Category Archives: challenges

#HPBTeensRead – write reviews, win prizes!

I recently joined Half-Price Books’ mailing list, and just found this in my inbox: You can click on the image for more info, and read the official rules here.

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I hereby de-strictify my previously mentioned challenge

[sigh]  Show of hands, how many of you saw this coming?  Don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you.  It’s not that I’m quitting, per se, so much as canceling the central rule of the challenge.  Which…ok, that sounds like … Continue reading

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I hereby challenge myself to finish ALL THE BOOKS!!!

Credit to Hyperbole and a Half for inspiring the “[Verb] ALL the [Nouns] meme. . . . . . . . . by which I mean that, as of the publishing of this post*, I’m not letting myself buy or … Continue reading

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Swaying in my hammock

For this month’s Exchange, Book Bloggers International asks:  What’s your favorite reading spot? Is it a comfy chair?  A sweet sofa?  A reading nook by a window?  A place in the park?  A coffee shop?  Your bed?  Your deck or … Continue reading

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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s CATWINGS!

Another post for the From the Bowels of Obscurity Book Club (Hee! Ahem, *cough*, sorry, I promise to settle down now.  Really, I will.) . . . . . . . . In 7th grade, I went through a cat … Continue reading

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“…inside that peach stone is a tree, folded a million times. So go and plant it.”

Back in March, sj tweeted to me about this new informal club that Becoming Cliché was starting:  the From the Bowels of Obscurity Children’s Book Club [pause while we wait for our inner 12-year-olds to stop giggling at “bowels.”  Hee!] … Continue reading

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Plucky Girls in Fairy-lands

Ok, break’s over! For the Classic Children’s Literature challenge in January, I read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (totally original, I know, but this is as good a time as any to catch up on … Continue reading

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Scholarly Musings: Dolphins, Wolves, and Neo-Transcendentalists (oh my!)

Well, you know November has come…when it’s gone away. (just thought I’d ease you into this very academic post with a pop culture reference :-D) Happy T(of)urkey Day, everyone! May your pumpkin pies be tasty and your tryptophan-induced comas relaxing. … Continue reading

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“The heart of it not in the chosen—the act itself the main, the quadriennial choosing”

For the Tea with Transcendentalists challenge (I know it’s not an official event anymore, I don’t think, but I’m still going to do a post or two this month just for fun), I offer the following Whitmanian sentiment on Election Day. … Continue reading

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A Very Potter Retrospective

For the Harry Potter Readalong… … I re-read Sorcerer’s Stone and Deathly Hallows, and read the following Harry-relevant books:        . . . . . . . .  Messrs Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs advise readers that the following post … Continue reading

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