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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Reading Challenge: Romance Reading Challenge 2010

I have discovered another reading challenge I'm entering: The Romance Reading Challenge hosted by Bookworm.

The rules:

1. "Romance" isn't limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love.

2. Choose at least 5 novels read them between Jan 1st though Dec 31st 2010. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine.

3. Read them at your own pace in 2010 then come back and post the link to your review(s).

Read these for the challenge so far:

1. Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty

Reading Challenge: The Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

As I have discovered and started reading the Sookie Stackhouse series 2 months ago, this challenge is perfect for me to follow as I progress with the series.

The rules:

Between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, catch up on Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series. No matter if you're starting with book 1 or book 8, you have a year to read all about Sookie. Read Sookie in print, listen to the audio, read an eBook -- format is not an issue.

The Books:

1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone

Read these so far:

1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead

Reading Challenge: Typically British Reading Challenge

I have stumbled upon a great blog (Book Chick City) which hosts the Typically British Challenge I decided to join as I usually read quite a few novels by British authors (and I also loved the button :-p)

Here are the rules of the challenge:

Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.


1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.

2. There are four levels:

• "Put The Kettle On" – Read 2 Typically British novels.
• "Gordon Bennett" – Read 4 Typically British novels.
• "Bob's Your Uncle" – Read 6 Typically British novels.
• "Cream Crackered" – Read 8 Typically British novels.

3. Any book format counts. Must be fiction not non-fiction.

4. You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront then you can change them, nothing is set in stone!

5. The books you choose can crossover into other challenges.
I'm aiming towards Cream Crackered (= 8 Typically British novels).

Saturday, 30 January 2010

About this blog (and me)

Sum, ergo lego. - I am, therefore I read.

Hi and welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by!

I love reading the personal background infos on other blogs, so if you are like me and are curious about the raison d'etre of the blog and the person behind the blog, this is the place :-)

Who am I? Hello, I'm Stella, 25 years old and a bookaholic. I have loved reading ever since I learned how to, I simply love how a wonderful story can make you escape to faraway lands and old forgotten times and relive and experience great adventures and emotions! Reading is one of the greatest way of dreaming.
But besides my passion for books, there's quite a few other things I love to do: my other greatest passion is travelling! I love to explore different parts of the world and get a glimpse at the local natural and civilized beauties as well as meet the local people and their customs and traditions! I love experiencing the way people there live and try their cuisine. I love cooking (especially desserts!), and of course watching movies. I love going out with my friends and have passionate discussions around a round of cocktails! :-)

What kind of books do I read? My reading range is quite wide and eclectic: I love reading anything from a good old classic to not just simply contemporary fiction and crime/thriller novels, but since I discovered the urban fantasy realm and the paranormal romance universe (and the simple romance genre too), I can't get enough of those either!

My favourite genres are chick lit, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, crime and thriller, historical romance.

I'm also of a multilinguist (and love learning languages), I read books in French, Hungarian, and Italian, but I read the most in English as most of the books I'm interested in are written by English-speaking authors.

Why this blog? I would like to share my thoughts about books I have read and see your comments and discuss them :-)

Why Ex Libris? Ex Libris literally means "from the books" in Latin, this expression is used as in "Quoted from", but I like to give it another meaning: "from the books" as in when I'm reading, all characters and settings step out from the books and I'm included in their world.

If there's anything else you would like to know, just drop me a line clicking on the Contact Me button at left, under my profile.

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