Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Best Basic Blogger: $20 Bath and Body Works GC Giveaway

The Best Basic Blogger: $20 Bath and Body Works GC Giveaway: I am giving away a $20 GC  to Bath and Body Works for one lucky winner who participates in my Buy A Box program.  One week only.One winn...

2016 Historical Fiction Challenge

Here are the rules and details:
Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:
  • Everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)
  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)
  • During the following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:

    20th century Reader - 2 books
    Victorian Reader - 5 books
    Renaissance Reader - 10 books
    Medieval - 15 books
    Ancient History - 25 books
    Prehistoric - 50+ books

    To join the challenge you only need to make a post about it, add your link in Mr. Linky below or just leave a link to your blog if you are not yet ready to post about it yet. If you don't have a blog you can just leave a comment for this post saying that you are joining.

    The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2016.

    I look forward to having you join me in reading and enjoying the best in historical fiction over the 12 months.

    Don't forget to grab the Reading Challenge Button below! And please share about the Reading Challenge to your fellow friends and readers!

I am going for Renaissance Reader-10 books!! Hope you will join in!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Winter's Respite Readathon!!

What a great way to enjoy January!! This is the signup link:

Not sure how many books I will get done, but I know I will have oodles of fun trying!!

2016 The Color Coded Challenge

I am signing up for this interesting looking Challenge hosted by My Reader's Block-

The rules/details are as follows:
Here are the rules:

*Read nine books in the following categories.
1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover. 
2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.
5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title/on the cover.
6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title/on the cover.
8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

* Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2016 will count.
*Crossovers with other challenges are fine.
*Please post about the challenge on your blog. Sign ups accepted until Nov 1, 2016.
*Please sign up using the Linky below. Give your name & blog (Example: Bev @ My Reader's Block) and use a direct link to your challenge post as your url. Please don't connect to just your home page.  Links to a list on GoodReads or other social media sites are also acceptable.

*Please use the Review Headquarters Page (sidebar link coming in January) to post review links and a final wrap-up post when you finish the challenge.  [Reviews are not required--but I would love to see what you think about the books that you've read if you do review.]

*No blog or GoodReads site? That's okay. Post a comment here to announce your entry into the challenge and when you have completed the challenge just post a comment at the review site with a list of your books

This is going to be fun, can't wait to start!!

$20 Bath and Body Works GC Giveaway

I am giving away a $20 GC  to Bath and Body Works for one lucky winner who participates in my Buy A Box program. 
One week only.One winner.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Buy A Box themes for January

I am going to do 3 themes for January's Buy a Boxes, thanks to several ideas from my Awesome followers!!
These themes will only be good for the month of January. February is going to be awesome because of Valentines day, so for January I am going to make it very nice indeed.
 The first theme-Warm,Wonderful,Witches and Wizards!!  A small box is 6 items,$5. Medium-12 items $8 and Large 24 items-$14.
Items for this theme are:A nice throw, books that have Witches and/or Wizards, hot cocoa, hot coffee, hot flavored teas,candles,anything that represents warmth!!

2.Theme #2-Challenging!!-Thick books(1,000 or more pages),puzzle books,jigsaw puzzles,things that really make you think.
3. Theme #3-Read Red- any red colored items, Red covered books, Red in the title. Also DVD's,candles, household, home decor etc. Anything red!!
I will be shopping at Dollar General, Family Dollar, Rite Aid and little shops along the main street where I work (Main st. LOL)
I will accept all orders in order which they are received. I prefer paypal, however money orders are also ok. There is no limit to how many boxes you can order in a month.Please send orders via email to All items will be shipped priority  mail-USPS. International orders are welcome, will take 1 extra day for shipping.

2016 Reading Bingo

I just couldnt resist this,so here are all the details!!

2016 European Reading Challenge

This Challenge, hosted by Rose City Reader-

definitely looks fun so I am signing up for this one, my goal-Five Star (Deluxe Entourage). If I do more than thats ok!! here is the details:
Welcome to the 2016 European Reading Challenge – where participants tour Europe through books.  And have a chance to win a prize.  Please join us for the Grand Tour!

THE GIST: The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. (See note about the UK, below)
NOTE: Technically, the United Kingdom is still one country that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  So one book from any one of these four counts as your one book for that one country. I'm not going to be a stickler about it because challenges should be about fun not about rules. However, when it comes to winning the Jet Setter prize, only one book from one of the UK countries will count.

THE LIST: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City. 

FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.

FOUR STAR (HONEYMOONER): Read four qualifying books.

THREE STAR (BUSINESS TRAVELER): Read three qualifying books.

TWO STAR (ADVENTURER): Read two qualifying books.

ONE STAR (PENSIONE WEEKENDER): Read just one qualifying book.


The participant who reads and reviews the greatest number of qualifying books (more than five) will get a $25 gift card to Powell's Books (can be used in store or on line).  Participants living in Europe will get a $25-equivalent gift card to the Amazon store in your country, if possible. If you live in a country where neither Powell's nor Amazon will work, then sorry, you are out of luck.

