Review and Book Club: Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward

Today I’m participating in Bookaholic Does Blogging’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Book Club for her BDB Challenge. Every month, in addition to reading one of the series’ books, I’ll be participating in her book club posts, so we can all gab about BDB!

Book: Lover Unbound
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Release date: September 25, 2007
Source: Bought for Kindle
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #5
Summary: (from Goodreads) Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father’s war camp he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time – until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that cannot include her.

1. On a scale from 1-5, what would you rate this book? Briefly tell us why.

Snooze alert! I gave this one 2 stars because it was so boring I almost couldn’t finish it. I did enjoy getting V’s back story, and I loved seeing John Matthew through his transition, but I found Jane to be completely unsexy and uninteresting. That made it difficult to sustain my interest in V’s love story, and I do kind of wish they’d just made him gay instead of giving him a boyish woman to love. Major bummer.

2. There were a lot of revelations in this book. What did you think of the Scribe Virgin being V’s mom?

I thought it was interesting, but the formula of having the Scribe Virgin solve all of their love problems is getting old. I felt this revelation didn’t add much to V’s story. I don’t know if it just didn’t have enough impact or if I’m not up on the significance, but I found the whole scenario very underwhelming.

3. Sticking to that theme, what did you think of the Scribe Virgin’s request that Vishous become the Primale?

Well, I never believed he would actually become the Primale once Jane came into the picture. That’s not how Ward rolls. If there’s a love interest, then the Brother winds up with her somehow, so I didn’t find much tension in the request to be the Primale. I did like seeing more of the Chosen and their culture, though.

4. Phury stepping up to the plate is nothing new — what did you think of him taking V’s place as the Primale?

I have mixed feelings. It was very noble of him, but it seems more like an escape and an excuse to martyr himself yet again. He felt he was the last, obvious choice, so made the most of it. I can’t fault him for wanting to step up, but I feel bad for him more than anything that he can’t ever really do anything for himself. He’s such a pushover! Will he find true happiness ever? Guess the next book will tell us.

5. Back to the Scribe Virgin — we learned that V has a sister she’s been “hiding” for 303 years. What do you think will become of her? Do you think the Scribe Virgin will — for lack of better terms — let her live again?

I thought that was kind of weird and out of nowhere. I want to know more about the force that told the Scribe Virgin to have a baby, and only one. Why did she go against that? Is that God? Why have two babies and hide one? Hopefully I don’t have to wait for Payne’s book to find out!

6. What happened to Jane was a tragedy. What did you think of the Scribe Virgin bringing her back for V at the cost of her own happiness?

It was a nice effort, but I’m not clear on the rules. She’s a ghost, but she’s corporeal? It seemed like she was able to continue working and carrying on like normal, so it doesn’t seem like much of a tragedy to me.

7. What did you think of Butch’s theory that V thought himself to be in love with Butch because he was the first person V really cared about (until Jane)?

I think there is some truth to that. I also think that’s kind of the definition of love. V obviously loves Butch, and because of that, he’s attracted to Butch. Nothing wrong with that – they just have a different dynamic than that of the other brothers. I liked that Butch was cool with it, but wish he wouldn’t have brushed it off as something other than truly being in love.

Rating: 2/5 stars

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Review and Book Club: Lover Revealed by J. R. Ward

Today I’m participating in Bookaholic Does Blogging’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Book Club for her BDB Challenge. Every month, in addition to reading one of the series’ books, I’ll be participating in her book club posts, so we can all gab about BDB!

Book: Lover Revealed
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Release date: March 6, 2007
Source: Bought for Kindle
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #4

Summary: (from Goodreads) Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world-to engage in the turf war with the lessers. His heart belongs to a female vampire, Marissa, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. And if he can’t have her, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers.

But fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him.

1. On a scale from 1-5, what would you rate this book? Briefly tell us why.

I’m going with four stars on this one. It wasn’t my favorite of the series, but still engaging. Butch, as the resident human of the BDB, is a unique character. I think Ward made a good choice in featuring him so early on. As readers, we intuited that something deeper was going on with him, and the more time went by, the more I wanted a resolution to that instinctive feeling. Not unlike the feeling I’m getting now with John Matthew.

2. A lot goes on with Butch in this book. What did you think of his past? And what about that revelation his mom makes at the end of the book? Do you think we’ll ever discover who is Dad really is?

I thought Butch’s backstory was great. It perfectly tied in to his longing to be a part of the Brotherhood. As an outsider his entire life, rejected by his own family even, it’s no wonder he wants to be a part of something meaningful. I wish we’d found out that Janie’s kidnappers had been brought to justice, or seen the reason Butch became a cop. I guess we can’t know everything, though! I’m just being greedy.

