Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Finishing The Series Reading Challenge

Are you like me and have some series you have started to read but yet to complete the series.  Maybe you and waiting for the next book in the series to be released or you just haven't been able to get back to reading more books in the series.  Finishing the Series is an ideal challenge to sign up and participate in.  This challenge is being hosted at Bea's Book Nook.

The sign up details are as follows....

The details:
  • All books that are part of a continuing series qualify (i.e. Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, James Patterson's Alex Cross, etc.)
  • It doesn't matter if you have 1 book or 10 books in a series to complete it, it qualifies (i.e. if you only need to read one more Mercy Thompson book to complete the goal, that's fine) The goal is to complete a series from wherever you are up to until the last published book.
  • The qualification period is January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Books must be read during this time frame to count. Sign up is now until December 1, 2016.
  • Take the button above and post about it on your blog. Use the link below to sign up and make sure you link it directly to your post about this challenge, not to the home page of your blog.
    If you don't have a blog, that's fine. Just leave a comment to sign up and tell us which series you are reading. Or you can join the Goodreads group for this challenge by clicking here.
  • Each month there will be a post where you can link up your reviews. Write a review - 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, "The characters were a delight but the story was slow and confusing. It was disappointing."
  • Any format and length of book counts - print, audio, ebook, etc.
  • You should choose the series you want to finish before the challenge begins, but it isn't necessary. It's fine to change series during the year - as long as you complete whichever series it is.
  • Choose a level below. 
Level 1 (Novice series reader - Complete 1 series
Level 2 (Testing the waters) - Complete 2-4 series
Level 3 (Experienced) - Complete 3-6 series
Level 4 (Expert series reader) - Complete 7 or more series

MY LEVEL - I am going to sign up for Experienced - Complete 3-6 series.

I am one that always likes to read a series in order.  I have a few different series that I would like to get up to date on or I am waiting for the next book in the series to be released.  This will be an ideal challenge to encourage me to complete some of the series I have already started or be able to read the next released book in the series.

2016 I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

2016 I Love Libraries Reading Challenge is being hosted at Bea's Book Nook.  The sign up details are as follows:

It's no secret that I love my library and it's been a tremendous resource for me over the years, and not just for books.  For this challenge, use your library to check out reading material - books, magazines, any sort of reading material that you are allowed to check out, physical or digital.  The challenge runs January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

The details: 
  1. Put a sign up post on your blog and link it below.
  2. If you don't have a blog, make a dedicated goodreads shelf (or LibraryThing), make sure it's public, and link it below. 
  3. Any reading material that can be checked out of your library counts - print books, audio books, digital books, magazines, etc. 
  4. As part of your sign up post, briefly write why you like using your library - free books, internet access, a quiet place to work, whatever draws you to the library. If you don't have a blog platform, post it in the comments below.
  5. Write a review - 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, "The characters were a delight but the story was slow and confusing. It was disappointing." 
  6. There will be a post each month where you can link your reviews. Each linky will run for the calendar year. 
  7. Pick a level from the list below. You can move up as needed but you can't move down.
  8. Books may overlap with other reading challenges.
  9. ETA Dec. 17: There's a goodreads group for anyone interested in discussing libraries or books or for tracking your challenge. The group was an outgrowth of yet another library reading challenge that has since ended but the group is still active. The challenge host, The Geeky Blogger, added me as a mod to the goodreads group, come check us out!
  • board book - 3
  • picture book - 6
  • early reader - 9
  • chapter book - 12
  • middle grades - 18
  • Young adult - 24
  • adult - 36
  • just insert IV - 50

MY LEVEL - I am signing up for just insert IV - 50

The majority of the books that I read are borrowed from my library both in book and ebook format. My library offers a great selection, something to suit everyone.  I like to try and support libraries all I can as I believe that they offer a great service to the public.  We visit our library every week to return books read, talking books listened to, dvds watched and pick up the latest reserves.



Do you intend reading sixty or more books in 2016?  You might like to sign up and take the pledge to read #SIXTYBOOKS in 2016.

Imagine a world in which every one of us reads sixty books a year.

Now, imagine the conversations we would have with one another.
Imagine the topics we might discuss.
Imagine the levels of understanding and empathy we would reach.
This is what #SixtyBooks is all about.

#SixtyBooks is a reading movement.
It’s a simple pledge that we can all make by stating:

“I will make reading
a regular part of my daily routine.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mr Miracle - Debbie Macomber

Title :  Mr Miracle
Author : Debbie Macomber
Publisher :  Ballatine Books
Genre :  Christmas Romance
ISBN :  978-0-553-39115-2
Format :  Hardback - 272 pages 
Source :  Borrowed from library


"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER Beloved author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track--and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store. 

