Friday, December 09, 2011

I've been thinking about this challenge for a little while and what I want to do about joining. It's hosted at LibraryThing here and I really like that you can pretty much do whatever you want structure wise. I looked at a lot of interesting challenges and figured the best thing to do would be combine all of them in this one sort of...! What I am proposing to do is read 12 books in each of the following categories :

1. Vampires
2. Werewolves
3. Witches/Sorceresses
4. Faeries/Fair Folk
5. Wizards/Mages/Magician's
6. Other Shapeshifters excluding Werewolves
7. Angels and Demons
8. Steampunk
9. Ghosts and Spirits
10. Humans with Special Powers e.g. telekinesis, mind reading etc
11. Psychics/Clairevoyants/Mediums
12. Other Supernatural eg Succubus/Incubus etc

The twist will be that a single book can fit into more than one category. For example a Sookie Stackhouse book could potentially fit into 1, 2, 4, 5, 10 and 12. Some books will only fit one category, but others could potentially be all 12. This means I will be reading anywhere between 12 and 144 books. Make sense? I am also not going to pick out what I read beforehand, just see where my supernatural reading takes me.

Anyway I'm looking forward to starting in January once I finish up a couple of challenges this year. I have one more challenge book and then I'm all done for 2011.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 341
Series : #1 Xas
Format : Novel
Reason for Reading : Challenge with Mariel 2011

Sobran Jodeau is a vinter living in France when one year he meets an Angel named Xas. The novel begins in 1808 and follows up every year charting Sobran's life as well as those around him including his yearly visits from Xas. Sobran takes over the family vintner business making wine and selling it. On the advice of the angel he begins to proposer and his family benefit from his success. He believes the angel brings him luck. Over the course of the book we learn more about Xas and his backstory and things are not quite what Sobran first assumed.

It took me a while to get into this book and I'm not sure why. By the end though I was really drawn in to the lives of Sobran, Aurora and Xas. Some of the twists and turns in their everyday lives were too obvious. There are some murders that occur and it was simple to figure out the truth of them for instance. What was really interesting though was the relationship between the three central characters, watching them develop over the years was fascinating. It's quite charming with beautiful language.

Rating : 5.0/5
Number of Pages : 272
Format : Fantasy Novel
Reason for Reading : Mariel Challenge 2011

Pico is a librarian who is born of the winged people but for some reason he is born with none himself. The winged live alongside those with none but the two don't really mix. He falls in love with a winged girl, but she leaves him as he isn't fully one of them. He sets out on a journey to find his wings through the Book of Flying, following whispers of legends across many different lands.

I don't know where to start with this book. I completely and utterly fell in love with it. There are some uncomfortable parts, but the magic was so beautiful. The language is so immersive and I couldn't get enough of this story. I really need to get a copy of The Book of Fire.

Rating : 2.5/5
Number of Pages : 373
Series : #1 Thursday Next
Format : Science Fiction, Crime Thriller Novel
Reason for Reading : Challenge with Mariel 2011

Part crime thriller and part science fiction novel, this is the first in the Thursday Next series. It's set in a kind of alternate reality. The Crimean War never ended and the ending of Jane Eyre is different from what we know and love in our reality. Evil genius Acheron Styx starts kidnapping characters from novels and changing their stories. It beings with a Dickens character, but his main goal is to kidnap Jane Eyre. It is up to Thursday to stop him and save the literary world.

Sadly I didn't really enjoy this. I'm not a big fan of sic-fi or crime thriller which probably didn't help. I liked the premise, but not the follow through and how it came across in print. Maybe later ones in the series are better, but frankly I'm not inclined to read further.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 260
Format : Non Fiction, Folklore, Art
Reason for Reading : 11 11 11 Challenge

Anyone looking to get started in examining the folklore, mythology and meaning of the hare should start with this book. A mixture of tales, anecdotes, art, knowledge and study all focusing on the hare. The author and artist lives near a field nicknamed "Black Patches" after the black tips of the ears of hares and began studying and painting them.

There are summaries of tales from around the world, although the focus is on tales from Europe and especially the UK being this is where she is from. This worked more as a taster for me and really piqued my interest to go and do my own research. There is also a section on the anatomy of the hare and general information (I never knew makes are Jack's and females are Jill). The most interesting parts for me were the middle sections looking at the meaning of the hare. For example the triple hare is found in many churches around Dartmoor in Devon. It is possibly to represent the trinity or the divine feminine. My uncle lives by Dartmoor and I'm hoping to visit some of the churches and see the carvings for myself next year.

One of the main draws is all the artwork (see below). Karen has filled the book with many of her original pieces which she sells through Hedingham Fair online and at various events. The hare gazing at the moon below and the lunar hare jumping out of the moon as another studies it's reflection are my two favourites, although there are many more. Another aspect I really enjoyed was that she showcased other artists, authors and musicians at the end who have been inspired by hares so I have more to look into. I've only ever seen a hare in the wild once. I was visiting a long barrow near Bath and as I walked towards it with a friend, a hare jumped up from the grass and raced away just as a buzzard flew overhead. A magical day and I'm hoping to go hare spotting soon.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Sadly the RIP VI challenge has finished for another year hosted here by Carl V. As always it's been a fun trip into the darkness. I read 5 books specifically for the challenge including revisiting a childhood favourite that has an inscription from my mum for my 8th birthday over 20 years ago. My list of books read is :

1. Blood Promise - Richelle Mead
2. Enthralled - Various
3. Graveminder - Melissa Marr
4. I Luv Halloween Ultimate Edition - Benjamin Roman & Keith Giffen
5. The Witches - Roald Dahl

I can honestly say I loved all of the books I read. Blood Promise is part of the Vampire Academy series which I got completely hooked on after Jehera gave me the first three and this instalment did not disappoint. Enthralled is a collection of urban fantasy stories by various different authors like Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong. The connection between them is they feature travel/journeys of some sort. Graveminder is a new direction for Melissa Marr. It tells the story of two people who discover they can speak to the dead and there is a pact within the town that they are now stuck in the middle of.

