Z- Catching some Z’s & 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up (Hint: It was a 22.5 Hour RAT for me)

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Closing Survey!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  I called it a day at 22.5 hours, or 6:30 this morning.  Could I have made it the last hour and a half?  Probably.  But this year I decided not to push myself to sheer exhaustion.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?  I really liked listening to Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?  No blame to organizers, but the website craziness was a downer.  It’s usually how I participate in the challenges.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  It’s all fun!
5. How many books did you read? I finished 3 and am over halfway done with a fourth.
6. What were the names of the books you read?  Frankenstein, Dark Matter, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, and am close to finishing The Finishing Time.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?  Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
8. Which did you enjoy least?  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, while short and good, dragged down my reading.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I always participate when I can and so far over 7 years this has been once a year, so that doesn’t bode well for October 🙂  I always like being a mini-challenge host.

As I listened to audio books I rebuilt by Mt. TBR and got it all cleaned up by the time I went to bed.  The work out kept me awake!  The number of books will be revealed this week.


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I slept from 6:45-10:15 when a bunch of loud boys came over to play and again from 12:15-2:30.  I am so looking forward to bed right now, but I’m trying to finish up my 30 day challenge first.


Picture Perfect mini-challenge

Hello fellow hardcore Dewey’s Read-a-Thonners! It’s 4am here in Cleveland and I’m beat!  I’m participating in Blogging from A-Z this month and my focus has been on movies so I wanted to stick with that for this challenge.  So many beautiful love stories starting on the page before they came to life on the screen.

Challenge 1-name as many as these book-to-movie titles as you can.  Please just use your eyes and memory, not your on-line search capabilities 🙂  For each one you get right you’ll get an entry to win.

Challenge 2-Put up your own favorite list and leave me a link.  You’ll get 3 entries for doing that and linking back here.

You can do both of these to earn entries.

Prize-I’m giving away Barnes & Noble gift cards.  $15 gift card for the winner.  If I have more than 300 entries I’ll give away two gift cards.  If there are enough people awake to get us to 500 I’ll give away three gift cards.

I’ll leave this up until 8am.

We had 176 entries and the winner is…Shannon Riley!!

















Y – Yawns

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Today Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon started here in Cleveland at 8am.  I’m starting to feel a little tired.  It could be that for many hours now I’ve been listening to audio books and reconstructing my yearly Mt. TBR.  I have just completed it but I don’t have a final book count yet.  Want to see how many books I own that I haven’t read yet?


Now, I’ll take a little break before I take that thing down and resort the books as I put them away. Every year I sort them differently so we’ll see what makes sense to me tonight 🙂  I’ve only got 7 1/2 hours to go!  I’m listening to The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin right now and it’s interesting so far.  Is a four year old a little nuts or could it be reincarnation?

It’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Time!

24hrreading1-thumbDewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

I will probably keep this one post all things read-a-thon related today.


We’re into hour 13 so I’m a little late with this, but I just finished my second book so this is perfect timing!

Mid-Event Survey! (add link or comment below)
1. What are you reading right now?  Just finished Dark Matter by Blake Couch.  Not sure what I’ll be starting next.
2. How many books have you read so far? Two. One paper and one audio.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  Finishing Mt. TBR.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? This is my 7th time around and since I have no plans during the read-a-thon I don’t mind interruptions here and there.  Although Gage went to Grandma’s for the night 🙂
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  I’ve spent less time online this time around.  Maybe as I get more tired I’ll be on here more.

5:21 pm

I’ve been listening to Dark Matter while I reconstruct Mt. TBR.  I’m getting near the end and am anxious to see how it ends.

A Book and a Snack mini-challenge…


Taking a break from Mt. TBR for a relaxing glass of wine and continuing The Quiet Game by Greg Iles.  Both books I’m listening and reading right now are great!


I just finished Frankenstein. It took way too long for as short as it is.  Looking forward to something that reads faster.

