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Debut Author Reading Challenge! 2012

Posted November 20, 2011 by Kimberly in Events, News / 0 Comments

And so 2011 draws to a close and 2012 is around the corner! 

Thank you to The Story Siren for hosting and be sure to visit her website to find other participating bloggers!

  • To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013.*
  • *The 2013 extension is so that December Debuts can be read and count toward the challenge.


  • You must have a Blog to post your reviews or be a member of Goodreads. 
  • Your blog must be written in English.
  • Deadline to join is May 31, 2012.


  • Must be a young adult or middle grade title.
  • Must be the author’s YA or MG debut, released in 2012.
  • If an author has a previous novel published for adults or children, they can still qualify for the challenge.
  • If an author has a previous YA or MG title, they do not qualify for the challenge.

January 2012 release date

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
May B by Caroline Starr Rose
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Tempest by Julie Cross
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

February 2012 release date
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughin
Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

March 2012 release date
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Starters by Lissa Price

April 2012 release date
Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolfe

May 2012 release date
What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen
Wrecked by Anna Davies
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

June 2012 release date
Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman

August 2012 release date
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Posted November 20, 2011 by Kimberly in Events, News / 0 Comments

TBR Pile Reading Challenge! 2012

Posted November 20, 2011 by Kimberly in Events, News / 1 Comment

Like many of you, I have waaaay too many books. I buy them, excited and anxious to read them, but oh! I should really finish this one first. And I bought this earlier this week so this is first in line. And there’s this library book that’s due…

After a while, my new purchase sits in my “I’m going to get to it someday” pile.
But this coming year will be different!


My goal will be level- A Sweet Kiss- 21 to 30.
Click on the button above to check out other bloggers participating in this challenge

Thank you to
Evie from Bookish  @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Read  @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Home @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading  @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea  @alouetteuette 
Christa from Hooked On Books  @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction  @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision  @mermaidvisions

Wrap-up POST Schedule:
January – Donna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge)
February – Nicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
March – Rie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April –  Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
May – Christa (Theme: MayDay – Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
June – Jenna ( Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
July – Rie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
August – Angel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
September – Nicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
October – Caitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
November – Vicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
December – Evie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)

Read in January

2. Love Story by Jennifer Echols

10. Her Dark Knight by Sharon Cullen
11. The Agency: The Traitor and the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee

Read in February
12. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
13. Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
14. Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner
15. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughin

Read in March
16. Slide by Jill Hathaway
17. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
18. Divided in Death by J.D. Robb
19. Envy by J.R. Ward

Read in April
20. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Read in May
21. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
22. Lover’s Dictionary by David Leviathan
23. Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
24. Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione
25. Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Read in June
26. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
27. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Read in July 
28. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Read in August
29. Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon
30. You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

Read in September
31. Visions in Death by J.D. Robb
32. Soulless by Gail Carriger
33. Changeless by Gail Carriger
34. Blameless by Gail Carriger
35. Where Demons Fear to Tread by Stephanie Chong

Read in October
36. Graveminder by Melissa Marr
37. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
38. Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris

Read in November
39. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
40. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

That’s all folks!
Though I passed my goal, I still wish I had read more of these. My husband will be happy to have the house back! :) Until next year!

Posted November 20, 2011 by Kimberly in Events, News / 1 Comment

YA Author Signing- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted October 31, 2011 by Kimberly in Events / 2 Comments

Happy Halloween everyone!
Hope you have a wonderful, safe and candy filled holiday.
Now, here’s my treat I wanted to share with you!

On October 21st, I snuck out of work early (yes, again) and drove (like the wind I tell you!) to Montrose, CA.
Once Upon A Time Bookstore was my destination! Because they were hosting Maggie Stiefvater on “The Scorpio Races” book tour!

Once Upon A Time’s window display

Books ready for the taking!

There were a lot of us!

I brought a very excited friend, L and she was blown away by how cute Maggie was. My hubby also came, as photographer! And I met my friends K, AllyBee and Alethea from Read Now Sleep Later there! We witnessed the fun, frenzy and craziness that is a Maggie signing.

I realized halfway through it was hard to get a clear shot of Maggie because she’s very animated and moves around a bunch. So here are the best shots.

She gave a wonderful speech about writing her novels.
And below is a pic my hubby took!

Review of The Scorpio Races to come November 3rd so check back!
You can follow Maggie on twitter @mstiefvater or check out her website at Maggie Stiefvater

Posted October 31, 2011 by Kimberly in Events / 2 Comments

And in closing: Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon ends

Posted October 24, 2011 by Kimberly in Events, News / 2 Comments

Dear friends, fellow book lovers and cute fluffy pets,

As the Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon winds down, I have to admit I’m sad to see it go. I loved the mini challenges, both participating and watching others too. And I loved the idea.

