Monday, December 1, 2014

Yay! It's December! A Recap Of Last Month, and My Reading Plans For The Next 4 Weeks

It's the holiday season!  Whoo-hoo!  Welcome to December folks!

Last month was a busy time for me but I still got some reading done! 8 books this month! 
Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.  Here's the list:

Books Read In November
  1. Beauty, by Robin McKinley
  2. The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
  3. The Titan's Curse, by Rick Riordan
  4. Enna Burning, by Shannon Hale
  5. River Secrets, by Shannon Hale
  6. Forest Born, by Shannon Hale
  7. The Battle Of The Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan
  8. The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan

 As for this month, well, it's going to be busy, what with the holidays and all, but I do plan on getting a whole lot of reading done!  This month, one of my Shelfari book groups (Bibliophile Reading Group) has started the Winter Reading Challenge!  Yay! 

“You know it’s cold outside when you go outside and it’s cold.”
The days are getting darker, snowflakes are beginning to fall, and holiday music begins to play throughout stores and the radio. We know that winter has come.
For this challenge, we are going to enjoy the cold weather because it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book.

1. You read as many books as you want. Each book you read will be worth different points.
2. To earn points, you must read books that are part of the categories listed below. These points determine how many raffle entries you’ll earn at the end of the challenge to win the prizes. So choose wisely!
3. You must read at least ONE BOTM from December to February to be able to enter the raffle.
4. Up to 4 categories could be combined for one book.
5. All BOTM books read must have group participation in discussion threads (answering at least three questions).
6. You must create your own comment thread within this thread to keep track of what you read and what points you are claiming (PLEASE INDICATE WHICH POINTS YOU ARE CLAIMING).
7. All books read must have a review under your personal comment thread. (Please no multiple threads. Keep it all under one; this means you have to comment on your own thread).
8. Themed books: You can only read one per month. These are worth 10 points and could only be combined with two other categories that ARE NOT BOTMS.
9. All books read must be at least 100 pages and all audiobooks must be at least four hours long.
10. Have fun!
Reading Categories:
- BOTM (Dec.-Feb.)= 5pts Bibliophile’s BOTMs are great reads during the cold weather.
- Snow= 4pts Snow fights, skiing, building snowmen…playing in the snow is one of the benefits you get to do in the cold. Read a book that has snow on the cover (this could be the image of snow or the word “snow” as part of the title or author’s name).
- State= 3pts A bibliophile doesn’t despair about the cold preventing travel for he/she has tons of books to read. Read a book that is set in your state of residence (For those outside of the US, read a book that is set in your country).
-Magic Tag = 2pts Witnessing everything outside in the cold can seem like magic. Read a book that is tagged “Magic.”
Comfort= 2pts The cold weather makes you want to snuggle with a cup of hot cocoa. Read a book that is considered a comfort read from this list:
Montly Themes:
December- Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, New Year’s…the holidays are here! Read a holiday book.
What the points mean:
50-60pts: 1 raffle entry
61-70pts: 2 raffle entries
71-80pts: 3 raffle entries
81-90pts: 4 raffle entries
91-100pts: 5 raffle entries
101+pts: 10 raffle entries
1st prize- The person with the most points will receive $20 GC from (this person will not enter the raffle)
2nd prize- Book of your choice up to $15
3rd prize- A mystery book
Challenge runs from December 1st- February 28

Okay, so since this challenge is going to heavily influence my reading list for the next 3 months, I'll be giving you updates on how this challenge is going each week, along with my list of book reviews.  So far, here's my book list for this month, and how they tally for points (click on the book covers for additional info)

My Reading List:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, by J.K. Rowling
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1)

Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Searching for Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #2)Searching For Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3)Calling On Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4)Talking To Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe) 
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)The Fellowship Of The Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)The Return Of The King, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

The WitchesThe Witches, by Roald Dahl
Comfort+Magic= 4pts

A Redbird ChristmasA Redbird Christmas, by Fannie Flagg
December Theme+Comfort+Snow= 16pts

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
BOTM+Comfort= 7pts

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
Comfort+Magic= 4 pts

Phew!  That was a long list!  I don't think I'll be able to get through all of this by the end of the month, but I'm hoping to hit at least 10 books.

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