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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#WaitingOnWednesday: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs @AceRocBooks @Mercys_Garage

Hi, everyone!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here is this week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

TITLE: Dead Heat
SERIES: Alpha & Omega, Book #4
AUTHOR: Patricia Briggs 
FORMAT: Hardcover, 304 pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9780425256756

The new Charles and Anna novel

Praised as “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal,"* the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

This is one of my favourite series! I absolutely love Charles & Anna, and I can't wait until the next one in the series is released. My only complaint is the three-year wait since Book #3!


What are you waiting on? Please leave a comment in the section below. If you participate in this meme, please leave a link so I can visit your blog!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today's list is:

1. JEFF ABBOTT: I just loved Adrenaline, which is a fast-paced thriller. The main character, Sam Capra, is a smart-ass and I couldn't get enough of the non-stop action! I actually have the next two audiobooks in the series, but I just haven't gotten around to listening to them yet!

2. NELSON DeMILLE: I loved Mayday, which is another heart-pounding thriller. If you like to flirt with disaster, try reading or listening to this one while you are on a long-distance flight!

3. DIANA GABALDON: Who hasn't swooned over Jamie Fraser? I loved Outlander! Narrator Davina Porter is phenomenal and makes this story come to life, and it's a good thing too because the audiobook is nearly 33 hours long! I assure you that I was riveted from start to finish. Gabaldon's books require that you devote quite a chunk of time to them, so I guess that's the reason why I've hesitated to pick up the next one although I am anxious to get back into this series!

4. TESS GERRITSEN: I really enjoyed The Bone Garden, which is a suspenseful mystery that takes you back to the 1830s. I love a great mystery writer!

5. JOHN IRVING: This is another book that requires a good chunk of time. The audiobook clocked in at nearly 27 hours, but Irving held my interest. A Prayer for Owen Meany is very thought-provoking, and I loved it!

6. BRODI ASHTON: I need to catch up on this series! I really enjoyed Everneath, and I want to find out what happens with Jack, Nikki, and Cole! Now that the series is complete, I'd like to read the remaining books back to back.

7. JODI MEADOWS: Here's another series that I really need to finish! I loved Incarnate, and I loved the character of Ana.

8. LAINI TAYLOR: This was my favourite YA read of 2011. I loved, loved, LOVED Daughter of Smoke & Bone!! I have already bought the next audiobook in the series, but I want to go back and listen to this one again because Khristine Hvam is such a superb narrator!

9. CHEVY STEVENS: I loved Stevens' debut novel, Still Missing. It was a real page-turner with non-stop suspense. I really want to read more from this Canadian author!

10. ANNE BISHOP: This is a fantastic urban fantasy series! Bishop's world-building in Written in Red has me hooked, and I can't wait to read more. I want to catch up with the second book in the series before the third one is released in March 2015.

11. SUZANNE YOUNG: Yeah, yeah, I know. This is actually a Top Eleven List instead of just a Top Ten, LOL! But I couldn't leave Young's The Program off my list! I loved this dystopian novel, and the romance between Sloane and James just tugged at my heart.

So, who's on your Top Ten list of authors that you have read only once but want to read more from? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review: The Separation Guide by David R. Greig

TITLE: The Separation Guide 
AUTHOR: David R. Greig 
PUBLISHER: Self-Counsel Press
PUBLICATION DATE: February 15, 2011
FORMAT: Paperback, 168 pages
GENRE: Non-fiction
ISBN: 9781770400573
This is one of the most comprehensive, ready-to-use manuals for separation and divorce for everyone, no matter their marital status or sexual orientation. Covering all the key separation and divorce topics, the author's goal is to provide money-saving tips for dealing with assets, finances, legal processes, and even post-separation life planning for common-law, same-sex, and married couples. This guide will help individuals in any process of their separation make cost-effective choices, understand their options, and take control of their lives.


Although this book is written by a Canadian family law lawyer, I find it refreshing that he urges people dealing with a marital break-up to try to resolve their issues without going to a trial. Litigation, as we know, is very costly and both parties have a much better likelihood of reaching a mutually-agreeable settlement if they are in control of the outcome. Grieg sets out the matters that separating and divorcing spouses need to discuss. If they can do so in an amicable manner, they can save time and costs by doing the legwork themselves and obtaining independent legal advice on the final agreement before it is signed.

For those that have separated and are looking for some advice and direction on how to begin the process of formulating a Separation Agreement, I would recommend this book. I found it informative, practical, and helpful.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Canadian Book Challenge 8

This challenge is being hosted by John at The Book Mine Set.

