Monday, November 28, 2011

Gratitude Giveaways

In November I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and All-Consuming Books hosted a Gratitude Giveaway. Over 300 blogs took part and I entered some of these.

I have won.

An Amazon Gift Card of $15 Thank you Helen Smith .

the ebook
Best Left Buried by  Cindy Hutchins
Thank you Nathalie Brault at Book Eternity

                  Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
                  Thank you Alaiel Kreuz at Librarian Mouse

Thankfully Reading Weekend

It is the end of Thankfully Reading Weekend. I read a lot on Friday but only a few hours yesterday as I was baking for Christmas most of the day.

Today I have also been busy with everything else than reading among other things been to see the village Christmas tree be lit.

But after finishing Torn and Ascend on Friday I did start another book. I am now reading In Stitches by Dr. Nick Edwards. I have read 76% (app. 206 pages of 272). Not a great book but I will finish it.

It has been a good weekend and I am thankful for having the time to read and do all the other cosy things I have done these 3 days.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thankfully Reading Weekend

First day is over and I actually ended up reading more than I should have done. Today I have read:

I started this 2. book in Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy  this morning and I did not stop till I had finished it around lunchtime.
I enjoyed this book more than the first and wanted to start the 3. and last right away.

I actually did start this right after, I did not really have the time so I started reading while standing in the kitchen having my lunch! I had to go out shopping but as soon as I got home I got stuck back in and finished around dinner time.

I really enjoyed these books. Torn and Ascend more than Switched. I have seen reviews that compare them to Twilight and I can see the similarities with the mind control thing and the different groupings but still thought they were different enough.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thankfully Reading Weekend

The Thankfully Reading Weekend has started and I hope to have time for at least a couple of book.

I will start with Torn by Amanda Hocking as I read  Switched yesterday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

I have chosen to take part in The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, it just sounds so cosy and again my husband within a minute gave me loads of suggestions. This time he just brought his Kindle out which already had a folder called Christmas Tales containing 18 Christmas books / tales.

I have chosen the level of Christmas Tree to read 5 or 6 books and I have also chosen the additional level of Fa La La La Films to watch a bunch of Christmas films.

My list of books (or list of suggested books)
  1. The Christmas Books by William M. Thackery
  2. Twas the Night before Christmas by Clement C: Moore
  3. Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse by Eugene Field
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  5. A Christmas Greeting: A Series of Stories by Hans Christian Andersen
  6. Old Christmas by Washington Irving
  7. Christmas Eve by Robert Browning
These are all quite old Christmas books so I think I will take a look at the list of new Christmas books as well. We will see.

My list of films (I will only mention a few as I have a huge list on the to watch list)
  1. Jack Frost
  2. The Littlest light on the Christmas tree
  3. Christmas shoes
  4. A Christmas Carol: several different versions
  5. Polar Express
  6. It is a Wonderful Life ( I need to watch this every year)
I am so looking forward to this challenge.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell

Wexford had never told anyone. The strange relationship, if it could be called that, had gone on for years, decades, and he had never breathed a word about it. He had kept silent because he knew no one would believe him. None of it could be proved, not the stalking, not the stares or the conspiratorial smiles, not the killings, not any of the signs Targo had made because he knew Wexford knew and could do nothing about it.'

Chief Inspector Wexford had almost made up his mind that he would never again set eyes on Eric Targo's short, muscular figure. And yet there he was, back in Kingsmarkham, still with that cocky, strutting walk.

Years earlier, when Wexford was a young police officer, a woman called Elsie Carroll had been found strangled in her bedroom. Although many had their suspicions that her husband was guilty, no one was convicted.

Another woman was strangled shortly afterwards, and every personal and professional instinct told Wexford that the killer was still at large. And it was Eric Targo. A psychopath who would kill again...

As the Chief Inspector investigates a new case, Ruth Rendell looks back to the beginning of Wexford's career, even to his courtship of the woman who would become his wife. The past is a haunted place, with clues and passions that leave an indelible imprint on the here and now.

This book has been on mt TBR list for about a year as I bought it on my way home from Christmas holiday in January. And finally I have read it.
Absolutely not my favorite Ruth Rendell book. It vas slow going, it has taken me a good month to get through these 304 pages. It just was not interesting at all. It changed a bit about halfway through and I did not foresee the way the plot went.
So all in all ok but unless you are a big Wexford fan I can not really recommend this book.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

GFC = Google Friend Connect

 GFC  is driving me completely nuts and it is not an exaggeration!
I can not find the list of the Blogs I follow, I pop up different places under different names even though I log in as the same all the time.
Opening up dashboard on my laptop says I have no Blogs I follow, doing the same thing on the desktop computer I suddenly have all the Blogs I follow there. Again I use the same login on both computers.

Taking part in giveaways I have to follow blogs which I then do, but how can they check that I actually follow them when even I can not find the information when I am logged in!!!!

I have no clue what to do or how to sort this. If you read this and have any ideas please leave a comment.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankfully Reading Weekend, November 25-27, 2011

I am ready for yet another book challenge. This time it is Thankfully Reading Weekend.

The weekend includes the 1st Sunday in Advent and I have already planned a few other things such as decorating the house for Christmas, baking a ton of cookies and watching the village Christmas tree lighting

I am quite new to these book challenges, but I love to read so any excuse to read is great.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2012 Sci-Fi Challenge

2012 Sci-Fi Challenge

I will chart my progress HERE

And all the posts for this Challenge will be HERE

I mentioned to my husband that I was going to take part in this 2012 Sci-Fi challenge. I said I wasn't sure what to read but there would be book suggestions on the challenge blog:

I don't think I have to look at the suggestions very much as my husband came up with 7+ titles within one minute.

Here are the first 7 titles. (the + titles were more books from the same authors)

 Ursula Le Guin: A Fisherman of the Inland Sea

Orson Scott Card: Ender's Game

 Alan Dean Foster: For Love of Mother - Not

 William Gibson: Neuromancer

 Joe Haldeman: The Forever War

 Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination

Paolo Basicalupi: The Windup Girl

If I give my husband a few more minutes, he might just come up with a dozen more titles so I will have more than enough for the year.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Book update


I am not reading as much as I would like but at least I have finished a couple more of the books I had on my Read-a-Thon list.

The Demon Trappers: Forbidden by Jana Oliver I finished the day after - There was not enough time in the read-a-thon

I have also finished The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong and Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs.

Currently I am reading The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell but it is not quite catching me and that might be why I am not reading so much at the moment.