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Winter Reading Challenge

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Here’s one that’s perfect for me because there is no set amount of books – you set your own limit.  Here are the details:

The Winter Reading Challenge runs from December 21st, 2008 through March 20, 2009. There are 13 weeks in Winter and I will probably end up reading one to two books per week. Some of the books may cross over into challenges that begin 2009.

This is going to be a very casual challenge much like the Fall Reading Challenge, so please join me.

The rules are very flexible:

1) Choose any number of books you would like to read and post them on your blog.

2) They can be fiction and/or nonfiction including e-books and audiobooks

3) They can overlap with other challenges.

4) Sign up on Mr. Linky. I’m still trying to figure out Mr. Linky so will let you guys post your links yourselves when you have your lists ready.

5) In a few days, I set up a link where you can post links to your book reviews

To sign up, click here.

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666 Reading Challenge

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This is a challenge that I think might have been made just for me, lol!  This is my favorite genre of books so I was thrilled to see it out there when I did a search of book challenges.  Here are the details:

The 666 challenge is called so because the requirements are this:
1.) You must choose 6 of the categories below.
2.) For each category, you must read 6 books for each.
3.) You must read at least 6 different authors. Variety is the spice of life, isn’t it?

Do you have to read 36 books, though? No. Some books can certainly be put under multiple categories. For example, Twilight has both vampire and werewolves, so that can be put under both categories.

If you want to see what an example of your post page would look like, just view here.

Sound simple enough? If not, of course you can leave a comment and I would be more than happy to clear things up for you.

Categories
The horror categories are as follows, though not limited to. You must pick SIX different categories to read books about. If you have an idea for a suggested category, simply leave me a comment with it. Keep in mind it has to have something to do with horror, thriller, the supernatural and/or monsters.

  1. Vampires
  2. Werewolves
  3. Witches/Warlocks
  4. Psychics
  5. Human’s with special powers (like telepathy, telekinesis, etc).
  6. Creatures from other worlds
  7. Horror creatures/Monsters
  8. Ghosts/Poltergeists
  9. Paranormal creatures/events
  10. Killers/Stalkers
  11. Demons

You are free to come up with your own categories (you can even suggest them in the comments). Above are just some of my suggestions.

Books can be in more than one category. They can also be fiction or nonfiction. Yes, a book about haunted places in the US will count as as a book about ghosts, for example.

Rules

  1. You must read 6 books in 6 categories by at least 6 authors
  2. Books must be horror, thriller, or supernatural.
  3. You cannot include audiobooks, journals, comic books, or manga. You can include ebooks.
  4. Keep a running book count/completed list.
  5. If rereading a book, you have to have finished it at least a year ago.
  6. Books can overlap categories.
  7. You can use books for this challenge that you are reading for other challenges.
  8. This challenge will run January 1, 2009-December 31, 2009.

To join
So, do you like the sound of things?  Click here to sign up.

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Little Pink House by Jeff Benedict Audio Giveaway

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Thanks to Anna Balasi of Hachette Book Group I will be giving away 3 copies of this book (it will be an audiobook).  To enter, please leave a comment but remember it will only be open to residents of the US and Canada and we will not be able to ship to P.O. Boxes.  This contest will end January 24th.  Good Luck!

About the Book:

Suzette Kelo was just trying to rebuild her life when she purchased a falling down Victorian house perched on the waterfront in New London, CT. The house wasn’t particularly fancy, but with lots of hard work Suzette was able to turn it into a home that was important to her, a home that represented her new found independence.

Little did she know that the City of New London, desperate to revive its flailing economy, wanted to raze her house and the others like it that sat along the waterfront in order to win a lucrative Pfizer pharmaceutical contract that would bring new business into the city. Kelo and fourteen neighbors flat out refused to sell, so the city decided to exercise its power of eminent domain to condemn their homes, launching one of the most extraordinary legal cases of our time, a case that ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court.

In Little Pink House, award-winning investigative journalist Jeff Benedict takes us behind the scenes of this case — indeed, Suzette Kelo speaks for the first time about all the details of this inspirational true story as one woman led the charge to take on corporate America to save her home.

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We Take This Man by Candice Dow and Daaimah S. Poole

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Dwight and Tracey Wilson are living the ideal life with their two children in a brand new home in Florida. They are both excited when Dwight is offered a promotion at work, but the downside is that the job is located in Maryland. After much discussion, Tracey decides that she does not want to leave their new house. Dwight makes the decision to accept the position and return home on weekends.

