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Buy One Book and Read It Challenge

My Friend Amy started this challenge when she realized over 50% of Americans had not read a single book in a year. So, I decided to join. While I do buy A LOT of books. I buy a very limited amount NEW. When I asked Amy about this she said that buying NEW was important, because the challenge isn't just about reading, but about supporting authors and book sellers as well. Amy is offering different levels to join, but I am wimping out and joining at Level One. That means I only have to buy a single book in 2010 and read it. Sure, it SOUNDS simple enough. But I don't buy that many new books AND of all the *cough* hundreds of books I buy each year, I actually end up not reading most of them. So, I have no clue what book I am going to read because I haven't bought it yet; I haven't even thought about it. What I do know is that when it comes to buying my book I am going to try to get it at an independent (and local) book store. But I am not sure how this will pan out de

Audio Book Challenge 2010

I am planning on joining several challenges for 2010 and this is the first of them. About a third of my 2009 reads were in audio format, so I decided to try that again but a bit more officially. Royal Reviews is hosting the challenge for 2010, so thanks to them! Here are there official guidelines: Challenge Guidelines: 1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. --Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section. 2. There are four levels: Curious – Listen to 3 Audio Books. Fascinated – Listen to 6 Audio Books. Addicted – Listen to 12 Audio Books. Obsessed – Listen to 20 Audio Books. 3. Audio books only. 4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you. 5. Challenge begin s January 1st thru December, 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge. I will be joining at the Obsessed level. And I decided that I am going to list a

The Sunday Salon - DON'T PANIC

Okay, so last Sunday didn't really go as planned. I didn't get to start First Light like I wanted because I found myself on an impromptu road trip. It was supposed to be fun and relaxing and it ended up being kind of like HELL. As a result I didn't read one word on Sunday, or for a few days after. I was WAAAAY too busy recovering. Over the remainder of the week I was able to finish my 186th book of the year. (My pace is getting slower as it gets closer to the holidays.) First Light was a good read and the first book by the author of the hugely popular When You Reach Me . Rebecca Stead did a good job interweaving two storylines in the icy Greenland. The beauty of the cover seems to reflect the beauty of the land itself. It also really ties into what is happening with the story and it was interesting to flip to the cover and think about what was being said in the book. I read this book because I saw it on a YA Dystopia list and I was really excited to read another book by