3. I had kind of foreseen Butch becoming a vampire, however, I did not see the lesser incident occurring. What did you think of Butch’s encounter with the Omega? What about his abilities that stemmed from this incident?

I was also blindsided by the Omega stuff. I had no idea what was going to happen or whether he should or shouldn’t be using his new powers. I loved the twist. Ward always manages to keep us on our toes, even when we think we know what’s going to happen. It’s part of the reason I love her books.

4. We’ve never seen a new member inducted into the brotherhood… what did you think about this ritual?

Oh my gosh. I loved the explanation of the brand/scar they all have on their pecs. When Butch woke up and felt salt I was like “A-HA!” I thought the ritual was cool, but I wish it had gone on a bit longer. We’ve seen some interesting rituals, and for this one I was like, “Really? Where’s the rest of it?” Also, am I the only one who now wants Vishous and Butch and Marissa to be polyamorous mates? That embrace during the ritual was hot!

5. Speaking of rituals, what do you think about the mating ritual? It was detailed in the first book, but we’ve seen glimpses of it in each book since.

I like it, but I still don’t get why they have to carve the names into their flesh. A bit extreme, true? I was glad we didn’t have to read it again with Marissa. I’m not feeling her like I do the other females. Something about her prissy upbringing and constant whining about Butch’s safety made me kind of hate her.

6. Let’s talk about John. We saw some pretty unusual behavior from him in this book. Most of it strengthened my idea of him being Darius… what do think?

He has some serious aggression threatening to spill over, so I’m glad he’s going on these nightly walks with Zsadist. I think those two can really bond over their pasts and hopefully Z can teach John how to control his emotions. I’m pretty well convinced that John is Darius, particularly with the bomb flashback.

7. We saw a lot of V in this book, which makes sense given his relationship with Butch. What do you think about those two being two halves of a whole? The Destroyer and the Savior?

I think this is a perfect dynamic. There was always something bigger between these two than just friendship or brotherhood. They are complementary halves. It was such a cool thing to see this partnership become fully realized and necessary to the survival of the race. I can’t wait to read about V. Is his book next? I hope so. As much as I love Butch, I think I like Vishous more.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Review and Book Club: Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward

Today I’m participating in Bookaholic Does Blogging’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Book Club for her BDB Challenge. Every month, in addition to reading one of the series’ books, I’ll be participating in her book club posts, so we can all gab about BDB and their muscley awesomeness.

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Book: Lover Awakened
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Release date: September 5, 2006
Source: Bought for Kindle
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3

Summary: (from Goodreads) A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion and terror his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past and find a future with her.

1. On a scale from 1-5, what would you rate this book? Briefly tell us why.

Five big fat stars! I don’t think I fully understood the BDB obsession until this book. Sure, the first two were entertaining and steamy and campy fun, but this one…whooooooie! Zsadist is a tortured and misunderstood soul, and at times I got so frustrated with all of the characters’ self-absorption and inability to see through the others’ facades that I wanted to scream, but the book is still immensely satisfying. I think I would almost recommend people read this one first, except that you do get some important backstory from the other two books. I bet I could catch someone up on the details around Z and Bella, though, and then staple them to a chair and watch them read this one. SO GOOD. You’re not moving until you finish it, I would say. *stares sternly*

2. Let’s talk about our feelings: reading about Zsadist’s past had me choked up and provoked some serious feelings towards him for me. What did you think when you read about his past?

Z’s past certainly explains a lot about his behavior, but I was surprised at how little Phury especially seemed to understand how that past impacted Z’s life. I didn’t fully buy that Phury would think that Z could hurt Bella. I mean, really? Z’s twin brother wouldn’t get that all of his cold fury and isolation and self-punishment was a front for self-loathing despair? He would really just assume that what he suffered turned him into a sociopathic woman hater? Nope. Don’t think so.

I thought Ward did a really nice job depicting what happened without being overly graphic. We don’t need to know all of the details, and she gave us the information without dwelling on it. I also felt that Z’s perspective on everything was well done and I really believed his experiences and how those shaped his self-image. Heart-breaking stuff.

3. Obviously, Zsadist came a long way as a person in this book. What do you think of the post-Bella Zsadist?

I was most happy about his change toward Phury. He seemed finally able to love him as a sibling and not just as this fellow warrior brother. I think faced with the enduring support of Phury and Bella showed Z that there are people willing to do anything for him and that he is worthy of their love and respect. I liked that his transformation was gradual and didn’t happen overnight. He grew and changed but at an appropriate pace considering his past. I loved watching that change happen.

