Reading on . . . the literature challenge

It’s been awhile — quite awhile — since I’ve posted about my reading challenge. I’m still working through my TBR (to be read) stack and completely enjoying the opportunity to meet new authors and find more great reads to cherish. I’ve add 8 new titles since last I posted about this subject. My number is now up to 36 for the year. I haven’t calculated how many weeks I have to make in order to hit my 52, and frankly at this point, the number isn’t as important as the joy of reading each week. Did you forget why I challenged everyone to read? My post on ILLITERACY explains the epidemic trend of ‘non-readers’ in […]

Reading on . . .

The last two weeks I’ve been hooked on Jim Butcher’s series, The Dresden Files. I’ve read: SUMMER KNIGHTS, a book about the mythical Queen of Summer Faeries and the Queen of Winter Faeries — sorta like the folks who live in the clouds and control weather, and DEATH MASKS, which pits wizard, Harry Dresden, up against the Denarians — demons who have been seduced by one of the 30 pieces of silver that Judas was paid to betray Jesus. These terribly powerful creatures who have become evil incarnate, started out as normal mortals who were seduced by the lust for power and are now imprisoned inside the Denarians, trapped in their own personal Hell. Yep, […]

Reading on . . .

My Reading Challenge continues. This past week, I finished Geralyn Dawson’s newest HQN release, THE LONER. This novel is another powerful love story that features a number of the characters from her Bad Luck Brides series. If you’ve grown attached to this cast and crew then you’ll not be disappointed with her latest entry into larger-than-life Texas history. Ms. Dawson always takes some tidbit of historical past (this time one of the earliest flash floods in Texas history and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) to add that wonderful touch of realism to her stories. It is as though she takes that one snippet of the past and weaves a tale around it — reminds […]

Reading Challenge . . .

Are you still reading? Working toward your one book a week? Remember that’s the challenge to keep reading no matter what. If you’re late to the party, don’t be shy. There’s still time to join the fun. Why did I start this challenge? Read this link and you’ll understand. What are you reading? Here’s the most recent photo of the books I’ve enjoyed during the past two months. Not pictured are The Helen Keller book and Stone Fox (sorry, had to return those before I managed to get around to taking a picture) Just imagine this stack two higher.

READING CHALLENGE . . . on it goes

While I’ve been away from the computer I’ve still be reading. I’ve finished THE WILD CHILD by Mary Jo Putney and THE FIREBRAND by Susan Wiggs. I know I’ve read both of these authors before, but I had forgotten how much I enjoyed their works. THE WILD CHILD by Mary Jo Putney brings to life mental illness in the 18th century and how wives of that era were completely at the mercy of their husbands or guardians. Women could be locked away simply on the word of their supposedly ‘better’ halves. The novel not only deals with a women’s rights issue, but I really liked the unlikely hero in this story. THE FIREBRAND by Susan […]

Sparkling Today

It’s been awhile since I’ve consistently updated my blog . . . no longer. I’m back! Finished with the 3rd grade round of teaching and I’m back in the writing saddle again. It’s a great fit, and I couldn’t been happier than to listen to my characters fuss and complain. So many things to discuss, so much has happened since last I was blogging everyday, but those are for another time. Today, I’m over at Sparkle This! completing our second short story. A little time travel, a little historical, and a little contemporary all rolled together. Six contributing writers and a whole lot of fun. You can follow the whole story if you start on […]

Reading Challenge and Writing Challenge

Okay, I may have seriously lost my mind. My reading challenge is still in progress. This week’s read, already under the belt, was A Sacred Trust, by Sharon Mignerey. I had to start on the weekend to make sure it would get finished because . . . I’m also involved in a writing challenge with Sherry Davis , and a crew of other great writers. Goal each day: 1,000 new words. Yesterday, I had to edit 60 pages to get the 1,000 new words in (believe there were some plot holes big enough to run a semi through — so yep, it took a 1,000 words to fix those) However, I made it. And the […]

Reading challenge continues . . .

Just finished this one. All right, it is an old title, copyright 1996. Found it buried in my TBR (to be read) stack, and that bright red cover leaped out. If you’ve read my earlier post, you’ll know I have a reading challenge going on for any who want to join. Simple: read a book a week for a year. At the end I’ll have enjoyed 52 new authors and adventures. For as disappointing as last week was (see previous post), this week’s read of BRIDE OF FORTUNE by Shirl Henke was excellent. I was, actually, surprised to see that it only had a 3 1/2 stars on Amazon. If you love actual history folded […]

I tried, really I did

I should so be sleeping. Dealing with 3rd graders on a daily basis is wearing and right now it’s way later than I should be sitting at the computer. Okay, maybe they’re not tiring. Maybe I’m just old. That aside, here’s what happened with my reading challenge this week: It was a sad state of affairs. I raided my TBR (to be read) stack — and it is worthy of raiding, folks — for a contemporary. For over one hundred pages I tried to like this book. After chapter . . . I don’t even know, I gave up counting them, I chucked the book. Not a normal response for me. I’ll push through to […]

Yes, I’ve been reading.

Who’s keeping up with the reading challenge? Remember, one new book each week? No specific requirements, no mandatory length, no classical or literary emphasis is necessary — only reading a new book each week. Time marches on and your reading stack (those you’ve read) should be growing — right along with mine. This past week, I re-entered the world of teaching on a short-term, if full-time basis. What’s that mean? Reading moments must be snagged with ruthless zeal. So here’s my list for the past two weeks: Jodi Picoult’s, My Sister’s Keeper John Reynolds Gardiner’s, Stone Fox and finally, Francene Sabin’s, The Courage of Helen Keller Yes, these last two are children’s book. Remember, what […]