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14 / 30 books. 47% done!

2024 Literary Escapes Challenge

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38 / 51 states. 75% done!

2024 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

32 / 50 books. 64% done!

2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

Booklist Queen's 2024 Reading Challenge

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50 / 52 books. 96% done!

2024 52 Club Reading Challenge

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42 / 52 books. 81% done!

2024 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

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30 / 40 books. 75% done!

2024 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

16 / 40 books. 40% done!

2024 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

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11 / 25 books. 44% done!

2024 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

2024 Mystery Marathon Reading Challenge

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19 / 26.2 miles (2nd lap). 73% done!

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

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30 / 100 books. 30% done!

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

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74 / 104 books. 71% done!

Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

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50 / 52 books. 96% done!

Disney Animated Movies Reading Challenge

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87 / 165 books. 53% done!
Friday, October 08, 2010

A Fuzzy-Headed Friday

I usually don't post twice in a day, but I auto-posted a review for this morning without realizing that today is Friday. Duh. I seriously need to get back on my meds. If any of you take levothyroxine (it's a generic of Synthroid), you know how awful it feels to be off it, even for a little while - it's a fuzzy-headed exhaustion you can feel from your head to your toes. I'm headed to the doctor this morning, so hopefully he can make sense of my blood results and give me SOME indication of what comes next.

In the meantime, let's celebrate that it's Friday! My kids get out early from school (a reason for them to celebrate - me, not so much) since they're annual October Break starts next week; I have an aunt coming to visit whom I haven't seen in years; and, of course, these fun events:

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by Jen over at Crazy For Books. If you're a new blogger, it's a perfect way to find other blogs and drive traffic to your own site. If you're a veteran at this book blogging thing, it's a great way to welcome the newbies. Plus, it's just fun! Head on over to Jen's blog to join in. This week, Jen asks the question: What is your favorite beverage to drink while you read?

- Usually, I just like a nice, big cup of ice water. Lately, though, I've needed more of a caffeine boost (which, being LDS, I feel tremendously guilty about), so I've been all about the Mt. Dew. I like to stick it in the freezer until it's nearly solid, then let it melt to the consistency of a slurpee. Delish.

Friday (My Book Blog) Friday is another weekly meme, this time hosted by Parajunkee. It's another fabulous way to discover new blogs/bloggers and gain Followers for your own blog. You'll definitely want to join in! Parajunkee's question of the week is: How many reviews to you like to do in a week?

- Funny enough, I've been thinking a lot about this question lately. I don't like to post every day, because I think it gets overwhelming. My own feed reader is so out of control that I end up skipping a lot of reviews on blogs that post daily. I'm aiming toward more of a Monday-Wednesday-Saturday approach, with a misc. post on Friday. What do you think? Would you like more reviews? Less? More chit chat? Maybe I should do a poll or something ...

Anyway, for those who are here because of the Hop or FF, welcome! Please leave a comment so I can check out your blog also. Don't forget to check out the giveaway I'm running for a new, hardcover copy of Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill - you can get all the details on my right sidebar.


I forgot to mention that I finished a reading challenge! It's been awhile since I actually completed one, so I'm pretty proud of myself. My reading list changed quite a bit since I realized reading both Under the Dome and The Stand in one month might be more of an undertaking than I first thought. So, here's what I ended up reading:

1. The Devouring by Simon Holt (Review)

2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Review)

3. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (Review)

4. Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill (Review)

I liked all of them, although the structure of I Am Legend confused and frustrated me. My favorite ended up being The Devouring, which is just a deliciously creepy Halloween read. I'm working on the sequels now. *Shivers* A funny: I was reading Soulstice yesterday when the FedEx guy banged on my door. Scared the crap out of me!

Okay, I'm off to Hop around the book blogosphere. Well, first, I have to get the kiddos off to school, then go see the doctor, then clean my house, and THEN I will be clicking around. Have a fabulous weekend, everybody!


  1. I've been waiting for your review of Matched. Did i miss it?

  2. Congrats on completing a challenge. I know that must just simply feel amazing!

    I hope to be reading Clockwork Angel soon. It is on my shelf looking at me.

