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2014 Book Bingo Challenge

Jan
02
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Anne & Kristilyn's 2014 Book Bingo Challenge

Welcome to this year’s Book Bingo Reading Challenge! The challenge was a big hit last year, and we’ve made a few changes this year to make it work even better.

The Scoreboard:

Bingo Scoreboard

The rules:

  1. Be awesome. If you’re not, this isn’t going to work.
  2. The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2014.
  3. If you want to participate, you can join in any time of the year! Feel free to write up a blog post with the rules linking back to my and Anne’s blog in your sign-up post. You can add your post to the Linky at the end of this post!
  4. If you read one book for the “1 book” in any category, you can’t change it later on when you read another book to “2 books.” Once a square is crossed off, it’s crossed off for good! (Feel free to print off the scoreboard to keep track!)
  5. Books read for one square are for that square ONLY and cannot be counted towards another category. This is all about reading ALL THE BOOKS.
  6. The FREE SQUARES are a little different this year — now you can use those squares to read ANY book you like of any genre! Woo!
  7. You can start your board over again, but ONLY if you receive the stamp of awesome by completing a blackout. The “winners” of the challenge will be the ones who achieve the most winning combinations by the end of 2014.
  8. You can feel free to post your reading list for each category, though it’s not a requirement.
  9. Having a blog or writing reviews for books read is not required. So long as you want to have fun, you can participate!
  10. Every 3 months I will post an update here and all participants can link to their own updates. An update post will go up April 1st, July 1st, October 1st, and December 31st.
  11. This isn’t a race, but don’t be afraid to rub your reads in the other player’s face. This will be seen as encouragement. Feel free to use the hashtag #BookBingo2014 on Twitter!

Ways to Win:Ways to win

The  sign up linky is on Kristilyn’s blog, so head on over and sign up to join us!





Bout of Books 7.0

May
11
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Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
It’s that time again! Time to read our butts off for a whole week! If you’re interested in joining, click on the button above to be taken to the official website.

Declaration of Participation:

I do solemnly swear, blah, blah, blah etc. etc. READ! This time, however, I’m going to be doing things a little bit differently. For my own reasons, I am choosing to forgo the daily updates on the blog. I will still have goals (see below) but they will be general, low-key, and most importantly low stress! Instead, I’ll be updating through Twitter (using the hashtag #boutofbooks) and GoodReads. I may decide to do a wrap up post with a summary of my progress, but I want this to be as low pressure as possible, so we’ll see.

Goals:

Keeping all of the above in mind, here are my goals for the week:

  • Get myself out of my reading slump.
  • Attend all the Twitter chats (I should be able to this time!)
  • Clear out some of the library books that have already been renewed once (or TWICE!)
  • Above all DO NOT STRESS! If it becomes stressful, I am not doing it right, and you have my permission to tell me so, okay?

And a few books that may be on the docket – I’m not good with reading off a list, especially during a reading slump, so these may be completely wrong (entries with a “*” following are books I’ve already started and should finish soon):

  • Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by HP Mallory*
  • Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison*
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling*
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende*
  • Incarnate by Jodi Meadows*
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  • The Runaway King by Jennifer E. Smith
  • Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn
  • Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
  • The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson*

And many, many more.

Everyone have fun this week! Find me on Twitter!





Weekend of Awesome Goals and Updates

Apr
05
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Weekend of Awesome button

Are you ready for a Weekend made of AWESOME? Then you’ve come to the right place!

From the announcement post:

A cross between Bloggiesta, a Read-a-thon and a Write-a-thon, Weekends of Awesome are all about doing ALL THE THINGS. Each day of the weekend of awesome is devoted to catching up/getting ahead in a different area: blogging, reading and writing.

If you want to join in, you’re welcome to put together a goals post and feel free grab the button for your sidebar. You can also join in spur of the moment on Twitter by following #WeekendOfAwesome. Either way, let us know in the comments if you’re joining us so we can look out for you!