I don’t think I read as much as I could have, if say, I was given the entire weekend to read, not go to work, not leave the house for any reason and sustain myself on ice cream and cookies alone. But alas, those weekends are few and far between.

I had a wonderful time and thanks for reading along.

My first Read-A-Thon is over in just a few minutes (as I am on PST), but I’m happy to say it was such a positive experience for me, I’ll be sure to sign up for other ones in the future.

To recap:

Participated in 5 challenges. (see my previous post on this Read-A-Thon to see my answers to the challenges)

Title Sentences | Britta @ LovelyLit Blog

Guess the Character | Heather @ Book Savvy Babe

Lets Talk Horror | Jen @ A Book and a Latte

Read in Pictures | Kate & Kristen @ The Book Monsters

Zombie Apocalypse | April @ My Shelf Confessions


Finished Reading

“Anna Dressed In Blood”/Kendra Blake (183 pgs read)
“The Truth About Forever”/Sarah Dessen (374 pgs read)

Total: 557 pgs read this weekend!

No too shabby and a good starting point for the next Read-A-Thon!
Thanks all you lovely people for hosting and see you next time!

Posted October 24, 2011 by Kimberly in Events, News / 2 Comments

Updated!! The Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon! October 21-23rd

Posted October 20, 2011 by Kimberly in Events, News / 6 Comments

It’s my first Read-A-Thon!
That’s right!
I’m going to be reading as much as I can during these three days! 
Thanks to hosts: Bex @ Kindle Fever and April @ My Shelf Confessions!

And check back here for updates!

Please feel free to leave comments or advice! :) I’m not sure how I’ll do, but it seems like an amazing challenge!

Challenge 1:

Make one sentence out of only book titles! 
We can’t add or delete words but can use as many book titles as we want! Well, here’s my silly little sentence. 

Wicked, Lovely Eve Matched Unearthly Jacob Silence Forever
Here are the books I used:

Love this game!!!

Challenge 2:
Guess The Character Challenge!

Challenge 3: 
Thanks to BookandLatte for this challenge!

What is your favorite horror or thriller movie based off of a book?
My answer: The one that kept me up late into the night, reading, putting the book down and picking it back up was American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. 
I saw the movie and knew this would stay with me forever. I still get goosebumps. Creepy and horrible. 

10/22 – Reading Update:
Finished reading “Anna Dressed In Blood”/Kendare Blake
Started “The Truth About Forever”/Sarah Dessen

Challenge 4:
Thanks to The Book Monsters for this challenge!”
Anna Dressed In Blood” by Kendare Blake

The story in pictures (without the ending. Spoilers not wanted!)

Ghost Girl
A Haunted House
A ghostbuster and his friends

A Magic Knife

Some VooDoo
And a Beautiful Impossible Love

I loved Anna Dressed In Blood.
Pretty edgy/gorey for a YA book. It was awesome. Hope you get a chance to read it too!
Thanks so much!

Challenge 5: 
Thanks to My Shelf Confessions for this challenge!

In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse you are forced to take shelter with family and/or friends for a period of no less than 5 years. You have time to pack some supplies and some extra things to keep yourself entertained. However, since there will be many people sharing the same space, space will be limited and you are told you are only allowed to bring up to 5 books.
What books would you pack to sustain you? If you want to go a step further you can give a reason why you would choose the books you chose.

I’m going to be very honest here. I am very afraid of Zombies. I do have Zombie survival guides from a friend who knows and appreciates my deep fear of Zombies and is kind enough to help me plan ahead.

That said, of course NONE of my books I would bring are Zombie related.
I will probably be eaten.
But I will be well entertained until then.

My five are:
The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey
Dark Lover by J R Ward
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Thanks for the fun!

Posted October 20, 2011 by Kimberly in Events, News / 6 Comments

YA Author Signing!- Montrose, CA

Posted October 18, 2011 by Kimberly in Contests, Events / 2 Comments

On October 6th, I tip-toed out of work early (a whole hour I tell you!) and drove over to Montrose, CA where a charming childrens bookstore named Once Upon A Time lives.

There, after a beautiful dinner of gourmet pizza and a glass of wine, I met some friends for…

Elizabeth Miles, author of Fury
Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the Hush Hush series
Moira Young, author of Blood Red Road

These three gracious ladies were kind enough to share their stories, like how a certain scene with a hot dog got into Crescendo (Thank You Becca!), their stories of hard work while forming their novel, and the journey ahead!

It was So. Much. Fun.
I’m glad I got there early! There was good sized crowd inside.

Books eagerly wait to be signed!

Young Adult books for sale! Wish I could have bought them all!

And if you’re looking for an awesome giveaway, click on over to Read Now Sleep Later. Keep your eyes open for a giveaway Alethea has planned Just. For. You!

Posted October 18, 2011 by Kimberly in Contests, Events / 2 Comments