Monday, August 2, 2010

Activity #10 Winner

Sorry it took so long to get back to you guys!  Last week I was scrambling to complete all the requirements for my Ph.D. and was dealing with some stuff for my new job. So now I can officially say, my name is Dr. Karin Perry and I teach at East Central University in the Library Department.

On to our winner....

Congratulations to Elizabeth from Swords for Fighting.
Elizabeth, email me at with your choice from the Prize List.  Be sure to include your mailing address.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #10 - Create-A-Cover

I've done this activity during the Holiday Break Reading Challenge and the Spring Break Reading Challenge.  It is so much fun.  I hope you guys enjoy it too.
1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click

The name that appears is your author name.
2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click
The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.
3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click
Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.
4 – Use Picnik, or something similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.
In terms of the activity for the Reading Challenge, I’m asking the participants to create the cover and write a short synopsis to go along with it.  
Here is mine:

Sophie, a.k.a. Alexxxis, has been working nights at Wild Horse for a year and so far has been able to keep it a secret from everyone at school.  Until last night.
Chip, blindfolded and dragged by his friends to Wild Horse for his eighteenth birthday, doesn't know what to expect when he is plopped down right in front of the stage, but when he saw Sophie walk out on stage and take her clothes off, he couldn't believe his eyes.  Why would Straight A Sophie be working in the raunchiest strip club in town?
The next day at school, no matter how hard she tried to hide from Chip, he seemed to pop up everywhere. Afraid Chip would spread the news about her after school job, she decided to confront him and beg him not to talk.
Sophie never expected Chip to come into her life and definitely didn't expect the amount of strength she would get from just having him to talk to. Maybe, just maybe Sophie will gain the courage to take control of her life.
Now it is your turn to create your own cover and synopsis.  You have until the end of the day Saturday, July 24th.

Activity #9 Winner

Congratulations to Iffath of Love Reading X.  She is the winner of Activity #9.  Iffath, be sure to email me with your book choice from the Prize List at

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #9 - Your Book In Pictures

"A picture is worth a thousand words." We've all heard that quote over the years and now it is time to put it to the test. Here is what you have to do:

1. Think about the book you are reading right now (or one you just finished) and choose key scenes, settings, and characters that would give people a good idea what the story is about.
2. Using the Internet, find pictures to represent those scenes, settings, and characters.
3. Create a blog post using the pictures.  Incorporate a little text to help out the reader, but remember, the pictures are the most important aspect of this activity.
4. Come back here and use Mr. Linky to attach your post to be eligible to win and so everyone else can "see" what you are reading.

See below for my example:

Right now I am listening to SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce using the Audible App on my iPhone. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  I was hooked after the first few minutes.

Scarlett and Rosie March had their lives turned upside down when a Fenris (werewolf) came to their isolated cottage and killed their grandmother. 

The Fenris intended to devour the two girls next, but Scarlett, using a shard of glass, fought him off and saved both their lives. Scarlett didn't get away unharmed though.  She received the first of many scars during this fight - the most devastating being the loss of her right eye.

With the help of her best friend, closest neighbor, and fighting partner Silas (a reluctant woodsman), Scarlett makes it her life's work to hunt and kill Fenris. Rosie trains along side them, but Scarlett is desperate to keep her safe and doesn't want her hunting alone.

The Fenris can't resist the color red, the sweet smell of perfume, or the sexy sway of a girl's hips. Girls don't even know they are prey and fall for the smooth lines of the Fenris while he is still in human form. Once he has the girls alone - the Fenris transforms.

Scarlett and Rosie do everything they can to lure them to a secluded spot and kill them as soon as the Fenris has made the shift to wolf form.  Scarlett's weapon of choice is a hatchet.
Scarlett has seen an increase in the appearance of Fenris and discovers the reason is because the packs are searching for a Potential - a human that can become a Fenris if bit during the Phase. 

Each pack wants to claim the Potential for themselves. Atlanta, GA seems to have the highest concentration of killings so Scarlett, Silas, and Rosie decide to go to fight the Fenris and hopefully discover who the Potential is before he is changed.
Scarlett's plans don't work out like she hoped. The Fenris are stronger and harder to bait. She begins to feel like a failure.  Rosie has never been the one who wanted hunting to be her life and with Silas encouraging her to try new things she is torn.  She struggles with her feelings of guilt for wanting more for her life, her growing feelings for Silas, and the guilt she feels for betraying her sister.
This is a wonderful book. A story of love, friendship, sisters, revenge, etc.  I can't wait to finish and see how everything turns out. 

A great website about this meaning of the original Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale.

Now it is your turn.  You have until the end of Tuesday, July 20th to post Your Book In Pictures. I can't wait to "see" what you are reading.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Activity #8 Winner

Congratulations to Alexandra from Reading@BerkeleyHigh. She is the winner of the Read-a-Like List Activity.  So, Alexandra, email me at with your choice from the Prize List.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #8 - Read-a-Like Lists

This Activity involves you creating a Read-a-Like List.  You can choose any topic/theme that you want and there isn't any specific number of titles required.  Just be sure there are enough so it can be considered a list.  Here is an example of my latest Read-a-Like List about Zombies
Here is a link to all of my Read-a-Like posts.

Create a post on your blog and post the link using Mr. Linky below. You have until the end of Monday to complete this task.

Activity #7 Winner

Congratulations to Kathy from Kathy's Book Bag.  She is the winner of Activity #7.  Email me at with your choice from the Prize List.