Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon

Tonight starts the Dusk Till Dawn Read-A-Thon!
We're reading from 8:00pm-8:00am today, August 25th, through Sunday, August 29th.

Each night participating blogs will host contests for AWESOME prizes!
Check back each night for more blog links...

Tonight I will start with a simple challenge question:

Tell me what your favorite book of 2010 has been so far, and why. 

This doesn't have to be a new book, just something YOU have read and really enjoyed within the past 8 months (yes, I'm fishing for suggestions).

I will randomly select 3 people who comment for prize packs containing a couple "Beautiful Creatures" and/or "Beautiful Darkness" (by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia) bracelets, dog-tags, and/or keychain; a "The Tension of Opposites" bookmark signed by Kristina McBride; and a "Stranded" postcard signed by J.T. Dutton.

Check out these blogs for more opening night giveaways...
YA Addict
Star Shadow
Norwegian Book Girl
You can also follow the #ReadAThon hashtag on Twitter for more giveaways!

My personal reading goal for tonight is to finish the last 150(ish) pages of "City of Glass" by Cassandra Clare, book 3 of the Mortal Instruments series. Should be simple, right? Not-so-much after working 8 hours and chasing a 3 year old and a Beagle for the subsequent 3 hours. Good ol' Detroit Double-Black the rescue!
I began the first book "City of Bones" 1 week ago today and was totally hooked by the end of the second chapter! Immediately upon finishing CoB I ran out and bought "City of Ashes", book 2, then this one. I have issues. I originally wanted to read "Mockingjay" tonight, but I HAVE to finish this one. Enough blogging, back to reading.


  1. To the Hilt by Dick Francis is absolutely my favorite read of the year so far.

  2. Let's see...The best book that I've read this year has been MOCKINGJAY. I could not put it down, and cannot get it out of my head. It's just so good and filled with twists and turns. It's driving me crazy that I've committed to not post a review. I don't want to give anything away for anyone who hasn't received their book from a preorder. I'm waiting until the end of this week--And then I'm going to have to post something!

    And, I love Cassandra Clare. So I totally understand that you need to finish that series! And, Clockwork Angel is amazing. That'd be in my top ten for this year.


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  3. The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth Isaacs. Wonderful, moving, lovely.

  4. The Hunger Games, because Collins is not afraid to stick her hand into your gut and wrap her fingers around your heart.

  5. So far this year I have given my highest rankings to The Hunger Games, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson, and Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep. Saying "Hi" back at ya from SE MI, I'm over by AA. :-)

  6. As of yesterday...probably Mockingjay! With Spirit Bound from the Vampire Academy series coming in at a close second!

  7. I have to say, I really really enjoyed reading Infinite Days. :) It was well written, a good story, and I enjoyed learning more about Lenah's past even as we saw her moving forward in the future. And best of all, the cover is shiny! It's got a nice shimmer!

  8. My three favorites so far this year have been:
    Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver
    One Good Dog By Susan Wilson
    The Passage By Justin Cronin
    I can't pick just one, I gave them all 5 stars.:)

  9. Gosh there have been so many I loved in the last month, how can I pick?

    Let's see: I adored The Iron King and The Iron Daughter,
    Hush Hush will be one for my all time fav, and I adore Beautiful Creatures.

    Most in Love I'm with the Fever series from KMM!!! (I'm slightly obsessed with those books..)

  10. I have 5 favorites so far this year:
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
    Paper Towns by John Green
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

    I'm going to have to check out those Cassandra Clare books with the way you're talking about them.

  11. And by 5 I mean 6. Oops! Can you tell I failed math my junior year? :D

  12. My favourite book that I've read within the past eight months would have to be Spirit Bound hands down. I picked up Vampire Academy a long time ago when it initially came out and recommended it to my friends but alas they became Twilight fans. I'm now eagerly anticipating Last Sacrifice. December just can't come fast enough!

  13. Okay so if I had to narrow it down I always come back to Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler. I read it in like 3 nights! It was 740+ pages! I loved it.

    However I read Nightshade recently and I must say that was one of the most amazing books as well.

    To top of my trio I also have to mention Firelight. It is so unique in this genre. I fell in love.


  14. My favorite books (so far!) of 2010 have been LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman and SWOON by Nina Malkin. Both Stiefvater and Malkin talk about real teen issues without getting overly dramatic, angsty, or preachy. They were highly refreshing reads. As for Gaiman, well...he's Gaiman! Pretty much one of the best fantasy writers out there, if you ask me. :) Thanks for the challenge and prizes!

  15. I'm having a Top Reads of 2010 giveaway right now, because I want to spread the word and love about my favourite books read in 2010.

