Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monthly Mix Up Mania

I must be crazy, but I'm joining another reading challenge.  This one runs until March 31, 2013 so I should have plenty of time to read all the books necessary.

For the Monthly Mix Up Mania, I have to read a book for each letter of the year, which means 74 books.  

The rules are:
-only one letter per book
-books can be moved around if it fits better somewhere else after you've read it
-the letter doesn't have to be the first word, just the first letter of a word in the title (aan, and the do not count)

The challenge officially starts on April 1, 2011, but any books read since Jan 1 count.

A - Afterlife - Gray (6/23/11)
N - Now You See Her - Patterson (7/14/11)
U - Unbelieveable - Shepard (5/5/11)
A - 10th Anniversary - Patterson (7/9/11)
R - Keys to the Repository - de la Cruz (3/25/11)
Y - Now You See Her - Patterson (7/14/11)

F - Fallen - Slaughter (7/1/11)
E - Evernight - Gray (2/5/11)
B For Better or Hearse - Durham (2/13/11)
A - 10th Anniversary - Patterson (7/9/11)
R - Thirteen Reasons Why - Asher (7/22/11)
- Kill Me if You Can - Patterson (9/23/11)

M - Mockingjay - Collins (3/22/11)
A - Kill Alex Cross - Patterson (11/29/11)
C - Hard Corps - Martinez (1/23/11)
H - Hourglass - Gray (5/12/11)

P - Perfect - Shepard (2/24/11)
L - Love You More - Gardner (4/9/11)

M - Misguided Angel - De La Cruz (4/15/11)

E - Explosive Eighteen - Evanovich (12/4/11)

L - The Lincoln Lawyer - Connelly (11/3/11)

G - Hunger Games - Collins (2/19/11)
S - Smokin Seventeen - Evanovich (7/6/11)
T - Tick Tock - Patterson (1/29/11)

S - Secrets to the Grave - Hoag (1/15/11)
E - Never Have I Ever - Shepard (12/30/11)
P - To Love and to Perish - Durham (4/2/11)
T - Shot Through Velvet - Byerrum (6/9/11)
M - Mystery - Kellerman (4/29/11)
B - Dead and Buried - Mitchell (12/13/11)
R - Down the Darkest Road - Hoag (1/20/12)

C - Catching Fire - Collins (3/5/11)
T - Lost in Time - de la Cruz (11/20/11)
B - Bloody Valentine - de la Cruz (6/24/11)

V - Vampire Academy - Mead (8/2/11)
M Save Me - Scottoline (4/22/11)
B - A Great and Terrible Beauty - Bray (8/9/11)

D - Dial Me For Murder - Matetsky (1/7/11)
C - The Closers - Connelly (6/18/11)
M - Strawberry Shortcake Murder - Fluke (8/15/11)
B - Blueberry Muffin Murder - Fluke (9/16/11)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 E Book Challenge

I finally got an e-reader so I decided to do the E Book Challenge.  I'm going to aim high and pick the third level, Addicted and read 12 e-books.  Hope I can get it done since I'm starting late.  I've got so many other challenges going, but I think I found enough e-books that will count as crossovers.

1. Misguided Angel - Melissa de la Cruz finished April 15
2. Unbelievable - Sara Shepard finished May 5
3. Hourglass - Claudia Gray finished May 12
4. Wicked - Sara Shepard finished May 20
5. Grievous Sin - Faye Kellerman finished May 31
6. The Closers - Michael Connelly finished June 18
7. Killer - Sara Shepard finished July 17
8. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher finished July 22

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What an Animal Reading Challenge 2011 - Completed

I did the What an Animal Reading Challenge last year and decided to do it again.

Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:
a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role in the book

d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).

It's easy for me to do this challenge since vampires are considered animals for this one.

1. Stargazer - Claudia Gray (vampires) - finished Mar 4
2. Keys to the Repository - Melissa de la Cruz (vampires) - finished Mar 25
3. Misguided Angel - Melissa de la Cruz (vampires) - finished Apr 15
4. Hourglass - Claudia Gray (vampires) - finished May 12
5. Afterlife - Claudia Gray (vampires)- finished June 23
6. Bloody Valentine - Melissa de la Cruz (vampires/witches) - finished June 24

Friday, February 11, 2011

2011 Pub Challenge - Completed

I participated in this challenge last year.  For the 2011 Pub Challenge, I have to read 11 books published in 2011.

1. Tick Tock - James Patterson (published Jan 24) - finished Jan 29
2. Love You More - Lisa Gardner (published Mar 8) - finished Apr 9
3. Save Me - Lisa Scottoline (published Apr 12) - finished Apr 22
4. Mystery - Jonathan Kellerman (published Mar 29) - finished Apr 29
5. Shot Through Velvet - Ellen Byerrum (published Feb 1) - finished June 9
6. Fallen - Karin Slaughter (published June 21) - finished July 1
7. Smokin' Seventeen - Janet Evanovich (published June 21) - finished July 7
8. 10th Anniversary - James Patterson (published May 2) - finished July 9
9. Now You See Her - James Patterson (published June 27) - finished July 14
10. The Silent Girl - Tess Gerritsen (published July 5) - finished July 25
11. Hotwire - Alex Kava (published July 12) - finished July 28

Monday, January 31, 2011

Alphabet Challenge - Completed

For each letter of the alphabet, you have to read a book that has a main or key supporting character whose name starts with that letter.  I'm going to start with the first level and match 10 letters with characters' names.  It shouldn't be too hard since I hope to read 51 books this year, but if I aim low, anything more will be gravy. The Alphabet Challenge doesn't say I have to go in any order so my names might be all over the place.