Here are the details copied from John's blog:
Canadian Book Challenge 8

1. What is the Canadian Book Challenge?

The Canadian Book Challenge is an annual online reading challenge in which participants from Canada and around the world aim to read and review 13 or more Canadian books in a one year span: Canada Day to Canada Day. Reviews must be posted online and participants are asked to share links to their reviews with other participants. More on reviews below.(It's also a lot of fun and collectively we've read and reviewed thousands of Canadian titles! Actually, the whole books, not just the titles.)

2. How do I join?

Send me an email (jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com) with the subject line "Sign Me Up!" and I'll add you to the list. Consider yourself a participant even if you don't get a response from me right away. Come July 1st you can get started right away. As soon as I get your first link (see below), I'll add your name to the participant list on the sidebar of this blog.

3. Oh no, it's past July 1st, can I still join?

Of course! In the past I've had people join in the very last month. My response to latecomers is always the same: If you think you can realistically read and review 13 books in the time remaining, then why not? To join, just follow the exact same instructions as above.

4. What constitutes a Canadian book?

Canadian books can include any genre or form (picture books, poetry, novels, non-fiction, plays, anthologies, graphic novels, cookbooks, etc), can be written by Canadian authors (by birth or immigration) or about Canadians. Ultimately, participants must decide for themselves whether or not something fits the description of Canadian.

4. Do I need to know ahead of time which books I'll be reading?

No. But by all means, if you want to plan ahead, do so. Some people find it's more of a challenge to do it this way, and others prefer to find their next book as it comes. If you do make a list and decide to alter it along the way, that's fine.

5. Do I need to have a theme?

No. I personally like to read at least one book from each province and territory (it's the whole reason 13 has become the goal number). In the past, some of the themes included deceased authors, mysteries, aboriginal books, poetry, and rereads. In other years we've had people choose books solely by a particular author or province. The options are yours to decide.

Certainly a theme could make the challenge more difficult, but then again, it could also make it more fun. In any case, the majority of participants opt to have no theme at all, just pushing for 13 random Canadian books. They feel they can still read what they want, when they want and aren't too confined by restrictions. The choice is up to you.

6. What if I don't reach 13 books or if I do?

If you don't, but you've had fun, it's still good. Your reviews will still be read by other participants. And you'll have a chance again when the next edition comes around. Some people ask if it's okay to fill up the remainder with children's books since they're shorter. I personally think children's books (picture books) are just as valid and need to be read and discussed as much as novels. Others think that it's a challenge, and as such, shouldn't be easy. Again, this is a participant's decision to make.

If you do reach 13, you may stop, or keep going. Remember, it's 13 or more. I love to see how many I can squeeze in. There are no prizes for reading the most. I want to stress that this is not a competition against other people. However, for all those that do meet the requirement of 13 or more, your names will be put in for a random draw for a prize.

7. Can my books count towards other challenges?

Of course! That's half the fun! I read some this past year that counted in the Graphic Novels Challenge and the Canadian Book Challenge.

8. I don't live in Canada and am finding it difficult to get my hands on Canadian books. Any recommendations or solutions?

It'll probably be easier to find some of our "big names" at your library (Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields, for example). Of course, you can always order online and check out the digital book market. And if you ask nicely enough, Canadian participants have been known to ship books far and wide to help out.

9. What if I read a book and don't have time to review it?

Sorry, that's one point I'm sticky on. I don't count it until it's reviewed. By all means, feel free to read 13 Canadian books, but the reviewing part is an equal component of the challenge. I want the books talked about even if you didn't enjoy it. While I say "review" I don't mean anything necessarily lengthy and I don't mean necessarily a review as much as I mean your thoughts on the book, questions about why an author said something, memories it stirred up. Anything, just something.

10. What if I don't finish a book, can I still review and count it?
Personally, I wouldn't but it's entirely your choice. If you feel that it's the book's fault that you didn't finish it, I suppose that's worthy of noting. If you left the book at the beach and haven't found another copy, probably not.
11. I don't have a blog, how do I post a review online?

Most Canadian Book Challenge participants are bloggers, but not all. Book reviews can also be posted on other sites such as GoodReads, Bookcrossing, Chapters, Amazon, and more. However, I do have a few requirements:

i. Participants wishing to read your reviews should not need a membership or sign up to do so. For instance, anyone can read a review at Chapters, so it's fine. However, a review posted on Facebook would be out since not everyone has a Facebook account and would not be able to access it.

ii. When you share a link make sure it's directly to your review and participants do not have to go searching endlessly to find it. For instance, if you blog, link to your posts, not your entire blog. (For example: Review NOT Blog) If you link from Chapters, after you write and publish your review, you will be be able to click on your review title which will provide your link in the URL bar. (For example: Review NOT Book page)

Yet another option is simply writing your review in an email to me (jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com) and I'll happily post it on The Book Mine Set.

