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The 2013 Read ‘n Review Challenge ENDS

2013ReadNReview The 2013 Read ‘n Review Challenge asked you to…

• Review every book you read between January 1 and December 31st.





My Books Read:

REVIEW: “Radical Well-Being” by Rita Hancock, M.D.

REVIEW: “The Art Forger” by B. A. Shapiro

REVIEW: “The Do What You Can Plan” by Holley Gerth {re-read}

REVIEW: “Vanished” by Irene Hannon

REVIEW: “Practicing the Presence of Jesus” by Wally Armstrong {re-read}

REVIEW: “The Emotionally Healthy Woman” by Geri Scazzero

REVIEW: “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler

REVIEW: “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” by Jeremy Dean

REVIEW: “You’re Made For a God-Sized Dream” by Holley Gerth

REVIEW: “Quitter” by Jon Acuff

REVIEW: “Moms Raising Sons To Be Men” by Rhonda Stoppe

REVIEW: “And Then I Found You” by Patti Callahan Henry

REVIEW: “What We Talk About When We Talk About God” by Rob Bell

REVIEW: “FITlosophy 1” by SharnyandJulius™

REVIEW: “Restored!” by Dan Schaeffer

REVIEW: “5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter” by Vicki Courtney

REVIEW: “What’s Your Mark?” by Jeremy Cowart

REVIEW: “Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits” by Joyce Meyer

REVIEW: “Pros of Prozac” by Beca Mark

REVIEW: “The Icarus Deception” by Seth Godin

REVIEW: “The One Success Habit (You Can’t Do Without)” by Dr. Fred R. Lybrand

REVIEW: “Virtual Assistant: The Series (4th ed.)” by Kelly Poelker & Diana Ennen

REVIEW: “Lose Weight Now: The Easy Way” by Allen Carr

REVIEW: “Pure Pleasure” by Gary Thomas

REVIEW: “VA Secrets Revealed!” by Alyssa Gregory

REVIEW: “Craving” by Omar Manejwala, M.D.

REVIEW: “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek

REVIEW: “The Fire Starter Sessions” by Danielle LaPorte

REVIEW: “The Wishing Tree” by Marybeth Whalen

REVIEW: “Enchantment” by Guy Kawasaki

REVIEW: “The Start-Up of You” by Reid  Hoffmann & Ben Casnocha

REVIEW: “The Bootstrap VA” by Lisa Morosky

REVIEW: “The Art of the Start” by Guy Kawasaki

REVIEW: “Eat, Move, Sleep” by Tom Rath

REVIEW: “A Million Little Ways” by Emily P. Freeman

REVIEW: “Freedom Is Blogging In Your Underwear” by Hugh MacLeod

REVIEW: “Pinterest for Business” by Casey Watkins

The 2012 Read ‘n Review Challenge ENDS

2012ReadNReview

 

For the 2012 Read ‘n Review Challenge, you had to review every book you read in 2012. I definitely accomplished my goal. Here are my 80 books read & reviewed:

My Books Read:

REVIEW: “TEN: How Would You Rate Your Life?” by Terry A. Smith

REVIEW: “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath

REVIEW: “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater (Wolves of Mercy Falls, book 1)

REVIEW: “Every Body Matters” by Gary Thomas

REVIEW: “Pretty Little Liars” by Sara Shepard

REVIEW: “Kiss Crush Collide” by Christina Meredith

REVIEW: “Find Your Strongest Life” by Marcus Buckingham

REVIEW: “Matched” by Ally Condie

REVIEW: “The Experience Effect” by Jim Joseph

REVIEW: “HTML5 for Dummies: Quick Reference” by Andy Harris

REVIEW: “Say, ‘Yes, And!‘” by Avish Parashar

REVIEW: “Be Fearless: 28 Days to Change Your Life” by Jonathan Alpert

REVIEW: “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano

REVIEW: “Successful Women Think Differently” by Valorie Burton

REVIEW: “Free Agent Nation” by Daniel H. Pink

REVIEW: “The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women” by Gail McMeekin

REVIEW: “The Eternal Ones” by Kirsten Miller

REVIEW: “You’re Already Amazing” by Holley Gerth

REVIEW: “Better Than Chocolate” by Siimon Reynolds

REVIEW: “Evolving in Monkey Town” by Rachel Held Evans

REVIEW: “What Happened to Goodbye” by Sarah Dessen

REVIEW: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

REVIEW: “The 60-Second Commute” by Erica Orloff & Kathy Levinson, Ph.D.