Each book must be by a different author and set in a different country. This means that only one book from one of the four UK countries will count.  Only books reviewed count towards the prize.

  • Read all books between January 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017.  I like having 13 months so there is extra time to finish after the holidays.  However, if you participated in the 2015 European Reading Challenge, you can only count books read in January 2016 for one year -- either the end of the 2015 challenge or the start of the 2016 challenge -- you don't get to count one book for both challenges. 
  • Sign up here using Mr. Linky under the "PARTICIPANTS" heading below. Please use a link to your challenge post, not your blog home page  
  • If you do not have a blog, please leave a comment below with the level you are signing up for, and your list of books if you want to name them now, and I will add you to the list.
  • You do not have to commit to your choices now; you can change your mind about books at any time.
  • Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged! Have ideas for good overlapping challenge opportunities? Please leave links in comments.
  • Re-reads count.  Audiobooks count.  E-books count.  Self-published books count.
  • As you progress, please link to your reviews on the review list page.  Reviews are not necessary, unless you are going for the prize, in which case only books reviewed count.  If you do not have a blog, put your reviews or reports in a comment on this post. When you finish, please link to your wrap-up posts on the wrap-up page.
  • You can copy and paste the button. Or, if you want me to send you the code, please leave a comment with an email and I will. I cannot figure out the fancy ways of giving button instructions.

Its Monday what are you reading?#2

It's Monday, What are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date.
I am reading one book right now to finish before the New Year begins, and all my Challenges- I am signing up for a few more but not too many..LOL I can't wait to start as I have all my books organized into each of my Challenges. Plus my biggest goal is NO CROSSOVERS!! I think that defeats the purpose! I finished reading Rules of Command last week, and now I am reading Tell No One by Harlan Coben. I really enjoy his books.
Finished last week.
Reading now.
It's Monday, What are You Reading?

Complete List of Challenges Part 3-Final Page

61.2016 Literary Pickers Challenge-
62.2016 Pages Read Challenge-
63.2016 Pick Your Genre Challenge-
64.2016 Pervy Girl Challenge-
65.2016 New To You Reading Challenge-
66.2016 You Read How Many Books?Challenge-
67.Mount TBR Challenge 2016-
68.The Bad Boys of Romance Challenge 2016-
69.The Series That Never Ends Challenge 2016-
70.Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt 2016-
71.Read It Again Sam Challenge 2016-
72.9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge 2016-
73.Foodies Read 2016-
74.Rock My TBR Challenge 2016-
75.2016 I Love My Library Challenge-
76.2016 Ebook Reading Challenge-
77.#Six Squared Challenge 2016-
78.Contemporary Romance Challenge 2016-
79.2016 The Classics Challenge-
80.2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge-
81.100+ Book Challenge 2016-
82.2016 Anne Rice Reading Challenge-
83.Challenge:Around the World 2016-
84.Challenge:Reviewing Backwards-
85.2016 Bookish Resolutions-
86.2016 Book to Movie Challenge-
87.2016 Cloak and Dagger Challenge-
88.2016 COYER Challenge-
89.2016 Crafty Cozy Challenge-
90.2016 Full House Reading Challenge-
91.2016 Women's Fiction Reading Challenge-
92.2016 9th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge-
93.2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge-
94.The Little House Series Readalong-
95.2016 Literary Loners Challenge-
96.2016 Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge-
97.2016 Non Fiction Reading Challenge-
98.Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge-
99.2016 Read Harder Challenge-
100.2016 Reading Bites Challenge-
101.#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Challenge-
102.Reading Challenge Addicts 2016-
103.Reading England 2016-
104.2016 Deal Me In-
105.2016 Read My Books Challenge-
106.2016 Review Writing Challenge-
107.2016 Romantic Suspense Challenge-
108.2016 Sci-Fi Experience Challenge-
109.2016 Steampunk Challenge-
110.2016 TBR Challenge-
111.2016 Triple Dog Dare Challenge-
112.2016 What's in a Name? Challenge-
113.2016 Women Challenge-
And that completes the list (as of today) of all the Challenges that I came across. I hope that everyone can find something here!! Comments are always welcome!


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Complete List of Challenges Part 2

46.2016 Finishing the Series Challenge-
53. 2016 Reading New England Challenge-
55.2016 Out of this World Reading Challenge-
56.Spooks, Howls and Fangs Challenge 2016-


