2010 Spring Break Reading Challenge

This challenge runs from March 12 thru March 21 and there will be an activity to do every day in order to win a prize.  There really isn’t a specific number of books to read so the pressure if off.  I’ve never entered a challenge like this one so it should be fun.

March 12,2010

Activity #1   GOALS

My goal for the week is to read 2 or 3 books and keep a positive attitude, no matter what.

March 13, 2010

Activity #2   SCAVENGER HUNT

here is what I need to find:

1 – Using keywords related to your interests, find a blog that is new to you.  Be sure to give us the Blog Title, Link, and Short Description of the Blog.

2 – A blog belonging to an author from a book in your To Be Read pile (just a random one if you don’t have a To-Be-Read pile).

3 – A book releasing THIS MONTH you want to read.

The blog I discovered is:


This blog is done beautifully by a baker(I looked all over and couldn’t find her name) from northeast Mississippi and whose husband, Quinn, takes the beautiful  pictures.  She says her grandmother is her inspiration whenever she preheats her oven or sets out butter to soften. I will  definitely  be adding this yummy site to my list of favorites.

The blog of an author of a book on my TO BE READ pile is called:

Poetry, Football and Travel by Steven Herrick, author of The Wolf.


Being released this month is Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

March 13, 2010

Finished first book for the Spring Break Reading Challenge

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

March 14, 2010

Activity #3  What Are You Reading?

1. Title and author of the book you are reading.
2. Include the cover of the book.
3. Synopsis

4. What do you think about the book so far?
5. Does the author have a website or blog?  If so, insert a link in your post. 

Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison


In Harrison’s third Rachel Morgan novel, the witch strikes a deal with the devil. To get demon Algaliarept to testify at the trial of evil vampire Piscary, who poses an imminent threat to witch Rachel, she agrees to let Algaliarept become her familiar and share her aura. Rachel is certain she can maintain control, since she is keeping her soul. When she changes places with the demon’s old familiar, Ceri, she takes pity on the girl and rescues her from the demon’s clutches. Rachel is distracted by the two men in her life. Boyfriend Nick is pulling away after Rachel accidentally made him her familiar (see The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, 2005). Unsure of how to reconnect with him, Rachel finds she isn’t immune to the charms of Kisten, a sexy vampire who worked for Piscary. As she finds herself falling for Kisten, she learns that Algaliarept poses a greater danger than she first expected. Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series will be drawn to Harrison’s smart, supernatural series. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved –This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

I’m not very far into this book but I’m sure it’s going to be as good as the first two and I look forward to each page.

You can check out the author’s web site at the following address”


March 15, 2010

Activity #4 Blog Designs and Widgets

Unable to accomplish because of traveling 15 hours on the road to Alabama and not having internet access.

March 16, 2010

Activity #5  Obstacles

For today’s Activity, 1) create a blog post talking about the things that prevent you from getting things done.  It could be reading, updating your blog, or anything else you try to do and 2) can you come up with a plan to get past your obstacle?

My obstacle is lack of  an internet connection here in Alabama at my mother-in-laws house and therefore  unable to keep up on activities, e-mails, ebay and more. I am very disappointed with this situation but will cope because my goal (Activity #1-Goals) is to keep a positive attitude.  I’m connected now but the connection is weak so I will make the best of it while I can.

March 17, 2010

Activity #6 Create-A-Cover

Today is all about creativity.  Follow the directions below and post your cover and synopsis on your blog then link back here using Mr. Linky.  I can’t wait to see what you guys create.

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or clickhttp://www.fakenamegenerator.com/
The name that appears is your author name.
2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or clickhttp://www.websitestyle.com/parser/randomword.shtml
The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.
3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/index.php
Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.
4 – Use Picnik, or something similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.
In terms of the activity for the Reading Challenge, I’m asking the participants to create the cover and write a short synopsis to go along with it.  Check out my cover from the Holiday Break Reading Challenge for an example.


The door slammed and jolted Victoria awake.  She held her breath waiting for what she knew would happen next. It always did and there was nothing she could do about it but….surrender.

March18, 2010

Activity #7 Name the Book Covers

I am completely out of my element on this one so I will pass.

March 19, 2010

Activity #8 Status Post

I’ve only read one book instead of the 2 or 3 I had planned.  We left Monday for Alabama and visiting with family I  just couldn’t find time or a quiet place to read. Oh and good lightning was a problem.  I’ve tried to keep the positive attitude but  sometimes that was hard too.  This experience has taught me that maybe I shouldn’t join a challenge when I have to travel.

March 20, 2010

Activity #9    What Floats Your Boat?

Here are the instructionsfor today activity:

We all have different tastes.  Today’s activity is meant to help you get to know a little more about each other and talk about your favorite genre at the same time.  Here is what I want you to do:

1. Create a post about your favorite genre.  What do you read the most and why?  Look at the books you’ve read this year so far?  How many of those book are ones that fit in your favorite genre?

2. Come back here and link your post to Mr. Linky.

3. After some other people have posted about their favorite genres, go by and visit them.  At least a couple to say hello.