I Luv Halloween collects the three manga's from the series in one ultimate edition in full colour. It was pretty disturbing actually, very gruesome despite being aimed at younger teenagers. Enjoyable nonetheless. The Witches is one of my favourite Roald Dahl books, but it's been years since I last read it. It was like a trip back to my childhood and it was even better than I remembered.

If I had to pick a favourite it would be Graveminder, but it only just beat out The Witches. My least favourite was I Luv Halloween, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The end of the readathon for another time. It's been a strange one for me this time around. I was so antisocial and while I read a couple of posts, I didn't comment on a single blog or do any of the mini challenges apart from the first and last meme's. I think it's due to feeling so rough with sinusitis again that made me just hole up by myself and read in between naps and cat cuddles. Hopefully next time I will be much more sociable and get more involved as that's one of the big draws to doing it with so many other people around the world.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

All of them this time. It was a real battle to stay awake the entire time and I had a couple of naps and went to bed in the middle for about 5.5 hours.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Reading some colourful manga when I woke up was really good to get back into the swing of things. I also loved Graveminder by Melissa Marr which had a really great pace and kept me entertained.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No I think it's all pretty sorted now it's been going for a good while.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I'm not the best person to ask as I was so antisocial. It was nice to have some positive comments though :)

5. How many books did you read?
I finished 4 books and read part of a 5th. One of the books was three books in one so not sure if it really counts as 6 completed.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Graveminder - Melissa Marr
Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton
I Luv Halloween Ultimate Edition (3 books in 1) - Benjamin Romin & Keith Giffen
Sweet Talkin' Demon - Laura J Burns (Charmed)
Part of The Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Definitely Graveminder. Great story, cool characters and one of my favourite authors at the moment. I hope there are more in this series soon and it wasn't a one off.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Sweet Talkin' Demon I think. It wasn't bad, just not a great story. It was short though and an easy read which helped in the early hours of this morning.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Always up for taking part as a reader again.

Morning all! I did go to bed in the middle for a while (I went to bed around 2am and got up at just before 8am again) but have been back up and reading for the last 2 hours or so. I just finished a three in one manga which was pretty gruesome - I Luv Halloween Ultimate Twisted Edition and am wondering what to start next. I have two hours left on an audiobook which I might finish or maybe start something completely new.

It's now 00:40 here in the UK and I still feeling terrible but have just finished my second book. So far I have read Graveminder by Melissa Marr which was fantastic and I just completed Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton which I also really enjoyed. I'm debating whether to go to bed properly for a bit and see if I feel any better after a proper sleep, or if I should carry on and see if I can sweat out the rest of this flu thing. Either way, I hope everyone is reading books they love as much as I have been and is having fun :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

This has been a bit of a fail readathon wise so far annoyingly. I read for the first few hours and then fell asleep despite it being around 4pm here in London. I woke up with a splitting headache so I've taken a bunch of paracetamol and made some dinner in the hopes it perks me up a bit. I hate being sick and hopefully this weekend will be the last of it.

The good news though is that the book I am reading is awesome! I'm just over halfway through Graveminder by Melissa Marr and love it so far. Great characters and an unusual story which is perfect for this time of year and the RIP challenge. I hope everyone is doing better than me...

1)Where are you reading from today?

My house just outside London, England surrounded my my four cats.

2)Three random facts about me…
- I will be wearing fluffy purple penguin PJs for the readathon
- My natural hair colour is blond although you would never guess if you met me...
- To annoy my husband I have started collecting anything with unicorns on them

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
I Have a whole stash of books next to me (9 total) which includes two I am halfway through and a couple of manga for the early hours of tomorrow morning.

4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
This year no. I have been horribly sick all week so will not be doing many updates or keeping track of so much. I thought I would try and relax a bit more this time and just where my reading takes me without the pressure to reach a page or book count.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Lots of mini breaks and graphic novels/manga are your best friends when you start getting tired. The visual style is great for the early hours.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Rating : 2.5/5
Number of Pages : 417

Series : #4 Imaginarium Geographica
Format : Teenage Fiction Fantasy Novel
Reason for Reading : Series Challenge 2011

The Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica return to to go to war with a set of defectors who have joined forces with the Shadow of the Winter King. He is armed this time with the Spear of Destiny as well as the renegades and is looking to build an even more terrifying army of Dragons. World War II has begun in our world (the Summer Country) which seems connected to the war in the Archipelago and chaos is breaking loose everywhere.

Some new characters like Don Quixote join the Caretakers as they sail over the edge of the Archipelago to find an ancient sword that can defeat the Shadow energy. Definitely the weakest of the series though. I found the plot hard to follow and I'm frankly bored of them fighting the same energy in different forms again and again. It's like the boss battle at the end of a Japanese RPG game where you defeat it and then it goes ha ha ha and morphs into another form. Only this is the fourth book now and it's like there no original ideas...

Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 376
Series : #5 Imaginarium Geographica
Format :
Teenage Fiction Fantasy Novel
Reason for Reading :
Series Challenge 2011

Another adventure for the Caretakers. This time the Summer Country has become disconnected from the Archipelago and there is a rift in time. Their time travelling watches and the Trump Cards are no longer working and they must do what they can to save both worlds and create a new zero point. The Dragons are gone, but they are tasked with finding their last remaining apprentice who is still somewhere in the world. A band of select representatives of the Caretakers and the new faction must once again set forth and fight the new enemy.

