Tuesday, 23 November 2010

I'm Doing the 2011 Debut Author Challenge, Are You?


I'm participating in The Story Siren's 2011 Debut Author Challenge. All info and signing up can be found here.
This is my post for me to keep track of the books I've read over the year of 2011.

4. Hereafter
6. Die for Me

Sunday, 21 November 2010

The BBC Reading Survery

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES.
• Bold those books you've read in their entirety.
• Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.

I don't do a lot of these, but I love doing the book ones just to see how I'm fairing up.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas.

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Inferno - Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Saturday, 20 November 2010

2011 Debut Author Challenge

Hosted by the Story Siren

It's that time of year to sign up for the debut author challenge which Kristi over at The Story Siren hosts. This is my first time actually doing a reading challenge publicly. I've got my own personal reading challenge, and reading challenges I've done by myself without publicly announcing it, just did it to see if I could. So here I am, signing up for it.

You can get all your info and how to sign up here.

Here's the list I'm trying to work through along with my many other books:

Being Billy
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
The Lipstick Laws
The Near Witch
Dark Mirror
Die for Me
The False Princess
The Latte Rebellion
Across the Universe
The Iron Witch
Here Lies Bridget
Forsaken (The Demon Trappers)
The Iron King
My Soul to Take
The Replacement
Between Shades of Grey
Angel Kiss
Soul Beach
Darkness Becomes Her
Falling Under
Other Words for Love
Where I Belong
Wake Unto Me
The Goddess Test

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Atom Love

This is my Atom Love Post. I'm proving something, so go with it :).

Little, Brown have an imprint called Atom (I'm sure you all know that), and they're compiling a list of bloggers over in their Tower of Awesome Books. So while I was pondering if my blog was too new to be added, I glanced at me books and realised how much I really do love Atom books.

I'm missing my black Twilight series (don't judge me...I really liked the white covers (my husband already laughed in outrage at me)), the rest of my House of Night series and an Atom book at the bottom of one of my TBR piles. Can't remember what it is, I just see the Atom logo on it.

 I knew I had read a lot of Atom books, with loads still in my TBR pile, I just didn't realise how many until I yanked them out to prove my love to the guys over at Atom. So what do you think, Atom peeps? Is my love big enough?

Monday, 15 November 2010

My Week In Reading

Think of My Week in Reading like Kristi's (The Story Siren) In My Mailbox...only what you've read this week instead of what books you've received for the week. 

So I totally read this many books in the past three weeks:

 Honest...I really did...you're not buying it, are you? I wouldn't either. However, you would think that with the time I've not posted about what I've read I'd more than caught up on my challenge, wouldn't you? Nope. This reading slump has taken a good hold AND NaNoWriMo is here too, so my challenge is struggling a bit.

Anyway, this is what I read:
Hunter Wild is training at the Helio-Ra Academy to be a vampire slayer only to find herself falling in love with one of the Drake vampires! Add some mysterious illness at the academy, Hel-Blar attacks and a traitor within, it's all getting a bit complicated. Imagine if Hunter's grandfather found out?! 

 Yes, that's right, one book read in all this time. Not even waiting 21 hours for the Harry Potter premiere (I met Ralph Fiennes so it was all worth it) had me catching up on some reading thanks to the heavy rain. Quite a pitiful state of affairs. I figured out before that at this rate I need to read 1.1 books a day to still complete my personal challenge.

What did everyone else read this week?

Sunday, 7 November 2010

A NaNoWriMo Post

Just a mini post. So...how's it going everyone? On target? Good, good. I'm not. Just look at the pitiful excuse for a word count over there *to the left*.

Last year I 'won' NaNo, but I won't deny that was with some padding out of certain scenes, like describing what every person in the room was wearing including the nurse who happened to pass by the door at that moment in time or having a whole conversation on the beauty of a good cup of tea (I hate tea by the way). The previous years I didn't win, but the unfinished novels were good, honest writing work and so I just wanted to get to the finish line just for one year. Now that I've done that, I'm back to where I started and that's behind on my word count. Again.

The novel idea I'm working on out of my idea notebook has potential. Or at least I feel like it has potential. I got so excited about writing it and what I could do with the characters but they're just not talking to me yet. Damn them! Don't they know it's rude to ignore their creator? At the minute it's feeling a bit forced and more like work than something I enjoy doing.

So yeah, that's where I am. Talk to me, where are you guys?