Holiday Break Reading Challenge 2011-2012

I joined a Holiday Break Reading Challenge hosted by Julie and Karin of  Edifying and Edgy, a reading blog.  Karin is my daughter and Julie is a very good friend of hers and I’ve been a part of their previous reading challenges but not for a while so I thought since I had met my reading goal  for the year, I had time for some fun.

This is what Karin has to say about it:

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here is an explanation.  For 17 days (usually during the Christmas break for most schools) Julie and I will be posting an book related activity every day. You can choose to participate everyday or once or twice during the entire challenge.  It is totally up to you. The Holiday Break Reading Challenge is meant to be fun and low pressure.
There are prizes every day. 

So, I’m ready for the holiday event  to start in the morning.  Can’t wait to see what the first challenge will be.

Day One:

Today’s challenge was just to introduce yourself and share your reading goals.  Did that.(check out the challenge site)

Day Two:  Skipped

Day Three:   Make a sentence using books from your reading shelf and show pictures of the books.

Okay,easier said than done because  my books are either audio books or Kindle books but I’ll do my best.  \\

Here are the books I will be reading next.

And here is my sentence”

{To} those across the river the ghost moon {drifted over} the hole {casting a}red mist {on} the ridge.


Day Four challenge:  Here are the instructions for today:

There are so many book blogs on the Internet that it is impossible to see every one of them.  Take some time today to explore the blogs that highlight books in your preferred genre.  Create a post with a picture of the blog through a screen shot (if possible) and the web link.

I’ve always like Cozy Mysteries but never really thought about there being a blog about them but I found one today and have added it to my favorites.  Can’t wait to learn more of this genre next year.

Day 5 Challenge: Make a Cover


1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click
The name that appears is your author name.
2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click
The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.
3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click
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.

5-Write a synopsis about your book.

Here’s mine:

It was three am when Baker sprang up out of bed and looked out his window while a cold chill came over him,although it was the middle of summer.  Something was wrond,very wrong.  The streetlight was out but he could see that Sunnymeade Drive was empty. There was no breeze or sounds or anything moving,yet a dense fog was forming and a large purple hand with gnarled bloody fingers was rapidly coming to grab him.

Baker wondered if he was dreaming or if this was just the start of another normal day in the life of a graphic comic (novel) character, of which he was one.

His home was inside the pages of the graphic drawings by an author who came up with horrible things to happen to him.  How he longed to ne a normal boy. If only he could escape the pages of pulp and be real,flesh and blood then life would be so much better.

But would it really?  Is Baker right? Is he really only alive on paper or is he real and just insane.?


Day 6 Challenge:Book Title Synonyms
What you have to do is this – figure out the title of the book by the synonyms I used for them. (I apologize in advance for how silly these probably are, but really, my creativity only goes so far.) Do the best you can.  The person with the most correct answers wins. If there is a tie, Julie and I will draw names out of a hat.
I’ll post the answers after the winner is announced.

I think I answered 8.  We’ll see tomorrow how many I got right. Fun.
December 22, 2011Pooh, I didn’t get as many right as I thought so I didn’t win a prize.  Maybe next time.I’m skipping todays challenge which is to pick your favorite character from the books you’ve read this year and depict them in pictures and tell why you like them.    My excuse is that I’m very busy today doing “Christmasy” things.



Day 13    2012 Reading Challenges

If Goodreads does their challenge again in the New Year I plan to participate because it is the easiest way to what books you’ve read and how many.

I plan to join the Cruisin’  through the Cozies Reading Challenge sponsored by Socrates’ Book Reviews.  Here are the requirements:

1. Choose the level you wish to participate:

Level 1 – Snoop – Read at least 6 books
Level 2 – Investigator – Read 7-12 books
Level 3 – Super Sleuth – Read 13 or more books

2. The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012.

3. You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

4. Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebooks…it all counts!

5. You don’t have to post a review, but I’m sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.

And for the second(or third) challenge, it will be Foodies Read 2 Challenge  sponsored by Joyfully Retired.  Here are its’ guidelines:

If you are new to a food/reading challenge, you may be wondering – what is a “food book”? A food book is a book which is centered around food and/or drinks. That could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant. Also allowed is a fictional story in which food plays a major role.

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. Decide how many food books you want to read in 2012. Pick one of the reading levels below. Remember, this is a challenge, so try pushing yourself. Participants from last year, please notice I’ve pushed the numbers up a bit. Levels:

  • Short-Order Cook: 1 to 3 books
  • Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books
  • Sous-Chef: 9 to 13 books
  • Chef de Cuisine: 14 to 18
  • Cordon-Bleu Chef: More than 19


Day 14:  A collage of the book covers of the books I’ve read in 2011

Sorry, it’s so big but I was only given a  choice of  tiny or huge so I went with huge.  I loved this challenge.
































Day 15   Challenge: Reading and Blog goals for 2012

First, since I exceded my reading goal this year I plan to read more books.  I’m setting my goal at a conservative 140 because you never know what might happen and limit my time for reading. It seems to get harder to find reading time starting in October.

Second, I plan to try and write better reviews.  I’m not good with words so they tend to be short and simple. I promse to do better.

Third, I plan to read and follow more reading blogs.  Right now I only follow two but I follow like 20 craft and baking blogs because that’s where my real interest lies.

I’d better stop with three goals because if I make too many I’m doomed to fail.

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