2012 Challenges!

2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren

I am so excited to be doing this challenge yet again this year! Last year was my very first time participating and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought I could read like 500 books a year and had Trump’s bank account. Apparently neither of these are the case. This year I still went through and added a lot of the 2012 Debuts to my TBR list but I am only picking 14 to read as a part of this challenge. Right now the list below is what I have gotten and I know that will probably change somewhere down the road but for the most part I hope it stays as is because I’ve got a great mix of books to choose from! Contemporary, sci-fi, dystopian, steampunk…I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

In Between by Tara A. Fuller

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Tempest by Julie Cross

2012 Just Contemporary Reading Challenge hosted byBasically Amazing Books

I am a huge fan of Contemporary books but I don’t stray too far from what I am used to. I am challenging myself to broaden my horizons this year! In 2012, it is my goal to read “tougher” books. I hope to read some Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson, Stephanie Kuehnert, etc. I want to be more aware of the world I live in (both the good and the bad) and I think contemporary books dealing with tougher situations than what I usually read will help me to accomplish that. It is my goal to read 5-10 “tougher” books. Also, I want to try reading some verse novels! Ashley has constantly been pushing me to read Lisa Schroeder and now, with this challenge, I hope I can actually listen to her! I have heard her books are amazing and great for people just starting out with verse novels, so I couldn’t be more excited. I want to read AT LEAST The Day Before, Chasing Brooklyn, and I Heart You, You Haunt Me but if any more of her books come along, or any other contemporary verse novels in general, I would love to try them out! So if you guys are interested in signing up, click the link above, it is SO SIMPLE! I hope to read at least 12 books for this challenge!

2012 Award Winning Reads Challenge hosted by Basically Amazing Books & The Reading Housewives of Indiana

Last year, this event was a summer long event and I will just say I failed. MAJORLY. I read 1 itsy-bitsy book from the amazing list of books to choose from. How incredibly horrible is that? I hope to fix that this year though! I am thinking 10 is a solid number of books plus a few may overlap into other challenges. I think this challenge is an awesome idea and it gets many people to read those books they may have been scared to pick up before because of the shiny medal on the cover!

Speak by Lauri Halse Anderson

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Stolen: A Letter To My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Fat Kid Rules The World by K.L. Going

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Holes by Louis Sachar

2012 Y.A. Historical Fiction Challenge hosted by Y.A. Bliss

This is another challenge I did last year and failed at! I am so happy that I was able to read the books that I did though because they turned out to be AMAZING! This year I am keeping it simple and reading 5 books. I hope I can squeeze in a little extra but if not, I am okay with 5! This is a great challenge I think you all should participate in. You just might find out you like history a little more than you could have imagined!

Forgiven by Janet Fox

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergen

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Steel by Carrie Vaughn

Ingenue by Jillian Larkin

So there is my list of challenges for 2012! I am keeping the lists pretty low but that means there is always room for growth! You should consider following all the links and joining up with these challenges. There are some great books to be read!!!

Spring Into Summer Read-A-Thon

This post is to announce to the world that I’m participating in the Spring into Summer read-a-thon hosted by Enna Isilee of Squeaky Books!This read-a-thon is going to be so great! It’s two days where you try do NOTHING but read (I have work from 4-8 on Friday and from 12-6 on Saturday all my other time will be spent reading!). It’s a great chance to get rid of some of those books that have been sitting on your TBR pile forever.

But that’s not all! There will also be awesome mini-challenges and a TON of giveaways! In fact, just for signing up you are entered to win a $25 gift card to Amazon! SO GO SIGN UP! And if you say that KATELYN sent you, you’ll get 5 extra entries to win that gift card! CLICK HERE to enter to win, and know all there is to know about the read-a-thon.

Here’s my goal:

I plan to participate on: Both of the days except for the 10-11 hours that I am working!

I plan to read: As much as I can! Since it’s my first read-a-thon I will keep my hopes high but expectations low. 4-6 books would be GREAT!
I hope to read: My backlogged list of review books! I just got a huge slew of books for review so I plan to power through all of those plus a few books for the Award Winning Challenge! I have compiled a list of all the books I hope to get through (all links take you to Goodreads.com):
Children of the Lost Moon by Gabrielle Blue
The Dream Crystal by Mark O’Bannon
Witch Song by Amber Argyle
A Potential Problem by Jennifer Groepl
The Virgin Diaries by Kimberly A. Johnson & Ann Werner
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Holes by Louis Sachar
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Well, have you signed up yet? DO IT NOW!

