Jan 262013
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use

Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

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Do you love old movies? I sure do so this contest caught my eye:
Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals Giveaway (US)
Simply Stacie is a fun blog that should be on your weekly travels.
She reviews really great products and always has great giveaways!!

MLK header 12I found myself visiting the Mystery Lover’s Kitchen a few times this week.

Avery Aames has a yummy recipe here.
and
Cleo Coyle has one here.
I am sure these mystery writers have killed all the calories.
This is another website you should visit frequently.

One of my favorite television series aired its last episode this week.
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Private Practice has ended and I have to say I loved the way it did.
A happy note, still together, the practice continues.
I love Shonda Rhimes.

They are a lot of programs ending this year. Are any of your favorites wrapping up??

That’s it for week 16 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Jan 052013
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use

Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

The Badgers lost, the Packers lost. Not a good sports week in Wisconsin. My new grandson has been hospitalized all week for a viral infection. We are all hoping he will be released tomorrow. His older brother Kaden spent a few days here and playing with him cut into my reading time a bit but I would want it any other way. He is growing too fast.

Now Let’s Go Surfin’

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I want to welcome Cheeky Reads back to the blogosphere. She took a bit of a break from blogging. I am so happy she is back. Her genre is Romance and as soon as I saw her rating system way back when I knew it was a blog I had to follow. Click on the button above and check it out for yourself.

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I loved the Tattoo Mysteries by Karen E. Olson. The author took to her blog this week to share her feelings about her series that have ended and her thoughts on self-publishing. She is looking forward to a different direction in 2013. Check out her post here. I wish her the best of everything. She is an awesome author.

Shelf Awareness – Enlightenment Delivered To Your Inbox

If you aren’t a blogger or in the book trades you may not of heard of Shelf Awareness. It is an awesome sight for Readers and Bloggers.

Shelf Awareness is a free e-newsletter about books and the book industry. There are two separate versions:

For Readers: Discover the 25 best books coming out this week as selected by our industry insiders. (Tuesdays and Fridays.)

or

For Book Trade Professionals: Receive daily enlightenment with our FREE weekday trade newsletter. 

You can sign up for one or both newsletters. Click here for sign up information.

That’s it for week 15 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 292012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use

Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

I hope you all are having a great holiday season. I know I have, but it definitely cut into my reading and blog visiting time. We had some wonderful times with family this past week and plan to get together again on Tuesday to watch the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl.
Please leave me comments telling me about what was the best part of your holiday week.

Here is what I found to share this week.

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I stumbled across this blog that may create havoc if dieting is your New Years Resolution.

Cupcakes For Party has what looks to be scrumptious recipes for any occasion.
Thankfully you can’t gain weight just from looking at the pictures.

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I am not taking part in this challenge but you may enjoy it.
It is hosted by …the bookworm.

Just click on the button for details.

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Many blogs and sites are posting their choices for the Best Reads of 2012.
I posted my own yesterday.
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GoodReads has posted there’s after members cast their votes.
Just click on the GoodReads button to see the complete list.

What was your favorite book of 2012??

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That’s it for week 14 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 222012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use

Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

I have to apologize, I didn’t do much visiting this week. A huge snowstorm hit our area and we have been without power on and off the past few days. Plus in the middle of the storm I became a grandma for the 3rd time. So I don’t have too much to report today.

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I did decide to host another challenge in 2013.

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Just click on the button above for details and to sign up!

If you like cozy mysteries as much as I do I have found a similar A-Z Challenge just for cozies.

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 It is being hosted as a group on GoodReads.
That makes it so easy for everyone to participate.
Just click on the button above to find the details.

 

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With cats named Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Professor Moriarty you know I have to join this challenge.

1.) The challenge starts January 1, 2013 and ends  December 31, 2013.

2.) You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is mystery/crime.

3.) 1 novel counts as 1 novel( 1 novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel.

4.) There will be a monthly post for you to add a link or links to your post showing the progress that you have made so far.

5.) Each month there will be a drawing for those that linked up their participation in the challenge for that month the prize is a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. These gift cards are delivered via email so you can only use it at Barnes and Noble.com not the store and of course Amazon is all online anyway.

If you don’t have a blog you can also link up through GoodReads or Flickr (for Flickr just keep track by having a picture of the novel and then numbering them in the description so I know where you are at in the challenge).

If you read a certain number of novels you receive a rank at the end I will award a secret prize to the person who reads the most books:

5 books= Detective

10 books = Sergeant

15 books = Lieutenant

20 books = Captain

25 books = Chief

30+ books = Sherlock Holmes

This challenge is hosted by The Crafty Book Nerd and you can click here to sign up or on the button above. I am signing up at the Sherlock Holmes Level.

