Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Stand Alone Reading Challenge List

Click here to go directly to the challenge page.

I am going for SAB-tastic level which is 25 books.

Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Paranormal Reading Challenge List

Click here to go directly to the challenge page.

I am aiming for Angel Level which is 50 Books!
  1. Hell's Revenge by Eve Langlais
  2. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  3. Turned by Morgan Rice

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2011

In December I read 4 books:

  • Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler
  • The Mark of the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L. A. Meyer
  • Warrior by Marie Brennan

I reviewed 5 books:

My Shelfari TBR Pile dropped from 948 to 952.

My physical TBR pile went down from 73 to 69. Woo!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Reading Challenges

Only going for two so far this year, will see how we go later on. Also check my Goodreads page for my Goodreads reading challenge.

Paranormal Reading Challenge - 3/50
Stand Alone Reading Challenge - 0/25

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Stand Alone Reading Challenge

The SAB Challenge is back for another year!

I read waaay too many book series. Not that that is a bad thing by any means, but even books that i don't realise are part of series. So I'm starting a challenge to read Stand Alone Books. SAB for short...i dont know why you would need to shorten it but yeah SAB Challenge.

So my goal is that by the end of the year i will have read 25 stand alone books.

SAB-erful - 5 books
SAB-erific - 15 books
SAB-tastic - 25 books

To join in the fun just leave your name and a link to your blog in the comments and do up a challenge post like this one to help keep track of your books!


  • Well it's pretty simple, as long as it's stand alone it counts.
  • Re-reads are accepted
  • Books must be read in between 1/1/2012 and 31/12/2012
Have Fun!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 Paranormal Reading Challenge

1. The Paranormal Reading Challenge is for anyone who loves reading ANYTHING paranormal!!!
  - Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Ghosts, Angels etc...so the scope is pretty big!!!
  - The books can be any sub genre under Paranormal - romance, YA, mystery, etc.

2. The book has to be a book. No free short stories, or writing sites.

3. If you are a blogger please post a link back to this challenge on your page to let others join in the fun.     -Non-bloggers - it's ok, you can join to and you can keep track of your progress by yourself, and post a comment on the wrap-up page, or you can send comments to this page to keep track of your progress.

4. Cross-overs from other challenges are accepted. As are re-reads. Books that were started in 2009 don't count.

5. Challenge starts from 1st January 2012 and ends on 31st December 2012

6. Levels:
  1. Human - 5 books
  2. Witch - 10 books
  3. Oracle - 20 books
  4. Were - 30 books
  5. Vampire - 40 books
  6. Angel - 50 books 
Good Luck everyone and Happy Reading :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Reviews


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Books Read in 2012

  1. Initiate by Tara Maya
  2. Hell's Revenge by Eve Langlais
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling
  4. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  5. Turned by Morgan Rice
  6. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross 
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
  8. What's A Ghoul To Do? by Victoria Laurie

Monday, January 2, 2012

TBR Drawer: January 2012

  • Just After Sunset by Stephen King
  • Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • Need by Carrie Jones
  • Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance
  • Jessicas Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
  • Original Sin by Allison Brennan
  • No Rest for the Wicca by Toni Lotempio
  • Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks
  • Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks
  • What's a ghoul to do? by Victoria Laurie
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
  • Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian
  • The Awakening by Kelly Armstrong
  • Dark Beginnings by Gena Showalter
  • The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom
  • The Taken by Sarah Pinborough
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
  • Bloodlines by Lindsay Anne Kendal
  • Dead Men's Dust by Matt Hilton
  • Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
  • Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs
  • Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
  • Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
  • Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
  • Another One Bites The Dust by Jennifer Rardin
  • Biting The Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
  • Initiate by Tara Maya    RC
  • Antara by Marilena Mexi    RC
  • Cinco de Mayo by Michael J. Martineck   RC 
  • Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
  • Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
  • Shadowglass by Erica Hayes
  • Turned by Morgan Rice   RC
  • Betrayed by Morgan Rice   RC  
  • Loved by Morgan Rice   RC 
  • Destined by Morgan Rice   RC 
  • Masqurade by Melissa De La Cruz
  • I Am God by Giorgio Faletti
  • Taboo by Casey Hill
  • The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
  • Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Rain by Virginia Andrews
  • Lightning Strike by Virginia Andrews 
  • Eye of the Storm by Virginia Andrews 
  • The End of the Rainbow by Virginia Andrews 
  • Melody by Virginia Andrews 
  • Heart Song by Virginia Andrews 
  • Unfinished Symphony by Virginia Andrews 
  • Music in the Night by Virginia Andrews 
  • Olivia by Virginia Andrews 
  • Celeste by Virginia Andrews 
  • The Starkin Crown by Kate Forsyth 
  • Lover Enshrined by JR Ward
  • Love Story by Jennifer Echols
  • Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustanis   RC
  • Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliot
  • Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton
January Arrivals:
  • Hell's Revenge by Eve Langlais  RC
  • Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
  • The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan
  • Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks
  • The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bookie Brunch: The Final Brunch - Happy New Years!

