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Titanic 100th Anniversary Reading Challenge First Quarter

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82. Dante's Inferno: The Graphic Novel

Dante's Inferno: The Graphic Novel by Joseph Lanzara. Based on Dante Aleghieri. Illustrated by Gustave Dore (US) Only

Pages: 30
Ages: 13+
Finished: Mar. 16, 2012
First Published: Feb. 12, 2012
Publisher: New Arts Library
Genre: Graphic novel, classic
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "The arrogance of my youth is past - middle age has crept upon me."

Publisher's Summary: "Dante’s Inferno in COMIC BOOK Format! Never before has Dante's classic masterpiece been presented in this way. Now you can experience this major work of world literature in a simplified adaptation. The storyboard is made up of the powerful illustrations by Gustave DorĂ©. The easy to understand narrative is by Joseph Lanzara, author of the popular “Plain English” versions of Paradise Lost and Romeo and Juliet. This graphic novel pulls no punches. Dante’s harrowing journey through Hell is not for the squeamish. It is a powerful, but ultimately inspiring story of sin, punishment, self-sacrific…

81. Fluffy. Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 2 by Yumi Tsukirino

Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol.21 by Yumi Tsukirino (US) - (Canada)
Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 2

Pages: 173
Ages: All Ages (5+)
Finished: Mar. 15, 2012
First Published: (Japan, 2005) English - Mar. 6, 2012
Publisher: viz media/viz kids
Genre: children, manga, cute, kawaii
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:  "The pups are visiting Mocha's house."

Publisher's Summary: "While asleep in his cradle, Milk dreams that a black cloud has swooped down and captured the pups. He’s relieved to find that it was just a dream—until it actually happens! Does Milk’s cradle have the power to help him see the future?"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.

Volume 2 continues along in the same vein as volume 1 with a collection of sort episodes involving the gang of Cinnamoroll pups introduced previously.  Some stories are as short as three pages while others go on several pages and even continue onto a …

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100th Anniversary Titanic Reading Challenge: FINISHED

ETA:  I am officially finished this challenge as I signed up for the "Taking a Plunge" level of 6 books/movies.  However, I intend to continue playing along all year as I have several more interesting books gathered to read this year, plus I still haven't seen the movie yet!  So I will continue to add to the group list throughout the year and hope to comple the final level of "Going Down With the Ship"

This is my own challenge that I'm hosting.  There are three levels and I'm going for the second level of reading/watching 6 titanic media.  The challenge lasts from now until Dec. 31, 2012.  I have no predetermined reads, except I do intend to watch James Cameron's Titanic which {gasp!} I've never seen (Two reasons: it's a romance and I'm not fond of Leonardo Dicapprio) but it's one of those movies everybody has seen. 

These are the books/movies/documentaries I've read/watched:
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1. That Fatal Night by Sarah Ellis

80. Story of the Titanic (DK Publishing)

Story of the Titanic. Illustration by Steve Noon. Consultant: Dr. Eric Kently. (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 45
Ages: 7+
Finished: Ar. 13, 2012
First Published: Feb. 21, 2012
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Genre: children, non-fiction, history
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "In the late 1800s and early 1900s, millions of people emigrated from Europe to North America."

Publisher's Summary: "Young readers will learn and discover how the ship was built and equipped, what kind of passengers and crew she carried, and what facilities she offered on board. Learn how she struck an iceberg, why she sank so quickly, how many people were saved, and how many lives were lost.

Detailed double-page artwork with cutaway scenes tell the tragic story of the 'unsinkable' linerPictorial details and lively annotation give fascinating insight into the Titanic's construction and the daily life of its passengers and crew from the start of the maiden voyage to its sinkingCovers the officia…

79. Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 104
Ages: 16+
Finished: Mar. 10, 2012
First Published: 2007
Publisher: SLG Publishing
Genre: graphic novel, horror, humour, zombies
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Today we discovered the importance of following the number one rule of zombie movies."

Publisher's Summary: "Joss's life sucks. She's in the middle of university exams, up to her neck in student loans, and when she's attacked by zombies, her roommates have the nerve to think she's making it up. But when the zombies turn out to be terrifyingly real, only Joss knows how to survive the undead invasion: by following the Rules of Zombie Movies."

Acquired: Borrowed  a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

Reason for Reading: I was writing my review for Hicks' latest book "Friends With Boys" when I realized I only had one more book by the author left to read, her first one.  So I put in a library request right away.