That’s it for week 13 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 152012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

The prayers continue today for the people of Newtown Connecticut
and their friends and families.

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Here are a couple of hops I am not participating in but I don’t want you to miss out.
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gift card hop

Just click on the buttons to go to the hosting blog!

off-the-shelf-2013-badgeThe Off The Shelf Challenge is hosted by Bookish Ardour.

BA’s 2013 Off the Shelf Reading Challenge

About: The Off the Shelf Reading Challenge is probably the most popular challenge there is on BA. The goal? To read books on your shelves that have gone unread for far too long. Selecting books from the year before (in this case, 2012 and before), read as many of the unread ones as you can. It’s up to you if you want to keep them or give them away afterwards, the main goal is to turn those unread books into read ones.

The Finer Deets

  • The Main Rule: Do not include books acquired during 2013, it defeats the purpose, read those books from before 2013 started.
  • Running dates for all 2013 challenges: 1st of January – 31st of December 2013
  • Sign-Ups are accepted until the 16th of December 2013.
  • Formats: All BA Challenges are eBook, audio, short story, and graphic novel friendly.
  • Crossovers: You’re welcome to crossover with BA’s challenges. Include as many books across all the challenges as you can, I always say.

How To Sign-Up and Join In

  1. Choose Your Level: Choose a challenge level listed below.
  2. Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (where possible) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
  3. Grab The Badge: Download or grab the badge and place it in your sign up post. Then link back to Bookish Ardour.
  4. Link Up: Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Mr Linky graphic and enter your link.
  5. Blogless? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube, Twitter, GoodReads, Shelfari included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment.
  6. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review it would be great for you to share them by submitting them on the review page.
  7. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the completion/wrap-up page.

Challenge Levels

  1. Tempted– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Trying – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
  4. On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Hoarder – Choose between 76-135 books to read
  7. Buried – Choose between 136-200 books to read

Extra Challenges

If you feel like that extra kick to your reading challenges here’s a couple you can choose from.

  • World: Choose a country as your theme, reading only books from that country or where it’s the setting. For how high you go you can choose more than one country;
    • Level Tempted and Trying: Choose one country
    • Level Making a Dint and On A Roll: Choose two countries
    • Level Flying Off to end of Hoarder: Choose three countries
    • Level Buried: Choose four countries.
  • Gender Battle: Read books only by female or male authors. Another alternative is to read equal amounts of both.

Sign Up

Click the Mr Linky and away you go!

I plan to keep my Just For Fun Challenge books separate from this challenge so I am signing up at the Tempted Level of 5 books. If I meet both challenges that is 17 books off my shelf.

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Reading Challenge Addict

Some of us have a bit of a problem.
Some of us have a huge problem.
Cheryl from CMash Loves to Read and Gina from Hott Books are two such people. And they are the founding mothers of the Reading Challenge Addict Blog. Bev from My Reader’s Block is one with a HUGE problem and the current author and caretaker of the Blog. We each can stand proudly and say,
I am a Reading Challenge Addict.

So they are challenging each of you who can also say that you also are a Reading Challenge Addict.

There will be random prizes and recognition for those who are meeting their own expectations by completing the challenges they’ve entered.

How addicted are you?
Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
In Flight: 11-15 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
Out of This World: 16+ Challenges (Entered & Completed)

Rules:
We’re not making this a difficult challenge, actually, it’s going to be very simple!
The newest edition of the challenge will begin on January 1 and end on December 31, 2013.
Write a starting post joining the challenge and outlining your challenges.
Track all of your challenge accomplishments – good & bad.
Stop by to join us in the mini-challenges, updates & extra giveaways throughout the year.
Comment like crazy and offer support for your fellow addicts.
Have FUN!
Easy, right? Who wants to be in on the fun? What else will be on offer? Random giveaways for participants to enter and unannounced special drawings for commenters on the site so be sure to leave your email address with your comment! Are you ready? Sign up on the Challenge Addicts 2013 page.

I, Dollycas, am a Challenge Addict!!
In 2012 I was competing in 19 Challenges.
I haven’t come up with a total count for 2013 because a few of my favorite challenges
have not been announced yet.
There are a few I will keep up on my own if they are not formally hosted by others.
As of today I am entered in 11 Challenges so I think it is safe to say
I will need the OUT OF THIS WORLD level.

That’s it for week 12 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 082012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.


