Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays (Nov. 29)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here's how it works..

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentances from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share does not give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here are my Teasers...
"You cannot bear to watch. You cannot look away."
 p. 105, "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

Sunday, November 27, 2011

2012 Ebook Challenge

2012 Ebook Challenge
hosted by: Workaday Reads

I'm signing up for this challenge since I usually read on my Nook. However, lately I've been working on reading everything on my bookshelf so my poor Nook has been abandoned. This challenge will get me to dust off my Nook and get back into reading ebooks.

Here's how it works...

Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  2. Anyone can join, you don't need to be a blogger. If you don't have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
  3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.


  1. Floppy disk - 5 ebooks
  2. CD - 10 ebooks
  3. DVD - 25 ebooks
  4. Memory stick - 50 ebooks
  5. Hard drive - 75 ebooks
  6. Server - 100 ebooks
  7. Human brain - 150 ebooks

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. If you forget, feel free to add your reviews in the following month. Any reviews submitted will be entered into the draw for that month.

Yes, there will be draws every month for participants. As long as you are signed up below, every review you add to the monthly roundups will get one entry into the giveaway for that month.

There will also be a grand giveaway at the end of the year for eveyone who achieves their goal level (or  higher). There may be different prizes for different levels, but that is not decided yet. If you are an author and want to contribute to the monthly or grand prizes, please contact me.

I am pledging the DVD Level of 25 ebooks. I will most likely post my ebooks in the wrap up posts since I never know what I'm going to download from my wishlist to read on my Nook. Thanks for hosting Workaday Reads

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts

by Gregory David Roberts
933 pages

Short Version: An escaped convict flees to Bombay to find refuge, love, and meaning in a city of slum dwellars, mofia dons, Bollywood stars, exiles and Indians.

Why I Read It: I was told my numerous people that it was a good book, but what really drew me in was that the story of the escaped convict is based on the author's real life.

The Book: From Goodreads
"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

My Thoughts: From the first line of this book I was drawn in and immediately felt for the narrator, Lin. Although he is a convict, I wanted him to be free from the tortured prison life. The descriptions he gives upon arriving to Bombay, paint a wonderful picture that now make me want to go to India. Life in Bombay seems to never have a dull moment for Lin. He goes from life in the slum, to being a gangster,to helping out with Bollywood movies and eventually going into Afganastan during the Soviet invasion. This kept the adventure going, but I wonder what part of this is true and what parts did Roberts exaggerate to make this story. Roberts also has a tendancy to ramble on which made me just want to be done with the book. His rambles made me feel that Lin was mopey and that I should have felt sorry for him, but I was eventually annoyed with this. I wanted to tell him to get over it and deal with his consequenses. I was also disappointed with the ending. From reading about the author, I know Roberts was recaptured and served out the rest of his sentance. I kept thinking because the book was so long it was going to encompass his entire escape, but it does not. Conflicts were mostly resolved and Lin moves on with his life, but I keep wondering how did he get caught again. There was no real closure for me. Overall the book was good. The adventures and knowing this was based on Roberts life is what kept me going.

3/5 Stars

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

Mount TBR Reading Challenge
hosted by: My Reader's Block

I have joined my first reading challenge to work on my never ending TBR book shelf. Here is how it works...

Step 1: pick a level
Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 25 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 40 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 50 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100+ books from your TBR pile/s

Step 2: Follow the rules
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.
*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2012.
*You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2012.
*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2012. No ARCs (none), no library books. No rereads. [To clarify--based on a question raised--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]
*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.
*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.
*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level.
*A progress site for reviews will go up in January and I will post the link in my sidebar for easy access.

I choose the Mt. Vancouver level of 25 books. I can always go up from there, but 25 is a good place to start. I will post my list when I get home from my current trip. Thanks for hosting My Reader's Block!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hello Bloggers!

I can't believe I have finally done it but here I am with my very first blog! I've been thinking about creating one for awhile, I just never had the time to sit down and do it. I am VERY new to all of this and always willing to take advice.

The main reason I wanted to start a blog is because of all the reading I do. Reading is my favorite pass time and I do a lot of it! The downside of this, is not having an outlet to share my thoughts on all the books I read. I am hoping to use this blog to do that.

It won't be all about books. Occasionally I may throw in a few things about my travels. I have a pretty exciting job as a Travel Director. Basically, I travel 90% of the time, and while I'm gone I read, try new restaurants & foods, and take as many pictures as I can (along with working of course).

This is just my first post to say hello! I'm still working on (and learning) how to set up my blog how I would like it. This is definitely a work in progress but hopefully I will figure it out! Send any advice you have this way.