2010 Summer Break Reading Challenge

Even though I didn’t read all the books I had planned; here is a list of the ones I did read during this challenge, from June 23 to August 31.

 The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, an Eclipse novella by Stephenie Meyer   June 23, 2010

 Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer   June 23, 2010.  The Passage by Justin Cronin   June 28, 2010

 Beneath A Rising Moon by Keri Arthur   June 30,2010

 Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown   July 5, 2010

 Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian   July 7, 2010

 The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen     July 9, 2010     E-Book

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak   July 10, 2010   Audio

 Ruined by Paula Morris   July 13, 2010

  Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr   July 14, 2010

  A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison   July 19, 2010

 Terminal Freeze by Lincoln  Child  July 20, 2010

  The Broker by John Grisham  July 22, 2010   Audio

  Faery Rebels-Spell Hunter by R. J. Anderson   July 22,2010

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King  July 27, 2010  Audio

 For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison   July 30, 2010

Once In A Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge  August 2, 2010

 Game Over by Fern Michaels  August 3, 2010  Audio

 The Mark by Jen Nadol   August 5, 2010

 Return To Sender by Fern Michaels  August 7, 2010

The Replacement Child by Christine Barber  August 9, 2010

Wicked Craving by G.A. McKevett   August 15, 2010

Death by Chocolate by G. A. McKevett   August 20, 2010

 Undone by Karin Slaughter  August 23, 2010

 The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook   August 25, 2010

The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison   August 31, 2010   Audio




This challenge is being hosted by KARIN LIBRARIAN at KARIN’S BOOK NOOK.

Challenge Particulars:

1. The Challenge will start today (June 23, 2010) and end toward the end of August.

2. You DO NOT have to participate in every activity – just pick and choose what you want to do.

3. Some activities will have a specific prize attached to them, but some you will be able to choose what you want from a list of available books.

4. Activity due dates will be listed in each post

Activity # 1


The first activity is to list the books that I hope to read this summer.  Here is my list:
Beneath a Rising Moon by Keri Arthur

The Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

The Mark by Jen Nadol

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris


I know that I will read more than this and am in fact reading three books right now. So, we’ll see how many more I can add to this list.


Activity # 2

1. Choose a book or book series.
2. Locate either the book reviews you’ve written or the publisher’s book descriptions for the book(s) you chose.
3. Go to http://www.wordle.net
4. Click on CREATE your own.
5. Copy and Paste the text of the reviews or synopses in the first box on the page.
6. Click Go.
7. Play with the Font, Layout, and Color until you get a look you like.
8. Click on Save To Public Gallery at the bottom right of the page.
9. Fill out the information for the Title and click on Save.
10. Find a way to save the picture or copy the HTML code to paste into your blog post and display it on your blog post for this activity.
11. Tell us what book(s) you used for the Wordle picture in the post.

I choose the book ICE by Sarah Beth Durst because I love the story and the cover even more.  I read this book because the colors of the cover caught my eye, cool,cold, icy and the cover had the texture of smooth cold  glass and so I choose the colors on the cover and I think it says it all.   If you haven’t read it, give it a try.


Activity #3

Post a review for a book recently finished.

 few hours ago I finished The Passage by Justin Cronin and I’m still a little numb.  I can see why it’s been called the “buzz book of  the Summer” or the “must read book of the Summer” because it has it all, events happening in the present, past and future, character descriptions so vivid you feel you “know” them, familiar locations and structures known to all and used in an unfamiliar way. It has love, heart-break,sadness, joy, panic, devastation, murder, gore,elation, the loss of all hope, deserts, plains, snow covered mountians and the ruins of Las Vegas. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough( or push the next page button since I was reading this on my Kindle) and the more I read the fastest I wanted to go until I was about 80% through the book and then I wanted to slow down and not get to the end too soon- I wanted to make it last.  When I did get to the very end I literally “gasped”(like Bella does at the end of New Moon, the movie), I couldn’t believe it and I still don’t and that’s why I’m a bit numb.  I’m going to go back and re-read the last few pages and see if I  get a different reaction, but I don’t think I will and that’s okay because it means Justin Cronin has done his job in making The Passage a book I will never forget. 


Check it out and see what you think. 


Activity #4

One of the best and most important things about blogging is building community and learning from others. Today I’m going to ask you to explore the Internet and find some things on other blogs. So, Activity #4 is a …

Find the following things and create a post on your blog with the results. Link back using Mr. Linky below

1. A blog that is new to you that focuses on the same type of literature you do (ex: I read YA so the blog would need to focus on YA).
2. A book that is new to you that another blogger reviewed.
3. A book set in Africa (in your preferred age category, if possible).
4. A book about a human/animal bond (in your preferred age category, if possible).
5. A book trailer for a book you want to read.
6. A book with a color in the title (in your preferred age category, if possible).

7. A blog that is new to you that is dedicated to a certain genre (ex: only books about vampires, only historical fiction, only urban fantasy, etc.)
8. A book blog maintained by a librarian.
9. A book blog maintained by a teacher.
10. The title of an upcoming book by an author you like (provide details-title, release date, synopsis)


I like all kinds of books so I chose Confessions of a Bookaholic.


