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!

Netgalley April Wrap-up Post

I feel like a complete and utter failure with my attempts to catch up on my Netgalley reading.  I was only able to read two titles, Casketball Capers and Mermaid Mysteries for Netgalley April.  I was hoping to get some reading done at the first horse show of the year, but it was so cold and miserable last week that I wasn’t able to.  It was too cold to sit in the barn aisle, and the metal bleachers in the arena were like sitting on ice cubes.  Instead of reading, I sat around with everyone else and complained about the weather.  Yeah, I know!  That was hardly productive, and it accomplished nothing!

My reviews of Casketball Capers and Mermaid Mysteries will be posted closer to their June 1 release date.  Both are chapter books aimed towards readers aged 4 – 8.  I thought they were both very cute reads.

Red House Books is hosting Netgalley July, and I hope I can get more books read then.  There are so many awesome titles at Netgalley right now, and it is hard to keep up with all of them! 

I wanted to thank Emily of Red House Books for hosting Netgalley April, and for hosting Netgalley July as well. 

March Madness Writing, Reading, & Blogging Challenge

Denise Jaden is hosting the March Madness Writing, Reading, & Blogging Challenge at her blog.  This year she opened the goal setting challenge up to anyone who has a bookish goal.  I have several, so I thought it would be fun to join in and see if putting my goals down in writing will help me to achieve them. To join in, hop over to her blog and read the rules.

Lately I have been much more scattered than usual, which I attribute to all of the stress over the last month.  I am just now starting to get my blogger mojo back, but I haven’t been able to handle life’s little bumps in the road as well as I have in the past.  I haven’t been posting as much, and my attention span wanders more frequently than normal.  So my goals are to get back on track, and to not get upset when things in my blog life, and more importantly, real life, don’t always go as expected.

My other goals are to:

Set up an area dedicated to blogging. I have been using the kitchen table, and that is just not working out for me.

Catch up on my favorite manga series.  I am far behind on even my “must read” titles, and I don’t like that.

Catch up on my digital galleys.  It seems that once they get downloaded to a reading device, I forget about them.  I am just not as entrenched in the digital reading world as I am in the physical reading world.

Reach out to more authors for interviews and guest posts.  I love doing these, but haven’t been making many connections for new author interactions.

Organize my TBR piles.  OMG! This is out of control, but it goes hand in hand with my recent lack of organization.

Donate books I have already read to the library.  They love to get them, especially the manga, but I haven’t sorted out the books I want to donate out of the books I want to keep in a long time.

That will keep me busy the entire month, and I think it’s a good start for getting more accomplished with the blog.

Are you joining in on the challenge?  What are your goals?

2010 Debut Author Challenge – Wrap-up Post

The 2010 DAC is really the first reading challenge that I have attempted, and I had a wonderful time discovering new authors and new books to enjoy.  I kind of lost steam halfway through the year, and my skills at keeping organized for the challenge need work!  I ended up reading 45 titles, and I had so much fun that I signed up for the 2011 Challenge.  This time I plan to keep better records of my reading, and my goal is to read over 50.

For a list of books that I read for the 2010 Debut Author Challenge, click here.  There are a few more reviews that I need to post, so I will leave the page open until the end of January.  Then I will retire it so I can concentrate on 2011!

If you want to join in on the fun, visit The Story Siren for all of the details.  Thanks to Kristi for hosting this again!  If you are interested, my preliminary list of titles, though May,  is here.

100 Books in a Year Reading Challenge

Ergh!  I’m joining one more reading challenge, this one hosted by the ever entertaining Carolyn at Book Chick City.  Carolyn’s challenge is this: read at least 100 Books in a Year Reading Challenge.  I think this will help me keep my reading efforts better organized, because I do not want to post at the end of 2011 that I failed due to my inability to keep track of what books I have read!

Challenge Details

  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 – 31 Dec 2011
  • Rules – Read 100 or more books in 2011
  • All books can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
  • At the beginning of Jan 2011, I will add a link so you can add your reviews but this is not obligatory.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to join in.
  • You can also follow each other’s progress and chat about the VC books you read on twitter too – just use #100BooksInAYear :)

That’s pretty simple, right?? I will be keeping track of books read on my 2011 Reading Challenges page, located here.

2011 Reading Challenges

I love participating in reading challenges because they introduce me to books I might otherwise ignore, but I am terrible at updating them!  In an effort to make myself get a little more organized, I picked a few challenges for 2011, so let’s see if I can keep these a little more up to date than my 2010 challenges.  I will post preliminary lists later. 

First up, and I already posted about this one, I love The Story Siren’s Debut Author Challenge!  This one is so much fun, and I have a page here with my preliminary title picks.  I am going to try to read 50+ debut books!  Wish me luck!

Sabrina at YA Bliss is hosting the YA Historical Fiction Challenge.  I love historical fiction, and am a bit sad by how few YA books are released with historical settings.   I am shooting for Level 3, which is 15 books.

Zombies!  I love zombies!  I hardly read any zombie books in 2010, though, so I was happy to see Book Soulmates post up this challenge.  Am I brave enough to read 10 zombie books??  Read the rules here.

2010 Summer Romance Challenge

Since summer is the time for romance, I decided to join the 2010 Summer Romance Challenge!  Yay!  This challenge is hosted by Book Chick City, a blog that I check daily because Carolyn is just that cool!  The challenge runs from June 1 – to September 30, and you can read all of the details here.  Here’s a quick recap:

1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.

2. Read 8 or 16 romances in 4 months.

3. Any book format counts.

4. The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

Now, because I do read many, many graphic novels, I am upping my title count to 20.  That should be tough enough that I will have to work hard at hitting my goal, because my reading interests do not revolve strictly around romances.  In fact, it is because of Carolyn that I started branching out and am reading more horror books, so I will have to include a few horror romances!

What are you waiting for?!  Go sign up here so you can play along, too!