Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #4 - Scavenger Hunt

One of the best and most important things about blogging is building community and learning from others. Today I'm going to ask you to explore the Internet and find some things on other blogs. So, Activity #4 is a ...
Find the following things and create a post on your blog with the results. Link back using Mr. Linky below.

1. A blog that is new to you that focuses on the same type of literature you do (ex: I read YA so the blog would need to focus on YA).
2. A book that is new to you that another blogger reviewed.
3. A book set in Africa (in your preferred age category, if possible).
4. A book about a human/animal bond (in your preferred age category, if possible).
5. A book trailer for a book you want to read.
6. A book with a color in the title (in your preferred age category, if possible).
7. A blog that is new to you that is dedicated to a certain genre (ex: only books about vampires, only historical fiction, only urban fantasy, etc.)
8. A book blog maintained by a librarian.
9. A book blog maintained by a teacher.
10. The title of an upcoming book by an author you like (provide details - title, release date, synopsis).

Get Ready...Get Set...Scavenge...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Activity #3 Winner

Can you believe it? When I put in the numbers of the book review entries look what popped up!

So, congratulations to Lisa from Badass Bookie.  Lisa, email me at with you choice from the Prize List page.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #3 - Book Reviews

I don't know about you guys, but sometimes I get behind on my book reviews. I haven't read very much this month, but even so - I've only written one review.  That is terrible.  So, the activity for today is to catch up on reviews.  If you aren't behind, then good for you.  Just post a review for the book you recently finished.  Or, if you haven't finished anything yet, think back to a book you read in the past that you never reviewed and create one for it.

Post your link using Mr. Linky.  You can post as many reviews as you want AS LONG AS THEY WEREN'T WRITTEN BEFORE TODAY. Each Mr. Linky post will be eligible for the random drawing. 

Post your reviews by Tuesday, June 29th.  The winner will be announced at the end of that day. You have two days folks! Get busy writing. I'm going to try and post my reviews too so look for my links as well. (I won't include myself in the random drawing though.)

Activity #2 Winner

Congratulations to Kim at Skelton's Book Tree. She is the winner of the Wordle Activity. Be sure to visit her blog at

Kim - email me at with your prize preference from the prize page.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Get ready to be productive. Activity #3 is going to make you work.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #2 - Wordle

Activity #2 is going to be easy and fun.  Here is what you need to do:

1. Choose a book or book series.
2. Locate either the book reviews you've written or the publisher's book descriptions for the book(s) you chose.
3. Go to
4. Click on CREATE your own.
5. Copy and Paste the text of the reviews or synopses in the first box on the page.
6. Click Go.
7. Play with the Font, Layout, and Color until you get a look you like.
8. Click on Save To Public Gallery at the bottom right of the page.
9. Fill out the information for the Title and click on Save.
10. Find a way to save the picture or copy the HTML code to paste into your blog post and display it on your blog post for this activity.
11. Tell us what book(s) you used for the Wordle picture in the post.

Here is an example:

I am a huge fan of the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Patrick Ness is an amazing storyteller.  I used my reviews for THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, THE ASK AND THE ANSWER, and MONSTERS OF MEN to create my Wordle. You can click on the book titles to read the reviews for yourself.

Link your post using Mr. Linky with your Wordle post. You have until Sunday night to post.  The winner will be announced on Monday, June 28th.  The winner will choose a book from the Prize List page, which will be available soon.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Activity #1 Winner

Congratulations to Erika Lynn from Kiss My Book.  She is the winner of BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver.  Erika, email me at with your mailing address so I can get it to you soon.

Thanks you everyone who entered.  Don't fret.  We have time for many more winners to be chosen.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #1

Okay everyone, here's how we're going to start.  I want you to post your reading goals for the summer. The prize up for grabs is BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver. 

Here is an example:

My summer started out really busy.  I've had to finish my dissertation and haven't been able to read as much as I wanted.  But, now that I've turned it in to my committee and there isn't much I can do at this point, I have a little more time.  Here are my reading goals for the remainder of the summer.

