Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Countdown 2010 Challenge

I'm signing up for The Countdown 2010 Challenge. It is a book challenge, and in a nutshell these are the rules: read 1 book published in 2001, 2 published in 2002, etc. The challenge ends on 10/10/10. The challenge started on 9/9/09, so I have five books already counting toward the challenge. I love to read, so this challenge should be lots of fun! There's an icon for the challenge that I will hopefully figure out how to post. (If I can't - Trey can probably figure it out for me!) Here are my books so far:
2008: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
2006: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
2003: Popped by Carol Higgins Clark
2002: Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
2001: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Friday, October 30, 2009

Reading meme

Okay - I haven't been blogging much, but I've lost my camera, so I have no pictures to post! I came across this on a book blogger's site, and it looked like fun, so here goes!

Topic: Reading Meme

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

No, not usually. I get too into the books to snack while reading.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

No, I don't, but I don't supposed it horrifies me.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?

Booksmarks - although honestly, that usually means whatever is handy to stick in my place.

Laying the book flat open?


Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Depends on my mood. I read both.

Hard copy or audiobooks?


Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

With five children, I have to be able to put down a book at odd places.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

Rarely. I usually rely on context to figure it out.

What are you currently reading?

Memoirs of a Giesha, Toilet Training in Less Than A Day, Discovering Your Past Lives, Goddess Within: A Guide to the Eternal Myths that Shape Women's Lives, The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss, Conscientious Objector Who Won His Nation's Highest Military Honor, Fairest, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

What is the last book you bought?

Tales of the Beadle Bard, by J.K. Rowling (plus some unnamed Christmas gifts!)

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

LOL - definitely more than 1.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

Anyplace, anytime I can fit it in. I guess my favorites would be in bed, in the bathtub, and in my black chair downstairs (it was my comfy, overstuff green chair until the hubs broke it!!!)

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?


Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

Stephen King, of course! :-) Actually, it depends on who I am recommending the books to.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

LOL - I am way too Gemini to have a specific way to organize the books. It depends on how I am feeling at the time. The most common way is by genre, then author, then title (or place in series).

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My "20 Challenge"

Since signing up with Jillian Michaels website, I joined her "20 challenge." Part of my challenge is to challenge myself with 20 new things. Today, I did one of them. I got in the batting cage with an 85 mph baseball. I have to admit that I was terrified!!! My friend, Carrie, thinks it's pretty funny that I was terrified of that, but jumping out of an airplane sounds exciting to me. LOL. I guess I can see her point! I did get a piece of the ball a few times. It was so much fun, and I want to do it again soon!

Trey got a piece of the ball, too. He hit it a few more times than I did.

Ray and Olivia both had a ball at the batting cages. It was there first time, but they both want to go back soon!