REVIEW: “Do More Great Work” by Michael Bungay Stanier

REVIEW: “Live the Dream” by Larry Winters

REVIEW: “The Naked Gospel” by Andrew Farley

REVIEW: “The Eden Diet” by Rita Hancock, M.D. (re-read)

REVIEW: “Starcrossed” by Josephine Angelini

REVIEW: “Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough” by Kay Warren

REVIEW: “Wrecked” by Anna Davies

REVIEW: “Mind Monsters” by Kevin Gerald

REVIEW: “An Accidental Athlete” by John Bingham

REVIEW: “Play: How it Shapes the Brain…” by Dr. Stuart Brown

REVIEW: “The Art of Non-Conformity” by Chris Guillebeau

REVIEW: “Anything” by Jennie Allen

REVIEW: “My Stubborn Heart” by Becky Wade

REVIEW: “I Got This” by Jennifer Hudson

REVIEW: “Persuasion” by Arlene Dickinson

REVIEW: “Dream” by Dutch Sheets

REVIEW: “Not Just a Living” by Mark Henricks

REVIEW: “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James

REVIEW: “Any Love But Mine” by Debbie Davies

REVIEW: “You Are a Writer” by Jeff Goins

REVIEW: “She Takes On the World” by Natalie MacNeil

REVIEW: “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss

REVIEW: “The Lost Daughter” by Lucy Ferriss

REVIEW: “Fireworks Over Toccoa” by Jeffrey Stepakoff

REVIEW: “I Am Second” by Doug Bender & Dave Sterrett

REVIEW: “The Renaissance Soul” by Margaret Lobenstine {re-read}

REVIEW: “Clairvaux Manifesto” by Kirk Bartha

REVIEW: “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller

REVIEW: “The Sacred Romance” by Brent Curtis & John Eldredge

REVIEW: “An Untroubled Heart” by Micca Campbell

REVIEW: “Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry

REVIEW: “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon

REVIEW: “Confessions of a Control Freak” by Priscilla Knox Morrison

REVIEW: “Intuitive Eating” (3rd edition) by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch

REVIEW: “How to Really Change Your Life” by Norman Barlow, Ph.D.

REVIEW: “Almost Sex” by Michael DiMarco

REVIEW: “Obsessed” by Hayley DiMarco

REVIEW: “The Art of the Chase” by Hayley & Michael DiMarco

REVIEW: “Something Like Normal” by Trish Doller

REVIEW: “A People’s History of Christianity” by Diana Butler Bass

REVIEW: “Practicing the Presence of Jesus” by Wally Armstrong

REVIEW: “Gabriel’s Inferno” by Sylvain Reynard

REVIEW: “Kiss of Death” by Debbie Viguié

REVIEW: “Twelve Months” by Steven Manchester

REVIEW: “Jesus: Pure & Simple” by Wayne Cordeiro

REVIEW: “The Lover’s Dictionary” by David Levithan

REVIEW: “Coming Up For Air” by Patti Callahan Henry

REVIEW: “Love & War” by John & Stasi Eldredge

REVIEW: “Real Marriage” by Mark & Grace Driscoll

REVIEW: “Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse” by Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.

REVIEW: “When God Writes Your Love Story” by Eric & Leslie Ludy

REVIEW: “Boy Meets Girl” by Joshua Harris

REVIEW: “The First 90 Days of Marriage” by Eric & Leslie Ludy

REVIEW: “City of Dark Magic” by Magnus Flyte

REVIEW: “Authentic Beauty” by Leslie Ludy

REVIEW: “The Do What You Can Plan” by Holley Gerth

REVIEW: “When Dreams Come True” by Eric & Leslie Ludy

The Spring Reading Thing 2012 Challenge

I can’t believe I missed the first week or so of this challenge! Usually I’m anxious for it to start, and have my list all prepped and ready to go, at least a week in advance! And here, instead, I’ve just remembered to go looking today, and I’m late! LOL

Anyhoo. Katrina at Callapidder Days hosts this challenge every year, and I love it! It goes for the duration of Spring, which this year is March 20th to June 20th. You make up a list of books you want to get read, and you try to get through your list.

