Happy New Year!

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I’m setting a goal to read 200 books again this year. I didn’t make my goal of 200 for 2011; I amended the goal to 100 a few months ago and I ended the year with 112. Or at least I will end with 112 once I finish the book I’m currently reading.

I’m also planning to participate in a few reading challenges this year. I’ve already posted about the Back to the Classics challenge and I’m working on a post that lists several other challenges hosted by various and sundry folks from the book blog’o’sphere. I think I’m going to sign up for three or four of them total. Hopefully I’ll finish that post tomorrow (later today actually) and get it posted in case any of my bookworms are interested in signing up for one with me. Or three.

How many books are you planning to read in 2012?

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2012

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I have a goal to complete a few reading challenges this year. I really, really need to get my tbr list down some as I am constantly adding to it AND, I have so many unread books in the house that I really can’t justify bringing any more in until I get some of these read and donated. So, if you are interested in doing any challenges, Sarah Reads Too Much has a bunch of them listed. Head over to her blog and check them out.

The first challenge that I have signed up to do is the 2012 Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Sarah @ Sarah Reads Too Much. I’m always saying how I want to read more classics. Plus, this will help me get more books read on the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Anyone want to join me in completing this challenge this year? I’m posting the info below; just head to Sarah Reads Too Much to sign up!

Here are the categories…

  • Any 19th Century Classic
  • Any 20th Century Classic
  • Reread a classic of your choice
  • A Classic Play
  • Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction
  • Classic Romance
  • Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language {To clarify, if your native language is NOT English, you may read any classic originally written in English that has been translated into your native language}
  • Classic Award Winner {To clarify, the book should be a classic which has won any established literary award}
  • Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime {To clarify, this does not have to be a country that you hope to visit either. Countries that no longer exist or have never existed count.}

You can either choose your books before you start or as you go. I think I’ll choose before I start but I reserve the right to edit my choices if need be. I’ll create a page just for the challenge after Jan 1st that I will update as I complete books for the challenge.

I’ve enjoyed reading challenges in the past so I’m looking forward to completing this one. If anyone decides to join me, leave me a comment and let me know. Happy reading!

Go here to see my active Classic challenge page.

Let me count the days.

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Years ago, in my teens, I used to ask for a calendar for Christmas every single year. And I never got one! Ever. It was the same year after year; I asked for a calendar and when I was done opening my gifts Christmas morning, I was left with no way to mark the next 365 days until it was time to do it again.


This year I received 4 calendars for Christmas. I personally think one can never have too many calendars so I’m okay with it. Particularly when they are as awesome as my new calendars are.


Calendar No. 1:  Harry Potter. Basically, if you have to buy me a gift for any occasion, anything Harry Potter is a pretty safe bet. Any HP calendar automatically earns a place on my wall.


Calendar No. 2:  Big Bang Theory. Love love love love! If you are not familiar with the television show, The Big Bang Theory, well, you should be because it's awesome.


Calendar No. 3:  Animals that look like famous people. A cat that looks like Mother Theresa, (okay, that might be slightly blasphemous, but it’s super cute), a dog that looks like Mr. T… the list goes on and they are adorable. Even the creepy Lady Gaga cat that is December.


Calendar No. 4:  Last but certainly not least. This is the calendar that I specifically asked for. The Book Lover’s Page-A-Day Desk Calendar I can hardly wait until the start of the new year to start looking at it every day! I’ll be blogging some of the recommendations from the calendar as well as any of the books I have already read or plan to in the future.  I won’t allow myself to look forward since I like to be surprised every day when I look at a new page, but I’m looking forward to sharing with you guys!


What literary gifts did you receive for Christmas?

Let Them Eat Cake

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In the process of looking for a picture of a book cake for Erik’s birthday post on the 24th, I discovered that there are way too many bad Twilight book cakes in the world. However, this is not one of them. This one is beautiful. Check out Caralinruth’s Flikr to see more of her awesome cakes.

Cake made by Caralinruth

Twelfth Day

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On the twelfth day of Bookmas, my true love gave to me:

twelve authors signing,

eleven fabulous fairy tales,

ten mysterious mysteries,

nine book clubs meeting,

eight memoirs remembering,

seven Harry Potters,

six e-readers a-reading,

fiiiiiive giiiiiiift carrrrrrds (to books-a-million),

four bookmarks,

three Hunger Games,

two tote bags (to carry books),

and a bookshelf SHAPED like a tree.

LKH Photo Credit | Book of Fairy Tales | Nancy Drew | Starting a Book Club | Lucky | HP | Kindle Fire | BAM.com | Bookmarks | Hunger Games | Book Bag | Tree Bookshelf

And the Nominees Are…

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Okay, I’m back to nominate my top 5 choices for Liebster Awards. This was a difficult process. I am not very good at blog reading anymore. I used to read a dozen or so blogs every day, or, every time they updated (which is not always the same thing). But over the years, the number of blogs I read on a regular basis has dwindled to just a handful.

1. Sew Bake Create is the creative blog of my friend Super Suz. She is wife to a cool dude, mom to two beautiful little girls, and superhero of the craft world. She bakes and decorates cakes, makes mosaics, sews, weaves, and the list goes on. She hasn’t updated in a few months but then, she’s a pretty busy lady. I’m hoping with this nomination she’ll get back on the blogging ball so to speak. Plus, I’m excited about my newest forays into craftiness lately and I definitely look to her for some inspiration.

2. The Literary Bunny is the nifty book blog by Christina. She has eclectic tastes in books and, much like me, loves all things book, including shopping! I haven’t been reading her long, just stumbled across her a few days ago as a matter of fact, but I’m enjoying her blog a great deal.

3. 101 Books is a blog of Robert Bruce’s journey as he reads all 100 of Time Magazine‘s greatest English-speaking novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses). Again, I haven’t been reading Robert’s blog very long but I’m enjoying it a lot. So many of the books Robert is reading are on my to-read list (and some have them have been there for a very long time!).

4. The Very Hungry Bookworm combines several of my favorite things: books, movies, and food. What more could you ask for? Again, I just stumbled across Lauren’s blog a few days ago and am loving it so far, but she hasn’t updated since October. She’s a high school teacher so I’m hoping she’s just taking a short hiatus due to the business of life (I have been known to do the same thing from time to time) and she’ll be back soon!

5. Books Without Any Pictures is the only blog (other than my first nomination) that I have been reading for longer than a week or two. I’ve been reading Grace’s blog for almost a year now. I’m planning to participate in a few reading challenges in 2012 that I’ve read about on her blog in the past couple of weeks. Her blog is definitely one to visit regularly!

Now I just need to add the award graphic to my page and I’m compliant with all 5 rules. Thanks again to Erik for nominating me!

And here’s hoping you all have had a Happy Christmas! (Check back later for the final day of Bookmas!)

**Just a note for the nominees, check my Here’s looking at you, Kid post for the rules, etc about the Liebster Award.