Alicia Dixon has spent her life hating and not trusting men after her father mistreated her mother, but she can’t help but fall for the new guy in her company…Dwight. They both try to fight their attraction to one another, but it proves to be a losing battle-Alicia is everything that his southern wife is not.

When Alicia ends up pregnant, Dwight decides to end things with Tracey, but the process proves not to be as easy as Dwight had hoped.

Tracey Wilson has everything a woman could want in a husband.  He is a good father to his children, a loving husband to her, and he is educated and earns a good living…good enough for Tracey to have a brand new home in Florida, and not have to worry too much about her spending habits. 

But, all that changes when  Dwight gets offered a promotion at work – it is a $40,000 a year increase in pay but there is a catch – he will be relocated to Maryland.  After a lot of discussion, Tracey decides that she is going to stay behind in Florida and Dwight will fly back on the weekends.  I for one never understand how people think this will work, especially when there are children involved.  But so goes the story.

 Dwight is totally devoted to making this new job work out, and ends up missing weekends with his family.  He is so busy that he forgets to call, and even when he is “home” his mind is still on work.  And on Alicia.   

Alicia Dixon works at the company that Dwight gets transferred to, and there is an immediate attraction.  But, Alicia is upset because she feels that she was slighted for the position that is now Dwight’s.  As they continue to spend more time together, they find out that they have much in common and Dwight sees that this is what he has been looking for – someone to completely support him and not decide to stay behind in a different state.   Alicia knows that Dwight is married, but feels as if he is fair game – what kind of wife would let their man move to another state and only see them on weekends?

Dwight decides to file for divorce – he has everything he needs in Alicia and realizes he has been unhappy with Tracey since her refusal to move.  But things aren’t going to be as easy as he thinks.

I have never read anything by Candice Dow or Daaimah, and although the content of the book was troubling to me (with the affairs and the way they decided to work things out in the end) I must say that the writing was excellent.  I am unsure if I would recommend this book or not.  I for one think that most women are stronger than they are portrayed in this book, but again let me stress the word most.  

Thanks once again to Miriam Parker and the Hachette Book Group for sending me this copy for review!

 

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Feelin Chunky ’09

Here’s another challenge I am signing up for.  To sign up visit Feelin’ Chunky.  Here are the details:

HERE IT IS! As promised! The Chunkster Challenge 2009 Edition!  
SIGN UPS END MARCH 1st
There have been a few changes to the rules so please read closely:
*A chunkster is 450 pages or more of ADULT literature (fiction or nonfiction) Don’t complain folks, I read all thousands of pages of the Twilight series and they were good, but not a challenge. A chunkster should be a challenge. 
*If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more I asked around and  the average LT book is 10-15% longer or more so I think that was a fair estimate.
*No Audio books in the chunksterIt just doesn’t seem right. Words on paper for this one folks.
* You may start any time after signing up. You must complete your reads before or on Nov 15th.
*Short Stories and Essay collections will not be counted. 
*Books may crossover with other challenges (see option 4 for a collaborative effort with TBR challenge)
*Only option 4 requires that you make a set list of books to complete the challenge
Those are the basics. Here are your options:
*The Chubby Chunkster – this option is for the reader who has a large tome or two to read, but really doesn’t want to commit to more than that. 2 books is all you need to finish this challenge. 
*Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? – this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 3-5 Chunksters over the next ten months.
*Mor-book-ly Obese – This is for the truly out of control chunkster. For this level of challenge you must commit to 6 or more chunksters OR three tomes of 750 pages or more. You know you want to…..go on and give in to your cravings.
 
And lastly, in an intriguing collaboration with the wildly popular Miz B of the TBR Challenge we have:
*Too Big To Ignore Anymore – this option is for those chunksters on your TBR list. You may select any number of books over 450 pages but you must LIST THEM to complete the challenge and they must be on your TBR list as well (honor code folk, I don’t have time to be the challenge police)
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TBR Challenge 2009 (Avidreader)

I just joined this one – here are the details:

Those readers who are interested in signing up for the TBR Challenge 2009, leave a comment below with a link to your site. You do not have to have a blog to participate. Rules are the same as before, 2007 and back, the older the title the better. No penalty for reading 2008 books if that is all you have. No 2009 reads (nope).