I love this challenge for how casual it always is… I never feel pressured, but I always have fun! So, without further ado, here is my list of books I’d like to complete:

SpRiNg ReAdInG tHiNg list:

1. An Accidental Athlete by John Bingham [04-21-2012]
2. I Got This by Jennifer Hudson [05-15-2012]
3. Live the Dream by Larry Winters [04-06-2012]
4. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini [04-11-2012]
5. Paper Towns by John Green [DNF]
6. Stay With Me by Paul Griffin
7. Mind Monsters by Kevin Gerald [04-21-2012]
8. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

      

      

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June 20, 2012 (challenge ends)
~ Well, as you can see from above, I finished 5 out of 8 of the books on my list. Not bad for this go-around! I’m happy with the number of books I got read for this challenge.

Favorites were “Starcrossed” and “An Accidental Athlete” (in that order). I didn’t finish “Paper Towns” by John Green… started it, and it wasn’t catching my interest, so I sent it back to the library, unfinished. And, I would’ve liked to have gotten around to reading “Blue Like Jazz“, but oh well… it’s still on my other challenge list(s) for the year, so hopefully I’ll get to it before the years’ end.

Thanks, again, to Katrina for hosting! Always fun! :D

The 2011 Live Life to the Fullest Challenge ENDS

I failed miserably at this one! :(

The LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST 2011 Challenge asked you to:

* Think about what is most important to you in your life… is it your health? your family? your friendships? your career? ALL of the above?

* Come up with a list of 12-14 things you can do this year to make that (those things) a priority in your life (maybe one thing/focus per month?)… what can you start (or stop) doing to get the fullest enjoyment out of your everyday life? What would make you feel that you were living your life to the best of your ability each & every day?

* Keep some sort of journal to record your progress!

CHALLENGE DATES: October 1, 2010 -to- December 31, 2011

MY GOALS:

((REVISED: March 21, 2011))

1. Cut out all sodas ~ especially caffinated ones.
2. Lose 30-45 lbs.
3. Eat less processed foods; more Mediterranean-style.
4. Take a break from reviewing books, here & there (for 1-3 mos. at a time) so I can pleasure read.
5. Add more “thinking” posts to my blog ~ not just memes, reviews, & blog tours.
6. Limit computer time on weekends to 2-3 hrs/day, maximum.
7. Stay focused, spiritually, by doing Bible study, & reading Christian books & blogs.
8. Practice surrendering to God, daily.
9. Write more thorough book reviews (use guidelines, if necessary).
10. Examine what I believe, and why.
11. Exercise at least 3x/week for 15-20 mins. each day.
12. Eat within my hunger/satisfaction boundaries, daily.
13. Stop giving in to my excuses ~ in ANY area of life!
14. Study the Gospels to see how Jesus taught us to live.

* Those highlighted in pink (above) are ones I did accomplish.


Previous list (before revision):
1. Read my Bible daily.
2. Exercise (preferrably before breakfast) 4-5 days/week, for 30-60 minutes.
3. Cut out all sodas.
4. Lose 30-45 lbs.
5. Eat like a runner/athlete.
6. Learn to run ~ gradually increase time of intervals.
7. Limit my time spent reading.
8. Cut back on the # of blog tours/reviews I sign up for (limit: 3/month).
9. Limit the # of challenges I join & create (limit: 4).
10. Spend at least 2 hours/week playing with my kids (or doing something together).
11. Find healthy (Meditteranean?) recipes & try at least 2 new ones per month.
12. Add more “thinking” posts to my blog(s) ~ not just memes, reviews, and tours.
13. Journal, daily, 3-5 things I’m grateful for, or positives from my day.
14. Limit computer-time to only 2 hours per day, maximum!

The 2011 Book-a-Week Challenge ENDS

I completed this challenge!

BOOK-A-WEEK is actually a Yahoo! Group whose members aim to read at least 52 books every year. I’ve belonged to this “challenge” since March 2002, so I’m a “charter member” there. And, I’ve managed to meet the goal almost every year since the beginning (I missed 2 years, I think).