12. How do I share links to my reviews?

Each month there will be a roundup post here at the Book Mine Set. This year I'll once again be using a link sharing tool from similar to the one they use at the Graphic Novels Challenge. Whenever you finish writing a review, just head to my blog and click on the "Share your link" icon. Add your name and in parentheses the title of the book you just reviewed, then provide the link. I'll also ask that in the comment section of that post that you bring us up to speed on your progress so far (ex. 6/13 read). I'll send an email reminder once a month.

13. Will there be prizes?

Possibly. In the past I've offered monthly prizes, but I've had to spend a lot of time soliciting publishers for donations.  Canadian publishing companies and authors have been very generous in their support. In an effort to keep my workload down, I'm leaving the ball in their court. Should publishers or authors want to donate books as prizes, they can contact me at jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com to arrange the details. And if there are no prizes this time around, let's let finishing the challenge be its own reward.
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post. 
I will keep track of my progress below (and list some of the ones on my TBR list):
  1. The Separation Guide by David R. Greig 
  2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  4. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
  5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  7. Linwood Barclay
  8. The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie by Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce Series, Book 1)
  9. Douglas Coupland
  10. Joy Fielding
  11. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  12. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  13. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  14. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  15. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  16. Erica Jong
  17. J.A. Jance

Sunday, September 7, 2014

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX

The challenge is being hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

Here are the details copied from Carl's blog:
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX

September 1st is right around the corner. It is time to begin.




Dark Fantasy.




Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event.

As time has wound on I’ve honed this event down to two simple rules:

1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.

As I do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have too many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

R.I.P. IX officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But lets go ahead and break the rules. Lets start today!!!

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.
These are the perils that I am planning to participate in:

Read two books of any length that you believe fit within the R.I.P. categories.

This Peril was added a few years back and brought a really fun, interactive dimension to R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril. For the third year in a row bloggers Andi and Heather of The Estella Society are hosting a readalong in conjunction with R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril. This year’s readalong runs from September 1st through October 1st, and the chosen book is Shirley Jackson’s classic, The Haunting of Hill House. This is a very laid back event, with questions posted to Twitter (and I’ll put them up here) on October 1st. As this isn’t a large book you do have plenty of time to get a copy from your local library or bookstore and join in.
And they have created a great banner (click on it to sign up):

    For those of you who do have a blog and want to review your readings and viewings for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX, there is a book review site located here.

    If you would like to join me in the challenge, just click the challenge badge at the beginning of the post. 

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon: Wrap-up Post #WWReadathon

    This is my (belated) Wrap-up Post for the Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon!

    I Finished:
    by Jenny McCarthy

    Still Reading:

    Shade's Children
    by Garth Nix
    [on my iPod]

    Still Reading Aloud to My Kids:

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    (Harry Potter, Book #4)

    by J.K. Rowling

    Here are the final tallies for the read-a-thon:
    Total books finished: 1
    I didn't keep track of pages read or minutes listened. Just too much going on!! 

    Thanks again to April & Pabkins at My Shelf Confessions for hosting!

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Va-Va-Voom Read-a-Thon: Wrap-up Post #VaVaVoomRAT

    This is my Wrap-up Post for the Va-Va-Voom Read-a-Thon!

    I Finished:
    by Jenny McCarthy

    Here are the final tallies for the read-a-thon:

    Total number of pages read: 65 pages   
    Total books finished: 1

    Thanks again to Jennifer at The Book Nympho and Lori at Romancing the Dark Side for hosting!

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon: Chandra's Mad Lib Challenge #WWReadathon

    Chandra @ Unabridged Bookshelf has challenged us to make a Valentine's Mad Lib.

    Directions: This is not your normal Mad Lib, for this Mad Lib you cannot just use any verb, noun, adjective to fill in the blanks, you must use a word from a book title. I thought it would tie in better with the Read-a-thon, and make more hilarious results. 

    Word List
    1. Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend (List Title)
    2. Verb (List Title)
    3. Noun (List Title)
    4. Verb (List Title)
    5. Past Tense Verb (List Title)
    6. Noun (List Title)
    7. Plural Noun (List Title)
    8. Adjective (ex: big, hot, beautiful, gloomy) (List Title)
    9. Noun (List Title)

    Dear  (#1, Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend)

    I have (#2, Verb) but I have not had the (#3, Noun) to tell you, When I first (#4, Verb) your story, I (#5, past tense verb) in (#6, Noun). I hope you and I will someday be  (#7 Plural Noun). I would love to give you a/an (#8, Adjective) (#9, Noun) for Valentine's Day. 