Mini-Challenge: Six Word Story

Eyes wide, joyful, devouring, smiling, drooping.

It’s 8am and I’m up and ready to read!

First mini challenge – A little about me

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  a Cleveland, Ohio suburb.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Frankenstein, The Quiet Game, finishing the Dark Matters audio…
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Peanut butter chocolate pie 🙂
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I’m 45 and have a husband, a son in kindergarten, and two cats, Razzi and Sammi.  I started this blog in January 2008.

 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?  This is my 7th read-a-thon and my advice is to have a selection of  shorter books, graphic novels and audio books to choose from.  And to have coffee ready at all times.  Oh, and to come back at 4am for my Picture Perfect mini-challenge 🙂

X- X movie trivia

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Test your X movie knowledge.

I. What was the only X-rated film to win an Oscar for Best Picture?

II. What Oscar winner played Malcom X onscreen in 1992?

III. What 80’s movie with Matthew Broderick and Helen Hunt was about  top secret military experiments on chimpanzees?

IV. Name two movie stars who appeared in X-rated films.

V. What X-Men movie was most successful at the box office?

VI. Who were the two stars in the X-Files ? (soon to be onscreen again!)

VII. What was the name of the film where a Neo-Nazi skinhead tries to prevent his brother from going down the same path?

VIII. Who played Xander Cage in xXx:Return of Xander Cage earlier this year?

IX. Who played Professor X in the X-Men movies?

X. Olivia Newton-John played a girl who made dreams come true in this 1980 movie.

Answers are in a comment.  Fess up, how did you do?






Why Would anyone read for 24 hours straight?

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Why? That’s often a question asked if you tell someone that you will be participating in a 24 hour read-a-thon.  It’s a valid question. It was one of the first big book blogging events I participated in during my second year at Stacy’s Books.  I fell in love with the camaraderie and the fun of interacting with so many readers around the world.  Every hour there’s a host and a mini-challenge (I’ve hosted several and will be hosting one this Sunday morning at 4 am :)) and always cheerleaders stopping by to cheer you on.  You may even win prizes!  It’s such a fun day.

And, let’s be honest, I love reading challenges because it gives me a great excuse to do what I love.

This will be my 7th Read-a-Thon in 8 years.  The first 2 years I made it the whole 24 hours.  Yay me!  Then I went 20, 21.5, 21, and last year, 23.  I’m still amazed I didn’t have enough juice to finish that last hour.  My goal is always to make it the whole 24, but you never know what the day will bring.

Last year I combined the Read-a-Thon with my yearly reconstructing of Mt. TBR (to be read) and it worked beautifully.  I listened to audio books as I rebuilt this.  I have given so many books away this year that I am confident that number will be closer to 700 than 800 this year.

So, anyway, have I convinced you to join in yet?  Read these warm up posts and join in the fun!  Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

Wanna know what I’m reading first?  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

V – Viggo Mortensen

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Viggo Mortensen had many roles before his star making turn as Alagorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I’d already noticed him in G.I. Jane (not in a good way), A Perfect Murder, Psycho, A Walk on the Moon and 28 Days.  But it was his role as Aragorn that most of us sat up and took notice of his leading man abilities.  Since then his roles have only gotten bigger and more varied.  I will watch whatever he is in.

As the controversial dad in Captain Fantastic…

The softer side of Aragorn…

As the sexy Blouse Man with the backwards name…

He wasn’t the nicest guy in Eastern Promises…

What’s your favorite Viggo role?


U – Unbroken

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Title: Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive, Author: Laura HillenbrandUnbroken. Finished 4-24-17, 4.5 stars, YA non-fiction, pub. 2014

On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.
In this captivating young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a man’s breathtaking odyssey and the courage, cunning, and fortitude he found to endure and overcome.  from Goodreads

Jason read this and we saw the movie together when it came out.  I liked the movie, but he was disappointed and now that I’ve read the book (the YA version, but still) I see why.  A word about the YA adaptations of bestsellers…This is the second time I’ve been burned by the YA abridgement.  When searching for this title on the library website the first audio that popped up was this one so I put it on hold, only it wasn’t the original.  I will be paying better attention next time.  Fool me twice and all that.

