Netgalley Reading Challenge and January Reading Goals!

Red House Books is once again hosting a Netgalley month.  If there is one thing that all book bloggers have in common, it’s being behind on reading and reviewing review books.  I find it is especially difficult to stay ahead of eARCs, and that once they get loaded on my Kindle, they tend to get lost among all of the other books already stored there.  This has been made even more challenging since I acquired my Kindle Fire – there are still so many books on my other Kindle, and moving them to the Fire is a bit of a pain. 

In order to help myself tackle more review copies, both print and digital, I am signing up for Netgalley January, and also highlighting some review books I have on tap for January.  If I give myself a goal, I won’t feel so overwhelmed by my TBR mountain (at least I hope!). 

I hope to read and review 8 Netgalley titles (To be determined).  I also hope to read and review the following review books:

 

Can I do it?  I hope so!  What are your reading goals for January?

Book Lovers Inc Holiday Reading Challenge 2011

The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge

I have absolutely failed at keeping up with challenges this year, but I am still drawn to attempt them for some weird reason.  Since the Holiday Reading Challenge is for such a short time, and because I do have a few holiday themed books on my reading schedule, I am going to try to keep up with this one. I am shooting for Santa’s Helper so I won’t feel overwhelmed.

Challenge Rules:

1. The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge will start on November 10 and will end on December 31.

2. You can read as many holiday themed books for the challenge as you wish, pick your level:


Santa’s Helper: read 1-3 holiday themed books
Serial Mistletoe-er: read 4-6 holiday themed books
Candy Cane-aholic: read 7 or more holiday themed books – this is the level I’m aiming for! :-)

If you have questions or want to sign up, hop on over to Book Lovers Inc!

Slight Change for Vacation Reads Reading Challenge

There has been a slight change to the Vacation Reads Reading Challenge, and you can read about it over at Ruby’s Reads.  In short, we have both had an extremely hectic summer, and we haven’t been able to focus as much attention to the challenge as it deserves.  To help make up,  I have made a change to my prize pack, so in addition to these books:

one winner will also receive a copy of:

Momento Nora by Angie Smibert (ARC)

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Please link up your Vacation Reads reviews here.  Thanks!

Starmetal Oak Book Blog’s Mega Manga Challenge!!

Lisa at Starmetal Oak Book Blog is hosting a Mega Manga Challenge!  I was just looking for an excuse to read more manga, and look at that!  One drops right into my lap!

The rules are simple!  This is a weekly challenge, and you can participate whenever you like! You don’t have to link up every week – just whenever you have time.  It starts Friday July 22nd, so you have lots of time to track down something to read.  Never read manga before? Not sure what to read?  Leave a comment and I’ll try to point you in the right direction!  Let’s help Lisa fill up her Linky!

For all of the rules, hop over to Lisa’s Mega Manga Challenge post!

Vacation Reads Interview – Christine and Christopher Russell, Authors of The Warrior Sheep Series

Christine and Christopher Russell know a thing or two about vacations.  After all, their Warrior Sheep have wandered near and far, in a valiant attempt to complete their wooly mission.  This fall, they hit the ultimate vacation hot spot – Vegas!  The Russells dropped by the virtual offices to chat about some of their personal vacation memories.

Can you share your favorite vacation memory?

Walking around Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) in the rain. It hardly ever rains in the Australian desert. Most of the other tourists went home disappointed but a handful of us waded 9 km around the base, gazing at the instant waterfalls. Awesome.

What is your least favorite vacation experience and why?

After a fascinating holiday in Russia, twenty years ago, our little girl, then six, became unwell at Moscow airport. We couldn’t explain to the guard we pushed past that she was about to vomit on his boots and  for a moment we thought he was going to shoot us all.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Christine: Back to India. We spent a couple of weeks there and would love to see more.  Why? For the colour and the vibrancy.

Chris: And the food. 

What 5 items do you pack first?

Christine: My glasses. Can’t read a thing without them; notepad and pen for writing a journal; a fleece, in case we can’t turn the air con off; an umbrella, an English habit we can’t break; and a sarong which can be used as a skirt or a scarf or a bedsheet if you’re somewhere none to clean, or a curtain if you’re somewhere none to private or…

Chris: What’s packing?