    Mad Scientist

  3. Hi, I am here from the Hop! Your blog has a really nice look to it. I am a new follower. :)

  4. Just stopping by to share some Friday blog love! Have a great weekend!
    A Trillian Books

    You can link your Steampunk reviews on this week's Read My Review

  5. I drink dr pepper or hot chocolate while reading or blogging! I am following you come check out my blog and follow me

  6. Congrats on completing your reading competition. That's great. Yes, I'm hopping all over the place. This is fun though! :D I drink Mountain Dew when I cuddle up to read. Add a little chocolate with a good book and I'm in heaven!

  7. Just sipping on my Diet Pepsi and hopping by to say hello. Your kids get on October break? Ours do too while we teachers do Parent-Teacher conferences and our education conference. Happy reading!

  8. Stopping by to say hello! Congrats on finishing the challenge!

    Hope you have a really great weekend :)

  9. Hi,
    Happy Friday! I'm doing the Blog Hop and Follow Friday. I usually drink iced tea while blogging and the occasional glass of wine. Have a magnificent weekend!

    I'm a old faithful follower.

  10. Liking the site so far!!!!
    following, come check us out

  11. Hopping by and following. I wanna read Matched.

    Come to see Murphy's Library.

  12. Hey! Happy Follow Friday! Just got back from my signing in California and posted a fun picture of me with Becca Fitzpatrick and Heidi R Kling for my FMBBF/Blog Hop post. Stop by and check it out!
    Happy Follow Friday!!!
    Emma Michaels

  13. Susan - No, you didn't miss it. I just haven't read it yet. A friend sent me her ARC and it got bent in the mail, so I'm trying to straighten it out so it's easier to hold! I'll get to it soon - promise!

    M.S. - Thanks! I haven't completed one in a long time. Hope you like ClOCKWORK ANGEL.

    Thanks, everybody else for visiting. I'm starting my Hopping right ... now!

  14. Thanks for stopping by. I might try that Mountain dew slurpee thing. Sounds yummy. I just have to remember to take it out of the freezer in time:)

    I usually post 2-3x a week. I cannot handle daily posts myself.

    Take care of yourself!!

  15. Yum I loVe slurpees, hopping by!

  16. thanks for following BONAFIDE BLOGGER
    Im ur newest follower
    have a nice weekend

    ps. i havent read the mortal instruments YET but theyre waiting be read.and im suuure ill love em ;)

  17. Stopping by on the Hop to say Hello. I'm a new follower now. I just love meeting people as loquacious as I am!

  18. Hey, thanks for stopping by The Blue Bookcase! Yay for LDS!

  19. Happy HOP! I drink alot of water during the day and because I do most of my blogging/reading at night I drink diet soda at night. Congrats of completing a reading challenge!

    Hop on over and visit my blog :D

  20. Thanks for adding me susan, just dropping by to return your kindness :) Love the look of the blog - can't wait to read your reviews!

  21. Thanks for stopping by at Murphy's Library (!

    I'm following you now. Hope you're having a great weekend!


  22. Hi, Susan!

    Thanks for dropping by the blog. New follower here. You're blog layout is cute!

    Hope you're having a nice weekend,

    Musings of a Reader Happy

  23. I don't think I could review everyday - I simply don't read that fast! Two to three times a week is the best I can manage with work and other commitments.
    Thanks for stopping by on the hop!

  24. Can't wait to see your posts, I'm with you on the eating, gack. Two words- Muffin top. I need to make reading more active! hahahah

  25. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm really glad I found your blog, it looks lovely XD

    Now I just have to find the follow button... lol.

    Have a great week!

  26. Visiting via the book blogger hop. Congratulations on completing your challenge. have a copy of Matched? Wherefore arteth the revieweth? LOL

  27. Hey there! awesome blog. Congratulations on the challenge!
    I'm a new follower.I hope you'll come visit my blog back(:
    Angela Z

  28. I'm not a big Mountain Dew fan but freezing it and making it like a slurpee sounds delicous! Have a great week!

  29. Congratulations! on completing the challenge.


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