Sunday, November 14, 2010

Awesome Author Challenge Wrap-Up

I just finished the Awesome Author Challenge and really enjoyed it. I read some books by authors that I may have never picked up and will continue to read some these author's other works too.

This challenge is to read books from authors that have been recommended, but still haven't read. I had decided to do the Moderate level and read six books for the challenge. As for the authors, I took a mini poll on Facebook with my friends in order to get some recommendations on authors and came up with the following six:
  1. Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
  2. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  3. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
  4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Champagne for One by Rex Stout
  6. Good Grief by Lolly Winston
My least favorite was probably Lady Oracle. I had picked that title so it could be considered for two reading challenges and probably should have went with another title. As for a favorite, I would have trouble picking one. I really enjoyed the other books and they are quite different genres as well. Overall, a fun challenge though!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

I just completed my second reading challenge of the year - Support Your Local Library. I signed up for The Mini level - 25 books. Since there's eight or so weeks left in the year, I expect to add to my total some, but won't quite make it to the next level.

  1. Good Grief by Lolly Winston
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  4. Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
  5. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
  6. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
  7. Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax
  8. Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury
  9. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  11. Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange
  12. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  13. The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano
  14. Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas
  15. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  16. Champagne for One by Rex  Stout
  17. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  18. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  19. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  20. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  21. Something Blue by Emily Giffin
  22. Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers
  23. The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens
  24. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  25. Persuasion by Jane Austen

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Used Books

I get almost all of my books from the library. On occasion if I'm making a birthday or Christmas list, I'll ask for a book series or a book that I know is really good. But, I'm not one to re-read books, so I would much rather make my way up to the library and check out the books. For the reading challenges I'm participating in this year, I was unable to find two of the books in our library system. I really didn't want to pay full-price for them, so I thought I'd try the used book route. Of course, I have to find the best deal for them, so I did some searching on the internet and found where I could get both books for under $10 with shipping. After they arrived, a slew of books I was waiting for at the library came in, so I had to get through all of them first. Recently, I started reading one of the used books I had bought and as I was getting near the end, I kept thinking to myself, we're not really close to a conclusion yet. Then all of sudden, I was on the last page and it was clearly not the end of the book. I checked amazon, and yup, my book was roughly 70 pages short. I guess that's what I get for purchasing a used book and trying to bargain hunt! I suppose I learned my lesson that I need to check if all the pages are there. I did e-mail the company,, and was not sure what to expect. I suspected they may tell me, it's used, no guarantees. But I got an e-mail back apologizing and that they are shipping the same book to me and have verified that the pages I'm missing are in the replacement book. So, even though I'm still waiting for the book so I can finish it, I was very pleased with their customer service and quick response. And I'll be a little more diligent in my used book searches in the future!