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The Offical 2012 Book Challenge Wrap Up

Wow…I’m quite late on the official 2012 wrap up post for my book challenge results here at Stiletto Storytime. It feels like I have been constantly playing catch up in my life and especially in the blogging/reading/reviewing sector for the last year or so. A main course of kicking autism’s butt daily and focusing on returning your child to a full and  healthy existence with a side of stress induced auto-immune disorders for yourself will do that for you. It will knock you down but I have not let it knock me out. At times I have wished I could simply put out the above sticky and be done with it.There were even times in the last year when I will admit I have considered ending Stiletto Storytime which has been a labor of love over the last six years of my life. In the end luckily I decided I simply couldn’t do it. Reading has always been my most cherished escape and at this time in my life I truly need that escape more than ever. So here’s to looking forward to a fantastic year of books and blogging in 2013 but before we march on into a new year, let’s check out what I did achieve in 2012…..

Level I – Read 5 books from the 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation List

1.) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

2.) Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

3.) Paper Towns John Green

4.) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

5.) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Read any 10 books by a Debut YA or Middle Grade Author

1.) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

2.) A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

3.) The Selection by Kiera Cass

4.) Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

5.) Partials by Dan Wells

6.) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

7.) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

8.) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

9.) Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

10.) The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

The Fun size YA Reading Challenge – Read 20 Young Adult novels

1.) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

2.) Crossed by Ally Condie

3.) Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl

4.) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Re-Read)

5.) Girl Meets Boy Edited by Kelly Milner Halls

6.) Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr

7.)  Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

8.) A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

9.) The Selection by Kiera Cass

10.) The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

11.)  2108: Eyes Open by K.L. Glanville

12.) Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

13.) Fallen by Lauren Kate (Re-Read)

14.) Torment by Lauren Kate (Re-Read)

15.) The Haunted by Jessica Verday (Audiobook)

16.) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

17.) Partials by Dan Wells

18.) Mothership by Martin Leicht & Isla Neal

19.) Delirium by Lauren Oliver

20.) Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

21.)  Stork by Wendy Delsol (Re-Read)

22.) Frost by Wendy Delsol (Re-Read)

23.) Flock by Wendy Delsol

24.) Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

25.) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

26.) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

27.) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

28.) Paper Towns John Green

29.) The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

30.) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

31.) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Read Books of Historical Fiction at Level: Struggling the Addiction: 10 books

1.) Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

2.)  By a Lady by Amanda Elyot

3.) Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison

4.) The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig

5.) Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

6.) The Taker by Alma Katsu

7.) The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

8.) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

9.) I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits

10.) The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe

11.) The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

12.) Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

13.) Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Read 3 books about South Asia or written by a South Asian writer in 2012 

1.) The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar

2.) Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

3.) And Laughter Fell from the Sky by Jyotsna Sreenivasan

4.) The Color of Tea by Hannah Tunnicliffe

So how did I do? While I did complete all my reading challenges, I must admit to dropping down a few levels in some when allowed. I read a total of 81 books last year which I must admit is not much for me personally. I read 143 books in 2011 and 186 in 2010. Taking those numbers into account I had set a goal of 150 for 2012 but what can I say…life happens. So for this next year I am going to set the goal of 100 books. I have every reason to believe that this coming year will be one of healing and focus for myself and our family. That being said I will never forget those individuals and organizations that have stood by me and been such a pleasure to work with in the book blogging and publishing community. I truly learned over the last year who cared beyond books. I will never forget how those people have lifted me up and made me believe in myself when the world around me made me question everything. In closing if I missed a deadline, if I did not respond to your book pitch, if I did not get a certain review out…I apologize from the bottom of my heart. It has been the hardest year of my entire life but I survived and that gives me great pride and hope for 2013.

So how many books did you read in 2012? What was your goal? Are there any reading challenges that I simply cannot miss for 2013? I am making my list now and would love to hear of any great challenges out there. So let’s share and get the reading started…

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon: October 2012


It’s that time of year again readers…if you have followed Stiletto Storytime over the years at all you know this is one of my favorite events that takes place every year in April and October. This is my sixth Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I have worn many hats for this event. I have been a reader, a cheerleader and a co-host long into the night in April. Every experience has been special and this year I am looking forward to being simply a reader again and really focusing on the reading. So what am I reading?


