November 16, 2011

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

It's that time of year again - time to sign up for blog challenges! 

I've decided to only sign up for a few challenges in 2012, and this is definitely one I'm excited about! I have way too many books in my TBR pile, and it's only going to keep growing if I don't tackle it now. 

Visit Bookish to read up on all the challenge details and guidelines. 

Here is the full list of hosts:

Evie from Bookish - @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read - @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home - @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life - @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading - @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read - @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea - @alouetteuette 
Christa from Hooked On Books - @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction - @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision - @mermaidvisions

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

I am signing up for the "Married With Children" level. Why not aim high? As of today, I have 71 print books that I own but haven't read yet. I also am a sucker for free eBooks & audiobooks, so I have 142 eBooks and 31 audiobooks on my TBR list (that's 244 total books across the three formats!). 

Here are a just few from my list:
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
And the list goes on and on!  I'll post a full list as a wrap-up at the end of the challenge. :)

Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition

Young Adult Novel 
No query? No pitch? No problem!
Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Gotham Writers' Workshop, is hosting its Third Annual Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York's leading YA literary agents!   
If you've written a novel for young adults—or have an idea for one that you would like to write—we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit only an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel.

The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks and receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers' Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from 

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at Scholastic, Disney, Harlequin Teen, Random House, Viking, Roaring Brook Press, Sourcebooks, and Kimani Tru and receive a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

The First 50 Entrants will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
Enter to win at   Hurry, contest ends November 30, 2011

November 8, 2011

Bad blogger...

I'm a bad blogger recently! I've been reading a ton but haven't felt like blogging or reviewing. Hopefully soon I'll get out of my blogging funk! 

November 1, 2011

October in Review

October was a busy month! My husband and I are all settled into our new house, and this week we are getting our back yard fenced in. They put the posts up yesterday, so hopefully the fence will be completed soon! 

Work has been busy - we are hosting another series of author visits and write-ins for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). We started with a kick-off event last week to get everyone signed up and ready. Also, we just had Zombie Fest (an after hours teen event). 

Zombie librarian
Last week I attended two book club meetings. I lead the staff book club discussion on Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I also attended the Forever YA Book Club Indianapolis meeting. We met at Barcelona Tapas (my new favorite restaurant downtown) and discussed The Book Thief by Markuz Zusak. 

We have the Teen Film Festival coming up, and I'm also preparing for a Day of the Dead craft program and a cake pop-decorating program! Our teen-hosted events have been going really well too - Teen Advisory Board (TAB) members host after school games, crafts, or tech programs. 

I read quite bit in October! 

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller 
UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe
I'm almost finished with Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach - it's a great audiobook!

Print books & eBooks:
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer & Peter Lerangis (ARC reviewed for VOYA)
Croak by Gina Damico (ARC reviewed for VOYA
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I'm almost finished with Something Blue by Emily Giffin, and I'm about 1/3 of the way into The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. 
It was a productive reading month for me. I'm at 95 books read so far with a goal of 111 by the end of the year. 
How was your October? 


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