Finally a new enemy! This book is mostly filler and annoyingly doesn't tell you if the final sacrifice worked or not after the fire. It sets things up for the next book (any word on when this will be out yet?), but I did enjoy this significantly more than the previous instalment. It seemed like James A Owen has a new direction and although it was still a bit overcomplicated, it has renewed my faith in the series. I only hope the next one keeps the same momentum.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Rating : 5.0/5
Number of Pages : 279
Format : Alternative Fairy Tale Novel
Reason for Reading : 11 11 11 Challenge

Lil is an old woman living in New York. Her day job is in a second hand book store owned by newly divorced George. They specialise in finding old and first editions of books and Lil has always ben drawn to fairy tales, in particular Cinderella. You see Lil is a fairy godmother, none other than Cinderella's fairy godmother. She was flattered at being chosen to help Cinderella reach her destiny, she is to marry the Prince and become Queen. The problem is that Lil goes to take a look at the Prince herself and falls in love with him. She takes Cinderella's place at the ball and is then banished by the Elders to live in the human world.

Lil thinks that after three hundred years she has finally found a way to go home. She sees her sister in the corner of her eyes often in the light as it dances and longs for the fairy realm below the water. One morning Veronica enters the book shop with a book of the Cottingly fairies and Lil sees her sister and friends in the pictures. This is surely a sign that her time with the humans is almost over. Veronica is young and vibrant and would be just the thing for George who has withdrawn into himself. If Lil can make a match between them, surely she can repair the damage with Cinderella and atone for her past mistake.

Of course the story is not quite so simple. It looks into human pain and suffering that occurs from loss. We start to question Lil's story and wonder what the reality of her past is. It's a beautifully told story that really captured my imagination and attention. Of course I am slightly biased as I love alternative versions of fairy tales, but this really stood out as being in the same league as Briar Rose by Jane Yolen which I thought was amazing.

I can't remember who recommended this to me, but you have my hearty thanks. I loved this book so much. The characters were so alive somehow and the tale was told with care and attention to detail. I loved that Veronica kept her journal online and Lil was able to learn a great deal about her life. She is someone I would really like to befriend, she seemed like a lot of fun. My only tiny niggle was that we didn't get to spend more time getting to know George as well. Another 50 pages would have been even better.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

RIP VI Challenge

It's finally here, RIP VI Challenge hosted by Carl V at Stainless Steel Droppings (full details here). A time to read books that fall under any or all of the following categories :




Dark Fantasy




There are a number of options for those taking part in the challenge (cleverly titled Perils) and I am opting for at least Peril the First. This means reading 4 books that fit into the genres above. Depending on time I may also add the Short Story and Film Perils as well.

Usually I have at least a rough idea of a pool of books, but this year I have so many things to read I don't know where to start. I am hoping to do the Readethon in October and read the same book as my friend and fellow blogger Jehara and we plan on reading Graveminder by Melissa Marr which will be for this challenge. Beyond that I have so much to choose from!

One thing I still plan on doing is mixing up the types of book I read. I try and cover fiction, graphic novel and manga formats to mix things up so expect me to stick with that idea again this year. All I know is I can't wait to get started. September 1st to October 31st is one of my favourite times of the year.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Three beautiful books set in the same fantasy world that weave stories of magic and hope. The first is The Safe Keepers Secret about a Safe Keeper (one who hears secrets and keeps their confidence) who is about to give birth. On the night she goes into labor, a stranger arrives and hands over another baby born that night to parents unknown. He whispers the secret of the child's parentage to another Safe Keeper and is found dead the next day so no one else can uncover the secret It is rumoured the baby could be of Royal birth, but without a Truth Teller who can say. Fiona and Reed both grow older with Fiona trying to follow her mothers footsteps and become a Safe Keeper and Reed not quite finding his place.

The Truth-Tellers Tale follows mirror twins Eleda and Adele, one a Truth-Teller (who always knows the truth and can never lie) and the other a Safe Keeper respectively. Eleda tells their story and the consequences of what happens when the local townsfolk and visitors mistake them for each other. For two very different girls, they are surprisingly close. Truth-Tellers often have trouble making friends as not many always seek to know the truth always so it's good that they always have each other.

The final book is The Dream-Makers Magic. In all the land there is only ever one Dream Maker. Their life is filled with misery and pain while they bring the fulfilment of dreams to those around them. It is a fickle power as the Dream Maker cannot chose which dreams to grant however. Here we meet Kellan, a girl brought up as a boy when her mother is convinced that's how she was born. She enters school and meets Gryffin, a crippled boy with a strong will and personality. They quickly become friends and their lives intertwine with each others until a Dream Maker changes everything.

I became quickly absorbed in each set of stories quickly and really felt I knew the chatacers by the end of each book. All three were excellent, but I think I enjoyed The Dream-Makers Magic a touch more than the other two. It left me with such a feeling of hope and joy by the end. Although each set of characters faces hardships in all three books, the message of strength and determination prevails.

These books are classified as YA fantasy, but they seem to me to be more like Alice Hoffman's magical reality as they are much more about people and relationships than anything fantastical. They would appeal to anyone who loves character driven stories and can be read in any order, please don't be put off if you don't normally read YA fantasy. I'm not sure who recommended these, but thank you whoever it was. If the rest of Shinn's books are as good as these I will be reading all of them!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

I’ve been doing the Fairy Tale Challenge which was to watch or read 12 fairy tale inspired books or movies. I ended up watching quite a few films for this and thought I would do a quick review of them all here

1. Alice - A television drama shown on SyFy based on Alice in Wonderland

An original mini series where Alice is a young woman who follows her boyfriend into a fantasy world and discovers Wonderland is not what we remember from the children's novel. I thought this was really imaginative and I hope it's repeated again. It was a fun mix of sic-fi and fantasy and a new twist on a well known story.

2. Tangled - Disney film based on Rapunzel

The question is how to make Rapunzel a Disney Princess and this was achieved by having her stolen from her parents, the King and Queen, as a baby by Mother Gothel. Her hair has magic powers that restore youth and beauty which is why she was taken. Awesome film, I loved the humour and that Rapunzel is a heroine able to look after herself for the most part.

3. Fern Gully - Animated film looking at pollution in forests

Human Zak gets shrunk while cutting down trees in the forest and meets fairy Crysta and they band together to defeat the evil Hexxus (a monster made of pollution). Fairy magic must prevail I can't believe this was the first time I watched this. A delightful film and I love that Tim Curry is the voice of Hexxus.

