of the librarians helped me and turns out the branch it was coming from, there was a fire and the system must have sent out an email when they had to shut it down. Earlier that… Read more »

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Jul 05

Summer Lovin’ Day 6: Bad Boys & Summer Flings

(Organized and hosted by Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) Today’s participation post is about bad boys and I’m such a historical romance nerd! Both of mine come from historical romances. Bentley Rutledge from Liz Carlyle’s The Devil You Know is my Regency bad boy. He’s a rake and wherever he goes scandal follows him. we first get introduced to “Hell-Bent” in Beauty Like the Night where he’s sent down from Oxford and his brother Cam has no idea what to do with him. It’s in The Devil You Know that we get his full history including why he dislikes his brother so much and it’s heartbreaking because Cam didn’t know what was going on. The following is from… Read more »

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Jul 05

Summer Lovin’ Day 5: Book Shimmies & Title Scrabble

(Organized and hosted by Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) Okay, today’s post is all about our progress. So before I begin, let’s do a book shimmy! I’ve finished Eloisa James’ Once Upon a Tower and what a delight it was! James can be hit or miss for me and usually because she uses a lot of her Shakespearean background in her novels and intermixes it, etc that I get lost and then lose interest. I was delighted with Tower and it’s one of my fave reads of the year! I’m almost done with Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right. It’s a little strange reading about the city you live in and Jones mentions streets and areas. I… Read more »

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Jul 04

Summer Lovin’ Day 4: Book Quotes & Book Spine Poetry

(Organized and hosted by Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) For today’s participation post, we’re suppose to share a quote from our current read or a book that pulled on our heart strings. I’m going to share two quotes from George RR Martin’s books. The first is from A Game of Thrones and the second is A Clash of Kings. Why GRR Martin? I get to meet up with him next month and I’m in Martin mood. Since the font is a little difficult to read: The kingdom bleeds, and no one lifts a sword to defend it but my son. -Catelyn Stark What’s a quote from your current read or general favorite? Today’s challenge is book spine poetry!… Read more »

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Jul 03

Summer Lovin’ Day 3: Favorite Fictional Female & Page 99 Test

(Organized and hosted by Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) Today’s participation post is about our favorite female character and my choice isn’t very popular among bookish people. I LOVE Scarlett O’Hara. From the moment Vivien Leigh graces the opening scene, I fell hard and needed to read the book, but there was one slight problem! I was five years old! No one felt it was appropriate to read me the book and yet it was okay to let me watch the film. I come from a family that don’t read for pleasure and I’m the odd ball always with my nose stuck in a book. My grandmother took pity and took me to the library where we would… Read more »

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Jul 02

Summer Lovin’ Day 2: Summer Reads & Cover Re-do

(Organized and hosted by Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) Today’s participation post is all about MUST have summer reading. These are the books I usually recommend for summer reading because they’ll keep you glued to your seat, although make sure you’re wearing plenty of sunscreen if you’re reading outside! I don’t want to be held responsible for sunburns. 😉 01. A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch: Normally I don’t recommend books that aren’t the first book in a series, but I do recommend Charlie’s A Burial at Sea because it takes place on a ship sailing to Egypt. What better way to experience a Victorian mystery than abroad a ship? It’s my second favorite of his and… Read more »

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