I have to mention that I cried at the end when Bella interrupts Z and Mary and he shows her what he’s been working on. I hope that’s vague enough to not be a spoiler but specific enough that you who have read it know what I’m talking about. That moment kicked me in the gut and it was so sweet and beautiful that I couldn’t contain the tears. I can’t think of a single other urban fantasy or romance novel that touched me to the point of tears. Good stuff.

4. Phury has always gone to whatever lengths to protect his brother. What did you think of him shaving his head and heading to the movies to meet the lesser?

I’ve always had issues with Phury. Until that moment, I didn’t really see the depth of his sacrifice for Z. Sure, he’s celibate and does whatever he can for his brother, but it always seemed kind of doormat-y and pathetic instead of honorable. When he decides to shave his head and take a knife to his face, though, I got it. He’s not messing around. He seriously loves his twin, so my apologies Phury. I get it now.

5. With O gone, do you see the dynamics of the lesser society changing? How so?

H, O, U – they all seem fairly interchangeable to me. The lessers are kind of boring to me, and seem to only serve the function of creating some context for the Brotherhood and why they exist. It seems to me they don’t pose that big of a threat and considering they all seem completely off their rockers, I wind up dismissing them. In fact, I don’t really remember who is still alive – lessers were alive, then dead, then alive again, then dead again. Who is left?

***WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD***6. We found out that John is “Darius’ son.” I have a feeling he might just be the reincarnation of Darius himself — it’s reaching, I know. What are your thoughts on John as Darius’ son or, possibly, as Darius?

The problem with reading these so far apart is that I forget what happens in the interim. When Darius chose to come back, what were the terms the Scribe Virgin gave him? I don’t remember. I think there was something about him being unable to see his daughter, so I assume that’s why he passed out when meeting Beth, which makes me think he is Darius and not just his son. That would be a fun twist.


7. Book 4 will about Butch. Do you think that Butch’s book will be different from the first three books given that Butch is a human? Do you think Butch will remain a human?

I love Butch! Although at first I hated him because of his attitude toward Beth, I have come to love him. I laugh every time he talks about how beautiful the Brothers are, though. He’s so metrosexual and it seems so different from the tough guy cop routine of Book 1. He’s always entertaining, though, and I think he brings an interesting dynamic to the Brotherhood. Given what happened between him and Vishous at the end of this book, I’m curious to see what happens in Book 4!

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Review and Book Club: Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward

Today I’m participating in Bookaholic Does Blogging’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Book Club for her BDB Challenge. Every month, in addition to reading one of the series’ books, I’ll be participating in her book club posts, so we can all gab about BDB and their muscley awesomeness. I missed the boat on the first book last month, but here are my responses for book 2 – Lover Eternal!

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Book: Lover Eternal
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Release date: March 7, 2006
Source: Bought for Kindle
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #2

Summary: (from Goodreads) Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves.

1. On a scale from 1-5, what would you rate this book? Briefly tell us why.

I gave it 4 stars. Rhage was a more interesting protagonist for me than last book’s Wrath, and for the first half of the book I was loving every second of it. The back half was a little anticlimactic, however, and so I ended up not enjoying the ending. I wanted a bit more action and a bit more resolution, but my overall enjoyment was still worth 4 out of 5 stars. These books do not pretend to be anything other than what they are – guilty pleasure romance reads about outlandishly beautiful men whose actions may or may not be realistic. They wear minimal clothing, are very selfless lovers, and only refer to their footwear as “shitkickers.” Do you really need any more information than that?

2. Did you have an preconceived notions about this book given that we knew it would be from the point of view of a different brother?

I wasn’t sure about the idea of having each brother get his own book. I liked Wrath a lot in the first book, and I didn’t think Rhage could compete for my affection in the same way. Boy was I wrong! It appears that each book will tell a unique story that allows us to get to know the individual warrior better, as well as the Brotherhood as a whole. With the way this one ended, I am very excited about the next book focused on Zsadist. In fact, when I finished this one, I immediately bought the next one. I’m ready for June now!

3. What did you think of Rhage’s transformations?

I think the whole literal inner demon curse is super cool. A warrior who must temper his impulses or turn into a snarly bloodthirsty lizard beast? Swoon. Okay, maybe not swoon, but I am madly in love with the concept. I will say that I was disturbed at Mary’s reaction to the beast and felt that the two scenes where she interacts with it didn’t quite work for me. They didn’t seem to fit the character of the rest of the book or with what we were led to believe about the beast itself. Disappointing.

4. What did you think of Rhage and Mary’s first encounter at the Brother’s house? Did you foresee a relationship forming after this meeting?

