Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 Reading List Challenge

New year, new challenge!!!  I will be doing the Pop Sugar 2017 reading list challenge again this year with my friends!!  Feel free to join in and do the challenge too!

Any books that don't fit on the list I'll have listed at the bottom of the list, so I can easily keep track of all the books I read this year.


  1. A book recommended by a librarian ~
  2. A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long ~
  3. A book of letters
  4. An audiobook
  5. A book by a person of color
  6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title
  7. A book that is a story within a story
  8. A book with multiple authors
  9. An espionage thriller
  10. A book with a cat on the cover
  11. A book by an author that uses a pseudonym ~ Echoes in Death ~ By JD Robb
  12. A best seller from a genre you don't normally read
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
  14. A book involving travel ~ Dreams of a Highlander By Katy Baker
  15. A book with a subtitle
  16. A book that's published in 2017 ~ The Turn By Kim Harrison
  17. A book involving a mythical creature ~ Elemental (soul guardians bk 2) By Kim Richardson
  18. A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile ~ Dead Witch Walking ~ By Kim Harrison
  19. A book about food
  20. A book with career advice
  21. A book with a nonhuman perspective ~ 
  22. A steampunk novel
  23. A book with a red spine
  24. A book set in the wilderness
  25. A book you loved as a child
  26. A book by an author from a country you've never visited
  27. A book with a title that's a characters name
  28. A novel set during war time ~ Wives of War ~ By Soraya M. Lane
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator 
  30. A book with pictures
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  32. A book about an interesting woman
  33. A book set in two different time periods
  34. A book with a month or a day of the week in the title
  35. A book set in a hotel
  36. A book written by someone you admire
  37. A book that's becoming a movie in 2017
  38. A book set around a holiday other then Christmas
  39. The first book in a series you haven't read before ~ Marked (Soul Guardians bk 1) By Kim Richardson
  40. A book you bought on a trip
ADVANCED

  1. A book recommended by an author you love
  2. A best seller from 2016
  3. A book with a family-member term in the title
  4. A book that takes place over a characters life span
  5. A book about an immigrant or refugee
  6. A book from a genre/subgenre you've never heard of
  7. A book with an eccentric character
  8. A book that is more then 800 pages
  9. A book you got from used book sale
  10. A book that's been mentioned in another book
  11. A book about a difficult topic
  12. A book based on mythology

Books I have read that are not on the list

  1. Horizon (Soul Guardians bk 3) ~ By Kim Richardson
  2. Netherworld (Soul Guardians bk 4) ~ By Kim Richardson
  3. Seirs (Soul Guardians bk 5) ~ By Kim Richardson
  4. Mortal (Soul Guardians bk 6) ~ By Kim Richardson
  5. Reapers (Soul Guardians bk 7) ~ By Kim Richardson
  6. Seals (Soul Guardians bk 8) ~ By Kim Richardson
  7. Sudden Backtrack (Hollows Novella) ~ By Kim Harrison

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

2016 Out Do Yourself Reading Challenge


Yes, I know I am late….but I am once again redoing the Out Do Yourself Reading Challenge.  I didn't do too great last year, and came no where near out doing the year before, but I also read several very long books, 1,000 pages or more.  So this year I am trying to out do last year!  There's a new sponsor this year, so make sure you check out her blog!








If your goal for 2016 is to read more, then this is the reading challenge for you! Are you up for the challenge?
Reading Challenge Details:
Runs January 1, 2016– December 31, 2016 (books read prior to 1/1/2016 do not count towards the challenge).
You can join anytime before September 30, 2016. Sign up in the linky at the bottom of this post.
The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more in 2016 than you did in 2015. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.).
Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
To join the challenge, grab the 2016 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too.
You do not have to be a blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2016 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.
Levels:
Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

My goal for this year is 'Out Of Breath'  I read so few books last year that I'm going to go ahead and go for 6-10 more books!  Last year I only read 36 books (crazy, I know!), so that means I need to try to read 42-46 books this year.

