I almost for got to sign up for my own challenge the Quick Fix Challenge. This is one I actually did finish for 2013! Though I did have some difficultly, I have a surprisingly few books that are less than 300 pages, that aren't manga. I'll be singing up for the second level Paperclips: 15 books.
Okay, the 2013 Monthly Key Word Challenge, was one started of with doing rather well, then about halfway through the year, I sort of stopped paying much attention to it. However, hopefully I'll do better in 2014! This challenge is hosted by Bookmark To Blog.
Okay so here is the What's in a name? 2014 challenge hosted by The Worm Hole. This is a challenge, I have attempted in the past, but I never do very well with it... (I do finish challenges guys, I just don't seem to be signing up for many that I have completed before!)
The goal is to read a book whose title that matches each of these:
A reference to time
A position of royalty
A number written in letters
A forename or names
A type or element of weather
I'm going to make a list of possibilities from my TBR list later.
Okay, so this is yet another challenge I didn't do so well for 2013. However, that's not going to stop me from trying again for 2014. This is the 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen. Unlike last year, when I only had none little contemporary romance books on my shelves, I have acquired a few over the past year. To make things easier for me, I'm going to list out the books I do have.
This challenge is hosted by Anne from Creative Corner and Kristilyn from Reading in Winter. The Book Bingo challenge, was one I sort of didn't keep track of in 2013. However, it does seem like fun, so I'm going to give it another try in 2014! I think that reading new releases would be the hardest part for me.
This is the 2014 Chunkster Challenge. I didn't do too well with this challenge in 2013, only reading one. I'm not sure how many chunkster books I have on my shelf so I'm hoping to at least read three this coming year.
2014 Rewind Challenge is hosted by Coffee Bean Bookshelf. This challenge is all about reading those books, we so wanted and haven't gotten to them. I haven't decided how many books, I have so my goal is simply to read the ones I can think of.
Siege and Storm
In 2013 I finally go around to reading some dystopia books. However, I still have a number of them sitting on my shelf that I haven't even gotten to...! I've decided to go with the first level again this year: Recruit (1 to 6 books).
Ahh! I can't believe how close to the end of the year it is! It's time to post up those wrap ups! (If you have before from the Quick Fix Challenge Review Link-Up, you don't have to worry about doing it again.) And for those who have finished the challenge there's a Giveaway!
-Giveaway starts December 1st (today!) and will continue on until the first full week of January (the 11th).
-The winners will be chosen using rafflecopter.
-This giveaway will be International, as long as the The Book Depository delivers to you or are able to receive ebook through Amazon gifting.
-I'll give the winner 48 hours to respond to my email before picking a new one.
-There will be one winner of a book of their choice up to 15 USD.
I've decided to run the Quick Fix Challenge again for 2014!
So about the challenge?
I find that many times when a reading challenge has to do with a book's size it usually about reading bigger books. Sometimes, because I'm in between books, life is getting out of hand, or things are just getting in the way, there's just not enough time to read a big book. Who says bigger is better anyway? Sometimes things break and all you need is a little tape and it'll hold. So this is the "Quick fix Challenge" whether it's a love for smaller books, or just trying to squeeze in a quick read, or maybe times running out and you need to read in some more books quickly. This is a challenge about reading books with less than 300 pages.
The challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Sign ups will be open until mid December.
You don't have to be a blogger to participate. However, leave a comment and tell me what level you're aiming for.
For bloggers, post up a challenge sign up post saying what level you've signed up for. Be sure to sign-up with your sign-up post in the linky.
You don't have to review the books you read however if you do, you will be able to post your links to your reviews here.
Books have to have less than 300 pages to count.
Books such as MG/YA, graphic novels/manga, audio, rereads, anthologies and short stories, can count toward your goal.
Feel free to crossover the books you read for this challenge with other challenges.
(If you have any questions feel free to ask, I feel like I might be missing something here.)
