Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dystopia 2012

Dystopia 2012

What It’s All About

The Dystopia challenge is for those who love it and for those who have never tried it. From negative utopia to plain ol’ totalitarian, there’s much to love about Dystopia and many ways it can be written.
If you’re not sure what it is check out Diva Schuylers’s post and learn all about it, but for a quick run down think of unpleasant living situations, pure dystopia being when an entity or social force is involved, but you can think outside the circle with this one.
Here’s one of our Must Reads lists for some inspiration.

The Deets

  • Running Dates: 1st of January – 31st of December 2012
  • When Can I Sign Up: All the way up to the last two weeks of December 2012!
  • Crossover Genres: Our Dystopia challenge also includes Post-Apocalypse and Ecotopia (environmentally dystopian).
  • Mr Linky: To use the Mr Linky you’ll need to click on the graphic then enter your link. These will be updated and posted into this page every couple of weeks or so.
  • Further Details: Crossover challenges are fine, you can change levels at any time, this is eBook, short story, and graphic novel friendly, and you don’t need a blog to join in (read further for details).

The How To

  1. Choose Your Level: These are listed further down and you can change levels at any time.
  2. Grab The Badge: Place it somewhere on your blog, profile, or in a signature where possible and link back (main page or this page, it’s up to you).
  3. Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (only if allowed) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
  4. Link Up: Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Mr Linky graphic and enter your link!
  5. Blogless? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube,Twitter, GoodReads, Shelfari included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment!


  1. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review we’d love for you to share them by submitting them on the Review Page
  2. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the Completion Post page.

Challenge Levels

  1. Asocial– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Contagion – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Soldier – Choose 30 books to read
  4. Drone – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Conditioned – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Brainwashed – Choose anywhere between 76-135 books to read
  7. Totalitarian – Choose anywhere between 136-200 books to read

Extra Challenges

If you feel like that extra kick to your reading challenges here’s several you can choose from.
  • World:Choose a country as your theme, reading only books from that country or where it’s the setting. For how high you go you can choose more than one country;
    • Level Asocial to Soldier: Choose one country
    • Level Soldier to Conditioned: Choose two countries
    • Level Conditioned to end of Brainwashed: Choose three countries
    • Level Totalitarian: Choose four countries.
  • Gender Battle: Read books only by female or male authors. Another alternative is to read equal amounts of both
I am doing the first level
  1. Asocial– Choose 5 books to read
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Buy One Book and Read It 2012

Buy One Book and Read It 2012

It's that simple.

Single Husbands by HoneyB

Single Husbands by HoneyB

Single Husbands
Single Husbands

By HoneyB

Paperback pgs 256


From back of book:

Herschel Henderson said “I do” to get his hands on his wife’s money, and he has no intentions of giving up his mistress. He’s okay with sneaking around-until he’s suddenly suspects his wife is doing it too.

Lexington Lewis vowed for his better and her worse, especially since he can’t stay out of the sex clubs. He doesn’t understand why he can’t still make it with other women-until his fun threatens what he values most.

Brian Flaw meant it when he said “till death do us part.” But although he adores his wife and kids, his insatiable appetite for sex draws him into a fatal attraction that could cost not only his marriage but his life.

Will their cheating ways finally catch up to them? And what’s a woman to do once she realizes she’s married to one of these…


The Review:

This is a fast paced, sexually charged, sexually explicit novel. The characters in this novel were not likable but their drama and f-ed up attitudes and actions kept the pages turning. The conclusion was doable but not necessarily satisfying. I would have like to have known more about how the wives lives ended up to however, the book (as shown by the title) is about the husbands.

This book surprised me. I was just expecting to just read a story with the typical ending. However, starting right in the introduction HoneyB poses stimulating question. The main question centered around what marriage is. That is a good question because I think that most people think marriage is suppose to be one particular way. Not true, marriages are as different as the people who are in them.

To know what marriage means to you, you have to know yourself, then know the type of person you want to be with, and then marry the type of person who have the same views on marriage that you do. I think that this is why marriages fail. People try to live up to this one ideal of what marriage is suppose to be without actually discussing it with the person you interested in marrying (I must also mention communication is the key in so many areas in life. You should also discuss how child rearing styles. You don’t want to marry someone you believe in spanking if you think hitting children is wrong).

The characters in the book did not discuss what marriage meant to them with their partners. They are called single husbands because the are married but when they are out on their own they act like single men. Not just single men but promiscuous single men. All three were always ready to sleep with any pretty woman who’s willing to give it up.

Unfortunately, there are men like the men in this book. Men who think that their cheating is not breaking their marriage vows because no where in the marriage vows does it state anything about fidelity (faithful and fidelity is not one in the same). I could go on but I won’t.

So if you can get pass the explicit language, tons of wild sex scenes, and the homosexuality (none of which I have a problem with) the message of the book just may open your eyes. What does marriage mean to you? Are you going on what society tells you marriage should be and look like? Think about those questions. Talk to significant other about it. And if you are married, so what, talk about it any way. Just because you are married doesn’t mean you won’t learn something new about your spouse. People are (or in my opinion should be) constantly changing, learning, and becoming better versions of themselves.  TBR pile #1 just because of the state of marriage these days!