Thursday, September 27, 2012

Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop, Sep 28- Oct 6th

Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop is hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and I Read Banned Books.

Banned Book Week is an annual event organized by the American Library Association to promote awareness of and advocate against censorship of books. This year, it is the 30th year of Banned Book Week, and ALA has put together this timeline highlighting a different book for each year.

I've always paid attention to it, once I noticed a display at one of my libraries, with some of my favorite books in it. Since then, I've taken my own private glee in reading books that some people have the gall to tell others what they can or can't read.

This year, I read 1984 by George Orwell. I will be posting about it later in the week, along with a giveaway for another Banned Book Week event, so keep an eye out for that as well.

Since I went with a classic, for the giveaway, one person will win their choice of a challenged classic listed here. This will be open internationally- The store I use will be left to my discretion, depending on the winner's location.

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Check out the other giveaways in the hop!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Series

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the BookishThis week's topic is which series you've started, and for whatever reason haven't finished. For me, in most cases, it is just a matter of planning.

1. The Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester - I discovered the miniseries that BBC did based on the series while I was in grad school, and that lead me to the book series. There are 11 books in the series, and I got about halfway through the series when I got distracted from the series. I really enjoyed them, and they had a good pace for me. These are an early historical fiction series as well, the first one was published in 1938. I will need to binge and complete getting my set before they stop publishing them in that look.

2. Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian - I found this series from its movie as well. It is a huge series, 21 books. Its been a while since I started it, that I can't remember which of the series I've read (I've read at least 2, but have 4). This one didn't have as quick of pace as the Hornblower for me, but its very good as well.

3. Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell - Yup, another series I found from the movies. Very fast paced, and well researched. I've really enjoyed the ones that I've read of these. But, again, its another huge series (21 books). There may still be more in the future.

By now, you may have noticed my obsession with Regency- Napoleonic Wars era military stories.

4. Wilderness series by Sara Donati - I *loved* Into the Wilderness when I read it, and started collecting the rest of the series. I just haven't gotten time to read any more. I hope to tackle another this year.

5. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - I loved Outlander, and have enjoyed the first five that I've read. I have the last two, but just haven't gotten to them yet.

6. A Song of Ice and Fire by G. R. R. Martin - I only heard about this series after the HBO series came into production. Loved the first two books, and am just aiming to keep ahead of the tv series.

7. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan - Yes, shame. I got through the entire Percy Jackson series in one week, and loved the Kane Chronicles. I got The Lost Hero when it came out, and only just read it this summer. Still working on this.

8. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr - I got Wicked Lovely when it was a featured book for the Nook. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. So for now, when I want a change of pace, I check out one of the series from the library.

9. The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black - I got on a dark look at Fae after Wicked Lovely, and the series The Lost Girl hitting the States. While it had a similar sort of Fae hierarchy to Wicked Lovely, it lacked a little something for me. I've got the next in my library wish list, but haven't had a desire yet to get on the hold list for it.

10. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater - People raved about this series, so I borrowed Shiver from the library on audio. I hated the narrators, and the story was teenage chick lit (which is my absolute least favorite genre). I won't be going back to series.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hobbit Read-a-long Sign up

Hey y'all. You guys still interested in the Hobbit Read-a-long? I'm going to open up the sign ups so everyone has time to find their copy before hand. I am proposing going at an easy schedule, aiming for the 40-50 page a week, you have time for your other reading commitments as well.

Proposed schedule:
Oct 1 - Start
Oct 8 - Chapters 1 & 2
Oct 15 - Chapters 3 through 5
Oct 22 - Chapters 6 & 7
Oct 29 - Chapters 8 & 9
Nov 5 - Chapters 10 through 12
Nov 12 - Chapters 13 through 15
Nov 19 - Chapters 16 through 19 (End)

I recommend that you follow my blog some how, or my twitter (new posts get posted there automatically) so you know when the posts go up. And by all means, spread the word!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

BRB Zombie Hoarde at the door

Work has been busy lately and I still haven't been reading very much a night. Also this little thing called Sims 3 Supernatural happened, and the zombies have been trying to to get in my garden. But there should be reviews soon, and a signup post for the Hobbit Readalong. And in a couple weeks, it's Banned Books Week. So keep a look out!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Help me choose!

I am still recovering from the tiredness acquired from watching my brother's dog, so still not reading all that much. But it's getting close to that time of year known as Banned Book Week. If you want to take part in events, BookJourney is hosting some activities. I'm a Reader not a Writer and I Read Banned Books are hosting the Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop again.

I need a little help. I can't decide which book to read this year. I've narrowed it down to:

The Catcher in the RyeAnimal FarmBrave New WorldThe Diary of a Young Girl

I read Anne Frank in high school, and I think I read Brave New World (but can't remember. It wasn't assigned reading). But this is the new edition of Anne Frank's diary (and would be a good platform to read a Librarything giveaway book I have). So what say you?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Partial to the Past Historical Fiction Hop Winners!

Thank you for everyone who stopped by for the Partial to the Past Giveaway Hop! Work got crazy busy this week and I dog sat my brother's dog for a few days, so I wasn't able to keep up with the comments like I planned, but I hope you all learned about some new and different historical fiction titles this week. And now, the winners

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Congrats to both of you! The winners have been emailed. Please reply back within a week.

Random Acts of Kindness - September

Book Soulmates

I've thought of trying this, but hadn't yet. Seemed like a good time to try.

Please read carefully & follow all rules! Thank you!

  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, che
  • ck out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send us an our new email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post. This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)
OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren! Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping! Sign up for September 2012 [HERE] See who else is participating [HERE]
My Wishlist: HERE ---- And if you are looking for the giveaway info from the Historical Fiction Hop, I'll be taking care of that this weekend!