Neil Gaiman Challenge

Here are the rules:
1. Read five books (includes Graphic Novels) by Neil Gaiman between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010
2. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed
3. Ebooks and audiobooks are allowed, too
6. You don't have to have a reading list ready to participate in the challenge but please let me know which level you're doing


Hi all,

Sorry about the reading challenge spamming, just getting back into the swing of things for the new year.

I want to thank all of you who commented and/or emailed to say Merry Christmas and to tell me to enjoy my hibernating – it was very much appreciated!

I’ll be back with the new year and am looking forward to talking with you all again!

Happy reading!

Terry Pratchett Challenge

Terry Pratchett Challenge 

I discovered Terry Pratchett and the wonder that is Discworld about eighteen months ago and I powered through the first four or five books. Then, as is often the way with longer series, I got sidetracked by more pretty books.

So I’m aiming at the Academic of the Unseen University level of this challenge (6-8 books) – partly because it’s a good number and partly cause, well, I want to go play in the Unseen University library!

A-Z Challenge

And another of my favourite challenges, though I’ve yet to complete it…

A - Z Challenge























M is for Magic – Neil Gaiman














Let it Snow – John Green et al






No Excuses Guide to Soul Mates – Stacey DeMarco and Jade Sky 



The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

Ariel – Sylvia Plath

































World Religion Challenge

World Religionhosted by Bibliofreak 

Challenge Description
The Challenge will run from Jan 1st 2010 to Dec 31st 2010. There are four categories to the Challenge. (I decided to lift a note from Taoism by calling these Paths (Tao means "way" or "path") to Reading Challenge Enlightenment).

  • The Bare Bones Path (Also Know As: The *Technically* There's Only Three Path): Read something about what are *technically* the only world religions, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. (These are considered, by some scholars, to be the only World Religions because while Judaism and Hinduism have the numbers, they don't proselytize or really invite other people to join, making it more of an ethnicity).
  • The Penthouse Path (Also Known As: The Five Biggies Path): Read something about the five major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • The Universalist Path (Also Known As: The Above and Beyond Path): Read something by all five of the major world religions PLUS more books about any or all of the following: Shintoism, Animism, Taoism, Confucianism, Wicca, Mythology, Atheism, Occult, Tribal Religions, Voodoo, Unitarianism, Baha'i, Cults, Scientology, Mysticism, Rastafarianism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zorastrianism, Agnosticism, Gnosticism, Satanism, Manichaeism, Deism, Comparative Religion, Religious Philosophy, Jungiansim, Symbolism, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc., etc. etc. (you may also read about another aspect of one of the 5 Biggies)
  • The Unshepherded Path (Also Known As: The Don't Tell Me What to Do Path): Read as many books as you would like about whatever religions you want.


My Path

I really liked the sound of this one when Bibliofreak mentioned it on Twitter, but I wasn’t really going to sign up for it as I don’t read a lot of NF. Then when she needed some buttons made, I jumped in – which them meant I HAD to play along… dern twitter, haha.

Anyways, I’m picking the Unshepherded Path. Should be interesting!

Books Read in 2010

100  Reading Challenge

It’s not a new year in bookland without signing up for J. Kaye’s 100+ Reading Challenge. Feel short in 2009, but I’m rearing to try again!

Total: 8/100

2010 Challenge

2010 Challenge


  • 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.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010 are eligible.



1. Young Adult

  • Let it Snow – John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

2. T.B.R.**

  • The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

3. Shiny and New

4. Bad Bloggers

5. Charity

6. New in 2010

7. Older Than You

  • Ariel – Sylvia Plath

8. Win! Win!

9. Who Are You Again?

10. Up to you! (audio books)

42-ing again

I signed up for Becky’s 42 Challenge last year and, I have to say, I enjoyed it so much that it felt like I was cheating. Sci-fi – watching it, writing it, talking about it – is such a huge part of my life that I practically completed the challenge in my sleep.