  1. Your Name, Your Book Challenge @
  2. Tamora Pierce Challenge -
  3. Commenting 365 Challenge-
  4. Book Blogger Discussion Challenge-
  5. Popsugar's Reading Challenge-
  6. Shelf Love Challenge 2016-
  7. Title Fight Reading Challenge 2016-
  8. The 12 months Classics Challenge-
  9. 2016 Hardcore Rereading Challenge
  10. Back to the Classics Challenge 2016-
  11. Cruisin Through the Cozies Reading Challenge 2016
  12. What an Animal 1x Reading Challenge 2016-
  13. Unique Formatting Challenge 2016-
  14. 2016 Re-read Challenge-
  15. 2016 Color Coded Challenge-
  16. Retellings Reading Challenge 2016-
  17. 2016 Challenges:Victorian Bingo-
  18. 2016 Challenges:Charity Reading Challenge-
  19. 2016 Challenges:Edwardian Bingo Challenge-
  20. 2016 Challenges:World at War -
  21. 2016 Challenges:Womens Classic Literature Event-
  22. 2016 European Reading Challenge-
  23. Tudor Reading Challenge-
  24. Flights of Fantasy Challenge 2016-
  25. Read the Books You Buy Challenge 2016-
  26. A Series A Month Challenge 2016-
  27. French Bingo Reading Challenge 2016-
  28. 2016 Prequel and Sequel Challenge-
  29. (Fairytale)Re-telling Challenge 2016-
  30. TBR Challenge 2016-
  31. Books in Translation Challenge 2016-
  32. 2016 Anne of Green Gables reading Challenge-
  33. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2016-
  34. 2016 Blogger Shame Challenge-
  35. Royal Challenge 2016-
  36. 2016 Horror Reading Challenge-
  37. 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge-
  38. 2016 Audiobook Challenge-
  39. 2016 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge-
  40. Re-read Challenge 2016-
  41. 2016 New Release Challenge-
  42. 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge-
  43. 2016 Netgalley Challenge-
  44. 2016 Challenge Challenge-
  45. 2016 Winning at Reading Challenge-

Sunday Post #3

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where we can describe our bookish and non bookish week!!
Well, I celebrated Christmas with my boyfriend who is now my fiancee!! What a gift, we've been together almost 2 years, I met him today-2 years ago!! Mike also bought me a nice umbrella and my Minion sleep pants!! (I love Minions!!) 
It's 67 outside here in PA but is supposed to drop 25 degrees by tonight, and of course, I must work!!Ugh..
For bookish news I struggled to get through Rules of Command (did finish) and posted my review although it's a short one. I got 3 books for my Challenges next year, started reading Tell No One by Harlan Coben, one of my all time favorites. Posted 2 tours. Entered many giveaways. Planning on my Buy A Box first special-that's coming up this week!! Today I am posting a complete Challenge list that I have so anyone can sign up, I have over 100 on my list right now.
I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday, as I am, and Happy Reading!!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Book Review:Rules of Command by C.A.Mobley

This military read takes place in the Panama Canal, which was neat, a perfect spot for a military novel.

Excerpt:An American cruiser accidentally shoots down a commercial airliner carrying the President of Panama.
And that is how the story begins. We then have 2 female characters who are directly involved, one of which has a past history of being involved with a similar incident. Then throw in different agencies working against each other and they are all trying to resolve these issues while China is persuading Panama to take action against the US.
What I liked most: the in-depth descriptions of how they operated-i.e. sonar, radar etc. That was really easy to follow without too much complications. I also liked Elwell, a character who could actually have his own books...LOL
What I didn't care for: How it made the US seem weak and incompetant as opposed to China. China factors largely as an enemy of ours in this read. Would I recommend this book? Eh- if you're looking for a quick military-style read.

My overall rating:


Stacking the Shelves #4
hosted by  Tynga's Reviews

I got 3 books this past week, for my Challenges next year!
I also discovered alot of great new books I want to read next year!! So here's my short and sweet books:

The 2 Scottish ones are for my Read Scotland Challenge and the Saks & Violins are for my Cozy Mysteries Challenge. Got all three at Dollar General!! 
Found 100 other Challenges that I will be choosing carefully, as I am already signed up for 14!! LOL  Looking forward to getting more books soon, but not til I read 3 more books, so I can start enjoying them. In fact, I get to start a new one today!! Happy Holidays!!


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
The Book I am waiting on is
Jan 26th it comes out!! Can't wait!!


The Books I would like Santa to Bring Me

1. Zodiac
2.Wandering Star
3.The Smoke Thief
4.The Dream Thief
5.Seize the Night
6.Throne of Glass
7.Six of Crows
8.A Beaumont Christmas Wedding
9.The ARC of the Swallow
10.Lover Mine

Tuesday, December 22, 2015



The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

The first readathon of the New Year, am very excited about it, and hope you will join in!!


Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings

This week is the Cookie Exchange!! How fun, I am going to post a recipe even though I am not baking this year. I did last year and passed out cookies at work!! 


package Pillsbury™ ready-to-bake sugar cookies 
jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme (1 1/2 cups)
cup butter, softened
2 1/2
cups powdered sugar
teaspoon red gel food color
miniature marshmallows
White candy sprinkles
1 of 5Heat oven to 350°F. Cut each cookie in half. Roll each half into a ball. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
2 of 5Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set and golden brown. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheets before removing to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.

3 of 5To make frosting, in large bowl, beat marshmallow crème and softened butter with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Beat in powdered sugar until fluffy. Add food color, and beat until well combined.
4  of 5Top each hat with miniature marshmallow. Gently press sprinkles around bottom edge of each hat so they stick to frosting.Place frosting in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut off 1 tiny corner of bag. Pipe frosting, piling up in hat shape, on top of each cookie.
This recipe is from Pillsbury's Cookie Countdown.


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