4. The Last Unicorn - Based on the book by Peter S Beagle

My favourite all time film. Peter S Beagle wrote the screenplay too and it follows the last Unicorn in the world as she searches for what happened to the rest of her kind. Magician's, a Witch, mythical creatures, a Hero and an evil King. This has everything you need if you are a fairytale addict. Watch the film and read the book immediately.

5. My Neighbour Totoro - Ghibli anime about two young girls and a nature spirit

When Satsuki and Mei's mother is ill they move into the countryside with their father. Mei meets nature spirit Totoro and they have adventures on a Cat Bus. One of the most adorable films ever.

6. Red Riding Hood - Based on the fairy tale of the same name

Twilight director turns her hand to Red Riding Hood and puts her magic love triangle to the more traditional tale. The wolf is a werewolf that raids a forest village and when Valerie's sister is killed things really get going. I really liked it, it's dark and moody and I didn't figure out who the werewolf was which is very unlike me.

7. Beastly - Based on Beauty and the Beast

Terrible terrible modern take on Beauty and the Beast, Avoid at all costs!

8. Arrietty - Ghibli film based on The Borrows by Mary Norton

The newest Ghibli film which makes The Borrowers Japanese and English at the same time. The Borrowers are little people living under a house in the country and when Sho goes to stay with his grandmother (he is ill with a heart problem) he discovers them. Unfortunately he isn't the only one.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Bookish Haul

I popped into town today for Harry Potter day to pick up a goodie bag (yes Mariel I got you one too) and took a detour to the book shop oops.

I got :

Finding Sky - Joss Stirling
Anno Dracula - Kim Newman (with a recommendation k. The spine from Neil Gaiman)
The Scarletti Curse - Christine Feehan (I really liked the cover and the blurb sounds interesting)
The Reluctant Mage - Karen Miller
Dark Heart Forever - Lee Monroe
Dark Heart Rising - Lee Monroe

Looking forward to getting stuck in!

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Format : Teenage Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Reason for Reading : iChallenge

Zoey is a normal teenager in highschool with a drunk boyfriend and regular BFF. Her life changes when she is marked by a vampyre tracker making her a fledgling vampire. No one knows why some people are marked and not others, but once you are you must move to the closed House of Night run by adult vampires. Fledglings get ill if they are away from adult vampires and if their body does not reject the change, they eventually transfrom into vampyres at some point themselves too (like a second pubity).

The series follows Zoey as she makes new friends and enemies, begins her worship of the Vampire Goddess Nyx and juggles a variety of different boys and men. Below is as vague a description of the first six books as I can manage to not give away any major plot or storylines.

Marked - 4.5/5

The main purpose is to introduce all the main characters and the House of Night including the rules, customs and set the main plot in motion. Zoey meets Stevie Rae who is to become her best friend and the bitchy Aphrodite. Aphrodite is immediately jealouse of Zoey and sets out to make life as difficult as she can for her. Zoey also finds out she has some unique powers.

Betrayed - 4.5/5

A series of murders has started happening and the victims are all people Zoey has a connection with from her old school. Zoey also starts to figure out what Nyx meant when she said all that is light is not good and all that is dark is not bad.

Chosen - 4.5/5

Things have taken a turn for the worse and Zoey struggles to help her best friend. She has three guys fighting over her and things between the vampyres and humans are starting to turn really nasty. The People of Faith (a right wing religious group) have never been comfortable with the Goddess worship of the vampyres and it's all getting ugly now.

Untamed - 5.0/5

Zoey has alienated all of her friends by not letting them get close to her and keeping information from them. The vampyres are trying to start a war with the humans and of her two friends left one is dead and the other a strange alliance... The main plot connecting the series is finally revealed and monsters from ages past are unleashed. We learn more about Zoey's Cherokee heritage.

Hunted - 4.0/5

Zoey and her friends are on the run from an immortal being who seems to have a connectoin to Zoey. The main problem is he seems to have some kind of mind control over the other fledglings and vampyres who can't see him for what he truely is. More of the legend is revealed.

Tempted - 4.5/5

Zoey has three men in her life again and Zoey begins to worry more about Stevie Rae. Aphrodite's visions are still not looking good and highlighting the connection between Zoey and the monster. By the end a lot more plot points are revealed and this is the first one to be told from viewpoints other than Zoey.

There are a lot of things I like about this series so far. I really enjoy the Goddess worship and pagan side. It's also a fun twist on the vampyre mythology plus it works well with the teenage and school setting. The first few books are definitely the best so far in the series as they blend the vampyre myths with regular humans and family relationships. It all gets a bit too bogged down in the supernatural side later on.

It's very well thought out with lots of little snippets of storylines along the way which all tie in as the books progress. My main crisicism though is that the side characters (especially Damien, Erin, Jack and Shaunee) are not fleshed out at all. They have very limited roles and only a few personality traits that fit a couple of small sterotypes. Overall though I really love these books and am looking forward to reading more.

Books in the series :

1. Marked
2. Betrayed
3. Chosen
4. Untamed
5. Hunted
6. Tempted
7. Burned
8. Awakened
9. Destined

Novellas (forthcoming) :

Dragon's Oath
Lenobia's Vow

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rating : 2.5/5
Number of Pages : 192
Series : #7 Bizenghast
Format : Manga
Reason for Reading : Manga Challenge 2011

The penultimate in the series sees the final war begin. Many surprises are in store for Dinah and her friends and unfortunately most are not good. The artwork is still stunning, but it felt like mostly filler and a stepping stone to the final showdown. I loved this series at the beginning, but have gone off it lately. The story seems stilted and like it's drawn out for the sake of extending the series. My main worry is that now Tokyopop has shut down in the USA that the final installment won't get published. I really want to see how it all wraps up, despite not really enjoying this section.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

I love the OUAT Challenge. Any excuse to read fairy tale, fantasy, myth and folktale based books is good in my book (pun not intended). there were a variety of different challenge options as always and this time I went for a mix of Quest the First and Second. I specifically read five books for the challenge and tried to do one from each genre (although myth and folklore are hard to distinguish at times) and mix up the formats I read.