As I…

78. The Serial Killer Whisperer by Pete Earley

The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers by Pete Earley (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 317
Ages: 18+
Finished: Mar. 10, 2012
First Published: Jan. 10, 2012
Publisher: Touchstone Book
Genre: non-fiction, true crime, biography,
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Tony Ciaglia felt the familiar butterfly-rush in his stomach as he keyed open his private postbox at the UPS Store on Rainbow Avenue in Las Vegas."

Publisher's Summary: "Fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia had everything a teenager wants—good grades, good athletic skills, and good friends—until he suffered a horrific head injury at summer camp. Pronounced clinically dead three times by helicopter paramedics before he reached a hospital, Ciaglia lapsed into a coma. When he emerged his right side was paralyzed and he had to relearn how to walk, talk, and even how to eat. His brain damage also required him to take countless…

77. MAOH: Juvenile Remix, vol. 9 by Megumi Osuga

MAOH: Juvenile Remix, vol. 9 by Megumi Osuga (US) - (Canada)
MAOH: Juvenile Remix, vol. 9

Pages: 200
Ages: 16+
Finished: Mar. 9, 2012
First Published: Feb. 14, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, science fiction, manga, crime
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:  "Hop in."
Publisher's Summary: "To get revenge for his brother’s death, Junya decides to follow in Ando’s footsteps. To get to the bottom of who killed Ando, Junya will have to develop his own special powers. But before he can deal with Inukai, another group of misfits might beat him to it."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Vol. 9 is the second last book in this series and things are coming to a head.  This volume is very violent.  Junya's character has developed into a very hardcore type of guy, very different from his brother who was out to save the world.  Junya is mostly out to revenge his brother's death.  I'm not going …

76. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 322
Ages: 18+
Finished: Mar. 10, 2012
First Published: Jan. 25, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: southern fiction, women's fiction
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:  "My daughter, Liza, put her heart in a silver box and buried it under the willow tree in our backyard."

Publisher's Summary: "A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Ginny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past--and who…

75. Silver Threads by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Silver Threads by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Illustrations by Michael Martchenko (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 32
Ages: 7+
Finished: Mar. 8, 2012
First Published: 1996
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Genre: picture book, immigrants,
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "In a land called Bukovyna, in Ukraine, a husband and wife farmed their narrow strip of land."

Publisher's Summary: "Silver Threads is the magical story of Anna and Ivan, two young newly-weds who escape poverty and hardship in Ukraine to start a new life on the Canadian frontier. As they struggle to build their homestead, World War I breaks out. And when Ivan volunteers to fight for his new homeland, tragedy strikes. While Anna works and waits alone, hope comes from an unexpected source.

Based on true events, Silver Threads is a stirring lesson in history and a heart-warming tale of love and faith."

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from my local library.

Reason for Reading: After reading Marsha's novel Pri…

74. Judge Dredd: Crusade & Frankenstein Division by Grant Morrison

Judge Dredd: Crusade & Frankenstein Division by Grant Morrison & Mark Millar. Art by Carlos Ezquerra & Mick Austin (US) - (Canada)
Judge Dredd

Pages: 96
Ages: 16+
Finished: Mar. 7, 2012
First Published: 1994, 1995, (Trade Edition Feb. 14, 2012)
Publisher: 2000AD
Genre: graphic novel, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, crime, justice,
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "You sent for me, Chief Judge?"

Publisher's Summary: "In Crusade, when a scientist returns from a 15-year deep space mission claiming to have a message from God, judges from all of the world's Mega-Cities race to Antarctica to try and claim the Almighty's secrets for themselves.

Among them is the toughest future lawman of them all - Judge Dredd - but in the scramble to secure the scientist and his information, the judges all brutally turn on the other as the prize proves too much to resist!

Meanwhile, a deadly agent from one of the world's superpowers stalks through the warzon…

73. My Path to Heaven: A Young Person's Guide to the Faith by Geoffrey Bliss, S.J.

My Path to Heaven: A Young Person's Guide to the Faith by Geoffrey Bliss, S.J. Illustrations by Caryll Houselander (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Original Title: A Retreat with Saint Ignatius: In Pictures for Children
Pages: 89
Ages: 9+
Finished: Mar. 6, 2012
First Published: 1936, Sheed & Ward
This Edition: 1997, Sophia Institute Press
Genre: Catholic, Christian, children, devotions, doctrines
Rating: 5/5

Note about the modern edition: "This 1997 edition contains slight editorial revisions to remove anachronisms and correct infelicities in style."

