Category: Challenge

So the new blog is up and running, not much has changed, but to kick off the new blog I’m hosting a reading challenge!

The Halloween Reading Challenge is a 21 Day reading challenge starting on October 14th. Come on over and join me!

*Please? I’m not above begging. 


It’s catch-up time, a way to give you guys an idea of where I am in my challenges.

So let’s start with the time travel challenge:

My Goal: 4-6 books

Novels Read:

Spell of the Highlander By Karen Moning
Kiss of the Highlander  By Karen Moning
Dark Highlander By Karen Moning
Immortal Highlander By Karen Moning

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon






  1. Crime/Mystery – TBR Knit One, Kill Two – Maggie Sefton
  2. Thriller – Relentless By Dean Koontz
  3. Romance – Spell of the Highlander by Karen Moning
  4. Fantasy – Miles and the Magic Flute by Heidi Cullinan
  5. Sci-Fi – Fluke or I know why the Winged Whale Sings By Christopher Moore
  6. Literary – Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
  7. Young Adult –  TBR
  8. Historical Fiction – Lamb by Christopher Moore (it’s set during the time of Jesus, it totally counts)
  9. Dystopian – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  10. Steampunk – TBR
  11. Comedy/Black Comedy – A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
  12. Horror/Ghost Story – Bite Me by Christopher Moore
  13. Adventure –
  14. War –
  15. Gothic –
  16. Poetry –
  17. Drama –
  18. Kids – Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
  19. Graphic Novel – Preludes and Nocturnes: Sandman 1 by New Gaiman
  20. Classic –
  21. Read: 11/20


    A A Discovery Of Witches – Deborah Harkness
    B Bite Me by Christopher Moore
    D A Dirty Job By Christopher Moore
    F Fluke By Christopher Moore
    H Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins
    I Immortal Highlander By Karen Moning
    K Kiss of the Highlander  By Karen Moning
    L Lamb By Christopher Moore
    M Miles and the Magic Flute By Heidi Cullinan
    O Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
    P Preludes and Nocturnes Sandman #1 By Neil Gaiman

    R Relentless By Dean Koontz
    S Spell of the Highlander By Karen Moning
    Y You Suck By Christopher Moore


    I have read a total of 15 books this year, granted, this doesn’t include drops, abandons, tosses and general ughs. The total is a little higher if I include those. My currently reading pile is well, I’m almost finished: 11/22/63 by King, Dies the Fire is lamentably still at 78% on my kobo, I’m roughly halfway through City of Bones. I’ve started Strain by Del Toro, and I’ve metaphorically tossed the first two books of the highlander series by Moning across the room.


    My next post will be Top ten Tuesday. *kermit yay*

    and if you get that reference, I love you.

    Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie!

    Ten Books I’d like to see made into a Movie

    Or in the case of some, rebooted now that CGI has gotten better.

    10)Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) Any novel by Christopher Moore, but friends and I believe that the most translatable and fun would be Blood Sucking Fiends. The first book I read by Moore, and seriously funny. The best take on vampires I’ve come across in a while. Jody is fantastic, and one of the strongest characters I’ve come across in a while. She’s vulnerable and makes a whole lot of mistakes but she’s badass and overall fucking awesome.











    Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)Dies The Fire By S.M. Stirling. Or better yet a series done by HBO. It’s got everything you could want in a series. Post Apocalypse survival, cannibalism, and it makes for a great ensemble cast. There is a show starting this fall call Revolution?  It has the same feeling but it’s got that so close/missed by a mile feel. Like someone read the trilogy and went wouldn’t this be cool but guns should still totally work. *facepalm* I hope that series is done well but I can’t help but draw parallels.












    The Black Company The Black Company By Glen Cook

    I would love to see this made into a movie. I just don’t know a director that could handle the subject matter eloquently. Perhaps Ridley Scott or Martin Scorsese. Both have handled similar subject matter in the past. And this someone low fantasy definitely dark fantasy could be interesting. These aren’t good characters, by any stretch, they can’t even be considered anti-heroes, but you do end up rooting for them in the book, and you really need that to carry across into film.











