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text 2017-09-30 19:59
Leafmarks Challenges to transfer to Reading Lists: Community Challenge for Time 100

Challenge description read:  "In 2010, TIME released their list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923 (the beginning of TIME). How many of these carefully-selected titles have you read? Challenge yourself to read through this list; finally read those books you were always meaning to, and discover titles that you may not have considered before.

There are 100 books in the reading list for this challenge and we will not be accepting requests to add more.

Good luck and happy reading!"


Books were:


1984 George Orwell, Erich Fromm


The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow, Christopher Hitchens
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren, Joseph Blotner
American Pastoral (American Trilogy, #1) Philip Roth

An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser, Richard Lingeman

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story George Orwell, Ann Patchett, Russell Baker, C.M. Woodhouse
Appointment in Samarra John O'Hara, John Updike
Are You There God? It's Me Margaret Judy Blume

The Assistant Bernard Malamud
Atonement Ian McEwan
At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O'Brien, William H. Gass

Beloved Toni Morrison 

The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris/Goodbye to Berlin Christopher Isherwood
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1) Raymond Chandler
The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Cormac McCarthy
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder, Russell Banks


Call It Sleep Henry Roth, Hana Wirth-Nesher, Alfred Kazin

The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

The Confessions of Nat Turner William Styron
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon


A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time, #1 - 3) Anthony Powell
The Day of the Locust Nathanael West, Alfred Kazin

Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather

A Death in the Family James Agee

The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen

Deliverance James Dickey
Dog Soldiers Robert Stone


Falconer John Cheever

The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles



The Golden Notebook Doris May Lessing
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin

Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene

Herzog Saul Bellow, Philip Roth

A House for Mr. Biswas V.S. Naipaul
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson

I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 (Claudius, #1) Robert Graves

Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

Light in August: The Corrected Text William Faulkner
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order), #1; The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order), #2) C.S. Lewis

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov, Craig Raine
Lord of the Flies William Golding

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #1 - 3) J.R.R. Tolkien

Loving Henry Green
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis, David Lodge

The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead, Randall Jarrell
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
Money Martin Amis

The Moviegoer Walker Percy

Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf, Maureen Howard

Naked Lunch: The Restored Text William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz, Barry Miles
Native Son Richard Wright
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) William Gibson
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey
On the Road Jack Kerouac


The Painted Bird Jerzy KosiƄski

A Passage to India E.M. Forster, Oliver Stallybrass, Pankaj Mishra

Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov

Play It as It Lays Joan Didion, David Thomson
Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth
Possession: A Romance A.S. Byatt

The Power and the Glory Graham Greene, John Updike
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark


Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1) John Updike
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow
The Recognitions William Gaddis, William H. Gass
Red Harvest (The Continental Op, #1) Dashiell Hammett
Revolutionary Road Richard Yates

Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles
Slaughterhouse-Five: Or the Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death Kurt Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
The Sot-Weed Factor John Barth
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner

Sportswriter Richard Ford

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (George Smiley, #3) John le Carré
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway


Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston, Edwidge Danticat

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) Chinua Achebe

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
Tropic of Cancer (Obelisk Trilogy, #1) Henry Miller, Karl Jay Shapiro, Anaïs Nin

Ubik Philip K. Dick, Manuel Espin
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry


Watchmen Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Barry Marx
White Noise Don DeLillo
White Teeth Zadie Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys

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url 2017-06-13 16:26
Summer Bingo Card for Romance Readers

The Ripped Bodice bookstore designed a bingo card for romance readers to play during the summer. They did an Instagram live event to answer questions and set up the rules for playing. The hashtag to follow on Twitter is #rippedbodicebingo. All romance genre reading starting June 1, 2017 counts!


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text 2017-06-01 18:35
May 2017-Round up!
Boo! - David Haynes
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge - David McCullough
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Black Mad Wheel: A Novel - Josh Malerman
Those Across the River - Christopher Buehlman
Saffron And Brimstone: Strange Stories - Elizabeth Hand
Dare Me - Megan Abbott
The Well - Jack Cady,Tom Piccirilli
Between Two Fires - Christopher Buehlman
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone

In May, I read 15 books! 


