Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Gathering #19 and 2013 CHALLENGE Announcements

Hello my love doves!

I have been updating Auggie-Talk for HOURS! I woke up this morning determined to finish my new year updates before the new year actually took over and that's what I've been doing. Relentless html, blog hopping, challenge posting, page creating, and finally VLOGGING.

When I finally got to the point of doing the vlog I almost decided against it. I've been aching to read all day. My one, true day off this week! *sigh* But, Auggie-Talk is important too! So I went ahead poured some love in.

You'll find a new  HEAVENLY CHALLENGE posted on the Challenges and Giveaways portion of the blog.

You'll also find a list of 2013 Challenges I'm participating in this year. Listed with those challenges are progress pages, lists of books I plan to read for the challenges,  and links to the hosts' websites so you can participate as well! 

This is going to be a good year for reading, guys and dolls! Truly truly!

Book Gathering # 19

I'm currently participating in two great haul memes hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

Please give these two lovely blogs a look see and participate in these great meme adventures!


Auggie-Talk Book Gathering Vlog

Watch until the end to meet my two lovely pups, Bart and Toby!

(Images and synopses courtesy of GoodReads)

Title: Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus
Author:Kate O'Hearn
Genre: YA Mythology
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Pages: 344

When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.

Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before time runs out.
The Fairy-Tale Detectives
Title: The Fairy-Tale Detectives

Author: Michael Buckley
Genre: Middlegrade Fairy-Tale Twist
Publication Date: October 1, 2005
Pages: 284
For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother--a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.
Tempest Rising
Title: Tempest Rising

Author:Nicole Peeler
Genre: Paranormal
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
Pages: 359


Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel
The Vespertine
Title: The Vespertine

Author: Saundra Mitchell
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: March 7, 2011
Pages: 293

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. 
This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.  

The Iron Thorn
Title: The Iron Thorn

Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Pages: 492


In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
     Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.
Title: Seraphina

Author: Rachel Hartman
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Pages: 467
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.
Encyclopedia of Spirits
Title: Encyclopedia of Spirits

Author: Judika Illes
Genre: Reference
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
Pages: 1072
Enter the World of Spirits!

The Encyclopedia of Spirits is a comprehensive and entertaining A to Z of spirits from around this world and the next. Within these pages meet love goddesses and disease demons, guardians of children and guardians of cadavers. Discover Celtic goddesses and goddesses of the Kabbalah, female Buddhas, African Powers, Dragon Ladies, White Ladies, Black Madonnas, the Green Man, the Green Fairy, lots and lots of ghosts, djinn, mermaids, fairies, and more. From the beneficent to the mischievous, working with these spirits can bring good fortune, lasting love, health, fertility, revenge, and relief. Discover:

The true identities of over one thousand spirits (as well as their likes and dislikes)

How to communicate with specific spirits for your own benefit

How to recognize these spirits when they manifest themselves

The mythological and historical events associated with specific spirits

The colors, days, numbers, and astrological signs associated with specific spirits

The Encyclopedia of Spirits also provides an overview of the role of spirit communication throughout history and a general guide to working with spirits. No matter what your life's problems or desires, this book can guide you to the right spirits who can help fulfill your dreams. For the spiritual adept, the amateur, or the simply curious, the Encyclopedia of Spirits will inform, inspire, and delight.

Now, as I promised above, here is a list of challenges I'm participating in for the 2013 year. Some might be added, but as of now these are the definites. Jon the fun!

Reading Challenge Addict

Reading Challenge Addict

Level: Complete 16+ Reading Challenges in 2013

Heavenly Challenge
by Auggie-Talk

Level: Host

 Witches and Witchcraft Challenge
 by  Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge
  Level: Maiden (6-10 Witchy Books) 
Auggie's Witches and Witchcraft Progress Page

Telling Tales Challenge
Level: Princess (10 Books)
Auggie's Telling Tales Progress Page

Fairytales Retold Challenge

Level: Fierce Ogre (7-9 Books)
Stand-alone Challenge
2013 Standalone Reading Challenge

Level: Only one level for this one.
Read 15 standalone books in the YA/middlegrade category
Auggie's Stand-Alone Progress Page

Book'd Out

Level: No level here.
Read 12 books, one from each category, to complete this challenge.
Auggie's Book'd Out Progress Page

A-Z Reading Challenge
a-z challenge 2013large
Level: None.
Read 26 books with each letter of the alphabet
corresponding to the first letter of one of the book titles.

Classic Catch-up Challenge

Level: Freshman: 4 books
Auggie's Classic Catch-Up Progress Page

Wishlist Challenge

Level: None. 
Read 12 books (1 per month) that are on your Wishlist.
Auggie's Wishlist Progress Page
 Ireland Reading Challenge

Level: Shamrock (4 books)

Historical Fiction Challenge

Level: Renaissance Reader (10 Books)
Auggie's Historical Fiction Progress Page

Let Me Count The Ways Challenge

Level: Mansion (10,001+ Pages Read)

 Paranormal Challenge

Level: None
Read 1 book for each of the paranormal creatures listed.
Mount TBR Challenge

Level: Pike's Peak (12 Books)
Auggie's Mount TBR Progress Page

Outdo Yourself Challenge

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Level: I'm on Fire! (16+ More Books than Last Year)

 Dystopia Challenge


Level: Rebel (7-12 Books)
That was a lot of information! Sorry to bombard you guys all at once, but I wanted to get this done and done and DONE before the first of the new year, which happens to be the day after tomorrow!

I might have a book-year revolution post going on sometime tomorrow! You won't know unless you check back!

Until Next Blog, 
Read On!