Read-a-Thon Best of Challenge

I haven’t participated in enough mini-challenges so I’m giving this one a shot.

 I’m supposed to choose 3 categories and give you my picks from my reading year. 

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year – Without a doubt it’s Still Life by Louise Penny.  I have A Fatal Grace, the second in the series as possibility for read-a-thon reading but I’ll probably stick to shorter books.

Best Setting of Your Reading Year – Loved the Scotland setting of The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.  Loved the book too so it’s a win-win.

Best Author of Your Reading Year – This goes to Beth Hoffman. Her second book, Looking for Me, was another winner and she is a regular commenter here on the blog (thank you) and a wonderful and warm woman in person. I was lucky to be able to see her speak during her book tour. Love her.

There are more categories but I want to get back to reading 🙂


Halfway mark! A winner, a survey and a progress report.

First, thank you to everyone who entered my mini-challenge! There were 54 participants who earned 380 points.  How do I randomly choose a winner?  Easy I asked our new babysitter, Nicki, for the winning number (238) and then worked down the list accordingly and found our winner… #39 Nisaba Be Praised.  Congratulations on winning a #24 gift card 🙂

So, since this morning, I’ve read two books, Seduction by Brenda Joyce and A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds (which I will be raving about on the blog soon), made it through all of Team Tiger’s cheer list once, read in the hot tub, drove by myself to Longhorn (listening to The Passage by Justin Cronin) and had a late lunch (strawberry salad and a glass of white wine) while I read. When I came back home to choose a winner for my mini-challenge I realized that I NEVER think about how long it takes to tally the points (an hour) so I need to fix that next time. Once done here I’m going to start a new book and finish it before I cheer or visit. It’s time to be a little selfish with my reading.

Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?  Not yet, but I can feel it coming shortly.
2) What have you finished reading?  2 books
3) What is your favorite read so far?  LOVED A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds, 5 stars!
4) What about your favorite snacks?  Ate at Longhorn 🙂
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!  Honestly, I have visited so many and will revisit more tonight or during the week, so none to call out right now.

Back to the reading portion of my day 🙂

Books on Books Mini-Challenge – Closed, winner

Welcome Read-a-Thon friends!  I’m in it for the whole 24 hours today, not a luxury I get every time.  Obviously we all love books.  I went through my shelves this week and pulled the ones that have books on the cover and then I threw (carefully placed) some leaves from our maple tree on them and took a picture.

I’m giving away $24 to Barnes & Noble (US winner) OR the Book Depository (international).

There are 2 ways to enter

1. Guess as many of the titles you can in my picture.  12 entries available (1 for every correct answer). I’ll periodically hide your comments so you won’t be tempted to cheat 😉


2. Pull some books from your own shelves that have books on the cover, take a picture, post it, and post the link in the comment section.  Good for 6 entries.

I hope you are all having fun and I’ll be by to visit everyone who enters 🙂

I’ll be drawing for a winner at 6 pm EST (hour 11)

1readathonThe Uncommon Reader, Gunn’s Golden Rules, Life As We Know It, The 13th Tale, The Lost Memories of Jane Austen, The Reader, Bridget Jones’s Diary, This Book is Overdue!, The Know-It-All, How to Buy a Love of Reading, My Reading Life, The Last Lecture If you want to extend your break time I do have a Tom Clancy quiz posted too.

Hour 4 of the read-a-thon

I just finished my first book! Seduction by Brenda Joyce.  It was good. I participated in 2 mini-challenges and am going to do some cheering before my own mini-challenge posts at 1.  Hope you’ll come back to visit! 


It’s Read-a-Thon time!

Woo Hoo!  My birthday was yesterday and I told Jason all I wanted for a present was 24 hours to participate in the read-a-thon (+recovery time) without any mother duties.  I think he considers himself lucky that he didn’t have to come up with some great gift. I did that myself 🙂

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  I’m in the Cleveland area of Ohio. 
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Not sure, to be honest. I pulled a lot of short books from shelves and hope  they call my name when it time to choose.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I don’t really have one but I might go to a coffee shop later to eat and read.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  Well yesterday I turned 21 twice  (a nice way of saying I turned 42). Next week my husband and I will celebrate our 15 year anniversary in Vermont and my son will turn 3 the day after we get back.  Mid October is a big time around here!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I want to take more time connecting and participating. I want to do more mini-challenges and  a little more cheering.  I plan on making it the whole 24 hours just like the last 2 times 🙂

So, what are YOUR plans for the day?