Okay... so I finally, finally gave in to my mother. She was a huge fan of the first Hunger Games book, and was really angry when I didn't read it and wouldn't buy the other two books for her to read (like she couldn't afford to buy them herself right?). It's not like I haven't been looking at the used bookstores for these two, for the past few years. However, it looks like NO ONE wants to get rid of their books, so I had to actually go to the store and buy new copies. So being the good daughter that I am, I finally got around to buying them, because my mother really wants to see Catching Fire.
About half of these books I bought at the end of the summer, the other half I bought yesterday. With the exception of the Bride of the Water God manhwa, which I've been buying over the course of the past two months or so.
And reading too. No really, I can't even tell you how bad it's been. I think I've only read, about three, four books in the past three months. Guys, it's been really bad for me. I've been working super crazy hours, and I'm going through book buying withdraws, I'm going to go out and buy more books today (that's my plan anyway). I mean I've been buying books (mostly manhwas) but that's been done online, and most of it was done near the end of the summer, yet here we are mid-fall!
And no reviews from what I have finished from before either! Though I do have a few drafts I've been meaning to get to, and some I have floating around in my brain I have to type up from the books I have actually finished. With my BLOGOVERSARY coming up next month I was hoping to do something so I have plans, I just need to get more motivated and try to get some time. So here goes to making room in my schedule for that! I've found that I really miss book blogging so I'm hoping to really put in more effort into it. To help get into the swing of things I have a few post already scheduled for this up coming week!
I've also finally got around to putting up the link-up to the Quick Fix challenge, so I'm very sorry for those who are participating in the challenge and didn't have a place to link-up in the past month and a half!
Pendomus by Carissa Andrews
(Pendomus Chronicles, #1) Publication date: October 10th, 2013 Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Humanity has colonized on a tidally locked planet known as Pendomus, a planet of extremes. Half eternal scorching desert and half perpetual arctic night. Surviving along the temperate band between the two, we’ve set up home in a complex known as the Helix. Within the Helix lies a highly sophisticated, highly technological society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose. That purpose is determined and nurtured through a person’s natural aptitudes, as read by their daily brain scans. Eating, sleeping, even procreation is handled by professionals. These basic concepts, no longer a part of society’s every day norm.
Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem longs to be more than part of the Helix machine. Her life inside is anything but fulfilling. She feels disconnected, and longs to be more than society dictates. Inside, no one socializes, no one interacts in a meaningful way. It’s never set right with Runa. She would love nothing more than to reach out to her family, but not even her own mother can show any semblance of love for her. Instead, Runa has found solace in the ancient woods nearby, despite being strictly forbidden.
Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked, and left for dead in those woods near the Helix. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived. Fueled by a yearning to belong, and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa wants desperately to make a new life. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet and the forces controlling her from afar.
I'm not sure if it was because I'm in the middle of a reading slump or what, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as I was hoping I would. I liked the idea of P... and Helix but after awhile I don't know if it was because things began to seem so far-fetched or simply things like the terminology that began to just seem silly to me. It didn't help that the first chapter didn't seem to "fit", what was happening in that chapter became more understandable later on.
The story was given through the point of view of just Runa and Traeton. The chapters started off with their names so the fact that it was in first person, didn't make it too overwhelming or anything. For the characters as a whole though, I found that I liked the characters/didn't really dislike any of them. I definitely kept reading just to find out what would happen to the characters than anything else, I think. Kani quickly became my favorite character.
The review turned out shorter than I had expected. I gave it a 3 out of 5 because it's something I would like to look at again once I'm out of this slump.
About the Author
Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house.
At 31, a magical world on a planet far away, invaded her mind.
At 34, she’s learned what she needs to make her work successful.
Pendomus (Book 1 of the Pendomus Chronicles) will be released OCTOBER 10, 2013.
Why September? The past month wasn't a very good one over all for me. I mean, the reading was okay, but personally for me it wasn't all that great. I had some work, pet and health issues, all of which kept me away from the computer.
So my goals for the next few days is to reviews from last month up, and get October's link-up for the 2013 Quick-Fix Challenge all set up.