Graphic Novels:


The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Battle of Tull

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Way Station


Total: 3


Audio Books: 


The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, narrated by Bruce Springsteen

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott



Total: 6




Skitter by Ezekiel Boone

Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman


Total: 2


Random Books: 


Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse

The Well by Jack Cady

Boo! by David Haynes

Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand


Total: 4


Total Books Read in May: 15


Reading Challenges


Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017


January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

Running Count: 5


Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge: 

Goal: Read Horror Books!


January Books: 5

February Books: 3 

March Books: 4

April Books: 9

May Books: 6


Running Count: 27



Graphic Novel Challenge:


(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017  


January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

Running count: 20


Keep Calm and Read On!






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review 2017-05-18 21:40
Book Review for Personal Challenges by KC Wells
Title: Personal Challenges
Series: Personal #4
Author: KC Wells
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2017

Will and Blake couldn’t be happier. They have a beautiful little boy, Nathan, and Sophie finally has the little brother she’s been demanding. But all is not bliss in the Davis household. Coping with reality is going to change all their lives.

Rick and Angelo are sick and tired of trying to get a wedding organized. If it was up to them, they’d be married already, but Angelo's mother has plans and they keep getting bigger. Angelo can see problems on the horizon: big, traditional Italian wedding and gay do not go well together. Something’s got to give.

Colin receives an unexpected call from an ex, with bad news. He feels compelled to help, regardless of the consequences. Ed loves Colin’s big heart and supports him in his efforts, but when the truth comes out, he finds it difficult to keep a lid on his emotions.
As the coming months unfold, the friends are going to need each other more than ever.
“Personal Challenges is a full-length contemporary romance novel, a wonderful read that I couldn't put down and I give 5 Stars. Thank you KC Wells!” - KD Amazon Reviewer
“The series is worth revisiting…” - Light Amazon Reviewer
“I love the way KC writes! This was a great ending to this wonderful series!” - gruvermom Amazon Reviewer

I have to start off by saying that we haven't read a lot of books in this gene but so far out of the authors I have read Ms Wells is one of my favorites.This author creates amazing characters that you just can't help but fall in love with.

This was a very enjoyable read with yet again an cast of amazing characters.In this story the author caught up on all the lives of  her current characters in the here and now.I loved that part.

Blake and Will .I loved hearing what was going on in their lives with their children Nathan and Sophie and how Will and Blake are dealing with their current set back concerning Nathans health. In this relationship Will is my favorite character he is just so sweet and kind to everyone.I like that he is the one that is the emotional one in his relationship with Blake .He not only worries and puts his family first but constantly worries about his friends being happy in their relationships as well.With Will he considers them family and never likes to see them unhappy and moves heaven an earth if they to change all that.

I love Will and Blake they make an amazing couple.They have amazing chemistry a healthy sex life thats fun and playful and they are so in love it just so sweet.

Then we have Rick and Angelo prepping for their wedding and dealing with the mom from hell who just keeps butting in and making it the wedding from hell instead.Taking control back of their wedding and trying to appease moms feeling is not and easy task.

Rick and Angelo another amazing couple that are so in love.They have had so many ups and downs in their relationship but now its time for marriage and children to complete their happiness.What and amazing wedding these two are going to have just love them.

Colin and Ed in this story had so many surprises some amazing an others not so.I love this couple as they are just amazing together and so in love and still amaze me that they still seem to surprise one another.

Another fantastic read.A page turner from beginning to end and we could not put it down.One of favorite things I loved about this story and its series is that Blake and Will acted like the parents in their little family and I am not talking about Sophie and Nathan.Will and Blake hover and worry about Ed and Colin and Angelo and Rick .All these males look to Blake and Will for guidance and support and advice whenever they feel that they are not coping or unhappy.Blake is the voice of reason.Will is the one who acts like the mother hen.Its just so cute to see but not only that it is a collective group that truly loves one another.

A great cast of interesting characters that we loved reading about who all had amazing chemistry ,great sex,amazing friends along with the trials and tribulations that go along with being a gay male in today society.Another emotional tale we could not help but love.Well done another keeper.

Recommended read for all!
5 stars from us.

K.C. Wells started writing in 2012, although the idea of writing a novel had been in her head since she was a child. But after reading that first gay romance in 2009, she was hooked.
She now writes full time, and the line of men in her head, clamouring to tell their story, is getting longer and longer. If the frequent visits by plot bunnies are anything to go by, that’s not about to change anytime soon.


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