Saturday, December 27, 2008

2009 TBR challenge

I did not finish this challenge last year. I was only three books short of finishing the 2008 TBR Challenge. Let us try again this year.

The rules developed by MizB

* the challenge is to read 12 TBR books in 12 months -- you can read those all in one month if you want, or one a month, or however you wanna do it.
* you need to have a list posted somewhere for others to see (even if it's in a comment here)
* you CANNOT change your list after January 1st, 2009!!!
* you can create an Alternates list of MAXIMUM 12 books, if you want, in order to have options to choose from (you can read these in place of books on your original list).
* audiobooks and e-books ARE allowed
* re-reads are NOT allowed, as they aren't TRUE "TBRs"
* you CAN overlap with other challenges

If this is something that you would like to participate in you can sign up at 2009 TBR Sign up.

Here is my TBR List for 2009:

1.This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips **
2. Rebel by Benard Cornwell **
3. Queen Bees & Wanna Bes byRosalind WiseMan**
4. Flowers In The Rain by Rosamunde Pilcher ***
5. Hide and Seek by James Patterson ***
6. East and West by Gerald Green ***
7. Savage Sunrise by Cassie Edwards ***
8. The Last Chance Cafe by Linda Lael Miller ***
9. The Seventh Stone by Nancy Freedman ***
10. Air Force Wives by Ruth Walker ***
11. To Touch The Earth by Fran Kendall ***
12. In Broad Daylight by Harry N. Maclean ***

My Alternatives:
1. Comeback by Dick Francis ***
2. The Daughter of the Pangaran by David Divine ***
3. Midwives by Chris Behjalian
4. Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
5. Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
6. Circle of Friends by Meve Binchy
7. A Purrfect Romance by Robin Lee Hatcher, Susan Wiggs
8. Potter Springs by Britta Coleman
9. The Gambling Man by Catherine Cookson
10. Cat-A-Lyst by Alan Dean Foster
11. The Baker's Apprentice by Judith Ryan Hendricks
12. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

** Books from last year's TBR list
*** Books from last year's alternative list

Wish me luck and come back every so often to see if I can complete this challenge this year.

Happy Reading.

The Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge 2009

OK, One more challenge for me to do but I think that this will be a esay one for me to complete.

Guidelines according to Yvonne:

All of the books have to be from either the Harlequin or Silhouette imprint. It doesn't matter which one.
The challenge is...
1) Read 1 book with a holiday theme.
2) Read 1 book by an author you never read before.
3) Read 1 book with one of these words in the title - wedding, marriage, husband or wife
4) Read 1 book set in a place you've never been before.
5) Read 1 book with a body of water in the title (i.e. water, lake, river, island, etc.)

That's a total of 5 books for the year.

A few additional things...

1) You can change books in the middle of the year, nothing is written in stone!
2) Books used in this challenge may be used in other challenges.
3) Books can be in any format - paper, audio, ebook.
4) Please sign up by commenting at The Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge blog

Here is my tentative list:

1. First-Time Valentine By Mary J. Forbes/Silhouette Special Edition(If you could not guess this is my Holiday theme)

2.Single-Dad Sheriff by Amy Frazer/Harlequin Super Romance (Author I have not read yet.)

3. Husband in Training by Christine Rimmer (book with one of these words in the title - wedding, marriage, husband or wife)

4.His Mysterious Ways by Amanda Stevens/Harlequin Intrigue (Place I never been before. A Central American Jungle and Long Island, New York. OK, I have been to the state of New York. But never to Long Island.)

5. ??????(A book with a body of water in the title (i.e. water, lake, river, island, etc.)

Happy Reading

2009 Suspense & Thriller Reading Challenge

OK, I have decided to do this reading challenge as well. Between my books at home and the library I should be able to find enough books to complete this challenge.

Guidelines according to J. Kaye:

* Read TWELVE (12) different sub-genres of thrillers in 2009.
* You do NOT need to select your books ahead of time. Also, you may change as you go.
* Your books can crossover into other challenges

For the complete guidelines and list of all the different sub-genres please visit J. Kaye's Book Blog at 2009 Suspense & Thriller Reading Challenge

My Tentative List:

  1. True Crime Thrillers: In Broad Daylight by Harry N. Maclean

  2. Serial Killer: Nothing Personal by Eileen Dreyer

  3. Religious Thrillers: Map Of Bones by James Rollins

  4. Medical Thrillers: Harvest by Tess Gerritsen

  5. Forensic Mystery: Craved in Bone by Jefferson Bass

  6. Legal Thrillers: The Chamber by John Grisham

  7. Romantic Thriller: Killing Kelly by Heather Graham

  8. Historical Thriller: The Samurai's Wife by Laura Joh Rowland

  9. Amateur Detective Mystery: Mew is for Murder by Clea Simon

  10. Action Thrillers: The Ripple Effect by Paul Garrison

  11. Stalking Thrillers:

  12. Cozy Mystery:

This list can change at anytime.

If you think this challenge is for you; go to J.Kaye's Blog to sign up.

Happy Reading

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays

December Celebrations
by Helen H. Moore
Every year at just this time,
In cold and dark December,
Families around the world
All gather to remember,
With presents and with parties,
With feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions
for people old and young.
So every year,
around the world
In all lands and nations,
People of all ages love
December celebrations!