Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015.  I've never been one to set or keep goals, but here goes nothing!

Without further ado...
  1. Read the books that are already on my personal bookshelves instead of buying new ones or checking out more books from the library.
  2. Vow to read fewer books for the Goodreads challenge...but still read a lot!
  3. Catch up on my reviews.  I am woefully behind...
  4. Finish the multiple series I have begun BEFORE starting new ones.
  5. Get back into the groove of blogging.
And some not so bookish resolutions...
  1. Get caught up on my scrapbooking projects.  I am years behind...literally!
  2. Purge my home of unwanted/excessive items (clothing, books, knick-knacks, crafting supplies, etc)
  3. Take more "me" time and NOT feel guilty about it.
  4. Finally take my sewing machine out of its box and USE it.
  5. Make more of an effort to keep in touch with people more often.
I think these are goals/resolutions that can be attained in some shape throughout the year. 

What are some of your goals or resolutions for the coming year?

Also, look for next week's Top Ten:  2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn't Get To

Happy reading!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Bookish Bingo: Holiday Edition (Updated)

Yes!  Bookish Bingo Holiday Edition is going live on October 1 and I'm ready to go!  I had so much fun doing the Summer Editon of Bookish Bingo, hosted by Great Imaginations, and I'm feeling like that awesomeness should continue. 
Here's the Bingo Card

Here are the rules:
What we need from you:
Sign up by leaving a comment on this post with a link to your Goodreads, Booklikes or blog
Read read read! You have all of October, November and December to cover as many squares as possible
One book per square. So while Shutter has a creature on the cover and is a autumn release, it can only count for one square
There will be a giveaway at the end of December. Each bingo earned gets you extra points! To enter, write up a wrap up post with links to your books read and plug it into the Rafflecopter.
*Books do not have to be reviewed*
Signups close October 15th
Have fun :D
I'll continue to update this post as I finish books/Bingos.  Let's get this reading extravaganza started!

1.  B1, B2, B3, B4 B5
2.  B5, I4, FREE, G2, O1
3.  B3, I3, FREE, G3, O3
4.  O1, O2, O3, O4, O5
5:  B4, I4, N4, G4, O4

B1:  Reread:  Wait Till Helen Comes (A Ghost Story) by Carol Downing Hahn
B2:  Romance:  Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts
B3:  Set on Halloween:  The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
B4:  Birds on Cover:  Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
B5:  Witches:  Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

I1:  Green Cover:  Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
I3:  Snow on Cover:  Hold the Dark by William Giraldi
I4:  Mystery:  One Hundred Names by Ceclian Ahern

N4:  Set During Christmastime:  The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
N5:  Orange Cover:  Little Bee by Chris Cleave

G2:  Native American MC:  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
G3:  Black Cover:  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
G4:  Set in Space:  Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

O1:  Horror:  Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
O2:  Red Cover:  Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
O3:  Serial Killers:  The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo
O4:  A Book That Was a Gift:  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
O5:  Steampunk:  Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want Under My Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!

This week's topic is:  Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year.  This list will be a smattering of new and old releases, so here goes:

Though some of these have been out for a while, a lot of them don't come out until after Christmas.  I guess I can dream that they will magically appear under my tree, right?  Right!

What books are you hoping to get during the holidays?

Look for next week's Top Ten:  Goals/Resolutions for 2014/5 (bookish, blogging, or otherwise)

Happy reading!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Writer's Workshop: Worst Gift

Worst Gift...EVER!
Sadly, the worst gift I ever received during the holidays is easy to remember.  I think I was in high school and we were at my grandparent's house (my dad's father and his third...or fourth...wife).  Now, my step-grandmother has never been the best at gifting, and her "real" grandkids we never subjected to her delightful gifts the way we were.  But this one took the cake. 

Upon opening the box, wrapped in Sunday comics, I discovered the following:
  • Pens and pencils (I didn't mind that)
  • Men's cologne from the Dollar Tree.  I am not now, nor have I ever been, a man...
  • A box of assorted safety pins...yeah
  • Other various small items
Safety pins!  Men's cologne!  What?!?  I think everyone was slightly horrified.  Even my brother was like "what the f*@%".  How do you even respond to that?  Naturally, I thanked them for the gift but I will never forget that...

She's also given me underwear...but that's an entirely different (and infinitely more traumatizing) story.

Writer's Workshop is hosted by Kat at Mama's Losin' It

Bout of Books 12

As a few reading challenges are wrapping up (GoodReads and Bookish Bingo Holiday Edition) and new ones are starting, I'm so excited!  There are currently 17 days until the next round of Bout of Books begins (January 5-January 11).  This will be my third time participating in the challenge and I have a wonderful time in doing so. 

Here are the rules:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
 Reading/Participating Goals:
  1. Read as much as possible!!  Isn't this always the goal of reading challenges?
  2. Participate in Twitter Chats
  3. Do some of the mini-challenges hosted by various particpants
  4. Have an AWESOME time!
1 and 4 I've got covered and do every time I particpate in Bout of Books.  2 and 3 were more challenging last time, but I'm hoping I'm able to join in more often this go-round.  Needless to say, I can't wait for January 5th to arrive. 

If you would like to participate (and I highly recommend it), here's the sign-up link.  Let the reading commence!!!

Happy reading!