Monday, January 02, 2012

On a Blogging Break, but First . . .

Yeah. So. I am officially taking a break this week from blogging as is my start of the year transition. The truth is I have no reviews or posts ready and only ten minutes to spare on the computer right now (I'm supposed to be getting dressed for a run to the hardware store).

Before I do go on break, however, I am caving in and joining two more challenges. Well, one challenge and one project. Don't judge. It is the beginning of the year, and I don't make New Year's resolutions. But being goal oriented, I have to put my energy somewhere. My intentions are good, anyway.

Here goes . . .


I haven't been reading nearly enough historical fiction as of late and I really like the folks over at Historical Tapestry. Therefore, I am joining the Historical Fiction Challenge. I am aiming for the Out of My Comfort Zone level requiring me to read two books even though historical fiction isn't really outside of my comfort zone. It's what I feel I can manage though and since I'm already challenge crazed it's best to keep things simple, wouldn't you say? The challenge lasts throughout the year. I have a ton of historical fiction novels on my shelves still to read--now to decide which two to read!



Just yesterday I was putting something away in the spare bedroom where I keep my mass market paperback books (the ones not on the bookcases in the master bedroom that is) and noticed my Stephen King books. I would really like to read one this year if possible. Then I saw Kathleen and Natalie's announcement of The Stephen King Project and decided I couldn't refuse. Since I was already going to read one anyway, right? So, off I go to sign up for the the King Novice Level! I have actually read two King books, but I still think of myself as a novice. I really enjoyed one and laughed my way through the other. It'll be interesting to see what I think of the next book I read by Stephen King.

I haven't decided yet which book of his to read. I'm dying to know what is so freezer worthy about The Shining, but I really want to read The Dead Zone, of which the television show was based (the one I watched episode after episode of while on maternity leave while cluster feeding). And then there's The Stand and the Dark Tower series . . . Hmmm. Choices, choices.

Enough is enough. That's it. No more challenges.

I hope you all have a great rest of the week! I hope to be back up and posting soon.


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28 comments:

  1. I am so excited that you are joining us for the project! I cannot wait to hear what you think of The Shining if you read it. I will be rereading it this year for the project and many more King books! Enjoy your blogging break and see you back here soon!

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  2. Good luck with the challenges and enjoy your break!

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  3. No judging at all! Have fun with them and your week off!

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  4. Yay, I'm so excited that you're joining The Stephen King Project! We will have some fun, that's for sure! I've wanted to read more King since the fall when I read three books and loved them all. I can't wait for the Project to get going with everyone's reviews!

    Enjoy your break, and come back when you're ready, we will al be here when you return!

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  5. The only King I've read is The Stand, but it was so good and creepy, it's lasted me for a couple of years...

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  6. I should read some Stephen King this year. I used to love him, and I still have a ton of his books on my shelves, but I haven't read one in so long. I have been meaning (especially) to get back to The Stand. Maybe this year!

    Have a great week!

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  7. OK, if I could just interject a little here about your Stephen King choices - just my opinion, but...read THE SHINING or THE STAND (one of my favorite books ever in my life). I read THE DEAD ZONE and it was OK, but it's not really like the TV show (which I liked very much). Well, it is like it, but anyway...THE SHINING is crazy and scary. THE STAND is phenomenal, IMHO. OK, my opinion over. LOL

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  8. Here's me with a silly question: what does "freezer worthy" mean?

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  9. After declaring "no more challenges", I'm debating the Stephen King Project. I wanted to read a couple of his and this might be a good way to do it.

    Good luck with the challenge!

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  10. I want to see what is so freezer-worth of The Shining as well. Maybe 2012 will be the year that I give that one a try. Enjoy your blogging break!

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  11. Freezer-worthy? I don't know what that means, and I've seen the movie three dozen times and read the book three or four times. You talking about the walk-in freezer or the snowstorm? Either way, I would mirror Kay and tell you to read The Stand or The Shining. The Stand is very long though, and there are other great options if you want something shorter. His short stories are awesome. Anyway, I digress. Have a great break...everyone needs one. It is good for the soul!

