Readers, today’s post comes to you in three parts.
Part One: The Challenge
Becky from over at Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic posted a while ago about the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012, and as that year draws ever nearer it’s time I officially announced my undertaking of it. Go here to see the page where the Challenge originated. Essentially, those who take on this challenge must be willing to go outside their literary comfort zones and read at least one book from each of the following genres:
- Literary Fiction
- Crime/Mystery Fiction
- Romantic Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Young Adult
- Science Fiction
- Non Fiction
- Thriller /Suspense
- Your favorite genre
…and all by December 31, 2012, or December 21 if I want to be eligible for a prize at the end of it. It sounds quite interesting, and I can’t wait to see what books I read because of this. The only thing I’m a bit worried about is writing a decent review for each book. You may have noticed that I don’t write reviews here normally. That’s because I’m really awful at it. Oh well! Time to learn!
I’ll be following Becky’s example and creating a tab at the top of the Novel Journeys page to track my progress throughout the year, so stay tuned for that!
Part Two: The Award
I’d like to thank Kirsten over at Kirsten Writes! for giving me the Don’t Read This Blog at Work Award. Here are the rules of this particular award:
- You may nominate no more than three bloggers, each of whom must have made you laugh out loud with at least one post.
- Those who receive the nominations may consider themselves as having received the award, and they must post a gushing acceptance speech thanking the person who nominated them, and perhaps thanking any companion animals they may blog about.
- Those who receive the award may, but need not, pass on the award, but will not themselves be eligible again until they have published at least ten more posts.
So, here goes said gushing acceptance speech:
“I’d like to thank Kirsten for giving me this prestigious award. I’m bursting with happiness and gratitude that you think I’m funny enough to deserve this. I’m not often humor-oriented here, but when I do post something that’s supposed to be funny it’s nice to know that other people like it and are laughing and not just me. Anyway, Kirsten, thank you. So much. I’m glad you enjoy the ol’ blog. I just…” *holding back tears* “I’m just so happy! Thank you! Thank you!” *bows and scurries to sit down*
There! That’s enough gushing for one day, yes?
Exactly. Now, the rules say that I’m not required to pass on this award, and so I’m not going to. Don’t think this is because there aren’t any wonderful and humorous blogs out there, because there are.
That Liebster award was only a short while ago, at any rate. If you want to look at some blogs that I like and that deserve attention, please refer to that post.
Part Three: The Song
Time for a Hunger Games update! Yesterday I discovered this amazing song, which is the first song we have from the official movie soundtrack, was released only Thursday, and which, within 24 hours, TOPPED THE SINGLES CHART ON ITUNES, and is still at the top as far as I know. Without further ado:
I would love to get your reactions, readers. What do you think of the song (not to mention the fact that Taylor Swift is on the soundtrack)? Most importantly, where can you imagine this being fit in during the film? For me, it definitely goes with Rue’s death, or rather, shortly thereafter. Some, though, seem to think it’s for the cave scenes with Katniss and Peeta, and I’ll admit that’s a possibility (but I don’t believe it myself).
And that’s all I have for you today, readers. In light of what tomorrow is, I’ll be posting next on Monday instead.
Merry Christmas and happy reading.