Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mini-Challenge: Scariest Word

As Part of Princess Bookie's Contest Craze, The Non Reluctant Reader is hosting a mini-contest called Scariest Word.

For this mini-contest you had to:
  • Open a book you are currently reading.
  • Turn to page 13th Chapter.
  • Scan for the scariest word.
  • Type the word into a Google Images search, and select a picture that you can stand.
My Book is Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong.
The scariest word in my chapter was Zombie

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mini-Challenge: Lucky Number 7

As Part of Princess Bookie's Contest Craze, The Elliot Review is hosting a mini-contest called Lucky Number 7.
For this mini contest you have to:
  • Open a book you are currently reading.
  • Turn to page 7.
  • Count to the 7th word.
  • If the word is an article (a, an, the, etc), go to the next real word.
  • Type the word into a Google Images search, and select a picture that you can stand.
My book is Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
The 7th word was to, so I went to the next word: Constantinople.
My picture:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

How I said goodbye to Borders

Borders hasn't exactly been my bookstore of choice for years.  There was never an actual Borders here, and Waldenbooks closed about four years ago.  Still, I would go to Ann Arbor frequently for the shopping (gotta love the used bookstore there...Dawn Treader) and we never failed to stop at Borders.  So when I heard it was closing I vowed to visit there as much as I could before they closed.  My total savings at Borders was about $700.

When the sale was at 60% I didn't pick up much, just three books (not pictured):
       Changeless by Gail Carriger;  Blameless by Gail Carriger; Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

When I went back the signs said 70%, but I actually got everything for 80% so I bought quite a bit more (Oh and by buying 10 or more items I saved an extra 15%).  Including these YA books:
         Wither by Lauren DeStefano;                   Possession by Elana Johnson; 
          Forgotten by Cat Patrick;                        Hourglass by Myra McEntire; 
         The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith;      Crossing Over by Anna Kendall
         Rotters by Daniel Krauss
And these manga:
       Arisa 4-5; Love*Com - 6; Shaman King - 24

The final time that I went back all YA books and manga were $1.00 so my friend and I hit up three different Borders (one was still at 80%) and I totally cleaned house (at the two stores with $1.00 books I also saved an extra 15%)  The most I paid was 3.30 on three manga, the least I paid was only $0.40!!! 
I picked up these books (all for $1 or less): 

     The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier              Heartless by Gail Carriger
     Silver Zombie by Carole Nelson Douglas           Timeless by Alexandra Monir
     Spice & Wolf vol. 2 by Isuna Hasekura             Gone by Lisa McMann
     Red is for Remembrance     AND        Silver is for Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz
     The Line by Teri Hall                                        
     Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
     Monster High                      AND        The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison
     Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep                               
     The Twelve Kingdoms: The Vast Spread of the seas by Fuyumi Ono
     Daywatch by Sergei Lukyanenko                                
     Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder by Obert Skye
     Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers                          XVI by Julia Karr
     Misfit by Jon Skovron                                        Siren by Tricia Rayburn
     Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton           
     In Dreams Begin by Skyler White
     The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver; The Dark Devine by Bree Despain
     Angelfire by Cournety Allison Moulton              
     Revelations by Melissa De La Cruz
     13 to Life by Shannon Delany                           
     Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

And these manga at 80%:
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle - 28; Love*Com - 5; Peace Maker Kurogane - 4

And these manga at $1.00 or less!
             13th Boy - 2;                   Angel Diary - 13;                Black Bird 2, 5; 
             B.O.D.Y. 5-8, 10;            Demon Sacred 1-3;            Dengeki Daisy 1-3;  
             Dragon Girl -1;                Hero Tales - 2;                    Honey Hunt - 5; 
             Legend - 3, 6, 9-10;        Oh My Goddess 36-37;      Mixed Vegetables 7-8; 
             Nana 17, 19;                   Ouran High School Host Club - 14; 
             Panic X Panic - 2;           Papillon - 5/6;                    Portrait of M & N 1, 3
             Rin-ne - 4-5;                   S*A - 9-12;                        Sakura Hime - 3; 
             Sand Chronicles - 8;        Shaman King - 27-29, 31;   
             Spiral Bond of Reasoning - 6-7;                              
             The Stellar Six - 1         
             Stepping on Roses - 2-4;                                           Sugarholic - 2; 
             Tsubasa those with wings - 2-3;                                 Vampire Knight 8-9; 
             Very! Very! Sweet - 1, 6;                                          Zombie-loan 7-8, 10

Mini-Challenge: Top five 2012 books

As part of a mini challenge at http://www.princessbookie.com/2011/09/contest-craze-mini-challenge.html

I'm writing a post about the top five books that I'm looking forward to in 2012.
1. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong due out April 2012

2. Fever by