I met Bev of Beverly’s Back Porch when I was part of the Feel Good Friday meme. I learned quickly she was a wonderful woman with a huge heart and her blog was my go to place for yummy recipes. Her last post was back in September and I knew she was having medical issues but I was shocked to learn that she passed away this week. I know she had a niece that was very special to her so I will keep her in by prayers. Rest in Peace, Bev, your friends will miss you. 🙁

 

Are you reading more e-books than you have before? I know I am! I found this new meme that I may start participating in after the new year.  Even if you don’t have a blog this may be a feature to watch and follow just to learn about all the fantastic books available. It is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Click on the button above to see this week’s post.

 

In 2011 I read 197 books so that was my goal this year and then I hoped to Outdo Myself by reading 20 more books this year. I have finished 12 of those 20 so far. So I am going try again in 2013.

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (books read prior to 1/1/2013 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime.Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2013 than you did in 2012. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.
  • Books can be any format (bound, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.

Levels:

     Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
     Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
     Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
     I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

I am signing up at the Out of Breath level for 2013!

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The books in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson are:

  1. 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, Book #1)
  2. 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club, Book #2)
  3. 3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club, Book #3)
  4. 4th of July (Women’s Murder Club, Book #4)
  5. The 5th Horseman (Women’s Murder Club, Book #5)
  6. The 6th Target (Women’s Murder Club, Book #6)
  7. 7th Heaven (Women’s Murder Club, Book #7)
  8. The 8th Confession (Women’s Murder Club, Book #8)
  9. The 9th Judgment (Women’s Murder Club, Book #9)
  10. 10th Anniversary (Women’s Murder Club, Book #10)
  11. 11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club, Book #11)
  12. 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club, Book #12) – expected publication in 2013

Please read below for the challenge guidelines.

2013 Women’s Murder Club Reading Challenge

Here are the challenge details:
1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
2. You can join the challenge at any time, whether you haven’t yet started the series or are already halfway through. All books read in 2013 count for the challenge, regardless of when you sign up.
3. This challenge can cross-over to your other reading challenges.
4. You do not need a blog to participate! If you are not a blogger, you can post your reviews at Goodreads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing and link them up here.
5. All formats of books are acceptable: Bound copies, e-books, and audiobooks (as long as they are unabridged).
6. There are four levels for the challenge:
a. Level 1 “Amateur Sleuth”:Read 1-3 books in the series.
b. Level 2 “Detective in Training”: Read 4-6 books in the series.
c. Level 3 “Private Eye”: Read 7-9 books in the series.
d. Level 4 “Seasoned Professional”: Read 10-12 books in the series.
7. When you write your sign-up post, you must choose your level. You can go up, but you cannot go down!
8. There will be a linky for your reviews, which will be posted on
THIS page at the beginning of the year.
9. There will be a linky for your wrap-up post at the end of the year.
10. Create a sign-up post and link back to this post. Sign up with Mister Linky here! Be sure to use the direct url to your sign-up post and not the url to your blog.
9. Grab the challenge button and post it in your sidebar. Copy and paste [the] HTML code into an HTML gadget for your sidebar.

I need this challenge so I can get caught up on this series. Books 9, 10 and 11 are shouting from my To-Be-Read stacks and 12 is coming out soon! So Amateur Sleuth it is, that will catch me up!!

 

Be sure to check out all the challenges at
A Novel Challenge

That’s it for week 11 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Dec 012012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

HAVE A COZY CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN!

Join Killer Characters at the Have a Cozy Christmas Countdown!

In celebration of the holidays, KillerCharacters.com is giving away a book a day. From November 26 to December 25, visit their site and leave a comment, and you’ll be entered for that day’s giveaway. Return the next day to see if you won. You have thirty chances to win! Be sure to come back each day and leave a new comment to enter the drawing for that day. Good luck. From all the Killer Characters and their authors, Have a very Cozy Christmas!

Head over there every day to enter the giveaways!!

2013 WHERE Are You Reading Challenge Sign Up!!!

Sheila at Book Journey is hosting this challenge for the 3rd year.

What is the point of this challenge?
It is to try to read in each of the 50 States
between January 1 2013 – December 31, 2013.

Today I am just 1 book away from completing the challenge for 2012.
It was much easier than I thought it would be.
I only had to search out books for a few states.
My regular reading took care of most of them
plus I visited 18 places outside the U.S. too!
CLICK HERE for all the details!

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This is also the third year for this challenge.
To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out Cozy-Mystery.com. This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it’s just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

So, here are the rules…

1. Choose the level you wish to participate:
Level 1 – Snoop – Read at least 6 books
Level 2 – Investigator – Read 7-12 books
Level 3 – Super Sleuth – Read 13 or more books

2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 and ends December 31, 2013.

3. You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

4. Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebooks…it all counts!