  1. Lord John and the Hand of Devils ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  2. Lord John and the Private Matter ~ Dy DIana Gabaldon
  3. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  4. Lord John and the Custom of the Army ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  5. The Scottish Prisoner ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  6. Lord John and the Plague of Zombies ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  7. Brotherhood in Death ~ By J.D. Robb
  8. Finding Frasier ~ By Kc Dyer
  9. Cinder ~ By Marissa Meyer
  10. Scarlet ~ By Marissa Meyer
  11. Cress ~ By Marissa Meyer
  12. Winter ~ By Marissa Meyer
  13. Fairest ~ By Marissa Meyer
  14. Love Beyond Time ~ By Bethany Claire
  15. Love beyond Reason ~ By Bethany Claire
  16. A Conall Christmas ~ By Bethany Claire
  17. Love Beyond Hope ~ By Bethany Claire
  18. Love beyond Measure ~ By Bethany Claire
  19. In Due Time ~ By Bethany Claire
  20. Love Beyond Compare ~ By Bethany Claire
  21. Love Beyond Dreams ~ By Bethany Claire
  22. Love Beyond Belief ~ By Bethany Claire
  23. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ~ By Ransom Riggs
  24. Bare Bones ~ By Bobby Bones
  25. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ~ By J K Rowling
  26. Hollow City ~ By Ransom Riggs
  27. Exit Unicorns ~ By Cindy Brandner
  28. Bay of Sighs ~ By Nora Roberts
  29. The Obsession ~ By Nora Roberts
  30. Tall, Dark, and Vampire ~ By Sara Humphreys
  31. Vampire Trouble ~ By Sara Humphreys
  32. Vampires Never Cry Wolf ~ By Sara Humphreys
  33. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ~ By Sara Humphreys
  34. Time's Mirror ~ By Rysa Walker
  35. Time's Divide ~ By Rysa Walker
  36. Time Bound ~ By Rysa Walker
  37. Times Edge ~ By Rysa Walker
  38. Going Back for Romeo, Clan Ross bk1 ~ By L.L. Muir
  39. Apprentice in Death ~ By J.D. Robb
  40. You Shook Me ~ By Bethany Perry
  41. Unleashed ~ By Sara Humphreys
  42. Untouched ~ By Sara Humphreys
  43. Untamed ~ By Sara Humphreys
  44. Undone ~ By Sara Humphreys
  45. Unclaimed ~ By Sara Humphreys
  46. Not Without Juliet, Clan Ross bk2 ~ By L.L.Muir
  47. Collecting Isobelle, Clan Ross bk 3, ~ By L L Muir
  48. Undenied ~ By Sara Humprheys
  49. Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide ~ By J.K. Rowling
  50. Short Stories from Hogwarts of heroism, Hardship, and DangerousHobbies ~ By J.K Rowling
  51. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists ~ By J.K. Rowling
  52. The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  53. Lady Midnight ~ By Cassandra Clare
  54. Jilo ~ By J.D. Horn
  55. Island of Glass ~ By Nora Roberts
  56. A Highlanders Bride ~ By Lexy Timms
  57. A Victorian Bride ~ By Lexy Timms
  58. A Modern Bride ~ By Lexy Timms
  59. A Royal Bride ~ By Lexy Timms
  60. Arcshine's Gap ~ By Cory D Farris

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hogwart's Running Club and Virtual Running

Most who have known me for a very long time know that many years ago I was a runner.  I liked running.  I did Cross Country in elementary school, I did Track my freshman year of High School, where I ran the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m runs (half mile, mile, and 2 mile).  I had outstanding times on my runs for the PRT in the Navy and was often times the first, or one of the first females to finish the run.

Like I said, that was all many years ago.  A few years ago I decided I wanted to pick up running again.  Josh and I signed up for a 5k and then I got strep the week before, which led to me having post streptococcal glomerulonephritis.  I didn't run, or even exercise for months while I dealt with the aftermath of that.  Josh started running, and was running 3-4 times a week.  I did some 5ks here and there over the last 2 years with him, but I didn't even bother training for those.

Last summer I finally started to workout again.  I found a class I liked, and I prefer the accountability taking a class at the gym offers me.  It's too easy for me to put stuff off because of the kids and their activities.   My last 5k was in June, the month before I started working out again.  Fast forward to Feb and I talked Josh into signing us up for another 5k.  I got a new personal best by 5 and a half minutes, and it was even a hilly course and windy that day!

Whew, that was a lot of back story!  Anyways, a few days before I ran that 5k, I stumbled across the Hogwarts Running Club.  Someone in one of my fitness groups posted about doing the Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper 5k.  I looked it up and discovered a world of Harry Potter and running.  I of course signed up for the Molly Weasley 5k.  Since it was my first race, I did double dip and count my live race for that race (I signed up the day before the race ended too, so I wanted to get it done).

I since have been surrounded by Harry Potter loving runners who encourage you and build you up, regardless of how much you run, or walk.  There is a great hall group for everyone in HRC to hang out  and talk, and then there is a room for each of the houses.  The 5k I did was on Feb 13th.  I have run every single weekend since then.  I also discovered other virtual race sites.  You sign up for the race, do the race on your own, and they send you a medal for completing it.  I did a memorial run for Alan Rickman, 3.94 miles!  I did a Pi day 5k, a 6.9k memorial run for David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and a square root day 5k.  I even did a 26.2 mile one over time (logged my miles every time I ran), so I basically did a marathon in a month to earn a cool medal.   In this time frame, I ran 4.2 miles (6.9k) without stopping, which was HUGE for me!  I ran it slower then usual, but I didn't stop, at all.  This last weekend I did the square root day 5k and I didn't stop at all!  My goal was to be able to run my next live race without stopping (which I had never done before).  After running my last 2 virtual races, 4.2 and 3.1 miles without stopping, I am sure I will be able to met that goal this saturday at my next live race!

