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Name: Marylou


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2017 Reading Assignment Challenge - Sign Up Post

In this challenge you make a list of all the books you WILL read in one year, depending on what level you pick (so 12 books is one book per month)

This challenge is hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading.


Goal: 1 book per month from the list below - Level 1

0 out of 12 predetermined books


Last year the challenge started okay but I failed in the end..Plus I never made it to upload the library card on time!

This year I am going for level 1, to make things easier for myself.

Here is my list of 12 books I pledge to read in the upcoming year:


The Couple Next Door - Shari LapenaThe Hunger Games - Suzanne CollinsThe Lie Tree - Frances HardingeRevenger - Alastair ReynoldsThe One-in-a-Million Boy - Monica WoodThe Heart of Henry Quantum - Pepper HardingThe Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, Vol. #1 - Mike Dringenberg,Neil GaimanThe Book of Lost Things - John ConnollySix of Crows - Leigh BardugoA Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria SchwabThe Widow - Fiona BartonEcho - Pam Muñoz Ryan


The Rules:

◈The 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2017. You may sign up anytime between now and July 1st.

◈You may only participate for the months AFTER you sign up (so if you sign up in February, January doesn’t count)

◈Commit to reading 1, 2, 3, or 4 books a month and MAKE A LIST of the SPECIFIC books you will read in 2017. This is the point of the challenge: you’re committing to reading a set list of books and a certain number of them each month. It’s your chance to finally hold yourself accountable for those books you keep promising you’ll read!

◈You may read any genre or any format (i.e., eBook, Audiobook, Paperback, Hardcover). But they must be published before January 1, 2017 and they must be at least 100 pages.

◈Pick a level and make your list. REMEMBER: you’re committing to not just those books, but that number of books a month. You CANNOT read them all in one month. We’re doing away with the complicated and often confusing extra credit this year, but you’ll get a chance for a fresh start each quarter (details below)

◈At the end of each month, cross off the book(s) you read. We will have a link-up each quarter (hosted by Michelle in April, Berls in July, Michelle in September, Berls in January 2018) for you to link your progress. Details below, but… The link-up will be open for the first 7 days of the new quarter and we will randomly select a quarterly winner of a $5 gift card to Amazon. Giveway will be open Internationally.

◈Tweet your progress to #2017HW and keep an eye out for random tweets from us.

There will also be a grand prize drawing in January 2018. The number of entries you get in the grand prize giveaway will depend on how you perform in the quarterly Report Cards and what percentage of books you read from your list. The quarterly giveaways will be based on that quarter alone, so even if you can’t complete the challenge for the year, you will have plenty of opportunities to win!

I'm so impressed on how smooth the site loads now! I had many issues with it like a lot of you and eventually got frustrated and gave up. However I read yesterday about recent developments over at GR and I'm glad the site is working properly again!

I love this!!
I love this!!

After watching the coverage and the disheartening result of the 2016 US presidential election, this made me smile!


Happy Halloween!

Have you seen the new doodle from Google? Such a fun game!

Swipe away in this #Halloween #GoogleDoodle Score: 82540 (link:

"Equations are magic, and all formulas are spells"

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella - Fredrik Backman

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

❝Noah holds the old man's hand, the man who taught him to fish and to never be afraid of big thoughts and to look at the night's sky and understand that it's made of numbers..❞

There are so many reasons that this short novella touched my heart strings. It came as no surprise however as mr. Backman is one of my fav authors: he just nails the old folk-young kids dynamic, with each of his books exploring a different one. On "And every morning the way home gets longer and longer", Noah's grandad is slowly descending into the abyss of Alzheimer's and together they try to come in terms with it.

We learn just how ordinarily extraordinary he was earlier in life, about his job and the story of how he met and lost the love of his life.


I laughed and cried while reading this and can't wait for his new book coming this spring!

50 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader80%Reviews Published2016 NetGalley Challenge Challenge Participant

The Best of Edgar Allan Poe free audiobook from Tantor Media

Written Edgar Allan Poe

Narrated by: Todd McLaren

Length: 6 hrs

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:20-12-10

The name Edgar Allan Poe conjures up thoughts of hearts beating long after their owners are dead, of disease and plague amid wealth, and of love that extends beyond the grave. The richness of Poe's writing, however, includes much more than horror, loss, and death. Poe's stories teem with irony and black humor, in addition to plot twists and surprise endings. Living by their own rules and charged with passion, Poe's characters are instantly recognizable—even though we may be appalled by their actions, we understand their motivations. This collection contains eleven of Poe's best stories.
They are "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Premature Burial," "Ligeia," "The Black Cat," "The Oval Portrait," "Berenice," "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," and "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether."

