Sunday, May 31

Book Review: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Title: The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Author: Max Brooks

Pages: 247 (plus some pages to record your own experiences/journals entries of the fight against the Zombies!)

Summary: Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Idea protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto a bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quite, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The Zombie may be gone, but the treat loves on.

Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset - life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without you even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was very entertaining to say the least, not to mention, prepared me for the Zombie attack. Which we all know is coming, but pretend it isn’t!

Overall Max Brooks does a fantastic job with this satire book of survival, “preparing” the readers against Zombie attacks with helpful survival tips. From choosing your weapons, to finding the perfect place for a hide out, Brooks explains it to you, ensuring you realize how horrible and serious the zombie threat is.

I found his style of writing to be well done, he had a great tone throughout the book, making it easy to read and follow, and not at all boring for a “survival guide” and he has a good sense of humour in his writing as well. I’ve never been big on Zombies, but Max Brooks has changed that for me, I will definitely check out his other books on Zombies to see what they’re liked.

The only thing I didn’t like is, I’m just not that into Zombies, funny and I couldn’t put it down, but Zombies aren’t my most favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy horror monster or creature. I’m more of human/wizard vampire and the occasional Werewolf (Lupin!) person. But for those who aren’t interested in Zombies, like my self, this was a great way to be introduced.

Great book on the humour side, and if zombie attack ever happens, then I will be prepared to fight.

Warning: Please don’t destroy your stairs unless zombies are actually attacking. Because then your stuck upstairs (although if you have food, water, books, coffee, computer and internet connection, a comfy chair, bed, blankets clothes and a few more little items here and there, by all means. You’re set! Read your way through an attack!)

Would I recommend it to read: Oh Yes! It is essential you read this! This is a threat, and it may be a matter of life and death. This is no vampire you stake in the heart, or manages to get a soul and/or redeems himself some way. These are zombies! They hunt until they destroy! Watch out!

Alright, in all seriousness, this is a great book for a good laugh. Great for a rainy/cold day or just an amusing read. I'd recommend the book to anyone who likes zombies, satire/humour books etc.

What to read next: Survival Guides, Manuals, How-to books, cook books. Anything to prepare you! Or more books about Zombies or by Max Brooks.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, New Author Challenge, RYOB Challenge


TSS: Twitter Party, Books and More?

This has been a great weekend for me. Starting with the BEA Twitter Party that The Book Lady’s Blog hosted for those of use who couldn’t attend the BEA in New York. This was my first twitter party, and really the first time I really used my twitter account. I updated but always forgot to update or check others updates, now I’m addicted! I have so many new people on there to follow, who are fellow book geeks, nerds, avid readers and bloggers, I can’t help it. Like others at the BEA Twitter Party I had a hard time following what was happening. But did catch snippets of things, and now have some great blogs to check out. I’ll try my best to stop by soon. But a big shout out and “Hello” to all of you In case I can’t stop by personally. See who need to go to NY to meet new people, and chat about our love for books…… Yeah I know… ME! Lol. If I could have had both, I so would!
Also to all of those who won something either at the Twitter Party or at BEA, congratulations!

As for not being able to attend and nab my self some books and free books, I found my way into a bookstore and two books just “followed” me home. I don’t know how it happened, they jumped off the shelves into my hands, and then they came home. (I also don’t know how I accidentally paid for them either) The two books I bought were:

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead - Max Brooks
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevesky







I’ve already finished the Zombie Survival Guide. Now I must get my self prepaired. They’re coming. Also, if you can guess what letter for the Title portion of the A - Z Challenge I’m using this book for I will eat a bowl of ice cream in your honour!

I also stopped by the library to pick up a hold and another book followed me home from there too. Does anyone else have this problem? Books just following them home from book stores and libraries? Sadly the library books must be returned. Or else the library police come after you.

These books are:


Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult

All Our Worldly Good - Irene Nemirovksy (which I almost bought at the bookstore)





So some good book finds this weekend. That’s it for now, Sunday is coming to an end, so is May. I’ll have the Zombie Survival Guide review up shortly, and my May Wrap up sometime tomorrow.