This year I am kind of pushing the boundaries by choosing two very long books and one shorter YA. Often it’s best to choose multiple shorter titles to keep the momentum going but this year I simply had to re-read Justin Cronin’s The Passage so I could dive into The TwelveI also chose Beta  by Rachel Cohn as my go to break book if needed since the first two books are 500-700 pages respectfully. But I am so excited to dig in and hopefully even get some reviewing and blogging done as well.

So won’t you join me? There’s still time sign up and get involved. Join hundreds of readers from all over the world dedicated to reading together for an entire 24 hours. You can sign up here. Enjoy hourly updates, mini-challenges, giveaways and so much more. So come on be a part of literary greatness…join us. I will regularly update my progress on this same post so check back and see how things are going and share your experience. Happy Reading to All!

Read-a-thon Progress 

Current Book: The Passage by Justin Cronin

Books Completed: 0

Pages Read:601

Hours Reading: 8.5

Mini-Challenges Completed: 11

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Atlanta, Georgia in the USA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Twelve by Justin Cronin
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  My sea salt bagel chips & chocolate covered almonds. Yum!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am the mother of an amazingly loving and intelligent three year son who just happens to have autism…we are fighting every day and winning!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I have participated in six of these read-a-thons as a reader, cheerleader and co-host…excited this year to lay back and enjoy the ride while focusing on the reading!

Book Puzzle Mini-Challenge from One Librarian’s Book Reviews


Can you guess the book title from the images above?


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My Week in Reading

Wow! What a week/month in reading this is turning out to be! It’s the week before we head out to the beach for vacation. This year we rented a house on Tybee Island for a week so I can’t wait to make my vacation reading list (you know those books I have been wanting to read forever but reviewing commitments or life just kept getting in the way). Can’t wait to pack my books and head out for some relaxation in the sun and water. We’ll be on the beach and have a pool so I can’t wait for my beach reading in the sand and my floating in the pool reading as well. Vacation reading is right up there with my very favorite types of reading. Probably a nice tie between vacation reading and holiday reading if I had to choose. What’s your favorite kind of reading? I will make sure to share my vacation books in a post closer to our departure. In the meantime….

This week/month I am also participating in two great reading events. First off the Summer Wrap -Up Read-a-thon hosted by Jennifer at Some Like It Paranormal and Jude at In Between which takes place from August 4th-12th which means it will even last a day into vacation. Right now I am working on finishing up Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver for this reading event. This event also has tons of mini-challenges and giveaways on offer and a Twitter following at #SWUR. Feel free to join….even though the event has begun you can still sign up here and try to finish up some of that TBR pile. I will be keeping track of my progress here on this post along with my participation in challenges.

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-thon Progress

Books Completed: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

Pages Completed: 889

Mini-Challenges Completed: 4

The other great reading event going on right now is a month long reading challenge that is dear to my pure Janeite heart. It’s Austen in August: A Reading Event which you can learn more about and sign up for here. It’s being hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this one since I love any excuse to sit back and re-read Jane Austen. I am going to start this event out by reading my new Penguin Classics fabric covered copy of Persuasion that I won awhile back from Austenprose. It’s such a lovely book…I simply can’t wait. You can follow this event on Twitter with #AustenInAugustRBR . I will be keeping track of my progress in this event on this post as well.

Austen in August Progress

Currently Reading: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Books Completed: 0

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Once Upon a Time Read-a-thon Mini-Challenge & Giveaway

It’s time again for another Read-a-thon Mini-Challenge and this one is simple. Sorry it’s a little late getting posted but technology fought me all the way on making this feature a reality. I know we’ve all been there once or twice. But I do apologize. So on to the Mini-Challenge…It’s all about sharing your favorite authors and reads. Only with a twist.

Lately I have been thinking about how many foreign authors I have discovered recently and have come to absolutely love. One of my favorite authors is Thrity Umrigar– an author and journalist of Indian descent. I wait for her books like so many did for the next installment of Harry Potter or The Twilight Saga. I cherish each one. Some other favorites of mine are British author Jill Mansell and Australian author Lucinda Brant. If you’ve never read Lucinda Brant’s work, you’re truly missing out. She writes some of the best historical fiction I have ever read and I am so thankful to have discovered her work by winning a copy of one of her books through a giveaway at another book blog. So now with the help of the always generous Lucinda I hope to return the favor to another lucky reader.

