Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Weather, Weather, Everywhere

What's up with Mother Nature? This has been a scary winter so far - all over the country. Sometimes I'm so pooped from shovelling and cleaning off the car I'm too tired to do much reading.

Only read 8 books in January - not a bad number but would have liked to reach at least 10. We'll see what February brings.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Started The Challenges

It's the 13th of January and so far have 3 challenge books under my belt.

Don't think I can call this a roaring start, but it's a beginning!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

You Gotta Be Upbeat & Don't Procrastinate!

If I wasn't a glass-half-full kind of girl, I'd be breaking crockery right now. I just found out the site that hosted my website has vanished. It doesn't matter all that much but I did lose an already-done reading list I'd posted there. I originally lost all that information in August 2008 when my computer crashed but the info at my website was a welcome back-up source.

I procrastinated, I put off transferring a copy of the information to another site, or saving it some how/some way. Let it be known that this is the last time I put off finishing a job.

I have a hand-written notebook with those notes, however because I was using this fancy technology I wasn't responsible enough to do hand notes after 2002 so I completely lost about 8+ years' worth of book/author/rating information. The information can be rebuilt to a small degree but it is heartbreaking to lose everything like this.

Not the end of the world, of course, but so frustrating and I only have myself to blame.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year!

Happy new year to everyone. I've been looking forward to 2011 for many reasons: to continue on program, to read more books in '11 than in 2010, to continue to stay in touch with friends and not bail-out when I don't feel like going out. And a variety of other reasons.

It's 01/01/11 but I haven't finished a book yet - talk about pressure. ♥

I'm starting the year with an old classic, Woodiwiss' THE WOLF AND THE DOVE - it's part of one of my challenges - but I won't have much chance to read today as I'll be leaving in an hour to spend the day with a friend. Chinese lunch (my last my-bad meal for a very long time) then back to her apartment to watch videos. Watched "The Expendables" (I♥JasonStatham) and "Hunt To Kill" at a party last night - today it'll probably be chick-flicks. Call me shallow but give me a sweaty hunk with a big, noisy gun.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Weather

Tail end of N'oreaster moving out this morning. I'm off work this week so there's no rush to clean off the car. Book due at library today but I'm not finished yet, and I'm not going out in this weather so for the first time in my life I'll have to pay a fine.

I'll be updating the Challenges page some time today, adding a challenge and editing a couple of others. 2011 is just around the corner so I'd better get my act together.

I feel like cataloguing books today but I really need to finish my book - it's been a dreadful reading month. Only two books finished, three if I can wind up this Jim Butcher today.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Busy Time Of Year

I've hardly been reading this month - finished only 2 books this month. Like everyone else, the joy and craziness of this holiday season has taken over my free time, and I'm looking forward to the new year when things are back to normal.

I was given two gift certificates to Barnes & Noble for Christmas but I'll wait for next year to spend them. Nancy Martin's new "Roxy" book is coming out early in 2011, can't wait for it!

I'm still working on updating my '11 Challenges. Need information from my friend so I can add her selections to my "homework" challenge. I fell flat on my face with this year's book homework from her. She did much, much better with the books or authors I assigned to her. She rediscovered Nora Roberts' single titles which thrilled me, but she still hasn't tried Tara Janzen. She was iffy about reading the Stephanie Bond body movers books but ended up reading them all back to back.

Less than two weeks to finish the two library books I have checked out. They're good - get going, girl.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

2011 Reading Challenges

2011 Reading Challenges - maybe I'm being too optimistic but . . . . .

Harlequin-Silhouette Challenge

Book With A Relationship In The Title (mother, father, brother, etc.)
Father Of The Brat/Elizabeth Bevarly (Silhouette Desire) finished 01/13/11

Book With A Weather Condition In Title (Rain, Snow, Storm, etc)
Snowbound With The Bodyguard/Carla Cassidy

Book With An Occupation In The Title (Cop, Nurse, Doctor, etc)
Cowboy Vet/Pamela Britton (Harlequin American) finished 02/07/11

Book With The Author's Last Name Beginning With 'C')
Colorado Cowboy/C. C. Coburn - Harlequin American) finished 02/10/11

(Book With A Name In The Title (Mary, Sam, Susan, Jack, etc)
Emma's War/Lucy Montgomery (Silhouette Intimate Moments)

Cozy Mystery Challenge (13 books)
01. Murder Of A Small Town Honey, Denise Swanson 01/2011
02. The PMS Murder, Laura Levine 02/2011
03. Murder By Pantyhouse, Laura Levine 02/2011

Anthology-a-Month Challenge
01. That Summer Place - Macomber/Wiggs/Barnett 01/07/11
02. A Regency Valentine - Beverley/Grey/Dunn/Simonson/Fitzgerald 02/04/11

I'm In The Mood For A Threesome (wink wink)
aka Reading Some Trilogies
to be updated as I go

Finish A Series Challenge:
Laura Levine "Jaine Austen" Series:
This Pen for Hire - read 2010
Last Writes - read 2010
Killer Blonde - read 2010
Shoes To Die For - read 2010
The PMS Murder - read 2011
Death by Pantyhose - read 2011
The Danger of Candy Canes (ss)- read 2010
Killing Bridezilla
Killer Cruise
Death of a Trophy Wife
The Dangers of Gingerbread Cookies (ss) - read 2010

New Author A Month Challenge
01. January - DARK EYE/William Bernhardt - Fiction 01/09/11
02. February - Sophia Nash, C. C. Coburn - 02/11/11

Books I've Postponed Read For Way Too Long:
The Wolf And The Dove - Kathleen Woodiwiss
River Of Eden - Glenna McReynolds
Slow Heat In Heaven - Sandra Brown
Whitney, My Love - Judith McNaught
Shards Of Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold

Linda's Homework Assignments
Virgin River
Shelter Mountain
Whispering Rock
A Virgin River Christmas
Second Chance Pass
Temptation Ridge
Paradise Valley
"Under The Christmas Tree" ss (That Holiday Feeling)
Forbidden Falls
Angel's Peak
Moonlight Road
"Sheltering Hearts" ss (More Than Words)
"Midnight Confessions" ss (Midnight Kiss)