Monday, March 7, 2011

Challenge, Teasers, etc

I've only joined in on one reading challenge so far this year. The way my reading is going, (I'm averaging a whopping one book per week - whew! ), I'm not sure it's such a good idea to even try for more; however there are a couple other challenges that are calling to me.....Really there are more than a couple more, but I'm officially going to sign up for two more at the moment. We'll just have to see how it goes.

The Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2011 is hosted by The Book Vixen. The basis of this one is to read more books in 2011 than in 2010. This is the one that I'll have to push myself on, because my reading has actually SLOWED down since last year, and I'm doubtful that I'll even be able to read the same amount as last year. lol. But I'm going to try.
According to the books that I kept track of (who knows, I might have forgot to list a book here or there) I read 54 novels (this isn't including any anthologies, because I can take up to a year or longer to read every story from an anthology - hey. they are full of short stories. I'm assuming it's okay to read a short story when ever I feel like it, not read the whole anthology right through)

I am going to go easy on myself, though, and sign up for the absolutely easiest level. This would be the - Getting My Heart Rate Up Level: 1 - 5 more books this year than last. The challenge goes from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. haha - so far, I've read 7 books. seven.

Then there is also;Darlyn, of Darlynandbooks is hosting the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge. There are four levels, Curious (3), Fascinated (6), Addicted (12)and Obsessed (20). I'm going for Fascinated, so will try to read 6 fantasy novels for 2011. This sounds easy, but mostly I read urban fantasy, and this is for straight fantasy...a la Patricia McKillip fantasy (love her). Like most challenges, this one runs from January 1 to December 31, 2011. It's also possible to change your goal.

Now I've never posted an official "wrap up post" at any book challenge site, so I'll be looking for ideas with format by reading other wrap-up posts - just to get an idea how it's done, not to plagiarize. :)

Now, Finally - Tuesday Teaser....Teaser Tuesday!

Hosted by Miz B at ShouldBeReading, this is one of the fun MeMes I like to participate in. I get to tease with sentences from books I'm reading. Of course, full guidelines are at Miz B's site, but main thing is NO spoilers and credit the author and book.

This week's reading (the books within reach anyway) are...

The Iron Witch by Karan Mahoney (aka Kaz)

from page 102

'....Crazy Homeless Dude lowered his head to Xan's face and...what the hell was he doing? Donna watched with repulsion as the man's teeth suddenly seemed sharper, like there were too many of them to fit properly in this mouth.'

Masques by Patricia Briggs

from page 7

'...Everyone feared him. Everyone. Even Him, even the one who searched. She smelled of horse, sweat, and something sweet. No Fear.

He snarled, and she wrapped one hand over his muzzle. Sheer astonishment stopped his growls. Just how stupid was she? '

Me, pretty much every


  1. Interesting teaser from Masques.

  2. To answer your question: "Prose" is just regular language. This comment is in prose, and people talk in prose. (I was confused by it, too. Why have a special word for the way people talk? It's not like we go around speaking in poetry. :P) In relation to my book for Teaser Tuesday, "A Prose Version In Modern English", that just means it's written like a regular book. No poetry and no verse. Just . . . well, prose.