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  12. OK, since Wendy is on a blogging break, I'm going to come back and explain what I expect she means about "freezer worthy". Once upon a time ago, there was a TV show called Friends. In it, there was a guy called Joey and a girl called Rachel. Joey was reading a Stephen King book - might have been THE SHINING - and Rachel was reading LITTLE WOMEN. They ended up switching books and Rachel said that she was so scared with THE SHINING, she had to put it in the freezer to get away from it. Joey also ends up putting LITTLE WOMEN in the freezer because he is so traumatized fearing that Beth will die. Books go in the freezer that are too scary - for whatever reason. LOL

    Is that what you mean, Wendy? I expect so. :-)

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  13. I have thought about joining these challenges also, but I haven't made up my mind yet. I do wish you a lot of luck with them, and hope that your break is wonderful and relaxing!

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  14. Thanks for the explanation, Kay! I guessed it was something like that, but wasn't sure.

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  15. Kathleen - I am looking forward to trying another King novel. Heck, maybe I'll fit in more than one when all is said and done!

    Kathy - Thanks, Kathy!

    Staci - Thank you, Staci!

    Natalie - It will be lots of fun, I think. :-)

    Lexi - I've heard nothing but great things about The Stand. The size is a bit daunting right now, but I imagine I will get to it one of these days if not for this project.

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  16. Megan - I am excited about trying another of King's books. There are a few of his books I can say I have no interest in trying but others really interest me.

    Kay - Thanks for your suggestions, Kay!

    And thanks for speaking up about what I meant by freezer worthy. I forget not everyone can read my mind sometimes. LOL You are right--I got the phrase from the show Friends.

    Jeane - "Freezer worthy" means the book was scary enough to want to hide it in the freezer. It's a expression I picked up from the old television show Friends.

    Yvonne - You too, huh? I told myself no more too. Hehe

    Samantha - Have you seen the movie of The Shining? I haven't yet--I always wanted to read the book first but just never got around to it.

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  17. Sandy - I think Joey (from Friends) put the book in his own regular freezer, but any freezer would do, I imagine. :-) Freezer worthy basically means it's really really scary.

    Heather - I probably shouldn't have joined any challenges this year, but I'm a glutton for punishment.

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  18. Good luck with the challenges, Wendy! I haven't decided which to participate in yet, but one thing I'm sure of is, I won't be participating in too many considering that I didn't complete some of the challenges last year.

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  19. I would join the Stephen King challenge SOLELY for the awesomeness of that badge- how cool and x-ray-ish it looks! However, I do not join challenges, so alas...

    Enjoy your blogging break :-)

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  20. Melody - Thank you! I understand cutting back on challenges. I probably shouldn't have joined so many. :-S

    Aarti - It is a neat badge, isn't it?

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  21. Good luck! I had to stop looking at all the challenges just to stop signing up for them all!

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  22. Enjoy your break! I've done it myself -- I think sometimes you just need to recharge all the batteries. We'll be here when you get back.

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  23. Michelle - Thanks! I know what you mean--there are so many tempting challenges out there. It's hard not to sign up for them all.

    Lisa - Thank you! It's nice to take a backseat now and then. :-)

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  24. Welcome to the HF challenge for next year! And enjoy your break!

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  25. Enjoy your break and your challenges. I'ce decided this is a no challenges year, but some of them are so tempting!

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  26. Good luck with the challenges and have a good break.

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  27. I was thinking of trying The Colorado Kid, only because I have a copy of that one. I'm not much of a scary book fan. I've heard he has some good non horror books but I don't know the titles for them.

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  28. Marg - Thank you, Marg! I am looking forward to it!

    Stacy - Thanks! You are probably smart to not join challenges this year, Stacy. I don't know what I was thinking. LOL

    Caspette - Thank you, Caspette. :-)

    Carla - I have heard Colorado Kid is good. Scary books are hit and miss with me. It really depends on the type of scary book it is. I go in more for psychological scares than the gory kind, for instance.

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