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If you are participating in one or more of the reading challenges here and you are sending me your updates to post on the Challenge page, please look through the list I have for you and let me know if it is correct.  Somehow some of the books got posted under the wrong readers.



The end of March has come and passed us by.

The giveaway winner is…


Congratulations to Nicole and thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway comment challenge as it heightened the level of discussion in all areas and paved the way to being the most lively month for our group yet.  The April giveaway will be announced sooner than later.  Stay tuned.

Here is the scoop.

Last week was pretty neck and neck, as they say, but this week starting out, Nicole has smoothly sailed ahead so if anyone is actually in this to win this, I would suggest a heightened level of participation.  There is a little room between Nicole’s total number of posts and the runner up, Danielle and the second runner up, Frank.  That said, it’s not a HUGE gap and this giveaway could still be given away to anyone.  If you want this Moleskine Passion Book Journal, you still have a chance and I would recommend spending some time and energy on the book discussion page.  And if you are not reading this month’s book club selections, then discuss what you are reading.


The March giveaway is already underway and the April giveaway has been decided, but not yet announced.  What I want to hear about from you is what kinds of giveaways are you interested in for the future?  The only context I want to provide for this question is that they must be book and/or reading related.


I just joined the China (reading) Challenge, which involves reading 10 books about China.  As far as I know, it’s either non-fiction or fiction.  I joined this challenge out of a love for chinese literature and an unyielding interest in Chinese culture.  Completely fascinating.

Here are the books about China that I am going to read to complete this challenge:

Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China by Peter Hessler
Noodle Maker by Ma Jian
Red Dust: A Path Through China by Ma Jian

Here are the books about China I have already read & loved:

Waiting by Ha Jin
War Trash by Ha Jin
A Free Life by Ha Jin
The Crazed by Ha Jin
In The Pond by Ha Jin
Beijing Coma by Ma Jian

Feel free to join me.


Whatever gets people reading, you know?

Today is going to be a good reading day.  I can feel it in my bones.  Speaking of bones, I have updated the Book Raffle page. There are new books from various authors laying claim on places all over the world.  Please check them out, read them, become familiar, and make any suggestions of other books that you want added to the list & page.  I will leave the Book Raffle page with no poll for voting for a little while and let everyone read the descriptions and have some time to have books added.  In about a week or two I will add the poll to the page and open voting up for MAY reads.

Just as a reminder, here are the April winners.

I have been enjoying and loving adding quotes and books to my Moleskine reading journal.  Has anyone gone out and bought one of their own?  Of course, if you haven’t and are interested in owning one, the March giveaway is still anyone’s challenge to win.

I have tried the new Sharpie Pen out.  I heard the word on the street was that this new pen was suppose to be Moleskine safe and guess what?  It is!  I got one just last night (thank you Frank) and have already been enjoying using it in my reading journal and other Moleskines.

You all know that lately I have been increasingly concerned with my reading time.  What you don’t know is that these are my constant worries and thoughts and that I have merely been writing about them more openly.  Not being satisfied with the amount of time I have to read is an ongoing existing factor in my day-to-day life.  I have been trying out techniques that you all so graciously suggested and I will continue to work on them.  I still need a new desk for writing and some reading.  I still need to create a good reading space.  I have settled on a desk and will be making this one (hopefully, sometime in March):

I am still debating where to create a better reading space, but I wish I could have this space:

With the exception that my shelves would not be white, they would have to be a darker would stain.  The floors would not be tiled and so sterile looking, they need to be warmer, the chair would be slightly more luxurious, and the picturing hanging next to the fire place would be a Jacques-Louis David.  Either of the two following:


I am a huge fan of Jacques-Louis David.

I am feeling terrific about this week and my reading goals.  Hopefully, if all goes as planned, by the end of March, I will feel victorious at surmounting at least some of my night stand pile, since it’s huge and only continues to grow.  Maybe I’ll feel this good:

I’ll leave you with some questions for you to answer:

1.  How has your reading gone this week, so far?
2.  What does your perfect reading space include?
3.  Who is reading what from the March selections?