Tag Archive: reading

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


    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 –


    Well let’s see, for 2010, I officially catalogued and finished 8 projects. For 2011. I finished and catalogued 23. I consider that a rather impressive jump in productivity. This year I’ve completed four pairs of socks, a pair of fiddlehead mittens, my first baby sweater and several wonderfully warm and wintery hats. There are several wips still on the needles that will be finished in the coming year, including a sweater I’m knitting for myself, and some mitts that just never got finished. My favourite project I can’t wait to pick up again is Catkin, I had to put it away to finish christmas knitting but I plan to bring it out again and soon.


    Challenges for this year:

    52 projects in 52 weeks
    Self-Imposed Sock Club  – 12 pairs of socks in one year
    12 Mitts in 2012


    This year I managed to reach my goal of 25 books. In fact, I’ve actually read 26, not counting novel length fanfiction I ingested over the summer.

    Ryan’s read book montage

    The Looking Glass WarsKnitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting TricksBloodsucking FiendsPaingod and Other Delusions
    All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a SpinHogfatherThe Birth HouseEqual Rites
    Another Fine MythTerry Pratchett's MortThe Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas TerrorThe Black CompanyA Dragon-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic
    Supernatural Role Playing GameThe Fair FolkThe Midwife of VeniceCircus of the DamnedThe Color of Magic

    So, fantasy won this year. But that’s really no surprise. It’s my go-to genre. Knitting books snuck in there along with a gaming book and a few anthologies. Next year I have a few plans. I’m starting a book-club with a few friends of mine. We start officially tomorrow I believe. We need to set some ground rules on meetings but we’re a close knit group so the fluidity of the club is key.

    The first book for the club is :
    Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)

    January seems like a good month to start off with Dystopian future fics. From what I’ve heard of the novel it sounds interesting and I’m looking forward to starting it.













    Challenges for 2012

    So far it’s just the book club and my general idea of beating last year’s total. I plan on reading a few hefty novels including Under the Dome By Stephen King, and I recently started Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. I’m just under 200 pages in and I’m hooked; emotionally trapped, and stuck waiting to find out what happens next. I’ve watched the miniseries already so I know what’s coming. I think that helps in this case. This book is so deep I know I would probably have bailed early on if I didn’t know what was coming. Sometimes it’s like a trainwreck and I want to scream at the characters and other times I’m cheering the comeupance I know to be around the corner.


    There are a few challenges on goodreads I might take part in. I’ll update the 2012 challenge page tomorrow when I have a better clue.



    So I have two jobs, and I bought a dog.

    IMG088 April 2011: Buffy 5.5 weeks


    December 2011: Buffy 10 Months

    Who knew huh? She’s evil by the way. Completely and utterly evil to the core, and god do I love her.


    Happy new year everyone.

    Either it’s been lists of books read, or lists of movies watched, or lists of To Be Read, or To Be Watched. It’s not that I need someone else to make the decision of what to read for me; I can make that decision quite easily by myself. Rather I like lists. Quite a lot. I like how neat the appear, and how organised, and how simple and yet so very accomplished they are. To be able to cross off even a tenth of 1001 books to read before you die, sounds and looks like a major achievement.

    But for the most parts, the lists fall short. 1001 Books before you die, while a great list, has so many novels I don’t plan on even looking at. Yes I realise there are a lot of very good novels on that list, a lot of classics that are perhaps missing from my education. I have never read Tess of the D’Urbervilles. I don’t feel the need to read Lolita. Not because I’ve heard anything bad about them. But rather the opposite, I think.

    These novels have so much built up around them, that I get the impression if I don’t care for them, I’m missing the point of them. Similar to English class when everyone is throwing out possible reasons behind the phrasing in a particular passage; I end up with my own conclusions and sometimes – not often – I really don’t see what everyone else sees. It’s not even that I’m not looking deep enough, I just honestly don’t think that the author was that was conscious of including this particular meaning at that particular time, in that particular passage.