So when the challenge was being run again this year, I knew I was definitely going to to do it again. But I decided to give myself a few restrictions on it this year. Any sci-fi items that made it onto my list last year is not allowed on it this year – no doubling up for me. Also, I’ve decided that I’m only allowing NEW to me texts onto the list – if I’ve seen/read/listened to it before, it can’t count.

As always, any suggestions would be happily welcomed!

42 Challenge

1. Aliens vs. Monsters. Directed by Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman. (2009)

What’s in a Name? 3

WhatsInName3 hosted by Beth Fish


Here's the challenge in brief: Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. A book with a food in the title.
  2. A book with a body of water in the title.
  3. A book with a title (queen, president, sir) in the title.
  4. A book with a plant in the title.
  5. A book with a place name (country, city) in the title.
  6. A book with a music term in the title.

2009 Wrap-Up Post

The latter half of 2009 has been a disorganised one for me, and unfortunately my reading has been the thing to take the fall. However, with the new year coming, I’m looking forward to making a bit more time to hit the shelves and get back on track.

Books read: 85
Authors: 56
New Authors: 35
Pages read: 20, 044

5 Star Books for 2009

Green - Looking for Alaska Brooks - March Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird

Green - Paper Towns Pfeffer - The Dead and the Gone Stewart - Earth Abides

Collins - Hunger Games Grogan - Marley and Me Baum, Santore - The Wizard of Oz

Pullman - His Dark Materials

Merry Christmas!


JOMPy and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We hope that you and your family have a wonderful time celebrating the season in your own way – and of course that you find lots of books under your tree!

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about library etiquette…

For the regular library patrons among us: do you have your own idea of what constitutes proper library etiquette? Is there anything you always try to do? Anything you hate when others do?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your opinion in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks.

Between work, friends and my own borrowing I spend a fair amount of time in libraries. In fact I'd probably spend around eight hours every week in various libraries. As such, I see how a lot of people behave in libraries and have developed some very strong pet peeves - and now I'm wondering if I'm the only one!
There's the usual, of course - people being too noisy, dog-earring books, never returning them - but there's other things that I've come to dislike that I never thought would bug me. Like people returning books to the shelves with the spine facing in. I realise that not everyone is library-saavy, and that they may return it to the wrong spot - but back to front? really? It bugs me.
Another thing is when people leave their searches open on the collection computers. You only have to press one button ('New Search') to get a fresh page, but people NEVER do it. And then when the next person steps up, you're met with their search terms - and people look up some odd things.
And lastly - the people who wait until the 'This library will be closing in five minutes' call to come up to the desk with a question that's going to take five hours to answer. And they do it, every time.
As for things I try to do - well, firstly the opposite of all of these, because I know they bug me. I always try to keep the book tidy, returning it without the receipt or envelopes being used as bookmarks. I use the self-check machine and split my returns up in the tray (NF, F, YA) so they're easier to shelve, and usually take most of them back myself.
What about you? Any pet peeves?

Help! I need rescuing!

That is me.
Well, to be fair, my mountain is not all paper-work, but the sentiment is true. As such, I've become progressively more behind in my blogging. And it was starting to get to me. I was starting to panic by the growing amount of non-reviewed books on my desk, and the number of posts in my Google Reader (did you know that when you hit 1000, they stop counting??). I've decided that this is not healthy, and that feeling guilty about not having updated my blog is ridiculous. It is, after all, merely one thing on my to-do list.
So! To that end, I have made a decision - poor little JOMPy is taking a holiday.
Musing Mondays will continue to be posted, but for the most part I won't be blogging again until January. I am wiping the slate clean on owing reviews (except, of course, for the few ARCs I have), and will be starting fresh next year. There will probably be the usual end-of-year challenge summaries and sign ups - and of course I'll be around to wish you all a Merry Christmas - but other that that I'll be going into temporary blogging hibernation.
I do apologise to those of you whom I haven't been commenting on. I haven't forgotten you!