A - Annabelle Archer (For Better or Hearse)
C - Charity More (Stargazer)
D - DD Warren (Love You More)
E - Emily Parker (Tick Tock)
F - Finnick Odair (Catching Fire)
G - Gale Hawthorne (Mockingjay)
H - Hanna Marin (Perfect)
K - Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
L - Lucas Ross (Evernight)
M - Marco Martinez (Hard Corps)
O - Oliver Hazard-Perry (Misguided Angel)
P - Paige Turner (Dial Me for Murder)
R - Richard (To Love and to Perish)
V - Vince Navarre (Secrets From the Grave)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's Not What You Read But Where You Read it Challenge


So instead of focusing on a certain theme/kind of book, this challenge has to do with where you're reading the book.  There are seven categories and the goal is to read at least an hour in each one of them.  I already have an idea for where I can read in six of the categories.  The only one I'm going to have a problem with is "Probably Shouldn't".  Since the hour doesn't have to be consecutive, I can probably fit in 10 minutes in an inappropriate place to read, but I just need to come up with one.

The categories are:

Twist Your House
I moved to a different apartment last month so everywhere I read is new. I try to read every night before bed so I know I've read more than an hour in the bedroom and the living room

Place of Commerce
On the Move 
1/31 - Read 20 minutes on the bus to and from the mall
2/7 - Read 20 minutes on light rail while running errands
2/12 - Read 10 minutes on bus
2/14 - Read 10 minutes on light rail

In Nature
2/16 - Read 20 minutes on grass
2/17 - Read 40 minutes on grass

A Place You Don't Call Home
3/17/11 - Read one hour on plane ride to San Francisco

Probably Shouldn't
In Pairs
6/18 - Read for 20 minutes at work while the student worker was also

Friday, January 7, 2011

Reading Challenge Addict

Reading Challenge Addict

2010 was the first year I've ever done reading challenges.  I can't remember how exactly I stumbled upon the first one, but when I found a whole blog dedicated to all the different ones out there, I was hooked.  I am proud to say I completed ten of them last year, with one more to go that ends in February (the blog it was hosted on has been deleted, but for my own edification and the fact that I signed up for a similar challenge this year, I'm going to finish it!). Doing these challenges really helped me break out of my comfort zone.  I read books I normally wouldn't have and I actually crossed some off of my TBR list that I kept pushing aside for others.

This year, I'm not doing as many.  That many change as the year goes on and more get posted, but right now I'm at six.  That's not stopping me for joining the Reading Challenge Addict challenge.  The level I fit in to is: On the Roof: 6-10 challenges (entered and completed).

Here are the challenges I've entered so far:

Paranormal YA Reading Challenge - Read at least 12 books (my challenge post)

Outdo Yourself Challenge - Try to read more books this year than I did last year.  I read 50 books in 2010 so I'm going with the first level, Getting My Heart Rate Up: Read 1-5 more books (my challenge post)

Support Your Local Library Challenge - All of the books I read, I get from the library so this is the perfect challenge for me.  Since my goal is to read at least 51 books, I chose highest level, Mega Size: Read 51+ books (my challenge post)

Crusin' Thru the Cozies Challenge - I'm a big mystery lover and I like a cozy mystery every so often.  I picked the first level for this one, Snoop: Read 1-6 cozy mysteries.  I'm aiming to read six (my challenge post)
Jan 7 - Finished my first cozy mystery! 

YA Reading Challenge - I was going to start with the first level, Mini, and read 12 YA books.  All 12 would be Paranormal books since it will crossover with the other YA challenge I'm doing.  I guess to give myself more of a challenge, I'll go up a level and do the Fun Size level: Read 20 YA books (my challenge post)

Dewey Decimal Challenge:  Try and read more nonfiction books.  I chose the highest level, Master: Read four nonfiction books (my challenge post)

Mar 22 - Added more challenges! 

It's Not What You Read But Where You Read it Challenge: Read in seven different places for an hour (my challenge post)

Alphabet Challenge: For each letter of the alphabet, you have to pick a character from each book you read. I started out with 10 (my challenge postFinished on Mar 11

2011 Pub Challenge: Read 11 books published in 2011 (my challenge post)

What an Animal Reading Challenge: Read 6 books with an animal in it, on the cover, in the title, etc (my challenge post)

E-Book Challenge: I picked the third level, Addicted - Read 12 e-books (my challenge post)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dewey Decimal Challenge

The goal of the Dewey Decimal Challenge is to read more nonfiction books.  The level I'm choosing is Master - to read four nonfiction books.  I read five last year so it shouldn't be a problem.

1. Hard Corps: From Gangster to Marine Hero - Marco Martinez - finished Jan 23