Looking for more Poe to read for the Halloween bingo? Then take a look at this here.

Happy Listening!


Mid-Event Survey

Hey everyone! Just a quick update before heading to bed (it's two o'clock in the morning here in the netherlands)


1. What are you reading right now?

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella - Fredrik Backman 
2. How many books have you read so far?

3 e-galleys (before you start cheering let me add that they were children's books)
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I haven't made a firm list so I'm not sure yet..
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Yes I had to eat =P

Plus I watched a movie (citizenfour - excellent documentary btw)
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

The positivity of everyone involved! +So many great mini challenges!!

“A Book and a Snack” Challenge

I just joined in the readathon and just on time for a yummi challenge!

Lies and Truths..

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
❝It still seemed so magical that I could do that, and that he would kiss me back. So magical that we showed our weaknesses to one another, our fears and our fragility. ❞
This is a romance book mixed with drama and suspense. "We Were Liars" had a gorgeous prose and I loved the way it was presented.

Actually, the less you know about the story the better (that was emphasized enough in a couple of reviews I read of the book, making me want to read it more). So: read it.

The bottomline truth? you will not regret it.

This is so cute!!

Unfortunately they are already sold out. But kudos to Storybook Cosmetics for the idea!!

Audible free titles

Hey everyone! I came across these at audible and thought I'd share!

Enjoy! (click on the pictures to get the titles)


Plus remember to enter the "Win your wishlist" contest



Waiting for Wednesday #16 - Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection

Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah Andersen

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @BreakingtheSpine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Vassa in the Night

Synopsis: Sarah Andersen's hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals.
In addition to the most recent Sarah's Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah's real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah's Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

So after a month of absence my pick for this week is "Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection" by Sarah Andersen.

Expected Publication: Mar 7th 2017


I loved the previous collection Sarah Andersen released and can't wait for this one!

The dispatcher

The Dispatcher - John Scalzi, Zachary Quinto

This is a short story with an intriguing premise: Did you kill someone? Well, too bad for you. Because he comes back safe and sound at his house. That is 99 out of a 100 times. Our protagonist is tasked with "dispatching" people who are about to die - so they come back and live on. When his friend goes missing he will try to find him before it's too late. Grab this while you can as it's currently free at audible.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde free @audible

Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson

Narrated by: Scott Brick

Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:11-08-06

When a brute of a man tramples an innocent girl, apparently out of spite, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl’s family. The brute’s name is Edward Hyde. A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde. Several months earlier, Utterson had drawn up an inexplicable will for the doctor, naming Hyde as his heir in the event that he disappears. Fearing his friend has been blackmailed into this arrangement, Utterson probes deeper into both Jekyll and his unlikely protégé. He is increasingly unnerved at each new revelation.

This month's whispersync for voice offers "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" for free. As per usual, first get the free kindle book here and click on the 'add audio narration for 0.00$', if you already own the kindle this is the free version at audible.

Happy listening!


I can't wait to watch this!!!!!!!!!

Bingo card additions

The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Dawn Harvey Cujo - Stephen King, Simon & Schuster Audio, Lorna Raver The Roll-Away Pumpkin - Junia Wonders, Daniela Volpari

I keep filling that bingo card a bit randomly..


The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman,Dawn Harvey 

I came across a different narration of the yellow wallpaper and I loved it. The narrator's voice nailed the creepy factor and even though I knew the story I loved every minute of it. Here is my original review of the story.


Cujo - Stephen King,Lorna Raver,Simon & Schuster Audio 

I first read Cujo when I was 13 or 14 I don't remember very well. What I do remember however was the nightmares that book gave me. I cannot look at a Saint Bernard dog and not get the chills. To this day it's one of the scariest books I have ever read and for the sake of the bingo I re-visited that book and purchased the audiobook. It's still scary but not as scary as I remember it. The narrator was rather good too, I must add.

The Roll-Away Pumpkin - Junia Wonders,Daniela Volpari 

This is a cute little story about a girl that chases her pumpkin with gorgeous illustrations!

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