I have lots to get done in the reading and blogging areas so I’m going to focus on those. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my act together well enough to be able to participate in Camp Nano, so I won’t be writing – instead, I’ll be splitting what’s left of the third day between Reading and Blogging. Read more »





April Book Bingo Check-in

Apr
01
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Can you believe it’s April 1 already?! I know I can’t! (Of course the weather hasn’t helped much.)

2013 Bingo Challenge!

Book Bingo:

Hello to everyone joining in on the Book Bingo Challenge 2013! It’s time for your quarterly update – don’t worry, it should be quick and painless! If you’ve done a post with your updates, please put your link in the linky below so we can all come and say hi. If you don’t have a post, that’s okay – just leave us a comment with how you’re doing! Please note: The linky is the same on both blogs, so you only need enter ONCE.

If you’re new to the challenge, or would like a refresher on how this works, please see this post. It’s not too late to sign up!

Don’t forget you can also make updates using #2013BookBingo on Twitter!

A few reminders:

The FREE SQUARE is NOT a free square! You must read a book recommended by someone else participating in the challenge! If you’re looking for a recommendation, feel free to post your request below, or by using the hashtag on Twitter.

If you’re joining the challenge late, any of the books you’ve read since January 1st can be used toward the challenge.

Just a reminder on how to use the board: the first line across you will read one book per category, the second line across you will need to read TWO books per category, etc. all before you can mark that space as being complete. The only exception to this is the free square, where you will only need to read ONE book. If you have any questions about this, let us know!

And some housekeeping:

This is the inaugural Book Bingo challenge for us! We hope to bring it to you next year, so I ask: how are we doing? Is there anything you would change about the challenge? 

And most importantly, we hope you are all having FUN with the challenge!

My Progress:

I’m actually doing fairly well on this one! I have crossed off 13 squares so far, with one win by a line (the easy one, of course). Unfortunately, I’m struggling in two of the categories – 2013 releases and Everyone but Me. So, I’m looking for suggestions. I’d love it if you would leave me a comment with one book you think EVERONE has read and/or one book you loved or are really looking forward to in 2013.
You can see all of my progress on this page.

Weekend of Awesome button

Aren’t Kristilyn’s design skills awesome?

Weekend of Awesome:

Since both Kristilyn and I have lots of catching up to do (and we’re guessing some of you might too) we have decided to make this weekend (4/5-7) a Weekend of Awesome, and we would like you to join us! A cross between Bloggiesta, a Read-a-thon and a Write-a-thon, Weekends of Awesome are all about doing ALL THE THINGS. Each day of the weekend of awesome is devoted to catching up/getting ahead in a different area: blogging, reading and writing.

If you want to join in, you’re welcome to put together a goals post (I should have one up with my goals Friday morning), and feel free grab the button for your sidebar. You can also join in spur of the moment on Twitter by following #WeekendofAwesome. Either way, let us know in the comments if you’re joining us so we can look out for you! (The linky is NOT a sign up for the Weekend of Awesome. Book Bingo updates posts only please.)

The next Weekend of Awesome will be held soon after the next check-in – stay tuned for official dates!

 

The next quarterly update will be July 1 – good luck everyone!







Bloggiesta March 2013 Goals & Updates

Mar
22
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Bloggiesta button

Button from the Bloggiesta website

I know, I know, I’m coming to the party a little late. Unfortunately I still had to work a half day today. BUT! I am here now, and I plan to be until tomorrow evening. So here’s the plan (in order of importance):

Creativity’s Corner:

  • Stay on task – I only have so much time to spend so it’s important I don’t get distracted (I’m failing at this so far :/ )
  • Check on all static content and update (About, review pages, links, etc.)
  • Figure out a schedule to get 2 months ahead by August  I figured out how many posts I need at least. It’s looking SCARY to say the least!
  • Make sure all handwritten content is typed and scheduled.
  • Write all features – Bookish Bucket List topics, Wanted topics
  • Write all discussions – Discussion Post Possibilities
  • Look into Guest posting options (both for me and to bring others to the blog.)
  • Brainstorm potential post ideas
  • Make sure all handwritten content is typed and scheduled. (Again.)
  • Reorganize Evernote and brainstorm ways to make myself continue using it
  • Reorganize Pinterest

Obsessed with Creativity:

  • Social Media Icons
  • Check on all static content and update
  • Brainstorm post ideas
  • Write 2-4 Messy Essays and schedule

Other:

  • Clean out reader
  • Find new blogs to follow
  • Look for reader for iPod
  • Complete at least 2 mini-challenges
  • Look into other photo hosting options: If not, figure out album sorting in Photobucket I looked. We’ll see how it goes.