The Mini-Challenge

Below in the comments simply share a foreign author whose work you adore. I personally am from the United States but we may have readers from all over so just make sure the author you share is from a country other than your own. Tell us why you like them. Are there any books by them in particular that you would recommend? How did you come across their work? The whole point is to share and allow us all to discover a new author that we might otherwise never have been exposed literally open up a whole new world of books for one another.

The Prize

One lucky commenter will be chosen by random number generator to win a personalized signed copy of Australian author Lucinda Brant’s Midnight Marriage. The giveaway is open INTL and the contest will close July 11th at 11:59pm along with the Read-a-thon. You don’t have to be a part of the Read-a-thon to enter but there is a definite bonus if you are. Good Luck to All and Happy Reading!

Want extra entries? You can get an extra entry by doing any of the following:

Are you a reader in the Once Upon A Time Read-a-thon (+5)

Be/Become a Follower of Stiletto Storytime (+3)

Be/Become a Follower of Stiletto Storytime on Twitter (+1)

Be/Become a Follower of Author Lucinda Brant on Twitter (+1)

“Like” Author Lucinda Brant on Facebook (+1)

Tweet or Blog about this Giveaway (Please leave link in comments) (+1)


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Once Upon A Time Read-a-thon

It’s time again for another Read-a-thon. This one is one of my favorites sponsored by Pure Imagination Blog. This will be my second year reading with them. And for extra excitement I will be hosting my very own mini-challenge here at Stiletto Storytime tomorrow. It will include an autographed giveaway by one of my favorite authors…So don’t miss out!  The Read-a-thon Kick Off was this morning but below is the link that will allow you to still sign up until tonight so you don’t have to miss out on all the mini-challenge prizes over the next three days or the $60 gift card up for grabs.

The Read-a-thon will last from Monday July 9th to Wednesday July 11th at 11:59pm. So start your reading!

As always feel free to post your reading goals and challenge updates on your blog and/or Twitter. We are using the hash tag #OUreadathon on all Twitter postings! So tweet away!

Here’s the list of participates so far and you can still sign up until 12:00am EST tonight!

My Read-a-thon Results

Books Completed 

Partials by Dan Wells

Mothership by Martin Leicht & Isla Neal

Mini-Challenges Completed: 4

Mini-Challenge Hosted: 1

IBBookBlogging Book Cover Mini-Challenge

1.) What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why?

2.) Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?

My favorite cover reveal of the summer would have to probably be Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close. I loved how fresh and inviting it was…it definitely would stick out from any book shelf with it’s brightness and quirky humor. I don’t always base my reading choices on cover but a bad cover can certainly deter me from picking up the book and learning more. As a librarian I know there is a lot to shelf appeal especially for young adults and adolescents. Adults love a great cover just as much as the next person but they might actually read the description behind the book- at times other age groups may not. I think in the end…it all depends upon if the cover speaks to the reader and if the reader is serious enough to look past face value. However this particular cover just grabbed me from the first moment I saw it. I just fell in love at first sight.

Kindle Fever’s Mini-Challenge

“Once upon a time there was a bookish fight…As the story teller, I now want you to tell me which two characters are fighting and WHY! If you want to, you’re also more than welcome to guess the outcome.”

My Heroine Showdown: Katniss v.s Bella Swan 

Katniss thought she was all that…I mean she had won the Hunger Games. The odds were definitely in her favor until she found herself confronted one day with Bella Swan. Bella felt that she was far more the better heroine. She too had two suitors ready to fight for her, she was also constantly beating the odds where her safety was concerned and she did Katniss one better…she would have four books written about her compared to Katniss’ measly trilogy. In the end the girls decided to call a truce. After all…they had both been through so much. So in the spirit of friendship Katniss told Bella she looked a little pale…almost anemic…she should really eat something. Would she like some berries? Boom! The cannon sounded…Nightlock struck again.


