Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Currently reading...

Hey everyone!

Ever since I got back into reading this summer, I've been excited to read as many books as possible. But there's something about this change of weather that has me increasingly dissatisfied with most of my Summer Reading books.

I do like fast moving suspense always, but I wouldn't mind settling into something a bit more meaty! I've got a few books on hold at the library (yes I'm still doing my library crawl!) And I'm currently reading: Along came a Spider by Patterson (I'm pretty much into it), The BFG by Roald Dahl (which is actually making my head hurt a bit) and...oh wait, that's it for now.

Ugh, we'll see what happens.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dusty Volumes Reading Challenge


I know what you're thinking: "How can they fit so much flavor in such a small Ritz Cracker?!" But you're probably also wondering how I'm going to finish all these challenges in one year.

This challenge is hosted by Midnyte Reader in what seems to be her first challenge! Congrats to her on that!!

To join:
  • Write a post about this challenge on your blog with a link back to this post.
  • Include a list of the Dusty Volumes you hope to read in 2011. They should have a publishing date before 1960. You can add, subtract or change the list at anytime.
**For a list of complete rules, please click the button above!

Here are my picks:

1. B is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood
2. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger [this will be a re-read]
3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge 2010

I just compulsively decided to do this book challenge with less than 2 months left in the year. Luckily, all I really read are Suspense Thrillers! And this button rocks my world.

**Click on the button to go to the hosting blog.

January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010

Rules: To read TWELVE (12) thrillers in 2010


• You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront then you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

• If you decide to participate in this challenge please use the links at Book Chick City with the buttons to post on your sidebar, this way others can find their way back to this post and join in the fun.

• If you decide to join this challenge be sure to create a post telling others, please make sure you add a link back to this post so others can join in.

• You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.

• There will be a place for you to link your reviews, but this is optional.

My Book List:
1. Run for Your Life James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge [August]
2. Worst Case James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge [September]
3. Step on a Crack James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge [September]
4. Along Came a Spider James Patterson [October]
5. Kiss the girls James Patterson [October]
6. Jack and Jill James Patterson [november]
7. DreamQuest Brent Hartinger [December]
8. Shadow Zone Iris & Roy Johansen [December]
9. Mistletoe Murder Leslie Meier [December]

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Treasure of God's Word via Book Sneeze

I signed up for Book Sneeze and received a book!!! This is my first review for them. Here is the description they've provided for it:

"Celebrate the most influential book in the history of English civilization!

Scholars have long agreed that one of the greatest influences in the shaping of the English language is the King James Version of the Bible. The Treasure of God’s Word is a celebration of the King James Version’s 400-year anniversary, continuing its legacy of inspiration to people in all walks of life. Scripture selections are divided into 45 topics that shed light on the vastness of God’s love for each one of us, as well as articles outlining the history of the translation from its original 1611 to present-day versions. It’s a ‘treasure’ that will bless anyone with a love for God’s Word and a belief that His promises hold true today as they have through the centuries."

When I got this book I think I was under the impression that it was going to be some sort of extremely descriptive Bible. What I got was even cooler than I thought because it applied different descriptive spirtual aspects of the Bible to everyday life & showed what those passages can mean to you.

Upon first glance, I was almost put off that the writer of the book was going to put their opinions about God's Grace & God's Love and things like that, but I found that that wasn't the case. It was as the description read, a history & the language was easy to understand. The most important thing was that there was a historical backing to it!

I also enjoyed the beautiful cover, it seems like a great gift to a Bible collector or anyone who appreciates the Word.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge

Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge

Another challenge my friends! I found Book Vixen's site via someone else's site (that I can't remember now because I did so much clicking around). She loves Nicholas Sparks books and wants to spread the love around! I also love her button! Those are her actual NS books!

Here are some of the rules taken from her page:
  • Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011(books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime – Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to read or re-read as many Nicholas Sparks novels as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.
  • You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so.
  • Post this reading challenge on your blog so you can keep a list of the books you’ve read for this challenge. Please include a link back to this post so readers can join the challenge too.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. You can keep tabs on books you’ve read for this challenge on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you’d like (maybe make a shelf for “Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge”). If you are not on either of those sites then you can list the books you read for this challenge in the comments on my wrap-up post, which will be up at the end of 2011.

