Monday, December 31, 2012

The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge

I have a lot of books. And I really need to get cracking on actually reading those books. So, Roofbeam Reader's  TBR Pile Challenge seems like the perfect challenge to get me to read my own books... You know in addition to not allowing myself to buy any new books.

The goal is to read 12 books that have been on your TBR list for over a year (therefore none can be published in the year 2012) within 12 months. Two alternate choices are allowed, just in case a couple of the 12 chosen turn out to be "Not For Me." And if you participate, you will be eligible to win a $50 giftcard to Amazon or The Book Depository.

Which I wouldn't even need until 2014 anyway so that works out.

This should be easy. I mean, I'm sitting on a gold mine of books I haven't read yet.

So here goes...


Bells' 2013 TBR Pile Challenge List

1. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (Pub. Jan 1999)
     My mom has been on me for ages to read this.

2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Pub. Jul 1994)
     I've heard a lot about this book, especially from The Boyfriend and it's going to be a movie. It's time.

3. Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares (Pub. Jun 2006)
     I reread the first two books this year and I meant to get to this and the fourth one, but didn't. 

4. Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares (Pub. Apr 2008)
     Same as number 3.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Pub. Jan 1813)
     Definitely not in 2012. And no, I've never read it. Shut up.

6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (Pub. Mar 2009)
     Because I promised myself that if I finished P&P, I'd get to read P&P&Z. Plus Zombies vs Unicorns was published this year so I can't read that.

7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (Pub. Mar 2011)
     Because I want to look more into what truly makes me happy in 2013. Scratch that: I want to find what brings me joy.

8. The Anti-9 to 5 Guide by Michelle Goodman (Pub. Jan 2007)
     I don't want to work in a cube or a fast food joint or a retail store for my whole life. I want to create. I guess I'd work in a cube if it meant I was working in publishing. Just not a shitty cube.

9. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (Pub. Aug 2007)
     I really need to sophisticate my diet. I eat like a five year old and need to work on my relationship with food.

10. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume I by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Pub. 1887-1927)
     I decided to figure out if I had a complete Sherlock Holmes set between the five Sherlock books I have. Turns out I do. I need to begin preparation for season 3 anyway.

11. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Pub. Sep 2008)
     I refuse to see the movie without reading it first. But I really want to see the movie.

12. On Writing by Stephen King (Pub. Oct 2000)
     I can't believe a third of this list in non-fiction. But I have this burning desire to learn about things I actually want to learn about. (Not... Like... College...?)

Alternate Choices
I'm really glad there's alternate choices. I was having a hard time choosing my last couple, but I suddenly realized ALTERNATE CHOICESSSSSSS!!!!! and my mind exploded with happiness.

1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Pub. Jan 1961)
     This is The Boyfriend's favorite book. I probably should read it. Alt choice because I already had two "classics" on the list.

2. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks (Pub. Sep 2003)
     It is my ultimate life goal to be zombie-apocalypse prepared. I don't own this book, which made it an alternate, but I think The Boyfriend does so BORROW THE SHIZ OUT OF THAT.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay [13]



Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay is a weekly puzzle started here at Bells Beautiful Books so that I could share my love of word puzzles with you! I will never share one I haven't already done myself because that would be cruel and I want to solve these too! On the following Wednesday, the answer to the previous week's puzzle will be revealed. Please comment your answers and maybe somewhere along the way there will be prizes for those who answer them first! Enjoy!

As this is the last WWW of the year, and I've been posting only cryptograms, I am going to find a some other puzzles to incorporate. Though I love the cryptograms the most, I don't want things to get stale. However, don't worry, there will be more cryptograms!

How to Solve a Cryptogram:
"Cryptograms are quotations in a simple substitution code. Each letter of the quotation has been replaced by another letter. A letter is always represented by the same letter throughout the code. A letter will never stand for itself."
-Classic Cryptograms

X  QSXOJSXO  JBSJ  JBP  ZBCSVP  " S  FKON  ZKPQ " XV  VXQZFI  S

HKOJCSGXHJXKO  XO  JPCQV .

- PGNSC  SFFSO  ZKP




Last Week's Answer:
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
-Tallulah Bankhead

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay [12]


Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay is a weekly puzzle started here at Bells Beautiful Books so that I could share my love of word puzzles with you! I will never share one I haven't already done myself because that would be cruel and I want to solve these too! On the following Wednesday, the answer to the previous week's puzzle will be revealed. Please comment your answers and maybe somewhere along the way there will be prizes for those who answer them first! Enjoy!


How to Solve a Cryptogram:
"Cryptograms are quotations in a simple substitution code. Each letter of the quotation has been replaced by another letter. A letter is always represented by the same letter throughout the code. A letter will never stand for itself."
-Classic Cryptograms


VWG  SPQJ  VWKPZ  K  EGZEGV  YNSMV  IJ  CYTV  KT  VWG  QGPZVW  SH  KV .

KH  K  WYU  VS  QKFG  IJ  QKHG  YZYKP , K ' U  IYOG  VGW  TYIG  IKTVYOGT , SPQJ

TSSPGE .

- VYQQMQYW  NYPOWGYU




Last Week's Answer:
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
-Beverly Sills

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay [11]


Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay is a weekly puzzle started here at Bells Beautiful Books so that I could share my love of word puzzles with you! I will never share one I haven't already done myself because that would be cruel and I want to solve these too! On the following Wednesday, the answer to the previous week's puzzle will be revealed. Please comment your answers and maybe somewhere along the way there will be prizes for those who answer them first! Enjoy!


How to Solve a Cryptogram:
"Cryptograms are quotations in a simple substitution code. Each letter of the quotation has been replaced by another letter. A letter is always represented by the same letter throughout the code. A letter will never stand for itself."
-Classic Cryptograms

ZLN  IDZ  WV  QGTDSSLGACVQ  GJ  ZLN  JDGE , WNC  ZLN  DPV  QLLIVQ  GJ  ZLN

QLA ' C  CPZ .

- WVYVPEZ  TGEET



Last Week's Answer:
Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.
-Edward Albee

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay [10]


Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay is a weekly puzzle started here at Bells Beautiful Books so that I could share my love of word puzzles with you! I will never share one I haven't already done myself because that would be cruel and I want to solve these too! On the following Wednesday, the answer to the previous week's puzzle will be revealed. Please comment your answers and maybe somewhere along the way there will be prizes for those who answer them first! Enjoy!


How to Solve a Cryptogram:
"Cryptograms are quotations in a simple substitution code. Each letter of the quotation has been replaced by another letter. A letter is always represented by the same letter throughout the code. A letter will never stand for itself."
-Classic Cryptograms

WLCHOBCHW  BO ' W  MHPHWWSQJ  OL  FL S  ALMF  ZBWOSMPH  LKO  LU  ODH  VSJ

BM  LQZHQ  OL  PLCH  NSPX  S  WDLQO  ZBWOSMPH  PLQQHPOAJ .

- HZVSQZ SANHH




Last Week's Answer:
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
-Abraham Lincoln