    Here they are: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane (so unique and original!), MAster of None by Sonya BAteman (incredibly funny and well written), Embers by Laura Bickle (great evocative writing style), Touched by an Alien (this book has everything: LOL humour, swoonworthy heroes and an extraordinary heroine, fantastic!!), Promise by Kristie Cook (a very well written epic love story) and The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber (gothic fairy tale, beautiful narrative).

    Thanks fpr this challenge and I hope you achieved your goal for tonight! :-)

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  16. I am in the middle of Mockingjay right now, and it is really good, but if I am selecting something I finished this year, absolutely loved, and couldn't put down I would have to say that would be Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why or Julie Kagawa's Iron King. Booth hooked me from the beginning and kept me reading throughout.

  17. ACK everyone is reading Mockingjay! :) I loved that series, I cant wait to see what you thought - and wait till you read the new one coming out - OMG I Loved that one even more than the first 3 I think. Loved your challenge :D

  18. I've read a lot of books this year and it's a bit hard to choose but if I had to then it would probably be either Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, which was cute and I totally loved or Cracked Up to Be by Courntey Summers which was amazingly good.

  19. My favorite book this year has to be Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver because it was an amazing story. I could not stop reading it, and it is the kind of book that sticks with you long after you finish reading it.

  20. I think my favorite book now has to be Mockinjay, but a close runner-up is The Iron King!

  21. I skipped reading the responses because I didn't want them to influence my pick...

    The best book I've read so far this year is Juliet by Anne Fortier (which just came out but I got an early copy). I loved how she tied the storyline of the historic Romeo and Juliet to what was happening in the present. It had great characters, great mysteries, and great writing.

    My runner up would be The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon. It was hard to choose which I liked more!

  22. The best book I've read this year has been Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. It was so not like I expected and really hit me hard - especially since it carried such a message of hope unsurpassed by any other book I've read this year.

  23. Restoring Harmony Really hit it for me. I would say it's one of the best of 2010. What a great idea for the challenge :)

  24. Made first goal for the read-a-thon......and finished The Unwritten Rule which was very cute....but so far this year the best novel Ive read is Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson, it was a very gripping, sad, funny and scary read....

  25. My favorite would probably be The DUFF by Kody Keplinger just because it was so much more than I was expecting. It wasn't the light read I thought it would be and it went into deeper levels than I ever expected to see within its pages.


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  27. Top reads of the year so far...

    The Hunger Games/Suzanne was quuite simply brilliant
    Going Bovine/Libba Bray...examined what it means to truly live
    Elsewhere/Gabrielle Zevin...most interesting take on the afterlife I have ever read
    Horns/Joe Hill...asks the question, "What is evil?"
    Some Kind of Normal/Heidi Willis...the mom in this book was incredible, if I was a Hollywood actress i would be begging to play this part in a movie
    Tyger Tyger/Kersten Hamilton...wonderful storytelling and mythology

  28. My favorite book this year has probably been The Nobodies Album or Olive Kitteridge...those are the ones that have really stuck with me of late.

  29. I read too many good books to pick just one! Mine so far are:
    The Enemy by Charlie Higson, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Nomansland by Lesley Hauge, and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford.

    Thanks for hosting the challenge!

  30. Best book I've read this year is probably The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It's the only book for adults she ever wrote, and it has wonderful characters, great humor, major angst, and just general wonderfulness!

  31. My favorite book so far for 2010 has to by White Cat by Holly Black. I fell in LOVE with the characters which is a HUGE deal to me and doesn't happen in every well written book that I've read.

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  32. I just realised that I forgot to say why Mockingjay and Spirit Bound were my favorite books this year. Oops! Anyways, here is why; Mockingjay was absolutley stunning, I couldn't wait for it to come out and it did not disappoint! It was so deep and emotional and made me cry on multiple occasions. I don't really know how to put everything into words... And for Spirit Bound from the Vampire Academy series, I just loved that book because I adore the series (Vampire Academy and The Hunger Games are tied for my favorite series') and it was just amazing.

    Anyways, that it why those two were my favorite books this year!

  33. My favorite this year is probably Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. She is an amazingly talented writer, and there is a lot of truth and a lot of grit to that story. It almost hurts to read, but it's brilliant. It's about a girl with a serious eating disorder and I don't think I've ever read a book where the author has such insight to a person with an eating disorder, especially considering LHA didn't have one.
    It's a wonderful book.

  34. my favorite so far has to be Mockinjay! Im still experiencing the book on so many levels :)

  35. My favorite read of the year so far has been Linger but it changes with each book that I read! And I just finished that one! :)

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    Its's Just Life As I Know It