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.


  1. I'll get you a link tomorrow, as I've already posted today. But tomorrow... this is deffinetly in my time slot. Just in time. :P

    With Love and Blessings,
    Bleah Briann @

  2. Have posted my list, but the linky thing above isn't working. Will check again later, but here's the list -

  3. Awesome reading challenge! My goals have been shared!

  4. Sounds like a fun challenge. Makes me feel like a kid again! I'm relatively new to blogging so please forgive any faux paus I may make. I think I got the link right.

  5. You did great Sherri. Thanks for joining.

  6. Thanks! I've been looking for a summer reading challenge! I really appreciate you doing this!

  7. I am making my list and adding pictures - hope to get it onto the linky today.

  8. OK, this should get my TBR down!! I wonder what the other activities will be like.

  9. Hi Karin,
    I deleted and put my post up again. I wanted to put up a permanant post that would stay up all summer so I re did mine. :-) Thanks again!

  10. Thanks for doing this challenge! It's going to be a great way to motivate myself to get books read that have just been sitting on shelf while I go read new, shinier ones.

  11. I'm in. Thanks! I needed the motivation and accountability.

  12. I put the button up and will post my list tomorrow! Thanks for hostessing:)

  13. I am signing up. I hope Mr. Linky still works.
    What a great idea! Thanks.