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7th Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge

Sometimes Twitter can be quite serendipitous. I had planned to try and relax this weekend while doing lots and lots of reading and trying perhaps even to catch up on my review list as well. As I was on Twitter sharing my FridayReads and signing up for a few upcoming readathons (check my side bar buttons for any upcoming readathon information), I began chatting with Kathrin at Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic which led me to check out her blog. Low and behold she had just posted her starting post for The 48 Hour Book Challenge which is one of my favorite reading events but unfortunately it is also one I always seem to miss. I participated in 2009 and 2010 ( I had some great snacks that year!) but I missed last year for some reason. Well thanks to Kathrin, I will not be missing the 2012 event.

So if you had some reading planned this weekend…why not enter? You can set your 48 hour time frame for the hours that work best for you. There’s still time to join. Just head on over to MotherReader for more information and/or to sign up.  Also don’t forget to keep up with everyone and their reading on Twitter using #48hbc. My time frame is going to be from 9pm tonight until 9pm on Sunday night. I will do all my updates on this post so check back if you want to follow. I would make my time frame a bit later but I am trying to be practical  and let’s be honest for me nothing will getting done beyond 9pm Sunday when the next season of True Blood begins.

So what will I read? Well right now I am re-reading all the books in Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. I recently received an ARC of Rapture and need to write my review for The New York Journal of Books sometime this weekend. I like to always refresh on a series before I do a review. Gives me a fresh perspective back into the world of that series as well and I think I enjoy the new addition more that way.  I just started Torment today so that will be my first book of the challenge. I also have been casually dipping into the pages of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa and finishing up An Unmarked Grave Charles Todd which will have a tour stop here on Stiletto Storytime next week. I have also have been lazily perusing Strong Medicine by Arthur Hailey– a random 1980’s paperback that somehow found its way to me. Anyone ever heard of it? That should get me started…you think?

Are there any books you think I should make a “must” for my weekend reading? What are you currently reading? If you are participating in the event please leave me a comment below so that I can come visit and follow your progress as well. Thanks again to Kathrin for the heads-up and happy reading to all!

48 Hour Book Challenge

Current Books

Books Completed: 4

Torment by Lauren Kate

Jane Eyre (A BabyLit Board Book) by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver (Bedtime Reading with Son) x 2

Hide & Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick (Bedtime Reading with Son) x 2

No More Bottles for Bunny by Bernette Ford (Bedtime Reading with Son)

Pages Read: 963

Reviews Written: 0

Total Hours Spent: 14.5


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon: April 2012

     It’s that time of year again dear readers. The Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. One of my absolute favorite events of the “reading” year. This will be my fifth year participating in this event. I have been tapped to co-host for a few hours later this evening ( 9pm to 2am EST) so please come and visit and I also will be cheering through-out the day so my reading may have to be quite minimal. However I encourage you to check out the site and see what the event is all about….it’ still early in the game. You could still join. There’s always time to read!

Due to my heavier working this year in the behind the scenes operations I have chosen a much smaller selection of books than I might normally. Below is what I hope to read during this read-a-thon. I am also hoping to write two reviews as well. Kind of ambitious, there may be no sleep for me! Whatever your read-a-thon goal, I wish you happy reading!

Read-a-Thon Totals 

Currently Reading: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Books Finished: 1: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Pages Read: 741

Hours Read: 8.5

Mini-Challenges Completed: 6

Co-Host Posts Written: 5 hours

Review Written: 1: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Snacks Consumed: Cinnamon Bread & Orange Juice, Turkey Sandwich & Arizona Green Tea, Petit Ecolier European Chocolate Biscuits

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Atlanta, GA (USA)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult. It has been on my shelf for awhile and I finally get to sit down and reading it rather than just glancing at it longingly while I review other books.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? My Simply Salt Pita Chips
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a librarian turned SAHM.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This read-a-thon is definitely differently for me since it will be my first time co-hosting…wish me luck. As with every year I just try to have fun and roll with it! That’s what it’s supposed to be all about right?

Re-Reading Mini-Challenge

The Blue-Stocking Society wants to know what book I like to re-read. This is such an amazingly easy answer for me. Every year and when I am feeling down or sick I read Jane Eyre. I don’t know that I can fully describe why but there is a comfort there…a soothing peace I find when I re-read it. I know what will happen but it soothes me just the same. The relationship between Jane and Rochester both thrills and fulfills my reading imagination. I adore the book. I could never read it too much or even watch too many adaptations even for that matter. Other books I re-read are the works of Jane Austen and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier but neither not nearly as much as my Jane Eyre.


