Sunday, December 14, 2014

2015 Literary Movement Reading Challenge - Sign Up Post




For this challenge I will be reading 12 books from the following themes for each month:

January        Medieval
                                   February      Renaissance
                                   March           Enlightenment
                                   April             Romanticism
                                   May              Transcendentalism
                                   June             Victorian
                                   July              Realism
                                   August         Naturalism
                                   September   Existentialism
                                   October        Modernism
                                   November    The Beat Generation or The Bloomsbury Group
                                   December    : Post-Modernism

If you would like to see the rules click here.


Jan. – Le Morte DArthur by Thomas Malory

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Feb. – The Book of the Courtier by Baldesio Castiglione

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March – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

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Apr.  The Bostonian by Henry James
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May – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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June- Silas Marner by George Eliot

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July – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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Aug – House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

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Sep. -  The Idiot by Dostoyevsky
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Oct – Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence

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Nov. – To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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Dec. -  A Mercy by Toni Morrison

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2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge

 I am sure like any avid book reader, most people have a couple of books at the end of a series they need to finish. If so, join me in this reading challenge I found. I think this will be a fun way to see what other people are reading and also to challenge us to finally finish. To see all of the rules click here, now this is my list that I hope to complete next year. I will be doing level 1 since I only have four books on my list:


  • The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13) by Lemony Snicket




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  • The Keys to the Kingdom #7: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
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  • Among The Free (Shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

2015 Birthday Month Reading Challenge - Main Post

 I have been seeing quite a few reading challenges and thought this one sounded interesting. Basically you will choose to read 12 books based on the month that the author was born. So, if I wanted to read a book by Jane Austen I would read it in the month of December, as she was born on December 16th, etc. To find out more information and to sign up click here. Here is my list which consists of some books that are part of other reading challenges.

Jan. - Marie-Henri Beyle AKA Stendhal - The Charterhouse of Parma

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Feb. - Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge

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March - James Patterson - Gone

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Apr. - Emile Zola - Germinal

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May -  Ian Fleming - Casino Royale

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June - Thomas Hardy - Far from the Maddening Crowd

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July - JK Rowling - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

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Aug. - Sir Walter Scott - Waverley

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Sep. - Elizabeth Gaskell - Larkrise to Candleford

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Oct. - Nella Last - Nella Last's War: WWII Diaries of Housewife, 49

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Nov. - George Eliot - Felix Holt: the Radical

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Dec. - Jane Austen - Mansfield Park

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Chunkster Challenge Review

Grab A Button and Sign Up! This is my first review for the 2014 Chunkster challenge , I signed up late and then this year didn't read very many books that had more than 450 pages.The book I read for this review was The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly, it is the third book in the Harry Bosch series. The plot of this book is that Detective Harry Bosch a few years ago killed a serial killer and is being charged in civil court by the widow. However, recent questions have been raised if indeed Bosch killed the correct person or if there is a second killer involved. We learn more about Bosch's past and what he has to admit in court, even though he would prefer some things to by private. So many different things occurred in this book, that I don't want to give anything away, so I know this isn't much of a review. This is one of those books that you want to pass on and have others read. My version of book had 505 pages which went by really fast, since it is a page turner. If you like crime detective mystery type books this one might be a good one for you. Even though this is part of a series I don't think you necessarily have to read the first two (I actually thought this was the best so far in the series).
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Monday, December 8, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/8/2014

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I was able to finish reading my book from last week called The Black Ice by Michael Connelly. I thought parts of it were interesting, such as who were killing the cops, and other parts were not as some of it was a little slow. I rank it 3.5 out of 5.

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My new book that I started reading is the next book in the Harry Bosch series called The Concrete Blonde. It actually looks really interesting, and anyone who has seen the Amazon pilot episode of the series, will find out that it starts with this third book. I guess Amazon will be releasing supposedly the whole first season of their show called Bosch next year. Anyways, in the book Harry Bosch killed a suspected serial killer and is now standing in a civil trial, but according to the description of the book, he may have killed the wrong man and the serial killer may be very much alive. I am  several chapters in, it is a page turner as far as I have gotten, and so far in the series it will be have the most pages totaling 505 (currently I think there are a total of 17 or 17 books in the series, so I am sure some of the other books might be longer). Currently out of the other books I have read in this series, I am enjoying this one the most, but we shall see if that continues once I have completed it.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12/1/14

1  I read about another fifty pages this week and am now only have about 25% of the second book in the Harry Bosch series. I don't think I will be able to finish it by next Monday though, but getting closer to the end of it. I can't wait to see what the end will be and start on the next book called The Concrete Blond.

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Thanksgiving

I hope those that celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States had a great holiday! I spent part of the day cooking, the easiest part was the turkey breast which I marinade and then put in the slow cooker. I had never made challah bread or cheesecake, but made both, the raspberry cheesecake was a little overcooked but still tasted good. I made cheesy mashed potatoes, as well as herbed veggies that had sweet corn, sweet red bell peppers, french cut green beans, and onion. So did you make any new dishes?