As a pre-teen and teen I loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon but as an adult I’ve always read Stephen King, John Saul and Dean Koontz. The spooky mystery thriller with a bit of fantasy thrown in is always a draw for me.  In the last couple of years I’ve added  books about vampires, werewolves, vampire killers and witches to my list of “must reads”.  I think it all started when the Twilight books came out and I must admit that I have fallen hook, line and sinker. Then I branched out to Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and Kim Harrison and her Hollows books and others too lengthy to list here. I have come a long way from those Nancy Drew days but even now I still love to play the Nancy Drew CD-rom games in-between a good vampire book.

March 21, 2010

Activity #10  Last But Not Least

Directions for today’s challenge:

I want you to find 5 books.  These 5 books need to meet a certain criteria.  These 5 books need to either be about or take place in a winter wonderland.  In other words, snow, ice, or other winter-like weather needs to be involved.

Create a post on your blog with the titles, covers, and book descriptions.

Come back here and use Mr. Linky to connect us to your post.  Hopefully we’ll get a wide variety of books from all you guys.


1.ICE by Sarah Beth Durst

Product Description

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back — if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie’s own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her — until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.

2.  White Fang by Jack London

IN THE FROZEN NORTH during the Gold Rush days, marauding canine killers hunt in packs and search for their next victim. Sadistic dog trainers are looking for easy money. And the unconquerable spirit of a vicious wolf roams free until he receives a human being’s love and understanding. All these come together in White Fang, Jack London’s classic sequel to The Call of the Wild. While the novel chronicles the life story of White Fang from birth until his eventual domestication, the story also serves as a comparison of what London saw as the characteristics we all share with world of the Wild-adapt and thrive, or die. We are as helpless against the uncaring savagery of the North as is the newborn wolf cub. The fast-paced action of White Fang never lets up; danger is always waiting beyond the next pile of snow or beneath the claws of a snarling predator. Weaving adventure, bravery, greed, survival of the fittest, and instinct versus nurture, London’s novel was an immediate success when it was first published in 1905, and it has been so ever since.

3. DreamCatcher by Stephen King

Four boyhood pals in Derry, Maine, get together for a pilgrimage to their favorite deep-woods cabin, Hole in the Wall. The four have been telepathically linked since childhood, thanks to a searing experience involving a Down syndrome neighbor–a human dreamcatcher. They’ve all got midlife crises: clownish Beav has love problems; the intellectual shrink, Henry, is slowly succumbing to the siren song of suicide; Pete is losing a war with beer; Jonesy has had weird premonitions ever since he got hit by a car.

Then comes worse trouble: an old man named McCarthy (a nod to the star of the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers) turns up at Hole in the Wall. His body is erupting with space aliens resembling furry moray eels: their mouths open to reveal nests of hatpin-like teeth. Poor Pete tries to remove one that just bit his ankle: “Blood flew in splattery fans as Pete tried to shake it off, stippling the snow and the sawdusty tarp and the dead woman’s parka. Droplets flew into the fire and hissed like fat in a hot skillet.”

For all its nicely described mayhem, Dreamcatcher is mostly a psychological drama. Typically, body snatchers turn humans into zombies, but these aliens must share their host’s mind, fighting for control. Jonesy is especially vulnerable to invasion, thanks to his hospital bed near-death transformation, but he’s also great at messing with the alien’s head. While his invading alien, Mr. Gray, is distracted by puppeteering Jonesy’s body as he’s driving an Arctic Cat through a Maine snowstorm, Jonesy constructs a mental warehouse along the lines of The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. Jonesy physically feels as if he’s inside a warehouse, locked behind a door with the alien rattling the doorknob and trying to trick him into letting him in. It’s creepy from the alien’s view, too. As he infiltrates Jonesy, experiencing sugar buzz, endorphins, and emotions for the first time, Jonesy’s influence is seeping into the alien: “A terrible thought occurred to Mr. Gray: what if it was his concepts that had no meaning?”

4. Icebound by Dean Koontz

A thrilling adventure of science gone wrong and psychopathic terror in the polar icecaps by a modern master of horror and suspense.

5. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

 For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human … until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

6 comments on “2010 Spring Break Reading Challenge

  1. Good goal. That positive attitude does get a little harder to keep for me at this stage of my school year. My students and I are all very tired of winter but don’t have a break until Easter.


  2. Hi Kathy! Per my goal “To visit the blogs of all participants in the Spring Break Reading Challenge” I am here to say hello! I set an additional goal to read & review 2 books, as I didn’t want to push myself too hard w/ 3 books. I also try to keep a positive attitude as I’m a firm believer in the Law of Attraction. I wish you the best of luck!


    • Hello Jennifer. It’s always a pleasure to meet people who enjoy reading as much as I do. I haven’t been blogging very long and challenges are new to me but I’m going to do my best to keep up. KarinLibrarian is my daughter and I don’t want to let her down with a bad showing.


  3. Thanks for participating in the Spring Break Reading Challenge. You’ll have to be sure to check in using Aunt Pete’s computer so you can keep going.


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