See my Previous Years’ Reading Logs (from childhood on!) here: MizB’s Yearly Reads

My 2011 Books Read:

JANUARY

1. “How It Ends” by Laura Wiess [B+]
2. “Made to Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst [A-]
3. “The Girl in the Gatehouse” by Julie Klassen [A-]
4. “The 1% Solution for Work & Life” by Tom Connellan [B-]
5. “The Awakening” by L. J. Smith (#1, Vamp. Diaries) [A-]

FEBRUARY

6. “The Struggle” (#2, Vamp. Diaries) by L. J. Smith [A-]
7. “The ME Project” by Kathi Lipp [B+]
8. “Lazarus Awakening” by Joanna Weaver [B+]

MARCH

9. “Saving Jesus From the Church” by Robin R. Meyers [C]
10. “A Trail of Ink” by Mel Starr [B+]
11. “God Bewteen the Covers” by Marcia Ford [B+]
12. “86400” by Lavaille Lavette [C+]
13. “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink [B+]
14. “The Fury” & “Dark Reunion” (Vamp. Diaries, #3+4) by L. J. Smith [B+]
15. “unChristian” by David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons [B-]
16. “Dangerous Journey” by Oliver Hunkin [B+]

APRIL

17. “Falling Under” by Gwen Hayes [A-]
18. “Revise Us Again” by Frank Viola [B-]
19. “A Hidden Affair” by Pam Jenoff [A-]
20. “The Lady of Bolton Hill” by Elizabeth Camden [A+]
21. “Awakened” by P.C. & Kristin Cast [B+]
22. “Your Best Body Now” by Tosca Reno [B+]

MAY

23. “Fully Engaged” by John Busacker [B-]
24. “Unlimited” by Jillian Michaels [B+]
25. “Reshaping It All” by Candace Cameron Bure [A-]
26. “Sun Stand Still” by Steven Furtick [B-]
27. “Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin [A+]
28. “The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make” by Sean Covey [B+]
29. “Beastly” by Alex Flinn [B+]
30. “Did I Marry the Wrong Guy?” by Michelle Stimpson (eBook) [B+]
31. “Mistress of Rome” by Kate Quinn [A+]

JUNE

32. “Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working” by Craig Groeschel [B-]
33. “The Art of War for Women” by Chin-Ning Chu [B-]
34. “The Idiot Factor” by Larry Winget [B+]
35. “A Place of Yes” by Bethenny Frankel [C]
36. “Does Change Have to Be So H.A.R.D?” by Julie Donley, R.N. [B-]
37. “The Vice-Busting Diet” by Julia G. Havey [B+]
38. “So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore” by Wayne Jacobsen [B+]
39. “A Race to Splendor” by Ciji Ware [B+]
40. “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan [A-]

JULY

41. “One Day” by David Nicholls [B-]
42. “The Holmes Inspection” by Mike Holmes [B+]
43. “Darke Academy 1: Secret Lives” by Gabriella Poole [B-]
44. “Darke Academy 2: Blood Ties” by Gabriella Poole [B+]
45. “Restless In Carolina” by Tamera Leigh [A-]
46. “EAT: The Effortless Weight Loss Solution” by Ian K. Smith [B+]

AUGUST

47. “Kiss of Night” by Debbie Viguie [A-]
48. “Beautiful Outlaw” by John Eldredge [B+]
49. “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope [B-]
50. “Up, Down, or Sideways” by Mark Sanborn [C]
51. “Incognito” by Gregory Murphy [A+]
52. “Always a Princess” by Alice Gaines [A-]
~ :: ~ :: ~ GOAL REACHED! ~ :: ~ :: ~
53. “Mirror Ball” by Matt Redman [B-]
54. “{W}hole” by Lisa Whittle [B-]
55. “Bad Boys Do” by Victoria Dahl [A-]

SEPTEMBER

56. “Grace for the Good Girl” by Emily Freeman [A-]
57. “The Power-Based Life” by Mike Flynt [B-]
58. “Heiress” by Susan May Warren [A-]

OCTOBER

59. “When Bad Christians Happen to Good People” by Dave Burchett [B-]
60. “Intertwined” by Gena Showalter [A-]