My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent


Dark Safari -The Legend behind Henry Morton Stanley by John Bierman


Breathless by Dean Koontz


The Time Cavern by Todd A. Fonseca




Vision in White (book #1 of the Bride Quartet) by Nora Roberts  *Did I mention I like all kinds of books?


All Things Paranormal     (Where Para is Normal)



The Days and Nights of the Lipstick Librarian


Brew of the Day hosted by a teaher who is also a coffeeholic and loves the color violet.


Frankenstein: Lost Souls by Dean Koontz

From Publishers Weekly

Set in Rainbow Falls, Mont., Koontz’s goofy, grisly fourth riff on the Frankenstein theme (after Dead and Alive) finds Victor–previously presumed dead but apparently as easily resurrected as cinematic incarnations of his monster–perfecting his “New Race” of humanoid replicants. As affectless pod-person lookalikes gradually replace the town’s citizens, the task of saving humanity from Victor and his megalomaniacal plans to “destroy the soul of the world” fall once again to husband-and-wife detectives Michael and Carson Maddison; Victor’s soulsearching original monster, Deucalion; and a host of local yokels who provide both sympathy and comic relief. That the “good guys” are instantly recognizable by their abundant compassion, generosity, and sense of humor and the “bad guys” by their fussbudget fastidiousness and dedication to efficient extermination of inferior humans helps lay the foundation for the humanitarian homilies that punctuate the narrative.
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June 30, 2010

Today I finished Beneath a Rising Moon by Keri Arthur and will be reviewing soon.



Activity #5    Heart Throbs in Literature        

First it would HAVE  to be Edward Cullen. My husband tells me he worries about me being obsessed with vampires.  What he doesn’t know is that it’s really only about ONE vampire, Edward.  Sure he may be cold to the touch , have to go out some nights to feed, and has a heart that doesn’t beat but let’s look at the other side of the coin. Edward comes from a time when men courted women and treated them with high respect and he can read minds so he’s know what to get me for my birthday and the icing on the cake, he’s GORGEOUS!










Next, would be Jesse Stone of the Robert Parker books.  Yes, he comes with a lot of baggage, he likes to drink and get drunk once in awhile but I think his good qualties outweigh the bad.  He always does the RIGHT thing, you know exactly where you stand with him, when he loves a women-he really loves her and he can be so tender while keeping his impish grin intact.






My bad-boy heart throb would be Tristan Ludlow of Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison.  He is so good looking and a hard worker, when working for something he believes in but  I’m sure he’d have his moments that would take him to far off places but I would know in the heart that he would always come back to me.









Fourth, there would be Edward Ferrars of Sense and Sensibility .  He maybe poor as a church mouse but he’s kind, respectful, and loves deeply.  Who could ask for more.




And last, Carlisle Cullen, because it’s always nice to have a doctor in the family.








Activity #7        Reading Accomplishments so far this Summer

Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur June 2, 2010 E-Book
Crime de Cocoa by Joanna Carl June 3, 2010
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender June 10, 2010
The Ghost Writer by Robert Harris June 11, 2010 Audio (Previously published as The Ghost.
Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast June 13, 2010
Rooms by James L. Rubart June 14, 2010 E-Book
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroder June 16, 2010
Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton June 21, 2010
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, an Eclipse novella by Stephenie Meyer June 23, 2010
.Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer June 23, 2010
The Passage by Justin Cronin June 28, 2010
Beneath A Rising Moon by Keri Arthur June 30,2010
Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown July 5, 2010
Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian July 7, 2010
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen July 9, 2010 E-BookThese are the books I’ve read since the beginning of June.
My favorites have been:
The Passage
Beneath a Rising Moon
Shades of Midnight and
The Surgeon
All have been reviewed except the last two and those reviews can be found at:




Activity #8

This Activity involves you creating a Read-a-Like List.  You can choose any topic/theme that you want and there isn’t any specific number of titles required.  Just be sure there are enough so it can be considered a list.   

 It seems the majority of the books I read have to do with vampires so here is my list.

Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur

Burned by PC Cast

Beneath a Rising Moon by Keri Arthur

Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith



Summer Break Reading Challenge Activity #10 – Create-A-Cover

I’ve done this activity during the Holiday Break Reading Challenge and the Spring Break Reading Challenge.  It is so much fun.  I hope you guys enjoy it too. 
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.  
Synopsis of Change by Sandra P. Reid
Jane and Alegra have been friends since the first day they sat next to each other in first grade. Though opposites, Alegra having long wavy dark hair, big dark eyes and a bright smile and Jane, having thin “almost brown” blonde hair, common hazel eyes and a smile that shows heavy metal braces, they shared everything with each other. At least Jane thought they had until the night  Alegra called after dinner and begged her to meet her at the Red Apple, which was on the outskirts of town. Between the sobs and tears Alegra said she must come and swear to keep her secret or else she would die. Grabbing her coat and car keys she heads outside but doesn’t see the soft purple glow coming from behind a car across the street, nor does she see Obie as he starts his way toward her.  Jane is confident that she can get Alegra through this crisis, whatever it is, but doesn’t realize that she is the one in danger and before daybreak her life will change and never be the same, at least not on earth.

4 comments on “2010 Summer Break Reading Challenge

    • Thanks for the comment Sherri. Of all my vampire books, I think over half concern adult vampires insteade of YA types. I also love the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton.


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