    7) Outlander (Outlander, #1)

    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want to see this made into a movie? It’s listed on IMDB as in development, but that means nothing. I’d really like to see a mini series for this or turn it into a series like GoT.











    The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle I loved the animated movie, and I was so excited to see they wanted to do a live action reboot. I’m sad to see that seems to have been shelved but I would still love to see a movie from this novel.







    5) The Ship Who Searched (Brainship, #3)

    The Ship Who Searched By Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey

    This is one of those books that just grabs you, and holds you, and never lets you go. It’s one of those novels that stay with you. I loved this book and would love to see it on the big screen but I’m scared they wouldn’t get it right.






    4) Mort (Discworld, #4)

    Mort By Terry Pratchett A novel about DEATH, and his assistant. It’s awesome, and I think it should be done, especially so we can meet Susan’s parents. Of all the novels with DEATH this is probably my faviourite.















    The Skystone/ Camulod Chronicles by Jack White. Yes another adaptation of the Arthur myth, but this one is so detailed and so wide spread you could make a series out of this and get nine years out of it easily. There are a couple of books, I think Uther’s and Merlin’s that could realistically be combined as they’re POV’s crisscross over several key pieces. In all honesty though if they wanted to make just one movie, The Skystone would give them someone with a lot of interest and history and a nice bit of action.





    2) 7126

    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Please remake this into something approaching acceptable. The most recent retelling while a good action flick is not the story of Edmund Dantes. The movie is not supposed to have a happy ending, he’s seeking revenge, nothing more. He’s bitter, and angry and needs to carry this out. You don’t need to give him something happy, Edmund is beyond that emotion by the time he escapes. The only feeling he had for his fellow man was his love for the old prisoner, and *spoiler* once he died that part of Edmund died as well. It’s supposed to be tragic, and bitter, that is what makes the story so good.




    1) Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantine Mosaic, #1)

    Sailing to Sarantium/Lord of Emporers By Guy Gavriel Kay (Duology) Do you know how hard it is to pick just these two books from Kay’s works? I think these two would be the most visually stunning, has a lot of action and a nice cast of characters to pull from.














    That’s it folks. Hopefully this will see me post more, but who knows. I waffle between having time to blog but nothing to blog about, and not having time but having a lot of things to blog about. Generally speaking I prefer option two.

    Top Ten Tuesday


    Started on The Broke and The Bookish this meme is all about gearing up for 2012.


    10) Swordspoint By Ellen Kushner  On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless–until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye. I recently purchased the audiobook through Audible. I’ve yet to start it but I’m waiting for the right moment an a cup of tea to listen.

    9) The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle

    From The Last Unicorn:
    “The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea…”

    This has been on my TBR list for quite awhile. I need to find a copy and start reading.

    8) The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins Do I really need to put up a summary? I think this has been one of the most recommended books since Harry Potter.

    7) Howl’s Moving Castle By Diana Wynne Jones In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter. After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls. The Hatter sisters–Sophie, Lettie, and Martha–and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.

    I’ve seen the movie so many times I quote it without really paying attention. I really want to read this book and see just what I’m missing.

    6) The Golden Compass – Phillip Pullman Another YA I missed it’s first time around.

    5) The Gunslinger  By Stephen King –  I think I might be admitting to a Sin here when I say I haven’t read The Gunslinger. I hope to rectify that this year.

    4) Under the Dome By Stephen King – another one that looks rather interesting and I’m  hoping to get a chance to sit down and read it this year.

    3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Hope this lives up to the hype.

    2) The Protector’s War by S.M. Stirling Emberverse #2 Really looking forward to this one.

    1) Dies the Fire By S.M. Stirling Emberverse #1 Mostly because I couldn’t wait and started this one yesterday. I’m already hooked, don’t want chapters to end and really like his writing.



    • Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31st, 2012. You can join anytime.
    • Books from other challenges count as long as they are about time travel.
    • Books can be children’s, middle-grade, YA or adult fiction.
    • Write a post and link it below including the URL to that sign-up post.


    • Surprise Trip: 1 to 3 time travel books.
    • Great Adventure: 4 to 6 time travel books.
    • Fantastic Journey: 7 to 9 time travel books
    • Mind-boggling Voyage: 10 to 12 time travel books.


    Great Adventure: 4-6 Books

    • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Book 4 in the Outlander Series)
    • Island in the Sea of Time By S.M. Stirling (Book 1)
    • Doomsday Book By Connie Willis
    • .
    • .
    • .

    Last Challenge I’m joining this year. At this rate if I don’t double up and use books for multiple challenges I’m going to have to read 52 books for the year. Doable but insane when you include life and knitting and possibly moving.

    Reading Challenge Addict


    I am a Reading Challenge Addict

    Click picture for main article.

    So we are challenging each of you who can also say that you also are a Reading Challenge Addict.
    We’ll be giving away prizes and recognizing those who are meeting their own expectations by completing the challenges they’ve entered.

    How addicted are you?

    • Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
    • On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
    • In Flight: 11-15 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
    • Out of This World: 16+ Challenges (Entered & Completed)

    My goal:

    Easy As Pie: 1-5 Challenges: Personal goal is three challenges, wish me luck.


    Technical Stuff

    Hosted Here: Babies books, & signs

    This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2012.

    You can join anytime.

    If you are blogger, leave the link to your actual post about this challenge.

    If you are not a blogger, leave a link to where you will be keeping track of this challenge.

    So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z challenge.
    A – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – Atonement B- Black Beauty C – The Count of Monte Cristo D – Dances with Dragons etc.
    B – The lazy way (how I do it) : Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Hope that by the end of the year you have read one book for each letter. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.
    Each month, I will add another challenge to this main challenge. It might to read a book with both A and Z in the title or to read a book with 3 words that all start with the same letter. I might host a few random giveaways too for good measure. If you’ve got some idea for the mini-challenges, send them my way!


    My List

    A –
    B –
    C –
    D –
    Dies the Fire By S.M. Stirling
    E –
    F –
    G –
    H –
    I –
    J –
    K –
    L –
    M –
    N –
    O –
    P –
    Q –
    R –
    S –
    T –
    U –
    V –
    W –
    X –
    Y –
    Z –

    12 in 12

    12 categories
    12 books
    12 knits
    12 Months

    Whoo boy.

    Rather than starting this in January in the flush of New Year’s Resolution and forget it for months on end I think I’ll start this now. This not only gives me until next October to help, but two months of grace should I need it.

    The rules

    – 12 books, and 12 knits per category
    – no less than 6 books per category
    – no less than 4 knits per category, the caveat here is a minimum yardage of 300 yards a project
    – I must give a book in question 2 chapters before it is tossed.
    – Re-reads do count, but there can be no more than 2 per category

    Onto the Categories

    Long Haul Knitting – Audiobooks/big projects
    Two Bite Brownies – small projects (200 yards or less), short stories
    C’est La Vie – Translated books/books from other countries/ Ethnic Knitting
    It’s all a mystery– Mystery novels/mystery knits (can also be test knits)
    Ruby Tuesday – Chick flicks, chick knits
    To Give is better than to Receive – Gift knits/uplifting novels
    Once Upon A Time – Fairy tales / knits based on myth/fairy stories
    I’ve got Chills – Horror and comfy knits
    The Way Back Machine – Historical novels and tradtional knits
    And 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 – Series! Combo knitting (must be at least mitts/hat combo, bonus points for scarves)
    Let’s All Go to the movies – Books that have been made into movies, movie inspired knitting
    Grab Bag– The overflow category

    Today is going to be behind the scenes, stuff. I set up a group on Goodreads, for those who wish to take part feel free to join. If you just want to use your blog, I’ll create a Linky to figure out those who are interested. Fill out the info below if you’re interested in joining me for a wild ride.