1. Baba Yaga Laid an Egg - Dubravka Ugresic (folklore/mythology)
2. Return to Labyrinth v4 - Jake T Forbes & Chris Lie (fantasy)
3. The Young Merlin Trilogy - Jane Yolen (folklore/mythology)
4. Howl's Moving Castle - Dianna Wynne Jones (fairy tale)
5. Fables v12 The Dark Ages - Bill Willingham (fantasy/fairy tale)

I loved all of them and can't pick a favourite. Book two was a beautifully drawn manga and book five a trade paperback. The first a mix of fiction and non fiction and books three and four young adult. I haven't written most of the reviews yet, but promise to do so in the near future and add them to the review site. I can heartily recommend all five to anyone who loves this challenge for when (it had better run again...) it happens next year.

As the challenge covers genres I love, most of the other books I have read for other challenges could also have been slotted nicely into the challenge. Here are some of my favourites :

Fairest of All - Serena Valentino (fairy tale)
The Safe Keepers Secret - Shannon Shinn (fantasy)
Fables 13-15 - Bill Willingham (fantasy/fairy tale)
Darkest Mercy - Melissa Marr (urban fairy tale)
Storm Glass - Maria V Snyder (fantasy)

Bring on Once Upon a Time VI already!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rating : 4.0/5

Number of Pages : 327
Series : Canongate Myths Series
Format : Myth Fiction/Non Fiction
Reason for Reading : Once Upon a Time V Challenge

This is a collection of Baba Yaga myths and stories told as short stories and a letter. The first follows a writer on a voyage to Bulgaria, the land her mother is from. Her mother has recently died and she is trying to reconnect with her. The second tells of three old women taking a holiday together in a spa as we look back over some of their life choices. The final section is a letter summarising all the Baba Yaga myths and stories to an uninformed reader and it raises some very interesting questions at the end.

The book looks at growing older, femininity, the differences in the myths and stories and the unlocking of secrets long buried. I didn't know much about the myths beforehand, just the essentials that she is a witch who lives in a house with chicken legs. It was fascinating to read more and see her in a more updated setting.

This book can be read in one sitting or as three separate sections. I read it all in one go, but definitely plan on going back and reading it again (especially the final section with all the myth details). I got totally caught up in the stories and wish that all myths had such concise but incredibly detailed summaries. I love this whole series and can highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in myths and stories. It fits in really nicely with the others in the collection, it's diverse and spans many different cultures. Looking forward to continuing with more in the near future.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

All done for another readathon. Final figures are :

Books Read - 6
Pages Read - 259
Total Pages - 1474

Time spent reading - 165mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 5mins

Time spent blogging/online - 10mins

Total time spent reading - 880mins

Books Read :
Baby Yaga Lays an Egg - Dubravka Ugresic
Fairest of All - Serena Valentino
As Puck would have it - Paul Ruditis (Charmed)
Return to Labyrinth v4 - Jake T Forbes & Chris Lie
Legends of the Dark Crystal v2 - Barbara Randall Kesel
The Young Merlin Trilogy 0 Jane Yolen (three books in one volume)

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
When my husband got home around hour 11/12

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Young Merlin Trilogy by Jane Yolen was great. A light read with a fun story to keep you going for about 3 hours.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I didn't do any of the mini challenges apart from the first and last as I got caught up in reading, but they always work really well and keep people focused.

5. How many books did you read?

6. What were the names of the books you read?
See above

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I think Fairest of All was my favourite although to be honest I loved them all!

8. Which did you enjoy least?
None, they were all awesome.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I can't remember if this was my third, fourth or fifth but I would definitely sign up for another one as a reader.

Currently Reading : Again not decided what to pick up next. So many fun books to choose from!

Books Read - 5
Pages Read - 416
Total Pages - 1215

Time spent reading - 105mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 5mins

Time spent blogging/online - 10mins

Total time spent reading - 715mins

Now I have finished 5 books (3 novels and 2 mangas) and am undecided again what to read next. I'm debating between The Young Merlin trilogy by Jane Yolen or making a start on Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs...

Currently Reading : Not decided yet, probably a manga next but not sure which one

Books Read - 3
Pages Read - 73
Total Pages - 799

Time spent reading - 50mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 5mins

Time spent blogging/online - 5mins

Total time spent reading - 610mins

I just fininshed my third book, one of the Charmed tie in novels. Am about to start book four but haven't yet decided what to read. Most likely I will pick up a manga or gaphic novel, but not sure which one yet.

urrently Reading : As Puck would have it - Paul Ruditis (Charmed)

Books Read - 2
Pages Read - 128
Total Pages - 726

Time spent reading - 115mins
Time spent eating/cooking - 0mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 10mins

Time spent blogging/online - 10mins

Time spent sleeping - 300mins
Time spent being distracted by drunk husband - 45mins!

Total time spent reading - 560mins

After my husband came home drunk and distracted me I ended up going to bed from 12:15 - 6am. Back reading again for the last hour and should be fine to continue to the end now :)

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Currently Reading : As Puck would have it - Paul Ruditis (Charmed)

Books Read - 2
Pages Read - 143
Total Pages - 598

Time spent reading - 70mins
Time spent eating/cooking - 0mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 30mins

Time spent blogging/online - 20mins

Total time spent reading - 450mins

Two books completed now. Fairest of All was a really interesting fairy tale told from the point of view of the Queen in Disney's Snow White. We meet her as a young girl first falling in love with the King and see her through to the end of the film. An interesting perspective.