Now what do I have planned for October?
This month, I was going to start doing themes here at Jessie's Book Place and invite others to participate in these themes. September was romance and I caught up on some romance novels. I felt that it being October there really was no way getting around what would have been obvious, considering so many other people were already had events surrounding Halloween (and personally I have many paranormal books catch up on myself). However, because of how things went last month, I'm going to hold off on this until next month. Unfortunately, I haven't really thought about what sort of theme I want to do for November, so if anyone has any sort of suggestions I would love to hear them.
On the 15th - Pendomus by Carissa Andrews (Review)
I haven't really put much thought into what I would be reading this month....
Well, I think I'll be changing the look of things around there, I'm kind of getting tired of the fairy-tale theme. I think I'm going to go with mermaids next.
Move over Percy Jackson.
Find out what everybody is talking about!
If you loved Harry Potter, if you couldn't get enough of Percy Jackson, if you're wondering what to read after The Mark of Athena -- from bestselling author Lars Guignard comes the kids' magic fantasy adventure... GHOST LEOPARD.
Zoe and Zak are lost in exotic India, where gods and magic still exist. Before they can find their way home, they just have to do one little thing...
...Save a mythical creature from an ancient evil that wants to rule the world.
When Zoe Guire goes along on her mom's business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. An elephant god speaks to her from the bottom of a swimming pool... She and her classmate Zak get locked in a trunk and shipped off to a strange city near the foothills of the Himalayas... and a crazy snake charmer tells them they've been chosen to protect a mythical creature called the Ghost Leopard from an ancient evil that wants to take over the world.
As they travel deeper into the majestic mountains known as the Realm of the Gods, things get even weirder. If she and Zak want to make it back to their parents, they're going to have to tap into powers they never knew existed.
Because if they don't, things will never be the same for any of us ever again.
So I've been doing things out of my comfort zone Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard was my first audio book since I was in elementary school. What can I say about this? I wasn't sure of what I should expect, though this had sounded interesting to me (and I wanted to give it a try), I was a bit worried. And, for good reason. I have to give credit to people who listen to audio books often.
Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard is narrated by Bailey S. Carlson, I have to say that I liked her voice, and thought it fit. One thing I remember about having to deal with audio books when I was younger, was I wasn't very fond of the narrators voices.
Listening to the audio book and trying to do something was very hard for me. I would play the audio book on my phone while trying to work and it didn't work out so well. I would have to turn it off because I would stop what I was doing and just listen instead. It worked out better for me when I had time that I didn't have to do anything at all. It was a fun listen and I couldn't help but get caught up in what was going on.
I would give this a 4/5. It's something I imagine myself listening to again, when I have time, and maybe even getting around to buying the book.
About Lars Guignard
Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.
Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!
Gryphons flying past Skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago.
Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species. That is, until one day she walks out of her apartment only to be attacked by a mob of Zombies, but then is saved by a Gargoyle.
Leader of the Gargoyles, Terak has been watching over the human woman for months because of a cryptic prophecy. Gargoyles trust no one outside their Clan, but something about this woman stirs every protective instinct within him. When he realizes the danger to her is real, he refuses to allow her to explore this new world without him at her side.
In the course of their investigation Terak becomes entranced by his little human. But when he discovers why Necromancers want her and the great reward that awaits him if he betrays her, he must choose between the welfare of his Clan and not only Larissa’s life, but the fate of this new Realm as well.
This will probably be a rather small review, it's one of those that I cant' really think of what to say. I know I say this often, but I haven't quite made up my mind about this book. That's usually because I haven't given myself enough time between finishing the book and writing the review. However with Stone Guardian, I didn't feel as if it left a huge impact with me. I feel that Stone Guardian was a cute read. Though I always feel weird calling a book cute, but I really can't think of a better way to describe it.