In My Mailbox (5)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library. I was able to get quite a few books this week due to the local borders closing down (I was absolutely thrilled to get 6 books for $20 but it is still so sad that it is closing down) So here is my list of books I got this week (All summaries are courtesy of Goodreads.com):

Bought:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

My Thoughts: I feel SO out of the loop for not having these books read yet. So far Vampire Academy is the only novel out the series that I have, but trust me, I WILL get the rest of the books soon!

The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sachar

When Alton’s ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it’s better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton’s mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future. But, like all apparently casual choices in any of Louis Sachar’s wonderful books, this choice soon turns out to be a lot more complex than Alton could ever have imagined. As his relationship with his uncle develops, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried secrets are uncovered and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to a conclusion. Alton’s mother is in for a surprise!

My Thoughts: I don’t know what it is about this book. The title is catchy, the summary sounds good, there is just something about this book that makes me WANT to read it.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

My Thoughts: This is another “I feel out of the loop” book. I hear so many wonderful things about it! That and the fact that it was only $4, I just had to get it!

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.

My Thoughts: This is a John Green novel, need I say more? In all honesty, there was just so much that I loved about Looking For Alaska, that I just can’t wait to see what John created in Paper Towns.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Thoughts: Ok, I haven’t been living under a rock the past couple years. I actually have read this book, and I am obsessed! I just NEEDED to have my own copy because I will admit, I am an avid re-reader.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

As readers of series starter City of Bones already know, teenager Clary Fray is a Shadowhunter, a demon slayer who has the gift of spotting Downworlder werewolves, vampires, and faeries. She is also an adolescent in an abnormally dysfunctional family: Her mom is in a magically induced coma and her father is probably insane and undoubtedly evil. All of which places Clary in situations that would challenge even the most talented average American girl.

My Thoughts: See response to City of Bones because this one is the exact same =]

Maine Squeeze: Maine Squeeze & Banana Splitsville by Catherine Clark

Maine Squeeze:

2 Lobster rolls, 1 w/xtra mayo–yuck!
1 Lm’ade
1 Wtr

Ignore Evan — Swap Tues to avoid?

Call Ben! RITE AFTR WRK

Get tmrw off – qlty time w/ Ben

Stop lookg @ EVAN!!!

My Thoughts: I have read Maine Squeeze and I just loved it! It is cute, funny, and basically the perfect summer read. Another book I will have to re-read.

Banana Splitsville:

  Has he called? No.I half expected to see him at Truth or Dairy today. He’s sort of addicted to Coconut Fantasy Dreams. We both are. It was like . . . our drink.

I was all ready to give him the cold shoulder, easy to do when working around ice cream all day. I could give him a bad ice-cream headache, mix extra ice in his smoothie and freeze his brain.

Like he could be any colder.

My Thoughts: This is a very vague description, but I am willing to try it out. I loved Catherine’s funny sense of humor in Maine Squeeze so I am excited to read something new.

Love Inc. by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout

Zahra, Kali, and Syd would never have met if their parents’ marriages hadn’t fallen apart. But when the three girls collide in group counseling, they discover they have something else in common: they’ve each been triple-timed by the same nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Talk about eye-opening therapy.

Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How could she have missed the signs? Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels almost as bad. She and Rick had only been on a few dates, but they’d felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is beyond tears. She and Eric had real history… Or so she’d thought. Now all three girls have one mission: to show that cheater the folly of his ways.

Project Payback is such a success, the girls soon have clients lining up for their consulting services. Is your boyfriend acting shady? Dying to know if your crush is into you? Need match-making expertise? Look no further than Love, Inc.

My Thoughts: I LOVED Yvonne and Sandy’s writing in Girl v. Boy (read my review here) so I am so very excited to read Love Inc. It sounds cute, funny, and an all-around entertaining book!

Well that is it for my mailbox this week, what did you get in your mailbox?