Like Ashley, I also thought Rhage was kind of a pushy ass in that scene. There were a number of times in this book where I felt like one or more of the brothers was really coming on too strong for what is generally acceptable to women, drop-dead gorgeous or not. If anyone invaded my space like that, looking as impaired and grouchy as Rhage did, I’d have kneed him in the groin and not looked back as I ran. We like them strong and silent and all, but YEESH.

5. Ward seems to like forcing her characters to make some hard choices. What did you think of Rhage’s choice to save Mary at the end of the book? Would you do the same for someone you loved?

I like the hard choices theme that has pervaded both books so far. If a character doesn’t face difficult choices or circumstances, I get bored. I need high stakes. This book had lots of those, between Mary’s returning leukemia and Rhage’s erupting beast. We know early on that Mary is dying, and I kept flying through the pages hoping that something would save her in the end. I’d like to think I’d act the same as Rhage when push comes to shove. My own happiness pales in comparison knowing the people around me are suffering.

6. Do you think John will become a brother after his transformation?

I hope so. He seemed like a good kid, and Ward certainly dropped enough hints to suggest that he will. I think having a new brother would pump some life into the books and show us how they function with change and new members. They’ve been with each other for so long that I want to know how they got to that point, so having John around could feed us some backstory as they reflect on their own journeys to the Brotherhood.

7. Do you think Bella will become Zsadist’s shellan? What, if anything, do you think this will do to Phury and Zsadist’s relationship as a result given that Phury showed mild interest in Bella as well?

I’m still confused as to why Phury is insisting on staying celibate. I know he feels guilt over Zsadist’s past, but it seems odd that in the face of everything he is already giving up to help Zsadist, he avoids women too. Part of my interest in reading the next book so quickly is the cliffhanger around Bella and Zsadist. I want to know what happens to her and if we see her again, or if Zsadist will have to face a fresh round of pain and loss if she doesn’t make it. I’m biting my nails over here!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Dark Lover by J. R. Ward

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Book: Dark Lover
Author: J. R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Release date: September 6, 2005
Source: Purchased on Kindle
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1

Summary: (from Goodreads) In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing their enemies more than Wrath, the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood…

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed – orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate – Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both.

First impressions: I was really excited to read this book because so many people love this series, but the first few chapters were not the most attention-getting. Wrath is really what kept me reading because he’s so well developed. I love that he has a visual impairment but is still totally badass.

Lasting impressions: I will definitely stick with this series. The story started to pick up about a quarter of the way through and kept me turning pages until I’d gobbled the whole thing.

Conflicting impressions: There are some cheesy moments (Does every vampire have to hang out in a dark, bass-thumping club?), and Beth got on my nerves quite frequently, but these are easily overlooked.

Overall impressions: Here’s the thing. Did you see that cover? I suffer from cover shyness, and for that reason I have long avoided reading romance novels in public. This is another in a long list of reasons I love my Kindle. And because of said Kindle, I finally gave myself the chance to read this book.

I was really surprised by how funny and unique it turned out to be. Ward has obviously spent a lot of time crafting this world, so it’s easy to get immersed in it. That’s one of my favorite qualities in a book.

Beth is kind of a blah main character for most of the book. She’s a gorgeous woman with no interest in men, which she comes to learn is because she’s turning into a vampire. I loved how Ward played around with female character tropes and made them work for her instead of against her. Beautiful, unattainable woman who can’t get a date? Got a perfectly good explanation. Later in the book, she jokes about how she wishes her name was something shorter than Elizabeth, “like Mary. Or Sue.” Mary Sue! I had a good chuckle over that one. Ward is playing us like a fiddle.

Despite their cheesy names (Wrath, Rhage, Tohrment, etc.), the BDB boys are pretty cool. I struggled a bit to keep them all straight, since we don’t have a lot of opportunity to learn their individual traits in the midst of what is primarily Wrath’s story, but they are still enjoyable and interesting, and sometimes downright scary.

The romance element here does not disappoint, either. Again, because Ward is a genius at twisting tired devices in her favor, she’s written a world where maturing vampires are at their sexual peak, so when Beth starts to turn, things heat up pretty quickly with Wrath. I felt like they genuinely cared for each other, though, and the love story that follows their initial, erm, encounter is believable and sweet.

In fact, I felt the love story was far and away more interesting than the conflict with the bad guys. The Lessers are militant counterparts to the Brotherhood, and both groups want to destroy each other. It does seem a bit exhausting as a reader since these battles have raged on for centuries and there doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite for the win. With 8 more books in the series, I have to assume this thing is going to drag out, and that may be a big part of why I felt so much more attached to the Beth/Wrath storyline.