Currently Reading : Fairest of them all - Serena Valentino

Books Read - 1
Pages Read - 158
Total Pages - 455

Time spent reading - 105mins
Time spent eating/cooking - 0mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 5mins

Time spent blogging/online - 10mins

Total time spent reading - 380mins

I finished my first book and it ended fantastically. Part fiction and part non fiction looking at the stories about Baba Yaga. The book I am reading at the moment looks at the Queen in Snow White and how she becomes the Wicked Stepmother we know form the Disney film.

Loki on my lap and Eris next to me ^_^

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Currently Reading : Baba Yaga Laid an Egg - Dubravka Ugresic
Books Read - 0
Pages Read - 83
Total Pages - 297

Time spent reading - 105mins
Time spent eating/cooking - 0mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 5mins

Time spent blogging/online - 10mins

Total time spent reading - 275mins

I've just about finished my first book which is a mix of fiction and non fiction.

Currently Reading : Baba Yaga Laid an Egg - Dubravka Ugresic
Books Read - 0
Pages Read - 84
Total Pages - 214

Time spent reading - 70mins
Time spent eating/cooking - 30mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 10mins

Time spent blogging/online - 10mins

Total time spent reading - 170mins

Approaching the end of the second hour here are my stats :

Currently Reading : Baba Yaga Laid an Egg - Dubravka Ugresic
Books Read - 0
Pages Read - 130
Total Pages - 130

Time spent reading - 100mins
Time spent eating/cooking - 10mins
Time spent in cat related activities - 10mins

Total time spent reading - 100mins

1)Where are you reading from today?
The front room of my flat just outside London. Alternating between the round chair and the sofa when the cats steal the chair!

2)Three random facts about me…
I think my middle name Jane is really boring
My natural hair colour is blonde (it's currently a purply red colour)
I am addicted to playing Pocket Frogs and this will be a real test not playing it for 24 hours...!

3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
One novel for OUAT V challenge
One Fairy Tale Challenge novel
One 11 11 11 Challenge novel
One Manga or Graphic Novel
Anything else I have time for and takes my fancy from the stack I have compiled on the sofa.

4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
As above, I want to read a minimum of three novels and a manga or graphic novel.

5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
In the early hours try reading graphic novels and manga. It helps keep you focused as they are short and picture focused.

Friday, April 08, 2011

It's been ages since I last updated. Work is good just very very busy. I'm reading lots though and will eventually get around to putting up some reviews. In the meantime I have signed up for the Once Upon a Time V Challenge here and am really excited to get going on my books! It runs from 21sh March until 20th June and there are a variety of different challenge options. I haven't decide which one I will be doing yet, will just see how many books and I read and slot them in afterwards. I love the genres so am sure I will read lots. I'm not yet putting together a pool, I have so many cool books I could read for this challenge, I am just going to pick what takes my fancy as I go along :)

I will make a good start this weekend during the readatho which I have signed up for again. I can't wait to get started and will put together some books tonight ready for the 1pm UK kick off (I think that's the right time. I think we are GMT+1 now because of BST).

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Rating : 5.0/5
Number of Pages : 135
Series : #2 Green
Format : Teenage Fiction, Fairy Tale
Reason for Reading : 11 11 Challenge

Green returns and the story continues from where Green Angel left off. Green is still making paper and is collecting the stories of the surviving townspeople on paper that seems appropriate. She is looking for her lost love as well as Heather who also went missing and she goes to seek those five women labelled as witches who may be able to help her. These include the water witch and the sky witch. She finds they have a lot of wisdom to share and she comes a step closer to those she seeks at each turn. We learn more about what happened to the town and why and uncover more secrets along the way.

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, even more so than the first book. It's short, but reads like poetry despite being written as prose. I would love to get a copy of this as an audiobook as it sounds wonderful when read out loud. I will definitely be revisiting Green and her world in both tales again soon and I can't praise this highly enough.

Series :

1. Green Angel
2. Green Witch

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 225
Format : Fiction Anthology
Reason for Reading : 11 11 Challenge

A series of short stories by the wonderful Alice Hoffman all set in or around the same isolated house. It is originally build by a husband for his wife and two sones. They plan on starting a farm and a garden when he is lost at sea along with their two young children. The youngest son's pet blackbird who refused to fly escapes and makes it back home, but has turned white during the ordeal.

The house is not the only consistent aspect in the tales as the house passes through families and generations. A ghostly white blackbird is often seen and there are themes of love and loss. Sadly many of the characters become orphans or lose their children.

They are all beautiful and moving tales. One that really stayed with me was of a woman who loses her parents and home in a fire. She takes to living on the beach until some of the local women interfere and place her with the crippled blacksmith to keep his house. As time goes by she learns to trust and opens her heart again. She is gifted with a peach tree which is another constant in the tales that follow. Very highly recommended to anyone who likes great prose with a fairy tale lilt to it.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 104
Series : Women of the Otherworld
Format : Urban Fantasy Short Story
Reason for Reading : To continue the series

A novella following renegade angel Eve. She was a witch who dabbled in dark magic in life and in death works on behalf of the Fates. It slots into the Women of the Otherworld series anywhere after Haunted (book five) where Eve first takes centre stage. She doesn't exactly go about her new job in a conventional way (this is pretty much why she is so useful to the Fates) and this time she is out to stop a djinn and a demonic rebellion. Problem is that when she does break the rules, she is always reprimanded and she is sick of it. She has it mind that this will be her last mission for the Fates and then she is done and quitting.

Nothing is as simple as it first seems though (isn't that always the way), and soon she is fighting for her life, trying to stop a rebellion and amidst all this there is also the potential that there is a traitor in the angelic ranks. I'm still loving this series. Eve is a great character with a lot of depth and I really hope she makes an appearance in later novels. It will be interesting to see if Savanah (her daughter) gets her own tale at some point as well.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

iChallenge 2011

Argh ok just one more challenge then...! I love urban fantasy so this is ideal for me. Full details are here. Basically the aim is to read 10 witchy, fae, vamp and were books. The books can be print, ebooks or audio. Rereads are fine, but reviews must be rewritten. This one should be a lot of fun. This really is my last one for 2011 though. Honest!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 390
Series : #1 Darkest Powers
Format : Teenage Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Reason for Reading : 11 11 Challenge

Chloe Saunders is a relatively normal girl in high school. What makes her stand out form her friends is that she hasn't started her period yet despite being 15 and her mother died when she was still young. One day in school everything changes. She finally gets her period, but then she starts to see ghosts. She is taken to the hospital after lashing out at the teachers at school when she is chased by a ghost who died in a fire. The school won't let her back in until she has had treatment at Lyle House, a place for troubled teens.

