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thekoolaidmom's wet dream of 35

Books off the Shelf Challenge

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Edited: Dec 3, 2009, 2:10am Top

NO, not THAT kind.... Kool-Aid is liquid, get it? a wet dream?

*cough* Anyway....

Honestly, since I'm in the 75 Book Challenge, it shouldn't be too hard to get 35... that's less than half of my goal being books I already own. I actually sat and figured it up one time: If I didn't get another book and did nothing but read, eat, read, sleep, read, review and read.. maybe occasionally use the bathroom and shower.... It would still take me over FIVE YEARS to finish them all.

So, my focus will be to FIRST work through all the books I owe reviews for. ARCs, ER books, and other books I've received from authors and publishers (at least none of them are overdue book tour ones... I had that last year *sigh*)

I will start counting this in January and go through to December 31st, 2010.

Dec 3, 2009, 10:34pm Top

Welcome to the group. Your thread title certainly did catch my eye. I think we're going to see a rather eclectic list from you, which will be most enjoyable!

Jan 4, 2010, 4:19am Top

ok, I've finished my first book for 2010 :-) Off the Shelf, of course, and an ARC well past due for review (was suppose to finish it last June). Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan is a fascinating and magical story of good versus evil, love versus unforgiveness, fire versus ice. It's got ghosts, mysterious mists, and semi-beastiality. It's got something for everyone... lol. I enjoyed it, and am letting it sit before writing my review.

Up next is Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland, which I got last February from the LT ER program.

Jan 4, 2010, 12:49pm Top

I am glad you loved Of Bees and Mist since it is on my TBR pile for the next month or so.

Good luck with Any Given Doomsday. I also got it from ER and let me tell you, it did not get a very good review (from me or alot of other people). I hope you enjoy it more than I did!!

Jan 4, 2010, 1:12pm Top

I liked Of Bees and Mist, too.

Jan 4, 2010, 7:37pm Top

Any Given Doomsday is okay,so far. I'm kind of a fan of psychical stuff... lol. But, I'm only about 20 pages in. I did just discover something to my horror. Apparently, I won this book in the August 2008 batch. Wow. AND there's a second book in the series that came out last Novemenber. *sigh* I've been a very, VERY naughty book-nabber.

Jan 11, 2010, 2:52pm Top

Finished Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland ( the review will post on January 12th) - One word review: CRAPTASTIC! But at least I'm done with it and it's out of the way. Thanks for the heads up on how bad that was. With any luck, that'll be my only bad book this year ;-)

I also finished Fruits Basket volume 5 on Saturday, which was off the shelf, and I picked up Ranma 1/2 volume 1 for my Manga book (OTS). My next ARC is Islands Apart, another long-over due ER book.

Yeah, I rated the Craptastic Special 2 out of 5 stars because there were a couple things I liked about it, but no where near enough to outway all the rape-fantasies and bad writing.

Jan 22, 2010, 1:04am Top

I finished Islands Apart and reviewed it. I like all of it, except the "San Miguel Island" chapter. I almost abandoned the book in that chapter, and I NEVER abandon books! It was interminable. But the rest of the book, I thought, was rather interesting. I found I liked his chapters about people much more intriguing than the island chapters, too. Meh, a little nature-writing goes a long, LOONG way. Now I remember what I hated in Walden.

I also read Nim's Island, but I don't know if that counts as "Off the Shelf" since it was a re-read. I'm not going to count it, I think.

So what number am I up to? 4? yeah.

Jan 27, 2010, 4:39pm Top

I just finished The Blue Notebook, thankfully, and managed to peck out the review before the kids got home and ate my brain. I think I may have missed the whole "ain't words great, and writing can free the soul" part other reviewers mention, because I was overwhelmed with the gorean snuff kiddie porn thing.

It's commendable what he's trying to to do, but I'd recommend donating straight to the organization and skipping the book.

That makes 5 books, and I'm a bit burned out with all the sleazy-sex books. I'm thinking I'll either read The Hobbit, no sex there, or The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green, again... no sex.

I feel like I'm sounding priggish, but it's not the sex, per se, that bothered me, but the icky feeling of creepy uncle stan giving a long, lingering hug at the family reunion. *shudder*

Jan 27, 2010, 9:38pm Top

If you don't want to go there, don't go there. You've got my support!

Feb 5, 2010, 11:20pm Top

Finished The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green and was not impressed. It wasn't anything special that I could see, and I can't figure out why on earth the algorithim thought I'd want it, other than I'm a mom, and I liked the book The World Without Us, which was more science and what if?, not green living (blech, borrrrring!)

I've started on Holy Roller which is my last ER book to review. It's caught my attention so far, but I'm only about 3 pages in.

Finished 6 off the shelf so far.

Incidentally, I did read Push, but it's not an off the shelf... I bought it new and had it finished in a little over 24 hours. It has similarities to The Blue Notebook, but was incredibly good and not sleazy. See, I knew it wasn't me being priggish ;-)

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