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I absolutely love Sue Grafton’s character Kinsey Millhone.  I have followed this character from A to U and haven’t been disappointed yet. I do wish that it didn’t take the author so long to finish a book, but then when I read her latest installment and come away totally satisfied I realize that Sue Grafton takes the time to research her information and remains true to her character and time period. U is for Undertow also goes into some of Kinsey Millhones family issues that she has been dealing with throughout the series. I liked getting another peak at what makes Kinsey, Kinsey. Another page-turner and a great way to end 2009’s reading log!

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Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #14

Happy New Year’s Eve
Today is the last day to read anything for your 2009 Reading Logs.  I know I’ve been trying to finish the books I’m working on so I don’t have to carry them over to 2010.

Today’s challenge is to think about all the books you’ve read that came out in 2009.  You have two choices.  You can either post your Top 9 of 2009 or choose 1 favorite book of 2009.

1 – Post your Top 9 of 2009 OR your 1 favorite book of 2009.
2 – Link your post here using Mr. Linky.
 
Here are my top 10 of 2009:
 
10. Beastly by Alex Flinn
9.The Dying Breath by Alane Ferguson
8. The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
7. Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie
6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
5. Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
2.  Fireproof by Eric Wilson
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
 
Well, I just re-read the instructions and they are supposed to be books that came out in 2009. Oops, but I’m sticking to my list! These are books that I have read in 2009 and they are still my favorites. Some did come out in 2009, but there are a few that came out years and years before that. And Pride and Prejudice will always be my favorite!

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Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #12

 Think back on all the books you’ve read dealing with animals.  What are your favorites.  You can choose one or more than one.  It doesn’t matter to me.  BUT, please make these REAL animals.  No werewolves or other fantastical creatures.
1. On your blog, list the book cover(s) with author information.

 

2. Use Mr. Linky to link back to the Holiday Break Reading Challenge blog.
 
Here are 2 of my favorite animal stories:
 
Any Hank the Cowdog story by John R. Erickson
 
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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When Kip was 9 he killed a boy. He spent 5 years in a mental hospital getting counciling and serving his time. When he gets out he and his dad and step-mom have to move to Indiana to start a new life. After making new friends and trying to fit in, Kip is still in self-destruct mode. He can’t get away from the demon that chases him…guilt. All too soon he self-destructs. Now he is having to put his family through yet another move. This time to a beach house that was left to his step-mom. The first day there he meets Sam. Sam has demons of her own. Will they be able to help each other chase the demons away or will Kip self-destruct once more? This was a very interesting book. I really couldn’t put it down. It made me think would I be one of the people that could not forgive and forget or would I be supportive of Kip. Very provocative. I didn’t like the ending. I guess I like things spelled out and easy to understand. Black and white. But life isn’t always like that.

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December 28, 2009

2010 Challenges

There are several bloggers hosting Challenges this year.  I have already signed up for several and look forward to participating in them.

This Activity is designed to help you explore some of the many challenges available to you.

1.  Visit these blogs to read about some 2010 Challenges.
Look in the left side bar at YA Challenge, Library Challenge, 100+ Challenge, and 3 author specific challenges.

Look at the lower right sidebar for 1st in a Series Challenge, The 2nd Challenge, Audio Book Challenge, E-Book Challenge, Fantasy Challenge, Finish That Series Challenge, Historical Fiction Challenge, Romance Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge, and Wish I’d Read That Challenge.

Look at the lower right sidebar for Thriller and Suspense Reading Challenge, The Anita Blake Challenge, Speculative Fiction Challenge, and Typically British Reading Challenge.

Hosts Original TBR Challenge, TBR Lite, RYOB Challenge, Raved-Reads Challenge, Read ‘n Review Challenge, and Vampire Challenge.

A Novel Challenge (informational blog about challenges)

Look at the right sidebar for Chick Lit Challenge, Medical Mysteries Challenge, Biblical Fiction Challenge, and Christian Non-Fiction Challenge.

Some Various Challenges:

TBR (To Be Read)
I’m sure I’ve missed some.  So, if you know of others just leave the link to them in the comments section of this post.

2.  Create a post on your blog about Challenges, either in general or specific to the ones you plan to join for 2010.

3.  Use Mr. Linky to link your post back to this one.
 
 
I’m kind of doing my own challenges so didn’t sign up for anyone’s blogs. It would be too much for me to keep up with too many. So here are my challenges for the year.
 
2010 Reading Challenge:
My own TBR list. You can check it here on my blog. There are a lot on there…hope I finish.
 
Also there are books that I would like to re-read but don’t want to sign up for a challenge because I am never sure what I am in the mood to re-read. But usually during the year I re-read several of my old favorites. I will probably re-read The Twilight series, I am going to finish up the Trixie Belden series that I started in 2009 and didn’t get to finish. I am on #18 of 39. There’s the O’Malley series by Dee Henderson that I try to read every year. Also I didn’t get to the Cheney Duvall series by Gilbert and Lynn Morris  last year that I would have loved to read.
 
So those are my personal challenges. I keep track of all of them on my blog so check it out!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Give A Shout Out

There are so many blogs on the Internet that it would be impossible to keep up with all of them.  So, your challenge is to: 

1 – Go to Google or one of your favorite search engines and find search for blogs that cater to your tastes.  Try to find at least 3 blogs to share.

2 – Keep track of their title, web address, and a short summary of what you like about it.   

3 – Post something on your blog about these blogs with the title I’d Like To Give A Shout Out To…

3 – Come back here and use Mr. Linky so we can visit your site and visit some of the blogs you’ve found.
 
I am new to blogging so haven’t been searching very much. I have just started my own blog here and then there are 2 others that I have been to to check out:
 
Karin is hosting the Holiday Break Reading Challenge. Very fun so far. I have a feeling that I have done this challenge wrong, but like I said…newby here!
Ronica is an author that has recently sent me 2 of her books to review. This is the first time that I have ever done something like that. I’m kind of nervous about this but stay tuned and hopefully next week I will have those reviews posted and an interview with her.

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

A modern day Beauty and the Beast. I thought it was pretty good. Before being turned into a Beast Kyle Kingsbury was a total jerk. Hence the reason for turning him into a beast. Through his time as a Beast he learned to put others before himself. He learned to love others besides himself. Of course it was the fairy tale ending…which is what I love! I really enjoyed this book.

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