First Date – Read 1–4 Nicholas Sparks novels
Going Steady – Read 5–8 Nicholas Sparks novels
Engaged – Read 9–12 Nicholas Sparks novels
Married – Read 13–16 Nicholas Sparks novels

I've really been meaning to check some of his books out so this is the perfect opportunity! I'm going to go at the First Date level of 4 books and list them as I go!

1. The Last Song

Super excited! I love these challenges.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Alex Cross Reading Challenge

So I was at work, working hard at looking for reading challenges [hehe!] and I found this one! It's hosted by Socrates' Book Reviews. How perfect that I decided I wanted to check out the Alex Cross series around September.

Here are the rules & guidelines:

1. Choose how many books you'd like to read from the series. You can read the entire series or however many you'd like. It's up to you! You can change your mind any time throughout the year.

2. All books need to be read between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011. Books read prior to September 1st don't count for this challenge.

3. If you want to participate, just post about it on your blog with a link back to here. Make sure you list the books you need to read.

4. Audio and Ebooks are acceptable. You can also use these books for other challenges.

5. Please use Mr. Linky below to sign up. Use the link to your post about this challenge, not your main blog address. Links that don't go directly to your challenge post will be deleted.

6. Once you complete the challenge, please post the link to your wrap-up blog post with Mr. Linky (I will put up a Mr. Linky for completed lists.)

7. There will also be a Mr. Linky for reviews, although posting your reviews are not a requirement.

8. You can take the button above and post it on your blog.

***For all the specs, click on the challenge button above!

Here are the books I'm going to devote myself to...

1. Along Came a Spider
2. Kiss the Girls
3. Jack and Jill
4 Cat and Mouse
5 Pop! Goes the Weasel
6 Roses Are Red
7 Violets Are Blue
8 Four Blind Mice
9 The Big Bad Wolf
10 London Bridges
11 Mary Mary

I'm going to stop at 8 because I may already be in way over my head with all the challenges I'm signing up for!

Update: I intend to read 10 of the Alex Cross Books for this challenge! 

Reader's Block

Hey guys!
I've been working with barely any time to read. I had about a half hour train ride so I took in some books during that time.

I tried to read 4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Got about 100 pages in and had to put it down for good. If a quick read like that hadn't captured my by then, it was never going to catch me. I might need to read the series from the beginning but am not so interested.

The other book I tried was Scott Westerfield's Midnighters. I even had it listed until my Book Challenge list. Although the level of fantasy was extremely imaginitive, I didn't care about any of the characters enough to invest myself.
Back to the drawing board I guess! Hopefully I can find something cool tomorrow :)

Happy reading,

Friday, October 8, 2010

Newbie Blog Hop for new (and not so new) bloggers!

I just started my blog this summer and it's been very fun looking through other blogs to get ideas. I'm grateful for all the blog hops, giveaways, and Goodreads as it has led me to meet many of you!

I'd like to do this holiday blog hop for the end of the year to get some new friends and hopefully get you all some new friends too! It will be like getting presents all month!

Sign up:

You must sign up on the linky list. Otherwise, people won't know to check out your blog! Anyone can sign up, the more the merrier. Those of us who are still new to this whole blogging thing are especially encouraged!

This isn't mandatory but it would be cool if you could:

<a href="http://lazygirlreads.blogspot.com/2010/10/newbie-blog-hop-for-new-and-not-so-new.html"><img src=" http://i841.photobucket.com/albums/zz334/LaToya_Lewis/NewbieBlogButton.jpg " />

Link back to this post or create an entry about this hop,

Grab a button for your sidebar!

Add me as a friend if we aren't friends already on GFC, Goodreads and/or Twitter !

If you're super nice and you DO decide to make a post, answer this question:

Blog question:
What's your favorite feature of online book blogging?

I love various buttons. I make mine with Gimp software since I'm marginally saavy in that area. And I do mean marginally.

Happy blogging!