Welcome to Bookie Brunch

Founder: Sasha Soren (Random Magic)
Come join the discussion!
*Every Sunday*

With this being the final Bookie Brunch I would like to thank everyone for participating and being so fantastic over the last six months. I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to Sasha Soren! With out all of your amazing organisational skills none of this would have even been possible. 

So to make this extra special I have a huge number of guests here today plus some of the lovely ladies from The Book Lovers Inc all sharing their plans and wishes for the New Year.

Your host this week:

My guests this week:

The question under discussion: What are you most looking forward to in the New Year?
Optional question: What is your New Year's resolution?

Amanda downs some more eggnog and then a little more and begins with: What I am most looking forward to in the new year is continuing change, socially, professionally and recreationally and of course all the new books coming!

My new years resolution this year is to finish some of my writing!

Jennie warms her hands on her hot chocolate after a bite of mince pie and adds: What I am most looking forward to and what my new years resolution is, are kinda of the same question. I am looking forward to and planning on developing my youtube channel more and finally getting my blog set up properly. I'll also (finally) be getting my drivers license, learning some new languages and hopefully *fingers crossed* doing some travelling. If all goes to plan I should have a busy year! However, best laid plans and all that jazz, it could go horribly wrong, but for now I am happily optimistic about the new year and all it might hold!

Jo passes around some parmesan dusted pecans and pours some more Prosecco: Bookwise, I guess I always look forward to shiny new books from my favorite authors. I've got my eye on one from China Mieville that due out in May called Railsea (I know nothing about it, but I love this author, so I plan on grabbing it). Non-bookwise, I'm looking forward to maybe doing a bit of traveling. Nothing exciting, especially since money is pretty tight right now (due to the need to replace our house's HVAC, a bunny who is on insulin, and some recent dental surgey on my part) --- but we're thinking maybe a long weekend in Portland, Oregon might be nice. Never been there, but it sounds nice --- and I've been watching episode of Grimm lately that make me curious about Portland.

I try to find very general-type resolutions for myself, so I guess my resolution is to get off my butt more and do more things --- I like walking outside, so I need to do that more (and I need to grab my camera to take with me). I have a tendency to get a bit lazy and decide to curl up with a book (or my PC) instead of moving around more, so I'm determined that I'll get better about that.

Sipping her Starbucks White Mocha Lucy continues with: I am definitely looking forward to all the wonderful books that are coming out, especially those from debut YA authors!!! I will be buying a new bookshelf to give all my upcoming purchases a wonderful home :).

At this time, I haven't fully committed to a new year's resolution, however, it will be something along the lines of doing better in school and trying to spend less money (which will be hard since I have a huge list of books to buy!) lol.

Pepca brews some more hot chocolate and adds:  What I'm most looking forward in the New Year: being surprised by good things, hopefully.
My New Year's resolution: Worry less.

Caro pops some champagne and continues with:  Getting a job and getting an apartment! It's about time I leave my parents' house ;)

Like every previous year, I plan on loosing weight! LOL I guess it's an ongoing good resolution I never keep ;)

Lea dips her apricot biscuit into her egg nog and adds: I'm looking forward to attending the RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in April! :) Hmmm New Year's resolution to read 100 books in 2012 (I didn't quite make my 2011 goal - close but no cigar! lol)

With a glint in her eye, Anna puts a bottle of vodka on the table: Finding at last a job!

I plan on not staying inside home so much. I really need to get out and interact with people more:)

Alisha who is now our designated driver (because she is so good to us) sips her sparkling apple cider and adds: Rebuilding my book collection (which has been cut down over the last few years from intercontinental moves). I love being surrounded by a gazillion books!!!!!

Not really big on establishing New Year's resolutions, which seem almost meant to be broken. lol But I'd like to remind myself throughout the year to work hard AND play hard!

Susi calls for another Aperol Sprizz and continues with: Finally being finished with university and hopefully getting a real job with normal working hours.

Try not to stress so much and I have to take more time for myself.

Melissa sips her bundy rum and coke and says: I'm looking forward to the books of 2012 and finally being done with my studies so I can focus on the more awesome stuff!

Lol. Last year it was to give up smoking. This year its to take up dieting... mainly because when I gave up smoking I took up eating as a habit. Not recommended! And to get the guts up to actually finish and submit some of my writing to Publishers.

Downing her Yellow Tail Bubbles Jackie concludes with: Finding a permanent home for my library that is too big for my apartment :)

Lose weight, stay in top of my review books...the usual stuff.

Amanda: So my lovelies I hope you all enjoyed your New Years, or if it hasn't quite happened yet, I hope you are gearing up for a fantastic party. Pop some champagne and if you're anything like me, add some orange juice for flavour and I hope you have a fantastic New Years!

2012 is going to be awesome!

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