Tory’s Random Ramblings (12/11/13)

Hey there everyone!

On Reading

From around the blogosphere (okay, only on one specific site that I follow – Reviews by Molly), 2014 challenges are beginning to swirl when it comes to reading books. In my infinite wisdom, I have decided to throw my hat into the ring as well! Heh. As y’all know, reading is like breathing to me (yeah, yeah, trite, but true), so hey, why not participate in some of these things. So, here are my declarations of participation (and I’ve created a specific Page for them as well)!

The 2014 EBook Challenge
Encouraging readers to expand past just physical books to embrace ebooks in all forms.

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Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  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 plan your books in advance or as you read them.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
  6. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.

Levels:
Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
CD – 10 ebooks
DVD – 25 ebooks
Memory stick – 50 ebooks
Hard drive – 75 ebooks
Server – 100 ebooks
Human brain – 150 ebooks

I’m choosing Human Brain level. Insane? Perhaps, but then again I’ll finish out this year with somewhere around 250 books read per my Goodreads 2013 challenge, and I know I haven’t marked down every single book I read this year.

2014 NetGalley Reading Challenge

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FINALLY!!! A NetGalley YEAR LONG challenge! Woohoo! I’m so excited to participate in this one!  I love NetGalley (obviously, given my reviewing tendencies) so I’m going for hardcore!!

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On Writing

I’m plugging away at Carved, as you can tell. Slow, but it’s getting there (I should be working on it now, but am I? Noooo – I’m writing a blog post about writing it). My critique partner raised an issue about it though. There’s a scene where I show the death of children, murders actually, even though said children are, erm, blocks of stone at the time. She said she couldn’t read the scene past where the first one died/got smashed. My husband had the same reaction, killing children is horrible. I’m not doing it just to do it, I’m doing it because the story does call for it. The villains are despicable, horrible creatures.

So, my question to you is this, if the deaths must occur:

Thanks for your feedback.

Nice Things

Yesterday was my biggest day ever here at WordPress for views (59)! It came from a lady I ran into at the office building I work at. We talked books, she has a book group that I was really interested in, and I referred her to my site because of the reviews and because I like talking about books. She actually came to the site, she put a link to my site on FB! Silly to be excited, but it was nice to have at least a temporary surge in interest. And who knows, maybe people that came yesterday will come again!

In Conclusion

Well, that’s pretty much it for this post. I’ll have pictures of stuff on Friday (house update + adorable children pictures). Have a great day, everyone!

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