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2011 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to tally up my progress in my various reading challenges for the year. It was a tough year and I didn’t get as much reading done as I would like but I did manage to meet most of my goals and complete the majority of the challenges that I did sign up for in 2011. All in all I read 143 books this year and completed 8 official challenges including my very own Classics Challenge of 2011. You can check out each challenge I participated in this year below and see what books I chose to read for each challenge. Also click on any challenge to get more information and possibly see if that particular reading challenge will be sponsored again in 2012. Now I am off to pick my challenges for 2012…I would love any suggestions you might have!

Wishing you the Happiest New Year in 2012 & as always Happy Reading! 

Student Level: Read 5 Classic Books

1.) The Histories by Herodotus (Re-Read)

2.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Re-Read)

3.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (Re-Read)

4.) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Re-Read)

5.) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Re-Read)

6.) Christy by Catherine Marshall (Re-Read)

7.) The Pearl by John Steinbeck

8.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Challenge is to read a minimum of 12 Debut Author’s Books in Young Adult and Middle Grade Literature.

1.) Haven by Kristi Cook

2.) Across the Universe by Beth Revis

3.) Clarity by Kim Harrington

4.) XVI by Julia Karr

5.) Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

6.) Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

7.) Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese

8.) The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

9.) Forgotten by Cat Patrick

10.) Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon

11.) Envy by Gregg Olsen

12.) How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain

13.)  Virals by Kathy Reichs

14.) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

I will be doing “Undoubtedly Obsessed”: 15 books.

1.) The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan

2.) The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

3.) Christy by Catherine Marshall (Re-Read)

4.) Bride Flight by Marieke van der Pol

5.) Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Kathleen Koen

6.) Becoming Marie Antoniette by Juliet Grey

7.) Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

8.) The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss

9.) Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer

10.) Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann Nattress

11.) Salt Bride by Lucinda Brant

12.) The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

13.) Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant

14.) A Winter Scandal by Candace Camp

15.) The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Levels: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections, Disciple: 5 – 8 selections, Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections.

1.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

2.) Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Film)

3.) Sense and Sensibility 2008 (Masterpiece Theatre Adaptation)

4.) Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by Laurel Ann Nattress

Read 20 Books with a Vampire as a Central Character

1.) Throat by R.A. Nelson

2.) Haven by Kristi Cook

3.) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

4.) Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

5.) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

6.) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Re-read)

7.) Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (Re-read)

8.)  Insatiable by Meg Cabot (Re-read)

9.) Overbite by Meg Cabot

10.) Supernaturally by Kiersten White

11.) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

12.) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

13.) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Re-Read)

14.) Fangland by John Marks

15.) Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

16.) Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

17.) Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

18.) Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

19.) All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

20.) From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (Re-Read)

Challenge:  To read books about South Asia or by South Asian authors.

Level: South Asian Adventurer  – 7 books

1.) The Storyteller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

2.)  The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

3.) The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar

4.) The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

5.) If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar

6.)  The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi

7.) Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis

Read 12, 25, 50 or 100 books from your local library in 2011.

1.) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

2.) Numbers by Rachel Ward

3.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

4.) Beastly by Alex Flinn

5.) Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg

6.) Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

7.) Under the Dome by Stephen King

8.) The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

9.) A Friend Like Henry by Nuala

10.) The Truth-Teller’s Lie by Sophie Hannah

11.) The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan

12.) Promises to Keep by Jane Green

13.) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

14.) Room by Emma Donoghue

15.)  The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

16.) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

17.) The Shining by Stephen King

18.) Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress

19.) Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

20.) The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar

21.)  The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding

22.) Christy by Catherine Marshall (Re-Read)

23.) The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

24.) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

25.)  If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar

26.) Overbite by Meg Cabot

27.) Tigerlily’s Orchids by Ruth Rendell

28.) Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

29.)  Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

30.) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

31.)  Virals by Kathy Reichs

32.)  Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

33.) Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism by Jenny McCarthy

34.) Mother Warriors:  A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds by Jenny McCarthy

35.) Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Stauth

36.) Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartzinel M.D.

