Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Challenge Update

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

Books Checked Out and Read:
  • Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
  • NPR driveway moments - Dog tales (BCD)
  • NPR funniest driveway moments (BCD)
  • Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch on by Jonah Berger (BCD)
  • The Calhouns - Catherine, Amanda, Lilah by Nora Roberts

Books Checked Out and Currently Reading
  • The Calhoons. Suzanna and Megan by Nora Roberts
  • Caffeinated: how our daily habit helps, hurts and hooks us by Murray Carpenter (BCD)
Books Checked Out and Not Read - Yet
  • The Contract by Derek Jeter

Here's Where I Stand on the TBR Pile Challenge

In my book basket:
  • Casting About by Terri Dulong
Books from my Nook:
  • Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Nora Roberts Reading Challenge
  • Night Smoke
  • Night Shield
  • Courting Catherine
  • A Man For Amanda
  • For the Love of Lilah

Thursday, September 25, 2014

National Comic Book Day!

Today is National Comic Book Day and I thought I'd share some of my favorite series with you.

First up is the series that's still ongoing the new Ms. Marvel:

I need to catch up with this series, but I have loved the first few issues. Kamala Khan is just trying to be a normal teenager living in Jersey City. Things get weird when this fog shows up and covers the city. Kamala wakes up with some super powers. She's on a delicate balance to begin with between her traditional Muslim parents and her desire to just be a normal American teen.  Now add in these superpowers she's not quite sure how to control and things get interesting.  

There are nine issues out already with more on the way.

Sticking with NJ and people with superpowers there's Jersey Gods:

I randomly found this one while browsing in my local comic book store. It had already had it's initial print run and was coming out in volumes (three in total). I picked up volume 1, and read this:

Jersey Gods Volume 1: I'd Live And I'd Die For YouYou're a fun-loving, high-maintenance girl that grew up in a New Jersey suburb. You live close enough to New York City to want the clothes and the cosmopolitan lifestyle, but you're not brave enough to move away from you over protective parents. What's a girl to do? If you're Zoe, you marry the first God of War that crash lands in town during a life or death struggle with his evil adversary! But, what happens when even an all-powerful God can't exactly measure up to your elevated expectations?

There was no question I was reading this series! I enjoyed the series but I will say the end was a bit of a disappointment.

The next series is another one I enjoyed and felt disappointment at the end.  Well I was disappointed that it ended. DC's Lil Gotham.

The stories started out based around the holidays then moved into more family-esque stories.

I liked that the stories weren't just about the good guys. There were a handful that focused on the lives of our favorite villains.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this series besides the stories was the art work. It was really great.

The last one I want to share is a short one with only 4 issues. It's called The Answer! and it's put out by Dark Horse.

Devon is a librarian who is a wiz at puzzles. She's also an insomniac. It's late one night when her life gets really interesting.  It involves a puzzle, The Brain Trust (a weird secret group)  and a man in an exclamation point mask (a weird kind of crime fighter).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nora Roberts Reading Challenge - A Call for Help!

For the last four years I have been on a goal to read the entirety of Nora Roberts's backlist. If things go smoothly I should finish off (almost) all the published titles. (My progress)

I just started The Calhoun Women series. Then I have The Dream Trilogy and the Stars of Mirtha trilogy.

After that the only book remaining on my list is:

I'm asking for help in locating a copy of this book I can borrow to read. It's hard to find and I refuse to spend over $60. I want to finish this challenge but there are limits.

So if you have a copy, know someone who has a copy, would you be willing to lend it?