Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels Challenge

Perpetual Challenge – No Time Limit

Sharon at Ex Libris is hosting The Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels Challenge – a perpetual challenge to read from this interesting list. Sharon writes:

This is a perpetual challenge to read the The Board’s List of 100 best novels from The Modern Library. It can also include The Reader’s List of 100 best novels and, if you are really ambitious, the Radcliffe’s Rival 100 best novels list. (Don’t worry, this really isn’t a total of 300 books. Some titles appear on more than one list.)

Sharon has started a dedicated blog for the challenge. Participants may join the blog to post reviews, or simply post to their own blog and provide links to their reviews.

To sign up or get permission to post to the blog, visit Sharon and let her know!

To view my progress, click here.

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Just For the Love Of It Reading Challenge

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This one sounded great…like so many others, lol!  To join, click here.

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Be Strong & Curvaceous by Shelley Adina

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After spending spring break in Mexico with her grandparents, Carly Aragon can’t wait to get back to school at SpencerAcademy in San Francisco. With Lissa Mansfield and Gillian Chang by her side, she’s ready for anything . . . except a new roommate.

Lady Lindsay MacPhail, flamboyant daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn, quickly becomes Carly’s worst nightmare. “Mac” not only swoops in and steals Carly’s privacy, she’s also dating Brett Loyola–Carly’s biggest crush!
But when Mac starts receiving strange, threatening e-mails, she and Carly must come together to figure out who’s behind them and why. In the end, the fate of one girl will lie in the other’s hands. Will the two learn to trust one another and trust God?

I didn’t realize that this book was part of a series…it is actually the third book in Shelley Adina’s It’s All About Us series.  It is perfectly easy to follow as a stand alone, although I certainly want to read the other two books that prelude this one. 

Although these books are considered young adult, I feel that there are lessons that can be learned by anyone while reading them.  This book is centered around the students at Spencer Academy, and elite high school in California that really does cater to the rich and famous.  Carly is there on a scholarship and is embarrassed by this fact.  She will do anything to keep this a secret from her fellow classmates and the few friends she’s made.  But Carly’s life is about to get a whole lot worse.

Carly finds out that she is getting a new roomate named Mac.  But, this just isn’t any roomate.  She is actually Lady Lindsay MacPhail, the daughter of the Earl of Strathcairn and is Carly’s nightmare come to life.  She is arrogant, and feels as if the whole world should bow to her will.  And if they won’t?  Well, she’s willing to make it happen no matter what it takes or who stands in her way.  And Carly becomes the prime target.

When Mac starts getting emails from someone who appears to be a stalker, she isn’t sure what to do or who to turn to.  Will Carly use her faith in God to help her see past the struggles between the two and reach out to someone in need?

I thought this was really a great book, and an easy read for anyone. 

Shelley Adina is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She knows the value of a relationship with a gracious God and loving Christian friends, and she’s inviting today’s teenage girls to join her in these refreshingly honest books about real life as a Christian teen–with a little extra glitz thrown in for fun! In between books, Adina loves traveling, listening to and making music, and watching all kinds of movies.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker, of The Hachette Book Group for sending me this ARC to review!

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Eat, Drink, and Be from Mississippi by Nanci Kincaid

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Truely Noonan is the quintessential Southern boy made good. Like his older sister, Courtney, Truely left behind the slow, sweet life of Mississippi for jet-set San Francisco, where he earned a fortune as an Internet entrepreneur. Courtney and Truely each find happy marriages–until, as if cursed by success, those marriages start to crumble. Then their lives are interrupted by an unexpected stranger–a troubled teenager named Arnold, garrulous, charming, thuggishly dressed, and determined to move in to their world. Arnold turns their lives upside down–and in the process this unlikely trio becomes the family that each had been searching for. In the best Southern fiction tradition, Kincaid has brought us an inspiring story about finding the way home.

I have been truly (no pun intended) fortunate this year as I don’t believe that I have read a bad book.  I know that it is early in the year yet, and am sure that this will change but I am going to keep thinking positive.

