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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading?  “Strange Candy” by Laurell K. Hamilton

What did you recently finish reading?  “And Eternity”(Book 7 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

“How to talk to girls at parties” by Neil Gaiman(this was…ok…but too short for me and I’m not as big of a fan of this as his other novels.)

I started reading “You know what they say: The truth about popular beliefs” but only about 30 pages in, I decided to not waste my time. It was written in 1991 so it’s outdated and besides that, I just found it really boring. I can’t remember the last time I gave up on a book but I just felt like there were other books more exciting to move on to! Since I didn’t finished this, I just completely removed it from any shelves on Goodreads and didn’t rate it as I thought it would be unfair due to me not finishing it.

What do you think you’ll read next? I have no clue because my next shipment from Booksfree hasn’t shipped and I am almost done with the book I am on now. We will just have to see….

readingchallDay 29-A book everyone hated but you liked

Technically, there’s no book out there I know of that EVERYONE but me hated…but I will play along and pick one where the consensus on Goodreads seems to have been negative but I disagreed. 🙂

I skimmed through my Goodreads and decided to go with “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke, which was a book I read last year because I saw it featured on Goodreads and it sounded interesting. I really enjoyed it and rated it a 5 but the average rating is a mere 3.27. Granted there WERE some books on my “Read” that were rated as low as 2.29 BUT most of those I pretty much agreed with or at least enough to offer a 5 rating. As an extra fun thing, I decided to look at the lowest rated book on my “To Read” list and add it here as well: The lowest rated book currently on my “To Read” list ranks in at a 2.61 and it’s “The Almost Moon” by Alice Sebold, who you may recognize as the author of “The Lovely Bones”. I OWN “The Lovely Bones” and have seen the movie, but have yet to read the book. I wonder if I will agree with the low rating once I read this…



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? “And Eternity”(Book 7 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony -should be done today or tomorrow

What did you recently finish reading? “For love of evil”(Book 6 of Incarnations of Imm0rtality) by Piers Anthony

What do you think you’ll read next? “How to talk to girls at parties” by Neil Gaiman (this was free from pre-order about a month ago so I ordered it and it JUST got sent to my Kindle about a week ago so I’m going to read this next. It’s a short story, so it won’t take long!)

readingchallDay 22-Book you’re currently reading

It’s funny how this is the question today of all days when I already say what I’m reading…so I’m not going to repeat myself. See above for the answer! 😉



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? “For love of evil”(Book 6 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony (Almost done, just haven’t read as much this week!)

What did you recently finish reading? This is a shocker, but nothing! First time this year that I haven’t finished a book since the previous week. But I’m at 64 books read this year out of my targeted 150 so I think I’ll be fine. 🙂

What do you think you’ll read next? “And Eternity” (Book 7 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

readingchallDay 15-Favorite Male Character

I HAVE to go with the first one that pops in my head and that is Edward(a.k.a. Death) the monster hunter from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Slayer series. He’s not the romantic type that most girls seem to go for in books. He’s mysterious, he’s cold hearted and he’s not in most of the books, but there’s just something about his character that wants to know more about him and read about him more! I really wish she would put him in more of the books!



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? Haven’t started YET but will later on today…”For love of Evil”(Book 6 of  Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

What did you recently finish reading? “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman(Loved it! Glad Dayle told me about it being so great so I would move it up on my reading list! Wish there was a whole series!)

“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster(I had watched the movie as a kid but never read the book. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait until I have kids to read it!)

“Bloodsuckers:The Vampire Archives, Vol.1” by Various Authors, Edited by Otto Penzler

What do you think you’ll read next? “And Eternity”(Book 7 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

readingchallDay 8-Most Overrated Book

The book, or rather series, that I’m going to choose may make some of my friends mad at me, but I HAVE read the entire series and was a big fan myself so I feel like I can honestly pick it. “The Twilight Series” by Stephenie Meyer…yep. I admit to reading the books well before the movie came out. I started reading them during a time when I was out of state staying with family and working at a preschool, had run out of books to read,(Heaven forbid!) and saw “Twilight” sitting out. I read the back cover and thought it might be interesting so I read it…and I liked it. I’m not ashamed to admit that I still like the books, but at the same time, I don’t think they are these amazing, stupendously written books. I take them for what they are. Young adult books dealing with paranormal characters, some cheesy romance and teen aspects. I happen to like young adult books. Maybe I’m just being nostalgic, but I like them. I like them the same way I sometimes like what’s called, “Chick Fiction” like Sophie Kinsella or Jane Green. Easy, fun reads that I can get through easily and don’t have to think TOO hard. That being said, ever since the movies have come out, the whole series has taken out the form of this masterfully great series that’s so wonderful and honestly, it’s overrated, to me. I personally don’t like the movies….I think the books were better, but maybe it was just putting the books to movies that made me see HOW teeny bopper they really were in the first place? I just don’t know….I’ve also read “The Hunger Games” AND seen the first movie of that and I still love both of them. Just think the “Twilight” series has been blown up as way bigger than what they really were.