I struggled to get through the first couple of chapters. Stone Guardian quickly started with action, which at first I thought was great, until I found that it didn't keep much of my interest. I was barely within the first 3% of the book, and I had to put it down a number of times. Of course once I got into the next chapter it was golden. This was also one of the situations where I can't say that I liked the characters at first. However, I found that I did like the story enough that I wanted to continue. And, thankfully the characters did finally start to grow on me.
Though Paranormal Romance usually isn't my thing, I was glad that I had given this a try. (I mean, gargoyles! How Could I not give it a try?) I gave Stone Guardian a 3.5/5, I liked it and think it might be something I would read again (minus the first chapter however).
About Danielle Monsch
Born to the pothole ridden streets of Pittsburgh, PA, Danielle started writing in a time long ago, a time when there were not enough vampire stories to read and she had to write her own to fill the void. Yes, such a time of darkness did indeed exist.
Danielle writes stories full of fantastical goodness and plenty of action, but always with lots of romance (and a bit of woo-hoo!) mixed in. Vampires and Werewolves and Demons and Angels, Sword & Sorcery, Fairy Tales, Updated Mythologies and the like - if it's out of the ordinary, it's fair game for her stories.
When not writing, Danielle reads comic books and watches cartoons (though she says she reads manga and watches anime, because saying it in a different language makes all the difference.) She listens to music, plays D&D, follows XKCD, watches movies with the Rifftrax on, and is mom to two amazing little girls and wife to her favorite guy in the world.
Jump Zone: Cleo Falls by Wylie Snow
(Jump Zone #1 ) Publication date: September 9th 2013 Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
All Cleo wants, all she’s ever wanted, is the acceptance of her tribe and the love of her family... and she almost dies trying to earn it. But the man who saved her, who found beauty in her flaws and loved her without condition, has cruelly betrayed her, and she’s dying all over again.
Was it all lies? His words, his promises, his kisses? Lost in unfamiliar territory, Cleo will fight the forces that conspire to destroy her homeland, even if she has to do it alone.
Libra longs for freedom—from prison, from pretense, and from his birthright... but he’s caught in a political game where only greed and power can win, and Cleo Rush is the pawn. How much is he willing to sacrifice for liberty? His morals, his principles, the woman he loves? No matter which path he chooses, people will die, their blood on his hands. And it could be hers.
To save themselves and their world, Cleo and Libra must overcome the double tragedy that binds their families in hatred. Together, they might live. Apart, Cleo will fall.
In the book Jump Zone: Cleo Falls, the inhabitants of the Taiga forests struggle to survive daily life in the northern wilds. Take this simple quiz to find out if you’re Taiga material…
How many days can you survive without water:
You’re lost in a northern forest and want to travel due south. Which indicator do you look to for help:
all of the above
You should avoid sleeping on the ground for what reason:
ouch - you’ll wake up with stiff aching joints
the cold hard ground will zap your body heat
avoid snake bites
forest dirt leaves harsh un-washable stains
Your weak from hunger and the insects are looking awfully yummy. Which should you avoid:
brighty colored ones
Thunder, lightning! How do you estimate the distance of a storm:
Count the seconds between the thunderclaps and lightning strikes and divide that number by five to equal the distance in miles.
When you feel the first raindrop, start counting the seconds until you hear a rumble of thunder, which equals the number of miles away.
Count the number of lightning strikes in one minute to equal the distance in miles.
Who cares! Get yourself under the biggest tree you can find and prepare to get wet.
Oh no, you’re lost! But you know to implement the S.T.O.P. plan. Gosh… what do those letters stand for again?
Sing Things Or Pray – when in doubt, hum a hymn
Stretch Twirl Oscillate Pivot – keep moving, turn this adventure into an exercise plan
Stop Think Observe Plan – don’t do anything rash, think this situation through
Solo Time Operating Plan – you’re alone and it’s time to do all those crazy things you saved for when nobody was watching… yeehaw!
You’re still lost, and night is falling. It’s time to build a shelter. Choose your spot:
An open, highly visible area – the search party needs to find you.
The edge of volcano - best place to keep warm!
At the bottom of a dry creek bed – no hair-curling dampness to worry about.
