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2015 Book Challenge update

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oppps……again!.

I just seem to think at the moment I have nothing interesting to say, so havent been posting. despite those thoughts, I have been making  vegetable patch and taking photos, so I will record that in a post soon!.

Anyway, I have read 2 books in the past few weeks!. I’m well behind where I should be if I want to have a hope in hell of reading the 30 book topics I picked from the challenge list. I should be well over 15 by now, but am on only 11!. I always knew 30 books would be a challenge!.

so, here are my 2 offerings for the challenge –

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yep! I read Grey!. more on that in a mo!.

Firstly, for the trilogy category I read Bellaroo Creek. I picked this up in Australia and liked the sound of it as it was 3 stories about an outback town called Bellaroo Creek. Sadly it didnt live up to my hype!. What I failed to notice on the back was it was a Mills and Boon trilogy!. Mills and Boon!!. all heaving bosoms and no action!.

My next problem with the books were that there was very little connection between the 3 books and that disappointed me. I think 1 book mentioned the character from another and that was it. I would have liked more connection and cross over about the characters. The stories themselves were ok and I enjoyed reading them, but the book then went straight onto the donate pile!. I didnt love it enough for it to take up valuable real estate on my bookshelves.

Then I read Grey!. I used this for the colour in the title category!!!.

Well, what can I say about this!?!. It was ok!. just ok!. I was intrigued to read the story from his side of the coin, but I just felt it was a woman writing what she thought was a mans point of view. I felt that a dominant male wouldnt think some of the stuff she had him thinking so it kinda lost its edge for me. it was a nothing book really and I’m certainly pleased it wasnt being sold at full price!.

so there we have it. 2 more books read!. not alot else accomplished other than working behind the scenes on my business idea.

I hope to be back sooner rather than later with a vege garden post.

April 2015 Reading Challenge

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Hi everyone. I’m a few days late with the reading challenge as I wasn’t well at the weekend, and I’m not really using my sisters computer equipment so am finding what I want to do not as easy as it would be at home!

As seems to be the norm lately, I only have one book to review/cross off my list.

it’s called “The House we Grew up In” by Lisa Jewel. I’ve read a lot of Jewel’s work over the years and enjoy her books immensely. This read is my ‘ book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet’!

I enjoyed the book, but at the same time, found it quite frustrating as it kept jumping backwards and forwards in time, and sometimes it would take me a few paragraphs to realise that I was back in a different time. I also didn’t read it as quickly as I have read other books of hers.

the story centers around a family home and the lives of the family who live there for many years, hence the jump in time as the past is remembered as well as present day. I cant give too much

more away or I’ll ruin the story for anyone wishing to read it!

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Now, over to you…..

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Welcome to the 2015 Reading Challenge Party based on the list devised by Popsugar.

Each month we’ll share what we’ve read during the past month based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen. ** I still need to change the wording on the button, now the party is only monthly!.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.

please join in! –

 

March 2015 Reading Challenge link party

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The link up is at the bottom of this post.

Welcome to March’s reading challenge link up party.

As mentioned in a previous post, I have decided to only host this party monthly, due to commitments that I currently have.

Now, what have I read this past month?!. Well, one book wont get mentioned – a free 40 page book from itunes!. it wouldnt fit any catergory, lol!!.

oh dear, just looking at my records it seems it’s only one book again this time!. I blame house hunting and all that entails!.

This books fits in under the ‘love triangle’ category.

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I haven’t read anything by this author before. One of the book shops I like to frequent had books by her on special, so I had brought 2 as they were half price. I have to admit, I wasn’t going to buy 2, but when reading the back on this it mentioned ‘love triangle’, I thought ah ha!, I need one of those!.

It took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I was there, I loved it. I wont give the game away, but I ended up really enjoying how the author wrote the love triangle angles, if that makes sense!. I really enjoyed the guts of the story, but found the end was a little flat. It kinda left me thinking it was an afterthought to the main idea for the story. still, it was a good read and I look forward to reading the other book I have of hers.

I’m off to Australia in 2 weeks and should have plenty of reading of time. I don’t plan to take any physical books. I will read what’s on my ipad, what my sister has and borrow her library card and raid the local library.

 Here’s my record so far –

I have modified the list to suit my tastes this year, choosing about 30 of the 50 categories. reading 30 books in a year will be a challenge in itself for me as some years I may only read up to 5 books!. subject to how the year goes, next year I may challenge myself to complete the full list!.