After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she "doesn't" plan to do is run into Erich Simmons. 

Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they're suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble. 

Perhaps it's the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought--and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they'll never forget.


I always enjoy reading Debbie's books that feature angels at work in peoples every day lives when they always seem to need it the most.

This was another feel good read that is especially good to read at Christmas time being that it is Christmas themed.  Harry Miles has his first placement on earth to be a guardian angel to Addie Folsom.  We read about the adjustments that Harry has to make living life as a human and the emotions and everyday happenings that humans encounter.  He also has to work out how he can best set to work making magic happen for Addie to be able to believe in herself and realise her full potential and to also help out the people that surround her.

All in all this was a quick and easy read that you should pick up and enjoy when you in the mood for a feel good story that you know is sure to have a happy ending.

This book has also been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel.

Where to find author and purchase book:

Challenges : Readers To The Rescue Library Challenge 2015, 2015 Snagged @ The Library Challenge, I Love Library Books Reading Challenge 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Library Reading Challenges 2015

We are regulars visiting our local libraries each week to pick up reserves and browse the library shelves looking for new and interesting books to read and dvds to watch.  Browsing some book blogs I have come across several library book reading challenges which I have signed up to participate in this year.  Being that we are library lovers and I am always maxing out our library cards I am signing up for the maximum book limit of each challenge.

The library challenges I am signing up for are as follows:

Hosted by:  Sheila at Book Journey

And of course.. there are fun levels of commitment:
 1-5 check outs in 2015 – NOVICE
6-11 check outs in 2015 – ROOKIE
12- 16 check outs in 2015 – INTERMEDIATE
17 – 22 check outs in 2015 – SEASONED 
23 – 27 check outs in 2015 – EXPERIENCED
28 + check outs in 2015 – GOING PRO!
Check outs count for anything bookish – books, audio, even e-reader book check outs (yes, libraries have these now!).  Go… meet your library again and fall in love.  :)
For this challenge I am signing up for the Going Pro! level.

Reading Challenge Details:
• Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. You can join any time.

• The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library. Twelve should be easy, that’s one a month. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.

• Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook or audio) as long as you checked it out from the library it counts.

• Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).

• Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.

• To join this challenge, grab the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads (so as long as you have a dedicated shelf and Felicia has created a Goodreads group), Shelfari (I’ve created a Shelfari group. You can join and post your progress within the group), or BookLikes, etc., for the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

    1. Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
    2. Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
    3. Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
    4. Stalking the Bookstacks: read 50+ books
    For this challenge I am signing up for level 4 Stalking The Bookstacks:  read 50+ books

    Hosted by :  Book Dragon's Lair

    Our love of reading can be expensive! Not only are we purchasing books but some of us also need space to keep them. I had so much fun with this challenge last year. Let's do it again!

    There are a number of levels, for those who don't have a library card yet to those that live there. Enjoy!

    • choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
    • read books you checked out of the library
    • books may overlap with other challenges
    • any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
    • reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. (post with review linky is coming in January) click here
    • a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in or link up another way

    • board book - 3
    • picture book - 6
    • early reader - 9
    • chapter book - 12
    • middle grades - 18
    • Young adult - 24
    • adult - 36
    • just insert IV - 50 
    For this challenge the level I am signing up for is just insert IV - 50

    Sunday, July 19, 2015

    Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge 2015

    Hosted By : Geeky Zoo Girl

    The rules are crazy simple:
    1. The challenge runs from January 1st 2014 to December 31st 2015
    2. There are five levels to choose from. You can increase your goal as many times as you want, or (because we all know real life happens!) you can decrease your goal once at any point throughout the year.
    3. You don’t have to commit in advance to your choices, though of course you can plan them if you want to.

    The Full List of Books can be found here!
    Thanks to Sarah there’s also a goodreads list of the top 105 here!

    Is there a giveaway?

    There will definitely be a giveaway at the end of the year.  I haven’t figured out the details of that yet but I’ll let you know!

    The Levels

    Bronze – 3 books
    Silver – 5 books
    Gold – 10 books
    Platinum – 25 books
    Diamond – 50 books +

    Sign me up!

    This sounds like an interesting challenge to participate in.  As I have been seeing books from this list regularly being recommended by other book bloggers I am going to sign up for Gold - 10 books.