    Anyone who’s written anything, either a blog, or short story, or a full novel, have an idea in mind, something they are passionate about, or speaks to them. But I don’t think they set out to write a book about feminism. I think themes are more organic than that. For example in one of my favourite novels, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, has a prevailing theme of the importance of identity. This is one of the most obvious themes, but I don’t think Kay honestly set down to write a novel about identity, he set out to write a story. The themes picked themselves, so to speak.

    Yes, I have been surprised in the past by certain novels. Jane Eyre is one of my all time favourite novels. I loved Count of Monte Cristo but was left disappointed in the ending, though it fit the story perfectly; it was just rather depressing for the Count. But this surprise is turning out to be the exception rather than the rule. I’ve tried to read Pride and Prejudice several times and just can’t seem to get through it.

    I guess, what I’m babbling about is, while I like lists, I don’t want to be judged by them. I want to use them as a guide to what might be interesting, but I don’t want those same lists to be used against me when I don’t finish them. The 1001 books to read before you die. Yes, they are probably all very good, but I don’t think they are for everyone. Lord of the Rings is not to everyone’s taste. Neither is Middlemarch.

    A lot of the novels I read are sci-fi/fantasy based, and I still get weird looks from people who don’t read those genres. Also because I found fantasy through a different source (Kay, not MacCaffrey, or Bradbury) I haven’t read a lot of the classics. Yes, I’ve heard it before, if you read the classics first you’ll see what influenced what in successive generations. But really, is that compulsory? Is it necessary to read all of Asimov’s works in order to understand those he influenced?

    Besides, since I haven’t read them I get the opportunity to discover them for myself. I get to uncover their secrets for myself. I get to figure out, although in a backward sort of way, what novels were influenced by whom. And if I don’t care for it, I don’t feel the need to explain why. There are too many books in the world to be bogged down with stuff I don’t like.

    All that being said, I do plan on using some of those lists out there to create a bit of a TBR pile. Still, I don’t feel beholden to said lists. Rather, I feel empowered by them.

    What you guys think? Should lists be the ‘be all, end all’ so to speak? How do you use them? Or do you even bother? I’d love to here about it.


    Currently-Reading: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K Rowling (pg 420) Should finish it today
    Currently Knitting: The never ending sweater of DOOM!
    Currently Listening: Alexandre Desplat – Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows Part II – The resurrection stone


    Memories of my childhood almost always include books. Bedtime meant curling up with my mom, or dad, or my aunt Nancy if she was visiting, and listening to one of the many books we owned. My favourites were the fairy tales. My brother always chose one of his joke books.

    I loved curling up with a book although as I grew up and book reports became the norm as school projects I was less enamoured. Bedtime meant hot chocolate and pjs and cuddling up against my aunt and listen as whole worlds became real around me. I wish I could remember some of the stories I was read growing up. I know we had this fairy-tale book, it was old, with yellowed pages and smelled like a library and I loved it. It was my mother’s when she was a child. I believe the book is still somewhere in the closet right now.

    Day One
    Now playing: Isaac Asimov – The Last Question
    via FoxyTunes

    Granny WeatherwaxAnd so kicks off the 30 Day Book meme!

    This is a harder question than I thought. If an author is particularly good I can identify pretty easily with a lot of different characters. From Jane Eyre for her plainness and fierce intelligence, to Claire from the Outlander Series, not only for her profession but for her loyalty and her intelligence and resolve.

    So it comes down to intelligence I think that’s key. And while Esme Weatherwax has her own way of doing things, she’s certainly intelligent. She’s sarcastic and droll and so very fun to read. She knows what she knows and no one is going to tell her otherwise. I first met her in The Sea and Little Fishes short story from Legends Anthology. I liked her immediately.

    Overall I found her obstinate, contrary, funny, and wonderful.

    Currently Reading: Equal Rites

    P.S. This is so much shorter than I intended, but I plead, headache, and early shift in the morning, and hey, Supernatural is on!. Bye for now!