Louis was an amazing force of nature.  He was rebellious, talented, a hard worker, a survivor, a drunk, and ultimately a man of God.  His story was so inspirational.  The story of he and two of his comrades on the life boats in the middle of the ocean for 46-47 days with no food or water after the first few days.  Imagine having to fight of sharks that jump into your raft.  Imagine that when found, it’s your enemies not your friends.  Amazing.

The book was great, but I wish I had read the full-length book instead of the abridged version.  But one plus was that the late, great Edward Hermann read the 8 hour audio.  Do yourself a favor and read the book, skip the movie.

T – Book vs. Movie – Tuck Everlasting

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This is a semi-regular feature where I talk about which was better, the book or the movie.  Most of the time I don’t know which will come out on top until I’ve worked my way through some of the criteria, and this is one of those times.  Let’s see how it all pans out.

The Story/Plot- A family, two parents and two sons, discover not just a fountain of youth but a spring of immortal water.  They drink it without realizing what it was until later.  Every ten years each member of the family reconvenes where they drank the water, which happens to be in Winnie’s backyard.  Winnie is 11 in the book and around 15 or 16 in the book.  The family kidnaps her when she discovers their secret so that they can explain why she must keep their secret, none of them realizing that a man in a yellow suit is hot on the family’s trail and ready to cash in on the water.  The two mostly aligned but the movie really played up the Jesse/Winnie flirtation and made that central to the story.  In the book the whole family drew her in.   Thumbs up…book.

The Visual  I thought the movie was beautifully shot and really brought the land to life.  Thumbs up…movie.

Characters vs. Actors  I have loved Jonathan Jackson since he was Lucky on General Hospital as a kid (I remember watching GH on and off until Gage came along), so he was a real draw for me.  The rest of the cast, too, was top notch; William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Alexis Bledel, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Amy Irving.  My issue, really, is with the aging of Winnie.  I know there’s not a lot of difference between a 106 year old making a play for an 11 or 16 year old, but it was easier to keep the innocence when Winnie was 11.  Thumbs up…book.

The Ending There were some differences in the ending, it’s really just about preference.  If you like the romance you’ll probably prefer the movie, but I really liked the book.  I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t read it or seen it yet 🙂  Thumbs up…book.

And the winner is…the Book!!!!

Now it’s your turn to vote

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) (Good Morning, Midnight/ The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)


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S – The Shawshank Redemption, Fave Movie #17

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Cast-Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore

Director- Frank Darabont

Andy is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover in a drunken rage and ordered to two life sentences.  In prison he maintained his innocence and took every opportunity to better his situation and those of his friends.  Life in prison was not without repeated heartbreak, but Andy remained hopeful to the last.

Why I love it– I could listen to Morgan Freeman talk all day long and, thankfully, this movie allowed me two+ hours of easy listening.  Hearing Freeman tell Andy’s story was what sold this movie for me.  Yes, everything else was very good, but without that it’s just another movie.

I thought the actors were fantastic, even the cruel ones.  I loved that the movie had a message of hope, but didn’t ignore reality.

Get busy living or get busy dying.

These words by Andy really captured the essence of the movie.  The prisoners had a hard life, but Andy persisted in making it better.  There were life lessons, thought-provoking insights about prison, and the bloom of friendship.

This movie tanked at the box office, was nominated for seven Oscars but didn’t win one, and ends up being Stephen King’s most successful movie adaptation.  Jason just read the short story so I know changes were made and I’m looking forward to reading it to see if it packs the same emotional punch.

This movie was mainly shot in Ohio halfway between where I live now and where I grew up. A few years ago we took the tour of the prison that was partially demolished after the film.  I’ll have to see if I can find a few of the pics today and add them.

Definitely a great movie and one of my favorites.