First sentence: "The young boy at the bottom of the picture is supposed to be just made, or created, by God; that is why two lines come down from God's hands onto his head."

Publisher's Summary: "My Path to Heaven is an old-fashioned "retreat-in-a-book" that helps Catholic children, ages 9-12, ponder the truths of the Faith and calls them to live lives of holiness in accordance with those tr…

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Come visit me on my weight loss blog and help me celebrate my first goal of reaching 75 lbs weight loss!!  I've posted before and after pictures and am all set for the next goal, to reach 100lbs of weight loss.  Come see what I'm treating myself to when I reach that new goal!  Feeling so much more fit and healthy!!

72. The Best Book of Mummies by Philip Steele

The Best Book of Mummies by Philip Steele. Illustrated by Vanessa Card, Angus McBride, et al. (US) - (Canada)Out of Print
The Best Book of series

Pages: 31 +index
Ages: 7+
Finished: Mar. 5, 2012
First Published: 1998
Publisher: Kingfisher
Genre: children, nonfiction, history, ancient Egypt
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Imagine opening up the secret tomb of someone who has been dead for thousand of years."

Publisher's Summary: "This work invites you to unwrap the bandages and take a thrilling first look at Egyptian mummies - who they were, how they were embalmed, where they were buried, and how they were discovered."

Acquired: My own copy, purchased new, from an online retailer years ago.

Reason for Reading:   We've had books from "The Best Book of" series in the house for over a decade.  It is a good series.  And since we are studying Ancient Egypt right now I pulled this book from the shelf.

This is a short, picture book style book, with large t…

71. Ethel & Ernest: A True Story by Raymond Briggs

Ethel & Ernest: A True Story by Raymond Briggs (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 104
Ages: 14+
Finished: Mar. 4, 2012
First Published: 1998
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Genre: graphic novel, biography, memoir
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Ethel! For Heaven's sake! Where are you?"

Publisher's Summary: "Poignant, funny, and utterly original, Ethel & Ernest is Raymond Briggs's loving depiction of his parents' lives from their chance first encounter in the 1920s until their deaths in the 1970s.

Ethel and Ernest were solid members of the English working class, part of the generation that lived through the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century. They met during the Depression--she working as a maid, he as a milkman--and we follow them as they court and marry, make a home, raise their son, and cope with the dark days of World War II. Briggs's portrayal of how his parents succeeded, or failed, in coming to terms with the events of their rapidly shif…

70. Fibble by Dale E. Basye

Fibble by Dale E. Basye. Illustrations by Bob Dob (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
The Fourth Circle of Heck

Pages: 368
Ages: 9+
Finished: Mar. 3, 2012
First Published: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Random House
Genre: children, fantasy, paranormal, humour
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Being a boy feels really weird, Marlo thought as she dangled her brother's gross feet off the backseat of the stagecoach taking her to Fibble, the circle of Heck for kids who lie."

Publisher's Summary: "When Marlo Fauster claims she has switched souls with her brother, she gets sent straight to Fibble, the circle of Heck reserved for liars. But it's true—Milton and Marlo have switched places, and Marlo finds herself trapped in Milton's gross, gangly body. She also finds herself trapped in Fibble, a three-ring media circus run by none other than P. T. Barnum, an insane ringmaster with grandiose plans and giant, flaming pants. Meanwhile Milton, as Marlo, is working at the devil's new…

2012 ARC Reading Challenge - FINISHED

ETA- Mar. 16. I have officially completed the Platinum Level (35 ARCs) so will consider this challenge completed.  However I will continue to play along and list my arcs read here and add them to the monthly posts on Teddy's site.


The lovely Teddy Rose is hosting this challenge as usual, and once again I will be joining. I find it keeps me accountable for the massive amount of ARCs I manage to get myself buried under. This year Teddy has added a new level of 35 or more books which I will sign up for. Last year I found myself humming and hawing as to whether I should add smaller books to this challenge, like picture books and some graphic novels. So my personal rule for this challenge, this year, will be to only include my ARCS that have 100 pages or more.

