Thursday, November 26, 2015

What's In A Name? 2016

The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets – I’ve included some from other languages, and translations most definitely count!):
  • A country (try not to use ‘Africa’!) Suggestions: Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, Xiaolu Guo’s I Am China, Martin Wagner’s Deutschland)
  • An item of clothing (Su Dharmapala’s Saree, Ann Brashare’s The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Javier Moro’s El Sari Rojo; Pierre Lemaitre’sVestido De Novia)
  • An item of furniture (Marghanita Laski’s The Victorian Chaise-Longue; C S Lewis’s The Silver Chair; Goslash;hril Gabrielsen’s The Looking-Glass Sisters)
  • A profession (Adriana Trigiani’s The Shoemaker’s Wife; Mikhail Elizarov’s The Librarian)
  • A month of the year (Elizabeth Von Arnim’s The Enchanted April; Rhoda Baxter’s Doctor January)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it (Ai Mi’s Under The Hawthorn Tree; Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree)
Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have
some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cozie Challenge 2016

The challenge runs from January 1, 2016 and ends December 31, 2016
1. Choose the level you wish to participate:
  • Famished – 1 – 10 Cozy Mysteries
  • Starving – 11 – 20 Cozy Mysteries
  • Satisfied – 21 – 40 Cozy Mysteries
  • Almost Full – 41 – 60 Cozy Mysteries
  • Completely Stuffed – 61 or more
2. You can Feed Your Need To Read with print, digital or audio books.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015



On July 2nd, we launched the Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Try a New Genre & Win contest. There  is one day to go, so while there is still time to take part, you need to get reading!

We started out with 200 books to giveaway, so first check the Read a New Genre FB group ( to see if there are any copies left, but if not, you can still participate, by finding a new-to-you genre book at the library, borrow one from a friend, or support one of the great authors sponsoring this contest. Read below to see how it all works. If you already know, and are participating, this is just a reminder that there are only 14 days left. And don't forget, the person who participates the most on the Facebook group wins a $50 gift card. Go on, be a chatterbox! :)

How It Works


We're all different and what we like to read is no exception. However, sometimes it's fun to change things up a bit and try something new. We're going to help with that, by giving the first 200 lucky readers to ask us an ebook for free. All we ask is that the book they request is in a genre they don't read, or read a long time ago and drifted out of.

Each participating author will offer ten books for free (we'll give you a list of what's available). But if you don't manage to get in fast enough and there aren't any books left, don't worry, you're still eligible for the Take a Walk on the Wild Side contest. Find a book in a new-to-you genre, whether at the library, from a friend, or if you want to support the wonderful authors involved in this contest by buying one of their books, so much the better!

Read the book—the contest runs for four weeks, so you've got time—then write a paragraph on the contest's Facebook group ( about what surprised and delighted you about the genre you just read. You can also include a short paragraph on the genre you usually read and why you love it. Help convince other readers to give a new genre a try!

We're going to encourage people to like the paragraphs that inspired them to read a new genre, and the five entries with the most likes will go to a well-known book blogger (with names redacted) to choose the winner of the $200 gift card.


This is one place where being a chatterbox will get you sent to the top of the class, not to detention. We want people talking about the books they're reading, swopping recommendations, and generally connecting over new genres, so we've got a $50 gift card prize to the person who interacts the most on the Facebook group (

Good luck, everyone, this is going to be a lot of fun!

And here are the amazing authors involved in sponsoring this contest:

Meet the awesome authors involved in sponsoring this contest. We have a mixture of NYT bestsellers, USA Today bestsellers, Amazon bestsellers & international bestsellers:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dead Sea Games: Adrift


Dead Sea Games: Adrift was an e-book I read by J. Whitworth Hazzard.  It is set in New York City where the Dead Sea covers the sidewalks and Zombies walk about just outside the cells.

One young man has been studying martial arts and he plays a game which involves surviving by killing Zombies. His friends call him Deathwish.  He really does not care what happens to him as he feels dead all ready.

He tries to save a neighbor and her son and finds that he needs the help of his friends to survive.

A very well written tale.  I liked it even though I would not normally read this type of book, but it fit the body of water catagory of this challenge.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Mystery at Jamestown

The Mystery at Jamestown: First Permanent English Colony in America! by Carole Marsh is part of America's National Mystery Book Series. It uses the names of real kids and real places.  There are internet connections that allow children to do some activities.

History is taught in a manner that is suitable for young children.  They learn about the places the children visit and follow them while they solve a mystery.  In this came the children follow clues and are looking for the person who stole some bones in order to clear their friends father of the theft.

I liked the way the mystery is presented and enjoyed learning more about American History in the process.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Violet Shadows


Violet Shadows by Melanie Rose is an e-book that I read for the color catagory of What's in A Name 2015.

It takes place during World War II.  Marie Severin is a member of the resistence whose real name is Violet. .She sews things for other people. A French gendarme invites to go on a picnic and later on in the book she saves his life.

Violet faints while they are escaping France and when she wakes up, Phillipe Gautier, the former gendarme, tells her that he told the hospital staff they were husband and wife.  She does not object.

I would have liked to know if they had really married but it is not important in the story.  Along the way, they rescue a dog that is skin and bones and call him Os which is a term for bone.  They all survive the war and return to France to see the lady who ran the boarding house where Marie/Violet had lived.  It was a very good book.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Inheriting His Secret Christmas Baby

Inheriting His Secret Christmas Baby by Heidi Betts is my choice for family relationship.  Trevor Jarrod had a one night stand that resulted in the woman having a baby.  The baby's mother died two months after giving birth and Bradley was being raised by his aunt Haylie.  Once paternity is established Trevor says they will be married.  The lady refuses and leaves town.  Does he really love her or does he just want to have his son in his life.

This is a great ending to the six books about the Jarrod Dynasty.