Friday, July 29, 2011

Abducted by Blog Hop 7.29

Well, I for one am exhausted today!

I stayed up until 3 in the morning last night, sadly not a record for me, in order to finish up some homework for another site I take part in called We just finished up our month long reviews of Harry Potter and are now diving into reviews for Cate Blanchet! I'm excited because I love her!

Anyways, I stayed up late and now am at work ready to pass out! I figured the longer I put off doing any actual work, the more likely that eventually my caffeine will kick in. So I thought I would take part in this weeks Blog Hop hosted by crazy for books.

This weeks request was:

Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can't wait to dig into!"

I actually had to think about this one for a moment because I have recently spent an obscene amount of money on books. Our local Borders has just closed and they were having their "Going Out Of Business" Sale and I got a little carried away. I'm not proud of it. In fact I've been beating myself up for it this entire week.

But what is done is done.

Anyway, I had a lot of books to choose from and to be honest there are quite a few that I can't wait to dig into. But there is one imparticular that stands out and it is...

I can't wait to dig into this one for two reasons.

One being that it is really short and I am shockingly behind in my reading for the year, so short books are my friends right now!

The other reasons is that I am so in awe of the idea behind this book. 

Basically it is set up like a dictionary with one entry, per letter, ranging from A to Z. Some entries are only a word, while others are longer then a page. From what I understand the entries are abstract, tender, humorous, poignant, and endearing.

I have heard nothing but rave refuse for this book but at the same time I remain skeptical.

How? How can he possibly be able to tell a true love story within such a limited structure? 

It isn't possible! Is it?

If there was ever an author that could pull it off, I can see it being David Levithan. So I am very intrigued by the idea behind this story and very excited to see what Levithan does with it.

Now, on a side note!

I am going to issue myself a challenge.

Starting tomorrow, July 30th, and running through September 3rd, I am going to read and review 25 books!

I have to! I simply have to! It is the only way I am going to get back on track for my reading schedule this year. I signed on to read111 books and I fully intend to read 111 books IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO!

Now, this wont be easy! In fact, it is completely crazy to even think it is possible, but I just have to do it. And by challenging myself to review each book I've read, my trusty followers will be able to hold me accountable through out this next month!

5 WEEKS : 35 DAYS : 25 BOOKS

here goes nothing......


csilibrarian said...

New GFC and blog follower.
I love your blog title and layout.

And very cool pick by the way. I hope you enjoy it once you read it! :)

My Hop Post

Howard Sherman said...

I’ve seen a lot of interesting shirts on the different blogs. With the non-stop coverage of debt ceiling doomsday I’ve got to show you the t-shirt that describes me to a tee – at least this week! Follow me back to my blog and prepare to fall out of your chair laughing –

We’ve just gotta laugh, right? Life’s too short after all!

Thank God it’s Follow Friday!

Howard Sherman

Holly said...


I am behind you all the way. Way, way, WAY behind you, but you have my complete support. I will be returning to cheerlead throughout the 35 days with some special homemade cheers.


There's a herkie jump in there if you want to picture it. I know, YIKES, right?

Cassandra said...

Sadly if I was in your place I couldn't resist buying books either. The Lover's Dictionary sounds very different and yeah with writing everything is possible.
Good luck with your challenge.

My sharing stop-

Jo said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog -- now I'm discovering yours! Like your header image -- fun!

I've heard good things about this book, so looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. :)

pussreboots said...

I haven't heard of the book. I look forward to your review. I've posted a picture of an adorable baby pickle. It's an illustration from the book I'm highlighting. Please come see what book I'm reading!

Carol E. said...

Good luck with your self-challenge!! Ambitious, but I bet you can do it. I'm reading Room by Emma Donoghue... interesting and kinda creepy! That Love Dictionary sounds very interesting.

fakesteph said...

I never sleep anymore. AND YOU CAN TOTALLY READ ALL THOSE BOOKS BY SEPTEMBER 3! Yeah!!! My enthusiasm may be a byproduct of my lack of sleep. :)

For short books that are really good try Maniac McGee, Savvy, and Break. For books I read in one day because I couldn't put them down: Raised By Wolves (and it's sequel) and The Curse Worker Series by Holly Black. :)

KristinCanRead said...

Just hopping through. I'm a new follower from the Blog Hop.

Kate said...

Bittner, you did your part to make Borders a success- it's not your fault they are closing their doors. You made sure some of their books found a good home. Do not feel guilty about feeding your need for the written word!

Good luck on your challenge, I know you'll rock it!

Howard Sherman said...

I’m seeing a lot of single answer responses with Twilight being by far the most popular choice. I really must analyze all the elements of that series that send girls ga-ga. Such studies are a part of the never-ending "code breaking” we males need to continuously execute to understand and relate with the fairer sex.

I’ve cracked about 80% of the code. I will continue cracking the code until I reach 100% success. Then I’ll write a book for men and become a billionaire overnight.


I’ve got four different series I can read over and over again. Three of them were written by deceased authors and three of them are fantasy adventures.

Follow me back to my blog at and find out how far off the beaten track I’ve gone with my favorite book series!

Thank God it’s Follow Friday!

Howard Sherman

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