ARCS (of 100+ pages) read this year:
Post reviews here.
1. Drop In (Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution #1) by Donnie Lemkie
2. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 5 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
3. Who Cut the Cheese? by Jo Nesbo

69. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 8 by Hiroyuki Asada

Light Shining Upon Darkness by Hiroyuki Asada (US) - (Canada)
Tegmi Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 8

Pages: 200
Ages: 13+
Finished: Mar. 2, 2012
First Published: 2006 Japan (Feb. 7, 2012 English)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, fantasy, science fiction
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "So that's it, huh?"

Publisher's Summary: "Lag arrives at the town of Lament determined to save the heart of his fallen hero, Gauche Suede. Gauche’s rebel organization, Reverse, may be hiding out in the town’s convent. To get in, Lag will have to use his wits, and he has no idea what—or who—awaits him there. Will this be Lag’s chance to fire his Letter Bullet and restore Gauche’s memories...or the end of his career as a Letter Bee?"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:   Next in the series.

A heart-thumping, fast-paced, plot driven volume.  This entry in the series had me flipping the pages as fast as I could read/take in each page. …

68. Salamander Smackdown by John Sazaklis

Salamander Smackdown by John Sazaklis. Illustrated by Art Baltazar (US) - (Canada)
DC Super Pets

Pages: 52
Ages: 6+
Finished: Mar. 1, 2012
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Picture Window Press
Genre: children, easy reader, superheroes
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "It was a beautiful morning in Central City."

Publisher's Summary: "When two naughty newts escape from a pet store, nothing can stop their amphibian antics . . . except the TERRIFIC WHATZIT! This super-speedy turtle must stop the slimy salamanders before they cast another tale of terror on CENTRAL CITY."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

Well ds (and I) really enjoyed this title even more so than usual.  This is a very fun story that doesn't follow the usual supervillan plot of the other books in the series.  Instead, this time, we have two cyborg salamanders who idolize Professor Zoom, follow him home, find a giant r…

67. Secrets of Tut's Tomb and the Pyramids by Stephanie Ann Reiff

Secrets of Tut's Tomb and the Pyramids by Stephanie Ann Reiff. (US) - OUT OF PRINT
CPI Weird World

Pages: 48
Ages: 8+
Finished: Feb. 26, 2012
First Published: 1977
Publisher: Raintree Children's Books
Genre: Children, Non-fiction, History, Paranormal
Rating: 2/5

First sentence: "Imagine lifting enough stone blocks to build a wall running from Los Angeles to New York City."

Publisher's Summary: "Discusses the building of the Egyptian pyramids, the finding of King Tut's Tomb, strange stories associated with them, and possible powers possessed by pyramids."

Acquired: Bought a used copy from my local library's book sale table.

Reason for Reading:   Bit of a story... When I was a kid, my library had this whole series and I was into all this paranormal stuff back then.  I remember this book, as well as others, from the series, quite fondly.  Someone on LibraryThing has taken the time to add the entire series with pictures and I brought this book home…

66. Library Wars: Love & War Vol. 7 by Kiiro Yumi

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7 by Kiiro Yumi (US) - (Canada)
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7

Pages: 200
Ages: 16+
Finished: Feb. 26, 2012
First Published: Feb. 7, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, science fiction, dystopia, romance, shojo
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Brother.  A long time ago he was my hero."

Publisher's Summary: "Hikaru’s big brother is working for the enemy, and he wants to reunite with Hikaru. Meanwhile, someone is posting negative reviews on the library’s website, and Kasahara intends to find out who. Later, personal issues are set aside when the Library Forces find out about a book burning on their home turf!"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.

This volume has a bit of a shaky transition from the last volume.  It pretty much starts right in with a new mini story arc which is dealt with from beginning to end within this one volume.  However thi…

DNF. Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Fletcher Wortmann

Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Fletcher Wortmann (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 18%/272
Ages: 18+
Finished: DNF
First Published: Mar. 27, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: memoir, psychiatric disorders
Rating: DNF

First sentence: "Unless you or someone close to you has been affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder, or you have taken a course in clinical psychology (I take great satisfaction in the fact that my school's psychology department no longer considers me "abnormal"), you probably know only the basics of OCD: superb personal hygiene, exceptional organizational skills, an inclination toward solving mysteries."

Acquired:  Received an egalley from Netgalley

Reason for Reading:  I have OCD and this short memoir looked interesting to me.

I have read over 60 books so far this year and am fortunate that it has taken me this long to come upon a book I just could not finish, but wow was this a doozy.  I read 3 chapters, if…