It’s Monday What Are You Reading #70

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, What's in a Name | 8 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

I desperately needed some pure escapism. I’m a fan of fractured fairy tale stuff and this is fun. It’s the first in a middle grade series featuring four rather inept princes trying to save their kingdoms. The princes are the four from Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty. They’re all rather miffed that the storytellers never used their real names and called them all Prince Charming.

 


I did a bit of a binge through this series. I’m all set for when the final volume comes out in January. I’m first on the library hold list for it.

 

Continued in Print

The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

This is actually a reread for me. I originally read it years ago but decided to read it again before continuing with the series. I’m glad I decided to reread it. I’m enjoying it just as much as the first time.

 

Finished on Audio

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

I absolutely loved this. I made The Hubster listen to it too. Last night we watched the movie again for about the gazillionth tine.

 

Started on Audio

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

I still miss Ralph Cosham who narrated this series until his death but Robert Bathurst is doing a fine job.

What are you reading?

Reviews since my last update:

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Chew Volumes 7-11 by John Layman

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What’s in a Name Challenge 2017

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, What's in a Name | 2 comments

The 2017 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Tenth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

What's In A Name 2017

What’s In A Name 2017

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. This year I picked up both Drinking in America and Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table at least partly because of this challenge

The 2017 categories are as follows:

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!):

  • A number in numbers (84, Charing Cross Road; 12 Years A Slave; 31 Dream Street)
  • A building (The Old Curiosity Shop; I Capture The Castle; House Of Shadows; The Invisible Library; Jamaica Inn)
  • A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it (The Girl Next Door; The Running Vixen)
  • A compass direction (North and South; Guardians Of The West; The Shadow In The North; NW)
  • An item/items of cutlery (The Subtle Knife; Our Spoons Came From Woolworths)
  • A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration! (The Great Gatsby; The Luminous Life Of Lilly Aphrodite; Gone Girl; The Cuckoo’s Calling)

As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole by clicking on the image above.

Half the fun of this challenge is looking for books that might work. I’m looking forwatd browsing my TBR lists to find books that fit for the 2017 categories.

Hope you decide to join in the fun

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Weekend Update – The 2016 What’s In A Name? Challenge Edition

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, Weekend Update, What's in a Name | 5 comments

Weekend Update
The 2016 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Ninth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

2016 What's in a Name? Challenge

What’s In A Name? 2016

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. This year I picked up both Brown Girl Dreaming and The Ocean at the End of the Lane at least partly because of this challenge

The 2016 categories are as follows:

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets I’ve included some from other languages, and translations most definitely count!):

  • A country (try not to use Africa!) Suggestions: Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, Xiaolu Guo’s I Am China, Martin Wagner’s Deutschland)
  • An item of clothing (Su Dharmapala’s Saree, Ann Brashare’s The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Javier Moro’s El Sari Rojo; Pierre Lemaitre’s Vestido De Novia)
  • An item of furniture (Marghanita Laski’s The Victorian Chaise-Longue; C S Lewis’s The Silver Chair; Gøhril Gabrielsen’s The Looking-Glass Sisters)
  • A profession (Adriana Trigiani’s The Shoemaker’s Wife; Mikhail Elizarov’s The Librarian)
  • A month of the year (Elizabeth Von Arnim’s The Enchanted April; Rhoda Baxter’s Doctor January)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it (Ai Mi’s Under The Hawthorn Tree; Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree)

Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

Half the fun of this challenge is looking for books that might work. I’ve already had a great time browsing my TBR lists to find books that fit for the 2016 categories. I even found the first in a new to me cozy mystery series that will work for one of the categories for which I didn’t already have something on my list.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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The 2015 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap-up

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, What's in a Name | 1 comment

The 2015 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap-up

The 2015 What's in a Name Challenge

The 2015 What’s in a Name Challenge

This is the only challenge I truly commit to and try to complete every year. It’s been my favorite challenge from its very first incarnation. It’s been hosted by several people over the years. For 2015 Charlie at The Worm Hole once again took on the hosting role and did a fabulous job of it.

For this year’s challenge readers were once again required to read 6 books. The books had to be chosen based on words their titles matching up with the six categories. I managed to find books to fit most of the categories from within books I already had on my TBR list. Some of the categories were harder than others but they were all fun to pick which book to use.