37.) A Child’s Journey Out of Autism by Leeann Whiffen

38.) Then Came You  by Jennifer Weiner

39.) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

40.)  Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

41.) The Children of Men by P.D. James

42.) Fangland by John Marks

Level: Reading with a Child: “Watering” – Read 36 picture books with a child during the year.

1.) Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg. Illustrated by Janet Ahlberg.

2.) Hide and Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick. Illustrated by C.J. Payne

3.) Press Here by Herve Tullet

4.) Baby at the Farm by Karen Katz

5.) Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

6.) Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals. Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

7.) Bye-Bye Time by Elizabeth Verdick. Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen

8.) Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

9.)Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs by Willy Claflin. Illustrated by James Stimson.

10.) Hide by Jeff Foxworthy. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman.

11.) Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells

12.) Compost Stew by Mary Mckenna Siddals. Illustrated by Ashley Wolff.

13.) From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

14.) Snappy Little Monsters by Dugald Steer

15.) My First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

16.) Grover’s Mommy by Liza Alexander. Illustrated by David Prebenna (Little Golden Book)

17.) From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

18.) My First Superman Book by DownTown Book Works

19.) Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

20.) What’s to Eat? by Charles E. Reasoner

21.) Trains by Byron Barton

22.) Airplanes by Byron Barton

23.) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

24.) Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler

25.) Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley

26.) My First Superman Book by Downtown Bookworks

27.) My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle

28.) My Very First Book of Numbers by Eric Carle

29.) My Big Boy Potty  by Joanna Cole

30.) Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

31.) My First 100 Words (Board Book)

32.) Donald’s Christmas Gift by Sheila Sweeney Higginson

33.) We Belong Together by Joyce Wan (Board Book)

34.) The Big Book of Beautiful Babies by David Ellwand

35.) The Santa Claus Book by Eileen Daly. Illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship

36.) Donald’s Christmas Gift by Sheila Sweeny Higginson


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2nd Annual Holiday Read-a-Thon

It’s that time of year again. Time for the second annual Holiday Read-a-thon! So cozy up with a nice big pile of your favorite reads and let’s get going! And while diving into your very own favorite books might seem like a holiday treat in and of itself…make sure to check out the all the details and the awesome mini-challenges that Liza at WhoRuBlog has put together including one from moi! That’s right a fantastic mini-challenge and prize pack giveaway from one of my favorite authors who just happens to be a spectacular person as well. And don’t fret…it’s not too late to enter.

Stiletto Storytime Mini-Challenge

What better way to celebrate holiday reading than with a great holiday book. Enter the latest addition to The Mother Daughter Book Club Series titled Home for the Holidays where the girls get introduced to none of than the Betsy-Tacy books! So for this mini-challenge what better prize than to win your very own autographed copy of Home for the Holidays, the newly released Betsy-Tacy Treasury, the first two Betsy-Tacy High School Books and a special Betsy-Tacy tote bag! What a haul! Big thanks to the always generous Heather Vogel Frederick for making this giveaway not only possible but wonderful as well.

So what’ the challenge? It’s really easy- just share your favorite holiday read? It doesn’t have to be a classic or even holiday related…just let us know in the comments below what you enjoying reading this time of year and most importantly why? It can be from a cherished childhood memory, a yearly personal tradition or just your own preference…just let us know why it’s important to you. That’s all it takes. Simple right?

 Giveaway ends midnight EST December 5th 2011. This giveaway is open US/Canada shipping addresses only. Winner will be chosen by and notified by e-mail address or Twitter. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

It’s that time again…Read-a-thon time. I really can’t tell you how much I enjoy Read-a-thons. It’s just so enjoyable to read with other like-minded book loving people. If I am going to be reading (which of course I am) why not join in and do it with others? So this week I am joining On a Book Bender and many others in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon which runs from August 22nd-28th.

The rules are simple…just read as much as you can during the time period given. I am hoping to read at least three books and will be keeping up with my progress on this post. So why not join us? Or give me a little help and tell me which book you think I should dive into from the list below?

Books Completed for Read-a-Thon

Tout Sweet by Karen Wheeler

Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Pages Read



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