Thursday, November 30, 2006

Summing up November

Okay, so I crashed and burned at my reading challenge! I am reading two of the books, but I did not really finish anything all month. I am hoping to do better on that in December. I will finish those three books, just in a different month. I hope to try again next year, and maybe I will be a bit more organized! A lot happened in November, though. I had six essays due in two weeks. I had assignments. And today, I had my first final. I broke up with my boyfriend of over three years for good, so that was sad, but I am better now. And, there just seems like there are not enough hours in the day to read! So, while I have not really finished any books, this is what I have started and will hopefully finish in December, as of November 30, 12PM:

108 pages/357 pages in Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb
40 pages/538 pages in Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley
50 pages/359 pages in Black Powder War by Naomi Novik (I made the wall of shame.)
120 pages/447 pages in Deep Fathom by James Rollins
121 pages/235 pages in Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda
30 pages/258 pages in A Sunday at the pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche
241 pages/539 pages in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I also am reading Magic Study by Maria Snyder, but I do not have it near me. And another book that I will talk all about when I get further into it. Oh, and The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop which I could be done, but it is never around when I am reading. I seem to be in a variety mood lately.

I also got one of my "Christmas" presents today. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. I am very excited about that!

Lastly, as IF I need another challenge, but, I am joining in anyways:

Carl is having another challenge over at Stainless Steel Droppings, and I have decided to join in. I actually normally complete the challenges I join, the only one I crashed at was my own!

He begins by presenting this quote, which I am so nicely borrowing:

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself.
~Francis C. Farley

And, now, the point for those of you that read my blog and not his:

I have decided to call this one the 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge. Giving Inspiration, Fostering Tradition. I know, it is pretty lame but I had to call it something. What you agree to do, if you choose to participate, is to partake of and/or post on any 4 of the following:

Christmas movies
Christmas novels/short stories
Christmas songs
Christmas poems
Christmas traditions
Christmas memories

The challenge comes in here: two of your 4 choices must either involve something completely new to you or something you haven’t read or watched in an inordinately long amount of time.

I know that many of you do not know this, but Christmas is my favourite time of year. So! Here is my challenge. I am going to post on each of those things at least once, minus the Christmas poem category (not a big poetry person). As well, I have already posted a list of Christmas books I would like to read in December, so two of them will count as the other half of the challenge.

My exam schedule should allow for this, but if I fail, well, exams are more important!

I just think that the categories are fun and I have lots that I can talk about!


  1. So glad you are joining in. I too failed your challenge. I have only finished one book this month, Return of the King. I've been reading alot but unfortunately haven't quite finished anything. It has been the most unsuccessful reading month all year!

    I made a new button and updated the G.I.F.T. post if you're interested.

  2. Sorry to hear about the breakup but you sound at least like you are dealing well with it.

    Is 'The Winter Rose' also known as 'The Tea Rose' or are those two separate books?

  3. Never mind! I just looked up her website and they are different - and both have just been added to my wishlist.

  4. I'm sorry about the break up.. that bites.
    Good luck on the exams! yes, they do come first.. lol


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