Whew, the holidays sure were a whirlwind! It's a new year and everything is full of promise again for new beginnings and new goals. I skipped last week's post because, frankly, I was overwhelmed by my new routine I'm trying to adopt. So far, I'm doing okay, but it's a work in progress!
--If you participated in The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge, be sure to post your wrap-up post by midnight tonight HERE. You'll be in the drawing for a mystery box of Christmas books (U.S. only) or a $5.00 book of your choice from Book Depository or Better World Books (International only).
There are also three giveaways going on over at The Christmas Spirit. You can find links to them all at this POST.
--I'm still working on picking my reading challenges for this year. I'm trying to be very selective, but it's hard! I completed 9 last year, in addition to the extra ones during the year (R.I.P., etc.), so it wasn't a total fail. In the midst of choosing challenges, I decided to totally redesign my challenge blog. Take a look here: Challenges of The True Book Addict
--Sign-up for my winter read-a-thon, A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon. It's scheduled for January 23 -29, 2012. Visit the sign-up post HERE. It's going to be a good start to those new year's resolutions, if they include tackling that ever looming to-be-read pile/stack/mountain. I hope you will join me!
I'm still looking for mini-challenge hosts and/or giveaway hosts. Also, prize donations would be greatly appreciated. Authors looking to promote your book(s), this would be a great way to do it! Drop me an email at truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom
--I need some input on the name for my Spring read-a-thon. I'm hosting it via Castle Macabre (in case anyone doesn't know, it's my horror/speculative fiction blog) and it will be scary themed again. My Fall read-a-thon was such a success so I thought, "why not host two read-a-thons here and two at Castle Macabre every year?" Here are the choices for names. You can leave your opinion in the comments. I will be putting a poll up at Castle Macabre soon as well.
1. Spooky Spring Read-a-thon at Castle Macabre
2. Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon at Castle Macabre
3. Spring is Scary Read-a-Thon at Castle Macabre
What I'm reading
I've been doing mainly Christmas reading, of course. You can read all about what I read for The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge HERE.
This week, I'm participating in the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon and you can read about what I'm reading at the sticky post on the blog or HERE.
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is currently on tour. This month's host is Alyce from At Home with Books (want to read a book description? Clicking the book covers will take you to the book's page on Amazon)
from Read 2 Review:
Bridger by Megan Curd
A Ranger's Tale by Mysti Parker
Demon Soul by Christine Ashworth
Bone Dressing by Michelle I. Brooks
from the 8 Authors Holiday Blog Hop--Rebecca Zanetti:
Fated by Rebecca Zanetti
from C Mash Loves to Read:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Good Sister by Drusilla Campbell
book tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours:
At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Anne Clinard Barnhill
The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins
The Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites...book tour with Tribute Books
White Seed by Paul Clayton...from the author
The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom
The Gift of a Year by Mira Kirshenbaum
PURCHASED FROM BETTER WORLD BOOKS:
Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life by Natalie Goldberg
FROM HISTORY BOOK CLUB (intro package):
The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere
The World of King Arthur by Christopher Snyder
History of Britain and Ireland--DK Publishing
She-Wolves: The Women who Ruled England before Elizabeth by Helen Castor