27 November 2009

The Friday 56 - Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

A weekly meme hosted by Storytime with Tonya and Friends

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week's Friday 56 comes from Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks:

'I,' said Berard weightily, 'don't consider them to be friends. I have not invited them to our house and I shall not be calling on them.'

26 November 2009

Twenty Ten Reading Challenge

The Twenty Ten Reading Challenge, hosted over at Bart's Bookshelf asks you to read twenty books, over 10 categories, in 2020! The rules are:

  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010 are eligible.

The categories are:

Young Adult
Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.

T.B.R. **

Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09.

Shiny & New
Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count!

Bad Blogger’s
Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
*** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.


Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop.

New in 2010
This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!)

Older Than You

Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!

Win! Win!
Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so! ;)

Who Are You Again?

This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before!

Up to You!
The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post.

I never read Science Fiction, so I am going to step out of my comfort zone and read the following:
  1. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

18 November 2009


WWW Wednesdays is a new meme hosted by mizb17 over at Should Be Reading. It asks three (3) questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers for this week are:

Currently Reading:

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

Just Finished:

"Utopia" by Sir Thomas More which I read for the Really Old Classics Challenge.

Reading Next:

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer.

17 November 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page

  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

  • This weeks teaser comes from page 93 of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

    "She gulped the air until she was ready, and they began reading from the eleventh chapter of The Gravedigger's Handbook. Just past three o'clock, they finished it, and only the final chapter, 'Respecting the Graveyard', remained."
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