Thursday, May 28

Award!

Just received my third award for my blog! DeSert Rose from DeSeRt Rose BoOkLoGuE awarded me with the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks so much, it's great to know you and others enjoy my blog! So a shout out to you! And a shout out to all my readers, who come here and make my love of blogging even more enjoyable!

Now it's my turn to pass this award along to some Lovely blogs

Rebecca of Lost in Books
Alyce of At Home With Books
Smash of Great Books and Fresh Coffee
Becky of Becky's Book Reviews
Jenn of Jenn's Book Shelf
Caffeinated Librarian of The Caffeinated Librarian
Maw of Maw's Books


Wednesday, May 27

Book Review: The Wars

Title: The Wars

Author: Timothy Findley

Pages:198

Summary: Robert Ross, a sensitive nineteen-year-old Canadian officer, went to war--The War to End All Wars. He found himself in the nightmare world of trench warfare, of mud and smoke, of chlorine gas and rotting corpses. In this world gone mad, Robert Ross performed a last desperate act to declare his commitment to life in the midst of death.

My Rating: 8.5

What I liked/disliked about the book: The Wars was filled with a vivid picture of the harsh realities of war, told through the eyes of a Canadian soldier. Not only do we the reader experience how the war affects the soldier’s life, but how his family and friends were affected to. Findley was able to fill the novel with vivid images and storytelling of what a soldier went through at the front lines of World War I. There wasn’t a lyrical style of writing, but there was something compelling about Findley’s writing that was able to pull me into the novel and unable to put the novel down.

The story is told, differently then I expected having an historian searching through archives and recordings by Ross or those who knew him, accounting on him, his personality as well as what he had went through. This made Robert Ross seem far more real and believable of a character, because it we were able to see him through different perspectives. I also liked how Findley didn’t romanticize the war, but instead attempted to shock readers with the harsh realities of war. Of mud, lice, fleas and comrades dying inches away, Findley is able to paint the ugly picture of war, with his beautiful style of writing. As well as create characters who stick with you once you closed the books pages. It’s a a story well worth reading and adding to any literary fan’s book collection.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend this book to read. There isn’t much action or fight scenes of hand to hand combat, but explores a spectacular story telling ability and writing style, that you won’t forget, and have you wanting to read more of his work.

What to read next: All Quite on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Challenges 2nd Canadian Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, A - Z Challenge,
New Author Challenge, RYOB Challenge,


Sunday, May 24

TSS: Booking Adventures

I've been meaning to share my latest Used Book Store Adventures with everyone, but I keep forgetting or putting it off to "later" later being about a week now. Opps! Now that I'm no longer in the big city (although the city I'm in now is not small, it just doesn't have as many indie/used bookstores) I don't have my favourite used/indie book store anymore, so I had to hunt for a new one. And I found three, within about 1.5 blocks of eachother, one of which is directly across from the main and largest branch of my local library. Sweet!

First I went to renew and get my library card there. where I had to pay a large fee. Now the sad thing is, not that the fees were 48$ (although it really hurt to pay it), it was the fact the books were from 7 years or more. (I was still in highschool and it was one of my history classes.....) That's 2003 (although I wonder if some were from the 2001 - 2002 history classes.....? Hmmm) Either way, I still had to pay them.... so I did, then went to the used book store across the street to see what they had to offer.

And, I have to say, I was impressed, they don't have as good as prices as my beloved one in TO, but they are still very reasonbly priced (the differences are only about 1 - 3.50 in differences, or the qualilty of books versus the price differ, but still great deals). The place also offers ancient used books (although I was just happy browsing the fiction section. They had a great selection of Canadian Authors and Local authors. Although their Fantasy and Sci-Fi selection was Seriously lacking. I think both book stores (my beloved BMV and this one Attic Books) was larger. I think about the same size. Attic books store my actually be larger, but the way the had it layed out, and the fact the books are less jammed in their, I think BMV actually has a larger selection. (For fictional at least, this one seemed to have the larger non-fiction, rare and anticent books you just drool over, but don't have the money to buy em. You know the ones, 100's of years old, dust caked into the pages,the old leather bound brownish covers.....SIGH!

