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Twenty-Ten Reading Challenge

September 22, 2010

I came across this reading challenge on the internet this morning and thought it would be a good way to diversify my reading and to reduce some of the TBR books in my bookshelf.

I’m not too sure about which books I want to ready yet … so i’ll have to get back to that one.

However, for the “up to you” category I think I will have a go at some graphic novels. I’ve never read one before so I suppose now would be a good time to have a go.

Below are the rules and categories…



  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  1. Young Adult
    Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.
  2. T.B.R. **
    Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of 1/11/09.
  3. Shiny & New
    Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also count!
  4. Bad Blogger’s ***
    Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book ago).
    *** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
  5. Charity
    Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop.
  6. New in 2010
    This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!)
  7. Older Than You
    Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
  8. Win! Win!
    Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break the rules of the other challenge by doing so!
  9. Who Are You Again?
    This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before!
  10. Up to You!
    The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state it in your sign-up post.

Chocolate Slice with Almonds

September 22, 2010

What’s better than curling up in a comfy chair on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a freshly baked biscuit or slice of cake and a great book?

If you love chocolate then this is the perfect slice 🙂

  • 200 grams of dark chocolate
  • 200 grams of chopped milk chocolate
  •  125 grams margarine/butter
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 whisked egg
  • handful of sliced almonds

Melt dark chocolate and butter together over heat. Mix in sugar, egg and flour into the melted chocolate. Add milk chocolate pieces and almonds.

Crease a square tray/cake tin and line with baking paper/al foil. Place mixture into the tin and bake at about 160 degrees Celcius for about 25 minutes. When if comes out of the oven it’ll be a bit soft. Let it cool for about 5 minutes then take it out and chop up.

Note: don’t leave it in the tin for too long because the slice hardens and the lining seems to get stuck to the slice.

Enjoy ♥

Creating the Home Library

September 21, 2010


Building and organising the home library can be a daunting task.  I have recently begun to consider the possibilities of organising my own small collection. I currently have around 300-400 fiction and non-fiction books in three bookcases.

I searched the internet for a while and came across the idea of organising the non-fiction books using the dewey decimal system. It sounded good and I had a bit of spare time so I gave it a go.

Not all of my books had their dewey decimal number in the front cover, so it was quite time consuming to manually search the internet for each book.

I was quite happy with the outcome and I even wrote out little tags to go under each section. However, I realised that it would be difficult to add another book into a section because the tags then wouldn’t line up.

Back to the internet…

And I came across these metal bookends like the ones used in libraries. This one is from Office Works but it costs about $13 for the pair.

I thought they would be great because they wouldn’t take up much space like ordinary bookends and I could space my books out on the shelves, without them falling over 🙂

I can’t afford them at that price but I might have a go at making some. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Ireland Challenge 2010

September 20, 2010

I thought a good way to kick off this blog might be to have a go at a reading challenge. I found an Ireland challenge at Books and Movies (the picture at the bottom is linked to the site). I don’t know a lot about Ireland so this should be a good start and i’ll start off at the ‘shamrock level’.

I have one book about Ireland out from the library at the moment called “The Irish Famine” by Colm Toibin and Diarmaid Ferriter so i’ll start with that one.

Better head off to the library to find some more books.

Getting started

September 20, 2010

I’ve never had a blog before but I have been enjoying reading other blogs – especially book related ones – over the past few weeks so I thought it might be fun to have a go myself.