Monday, January 4, 2010

Mark Your Calendar - Next Year's Holiday Break Reading Challenge Is Scheduled

Friday, December 17th, 2010 - Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

is the next Holiday Break Reading Challenge

More reading, more reviews, more activities, and more winners!

Activity #17 Winner

Congratulations to Kim at LJHS Library.  Her name was chosen for the Activity #17 Winner.

For the bonus prize for posting reviews to the Holiday Break Reading Challenge Review page the winner is....

Kristin at Bookworming in the 21st Century.
Here is the link to her review.

Since Kristin has already won a prize, I chose another winner too.

Caitlin at Vision Quest Fail.
Here is the link to her review.

So, I need Kim, Kristin, and Caitlin to send me there book choices from the Prize List along with their mailing addresses to:

Congratulations everyone and thanks for participating!


Be sure to keep in touch.  You can find me at:
Karin's Book Nook
The Book Jacket

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #17

Today is the final day of the Holiday Break Reading Challenge.  I had so much fun and I hope everyone else did too.  For those of you who won prizes, everything should be put in the mail on Monday, January 4th.  The books will be mailed Media Mail so it should take about a week to get to you.

For our final Activity here is what I want to do.  I would like you to post your final results, how many books did you read and how many reviews did you write?

So, in the comment section of this post please answer like this:


I read 7 books during the challenge:

BONESHAKER by Cherie Preist 
WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead 

LOCKDOWN by Walter Dean Myers
RAGE by Julie Anne Peters
THE RETURNERS by Gemma Malley
THE LINE by Teri Hall

I wrote 0 reviews.

Then, be sure to attach your reviews to the REVIEW PAGE of the blog.

**As for the prizes for this Activity I'll choose one of the commenters randomly like usual, but to encourage the addition of your book reviews to the Holiday Break Reading Challenge Review list, I'll choose another random Book Review post for another prize.**

Activity #16 Winner

Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer the survey questions.  Here are some of the results:

1. Which online book community(ies) do you have a profile for?
Goodreads  82.4%
LibraryThing  41.2%
Shelfari  47.1%
aNobii  5.9%
BookJetty  0%
None  5.9%

Living Social Books on Facebook
Visual Bookshelf

2. Which online book community(ies) do you REGULARLY keep up-to-date?
Goodreads  76.5%
LibraryThing  11.8%
Shelfari  5.9%
aNobii 5.9%
BookJetty 0%
None  11.8%

Living Social Books on Facebook
Visual Bookshelf

3. Which book swapping communities do you participate in?
Bookmooch  23.5%
Paperback Swap  11.8%
None  70.6%

And Now For Our Winner

Congratulations to Sarah from

Sarah - email me at with your book choice from the Prize List and your mailing address.  You might want to send me a 1st and 2nd choice since I'm still waiting for the two Activity #15 Winner choices.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Activity #15 Winner

We have another double winner!
Congratulations to Nikki at A Haunt of Ancient Peace and
Heather at Lost in the View.

Nikki and Heather - be sure to email me at with your book choice from the Prize List and your mailing address.

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #16

Online Book Communities

This issue has been bugging me for a while.  Goodreads, LibraryThing, Shelfari - UGH!  Check out my blog post from July 2009.  I regularly update Goodreads because I think it is much easier to use than the other two communities.  Shelfari is too image based and sometimes takes too long to load on the computer and LibaryThing isn't as user-friendly.  But, LibraryThing has much better blog widgets, but they don't work on my Wordpress blog anyway.  My goal in July was to keep all three communities up-to-date, but I was a total failure.

What I want to find out is how many of you have profiles on these online book communities?

Your task for this Activity is to take the survey from the link on this post. A winner will be chosen from the ones who fill out the survey.

Click here to take survey

Friday, January 1, 2010

Activity #14 Winner

Congratulations to Leslie at Probably Reading.

Leslie - email me at with your mailing address and choice of prize from the Prize List.

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #15

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year's Eve.  The start of the new year brings the opportunity for reflection about what we've done during the past year and the goals for what we want to accomplish in the coming year.  Take today to answer the following questions on your blog.  If, for some reason, some of the questions to apply to you, just answer what you can.

1.  What was your favorite aspect of your blog in 2009?

2.  Was there a particular featured/weekly post you participated in that you enjoyed and plan to continue in 2010?

3.  Is there anything you don't like about your blog that you want to fix? (design, posts, followers, blog host, etc.)

4.  Is there a blog you visit that you admire and aspire to emulate?  

GOALS (You fill in the blanks)



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