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Notable Books Challenge 2013

Notable Books Challenge 2013
Although a perpetual challenge, The Notable Books Challenge asks that participants set yearly goals. This year I hope to read at least 6 books from the lists. Visit the dedicated blog to see reviews of Notable Books or to join the challenge. Here is what I read in 2013: Here are some of the books I either own, or would like to read in 2013: [...]

Chunkster Challenge 2013

Chunkster Challenge 2013
January 1 – December 31, 2013 I am once again hosting this challenge over on the Chunkster Challenge blog – go to THIS POST to sign up. This year I am hoping to accomplish the Mor-book-ly Obese level which means I will be committing to EIGHT or more Chunksters of which three tomes MUST be 750 pages or more. I’ll be listing [...]

Chunkster Challenge 2012

Chunkster Challenge 2012
January 1 – December 31, 2012 January 1, 2013 UPDATE: I not only met my goal for this challenge, I exceeded it! My longest read was Fall of Giants by Ken Follett at nearly 1000 pages. I will be joining this challenge in 2013 as well!! *************************************************** I am not only co-hosting this challenge – I& [...]

The Truth 365: Shedding Light On Chil...

The Truth 365: Shedding Light On Childhood Cancer
You may remember Melinda Marchiano – a childhood cancer survivor who wrote a nationally recognized and award winning memoir about her journey through cancer. In 2010, I dedicated myself to raising money and awareness for a cure for childhood cancer…and I read Marchiano’s book (read my review). Melinda is now a freshman at P [...]

Notable Books Challenge 2011

Notable Books Challenge 2011
Although a perpetual challenge, The Notable Books Challenge asks that participants set yearly goals. This year I attempted to read 15 books from the lists. I fell short, but I am still happy with what I accomplished. Books Read: The Three Weismanns of Westport by Cathleen Shine (from 2010 NYT Most Notable) – COMPLETED January 28, 2011; [...]

Chunkster Challenge 2011

Chunkster Challenge 2011
February 1, 2011 – January 31, 2012 I joined this challenge in 2011 at the Does the Book Make My Butt Look Big level (read six chunksters in 12 months as follows: 2 books which are between 450 – 550 pages in length; 2 books which are 551 – 750 pages in length; 2 books which are GREATER than 750 pages in length). The 2012 Ch [...]

The 2012 Chunkster Challenge and Chun...

The 2012 Chunkster Challenge and Chunky Book Club
January 1 – December 31, 2012 2012 will be here before we know it – and The Chunkster Challenge is back. This year Vasilly from 1330V has joined me in hosting this popular challenge…and we’ve made a couple of changes (including moving the start date up to January 1st) which you can read about on the sign up post. We h [...]

Recap: Reading For A Cure

Recap: Reading For A Cure
This recap is long overdue. Last year I sponsored the Reading for a Cure project whose goal was to bring about awareness of pediatric cancer and also to raise funds to find a cure for this devastating disease. It ran an entire year from January 1 – December 31, 2010. You can read more about the project here. I wanted to take a moment to [...]

Winners of GRACE

Winners of GRACE
My apologies for the late posting of this contest…but with no further ado, I want to announce the winners of the signed editions of Grace by Melinda Marchiano. Winners must contact me within FIVE days by email (I’ll be emailing those whose email address I have, or leaving a comment on a blog post for those whose email address I d [...]

Reading for a Cure – Third Quar...

Reading for a Cure – Third Quarter Update
I have been terribly remiss in posting regular updates on this project, in large part because I am traveling my own personal journey through cancer with my sister, Paula, who was recently diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. The other day I was ruminating on the irony that when I decided to dedicate a year to raising money and awareness fo [...]
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