5. You don’t have to post a review, but I’m sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

NOTE: If you don’t have a blog and want to participate, that’s fine. You don’t have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that’s fine too. Just leave us the link.

6. Take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky at Yvonne’s blog. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

7. She’s going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts.

I am signing up at the Super Sleuth level of 13 or more books!!!

CLICK HERE to join this challenge!

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Yvonne at Socrates Book Review Blog is hosting this one too!

Here are the rules guidelines.

1) All books that are part of a continuing series qualify (i.e. Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, James Patterson’s Alex Cross, etc. etc.)

2) It doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 10 books in a series to complete it, it qualifies (i.e. if you only need to read one more Sookie Stackhouse book to complete the goal, that’s fine) The goal is to complete a series from wherever you are up to until the last published book.

3) The qualification period is January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Books must be read during this time frame to count.

4) Take the button above and post about it. Use the Mr. Linky to sign up and make sure you link it directly to your post about this challenge. (Note: She’s not going to be using the Finishing the Series Blog she created last year. She’s going to keep everything  right on her blog.)

5) If you don’t have a blog, that’s fine. Just leave a comment to sign up and tell us what you are reading.

IF YOU WANT TO LINK UP YOUR REVIEWS OR, FOR THOSE WITHOUT A BLOG, LEAVE A COMMENT ON YVONNE’S BLOG

6) Any format of book counts – audio, ebook, etc.

7) You should choose the series you want to finish before the challenge begins, but it isn’t necessary. It’s fine to change series during the year – as long as you complete whichever series it is.

8) Choose a level….

Level 1 – Complete 1 series.
Level 2 – Complete 2 series.
Level 3 – Complete 3 or more series.

I have several series I want to catch up on so I am signing up for Level 3.

Right now the ones I hope to catch up are Janet Evanovich Plum Series, J.B. Stanley’s Supper Club Series and one other series after I tidy up my To-Be-Read stacks.

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One more from Yvonne!

What An Animal Reading Challenge VI will begin on January 1st.

The rules are really simple…

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role in the book
d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)–
dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark…dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, werewolf…you get the idea…

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
That’s a full year to read at least 6 books (you can read more if you’d like).

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don’t have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don’t have a blog, just post in the comment section that you’d like to join. You can post your books in there.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

CLICK HERE to head over to Yvonne’s blog to sign up!! I sure am!

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BA’s 2013 Off the Shelf Reading Challenge

About: The Off the Shelf Reading Challenge is probably the most popular challenge there is on BA. The goal? To read books on your shelves that have gone unread for far too long. Selecting books from the year before (in this case, 2012 and before), read as many of the unread ones as you can. It’s up to you if you want to keep them or give them away afterwards, the main goal is to turn those unread books into read ones.

The Finer Deets

  • The Main Rule: Do not include books acquired during 2013, it defeats the purpose, read those books from before 2013 started.
  • Running dates for all 2013 challenges: 1st of January – 31st of December 2013
  • Sign-Ups are accepted until the 16th of December 2013.
  • Formats: All BA Challenges are eBook, audio, short story, and graphic novel friendly.
  • Crossovers: You’re welcome to crossover with BA’s challenges. Include as many books across all the challenges as you can, I always say.

How To Sign-Up and Join In

  1. Choose Your Level: Choose a challenge level listed below.
  2. Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (where possible) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
  3. Grab The Badge: Download or grab the badge and place it in your sign up post. Then link back to BA's Off the Shelf Reading Challenge. Grab me!Bookish Ardour.
  4. Link Up: Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Mr Linky graphic and enter your link.
  5. Blogless? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube, Twitter, GoodReads, Shelfari included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment.
  6. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review it would be great for you to share them by submitting them on the review page.
  7. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the completion/wrap-up page.

Challenge Levels

  1. Tempted– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Trying – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
  4. On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Hoarder – Choose between 76-135 books to read
  7. Buried – Choose between 136-200 books to read

Extra Challenges

If you feel like that extra kick to your reading challenges here’s a couple you can choose from.

  • World: Choose a country as your theme, reading only books from that country or where it’s the setting. For how high you go you can choose more than one country;
    • Level Tempted and Trying: Choose one country
    • Level Making a Dint and On A Roll: Choose two countries
    • Level Flying Off to end of Hoarder: Choose three countries
    • Level Buried: Choose four countries.
  • Gender Battle: Read books only by female or male authors. Another alternative is to read equal amounts of both.

Sign Up Here

I am signing up to read 5 books!

If you like Reading Challenges as much as I do, you have to subscribe or follow this blog!

A Novel Challenge
There is a team of bloggers at work there to keep us up to date on all the latest challenges. I will post the ones here that I am participating in but there will be tons of challenges out there for 2013 and some start at different times of the year. I subscribe to the blog via email so news of new challenges land right in my Inbox.

