Friday, October 30, 2009

Women Unbound Reading Challenge

women unbound challenge

November 2009 – November 2010

Straight from the Women Unbound challenge site:

Participants are encouraged to read nonfiction and fiction books related to the rather broad idea of ‘women’s studies.’ The definition according to Merriam-Webster

the multidisciplinary study of the social status and societal contributions of women and the relationship between power and gender.

For nonfiction, this would include books on feminism, history books focused on women, biographies of women, memoirs (or travelogues) by women, essays by women and cultural books focused on women (body image, motherhood, etc.).

Obviously, any classic fiction written by a feminist is applicable. But where do we go from there? To speak generally, if the book takes a thoughtful look at the place of women in society, it will probably count.

Three levels of participation:

  • Philogynist: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one.
  • Bluestocking: read at least five books, including at least two nonfiction ones.
  • Suffragette: read at least eight books, including at least three nonfiction ones
I’m so excited! I can't possibly pass this one up!!

I’m aiming for the Suffragette level.

My list of eight books is:

NONFICTION:

1. The Madame Curie Complex by Julie DesJardins
2. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell
3. The Bone Woman by Cleo Koff
4. Queen of Scots--True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy

FICTION

1. Base Ten by Maryann Lesert
2. From Wonso Ponds by Kang Kyong-ae
3. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
4. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

Four Month Reading Challenge Part Two

Virginie Says...Introduces The Four Month Challenge, Part Two

She had so much fun doing her last challenge that November 1st will be the beginning of this new challenge. Search through your libraries to find books for each of the categories you select. Rules/guidelines will be posted November 1st when the challenge starts. I am planning on doing the 20 Point Challenges. With any luck, I will be able to finish.

5 Point Challenges

Read a book with a proper name in the title

Read a book about a queen or king

Read a book by a Bronte

Read a book about Vampires

Read a book by V.C. Andrews

10 Point Challenges

Read a book by Canadian author

Read a book by Charles Dickens

Read a book set in France

Read a book by Georgette Heyer

Read an ‘art’ themed book.

15 Point Challenges

Read a book with a Civil War theme (any country)

Read a book with characters inspired by King Arthur or about King Arthur/Camelot

Read a biography/autobiography

Read a book related to or something by Shakespeare

Read a book by an author born in November, December, January or February

20 Point Challenges

Read a book with a wintery theme (Christmas, snow, ice, freezing etc.)

Read a book that was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Read a book that begins with A and one that begins with Z

Read a book from The Modern Library Top 100

Read a book and then write a review


MY READING LIST FOR THE 20 POINT CHALLENGE IS:

1. Wintery theme: The Christmas Bus

2. Pulitzer Prize Winner: Killer Angels by J. Shaara

3. Book Starting with A: Angle of Repose by

4. Book Starting with Z: Zeleika Dobson by Max Bierboehm

5. Modern Library Top 100: Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara

6. Review: ???????????

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sins of the Flesh - Book Giveaway!

Sins of the Flesh by Caridad Pineiro

Caterina Shaw's days are numbered. Her only chance for survival is a highly experimental gene treatment-a risk she willingly takes.
Mick Carrera is a mercenary and an expert at capturing elusive, clever prey. Yet the woman he's hunting down is far from the vicious killer he's been told to expect: Caterina is wounded, vulnerable, and a startling mystery of medical science. Even more, she's a beautiful woman whose innocent sensuality tempts Mick to show her exactly how thrilling pleasure can be.

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Five books to be given away. Check out the website for details in order to win this exciting new book.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Libby's Library News: Nine Dragons - Blog Tour and Giveaway

Libby's Library News: Nine Dragons - Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Nine Dragons is an action packed thriller that keeps the reader's attention from the first page to the very last word. Libby's Library News is giving away 5 copies of this book. Check out the details at Libby's Library News.

Laura's Reviews: Giveaway - The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Laura's Reviews: Giveaway - The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Laura has 2 copies of The Heretic's Daughter to giveaway. If you are interested in the Salem Witch Trial era in American History then this is the book for you. Check out Laura's Reviews for further details

Year of the Historical: A 2010 Reading Challenge «

Year of the Historical: A 2010 Reading Challenge «: "A feast for the reading romanticist.

Join the 2010 Year of the Historical Reading Challenge at Luv Alamode.

This challenge will encompass both straight historical fiction and historical romance. If you’ve never read historicals, follow along. After all, it’s a challenge. Check out the details at the website for further details. I am joining and hoping to read 12 books during the 2010 year.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Interview and Giveaway for Ruined by Paula Morris : Debbie's World of Books

Interview and Giveaway for Ruined by Paula Morris : Debbie's World of Books
What a great way to better understand the book, Ruined! The interview provides that insight from the author, Paula Morris. Debbie's World of Books has 5 copies of Ruined to giveaway. Please go the website and enter the contest.

Habitwise Review & Giveaway — Where A Mommy Saves You Money Babee Love

Habitwise Review & Giveaway — Where A Mommy Saves You Money Babee Love
Check out these unique habit forming bracelets to help you with drinking more water, staying fit, losing weight and eating healthy.
Babee is giving away one of these kits.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Sweet Bookshelf: Giveaway: The Heretic's Daughter

The Sweet Bookshelf: Giveaway: The Heretic's Daughter

This book describes the story of the daughter of one of America's first women killed in a Salem witch trial. What an opportunity for 5 people to learn more about this era of our history which is one of our proudest moments.
Check the blogsite for further details.

Reverie Book Reviews: It's OCTOBER.... and that means....

Reverie Book Reviews: It's OCTOBER.... and that means....It's time for my Bday/Blogavesary Extravaganza!!

There are five winners for books in this group. Check out the blogsite for further details.


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Second Time Around: Supreme Courtship Giveaway (2 Winners)

Second Time Around: Supreme Courtship Giveaway (2 Winners)

President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her. Will Pepper, a straight-talking Texan, survive a confirmation battle in the Senate? Will becoming one of the most powerful women in the world ruin her love life? And even if she can make it to the Supreme Court, how will she get along with her eight highly skeptical colleagues, including a floundering Chief Justice who, after legalizing gay marriage, learns that his wife has left him for another woman.

Enter this Giveaway to find out what happens with this situation.

Sound Of Sleighbells Book Giveaway!

It's getting close to the Holiday Time and wouldn't it be great to celebrate it with a holiday book.  Enter the Giveaway at Enroute to  Life blogsite for details on this fantastic novel about the Amish way of life and sleighbells.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Crazy-for-Books.com: Hispanic Heritage Month - Book Giveaway!

FIVE winners will be selected to receive a complete set of the five following books:

Zumba® by Beto Perez with Maggie Greenwood-Robinson ISBN: 0446546127
Evenings at the Argentine Club By Julia Amante ISBN: 0446581623
Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz By Belinda Acosta ISBN: 044654051X
Tell Me Something True By Leila Cobo ISBN: 0446519367
Amigoland By Oscar Casares ISBN: 0316159697"

Check out "Crazy for Books" for the details. Giveaway ends on October 8th.

So Many Precious Books, So Little Time: Giveaway: The Tudor Rose: A Novel of Elizabeth of York by Margaret Campbell Barnes#c8318379017932385210

So Many Precious Books, So Little Time: Giveaway: The Tudor Rose: A Novel of Elizabeth of York by Margaret Campbell

Giveaway for a great historical fiction novel featuring the Tudor era of English history. Contest ends October 23, 2009.

Check the website for further details.