Challenges 1-5

The first 5 challenges are pretty new to me. I did the Audio Book challenge last year for the first time since I was driving 3 days a week over an hour away for work. While I did complete the 6 books I signed on for I only reviewed one of them. Mostly I listen to the Dresden Files and I have promised a dear friend that I will catch up this year so I hope to be able to manage Flirting – Listen to 6 Audio Books (2013 Audio Book Challenge).

The E-book Challenge is completely new to me.  I got a Nook for my birthday last year and have been reading on it but honestly I am a Luddite and still prefer my bindings and pages. This year though I have a number of books sitting there waiting on me to read them. I hope to get through The Parasol Protectorate and The Iron Fey series as well. That only should get me to my goal of Floppy disk – 5 e-books (2013 EBook Challenge).

This next one will be pretty hard. I specifically picked it to push me out of my comfort zone.  The Eclectic Reader Challenge has you read one from each of the following categories: Translated fiction, Historical mystery, Romantic suspense, Made into a movie, New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, Memoir, LGBT, Action Adventure, Humour, Published in 2013. Now some of these will be easy, There is a Neil Gaiman coming out this year and I am dying to read Warm Bodies. But others like New Adult and Action Adventure will be more difficult (2013 Eclectic Reader Challenge).

As anyone who has been here more than twice knows I love a love fairy tale retelling so I was very happy to find this next challenge. Since I read a ton of YA and Middle level books the level I picked should be easy but you never know. Cobbler 1-3 books (2013 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge).

And the last challenge in this bunch I has signed up for 2 years in a row and never finished. This year so help me I will read 5 steampunk books. I don’t know what the issue is. I love the one I do read so why don’t I finish the series? This year I am Geared up – Choose 5 books to read (Get Steampunk’d 2013).

Goodbye 2012 and Hello 2013

2013

Since Christmas all of the work on WWRR has been mostly behind the scenes as I have worked to finish up my list of books read and challenges finished* and discovering what challenges I am going to take up for the new year. It is a very long list and this year I and hoping to actually be a more active reviewer. I am putting less pressure on myself to write newspaper length reviews and will be posting more reviews like my 50 Word Friday ones. Many of these will most likely be posted at GoodReads and linked to from here. Over the next week I will be signing up and highlighting my challenges and both easy and hard. So memes and reviews will be light.

I also was lucky enough help out Nicola over at Graphic Novels Challenge this week. Head over and see what you think of the new 2013 Challenge button. 🙂

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*finished in the sense of I read the required number of books not finished in the sense of actually posting the required reviews.

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Happy Christmas to All!

Happiest of Holidays
and
A Shiny New Year

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Photos thanks to the wonderful Lavender Photography

 I am so blessed to know so many wonderful people.

The people who read my blog and the people whose blogs I read.

The people who get that loving books is not a hobby but a lifeline.

The people who recommend books to me and to whom I can
recommend books.

The fabulously talented friend who when I show up for my family Christmas card
photo shoot with books and said “Just a few for my blog” smiled and said “Sure.”

Whatever is good, whatever brings you joy…
May it be yours during this magical Season
and throughout the coming year.
Have the best ever Holiday Season!

It’s Monday. What Are You Reading?

Merry Christmas Eve. Short post today as we are tidying the house and hoping to get things done early enough to have time for relaxing and wine and reading this evening. HAHAHAHA! I crack myself up some days.

Below you will find my reads, but tonight we will read the following:

Yes, Virginia: There Is a Santa Claus The Twelve Days of Christmas Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess (Julie Andrews Collection)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The The Nightmare Before Christmas: Nightmare Before Christmas

Current Reads:

Greyfriar, The (Vampire Empire, Book 1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate) Crossed

In the Queue:

The Map of Time: A Novel Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (New Edition) (Fables (Graphic Novels)) ArchEnemy: The Looking Glass Wars, Book Three Bloodshot