    Yours Truly
    (Your Name)

    My Valentine's Mad Lib

    1. Rhage (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward)
    2. Shiver (Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater)
    3. Fire (Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian)
    4. Lost (The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe)
    5. Cursed (Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood)
    6. Frost (First Frost by Jennifer Estep)
    7. Dreams (Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole)
    8. Deep (Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown)
    9. Kiss (Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead)


    Dear Rhage

    I have Shiver but I have not had the Fire to tell you, When I first Lost your story, I Cursed in Frost. I hope you and I will someday be Dreams. I would love to give you a Deep Kiss for Valentine's Day.

    Yours Truly

    Thanks, Chandra, for the fun challenge!

    Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon: Anya's Book Spine Poetry Challenge #WWReadathon

    Anya @ Starships and Dragonwings has challenged us to make a book spine poem.

    Here is mine:

    Don't Say A Word
    Lethal Lolita
    Let the Right One In

    What do you think?

    This one is a bit creepy:

    The Ghost of Graylock
    The Walking Dead
    Nowhere To Run

    Thanks, Anya, for the fun challenge!

    Friday, February 7, 2014

    Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon: Starting Line #WWReadathon

    The Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon has begun!

    I'm Reading:
    by Jenny McCarthy

    Dead Sexy Dragon
    (Dragon Heat, Book #1)
    by Lolita Lopez

    Shade's Children
    by Garth Nix
    [on my iPod]

    Reading Aloud to My Kids:

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    (Harry Potter, Book #4)

    by J.K. Rowling

    I hate doing daily updates, so I'll just do a wrap-up post at the end of the read-a-thon to show my final tallies.

    Thanks again to April & Pabkins at My Shelf Confessions for hosting!

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    Va-Va-Voom Read-a-Thon: Starting Line #VaVaVoomRAT

    The Va-Va-Voom Read-a-Thon has begun!

    I'm Reading:
    by Jenny McCarthy

    I'm not sure whether this book qualifies for the read-a-thon since it is non-fiction but, since it is about love and romance, I thought I'd include it anyway.

    Dead Sexy Dragon
    (Dragon Heat, Book #1)
    by Lolita Lopez

    I'm not sure how much reading time I'll be able to squeeze in. If I do manage to finish those, then I might start on this:

    Demon Lovers Boxed Set
    (Demon Lovers, Books #1-5)
    by Kate Douglas

    I hate doing daily updates, so I'll just do a wrap-up post at the end of the read-a-thon to show my final tallies.

    Thanks again to Jennifer at The Book Nympho and Lori at Romancing the Dark Side for hosting!

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon: Wrap-up Post #WintersRespite

    This is my Wrap-up Post for A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon!

    Still Reading:
    by Jenny McCarthy

    Shade's Children
    by Garth Nix
    [on my iPod]

    Still Reading Aloud to My Kids:

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    (Harry Potter, Book #4)

    by J.K. Rowling

    I didn't get as much listening time in on my iPod that I was hoping for, but I did read quite a bit of Jenny McCarthy's book. It's really funny, and it was just what I needed.

    Here are the final tallies for the week:

    Total number of pages read: 180 pages   
    Total number of minutes listened: 1 hr, 21 mins
    Total books finished: 0  

    Thanks again to my favourite read-a-thon host, Michelle!

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

    Take Control of Your TBR Pile: March 2014 #TakeControlTBR

    This challenge is being hosted by Kimba the "Caffeinated Book Reviewer".

    Here are the details copied Kimba's blog:
    Take Control of Your TBR Pile: March 2013


    • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Facebook or Goodreads account.
    • Make a Goals/updates/Results post (can be combined) you can wait to post on March 1st.
    • Beginning March 1st, 2014 and ending March 31, 2014 at midnight read books from your TBR pile ALL books must have been published before March 2014.
    • Post a review to Goodreads, your blog or Facebook then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. (review only needs to be a short one)
    • You can combine events, challenges etc.
    • No novellas for this one peeps
    • The rafflecopter will allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
    • Earn an extra entry for adding Take Control Button to your blog, or facebook (with link-back)
    • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
    • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2014 at midnight and a winner will be chosen. Open internationally as long as Book Depository or Barnes and Noble ships to you. Prize: New 2013 release. I will do pre-orders as well. (may request eBook copy)
    If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

    I will keep track of my progress below:

    2014 "Real" Book Challenge #RealBooks

    This challenge is being hosted by Jaime & Erin @ Fiction Fare and Meg & Kassiah @ Swoony Boys Podcast.