2015 reading challenge – my list – 6/32

A book with more than 500 pages

A classic romance

A book that became a movie

A book published this year

A book with a number in the title

*A book by a female author – READ ( 3rd Deborah Challinor)

A book with a one word title

A book set in a different country

A popular author’s first book

**A nonfiction book –  3/4 READ ( ‘Through the Farm Gate’, Angela Goode )

A book by an author you love but not read yet

A Pulitzer prize winning book

A book based on a true story

A book at the bottom of your to read pile

A book more than 100 yrs old

*A book based entirely on its cover – READ (tumbledown manor)

*A memoir – READ ( 7 summers )

A book you can finish in a day

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

A book that came out the year you were born

A trilogy

*A book with a love triangle – READ ( the hypnotists love story)

A book with a colour in the title

A book by an author you’ve never read before

A book you own but never read  !!!!!!!

A book that takes place in your hometown

A book that was originally written in another language

*A book set at Christmas – READ ( an outlaws Christmas)

A book written by an author with your initials

A book based on or turned into a tv series

A book you started but never finished

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Now, over to you …..

Welcome to the 2015 Reading Challenge Party based on the list devised by Popsugar.

Each month we’ll share what we’ve read during the past month based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen. ** I still need to change the wording on the button, now the party is only monthly!.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.

please join in! –

2015 Reading Challenge Link up Party #2

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**Link up party is at the bottom of this post**

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this party I only have one book to contribute. I’ve found it hard to read and I’m not sure if its because of the book itself, or because I’ve read more books last month than I normally do and I’ve had enough!

the book, once finished will go in under ‘non fiction’, and is the memoir of an Australian woman who moves to a farm. I thought it would be a fun read while I was farm sitting, but as I mentioned, I’ve struggled with it. I will finish it however!

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I have modified the list to suit my tastes this year, choosing about 30 of the 50 categories. reading 30 books in a year will be a challenge in itself for me as some years I may only read up to 5 books!. subject to how the year goes, next year I may challenge myself to complete the full list!.

2015 reading challenge – my list – 4.5!/31

A book with more than 500 pages

A classic romance ( pride and prejudice)

A book that became a movie ( Philomena)

A book published this year

A book with a number in the title

*A book by a female author – READ ( 3rd Deborah Challinor)

A book with a one word title

A book set in a different country ( Deborah Challinor)

A popular author’s first book

**A nonfiction book –  3/4 READ ( ‘Through the Farm Gate’, Angela Goode )

A book by an author you love but not read yet ( Lisa Jewell)

A Pulitzer prize winning book

A book based on a true story ( philomina)

A book at the bottom of your to read pile ( JFK)

A book more than 100 yrs old ( pride and prejudice)

*A book based entirely on its cover – READ (tumbledown manor)

*A memoir – READ ( 7 summers )

A book you can finish in a day

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

A book that came out the year you were born

A trilogy (Fiona mccallum series)

A book with a love triangle

A book with a colour in the title

A book by an author you’ve never read before (Fiona mccallum)

A book you own but never read  !!!!!!!

A book that takes place in your hometown

A book that was originally written in another language ( madame bovary ?)

*A book set at Christmas – READ ( an outlaws Christmas)

A book written by an author with your initials

A book based on or turned into a tv series ( masters of sex

A book you started but never finished ( masters of sex).

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Now over to you :-

Welcome to the 2015 Reading Challenge Party based on the list devised by Popsugar.

Each fortnight we’ll share what we’ve read during the past two (or three!) weeks based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.

2015 Reading Challenge Party, link up #1

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here we go!.

the link up party is at the bottom of this post.

I have modified the list to suit my tastes this year, choosing about 30 of the 50 categories. reading 30 books in a year will be a challenge in itself for me as some years I may only read up to 5 books!. subject to how the year goes, next year I may challenge myself to complete the full list!.

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here is where I’m at –

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‘A Story of Seven Summers’ by Hilary Burden.

I was reading a post on the Down to Earth forum about books we’re reading, and a couple of the ladies talked about 7 summers. I looked it up online and liked the description, so then checked the library system here in the city and luckily there was one copy available. I headed out the next morning and got it, and had the whole book read in 24hrs!. I’ve ticked off “a memoir” with this read. I’m saving “read a book in 24hrs” for another book, but if that doesnt happen, then I’ll use this in that category as well!.

I loved this book, it spoke very loudly to me, and I may even buy it. it is the story of an Australian woman who moves back home to Tasmania from the UK. she was in London at the same time as me and mentions events I was familiar with. the memoir is about her going to the land and how she manages during those first few years – a dream I share. I’d recommend this to anyone who has that dream of stepping into a more simpler way of life.

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‘The Silk Thief’ by Deborah Challinor.

this is the 3rd book in a series of 4 and I love it. I read it in a couple of days, as I did the first 2 in the series late last year. this series tells the story of 4 convict women transported to Australia in the 19thC. book 3 continues the story and keeps you gripped wanting to know how things fare for the women. it is part love story, friendships, thriller and history all rolled into one.

I have ticked off ” a female author” with this, and highly recommend this series. the first two books are called ‘Behind the Sun’ and ‘Girl of Shadows’.

