As you may have guessed from my In My Mailbox posts, I review for another website (bookloons.com). As I cannot post my reviews there and here, but I would still like to count the books I read for the challenges, I am going to have a post like this at the end of the every month listing the books I reviewed and what challenges the went towards.
Challenges: Manga, Mini-Challenge, 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: I had really enjoyed the first two volumes, but then the story seemed to halt a little, causing my interest to decline. Volume 4's chapters focus on two main storylines. The first involves a mysogenist student who tries to use his hypnotism powers to cause Misaki's downfall. After that crisis is over, the gang from Maid Latte head to the beach, where (SPOILER ALERT) Misaki and Usui's relationship starts to finally heat up. This is a fun read, but even after 4 volumes, I have trouble keeping some of the characters straight.
I love Oscar Wilde, so of course I am signing up for Armchair Archives' Oscar Wilde Reading Challenge. I have read a number of his plays already, but I do have one I have not read along with his novel, so I am going to do the Wilde Card level (2 books).
I had been looking for this challenge and finally found it: 2011 Show Me the Free Challenge from The Unread Reader. Why was I looking for it? The goal is to read 12 ebooks that you got for free! Even before I got my Cruz Tablet, I was downloading the free reads from Border's ebook store.
Thoughts: It is impossible to read Happy Cafe and not be happy. This second volume in the series focuses on a competition between Bonheur, who specializes in more Western desserts, and Abekawa-ya, a traditional Japanese confectionery. Matsuzuki starts to show different sides to her characters, adding to their charm. If you are looking for a break from everyday stress, this is an excellent manga to curl up with.
Since I have pretty much dedicated this whole blog to me entering reading challenges, I have to participate in the Reading Challenge Addict challenge. I am at the Out of this World level (16+ challenges):
Aside from participating in challenges, I also want to try participating in a giveaway hop once a month. I love entering to win books, and I am sure you do, too. As I am just getting started, I am only able to give away books from my own shelves.
For the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop, I will be giving away Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson. My bookclub read this in late summer, and everyone agreed it was a fun Romantic Suspense with Christian undertones. We actually ended up with an extra copy, so the book I will be giving away has never been read.
To enter, leave a comment below telling me what book you are dreaming of reading (don't forget to include your email address!).
Thoughts: As this is the third and final volume in the series, I don't want to go in too deep in order to avoid spoilers. I will say that Takaya throws some good twists in and wraps things up very well. There were quite a few emotional spots as well.
My husband would definitely prefer if I borrowed more books than I owned, so Book'd Out's Borrowed Book Challenge 2011 looks like a great one. I'm going to do the Borrower Be level (1 book per month/12 books total).