Close to a water source – you might get thirsty in the night.
You’re stranded in a forest with only one item from your handbag. What would be the most useful thing? Choose just one:
1 - B
The average person needs about 2 quarts of water per day to maintain good health. Going without water for 3 days spells death!
2 - D
All of the above! Though moss will grow on the north side of trees, it will be lusher and greener on the south side. Ants frequently build their nests on the south or southeast side of trees to take advantage of the warmth, and if you walk toward the sun precisely at noon, you’ll be headed due south.
3 - B
You’ll preserve your body heat by piling up a bed of grass, leaves or bows and getting yourself a few inches off the ground.
4 - C
Stop with the ick-face. Insects can be a great source of protein (pound for pound, as much as 3 times as much as beef!), but it’s a good idea to stay away from the bright ones, which could potentially signal poison or toxin. Leave the hairy ones and the smelly ones alone, too.
5 - A
As soon as you hear thunder, start counting – one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, etc… until you see a strike of lightning. Divide by five and that’s roughly how many miles out the storm is. And for heaven’s sake, don’t stand under a tall tree!
6 - C
Stop moving, sit down and relax, Think about your situation, how you got into it, how might you get out of it, Observe your surroundings, your supplies and/or tools, Plan your next move.
7 – A & D
Hopefully, somebody knows you’re missing (you DID tell someone about that wilderness hike, right?) so you should find or build shelter in a spot where the search and rescue team can find you. Though building too close to water can be hazardous (insects, animals coming to drink), it’s a good idea to stay fairly close as you need water to survive.
8 - D
You could probably find uses for all of those items, but surprisingly, a tampon is your best bet. The ‘Tactical Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoors Necessity’ (see what we did there?), is a handy-dandy multi-purpose tool, summed up best by the good folks at The Art of Manliness (click the link, if only for the pictures of a man with a tampon in his mouth!): http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/06/05/survival-tampon/
7-8 correct – you are a survivor!
4-6 correct – you may want to brush up on your outdoor skills before you leave the beaten path.
1-3 correct – Glamping might be more your style.
0 – stay home, lock the doors, you’re not fit to go outside!
About Wylie Snow
Almost every author says they wanted to write from a very early age. Not me. I wanted to be a detective like Nancy Drew, or a wildlife expert like Jim Fowler or an archaeologist like Indiana Jones. Or have my own island resort and make fantasies come true!
I didn't do too badly with any of those...
I married a detective, worked in a zoo, explored ship wrecks instead of old ruins, and spent 18 glorious years living on a sunny island.
As for those fantasies...
I also write erotic romance as Wylie Kinson.
Okay, so, this past week for the Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon I did okay I guess. I finished one book (The Wedding Bargain), got about halfway through another (The Fairy Godmother), and began another (Howl's Moving Castle).
Now on to Tackle your TBR Read-a-Thon!
Okay, so my goals for the next two weeks? Well, I'm currently working more hours and I haven't quite gotten used to it. So my goal is rather small, I just wanted to finish two books.
Okay, what I've bought over the past... few days wasn't my fault. I recently discovered a local new/used bookstore, so I HAD to check it out. And then I was dragged off to the usual used bookstore I visit. Not my fault I swear!
Okay, so the past two days haven't been really great for me (I worked all day yesterday and Monday I ended up being busy). Plus I've been having a How I Met Your Mother marathon, but now that I'm done with HIMYM I can concentrate completely on reading! Along with reading some of Fairy Godmother I started one of my absolute favorite books Howl's Moving Castle!
Because I was busy yesterday, I worked all day yesterday I wasn't able yesterday's mini-challenge, so I'm going to do that now! So the challenge was Magical Quote Mini Challenge. For this challenge we had to go to page 7 or 77 and find the 7th line. I decided to go with a line from Howl's Moving Castle.
"This state of mind did not last."
Now for today's challenge! Wishing Well Mini Challenge. Which upcoming book am I dying to have?
It comes out at the end of next month, but I keep think its coming out sooner.