Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Reading Challenge Update

Here's Where I Stand on the I Love the Library Challenge

Books Checked Out and Read:
  • Caffeinated: how our daily habit helps, hurts and hooks us by Murray Carpenter (BCD)
  • Immortal by J.R. Ward
  • Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
Books Checked Out and Currently Reading
  • The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne (BCD)
  • The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Books Checked Out and Not Read - Yet
  • Super Graphic by Tim Leong
  • Think, Eat, Move, Thrive by James Rouse

Here's Where I Stand on the TBR Pile Challenge


I didn't get anything read, but I did cross off my list any book that wasn't book 1 in a series I haven't read. I've got too many books on my list to mess around with trying to locate previous books since I try really hard not to read books out of order.

Nora Roberts Reading Challenge
  • Suzanna's Surrender
  • Daring to Dream
With any luck I'll be done with the backlist (minus Promise Me Tomorrow) by the end of November. I just have to finish the Dream Trilogy and then read the Stars of Mithra series. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reader's Workouts - Spooky Tails and Trails

Reader's Workouts is a weekly event which is hosted over at Joy's Book Blog.




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My regular trips to the gym to walk on the treadmill have been infrequent. Between scheduling issues and visits to the chiropractor things have been up in the air.

Sunday, the girls and I, participated in the Spooky Tails and Trails walk at my local park. The walk was sponsored by the local YMCA. It was a 5K run, 2 Mile pet and family walk, and 1 Mile kids fun run.  We did the 2 mile pet walk.

I knew my pug Lola would be able to walk the 2 miles. She likes a good walk and is perfectly happy to prance along.  Ellie, however, isn't much of a walker. Her weight and short stubby legs are not a good combination. My original plan was to just take Lola but the more I thought about it, the more I realized, I can't leave one at home.

So I went online and purchased a dog stroller.

The plan was for Ellie to walk for a bit and then into the stroller she would go. On test walks Ellie barely made it a quarter mile before sitting down and refusing to move.

On Sunday, Ellie did much more than a quarter mile. I was very proud of her. The after affect was a very tired and limpy pug. Lola did the full 2 mile walk and she had a bit of energy to spare. Both pugs slept very well that night.

Oh there was also a pet costume contest.  I think my girls were robbed!

A photo posted by Amelia (@litjrzygrl) on

Up next is the Biggest Loser 5K Walk on November 2!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Challenge Complete - I Love Library Books Reading Challenge


Description of Challenge can be found on the sign-up post:

I aimed for 'just insert IV' which is 50+ books.  I was keeping a list but didn't keep track of the number of titles on the list until earlier this week when I learned I had hit 55 read! So from here on out where just aiming to see how many books over 50 I can checkout and read in the next two months!

You can find my ratings and/or reviews of the books I've read on my Goodreads' Page.

Books Checked Out and Read:
  1. Real by Katy Evans
  2. Francis: A New World Pope by Michel Cool
  3. Mine by Katy Evans
  4. Remy by Katy Evans
  5. Still Foolin' Em by Billy Crystal (Aduiobook)
  6. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  7. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  8. Boy21 by Matthew Quick
  9. Cordina's Royal Family: Gabriella & Alexander by Nora Roberts
  10. Cane by Jean Toomer
  11. Cordina's Royal Family: Bennett & Camilla by Nora Roberts
  12. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (BCD)
  13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (BCD)
  14. The "I Hate to Exercise" Book for People with Diabetes by Charlotte Hayes, MMSC, MS, RD, CDE
  15. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (BCD)
  16. My Brief History by Stephen Hawking (BCD)
  17. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
  18. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie H. Anderson
  19. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  20. Paris in Love by Eloisa James (BCD)
  21. The King by J.R. Ward
  22. Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
  23. Everything I need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
  24. The History of diners in New Jersey by Michael C. Gabriele
  25. A Call to Action by Jimmy Carter (BCD)
  26. The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson
  27. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (BCD)
  28. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
  29. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  30. The Collector by Nora Roberts
  31. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom by Amy Chua
  32. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
  33. The Giver by Lois Lowry (BCD)
  34. Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
  35. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry (BCD)
  36. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  37. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
  38. And One Last Thing by Molly Harper
  39. Divergent by Veronica Roth (BCD)
  40. Up at Butternut Lake by Mary McNear
  41. The Messenger by Lois Lowery (BCD)
  42. Son by Lois Lowery (BCD)
  43. Beowulf - J.R.R. Tolkien (translator)
  44. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman (BCD)
  45. Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood
  46. Fast Track by Julie Garwood
  47. Longbourn by Jo Baker (BCD)
  48. Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
  49. NPR driveway moments - Dog tales (BCD)
  50. NPR funniest driveway moments (BCD)
  51. Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  52. Contagious: Why Things Catch on by Jonah Berger (BCD)
  53. The Calhouns - Catherine, Amanda, Lilah by Nora Roberts
  54. The Calhouns - Suzanna and Megan by Nora Roberts
  55. Caffeinated: how our daily habit helps, hurts and hooks us by Murray Carpenter (BCD)
Books Checked Out and Currently Reading
  • The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne (BCD)
  • The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Books Checked Out and Not Read - Yet
  • Super Graphic by Tim Leong
  • Think, Eat, Move, Thrive by James Rouse