Today was the first day of my read-a-thon, A Winter's Respite, and it got off to a great start with all of the enthusiastic participants. It's so fun when people get excited! I had a bit of a slow start getting everything posted, as I was working on reading a book for a book tour for today so I was late posting giveaways, mini-challenges, the prize page, etc. I hope everyone forgives me. Hey, I did finish a book though! You can read my review of Lifting the Wheel of Karma and enter the three copy giveaway HERE. You can still get in on the read-a-thon. It lasts through Sunday. Go HERE for details and to sign-in.
I recently announced a new reading challenge which I am co-hosting with Kate from Read 2 Review. The Stephen King Challenge is a perpetual reading challenge and will start on February 1, 2012. To encourage regular reading of the books (because, let's face it, we all tend to procrastinate when there is no eminent deadline), there will be periodic mini-challenges with prizes and we will have occasional read-a-longs. Of course, I will be participating, as well as Kate, but we will be excluded from winning any prizes, of course. For more information about the challenge and to sign up (I hope you will), please visit the dedicated blog.
If you haven't already, please take a moment to stop over at Castle Macabre and vote on the name for my Spring read-a-thon. I've decided to make the Fall and Spring read-a-thons scary themed and the Winter and Summer with regular themes hosted here. I want to pick a good name because it is probably what I'll use year after year. The poll is at the top of the left sidebar. Please go cast your vote at Castle Macabre. I really appreciate it!
TuesBookTalk Read-a-Longs on Twitter (@tuesbooktalk #tuesbooktalk) and on Goodreads is reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker in honor of Black History Month in February. Our discussion will actually start on Tuesday, January 31 because we are going to take Tuesday, February 14 off for Valentine's Day. Chats on Twitter are at 10:30pm EST/9:30pm CST. You do not have to join us on Twitter. Feel free to share your thoughts in the Goodreads group if you can't make the chat on Twitter. Get the full reading schedule HERE.
What I'm reading
You can check out what I'm reading this week for the read-a-thon in the sticky post at the top of the post section. I will probably be adding to the list, as this week is relatively uneventful. =O)
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)
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa...from Good Choice Reading
Stay by Allie Larkin...from Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book
Lori also sent me some swag, some yummy hot cocoa and buttery Kettle Corn microwave popcorn!
The Lambs of London by Peter Ackroyd
HISTORY BOOK CLUB (a back order from my earlier order):
Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
Mistress Shakespeare by Karen Harper
I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company: A Novel of Lewis and Clark by Brian Hall
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Wealtheow: Her Telling of Beowulf by Ashley Crownover
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
The Daughter of Siena by Marina Fiorato
American Psycho (Uncut Killer Collector's Edition) got this DVD for $1.50!