That’s a lot to get done! Guess I’d better get busy!

 





Bout of Books 6.0: Page 48 Challenge

Jan
09
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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
Today’s challenge is hosted by Booking in Heels. The idea is to take the first full sentence on page 48 of whatever you’re currently reading and write a completely different story to it. Since I had a pretty good one, I thought I’d join in. Page 48 of my current read says:

“Unfortunately for that doctor I’d gone to the Serengeti with my parents as a child and witnessed such a pursuit.” – p.48 A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness (trade paperback version)

So many possibilities! What shall we do next?

Unfortunately for that doctor I’d gone to the Serengeti with my parents as a child and witnessed such a pursuit. Several sweaty old men with pot-bellies chasing an elephant was not my idea of noble and never would be, no matter how much he argued. Furthermore, now that I knew where the ivory for his beautiful sculptures had come from, I was absolutely revolted.  To think this kindly old man I had looked up to all my life had such a terribly cruel hobby was devastating.

There! How’s that? Since I haven’t even gotten to page 48 yet, I have no clue how close or far I am from the original, but hey, it was fun :)





Bout of Books 6.0: Goals and Updates

Jan
05
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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading all week, however I have a big important grad school interview the 11th-12th, so I will try to get most of my reading done during the week.

My Goals

Books to Read

I’m not good at reading off a specified list, so I’ll just list a few that I have right now:

  • Ill Wind by Rachel Caine Finished before BoB
  • Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight
  • Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Currently Reading
  • The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
  • Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Possible re-reads:

  • The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan – Currently Reading
  • The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Wildefire by Karsten Knight
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (currently reading and annotating)

 

Updates

Monday

Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Total pages read: 100ish
Books: In the middle of The Lightning Thief and The Last Dragonslayer
Today, in summary: BUSY! Work, rush home, eat, rush back to band practice, collapse into bed – I just didn’t have time!

 

Tuesday

Number of books I’ve read today: 1! YAY!
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Total pages read: 387
Books: The Last Dragonslayer
Today, in summary: Had to work again, BUT lots of reading in the evening at least!

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Friday

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Today, in summary: OUT OF TOWN. Summary on Sunday.

Saturday

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Today, in summary: OUT OF TOWN. Summary on Sunday.

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Challenge Accepted: Seriously Series 2013

Dec
15
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Seriously Series Button

Button from Reading the Paranormal

Are you behind on your series reading? Want to get caught up in the new year? Then the Seriously Series Reading Challenge hosted by Amanda and Kelly is for you!

I can’t wait to get caught up on my series reading for this one, especially since I’ll be able to combine it with Kristilyn‘s and my 2013 Book Bingo Challenge. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to follow through with – my list of series to catch up on is seriously LONG guys. But I’m going to try!

How It Works

To allow for the greatest level of flexibility, we’ve separated series into three categories: series started before 2013, series started in 2013, and series rereads. Series started before 2013 are defined as series that you have started reading before Jan. 2013 and that you still have unread books to get current in (or finish) the series. Series started in 2013 are defined as any series that you start reading between Jan. and Dec. 2013, and the second book in the series must be published before December 2013. A series reread is defined as books that are part of a series that were read before Jan. 2013 and that are reread between Jan. 2013 and Dec. 2013. A series reread does NOT have to include the full series.

