Hello hello hello, and Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to the second annual JaNoReadMo!

For those who don’t know, JaNoReadMo is something I started last year, where I push myself to read as many books as I can in one month. For full challenge details, click here.  Now, last year the goal was to read 10 books in a month, which fell a little short.  Thanks to a certain significant other getting me Dragon Age 1 & 2 for Christmas, most of my time was spent playing that so I only read like 3 books.

This year, the goal remains the same.  Try to read 10 books in one month, with pictures posted before and after of the monster of a pile of books I have to read to see what kind of a dent I made in it.

Just a note though folks, I do have several book reviews set up already for this month, ones I had largely read in December.  I will make sure to differentiate between the postings of books I read last month versus the ones I am reading this month.

So without further adieu, lets kick off this JaNoReadMo with a bit of a challenge shall we?  First on the docket is Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel, final book in the Earth Children’s series which I read long ago, and a bit of a monster of a read.  Wish me luck!

8318666In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks.
 
Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla’s mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla.
 
But all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.

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