NOVEMBER 

61. “Forbidden” by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee [A-]
62. “Get Healthy for Heaven’s Sake” by Lisa Morrone [B+]
63. “Lifestyle Choices…Up to YOU!” by Ginger Woods O’Shea [C]
64. “Deadly Little Secret” by Laurie Faria Stolarz [A-]

DECEMBER

65. “The Non-Designer’s Design Book” by Robin Williams [B+]
66. “The Dragonfly Effect” by Jennifer Aaker & Andy Smith [B-]
67. “The Resolution for Women” by Priscilla Shirer [A-]

The 2011 Support Your Local Library Challenge ENDS

I did not complete this challenge. But, I loved trying! ;)

The 2011 Support Your Local Library challenge asked you to…

Choose a level…

The Mini – Check out and read 30 library books.
“Fun” Size – Check out and read 40 library books.
Jumbo Size – Check out and read 50 library books.
Mega Size – Check out and read 51+ library books.
(Aim high. As long as you read 30 by the end of 2011, you are a winner.)

Start Date: January 1, 2011
End Date: December 31, 2011

MY LEVEL = “FUN” SIZE (40 books)

The LIBRARY books I read:
1. “How It Ends” by Laura Wiess [B+, 01-01-2010, 344p.]
2. “The Awakening(#2, Vamp.Diaries) by L. J. Smith [A-, 01-30-2011, 253p.]
3. “Saving Jesus From the Church” by Robin R. Meyers [C, 03-05-2011, 231p.]
4. “God Between the Covers” by Marcia Ford [B+, 03-12-2011, 204p.]
5. “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink [B+, 03-19-2011, 215p.]
6. “The Fury” & “Dark Reunion” (Vamp. Diaries, #3+4) by L. J. Smith [B+, 03-25-2011, 520p.]
7. “unChristian” by David Kinnaman [B-]
8. “Dangerous Journey” by Oliver Hunkin [B+]
9. “A Hidden Affair” by Pam Jenoff [A-, 04-18-2011, 299p.]
10. “Awakened” by P.C. & Kristin Cast [B+, 04-28-2011, 290p.]
11. “Your Best Body Now” by Tosca Reno [B+, 04-30-2011, 336p.]
12. “Unlimited” by Jillian Michaels [B+, 05-07-2011, 244p.]
13. “The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make” by Sean Covey
[B+, 05-19-2011, 305p.]
14. “Beastly” by Alex Flinn [B+, 05-23-2011, 304p.]
15. “Mistress of Rome” by Kate Quinn [A+, 05-29-2011, 407p.]
16. “The Art of War for Women” by Chin-Ning Chu [B-, 06-06-2011, 203p.]
17. “The Idiot Factor” by Larry Winget [B+, 06-08-2011, 218p.]
18. “A Place of Yes” by Bethenny Frankel [C, 06-12-2011, 321p.]
19. “The Vice-Busting Diet” by Julia Griggs Havey [B+, 06-23-2011, 205p.]
20. “A Race to Splendor” by Ciji Ware [B+, 06-25-2011, 519p.]
21. “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan [A-, 06-30-2011, 260p.]
22. “The Holmes Inspection” by Mike Holmes [B+, 07-07-2011, 234p.]
23. “EAT: The Effortless Weight Loss Solution” by Ian K. Smith [B+, 07-23-2011, 194p.]
24. “The Power-Based Life” by Mike Flynt [B-, 09-16-2011, 200p.]
25. “Intertwined” by Gena Showalter [A-, 10-08-2011, 377p.]
26. “Forbidden” by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee [A-, 11-02-2011, 376p.]
27. “The Non-Designer’s Design Book” by Robin Williams [B+, 12-03-2011, 211p.]
28. “The Dragonfly Effect” by Jennifer Aaker & Andy Smith [B-, 12-11-2011, 171p.]

So, I read 28 library books, this year — out of the 67 books I read, total. Not bad! ;)

The 2011 Read’n’Review Challenge ENDS

As per usual, I completed this challenge! :D

The 2011 Read’n’Review Challenge asked you to…

Review EACH book you read between January 1st and December 31st of the current year.