Books can be of any genre, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, etc. The day to post your review will be every third Wednesday of the month with reminders from me the week before or the week of if time gets away from me. I will keep a separate page of participants like before and again, this is all voluntary. Readers can continue to join even after the challenge has started.

I decided to assign a particular challenge for each month with the default being that if you can’t do the assigned challenge, you can read whatever you like from your TBR pile and post your review as per usual. I wanted to shake things up a bit, make you all dig these books out of your stacks. No purchase is necessary to participate in this challenge (so please don’t run out and buy a book just to participate…unless you want to).

We will officially start January 2009 (dates will be posted this weekend) and here are the assigned challenges:

January It’s all about the category, baby. Harlequin, Sil. Intimate Moments, Harl. Blaze, Harl. Presents. A lot of readers have been enjoying some great category titles of late. Hey, they’re quick reads, too! Did you buy any of them last year and didn’t read them? Now is your chance. Don’t have any? Grab a book out of your stacks and get to reading, you’re not excused.

February Find a DIK review book at AAR that you bought and read it. We’ve all bought some of these books and now is the time to see if they truly are DIK. Let’s demystify some of these claims or validate them. Any genre. Don’t have one (really?), just grab a book and read it.

March This month is dedicated to the historical novel (and dying breed). Do you have a good historical novel just lying around that you really, really, really want to read? If you don’t care to read a historical, follow the procedure as stated above, just grab a book out of your stacks and read it.

April Urban fantasy, fantasy or SFR…ohhhh, Patricia Briggs, Ann Aguirre, Charlaine Harris to name a few. Did you buy any of their stuff and didn’t read it yet? Now is your chance and if you’re already caught up, just pick a book out of your stacks and read it with the rest of us.

May Ok, challenges get more specific. For the month of May, pick a book that has a friends to lovers theme or some variation to it. All of us have these somewhere in our stacks and if not, you know what you need to do (see above).

June Tortured heroes are my favorite! They are usually found in historicals but see if you can find a tortured guy in your stacks or a tortured heroine (they’re even rarer!). Read and review it and if you have no luck with finding such a hero in your huge, humongous stacks, just grab a book and read it.

July Wrongfully accused or just released from jail theme books are another favorite of mine. I always seek these out and I may have to do some rereading for this month as there are some real good ones out there that I’ve read but I think I should have some in my stacks. If you don’t have such a book in your huge mountain of books, you know what you need to do (see above).

August Ok, I’m going to start assigning authors – Julie Garwood, Liz Carlyle, Judith McNaught, Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsey, Connie Brockway, Laura Kinsale, Mary Balogh, Carla Kelly, Joan Wolf – own any of these author’s books and haven’t read them yet? Now is your chance. Already caught up – you know what you need to do.

September Linda Howard, Elizabeth Hoyt, Joanna Bourne, Sherry Thomas, Meljean Brook, Lois Bujold, Shanna Abe, Penelope Williamson, Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Rachel Gibson, Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Sandra Brown, Loretta Chase or whoever else you have in your stacks and you just haven’t taken the time to read them yet.

October Horror. Yep. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or whoever else you have in your TBR stacks and if you don’t want to read anything scary, you know what you need to do.

November Turkey day. Find a book that has a Thanksgiving theme (good luck with that!) or if you can’t find a book that does have a turkey theme, just grab a book out of your stacks and read it.

December Easy. Christmas themes and if you’re like me and can’t stand Christmas themed stories, just grab a book out of your stacks and read it. Congratulations, you’ve completed this year’s challenge.

If you want to join visit Avid Reader – hope to see you there!

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Win Sunday at Tiffany’s by James Patterson

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Who wouldn’t love the chance to win this awesome book?  How about 5 chances?  That’s right, thanks to Valerie Russo and Hachette Book Group, I will be giving away 5 copies of this book.  Here are the nitty gritty details:

This contest will end January 17. 
Unfortunately it is open to the US and Canada only (sorry everyone).
To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post – I will use random.org to draw the winner.
PLEASE NOTE: Make sure you use a valid email address when you comment.
GOOD LUCK!!

Here is some more info about the book:

As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother, the powerful head of a Broadway theater company, has no time for her. She does have one friend-a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael-but only she can see him.

Years later, Jane is in her thirties and just as alone as ever. Then she meets Michael again-as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they’ve really been reunited.

SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S is a love story with an irresistible twist, a novel about the child inside all of us-and the boundary-crossing power of love.

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