Showing posts with label Book chick city. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Book chick city. Show all posts

Saturday, 2 February 2013

100 books challenge 2013

I have been using GoodReads to track my 100 books challenge for 2013 and thought it was time to do an update 1 month in! This is also part of Book Chick City's 100 book challenge and Read52 on Google:

A reading challenge from

So far it's looking good as I am apparently 7 books ahead of schedule although some of these are picture books I have been reading with my son. As you can see by these images its been quite a range of types of books that I have read so far:

I seem to be mostly reading my favourite genres of historical fiction and fantasy but there have been some other crime or other books too. There was a chunk in the middle when I spent an hour in a cafe reading from their children's section to my son:

Along the way I have discovered some new authors to me including James Aitcheson, Edward Marston and Kate Atkinson. There are also returns to old favourites with starting over reading my dad's Discworld collection! If you want to know more about what I think about these books then I have reviewed all of them over on my Book Blog

I am looking forward to reading even more books as the year goes on both in paper form and on my Kindle. Luckily I have been sent some more to review too so watch this space! Hopefully I will keep on track to hit 100 with more time to spare than last year when I finished the last book on December 31st..

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

100 Books Challenge 2013

Having signed up again with both Book Chick City and Good Reads this is my kick off post! I managed it in 2012 thanks to bedtime stories so I will be making sure I categorise all of those separately this year to compare...

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Becky has read 0 books toward her goal of 100 books.
Becky's bookshelf: currently-reading

The World According to Humphrey James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing Warren Peace Running with the Demon Blood and Honour: The Battle for Saxony Varjak Paw

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This widget should show the last 5 books I've read:

Becky's bookshelf: read

Ferno The Fire Dragon
3 of 5 stars true
Bought for my 6 year old he is loving reading it out loud and I had to borrow it to read myself. A great adventure story for younger readers (7+ is aim) but also enjoyable for grow ups.
tagged: childrens and fantasy
Equal Rites
5 of 5 stars true
tagged: fantasy and favorites
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
4 of 5 stars true
Great magical fables for Harry potter fans
Johnny and the Dead
4 of 5 stars true
tagged: childrens and fantasy

Saturday, 11 February 2012

100 Books in 2012 - Update I

Regular readers will know that I signed up for a second year for the challenge of reading 100 books in a year from Book Chick City (having failed last year!). I am once again using Good Reads to track my progress and rate my reads. This year I am trying to remember to record the books I have read to my children as well as this must run into the dozens over the year!

This year so far my track record is looking good:

That's apparently 6558 pages already in 42 days! So what have I been reading?

As you can see its a mixed bag but a few from the same authors. So I'll pick out a few highlights.

Garth Nix - Keys to the Kingdom Series

I have read other fantasy works by Nix but hadn't read this 7 book series. They are in the teen fiction section of the library which I love to dabble in! They follow the story of accidental hero 12 year old Arthur Penhaligon who is chosen as the Rightful Heir to the Keys of the Kingdom whilst having an asthma attack during his school cross country lesson. Of course the current holders of these keys aren't going to give them up without a fight! Each book tells the tale of a different key. None of them are hard to read but very enjoyable.

Michael Morpurgo - War Horse

Having seen the movie I had to read the original book. Its a lot less sentimental than the Hollywood makeover and its all from the view point of Joey the horse. Again this is official a children's book but I would recommend to adults too.

New authors

I like to try out some new authors to vary my reading. So far this year I have discovered Terry Brooks and Elizabeth Moon in the Fantasy section of my library. I read the whole of one trilogy by Moon and I'm waiting for some more Brooks books to come back in! Her books are in the vein of Tolkein with elves, dwarves and magic as well as human battles. The Brooks ones are darker and so far lay out a post apocalyptic United States laid waste by man, bio weapons and demons.

New books by old favourites

I love being given book tokens at Christmas enabling me to make the most of the January sales to complete collections by well loved authors. This year I got Christopher Paolini - Inheritance, Bernard Cornwell - Death of Kings and Patrick Rothfuss - The Wise Man's Fear. A mix of fantasy and historical fiction continuing previously well loved stories.

Books I read with my children

My children have inherited my love of books and have a good selection on their shelves. It does help that I sell Usborne books to boost their home libraries. You can see a few of these on the current list. They also love modern favourites such as Stick Man. Now my daughter is into chapter books so there will be a variety of new ones appearing soon but they take a while to read at a chapter a night!

So it's looking good so far but I think I'm a bit weighted towards fantasy so far and need to branch out more! Watch this space for future updates...

Thursday, 31 March 2011

100 Books 2011 - Quarter 1 Update

Way back on the 30th December I signed to Book Chick City's 100 Books in 2011 Challenge. As we've just got to the end of the first three months of the year I thought it was time I took a look at how I'm getting on...

I have been using Good Reads to keep track of my books and its also a great place to share reviews or rate the books you have completed. If you go to my 100 Books Page you can see what I'm reading, what I have read and what I have waiting to read! This is what my current record looks like:

Becky's bookshelf: read

Under the Eagle
King's Wrath
When the Eagle Hunts
The Eagle and the Wolves
A Vein of Deceit
Unicorn Dreams
The Name of the Wind
Seahorse SOS
Chocolate Wishes
Whale Rescue
Running Wild
Hothouse Flower
The Postmistress
The Road to Rome
The American Heiress
The Winter Ghosts

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As you can see I'm pretty much on target with 24 books on the Read shelf. just need to keep up the rate of reading to complete the challenge. I may need to branch out a bit as my shelf is heavily weighted towards historical fiction!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Book Challenge 2011 - 1 down 99 to go!

With limited time this year I'm trying not to give myself extra work so instead of posting a review direct on here I am using Good Reads to log my reading and reviews! The widget showing this will live permanently on the left of this blog but just this once I am posting it here:

Becky's bookshelf: read

Under the Eagle

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I am only recording the adult books I read - I have already read 4 children's books at bedtime!