Having said THAT, I do want to clarify that I LOVE Stephenie Meyer’s adult novel, “The Host” and think it IS a great story, way better than the “Twilight” series. I’ve heard bad things about the movie, though, so kind of scared to see what movie people did with it. 😦



readingchallDay 7-Most Underrated Book

When I think of a book being underrated, I think of books that people seem to lash out at and hate while I think they are great…and I didn’t mean to do a rhyme there, I swear! A series I just started reading this year that was referred by a new close friend of mine fits this perfectly, I think. “The Incarnations of Immortality” series by Piers Anthony is extremely underrated, in my opinion, judged by the ratings and comments I have seen on Goodreads. It’s a Science Fiction series and I’m not always a huge fan of these because I’m not too knowledgeable or interested in science and a lot of these types of books just seem over my head. Not to say that these books are completely understandable for me because there are parts where I’m like, huh?, but it averages out to where I can still thoroughly enjoy the books. Reading some of the comments on Goodreads, I have seen that people find his books to be sexist? I honestly never noticed that. Since I read the comments, I actually started paying attention and I see some instances where someone might come up with that, but I think they’re taking things the wrong way. Just because the characters in a book have old fashioned views(that in a lot of cases) are pretty true for the time period doesn’t mean the author is sexist. For instance, a writer that writes an abusive character isn’t necessarily abusive, etc. Now I don’t KNOW Piers Anthony as anything than an author, so he COULD be a sexist, for all I know, but the comments seemed to be about how his books are sexist therefore HE is sexist. I take the books for how I see them. They are Science FICTION books, not autobiographies or non fiction stories, and should not be taken as anything other than that. That’s my opinion, take it or leave it!



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? “Bloodsuckers:The Vampire Archives, Volume 1” by Various Authors, Edited by Otto Penzler

What did you recently finish reading?  “Being a Green Mother” (Book 5 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

“Wielding a Red Sword”(Book 4 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

What do you think you’ll read next? I just got a whole lot of books from last week’s Library Book Sale, so…I’m not really sure! I will just have to see what book calls me next!

Day One of the 30 Day Reading Challenge!

readingchall

Today is The Best Book you’ve read THIS year

This is a really hard one, because I’ve read some really great books this year! I think I will have to maybe offer 2 of the best….The BEST book I have read this year that was NOT on my To Read List and I had no prior intention of ever picking up was “Hiding in Sunshine” by the Father/Daughter Duo John and Caitlin Stuart. If I hadn’t got it from Influenster for free, I would have probably NEVER picked it up to read because the cover was so plain and uninteresting to me and it just didn’t grab my attention. This book was definitely proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover! And for the Best book this year that WAS on my list because it was so highly recommended by a friend…”Blasphemy” by Douglas Preston. The book cover and premise would have drawn me in had I even seen it before but because of the recommendation, I found out about it a lot sooner and wanted to read it. This book made me interested in more of his books as well!



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? “Wielding a Red Sword”(Book 4 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

What did you recently finish reading? “Love me: A look into a life of Abuse, Sex, Drugs and Bipolar Disorder” by R.W. Swartz

“The Haunted: One Family’s Nightmare” by Robert Curran

What do you think you’ll read next? “Being a Green Mother” (Book 5 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson What did you recently finish reading?    “Bearing an Hourglass”(Book 2 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony “With a Tangled Skein”(Book 3 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony What do you think you’ll read next? “The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Digital Detox” by Gemini Adams



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Bearing an Hourglass”(Book 2 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony

What did you recently finish reading?   “Blasphemy” by Douglas Preston

“Blood Oath” (Nathaniel Cade, #1) by Christopher Farnsworth

“The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion

What do you think you’ll read next? “With a Tangled Skein”(Book 3 of Incarnations of Immortality) by Piers Anthony



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