When she gets there she is soon diagnosed with schizophrenia and told it can be managed by medication. There are five other teenagers there and it soon begins to unfold that they are all special in their own way. Chloe is still seeing ghosts and they seem to want her to find out more about the mystery of the house. Is it mere coincidence that the other teenagers are gifted too or is something more sinister at work here.

I loved this book, the first in the Darkest Powers trilogy. I have read most of her adult series Women of the Otherworld and didn't suspect until about half way through that the two series are connected which was a nice surprise. It begins as a ghost story and then turns into a supernatural drama. I can't read to read book two as there are some major plot points revealed at the end and it finishes on a cliff hanger.

Series :

1. The Summoning
2. The Awakening
3. The Reckoning

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Firstly the Manga Challenge is back again in 2011, for full details please go to the blog here. Nymeth and her boyfriend have very kindly made a new button for 2011 if you want to display it on your site.

I have signed up to one more challenge, one with Kailana at The Written Word. We have given each other a list of 4 books to read and have to read 3 minimum. I have put them in my sidebar along with my other challenge lists. It's getting a bit long now...

I have also been giving my book list from Nymeth for our reading challenge which are in the sidebar and should have my list from Mariel in a couple of weeks time when we meet up to exchange Christmas gifts (hopefully over a hot chocolate and cupcake).

Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 313
Series : #2 Wicked Lovely
Format : Teenage Fiction, Urban Faery Tale
Reason for Reading : 11 11 Challenge

The second book in the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr introduces a new set of characters into this urban faery tale. Leslie's life is falling apart around her. Her mother has left her living with her father who seems to care about nothing and her brother who has become a drug dealer and user. His moods are all over the place and he isn't above using his sister to pay for his next fix by “donating” her to his friends. She used to be able to tell her best friend Aisling everything, but lately she is changed and their bond is strained. Part of the different are the two guys Aisling is always with, Seth and Keenan. It has been made very clear that Keenan's uncle Niall is off limits to her, but no one will tell her why.

Leslie yearns for a tattoo. Something symbolic to cling to that will help her believe she can turn her life around. She longs to move away to college and has been saving up and working hard on her grades so she can escape. She finally chooses a tattoo, one with dark feathery wings and piercing eyes in the middle. Little does she know though that it will bring more than just a symbollic change as it is linked to a very powerful dark fey.

I am so in love with this series right now and couldn't get enough of this book. It could stand alone from the first one but I would recommend trying to read them in order. I loved the characters and I love dark tales with the fae in them. You are really drawn into the world of the dark fey who are misunderstood and neither as cruel or as kind as some believe. I really hope to see more of these characters, especially Niall in future books. Definitely one for anyone who likes Holly Black and her dark faery tales.

Series :

1. Wicked Lovely
2. Ink Exchange
3. Fragile Eternity
4. Radient Shadows
5. Darkest Mercy

Saturday, January 01, 2011

2011 Challenges

I decided this year to do a single challenge post for the reading challenges I want to participate in next year.

Manga Challenge 2011 - Read 6 mangas minimum throughout 2011
Challenge with Nymeth - Read 3 books chosen by Nymeth
Challenge with Mariel - Read 3 books chosen by Mariel
Fairy Tale Challenge - Happily Ever After (Level 4). Read/watch any combination of original tales, modern tales, or films, resulting in 12 total selections
11 in 11 Challenge - Read stepped books in 11 categories (1 in the first category, 2 in the second etc).
Read 120 books in 2011
Series 5 Challenge - Read a minimum of 3 books to get up to date with a series
Graphic Novel Challenge - Expert Level, read a minimum of 10 graphic novels in 2011
RIP VI - Hopefully announced in September
OUAT - Hopefully announced around April time

I hope to stick to this list unless something really fun comes along... I am a challenge addict afterall! I will be keeping an updated list in my right sidebar again as it's good to cross books off as I read them.

I managed to finish all of my reading challenges but didn't get around to wrapping most of them up doh.

Manga Challenge 2010

Challenge runs throughout 2010 and is to read 6 mangas and watch 3 episodes or anime films.

1. Death Note v5 - Tsugumi Ohba
2. Death Note v6 - Tsugumi Ohba
3. Death Note v7 - Tsugumi Ohba
4. The Tarot Cafe v5 - Sang-Sun Park
5. The Tarot Cafe v6 - Sang-Sun Park
6. The Tarot Cafe v7 - Sang-Sun Park

Alternatives :

7. The Tarot Cafe v4 - Sang-Sun Park
8. Death note v8 - Tsugumi Ohba

Anime Watched

1. Blood: The Last Vampire
2. Ponyo
3. My Neighbour Totoro
4. Howls Moving Castle
5. The Cat Returns
6. Soul Eater Episodes 1 - 9
7. Ah My Goddess Flights of Fancy

RIP V Challenge

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Read 4 horror/urban fantasy/mystery type books between 1/9/10 - 31/10/10. Review site here

1. The White Cat - Holly Black
2. Shakespeare's Counsellor - Charlaine Harris
3. Undead and Unfinished - MaryJanice Davidson
4. Brody's Ghost v1 - Mark Crilly

Once Upon a Time IV Challenge

Runs from 21/3/10 - 20/6/10. Quest the Second is to read 5 books covering fantasy, fairy tale, folklore and mythology. Review site here

1. Twilight Graphic Novel v1 - Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim
2. Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
3. I am Mordred - Nancy Springer
4. The Tarot Cafe v4 - Sang-Su Park
5. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief - Rick Riordan

Short Story Reading Challenge 2010

Runs throughout 2010. Read 5 - 10 short story collections.