What’s your ideal vacation?   Chillaxing and relaxing, or always on the go, go, go?

Christine: Go go go

Chris: And go again.

Thanks for stopping in!!


Make sure you pick up the very amusing The Quest of the Warrior Sheep now, so you’re all ready for the next book in the series, The Warrior Sheep Go West, due in stores in August!

 

 

Vacation Reads Reading Challenge!

The summer reading season is here!  Don’t forget to sign up for the Vacation Reads Reading Challenge, which I am co-hosting with Ruby from Ruby’s Reads.  You can win some awesome prizes for something that you are going to do anyway!  Click here or here for more information.

Vacation Reads Reading Challenge–Prize Pack #1!

It’s kick-off time for the Vacation Reads Reading Challenge!   Ruby from Ruby’s Reads and I are hosting this summer reading challenge and hope that you will join us!  The challenge runs from today to September 23rd, and you can win prizes in addition to discovering some awesome reads!  You can sign-up at Ruby’s Reads or here by grabbing a button, and signing the Linky.  Check out those posts for all of the details about the challenge.

My first prize pack, which will run until July 20, consists of some awesome vacation reads!  You can win:

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy (ARC)

Start hitting those books!  One random winner will be chosen shortly after July 20th, so make sure you link your reviews.  International entries are welcome!  I will update this post later with the Linky for posting your reviews.

Vacation Reads Reading Challenge!

Ruby from Ruby’s Reads and I are hosting a summer reading challenge!  It will run from June 21 to September 23rd, and you can win prizes in addition to discovering some awesome reads!  To sign up, head over to Ruby’s Reads, grab a button, and sign the Linky.  Here are the details:

Participant Information:

  • Those who decide to participate in the reading challenge will strive to read six Vacation Reads. Six is the number we’ve chosen for the challenge, but you can always read more.  
  • Anyone can participate, even non-bloggers. Non-bloggers can post their reviews on LibraryThing, Goodreads etc.
  • Because of the short time the challenge is going to run, the deadline to join is June 21. The challenge runs from June 21 to September 23.
Qualifying Books:
  • Any books in any genre, as long as the setting is somewhere you’d like to visit.
  • The setting may be fictional, fantastical, or historical, so long as you explain in your review why you want to "visit" there.
Ready to Sign Up (The blogger version)?:
  • If you’re ready to sign up, sign the linky at Ruby’s Reads.
  • After you’ve signed up, grab a button from the sidebar and please, please, write an announcement post saying that you’re participating. Also, include a link to Ruby’s post so that others can sign up if they’d like to.
Ready to Sign Up (the non-blogger version)?:
  • If you’re ready to sign up, the first thing to do is fill out the link information.
  • That’s pretty much it. Obviously if you don’t have a blog, you don’t need to grab a button or make an announcement post. 
That’s it for now. As we get closer to June 21, Ruby and I will update with book recommendations and information about the prize packs we’ll be offering for each month of the challenge. 

Got questions?  Email us -  Rubysreads@gmail.com or julie@mangamaniaccafe.com

The All Male Review Challenge

I wanted to help spread the word about this challenge, which is hosted by Logan E. Turner and The Unread Reader.  I was just talking to my friend today.  She is a 5th grade teacher and she was telling me how difficult it is to get her boys to read.  They don’t have the patience for books.  She wants them to graduate beyond Captain Underpants, but she is having a hard time finding books that have that “boy appeal” that will keep them engaged in a book.  It’s not enough for the protagonist to be a boy, the book also has to be compelling enough to get these young readers interested enough to keep turning the pages.  I am going to participate in this challenge, and hopefully I can discover some books to send her way.  Middle Grade books are a little too hard for most of her students, but I am more than willing to dive into some chapter books to find some titles for her.  If you have any recommendations for 7 – 8 year olds, please share in the comments.

For more information about The All Male Review Challenge, please visit here or here.  It’s important that we get the word out about this challenge!  You can even win some awesome prize packs for participating!