Anyways, I ended up buy 4 books for just over 18$. Not bad, not bad!
Here's my books


The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood


The Memory Man - Lisa Appignanesi


The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

The Kommandent's Girl - Pam Jenoff







I also bought "The Wars" by Timothy Findley at Chapters. It was a fantastic review. I'll post the review shortly.
Happy Sunday!






Friday, May 22

An Award

I've been a little busy this week helping my mom with odds and ends around the house, so I haven't had time to thank Tutu from Tutu's Two Cents for the award she's honoured me.
So thank you, thank you, thank you!


Here are The Rules:

1) Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post.
2) Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
3) Link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5) Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.


Now it's my turn to pass this award on to those blogs I think show great attitude and gratitude!
Some of these are blogs I've discovered this past month, and some are old favourites, all are wonderful blogs you should check out.

1) Maw Books Blog
2) Hey Lady! Watcha Reading?
3) The Zen Leaf
4) The Eclectic Reader
5) The Book Lady's Blog
6) Today's Adventure
7) The Bluestocking Society
8) Age 30+ and a Life Time of Books
9) Jenn's Bookshelf
10) J. Kaye's Blog
11) A Comfy Chair and a Good Book

Again thank you for the award, and keep on reading! (And that coffee brewing!)

Thursday, May 21

Book Review: Jane Eyre

Title: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Brontë

Pages: 423

Summary: A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman’s quest for freedom. This updated edition features a new introduction discussing the novel’s political and magical dimensions.

Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor—qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?

My Rating: 8.5

What I liked/disliked about the book: Jane Eyre, was a exceptional book. Charlotte Brontë, was an extremely talented author, who brought to life vibrant characters throughout her books. Jane Eyre in particular was a very memorable character, whose personality was intriguing and at times appears above her time, where you can see glimpses of a Victorian feminist. I was familiar with Jane Eyre from a “Women’s Writers" literature course I took in college, where we watched the movie version instead (I skipped that day not wanting to ruin the book). But I still knew the basic plot line of the book going into the book, and I’ve read the “prequel”, which is the story of Bertha, the woman in the attic, which was part of the story that intrigued me the most. Brontë, was able to build up a great mystery behind the woman in the attic, and in exposing Rochester’s dark secrets. It was different to have read “Wide Sargasso Sea” first, which tells Bertha’s side of the story, and then to read the other side of the story in Jane Eyre, both are approached very differently, but both are wonderful stories, full of rich characters.

I wasn’t a big fan of Rochester, he was very egotistical and didn’t think highly of others. And I don’t understand the love affair between him and Jane, they spent a lot of time together, but they are both so different in character, that it just didn’t seem right they were madly in love to me. Rochester seemed to take advantage of her passiveness when it came to men. Although I did enjoy him acting as the fortune teller, overall, he wasn’t a likeable character.

Reading some reviews, I seem to be in the minority, some of my favourite parts was when Jane was away on her own, running her own little school. I think she seemed the most happy there and she was more enchanting as an independent woman. Rather than her time at Thornfield, I would have rather end up working at the school, helping the local children. But nonetheless, I still enjoyed how the story went.

One other criticism of the book was I found Jane to bounce back and forward from being an energetic, out spoken women, who speaks her mind freely, to some one who is trampled on and gives in to the whims of others. Everyone has their faults, but Jane seemed to be a mixture of both sides, it confuses the reader, who Jane really is.

But over all the story was wonderful, Brontë’s style of writing is stunning and flowing, it is hard not to be pulled in to her stories, and I love how she often addresses the reader in her books, it adds a bit of intimacy between the author and the reader. She is quickly becoming my favourite Victorian author.


Would I recommend it to read: Yes, Brontë’s story telling ability is not one you want to miss, particularly Jane Eyre, it is a fantastic story, with memorable characters, everyone should enjoy, especially Victorian literature and classic book lovers.

What to read next: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is a must. It gives a very different light to woman in the attics story and on Rochester. Also, Jane reminds me of Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Both are great books to read.