I'd like to read the following books:

Karen DeSonne always passed as a normal (if pale) teenager; with her friends, with her family, and at school. Passing cost her the love of her life. And now that Karen’s dead, she’s still passing—this time, as alive. Karen DeSonne just happens to be an extremely human-like zombie. Meanwhile, Karen’s dead friends have been fingered in a high-profile murder, causing a new round of antizombie regulations that have forced them into hiding. Karen soon learns that the “murder” that destroyed their non-life was a hoax, staged by Pete Martinsburg and his bioist zealots. Obtaining enough evidence to expose the fraud and prove her friends’ innocence means doing the unthinkable: becoming Pete’s girlfriend. Karen’s only hope is that the enemy never realizes who she really is—because the consequences would be worse than death.

For once, sixteen-year-old Aden Stone has everything he’s ever wanted: 

A home.


The girl of his dreams.

Too bad he’s going to die...Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he’s supposed to be crowned Vampire King – while still a human! Well, kind of.

With four – oops, three now — human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been “different” himself. These souls can time travel, raise the dead, possess another’s mind, and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.

The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.

Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn’t about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life...

Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?

It's 1962, and it seems everyone is living in fear. Twelve-year-old Franny Chapman lives with her family in Washington, DC, during the days surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst the pervasive threat of nuclear war, Franny must face the tension between herself and her younger brother, figure out where she fits in with her family, and look beyond outward appearances. For Franny, as for all Americans, it's going to be a formative year.

Set initially in a future shanty town in America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being dissembled for parts by a rag tag group of workers, we meet Nailer, a teenage boy working the light crew, searching for copper wiring to make quota and live another day. The harsh realities of this life, from his abusive father, to his hand to mouth existence, echo the worst poverty in the present day third world. When an accident leads Nailer to discover an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, and the lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl, Nailer finds himself at a crossroads. Should he strip the ship and live a life of relative wealth, or rescue the girl, Nita, at great risk to himself and hope she'll lead him to a better life. This is a novel that illuminates a world where oil has been replaced by necessity, and where the gap between the haves and have-nots is now an abyss. Yet amidst the shadows of degradation, hope lies ahead.

It happens in one night: a girl who died now walks among the living, Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach, and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most - Drake. But Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness - or so they thought. As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake. And the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza, are preaching that death will set them all free. As life in the FAYZ becomes more desperate, no one knows who they can trust.

I'd like to LISTEN to the following books:
For Ellie Linton, being back on the farm with her parents is what makes the terrible things that happened during the war -- the things she, Homer, Lee, Fi, and the others had to do -- all worthwhile. It's where she belongs.

But the war won't let her go. A devastating tragedy has shattered any hope she ever had to reclaim her life, or herself. It's a new kind of fight. And the enemy isn't always from the other side of the border.

Ellie has struggled to put the war behind her and lead a normal life. Although what's normal about your parents having been murdered; trying to run a farm and go to school; and bring up a young boy who's hiding terrible secrets about his past?

It is a time of profound change for Ellie Linton. Enemies are everywhere. Some come crawling over the hills others drive in and knock on the front door. Sometimes her friends are there and sometimes they are not. Ellie fights every inch of the way. But when courage and imagination are not enough, when she is trapped and helpless, Ellie must face the end of life as she knows it ... standing alone, sustained only by her own strength.

I hope I can get all of these finished.  Now it is your turn.  
1) Create a post like this for your own blog.
2) Post the Summer Break Reading Challenge Button on your post.
3) Come back here and link your post using Mr. Linky.

A random winner will be chose on Saturday, June 26th so be sure to post before then.

Let's Have Some Fun - Introducing the Summer Break Reading Challenge

Join me in some reading fun this summer.

I haven't been able to get as many books finished as I planned during my break and hoped hosting a challenge for the remainder of the summer would help.  If you are familiar with the Holiday Break Reading Challenge and the Spring Break Reading Challenge this one will work the same way.

Take a little time to put the button on your website so we can spread the word and get more bloggers involved.

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Be on the lookout for the first challenge soon. 
Thanks Erika for reminding me to give some more details:
1. The Challenge will start today (June 23, 2010) and end toward the end of August.

2. You DO NOT have to participate in every activity - just pick and choose what you want to do.

3. Some activities will have a specific prize attached to them, but some you will be able to choose what you want from a list of available books.

4. Activity due dates will be listed in each post.

Any questions, feel free to email me at