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‘Tumbledown Manor’ by Helen Brown

I picked this up as the back sounded interesting – woman moves to the country and fixes an old house. something I’d love to do!. I found it an easy read, light and fluffy with several laughs thrown in for good measure. there were enough twists to keep you going, with a few ‘i didnt see that coming’ situations.

i ticked off ” a book based on its cover”. while I enjoyed the book, if I was stuck for shelf space, I wouldn’t loose sleep over getting rid of this book. in other words, I probably wouldn’t read it again!.

2015 reading challenge – my list – 4/31

A book with more than 500 pages

A classic romance ( pride and prejudice)

A book that became a movie ( Philomena)

A book published this year

A book with a number in the title

*A book by a female author – READ ( 3rd Deborah Challinor)

A book with a one word title

A book set in a different country ( Deborah Challinor)

A popular author’s first book

A nonfiction book ( JFK )

A book by an author you love but not read yet ( Lisa Jewell)

A Pulitzer prize winning book

A book based on a true story ( philomina)

A book at the bottom of your to read pile ( JFK)

A book more than 100 yrs old ( pride and prejudice)

*A book based entirely on its cover – READ (tumbledown manor)

*A memoir – READ ( 7 summers )

A book you can finish in a day

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

A book that came out the year you were born

A trilogy (Fiona mccallum series)

A book with a love triangle

A book with a colour in the title

A book by an author you’ve never read before (Fiona mccallum)

A book you own but never read  !!!!!!!

A book that takes place in your hometown

A book that was originally written in another language ( madame bovary ?)

*A book set at Christmas – READ ( an outlaws Christmas)

A book written by an author with your initials

A book based on or turned into a tv series ( masters of sex

A book you started but never finished ( masters of sex).

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NOW, OVER TO YOU :-

Welcome to the 2015 Reading Challenge Party based on the list devised by Popsugar.

Each fortnight we’ll share what we’ve read during the past two (or three!) weeks based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50 (you don’t need to follow my format, i just want to keep a record of how I go with this challenge).
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.

Reading Challenge link party

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tomorrow I am going to launch a linky party for those of us who are following the prompts devised by Popsugar for their 2015 reading challenge.

the party will highlight the books you’ve read in the previous fortnight, letting everyone know what you’ve crossed off the list, and what you thought of the book. it will also help you come up with ideas for books that fit each category, and provide you an opportunity to ask for suggestions for categories you’re struggling with. and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be finding new books to add to your ‘to read’ list!.

please feel free to share this with your blogging friends who you know are following this challenge.

2015 Reading Challenge.

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I noticed on Pinterest last week a pin for a reading challenge for 2015. it appealed to me as it wasn’t specific books, rather types of books. I’m not a huge reader – buyer, yes – reader no!. so I felt 50 books was too big of a challenge, and I didn’t like some of the options (i know its a challenge!), so I picked out 31 that I felt I could achieve. reading 31 books in a year will still be a challenge for me I believe.

here is the link to the original post.

and this is my revised list – in brackets are my thoughts on what to read at this stage.

A book with more than 500 pages

A classic romance ( pride and prejudice)

A book that became a movie ( Philomena)

A book published this year (4th Deborah Challinor hopefully)

A book with a number in the title

A book by a female author ( 3rd Deborah Challinor)

A book with a one word title

A book set in a different country (Harem midwife)

A popular author’s first book

A nonfiction book ( JFK )

A book by an author you love but not read yet ( Lisa Jewell)

A Pulitzer prize winning book

A book based on a true story ( philomina)

A book at the bottom of your to read pile ( JFK)

A book more than 100 yrs old ( pride and prejudice)

A book based entirely on its cover (tumbledown manor)

A memoir

A book you can finish in a day

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

A book that came out the year you were born

A trilogy (Fiona mccallum series)

A book with a love triangle

A book with a colour in the title

A book by an author you’ve never read before (Fiona mccallum)

A book you own but never read  !!!!!!! < that would be most of my bookshelves!

A book that takes place in your hometown < could be a struggle

A book that was originally written in another language ( madame bovary ?)

A book set at Christmas ( an outlaws Christmas, Linda Lael Miller (bodice ripper!!) ) x = finished 4/1/15

A book written by an author with your initials

A book based on or turned into a tv series ( masters of sex )

A book you started but never finished ( masters of sex).

I plan to only use what’s on my book shelves, ibooks or the library, with the exception of the book published this year. I hope  the 4th in a series i’ve been reading will be published this year. I may also cheat a little (!!!) and double up a couple of categories if I start to struggle throughout the year.

so…..1st finish of the year is An Outlaw’s Christmas by Linda Lael Miller.

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this is a western romance set at the turn of the century. its a quick read and since I  had enjoyed other books of hers, I thought this might be a nice read at Christmas time. its the story of school teacher who finds a shot man on her doorstep, takes him in, cares for him and, shock horror, falls in love with him. with a backdrop of snow and Christmas it was gentle and easy going!.