Here are the books I read for each category (links are to my reviews):

A word including ‘ing’ in itBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
I listened to the audio of this one and it was simply wonderful.

A colourThe Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman by Margot Mifflin
This was an interesting true story about a young girl kidnapped by Native Americans in the 1850’s who was later reunited with her only surviving brother but never really fit in to either culture.

A familial relationThe Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
I didn’t love this story about a young woman with Asperger’s who suddenly loses her parents but I’m still glad I finally read it.

A body of waterThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The audio of this book is exceptional because of the fact that Neil Gaiman’s narration is exceptional.

A cityMurder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood
Ballarat is a city in Australia. The audio editions of the Phryne Fisher series are a lot of fun.

An animalWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
I had to force myself to finish this one. It had it’s moments where I enjoyed it but much of it was a slog.

As always it was a fun challenge. I’m hoping that Charlie will continue this challenge in 2016 because it just a fun one.

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The 2014 What’s in a Name Challenge Wrap-up

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Blogging/Reading, Fun, What's in a Name | 2 comments

The 2014 What’s in a Name Challenge
What's In A Name? 2014

This is the only challenge I truly commit to and try to complete every year. It’s been my favorite challenge from its very first incarnation. It’s been hosted by several people over the years. For 2014 Charlie at The Worm Hole took on the hosting role and did a fabulous job of it.

For this year’s challenge readers were once again required to read 6 books. The books had to be chosen based on words their titles matching up with the six categories. I managed to find books to fit most of the categories from within books I already had on my TBR list. Some of the categories were harder than others but they were all fun to pick which book to use.

Here are the books I read for each category (links are to my reviews):
A reference to timeSous Chef: 24 hours on the Line by Michael Gibney

A position of royaltyEmpress of the Night by Eva Stachniak

A number written in lettersOne Kick by Chelsea Cain

A forename or namesHerbie’s Game by Timothy Hallinan

A type or element of weatherThe Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

A school subjectUnderstanding Comics by Scott McCloud

As always it was a fun challenge. I’m already putting together my list of possible books for the 2015 What’s In a Name Challenge. Hope you consider joining in.

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Weekend Update – The 2015 Reading Challenges and Events Edition

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun, Weekend Update, What's in a Name | 10 comments

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I’m still winding down a couple of reading challenges for this year and since the year isn’t over I’m not calling either one of them done yet.

That doesn’t stop me from planning for and looking forward to some 2015 challenges and events.

First up is the next Bout of Books!! January 5th through January 11th

Bout of Books

I’ve been a big fan of this reading event ever since the first time I participated. Three times a year Bout of Books asks participants to devote more time than normal to reading. How can that not be a great thing??

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love that it’s a low key read-a-thon and look forward to saying ‘not this week, I’m getting extra reading time instead’.

FYI Bout of Books will happen again May 11-17 and August 17-23 so mark your calendars and join in!

Next is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Eighth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

WhatsinaName2015
Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. It’s how I ended up reading The Scent of Rain and Lighting this year for a weather term.

The 2015 categories are as follows:

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets):

  • A word including ‘ing’ in it (The Time Of Singing, Dancing To The Flute, Lex Trent Fighting With Fire) My examples are verbs but you can of course use other words.
  • A colour (The Red Queen, White Truffles In Winter, On Gold Mountain)
  • A familial relation (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Dombey And Son, My Cousin Rachel) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves.
  • A body of water (The River Of No Return, Black Lake, Beside The Sea)
  • A city (Barcelona Shadows, Shanghai Girls, Under The Tripoli Sky)
  • An animal (Black Swan Rising, The Leopard Unleashed, The Horse And His Boy)

Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

Finally I’m checking off a bucket list item in 2015. I have never attended any type of book conference or destination event. One annual event that has always sounded perfect for me is the Left Coast Crime Annual Mystery Convention held somewhere in the western US. In 2015 the convention will be here in Portland. I pretty much have to go, right?

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They’re calling the 2015 event Crimelandia which for those of us who are fans of the show Portlandia is just about perfect. Two of the guest of honor are two of my favorite mystery thriller writers, Chelsea Cain and Timothy Hallinan.

The event will be March 12-15 and I’m getting just a bit giddy with excitement. You needed an excuse to visit Portland, didn’t you? Check out the Crimelandia website and join me!

Do you have any big book related challenges or events in your 2015 plans??

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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