That’s it for week 10 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Nov 242012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

Last week I announced my Just For Fun Challenge for 2013.
Today I am featuring more challenges I plan to participate in next year and
hope you will join me.

E-Book Challenge

The 2013 Ebook Challenge

Encouraging readers to expand past just physical books to embrace ebooks in all forms, whether on Kindle, Kobo, computer, or any other reader.

Challenge Guidelines:

1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013.
2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
4. You can plan your books in advance or as you read them.
5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2013, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

Levels:

1. Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
2. CD – 10 ebooks
3. DVD – 25 ebooks
4. Memory stick – 50 ebooks
5. Hard drive – 75 ebooks
6. Server – 100 ebooks
7. Human brain – 150 ebooks

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. The linky will remain open for the remainder of the year, so if you forget, feel free go back and add them when you remember.

There will be a giveaway at the end of the year for everyone who achieves their goal level (or higher).

You can sign up at Workaday Reads!

I was surprised at how many e-books I read in 2012. I am going to sign up at the DVD level for 2013 and try to move up to Memory Stick by the end of the year. There is a big gap between those levels so it gives me something to strive for.

What's In A Name 6

What’s In A Name 6
Hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Here’s How It Works

Between January 1 and December 31, 2013, read one book in each of the following categories:
1. A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt

2. A book with something you’d find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs

3. A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness

4. A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire

5. A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You’re Sorry, Dreams of Joy

6. A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

Other Things to Know

  • Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged.
  • You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
  • You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.

On January 1, Beth will publish 7 posts, each with a Mr. Linky (one for each category and one for your wrap-up post), on her blog so you’ll have a place post links to your reviews (bloggers) or leave comments (non-bloggers) as you finish up each category. You’ll be able to find these posts during the year by clicking on the button in the sidebar. (She will create those links on January 1.)

Tip: If you’re ever struggling to find a title to match a category, check out what other people have read so you can get ideas or be inspired. And remember to be creative.

To join in, sign up with Mr. Linky on Beth’s blog. If you aren’t a blogger, just add a comment. If Mr. Linky ever disappears, either try again later or click on the Email Icon in the side bar and send Beth your information, and she’ll add the link for you.

To use Mr. Linky: put your name or your blog’s name in the top box and the URL (web address) of your blog in the bottom box. If you don’t have a blog, use your tumblr account, your Facebook page or simply mention your intent to join the challenge in the comments.

I still have one book to read to complete this change this year and it has been screaming at me from my TBR shelf.

Just click on the button above to go to Beth’s blog to sign up!

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A Novel Challenge
There is a team of bloggers at work there to keep us up to date on all the latest challenges. I will post the ones here that I am participating in but there will be tons of challenges out there for 2013 and some start at different times of the year. I subscribe to the blog via email so news of new challenges land right in my Inbox.

That’s it for week 9 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Nov 172012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.


Trish at Love, Laughter and A Touch of Insanity is hosting a Pin It and Do It Challenge.
It started on November 15 and runs until December 31.
Pinterest is the craze these days and so addicting.
Just click on the button above to check her challenge.

The True Book Addict is hosting this challenge for the 4th year.

Challenge will run from Monday, November 19, 2012
through Sunday, January 6, 2013 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany).

There are several levels to chose from.
Just click on the picture for the details.

Are you starting to think about Decking Your Halls!

This post may give you some ideas!

The background at October Farm is Autumn Splendor too!

That’s it for week 8 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

Saturday Surfin’ – Week 7 – Donate – Vote – Yummy Recipe – Free Book

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Nov 022012
 

One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.

Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.

It was quite a week!
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that was in the path of Hurricane Sandy.
There are several ways to help. Donations of money, supplies and blood.
People are traveling miles and miles to help personally.
Make sure however you decide to help that you are working with trusted organizations.
Here is a link to The White House and their advice to help the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

We are also in the midst of an election. Many people, me included, have voted early.
My blog is a politics free zone and I will not tell you who to vote for but I do hope you will all take the time to vote.
I did find this blog post Why I Vote over at The Children’s War. A few bloggers have organized an event for others to explain why they vote. I have found the posts quite interesting.

I saw this cake on Monday. I would have to leave the nuts off but I can’t wait to bake this.
Want the recipe?
Click here to go to DeDa Studios! I love this blog!

Anya Wylde’s book The Wicked Wager ( A Regency Murder Mystery & Romance )
is still  free for everyone until November 5
.


Check out last Saturday’s post for the book description and an excerpt!

That’s it for week 7 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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