I am signed up for the Hogwart's Running Clubs next race, which is a 13k!  I am breaking this one up, and have already done my first 2 miles for it.  You can sign up for at at www.hogwartsrunningclub.org.  I am also signed up to do my very first 10k for Earth day!  I am also doing a mad hatter 5k, and a May the fourth be with you 5k too.  I think I'm addicted to bling!  But it has me out there and running every weekend, and even some shorter runs during the week.  Even my kids are out running with us.  Austin and Jaidan are both doing the Mad Hatter run, and Jaidan is signed up for the Umbridge 13k too!

I know this post was a bit all over the place, and had no true point, but I wanted to talk about my accomplishments and my newest hobby!

Are you a runner?  Do you do any virtual races?  Would something centered around one of your fandoms peak your interest?
















Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Reading List Challenge!

Another year has come and gone, and it's time for a new reading challenge!  Yes, I love my reading challenges.  While I did not read a book for every item on last years list, I enjoyed the challenge and read several books that I normally would not have read…and I enjoyed them!  So I figured, why not try the list again?  This is Popsugar's 2016 reading list challenge (last years challenge was also from Popsugar).  I'll once again be participating with my friends.  Let the fun begin!




  • A book based on a fairy tale ~  Scarlet ~ By Marissa Meyers
  • A National Book Award winner ~
  • A YA bestseller ~  Hollow City ~ By Ransom Riggs
  • A book you haven't read since high school ~
  • A book set in your home state ~
  • A book translated to English ~
  • A romance set in the future ~ Apprentice in Death ~ By J.D. Robb
  • A book set in Europe ~  Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  • A book that's under 150 pages ~  Lord John and the Plague of Zombies ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  • A New York Time's bestseller ~  The Obsession ~ By Nora Roberts
  • A book that's becoming a movie this year ~  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ~ By Ransom Riggs
  • A book recommended by someone you just met ~  Arcshine's Gap ~ By Cory D Farris
  • A self-improvement book ~
  • A book you can finish in a day ~  Lord John and the Custom of the Army ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  • A book written by a celebrity ~  Bare Bones ~ By Bobby Bones
  • A political memoir ~
  • A book at least 100 years older then you ~
  • A book that's more then 600 pages ~
  • A book from Oprah's Book Club ~
  • A science-fiction novel ~  Winter ~ By Marissa Meyers
  • A book recommended by a family member ~  You Shook Me ~ By Bethany Perry
  • A graphic novel ~  The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  • A book that is published in 2016 ~  Jilo ~ By J.D. Horn
  • A book with a protagonist who has your occupation ~
  • A book that takes place during the summer ~
  • A book and it's prequel ~ Fairest and Cinder ~ By Marissa Meyer
  • A murder mystery ~  Brotherhood in Death ~ By J.D. Robb
  • A book written by a comedian ~
  • A dystopian novel ~  Cress ~ By Marissa Meyers
  • A book with a blue cover ~  Lord John and the Private Matter ~ Diana Gabaldon
  • A book of poetry ~
  • The first book you see in a bookstore ~  Lady Midnight ~ By Cassandra Clare
  • A classic book from the 20th century ~
  • A book from the library ~  Times Divide ~ By Rysa Walker
  • An Autobiography ~
  • A book about a road trip ~  Finding Fraser ~ By KC Dyer
  • A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with ~  Exit Unicorns ~ By Cindy Brandner
  • A satirical book ~
  • A book that takes place on an island ~  Lord John and the Scottish Prisioner ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  • A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy ~  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ~ By J.K. Rowling

Books that don't fit on the list :

  • Lord John and the Hand of Devils ~ By Diana Gabaldon
  • Love Beyond Time ~ By Bethany Claire
  • Love beyond Reason ~ By Bethany Claire
  • A Conall Christmas ~ By Bethany Claire
  • Love Beyond Hope ~ By Bethany Claire
  • Love beyond Measure ~ By Bethany Claire
  • In Due Time ~ By Bethany Claire
  • Love Beyond Compare ~ By Bethany Claire
  • Love Beyond Dreams ~ By Bethany Claire
  • Love Beyond Belief ~ By Bethany Claire
  • Bay of Sighs ~ By Nora Roberts
  • Times Mirror ~ By Nora Roberts (Novella)
  • Time Bound ~ By Rysa Walker
  • Tall, Dark, and Vampire ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • Vampire Trouble ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • Vampires Never Cry Wolf ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • Going Back for Romeo, Clan Ross bk1 ~ By L.L. Muir
  • Unleashed ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • Untouched ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • Untamed ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • Undone ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • Unclaimed ~ By Sara Humphreys
  • Not Without Juliet, Clan Ross bk2 ~ By L.L. Muir
  • Collecting Isobelle, Clan Ross bk3 ~ By L.L. Muir
  • Hogwarts an Incomplete and Unreliable Guide ~ By J.K. Rowling (Novella)
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of heroism, Hardship, and DangerousHobbies ~ By J.K Rowling
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists ~ By J.K. Rowling
  • Island of Glass ~ By Nora Roberts
  • A Highlanders Bride ~ By Lexy Timms
  • A Victorian Bride ~ By Lexy Timms
  • A Modern Bride ~ By Lexy Timms
  • A Royal Bride ~ By Lexy Timms