 

My Reviews:

REVIEW: “How It Ends” by Laura Wiess [B+]
REVIEW: “Made to Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst [A-]
REVIEW: “The Girl in the Gatehouse” by Julie Klassen [A-]
REVIEW: “The 1% Solution for Work & Life” by Tom Connellan [B-]
REVIEW: “The Awakening” (#1 Vamp. Diaries) by L. J. Smith [A-]
REVIEW: “The Struggle” (#2, Vamp.Diaries) by L. J. Smith [A-]
REVIEW: “The ME Project” by Kathi Lipp [B+]
REVIEW: “Lazarus Awakening” by Joanna Weaver [B+]
REVIEW: “Saving Jesus From the Church” by Robin R. Meyers [C]
REVIEW: “A Trail of Ink” by Mel Starr [B+]
REVIEW: “God Between the Covers” by Marcia Ford [B+]
REVIEW: “86400” by Lavaille Lavette [C+]
REVIEW: “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink [B+]
REVIEW: “The Fury” & “Dark Reunion” by L. J. Smith (Vamp. Diaries, #3+4) [B+]
REVIEW: “unChristian” by David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons [B-]
REVIEW: “Dangerous Journey” by Oliver Hunkin [B+]
REVIEW: “Falling Under” by Gwen Hayes [A-]
REVIEW: “Revise Us Again” by Frank Viola [B-]
REVIEW: “A Hidden Affair” by Pam Jenoff [A-]
REVIEW: “The Lady of Bolton Hill” by Elizabeth Camden [A+]
REVIEW: “Awakened” by P.C. & Kristin Cast [B+]
REVIEW: “Your Best Body Now” by Tosca Reno [B+]
REVIEW: “Fully Engaged” by John Busacker [B-]
REVIEW: “Unlimited” by Jillian Michaels [B+]
REVIEW: “Reshaping It All” by Candace Cameron Bure [A-]
REVIEW: “Sun Stand Still” by Steven Furtick [B-]
REVIEW: “Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin [A+]
REVIEW: “The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make” by Sean Covey [B+]
REVIEW: “Beastly” by Alex Flinn [B+]
REVIEW: “Mistress of Rome” by Kate Quinn [A+]
REVIEW: “Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working” by Craig Groeschel [B-]
REVIEW: “The Art of War for Women” by Chin-Ning Chu [B-]
REVIEW: “The Idiot Factor” by Larry Winget [B+]
REVIEW: “A Place of Yes” by Bethenny Frankel [C]
REVIEW: “Does Change Have to Be So H.A.R.D?” by Julie Donley, R.N. [B-]
REVIEW: “The Vice-Busting Diet” by Julia Griggs Havey [B+]
REVIEW: “So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore” by Wayne Jacobsen [B+]
REVIEW: “A Race to Splendor” by Ciji Ware [B+]
REVIEW: “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan [A-]
REVIEW: “One Day” by David Nicholls [B-]
REVIEW: “The Holmes Inspection” by Mike Holmes [B+]
REVIEW: “Darke Academy 1: Secret Lives” by Gabriella Poole [B-]
REVIEW: “Darke Academy 2: Blood Ties” by Gabriella Poole [B+]
REVIEW: “Restless In Carolina” by Tamera Leigh [A-]
REVIEW: “EAT: The Effortless Weight Loss Solution” by Ian K. Smith [B+]
REVIEW: “Kiss of Night” by Debbie Viguie [A-]
REVIEW: “Beautiful Outlaw” by John Eldredge [B+]
REVIEW: “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope [B-]
REVIEW: “Up, Down, or Sideways” by Mark Sanborn [C]
REVIEW: “Incognito” by Gregory Murphy [A+]
REVIEW: “Always a Princess” by Alice Gaines [A-]
REVIEW: “Mirror Ball” by Matt Redman [B-]
REVIEW: “{W}hole” by Lisa Whittle [B-]
REVIEW: “Bad Boys Do” by Victoria Dahl [A-]
REVIEW: “Grace for the Good Girl” by Emily Freeman [A-]
REVIEW: “The Power-Based Life” by Mike Flynt [B-]
REVIEW: “Heiress” by Susan May Warren [A-]
REVIEW: “When Bad Christians Happen to Good People” by Dave Burchett [B-]
REVIEW: “Intertwined” by Gena Showalter [A-]
REVIEW: “Forbidden” by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee [A-]
REVIEW: “Get Healthy for Heaven’s Sake” by Lisa Morrone [B+]
REVIEW: “Lifestyle Choices…Up to YOU!” by Ginger Woods O’Shea [C]
REVIEW: “Deadly Little Secret” by Laurie Faria Stolarz [A-]
REVIEW: “The Non-Designer’s Design Book” by Robin Williams [B+]
REVIEW: “The Dragonfly Effect” by Jennifer Aaker & Andy Smith [B-]
REVIEW: “The Resolution for Women” by Priscilla Shirer [A-]

That’s 67 books read, and reviewed!

