"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Monday, August 1, 2011


Below is the form to fill out after you read your JUST FOR FUN book for August!  Remember the form must be filled out no later than September 3, 2011 (3-day grace period.) to qualify for the challenge. 

Just click on the 2011 JUST FOR FUN READING CHALLENGE PAGE in the right sidebar to find the form anytime throughout the month.

Here are just a sample of the books people read JUST FOR FUN in JUNE.

These were given 5 stars!!!
Never KnowingBeast Behaving BadlyA Parfait Murder: A Mystery A La ModeBack RoadsLeft NeglectedThe cleanerVision Impossible (Psychic Eye Mysteries, No. 9)The Weird SistersThe Help (Movie Tie-In)The Soldier's WifeThe Midwife's ConfessionA Stolen Life: A MemoirPersuasion

These earned 4 stars!!!!
The Uncommon Reader: A NovellaCalled Home (An Orchard Mystery)Fruit of All Evil (A Farmers' Market Mystery)Silver Girl: A NovelThe Bird Sisters: A NovelDiary of a Beverly Hills MatchmakerSuburbanistasIt's Raining CupcakesThe Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew, Book 12)Coffee at Luke's: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest (Smart Pop series)Sand Sharks (Deborah Knott Mysteries)NextThe Five People You Meet in HeavenWhen the White House Was OursThe Curse of the Holy Pail (The Odelia Grey Mysteries)A Reliable WifeThe Fixer Upper

And 3 Stars
The Goodbye QuiltEvery Man Has His Price: The True Story of Wrestling's Million-Dollar ManDark Descendant

My normal routine when I see a book recommended or listed on a blog that I would like to read is to list it to my wish list at Paperbackswap.  Unless it is one I just have to have right now and I order it from my sister's bookstore or Amazon. 

My To-Be-Read stacks are huge and I figure my the time a current "hot" read gets to the top of that wish list and a book is getting sent to me I will have made a dent in the stacks to make room for it.  The reason I started this challenge was to clear 12 books from my stacks that I wanted to read just for me, for fun, no review required, no pressure.  I usually receive about one wish list book a month so this challenge is perfect, right??? 

It was going fine until this past week.  In the span of just 2 days, 14, yes 14, really 14, wish listed books were accepted into the Paperbackswap system and I was in the Number 1 spot.  There are 14 books headed my way. That just blew this whole challenge out of the water for me. I love getting books but 14 in 2 days in absolutely, positively unreal.

I am just wondering what all your To-Be-Read stacks look like as we enter the 8th month of this challenge. How do you decide what to read for fun? Are your stacks shrinking even just a little bit? or are you like me and feel you may wake up one day just buried in books?  lol


I have also included a Mr. Linky tool at the bottom of this post in case you blogged about your JUST FOR FUN book or if you want to recommend your JUST FOR FUN book, feel free to leave a note in the comment section below this post.  This is not a requirement of the challenge but the option is available for you.   


Gigi Ann said...

My book is read and a review posted here: http://annsreadingcorner.blogspot.com

Bonnie@TheFragileXFiles said...

I really enjoy seeing what everyone else read, and how they were rated!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I'm pretty sure I will be buried in books someday! I bring them in much faster than I can read them.

La Toya said...

I'm trying to stay on top of it for the rest of the year! Here's hoping haha!!

Also, I can't believe you got 14 books! That's amazing, although it's overwhelming, you've gotta admit, it's quite remarkable!

Esme said...

I am going to have to come back and get some of these titles.