20 Books of Summer Challenge

20-booksCathy, over at 746 Books, is a book addict, like many of us. She started a blog when she realized that she had 746 unread books on her shelves. (I haven’t counted mine… I’m scared.)

She created the 20 Books of Summer Challenge for herself, as a way to get through some of her book stack. But it’s become an event, and many of us have joined in. Though I confess, I only recently heard about it from While I Was Reading

The challenge is simple: Between June 1 and September 3, pull a stack of 20 books and read them. She also has alternate challenges if you want to join, but can only read 10 or 15.

Here are my stacks:

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Plus 5 alternates:

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So, here we go; these are the books I’m going to read between now and the end of summer. I’m sure they’re not the only books I’ll read. For me, the challenge isn’t the quantity, but actually reading what I’d planned to. I’m not good at that; I see new books and I want to read them. For me, going to a bookstore is like going to the animal shelter… I want them all! But like 746 Books, I need to cull my stacks.

Anyone want to join in? Have you read any of the ones I’m attempting? If so, what did you think?

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Zombies vs. Unicorns- A Review

I saw this book reviewed on a blog somewhere, and I had to give it a try.  Zombies vs. Unicorns is an anthology with twelve stories, edited by Holly Black (team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (team Zombie).  All twelve stories are great.  By turns, they’re funny, sad, or thought provoking.  Or all three.  I call team Zombie vs. team Unicorn a tie.  The zombie stories range in type, and there are actually a couple zombie romance stories.

The unicorn stories were surprisingly good.  If there were cliches, they were mostly present to make fun of.  I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology.  It was a fast and fun read.  Take a look for yourself so that you can decide… are you Team Zombie?  Or Team Unicorn?