I was sent this book by Miriam Parker.  After reading the description I thought that it sounded wonderful, and was I right.  I had never read a book by Nancy Kincaid before, but suffice it to say my TBR pile has now grown even larger, if that’s possible.

Truely and his sister Courtney have both left the slow paced life of Mississippi to break out into the “real” world and explore life in a happening city…a city like San Francisco.  Truely is wealthy, having made his fortune as an Internet entrepreneur.  He and his sister both have a charmed life with money, a happy marriage, and success.  Until it all starts to fall apart, beginning with their marriages.

It’s hard to feel sorry for them because they still have so much going for them, but I did.  And then their lives are turned upside down by Arnold, a troubled youth who is exactly what they have both been looking for to make their lives complete.

Not only did I think that this story was extremely well written, I fell in love with the characters.  She has a wonderful gift in being able to bring them to life and you can really relate to them. 

Nanci Kincaid is the author of Crossing Blood, Balls, Pretending the Bed Is a Raft (made into the feature film My Life Without Me), Verbena, and As Hot as it Was You Ought to ThankMe. She divides her time between San Jose and Honolulu.

Thanks so much to Miriam Parker, of The Hachette Book Group for sending me this ARC to review!

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Vampire Challenge

Wow – someone knows me really well.  Here is another challenge that is just right for me.  Here are the details:

So this one is the Vampire Challenge (stupid name, I know!). And I hope that with 3 one-word questions, I can answer most of the questions.

What?
For the Vampire Challenge you will read books with vampires – romance, YA, paranormal, mysteries – anything, as long as there’s a or two (or more) vampire in it.

When?
The challenge will start January 1, 2009 and end December 31, 2009.

How?
The goal is to read 2+ books with vampires in 2009, that’s it. It’s fairly easy, I think.

To sign up, please click here.

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20 in 2009 Book Challenge

One more…they just keep coming:)  Here are the details:

Welcome to the 2009 book challenge?.  The goal for this challenge is to read 20 books in the 2009.

Why did I create this challenge?

Well, I looked about at all of the various book challenges out there and, though creative, none of them interested me.  They were all so specific or small in their goal number that I decided to create my own challenge.

Would you like to take part of the 2009 challenge?

Well, all you have to do is comment below and say that you want to participate.  In your comment, state your name, your email and the URL of the page where you will track your book reading progress.

I would recommend reading the rules, too, in order to understand what this challenge is about.  Since you will also need to create a page/book post that tracks your progress, you can read a little more about posts here.  If I do not get the information that I need, I will not be able to add you to the challenge.

Winners will get a website award declaring that they have successfully completed the 2009 challenge.  When you have read all 20 books in 2009, leave a comment here for your award.

To sign up, click here.

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9 for ’09 Book Challenge

Will I ever quit?  Well, I doubt it, I am challenge crazy.  Here is another one, and the details:

This challenge is set up so you can read some books in your TBR (To Be Read) Stacks

(If you need more challenges to keep whittling your TBR stacks, click on  A NOVEL CHALLENGE also.)

RULES

  • Open to anyone, whether you have a blog or not!
  • No need to register or to announce what you are going to read.
  • Start in any category that you wish.
  • 3 books from this reading challenge can be used in other reading challenges.
  • Just post in the comment section.
  • The genre of the books can be ANYTHING (fiction or non-fiction), but it must be decent (because you have to write reviews about the books).
  • Other reading materials (graphic novels, poetry, museum catalogs, art books, zines etc.) are OK.
  • The book must already be in your bookcase or storage area.
  • The Challenge starts 12/27/08 to 12/27/09. (I hate to begin anything on January 1st).
  • You can post starting on 12/27/08.
  • Format of work can be paper, audio, or electronic.

These are the NINE categories to celebrate 2009! See the above tabs for details. (I had to abbreviate some of the categories due to WordPress Code restrictions.)

To sign up, click here.

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