This was a fun book with a great balance of mystery, surprise, steamy romance and hot boys fighting. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, where each book allows us to get to know another BDB member in more detail.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Want to get in on the discussion? Check out the Dark Lover BDB book club post at Bookaholic Does Blogging.

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Giveaway Winner and MORE Challenges!

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Huntress/Hunted by the Others/Waterfall giveaway! has revealed the winner as:

Rebecca Mallary!
Congratulations Rebecca! I have emailed you at the address provided, and your books will be ordered for you by the end of the week. Enjoy!

I didn’t get any new books to report this week for In My Mailbox, so in my boredom I decided to just sign up for more challenges! Okay, boredom isn’t totally correct since I’m crazy busy with school at the moment, but I did spot some good ones for books I wanted to read anyway, so here goes!

First up is Bookaholic Does Blogging’s Black Dagger Brotherhood challenge. Starting April 1st, we’ll be reading all 9 of the BDB series books and discussing them. Ashley has set up a nice format where we can comment either at her blog or on a Goodreads group she set up, and I’m really looking forward to this interactive format. You can participate in the challenge, the book club, or both! I’m going to try to participate in both, although I have a tendency to not follow through well in Goodreads groups. Hopefully this one will break that curse!

Okay, this one looks quite challenging, but also like a really fun way to get some new reads. It’s Life with Books’ Take a Chance Challenge 3. The point is to find new books to read in different ways. There are ten categories to try and complete. Crossovers are accepted and books can be read in any format. Challenge runs January 1-December 31, 2011.

1: Staff  Memberâ??s Choice: Go to a bookstore or library that has a â??Staff Picksâ? section. Read one of the picks from that section.

2: Loved Oneâ??s Choice: Ask a loved one to pick a book for you to read. (If you can convince them to buy it for you, that is even better!)

3: Bloggerâ??s Choice: Find a â??Best Books Readâ? post from a favorite blogger. Read a book from their list.

4: Criticâ??s Choice: Find a â??Best of the Yearâ? list from a magazine, newspaper or professional critic. Read a book from their Top 10 list.

5: Blurb Book: Find a book that has a blurb on it from another author. Read a book by the author that wrote the blurb.

6: Book Seer Pick: Go to The Book Seer and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.

7: What Should I Read Next Pick : Go to What Should I Read Next and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.

8: Which Book Pick: Go to Which Book and use the software to generate a list of books. Read a book from that list.

9: LibraryThing Pick: Go to LibraryThingâ??s Zeitgeist page. Look at the lists for 25 Most Reviewed Books or Top Books and pick a book youâ??ve never read. Read the book. (Yes â?¦ you can click on MORE if you have to.)

10: Pick A Method: Pick a method for finding a book from the choices listed below (used in previous versions of the challenge).

  • Random Book Selection. Go to the library. Position yourself in a section such as Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Children (whatever section you want). Then write down random directions for yourself (for example, third row, second shelf, fifth book from right). Follow your directions and see what book you find. Check that book out of the library, read it and then write about it. (If you prefer, you can do the same at a bookstore and buy the book!)
  • Public Spying. Find someone who is reading a book in public. Find out what book they are reading and then read the same book. Write about it.
  • Random Bestseller. Go to and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1950 for the min. and 2010 for the max. and then hit generate. Then go to this site and find the year that generated for you and click on it. Then find the bestseller list for the week that would contain your birthday for that year. Choose one of the bestsellers from the list that comes up, read it and write about it.
  • Sounds hard, right? Well, if you finish them all, you enter a drawing to win a book of your choice, so all of that tough reading can pay off.

    I’m trying to broaden my horizons and read more fantasy books. Darlyn and Books is running this challenge. I am going to enter the Fascinated level and try to read 6 fantasy novels this year.

    I kept meaning to sign up for this one and never got around to it. I can’t think of many Gothic books I’ve read…ever…so this will be a good opportunity for me to explore some fiction I don’t usually read. I think I’m going to like it, though, since it’s lots of mystery, spooky castles and paranormal stuff. Count me in! I’m going to participate at The Darkness Within level and read 5 Gothic books this year.

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    Also, since I am a CRAZY PERSON and signed up for all of these challenges, I felt obligated to sign up for the Reading Challenge Addict challenge as well. With entry into the Reading Challenge Addict challenge, it becomes my 16th challenge, putting me at the Out of this World level (16+ challenges). Yikes.

    Visit my Challenge Index page to keep track of all this craziness and leave me suggestions if you have titles to recommend!