Friday, December 31, 2010

Monthly Mixer Mele 2010 WrapUp

During this challenge I was supposed to read a book for every letter that spells out the month's names starting November 2009 to the end of October 2010. I didn't quite make it. The letters E, U and Y were my downfall. I think perhaps if I had focused on those letters I would have completely this challenge a long time ago but I just read books and then looked to see where they fell. Here is my wrap up of the challenge. I went back to the original poster's website to update but she hasn't posted anything on her blog since May so I guess this was one of those challenges that I was doing alone LOL.

N--Night Lost by Lynn Viehl (3 Stars)
O--Once and Always by Judith McNaught (4 Stars)
V--Virgin River by Robyn Carr (4.5 Stars)
E--Evanovich, Janet--Fearless Fourteen (3 Stars)
M--(The)Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley (4.5 Stars)
B--Blood Sins by Kay Hooper (3 Stars)
E--Evanovich, Janet Lean Mean Thirteen (4 stars)
R--Robyn Carr's A Virgin River Christmas (4 Stars)

D--(The)Dream Wedding by MJ Rodgers--A Harlequin Intrigue (4 Stars)
E--Elizabeth Boyle's Love Letters From A Duke (4.5 Stars)
C--Causing Havoc by Lori Foster (4.5 Stars)
E--Evanovich, Janet--Sizzling Sixteen (3.5 Stars)
M--Murder Game by Christine Feehan (3.5 Stars)
B--(The) Bewitched Viking by Sandra Hill (2 Stars)
E--Evanovich, Janet--Finger Lickin' Fifteen (4 Stars)
R--Robyn Carr's Temptation Ridge (4 Stars)

J--Julia Quinn's What Happens in London (4.5 Stars)
A--All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (3 Stars)
N--Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper (4.5 Stars)
U--Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (4.5 Stars)
A--Armstrong, Kelley--The Summoning (4 Stars)
R--Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock (5Stars)

F--Forget Me Not by Elizabeth Lowell (3 Stars)
E--Evanovich, Janet--Smitten (3 Stars)
B--Barbara Bretton's Just Like Heaven (4 Stars)
R--Robyn Carr's Angel's Peak (5 Stars)
U--Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery (4 Stars)
A--Angela Knight's Master of Swords (3 stars)
R--Robyn Carr's Shelter Mountain (5 Stars)

M--Marie Anne Wilson's The Christmas Hubsand Silhouette Special Edition (3 Stars)
A--(The) Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox (3 Stars)
R--Robb, JD--Imitation in Death (4 Stars)
C--(The) Christmas Husband by Marie Anne Wilson a Silhouette Special Edition (3 Stars)
H--Holly and Mistletoe by Susan Mallery a Silhouette Special Edition (4 Stars)

A--Angela Knight--Master of the Night (2 Stars)
P--Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr (4.5 stars)
R--Robyn Carr's Forbidden Falls (4 Stars)
I--It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (4 Stars)
L--Lie By Moonlight by Amanda Quick (3 Stars)

M--Miller, Linda Lael--Deadly Deceptions (4 Stars)
A--Amanda Quick--Second Sight (4 Stars)

J--Jude Deveraux's Holly (4 Stars)
N--Nora Roberts's Remember When (3.5 Stars)
E--Everyday Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann (4.5 Stars)

J--Jayne Ann Krentz's White Lies (4 Stars)
L--Leona Karr's Shadows on the Lake (2 Stars)

A--Ana Leigh's The Lawman said "I Do" (1 Star)
G--Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles (4.5 Stars)
S--Shadows on the Lake by Leona Karr a Harlequin Intrigue (2 Stars)
T--The Touch of Fire by Linda Howard (2.5 Stars)

S--Susan Elizabeth Phillips's Dream a Little Dream (5 Stars)
E--Elisabeth Naughton's Marked (2 Stars)
P--Patterson, James--Witch and Wizard (3 Stars)
T--Taming the Highland Bride by Lynsay Sands (3 Stars)
M--MacGregor, Kinley's The Warrior (2.5 Stars)
B--Beth Fantasky's Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (3.5 Stars)
R--(The) Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands (4 Stars)

O--(The) Only Way Out by Susan Mallery (2 Stars)
C--Christine Feehan's Street Game (3 Stars)
T--Teresa Medeiros's The Bride and The Beast (4.5 Stars)
O--One Night of Scandal by Teresa Medeiros (5 Stars)
B--Burning Lamp by Amanda Quick (4 Stars)
R--Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz (4 Stars)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Read 'n Review Challenge 2011

I will join in on this challenge again in 2011. Once again Miz B is hosting it and it's pretty easy. Just read a book and write a review. Easy Peazy. The blog title will like you back to Miz B's original post....

* review each book you read between January 1st and December 31st of the current year.

* PLEASE keep your reviews clean & respectful ~ these books we read are the hard work of an author, and we don’t need to be mean. Even if you didn’t like the book, please try to find something you can say that would be encouraging to the author.

* reviews can be as short, or long, as you wish

* you MAY overlap with other challenges

* eBooks and Audiobooks ARE allowed

* if there will be spoilers in your review, please note this in the subject line of your post so that those who don’t want to read them can skip that review. Thank you.

2011 TBR Challenge

This fun challenge is great for me (and everyone I know) to get rid of some of those TBR books that just keep stacking up and up and up. I like that it is specific in that your chosen books have to be at least 6 months old. I have books laying around my apartment that I have had for 20 years (sad but true.) The blog title will link you back to the original post. Here are Miz B's rules.....

** Pick 12 books – one for each month of the year - that you’ve been wanting to read (that have been on your “To Be Read” list) for 6 months or longer, but haven’t gotten around to.
** OPTIONAL: Create a list of 12 “Alternates” (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn’t grab you at the time)
** Then, starting January 1, read one of these books from your list each month, ending December 31. )

By the end of the year you should’ve knocked 12 books off of your TBR list! (of course, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have added *at LEAST* 12 more to the ever-growing pile by then! LOL).
The good news is, though, that you’ll be making some progress! ;o)
Additional rules/guidelines for this challenge:
* the challenge is to read 12 TBR books in 12 months — you can read those all in one month if you want, or one a month, or however you wanna do it.
* you should have a list posted somewhere for others to see
* you CANNOT change your list after January 1st, of the current year!!!
* you can create an Alternates list of MAXIMUM 12 books, if you want, in order to have options to choose from (you can read these in place of books on your original list).
* audiobooks and e-books ARE allowed
* re-reads are NOT allowed, as they aren’t TRUE “TBRs”
* you CAN overlap with other challenges
* OPTIONAL: you can join the Yahoo! Group created for participants of the TBR Challenge, if you want to have a place to keep your list, or just to share with others about how you’re doing!

My list......some are carrying over from the 2010 challenge that I didn't get to.

Main List

1-Blood Bound by Patricia Biggs
2-Darkling by Yasmine Galenorn
3-She's No Faerie Princess by Christine Warren
4-No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole
5-The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter
6-Your Coffin Or Mine? by Kimberly Raye
7-Evermore by Lynn Viehl
8-Lover Avenged by JR Ward
9-Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon
10-Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
11-Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
12-First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

Alternate List

1-The Nerd Who Loved Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson
2-Tangled up In You by Rachel Gibson
3-Twin of Ice by Jude Deveraux
4-Wild Jinx by Sandra Hill
5-With This Ring by Amanda Quick
6-Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
7-Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
8-If You Desire by Kresley Cole
9-Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Cole
10-Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
11-Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
12-Back in Black by Lori Foster