I had fully hoped this Sunday would give me a chance to catch-up on all the reviews I have to write – but with Christmas only days away my attention level is zip. So rather than pushing myself to write when I don’t want to and possibly skewing my opinion, I am slumming until after the holidays. But of course I am still reading whenever I get a chance ;)
With the end of the year, comes the deadline for challenges, luckily I only have one ending – The A-Z Reading Challenge. But my conundrum is this: Say you have read the required books, you haven’t reviewed them yet, but you fully intend to? Does this mean you have still completed the challenge? Which is more important – the reading of the book or the writing of the review?
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Let me know what your opinion is – for added incentive, anyone who lets me know their thoughts on what makes a challenge complete gets entered into a giveaway. What does the winner receive you ask? Hmmm, I think this will be a surprise giveaway (in other words I have no idea) but it will contain at least 2 books and maybe a few extra treats. C’mon guys everyone loves a surprise, right ;D
Entries will be accepted until December 31 2008 - Winner will be announced January 1 2009
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I’ve been reading like a crazy person because my TBR stack has become out of control lately, so many library books that need to be returned have been crying out to be read, bargain books I couldn’t resist slump on shelves in abandonment and my review books stare at me with ‘tsking’ sort of look. So here’s what I’ve been reading this weekend, a very eclectic mix:
Cracked Up To Be – Courtney Summers
Do not let this fun, lovely cover fool you into thinking this is just another light young adult book – this book is far from happy, but it is completely enthralling. Cracked Up To Be deals with some very serious teen issues and has some amazing characters. Once I picked this up I couldn’t set it down until I had read the entire book. I’ve included an excerpt below that I really connected with, it perfectly presents a look into how it feels to be struck dumb by an anxiety attack.
He says something else, but I don’t hear it because I’m gone. I drop my things at my locker and search out a spot in the school that isn’t around people, but there are none and that’s when I notice that the halls are way too crowded.
There are bodies everywhere.
At first I do okay. I hover by the drinking fountain and try to look like I’ve got somewhere to be. Then I start hearing this sound, like this sighing, no – not sighing. Breathing. Everyone breathing. I can hear the people around me sucking up all the fresh air, leaving nothing for me.
My chest tightens and I can’t breathe.
The Leather Daddy & The Femme – Carol Queen
I needed a Q author for my A-Z Reading Challenge – so off to the library I went. With no plan in mind I decided to randomly pick a book. I really liked the pulp look of this book so I got it without a second glance. Once I started reading it I was kinda surprised that this was in the library – I know our library carries everything regardless of content but what surprised me was that no one had stolen it yet. From what I’ve heard our library has a bit of a problem with people stealing the “dirty books” lol. Anyhow, here is what the book jacket has to say:
It’s another night in San Francisco and Randy (a.k.a. Miranda, when she’s not dressed like a boy) has hit the streets looking for trouble. She has an eye for gay men in leathers, and most nights she’s too much of a girl for them. But tonight Randy meets her match – Jack, who thinks she’s hot no matter who she is. The is San Francisco’s notorious SOMA, a neighbourhood colonized by leatherfolk long before the dot-commers came (and left). From dark alleys to tastefully appointed dungeons, from hotel penthouses to tranny bars, Randy/Miranda explores and embraces her desires – none of them fenced in by anyone else’s idea of sex, gender and/or sexual orientation. With Jack and other denizens of San Francisco's sexual underground, she creates her own alternative vision of family values.
Fairies Of Nutfolk Wood – Barb Ullman
Another pain in the ass letter for me was U, but I did find this interesting little book while browsing the libraries Young Adult section. So far, it is a fun little read but I would say it would be better suited for a younger audience – maybe the 7-10 year range. The basic story is that a girl moves to a secluded trailer in the woods with her mother as they try to get back on their feet after a divorce. Once there the girl begins to see some very unexplainable and perhaps magical things happening around her.
So that is my weekend, hopefully I can get a few posts in this week. But I also want to get caught up on visiting/commenting on all the blogs I love to read – and there are lots of them.
Hoping everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Mine is terrific but that horrible weatherman is calling for snow again – crossing my fingers that he’s wrong or on crack :P
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