The 2011 iChallenges Challenge ENDS

I did not complete this challenge … but am pleased with how many books I did read for it! ;)

The 2011 iChallenges challenge asked you to…

Read at least 10 Vampy, Witchy, Fae-ish, or Were-ish books this year. Remember, the more the merrier!

Challenge starts: January 1, 2011
Challenge ends: December 31, 2011

NOTE: Rereads ARE allowed, but the review must be rewritten. You cannot use old reviews.

My books read:

1. “The Awakening” (#1, Vamp. Diaries) by L. J. Smith [A-]
2. “The Struggle” (#2, Vamp.Diaries) by L. J. Smith [A-]
3. “The Fury” & “Dark Reunion(#3+4, Vamp. Diaries) by L. J. Smith [B+]
4. “Awakened” by P.C. & Kristin Cast [B+]
5. “Kiss of Night” by Debbie Viguie [A-]
6. “Intertwined” by Gena Showalter [A-]

The 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge ENDS

I didn’t even start on this list! :(  So, nope — did NOT complete this challenge!

The 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge asked you to…

Choose a level of participation:
Level I – Read 5 books from the 2010 Book Blogger Recommendation List
Level II – Read 10 books
Level III – Read 15 books
Level IV – Read 20 books
Level V – Read 20+ books

Then, choose your books from the list of Book Blogger Recommendations, and get reading! :D

Note: You do not need to have your list of books picked out before the challenge begins.

I had planned on choosing from the following list of books — these were pulled from the FULL list of BB Recommendations:

(My Level = Level II / 10 books)

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
Darkfever – Karen Marie Monig
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare
Blood Oath – Christopher Farnsworth
If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Wake – Lisa McMann
Crocodile On the Sandbank – Elizabeth Peters
Graceling – Kristin Cashore
Mere Christianity – C. S. Lewis
The Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant
Fallen – Lauren Kate
Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick
Halo – Alexandra Adornetto
Dark Lover – J. R. Ward
Paper Towns – John Green
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon

The 2011 A-to-Z Challenge ENDS

I did NOT complete this challenge … but I came close!

The A to Z Challenge asked you to:

Choose the option that works best for you…

  • AuthorsRead alphabetically by author. Commit to 26 books.
  • TitlesRead alphabetically by title. Commit to 26 books.
  • Authors & TitlesCommit to reading 52 books.

My Choice: A mix of Titles & Authors (52 books)

TITLES:

A – Awakening, The
B – Beautiful Outlaw
C -
D – Drive
E – EAT: The Effortless Weight Loss Solution
F – Fury, The
G – Girl in the Gatehouse, The
H – How It Ends
I – Idiot Factor, The
J -
K – Kiss of Night
L – Lazarus Awakening
M – Made to Crave
N – Non-Designer’s Design Book, The
O – One Percent Solution for Work & Life, The
P – Power-Based Life, The
Q -
R – Revise Us Again
S – Struggle, The
T -
U – unChristian
V – Vice-Busting Diet, The
W – Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working
X -
Y – Your Best Body Now
Z -

AUTHORS:

A – Aaker, Jennifer
B – Bure, Candace Cameron
C – Connellan, Tom
D – Dahl, Victoria
E – Eldredge, John
F – Ford, Marcia
G – Giffin, Emily
H – Hunkin, Oliver
I -
J – Jenoff, Pam
K – Klassen, Julie
L – Lipp, Kathi
M – Meyers, Robin R.
N – Nicholls, David
O – O’Shea, Ginger Woods
P – Pink, Daniel H.
Q – Quinn, Kate
R – Reno, Tosca
S – Smith, L. J.
T – Terkeurst, Lysa
U -
V – Viola, Frank
W – Wiess, Laura
X -
Y -
Z -

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