1. Elementals - AS Byatt
2. The First Person and Other Stories - Ali Smith
3. Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
4. Dancing Girls - Margaret Atwood
5. The Eternal Kiss - Various

Series Challenge 4

Runs from 1/12/09 - 30/11/10. Finish the following series:

1. Making Money - Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
2. Unseen Academicals (Discworld)
3. Lucinda, Dangerously - Sunny (Lucinda)
4. Archenemy - Frank Beddor (Looking Glass Wars)
5. Shalador's Lady - Anne Bishop (Black Jewels)

Extended until the end of 2010.

1. Gifts by Ursula le Guin
2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
3. The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
4. Elementals by A.S. Byatt
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Challenge with Mariel

Extended until the end of 2010.

1. The Gift - Alison Croggon
2. Lamb - Christopher Moore
3. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
4. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
5. Cry of the Icemark - Stuart Hill

Graphic Novel Challenge 2010

Runs throughout 2010. Expert level, read 10+ graphic novels.

1. Fables v10 : The Good Prince - Bill Willingham
2. Fables v11: War and Pieces - Bill Willingham
3. Buffy 8 v2 : No Future for You - Joss Whedon
4. Buffy 8 v3 - Joss Whedon
5. Buffy 8 v4 - Joss Whedon
6. Buffy 8 v5 - Joss Whedon
7. Buffy 8 v6 - Joss Whedon
8. Y the Last Man v2 - Brian K Vaughn
9. Y the Last Man v3 - Brian K Vaughn
10. Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits - Garth Enis
11. The Saga of Swamp Thing v1 - Alan Moore
12. Joker - Brian Azzarello

Arthurian Challenge II

Read 3 - 6 Arthurian based books between 01/4/09 - 31/3/10.

1. I am Morgan Le Fey - Nancy Springer
2. Isolde : Queen of the Western Isle - Rosalind Miles
3. Maiden of the White Hands - Rosalind Miles
4. The Lady of the Sea - Rosalind Miles

Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge

Read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books between 1/7/09 - 30/6/10.

1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone

LJ Smith Reading Challenge

Read The Vampire Diaries series between 1/9/09 - 31/8/10

1. The Awakening
2. The Struggle
3. The Fury
4. Dark Reunion

Runs throughout 2010. Read books in the following categories:

My Friend Says

1. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things - Ted Naifeh

Mind, Body, Spirit

1. Moon Lore - Gwydion O'Hara
2. Sunlore - Gwydion O'Hada

Tickle My Fancy

1. <The Scent of Her Breath - Melissa P
2. Divine Cruelty - Lee Ash
3. Enslaving Anna - Giselle Lorimer

We've Been Waiting So Long

1. Lady: My Life as a Bitch - Melvin Burgess
2. Silent Bob Speaks - Kevin Smith
3. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett
4. Deriks' Bane - MaryJanice Davidson

The Tube

1. Pied Piper - Debbie Viguie (Charmed)
2. Mystic Knoll - Dianna G Gallagher (Charmed)
3. Changeling Places - Micol Ostow (Charmed)
4. The Queen's Curse - Emma Harrison (Charmed)
5. Picture Perfect - Cameron Dokey (Charmed)

When I Wish Upon A Star

1. Ash - Malinda Lo
2. Peter Pan in Kensginton Gardens - JM Barrie
3. Beast - Donna Jo Napoli
4. Touch Magic - Jane Yolen
5. Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
6. Kind - Holly Black & Ted Naifeh

Eh, Aboot

1. The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood
2. The Riddle of the Wren - Charles de Lint
3. The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
4. Dancing Girls - Margaret Atwood
5. The Harp of the Grey Rose - Charles de Lint
6. Living with the Dead - Kelley Armstrong
7. Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong

1, 2, 3, 4, Can I Have A Little More

1. Death Masks - Jim Butcher
2. Dead Over Heels - Charlaine Harris
3. Shakespeare Wrote for Money - Nick Hornby
4. Hunting Ground - Patricia Briggs
5. Heart of the Mummy - Tommy Donbavand
6. The Prophecy - Lynne Ewing
7. The Becoming - Lynne Ewing
8. The Final Eclipse - Lynne Ewing

Too Young To Know Better

1. Exchange - Paul Magrs
2. Never Slow Dance with a Zombie - E. Van Lowe
3. Green Angel - Alice Hoffman
4. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
5. The Third Eye - Mahtab Narsimhan
6. White Crow - Marcus Sedgwick
7. The Tarot Reader's Daughter - Helen Dunwoodie
8. Ruined - Paula Morris
9. Cosmic - Frank Cottrell Boyce

Just Because

1. Psyche in a Dress - Francesca Lia Block
2. How to Make a Journal of Your Life - D. Price
3. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Phillip Pullman
4. Juliet Naked - Nick Hornby
5. Austenland - Shannon Hale
6. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
7. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Berry
8. The Other Hand - Chris Cleave
9. Selkie Island - Jorris Spencer
10. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard

Vampire Series Challenge

Read 6 books in series that have vampires as the main/key characters. Runs throughout 2010.

1. Undead and Unpopular - MaryJanice Davidson
2. Undead and Uneasy - MaryJanice Davidson
3. Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
4. The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
5. Undead and Unworthy - MaryJanice Davidson
6. Undead and Unwelcome - MaryJanice Davidson

Cozy Mystery Challenge 2010

Aim to read 6 Cozy Mysteries between 1/4/10 - 30/9/10

1. A Fool and His Honey - Charlaine Harris
2. Last Scene Alive - Charlaine Harris
3. Poppy Done to Death - Charlaine Harris
4. Shakespeare's Champion - Charlaine Harris
5. Shakespeare's Christmas - Charlaine Harris
6. Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris