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Create a Cover is the title of today’s challenge:

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or clickhttp://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

 

The name that appears is your author name.
2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or clickhttp://www.websitestyle.com/parser/randomword.shtml
The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.
3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/index.php
Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.
4 – Use Picnik, or something similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.


5 – Link your Book Cover using Mr. Linky.
In terms of the activity for the Reading Challenge, I’m asking the participants to create the cover and write a short synopsis to go along with it.  
 
Here is my attempt:

Kyle Brown has always felt like he is on the fringes of society. He likes it that way. Kyle is a loner, he likes living his own life without being involved with other people. Kyle’s hurts run deep. Abused and abandoned as a child Kyle has been taught the “hard knocks” of life. He has decided that life on his own is better than ever being hurt again.

Kyle’s life is about to change. When he encounters Jessica and her young son at the local library he soon realizes that they have nowhere to go. Kyle realizes that something needs to be done about the rising population of single mothers trying to raise young children on little or no means. When Kyle steps out of his comfort zone and attempts to do something about the problem the local media steps in. The people of the city are not happy with Kyle. They do not want “undesireables” coming into their city. Is Kyle ready to open his heart to other human beings in need by taking on City Council and the media?

Well, there you have it. That’s my attempt at writing a synopsis. I’m not a writer or story teller so this was pretty difficult!

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Today’s challenge is to list our Top 10 of 2010. It was so hard to choose, so I went through my reviews and picked the ones that I had given 4 or 5 hearts to.  Here are my picks:

10. BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE by Katie Alender

Isn’t the cover creepy? I would have picked it up just for the cover!

9. THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET by Erin Dionne

This was such a cute book. I love the cover!

8. Candor by Pam Bachors

This was a real page-turner! I don’t know how many hearts I would have given it as I didn’t have a rating system at the beginning of the year. But it was one of those books that stuck with me for a while after I had finished it so deserves to be on my Top 10.

7. LITTLE MERCIES by Lynn Coulter

This was a wonderful Inspirational book, non-ficti0nal. I’m usually not a non-fiction fan, but found myself needing some inspiration so this came to me at just the right time. Thanks to B&H Publishers for sending this ARC to me.

6. WORDS by Ginny L. Yttrup

This was a double winner! I loved the cover AND it was one of those books that stuck with me after I finished reading it. Even though the subject matter was heart-breaking it was a good book. Thanks again to B&H Publishers for sending this ARC to me.

5. MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins

The long-awaited finish to the Hunger Games trilogy lived up to my expectations and more! I loved it!!

4. HAVAH( THE STORY OF EVE) by Tosca Lee

A thought-provoking read to say the least. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. B&H Publishers were once again suppliers to my reading vice!

3. SHIVER and LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater

I had to choose both as my #3 picks. I enjoyed them both and am eagerly waiting for the 3rd book to come out…hurry please Maggie!

2. THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB SERIES by Heather Vogel Frederick

I love love love this series! I love the covers too! I read DEAR PEN-PAL and PIES AND PREJUDICE this year.

1. LET THE SUN SHINE IN by Jackie Gilmore

Imagine my surprised when I opened this book for Christmas last year! My MOM wrote this book! It is her first published book and I am so proud of her. Our family always knew she could tell good stories, but to actually get her book published was something that we all were very proud of. And it is a good story. My only problem is that she left it open for another book and I am anxiously awaiting that! Hurry up MOM!!!

So there you have it, my Top 10 of 2010. Can’t wait to see what reading adventures 2011 brings!

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Today’s challenge is book character best friends. Who would be your best friends if the characters were actually real?

Once again I find that I am truly an “Old Soul.” When I think of book characters I always go back to my favorites as a kid. So here are my choices:

Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, I would have been Charlotte Lucas! I love Lizzie’s sassiness and her loyalty to family and trueness to herself even when she didn’t really know herself that well.

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, I would have wanted to be her “bosom friend.” Lucky Diana!

Jane Eyre, plain Jane…we would have gotten along great!

Trixie Belden and Honey Wheeler from the Trixie Belden series, I would have wanted to be part of the Bob-White club. Growing up I was envious of the characters in this series since I didn’t have many friends. I always wanted to have fun adventures like this group did.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick, I would have liked to have been in a book club like that as a young girl, but also as a mom with my girls.

So there you have it…like I said, “an old soul”

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Today’s challenge is to make a sentence using books on your shelves. I went to my TBR shelve and came up with this:

My sentence: The innocent man ( tried to) escape under the forever sky (while on) lockdown( for) running on the cracks.

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Today’s challenge is to post books as gifts. Did we give a book for Christmas or did we get any books for Christmas.

I sent my parents a big box for Christmas…it wasn’t full of gifts for them though 😦 it was full of BOOKS! They were for my nieces and nephew and my sister. They are books that I had received as ARC’s. So there were some grown up books and some YA books. I passed on the Vlad Todd books also. I sent my dad a book that was something about weird ways that people have died. I remember reading one of the stories about a woman who chewed her hair and finally died from a blockage of that hair in her system…nasty! But my Dad loves to read about stuff like that. So a whole book of gruesome deaths is right up his alley. I didn’t receive any books for myself, which is okay with me as I have TONS to read on my TBR shelf. Ack!

We gave my oldest daughter 2 series of books that she wanted. Both series by Christian writer Lori Wick. We gave our youngest daughter one book…can’t remember what it was though!

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas with family and friends.

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Today’s challenge is easy. Go to page 25 of the book you are currently reading then count down 25 lines and copy the sentence that is there. Here is the book I am currently reading:

Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Whispering Witch

Page 25, line 25: “Undaunted, Bobby looked up at him and asked, “Will you tell me another story?”

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Today’s challenge is titled “Busting Bookshelves” the assignment is to take pictures of our bookshelves and to tell what type of system we use to organize our shelves.

Here are my shelves:

There are 4 bookshelves in my livingroom(these pictures kind of overlap). I have them lining the wall behind 2 recliners. My husband felt a little claustrophobic at first, but he is getting used to them. There is no room in any other room of the house! I arrange my books alphabetically by author…because I am anal like that!  Here is my “To Be Read” shelf:

I found out with my last years challenge that the TBR pile is never going to shrink! But it does change quite often. I weed out those that don’t look interesting anymore and then of course I am always adding to it!

I have a bookshelf in another room that has childrens books in it and then I have another bookshelf in my daughters room that has books that we both enjoy reading that I couldn’t fit on the shelves in the livingroom and her closet is full of books! Ack! I have passed on my addiction to both daughters!

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