Challenges: 1% Well Read Challenge, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge,
Classics Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Spring Reading Challenge, TBR Challenge,
Victorian Reading Challenge


Monday, May 11

Weekly Geeks 2009 - 17 Mark it Down!

For this week's edition of Weekly Geeks, I'd like to focus on one of the most useful tools for a bibliophile: Bookmarks. Do you use bookmarks or just grab whatever is handy to mark your page? Do you collect lots of different bookmarks or do you have a favorite one that you use exclusively? If you're not someone who uses bookmarks on a regular basis, have you ever used anything odd to mark your place? If you make your own bookmarks or have a bookmark collection, please feel free to share some pictures with the rest of us. Create your own post and come back to sign Mr. Linky. Please enter the direct URL to your post, not the main URL of your blog. Don't forget to visit other Weekly Geeks and see what sort of bookmarking habits they have!



I always use bookmarks. It irks me to dog ear pages. I have about twenty different book marks that I've hung up against the side of one of my book shelves, so I can never be without one. There are a few book marks I like more than others, so then I use them more than I use my others, including this blue one, with a blue beads attached that says "A room with out a book is like a body without a soul". I also have a few movie related (Harry Potter, used exclusively for my HP books) and Pirates of the Caribbean books. I'm also a sucker for cute kittens or puppies book marks.

I've never made my own, I'm not a really arts and crafts person. Mainly I grab one when I'm in the bookstore line up. (They really know how to place those spin shelves, right there in the line, knowning book lovers will sit there waiting, to check out, then notice those bookmarks. Sigh!)

Thursday, May 7

Look what arrived.....

So a few days ago, through a news letter at Simon and Schuster I get, I see a chance to get an ARC of the book Daughter of Kura: A Novel so of course I tried my luck.

Today I come down to see the mail, grumbling about something my professor was suppose to mail to me (I wrote my address on an envelope for her at my last exam on April 24th). Still no mail....but somethign even better!

My very first ARC mailed book, a copy of Daughter of Kura: A Novel by Debra Austen! Oh I'm very excited! Makes your day to get a free book in the mail! Will read and review it as soon as I can!


Here's the cover.



Wednesday, May 6

Book Review: The Amber Spyglass

Title: The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials Book III

Author: Phillip Pullman

Pages: 518

Summary: Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures began in The Golden Compass and continued in The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from the amored bear Iorek Byrnison and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent amber spyglass. An assassin hunts her down. And Lord Asriel, and his troops of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, battle of strange allies-and shocking sacrifice.
As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living-and the dead-finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one story. The Amber Spyglass reveals that story, brining Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials to an astonishing conclusion.

My Rating: 4.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I wish I could say, the actual contents were “astonishing” and “extraordinary” like the blurb on the back of the novel says. But I can’t. What a disappointment! I loved The Golden Compass, it had this wonderful land, armoured bears, witches, and a young girl who was a very interesting character. Subtle Knife was dark, and different, but still lured me into this new fantasy world/worlds. Then The Amber Spyglass came. Half the time I had no clue what the author was writing about, plot pieces just popped up out of nowhere and thrown in the story, for the sake of it. New characters were introduced, yet had no character development; they just seemed to be thrown in there, to make the story longer. I really want to know what happened to this book, and why is it so different then the other two. By the end, I just didn’t care who lived or died, or anything else about the characters, their emotions or what was happening. I would have liked how it wasn’t your typical happy ending, but by the time it got to that, I didn’t care any more. I had given up. Lyra lost that magic touch that caused readers to enjoy her, the whole issue of Dust? What is Dust? I still don’t know, it seemed to be something very different then what it was building up to be in the first two books.

Lyra and Will in love. They are twelve, how are they suddenly head over heals in love? I can understand the children having deep feelings for each other, even giving a little innocent kiss, but they were completely in love (I do not think, like some other reviewers do, that they “slept together”) but no matter how you look at it, that whole piece of the plot was one of the many things that brought this to a huge down fall for me.

Another issue was Mary Malone. What exactly was her purpose? What exactly was her purpose for building the spyglass? She barely used it, and she didn’t help anyone really. The Mulefa. I think they were thrown in there to just add another weird creature into the story for the heck of it. There are so many things that happened in this book that just didn’t add up to what happened in the other two, it’s like this was written by a different author who had no grasp on what was suppose to happen, what connects to what we learned in the first to novels, so they just wrote some fan fiction version of what should happen.


What I did like. Okay, I liked the idea of the land of the dead, and Lyra and Will releasing them. I like the brief battle Arsiel was in, although how it ended and why, was poorly executed. That’s about it. Oh Iorek…. I liked him too.

One thing, I do not understand why everyone claims this to be anti-religious or anti-Christian. Yes, Pullman does have ideas that go against the conventional Christian way of thinking, throughout the book. We find that the dead do not go to heaven like what is taught…. But how is it anti-religious? Seriously, people need to wake up, and realize there are multiple religions and ways of thinking, and that this is one fictional account for it. (Sorry to any religious readers of mine, I do realize most people who are religious, whatever religions they have or beliefs aren’t like this. But I find that there are a few people out there, who just can’t deal with the fact, there are other opinions out there and then blow things out of proportion or insult others because of their differences in beliefs). That’s all I see in this trilogy, a difference in beliefs.

Back to the book. It was just a big, big disappointment. It lost it’s magic I enjoyed in the first book, wasn’t interesting at all, and I really had to force my way through to the end. And this is more than a disappointment after a hyped up excitement when waiting for it, which I wouldn’t have minded as much

Would I recommend it to read: I’m torn with recommending this to those who have already read one or both of the books before this. It’s good to finish the trilogy, but it is very unsatisfying and irksome how it was written. Hmm.

What to read next: Well, I'm assuming, if you've read this, then you've read the first to books. I'd try other fantasy series for children. Maybe a Wrinkle in Time.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, A - Z Challenge, RYOB Challenge,
Spring Reading Challenge, TBR Challenge


Saturday, May 2

Book Review: David Golder

Title: David Golder

Author: Irène Némirovsky

Pages: 159

Summary: In 1929, 26-year-old Irène Némirovsky shot to fame in France with the publication of her first novel, David Golder. At the time, only the most prescient would have predicted the events that led to her extraordinary final novel Suite Françasie and her death at Auschwitz. Yet the clues are there in this astonishingly mature story of an elderly Jewish businessman who has sold his soul.

Golder is superb creation. Born into poverty on the Black Sea, he has clawed his way to fabulous wealth by speculating on the gold and oil. When the novel opens, he is at work in his magnificent Persian apartment while his wife and beloved daughter, Joyce, spend his money at their villa in Biarriz. But Golder’s security is fragile. Fore years he’s defended his business interests from cu-throat competitors. Now his health is beginning to show the strain. As his body betrays him, so too do his wife and child, leaving him to decided which to pursue: revenge or altruism?

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The whole reason I grabbed this book from the library was because it was Némirovsky’s first novel and I wanted to see what her other stories were like. This is the fourth story I’ve read written by her (Le Bal containing two short stories, Le Bal and Snow in Autumn), and of course Suite Françasie. Her first novel was wonderful, David Golder, is wrapped in her beautiful and poetic style of writing as she tells the story of a Jewish business man.

The characters in the story aren’t my favourites, but mainly because most were such selfish snobs, Némirovsky did a fantastic job at creating very realastic characters, the way they were written and how they portrayed themselves was handled well, she kept the characters very true to the type of person they were suppose to be. I just didn’t like or care for most of them. I think this is one of the rare cases (at least for me) when I don’t care for the characters, because the author has done a great job at creating such, selfish and snobby characters, but without annoying me to the point I want to hurl the book across the room.

The story it’s self, is also one I normally wouldn’t read. It’s slow moving, but with her writing style, I wouldn’t care. Her descriptions melt of the pages, she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Wonderful book!

