Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

And now this one too.  I've already read two witch books this year, so I decided to join this one. I'd like to read more books like this, so this was a good one to join.  I'll go for the first level, but may go over.  It's only five months till Halloween, so I'll be looking for more witch books to read between now and then.   To sign up,  visit Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf.  Details copied from the blog, below:

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 2012 & 2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenges! I hope you all had as much fun as I did! Welcome to the 2014 Challenge!!
  • Low commitment…you can sign up to read just ONE book as an INITIATE!!!
  • Participants who choose to link up reviews will be entered for the end of year prize!!
Challenge Rules:
  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014. I will be posting a place to link up a sign-up post (below), reviews and a wrap-up post. (Note: You do not have to review the books to participate, but only those who link up reviews will be entered for the prize)
  • Grab the reading challenge button (code & button below) and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate- you could track your progress and post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.
  • Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  • When you sign up in the linky put the direct link to your post about joining the 2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge, not just a link to your blog.
  • You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  • Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  • Have some Witchy Good Fun !!!

The Levels:

Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books

The Prize:

Witchy book of choice up to $10 from The Book Depository!
Participants who have officially signed up by linking up a sign-up post declaring their level will be given one entry for every review they link up. The more reviews you write and link up, the more entries in the contest! Link up your reviews on that month’s Review Link Up Post. Winner will be chosen on Jan 11th 2015 to give everyone a chance to link up their end of year reviews. All Challenge Posts can be accessed from my menu bar under my header!

Here is what Im reading for this one:

Fairy Tales Retold Challenge 2014

Now that I've got three challenges completed (and am getting near to completing some of the others), I decided to try a few more, including this one.  I decided to try for the second level, even though this is a new one to me.  I already know a few books I can read for this one.  Sign up for this one here.   Details copied from the blog below:

It’s here! The 2014 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge is back in it’s third year! This year has been rough and I almost decided not to host it this year, but everything worked out! I’m looking forward to hosting the challenge this coming year, and I hope you guys all
Here are the details:
  • The challenge starts on January 1st 2014, and ends December 31st 2014
  • The goal of the read-a-thon is to read as many fairy tale retellings as possible.
  • There will be six different levels to aim for in this challenge:
    • Poor Cobbler: 1-3 books
    • Devilish Wolf: 4-6 books
      • Lady in Waiting: 7-9 books
      • Mountain Troll: 10-12 books
      • Evil Enchantress: 13-15 books
      • Monstrous Dragon: 16+ books
    • This challenge is only for Young Adult and Middle Grade retellings. No adult or children’s books count towards this challenge.
    • Because of confusion in the past, this year only straight retellings of fairy tales will count. No fairy tale-ish books, and no mythological or classic retellings.
    • Single novellas do not count towards this challenge, however a compilation of novellas or short stories can count towards this challenge.
    • Have fun and spread the word!
    I’ve tried to compile as thorough a list as possible of eligible books for this challenge, which can be found here. If you can think of any book(s) that may be missing, don’t hesitate to let me know!
    If you have any other questions or concerns, you can comment, email, or tweet, and I’ll do my best to get back to you.
    ***UPDATES 12/24/13***
    It has been decided that instead of monthly link-ups, there will be quarterly link-ups, which will take place in March, June, September, and December. All those who link up their reviews (whether they be from blogs, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.,) will be able to enter a giveaway, which will most likely feature an assortment of old and new releases!

    Here is what I am reading for this one:

    1. Cinder--Marissa Meyer
    2. Scarlet-Marissa Meyer
    3. Cinderella 2000--Mavis Jukes
    4. Ella Enchanted--Gail Carson Levine
    5. Fairest--Gail Carson Levine

    Monday, May 26, 2014

    Feeling Like Summer

    Hello, I haven't been on the blog for almost two moths now, so I decided to post something--at least one thing--for this soon-to-be ending month.  It's really bright and sunny today making it feel like summer is upon us, which of course it is. Still only doing temporary work and hoping for more work as the year goes on.  No other plans for the summer as of yet.  I have several fans on right now as I don't have air conditioning.  It can get really hot.

    What does everyone have planned for this summer?  Can't believe it's already here--well most people consider Memorial Day weekend as the start of summer.