April 2013

1, Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 9. It was past 11 pm here and I went to sleep.

2, Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Light and easy to read. Mysteries, fantasy, whatever you’re interested in.

3, Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No, everything was great.

4, What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The Mini challenges.

5, How many books did you read?
I completed two books I started to read before the read-a-thon and read completely one graphic novel.
Also, I started two books.

6, What were the names of the books you read?
Batman: Time and the Batman, The Stepsister Scheme, and Con & Conjure.

Started books: Lord of the Sands of Time and Working Stiff.

7, Which book did you enjoy most?
Hmmm. They were all good. Perhaps Con&Conjure was best because it’s the fourth in a series and I’ve already become quite attached to the characters.

8, Which did you enjoy least?

9, If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Thanks to all Cheerleaders!

10, How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
If I have the time, I’ll participate, probably as a reader.

I’ve finished all of my goals:
Finished Con & Conjure
Finished listening the Stepsister Scheme
Read Batman: Time and the Batman.

I’ve started reading The Lord of the Sands of time and started listening Working Stiff.

Nisaba Be Praised hosts the MadLibs mini challenge:

Here’s what you’re gonna do:
1) pick a paragraph (not too long) from the book you’re reading
2) remove some/most of the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and either
3a) get a friend (in person, over the phone, over the internet–whatever!) to fill in the words for you mad-libs style or
3b) fill them in yourself from the spoiler-texted word list below
4) post your hilarious paragraph on your blog and link us to it or leave it in a comment here!

From my Lord of the Sands of Time:

“It’s a library ship,” enthused Alexandr. “They’ve got hundreds of thousands of volumes dating to the twenty-first century and even earlier. Can you believe it? Books made of paper. It’s astounding that they survived all the fighting.”

(of course I had to pick that paragraph :))

“It’s a Read-a-thon,” grooved Alexandr. “They’ve got hundreds of thousands of cookies reading to the bookish tricycle and even earlier. Can you slump it? Band-aids made of cupboards. It smacks astounding that they flinged all the fighting.”

I’m up again and reading!

Or rather participating in mini challenges.

Stacey’s Books hosts a mini challenge about covers. Here’s my list:

1, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
2, Aviator’s Wife
3, The Homicide Hustle (great title, too)
4, Bake It Like You Mean It (I love chocolate)
5, The Secret of Happy Ever After
6, From the Kitchen of Half Truth
7, Dark Triumph (although the bug looks terrifying, too)
8, Walking Disaster
9, Fly Away

It’s past 11 pm here so I’m off to sleep.

The mini challenge with Yoga looked very interesting but I’m way too tired to do it now.

I’ve made good headway into my next book: the Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa, translated from Japanese. I’ve read 40 pages so far and it’s very interesting alternate history SF.

It’s hour 4 and I’ve already listened The Stepsister Scheme for an hour and finished Con & Conjure. Next up is Batman and chocolate cookies.

Geeky Blogger’s minichallenge looks really fun:

Take your current read or the one you just finished.
ReTitle it with something clever
Post to your blog, twitter, facebook, or goodreads with your snazzy new title!

I just finished Con & Conjure. Retitled: Raine Benares dodging assassins, evil elves, enraged goblins and werecrabs.

The read-a-thon has started!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m in Finland.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Con & Conjure by Lisa Shearin because I only have 49 more pages to go!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Chocolate cookies, which I’m going to bake in just a few moments.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
This time I’ve made my whole TBR the reading pool. I have so many books I’m itching to read.

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’ve participate in a few read-a-thons. This time I’m going to have modest goals:

finish Con & Conjure
listen the Stepsister Scheme for two hours
read Batman: Time and the Batman.

A collection of five mystery novellas.

Publication year: 2011
Format: ebook, Kindle
Publisher: WMG Publishing

Discovery was first published in 2008, Cowboy Grace in 2003, Jury Duty 2005, Patriotic Gestures in 2008, and Spinning 2000.

In these five stories all of the main characters are women and they have to deal with a mystery one way or another, although they don’t all solve crimes. However, I enjoyed all of them. The second one was my favorite.

In Discovery, Pita Cardenas is a lawyer in a small town and she accepts a client whose case seems at first impossible to win. However, Pita aims to just put food on the table and gather enough evidence that her client would agree to settle. But Nan Hughes doesn’t want to settle. Her husband was supposedly killed while trying to race a train. Nan doesn’t believe it no matter how many eyewitnesses the railroad has. So, Pita digs into the evidence dutifully and finds more than she thought she would.

In Cowboy Grace, the title character, Grace, has just survived a cancer scare. She realizes that she wants more from her life than what she currently has: her own accounting firm and a couple of female friends who don’t even ask her how she feels. So, she sells her firm to her only employee, moves, and changes her name. However, her past isn’t so easy to leave behind.

I also really enjoyed Jury Duty. Pamela has been summoned to court for jury duty. However, she has her own reasons not to want to sit in the jury.

In Patriotic Games, the main character, Pamela again, has lost her only daughter. Her daughter was a soldier and Pamela puts the flag out on her porch. Then someone burns her flag and other flags in her neighborhood. Big mistake; Pamela is a crime scene technician and determined to find out the guilty party.

In Spinning the main character Patricia has joined a spinning class in order to lose weight and get in shape. She’s about to give up when her instructor’s disgusted look gives her determination to not only continue but get even with him. However, things turn out differently.

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