Would I recommend it to read: Yes I would recommend the book to read. I love Némirovsky’s work. She was a very talented author which any bookworm, would enjoy. This story is a little slower the her other novels, so I suggest starting with Le Bal or Suite Françasie, if you’re new to her work, rather then let this be your first experience with her. All are wonderful novels, but this doesn’t show what she can really do in writing a story, as it’s done in her other novels.

What to read next: Suite Françasie , Le Bal....really anything by Némirovsky. She was a very talented and beautiful writer.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge


Friday, May 1

April Wrap- Up

My April Wrap-Up

Whew! What a month I have to say that I am VERY impressed with my reading this month. Especially considering I had a week of exams and am packing everything up to move. (I move on Sunday, the 3rd). I've been a reading machine, and I managed to finish one of my challenges, although I did join another....doh! Oh well. I think my the end of May I should have at least two challenges finished maybe even four, if the book gods are in my favour.

Here's a list of this months books

1) New Moon by Stephannie Meyer (5/10)
2) Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sistherhood by Rebecca Wells (7.5/10)
3) Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (8/10)
4) All Quite on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remaque (8.5/10)
5) The Children of Hurin by J.R.R Tolkien (8.5/10)
6) Le Bal by Irene Nemirvosky (9/10)
7) The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff (9.5/10)
8) Agnes Grey by Anne Brotne (6.5/10)
9) Soul Mountain by Gau Xingjiang (8.75/10)
10) Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer (6/10)
11) Animal Farm by George Orwell (7.5/10)
12) The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart (9/10)
13) The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells (7/10)
14) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (9.5/10)
15) Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (6/10)
16) Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald (6.75/10)

Sixteen books this month! Which is ten more books, then what I've been reading these past months. I hope I can do it againf or May. I'll aim for 12, and see how things go.

My Challenges are well on their way. I'm really happy with my progress for the most part. There's a few I haven't started yet, but I still have lots of time. Here's my challenge progress of Current Challenges

1% Well Read Challenge (My List)
Progress 5/13 Books Read

100+ Challenge (My List)
Progress 34/100

18th and 19th Century Women Writers (My List)
Progress 0/8 (Need to start this one!)

1st in a Series (My List)
Progress 2/12

999 Challenge (My List)
Progress 18/81

A - Z Challenge (My List)
Progress 27/52 (Half way there!)

Chunkster Challenge (My List)
Progress 0/3 (Again havent started, but they are over 800 pages a piece... I know....I'm procrastinating....)

The Classics Challenge (My List)
Progress 2/6

Decades Challenge (My List)
Progress 4/9

Dewey's Book Challenge (My List)
Progress 2/6

New Authors Challenge (My List)
Progress 21/25 (Should have this finished by the end of may)

Numbers Challenge (My List)
Progress 0/5 (Really need to work on this, since it ends in August!)

Read Your Own Books Challenge (My List)
Progress 8/25

Spring Readign Challenge (My List)
Progress 6/14 (is it just me, or does 14 just seem like a springish number?)

TBR Challenge (My List)
Progress 0/12 (Ironically, the challenge to help you read those books sitting on your shelves and collecting dust, is the one I've yet to start!)

Themed Reading Challenge (My List)
Progress 0/4 (Another one I REALLY! Need to start, since this one ends July 31, and each book ias about 750 - 800 words min. A piece. Ouch! And because book 12 part 1 of the series comes out in November!)

Victorian Challenge (My List)
Progress 1/5 (This one is finishign in June, and well, not doing very well on it either. At least their are some good books (or so I've heard) to read.

War Through the Ages - WWII Challenge (My List)
Progress 2/5

Whats in a Name? Challenge
Progress 0/6

Completed Challenges for the Month of April

2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge - Read 25/25 Books!
Here's My List
Here's a Link to the Challenge, if you wish to try it out. It was a fun challenge.
Also, to my beloved local library I'll be leaving. I'll miss you, but I will return. You are the best Library system (and largest) in North America! HUGS!


Favourite Books of the Month (in no particular order): The Underpainter, Le Bal, The Boo Thief, Diplomats Wife.

Leas Favourite Books of the Month: New Moon, Eclipse and Into the Forest