For each category, there are different levels of seriousness about series that you can choose. Semi-serious is reading 1 to 6 series, seriously serious is reading 7 to 12 series, super seriously serious is reading 13 to 18 series, and seriously spectacular series star is reading more than 18 series. What this ends up looking like is this:

series started before 2013 series started in 2013 series rereads
Semi-Serious 1-6 series 1-6 1-6
Seriously Serious 7-12 7-12 7-12
Super Seriously Serious 13-18 13-18 13-18
Seriously Spectacular Series Star 18+ 18+ 18+

You choose which categories you want to attempt and which level to shoot for. Reading novellas and short stories from a series does count here. [From the sign up page on Reading the Paranormal]

I’ve decided to sign up for:

  • NEW SERIES (series’ started after 1/1/13): Seriously Serious (7-12)
  • OLD SERIES (series’ started before 1/1/13): Super Seriously Serious (13-18) I’m hoping on the high end of this one – I’ve got a TON listed that I only need 1 more to finish!
  • REREAD SERIES (series’ I’ve read before and want to read again): Seriously Serious (7-12) – I’m counting some series’ in both “Rereads” and “Old” because it has been long enough that I need to reread the first few before continuing.

Read more »





2013 Book Bingo Challenge

Dec
08
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2013 Bingo Challenge!
Kristilyn from Reading in Winter and I LOVE a good challenge. So when we saw the dates dwindling down for 2012, we KNEW we had to come up with something awesome for the new year. Thus, the 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge was born!

When we thought about all the things we wanted to include in this challenge, we ended up making a list:

  • Reading the books in our TBR pile
  • Re-reading some books
  • Reading some new books
  • Reading books that EVERYONE but us has read
  • Reading books from series that we have started & have been neglecting

In order to keep track of everything, Kristilyn channeled her awesome design skills and came up with a fancy, schmancy scoreboard:
Bingo Scorecard

Of course, a challenge isn’t really a challenge unless there are some rules and guidelines:

  1. Be awesome. If you’re not, this isn’t going to work.
  2. The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.
  3. If you want to participate, you can join in any time of the year! Feel free to write up a blog post with the rules linking back to my and Kristilyn’s blog in your sign-up post.
  4. If you read one book for the “1 book” in any category, you can’t change it later on when you read another book to “2 books.” Once a square is crossed off, it’s crossed off for good! (Feel free to print off the scoreboard to keep track! I plan on raiding my sticker collection for fun ways to mark off squares!)
  5. Books read for one square are for that square ONLY and cannot be counted towards another category. This is all about reading ALL THE BOOKS.
  6. The FREE SQUAREisn’t really a free square. In order to cross it off, you must read a book by either:
    1. Reading a book picked by another participant, or
    2. Reading a book in a genre picked by another participant.
  7. You can start your board over again, but ONLY if you receive the stamp of awesome by completing a blackout. The “winners” of the challenge will be the ones who achieve the most winning combinations by the end of 2013.
  8. You can feel free to post your reading list for each category, though it’s not a requirement.
  9. Having a blog or writing reviews for books read is not required. So long as you want to have fun, you can participate!
  10. This isn’t a race, but don’t be afraid to rub your reads in the other player’s face. This will be seen as encouragement. Feel free to use the hashtag #2013BookBingo on Twitter!

While you can definitely “win” by the boring ol’ vertical or horizontal (or diagonal!) lines, the best ways to win are as follows:
The Ways to Awesome!

Like it says in the guidelines, the ONLY way to start a new board is to become the SUPER READER! The goal is to read ALL THE BOOKS! To be a winner (thus, to become the awesomest reader around), you’ll want to accomplish as many wins as possible!

Will you participate in this challenge? Do you have what it takes to become a super reader?

 





Fall Book Exchange: Thank you!

Nov
25
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Ruby's reads book exchanges
A quick “Thank you” to Ricki, who was my Santa for the Ruby’s Reads Book Exchange this fall. She didn’t give me a blog address, so I can’t link her, but she seems really cool! I received Rebel Angels by Libba Bray, and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, both of which I’m really excited about! Thank you so much Ricki!

I would also like to thank our hosts Ruby and Amanda for doing a great job organizing the chaos!





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