    Here are the details copied from Jaime's and Erin's blog:
    2014 "Real" Book Challenge

    Challenge Guidelines:
    • *This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014.
    • *The challenge is open to anyone! You don't have to be a blogger, as long as you have a place to post about the challenge. (Your blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, youtube, tumblr, etc.)
    • *Any book counts. It can be any genre, any length, and as old or new as you want. If you can hold it in your hand and turn the pages yourself, it belongs here. (This includes Advanced Reader Copies.)
    • *Feel free to list your books in your first post or wait until the end of the year and write them in a wrap-up post. Even if you list them, you can always make changes later.
    • *Sign-ups will be open until Dec 1, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
    • *When you sign up in the linky below, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2014 “Real” Book Challenge. (If you don't have a blog, post about it wherever you plan on making all your challenge posts this year!)
    • *On the 1st of each month we will post a wrap-up post, on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare. Every wrap-up will have a giveaway and place for you to link up your wrap-up posts for the month. Each book that you read in the month will get you one entry in our giveaway for the month. Prizes will vary, and winners will be announced the following month in our newsletter.
    • *If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your books the next month. Don’t try to count a book twice, we’ll be watching!
    • *December will be a wrap-up for the whole year. All the books you read January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway.

    Still with us? Ready to join? Here’s how:

    • Write a post about joining the 2014 “Real” Book Challenge on your blog. (If you don't have a blog, post about it on Facebook, tweet about it via Twitter, or put it some other place of your choosing.)
    • In your post, don't forget to include: the button/banner, link back to our sign-up page, the level you're aiming at (listed below) and a list of books you're hoping to read for the challenge. (That last one is optional!)
    • Put the challenge button in your sidebar. (there’s a grab link in this post!)
    • Link up in the linky below using the link to your post/tweet.
    • Join the mailing list for updates! CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW!
    • That's it! You're in! Welcome to the challenge, stay tuned for lots of fun! We’re so excited you’re joining us! Good luck!

    (The number of books you read for this challenge! We will have fun graphics for each level and as you progress up the list your accomplishments will appear in the newsletter!)

    1-10 - Real Book Newbie
    11-20 - Real Book Enthusiast
    21-30 - Real Book Snob
    31-40 - Real Book Aficionado
    41-50 - Real Book Hoarder
    50+ - Real Book Queen/King

    Additional Info:
    • Join our mailing list to get your monthly copy of our newsletter! The newsletter will have everything you need to know about the challenge each month, plus tons of fun stuff like mini challenges! It will be delivered on the 15th of each month. You can sign up here: JOIN THE 2014 “REAL” BOOK CHALLENGE MAILING LIST!!
    • We’ve also created a Goodreads Group for all challenge participants. Feel free to join and talk about all things books with us there.


    *Swoony Boys and Fic Fare currently host a monthly twitter read-a-long. Participating in these would be a great way for you to get an extra book in each month. We’ll post the title and dates for the next month in the newsletters.
    If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

    I am aiming for REAL BOOK NEWBIE (read 1-10 "real" books).

     I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:

    Review Copy Cleanup 4.0: February 2014 #RCCleanup

    This challenge is being hosted by Celine @ Nyx Book Reviews and Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea.

    Here are the details copied Celine's blog:
    Review Copy Cleanup 4.0: February 2014


    • The Review Copy Cleanup 4.0 runs from 1 to 28 February
    • It starts and ends midnight of your local timezone to avoid confusion
    • To sign up, just fill in the Mister Linky below. Link to your sign up post directly please! The Linky is the same for both our blogs, so you only have to sign up once
    • The Linky will close on the 15th, so make you sign up before then
    • When you post your sign up post on your blog, either include the challenge button with your post or link it back to this article so that people know where to sign up. Thanks! (:
    • Every book you received for review counts towards the challenge, both ebooks and hard copies (even audiobooks for review if you have those), including all genres and lengths
    • Feel free to use the #RCCleanup hashtag on Twitter for your RCC related tweets or join in the Twitter party at and meet lots of awesome bloggers (:
    • At the end of every week we will post our personal updates, and we’ll include a Linky for you to add yours!
    If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

    I've been on a reading hiatus since August 2013, so if I read just one review copy then I will consider that a success!!

    I will keep track of my progress below:
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