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

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

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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Blogging from A-Z

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.

 

April 30, 2017 Posted by | Blogging from A-Z, Read-a-Thon | 4 Comments

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!!

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April 30, 2017 Posted by | Quizzes, Read-a-Thon | 32 Comments

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.

8:31pm

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…

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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!


1:40pm

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 🙂

April 29, 2017 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | 11 Comments

Readathon wrap up

So, stayed awake until 6:15 am, that’s hour 23! I missed almost 6 hours during the day because of this

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End of Event Survey
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? At 6am I was moving at a snails pace trying to move all the books back to their homes and listening the The 9th Girl (still) when I just couldn’t take one more step.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  I think graphic novels are great, and happened to be the only thing I managed to finish this time around.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?  More cheering?  I don’t think I had one cheerleader stop by my blog.  But I thank my blogger friends who did stop by to say hi!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?How many books did you read? I only managed to finish 1 graphic novel, but am almost done with the two audio books I was listening to.
  5. What were the names of the books you read? I finished How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis. I’m almost done with The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
  6. Which book did you enjoy most? I’m really enjoying The 9th Girl.
  7. Which did you enjoy least? The only one I finished 😉
  8. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will definitely participate again and hopefully set aside the whole day. But if I have to choose between those happy faces and reading more I will choose the happy faces every time!

April 25, 2016 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | 3 Comments

24 Hour Read-a-Thon, the final meme

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Well, another read-a-thon is in the books and this may have been my favorite one yet, even if I didn’t make it the whole 24. It seems 21 hours is my sweet spot as far these things go, sometimes I’m crawling, eyes barely open, to get there and other times, like this morning, I was surprisingly fresh and just decided to call it a day.  I credit this to spending a big chunk of the time listening to audio books and building my yearly book wall.  I was moving most of the day.

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  I’ll be honest, at 4:30 am I got tired for the first time – that’s 21 hours in, I decided that I had read and done a majority of what I wanted to do so I headed to bed.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I LOVED all three books I finished this year and would recommend them all…Roll of Thunder, Hear My CryThe ReaderThe Precious OneAll different and all excellent choices.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  I thought the cheering was great this year. Team Popper was very generous with their comments 🙂
  5. How many books did you read? Finished 3 and half of a fourth, The Hard Way (Jack Reacher Series #10)
  6. What were the names of the books you read?  Se above
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  8. Which did you enjoy least?  I liked them all.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  I tried to cheer more this year and probably got a few hours in.  I thought the spreadsheets were easy to use and well maintained throughout the day.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I participate every year my schedule allows me and I’ll continue to do so. My husband’s birthday is in April and Gage and I have birthdays in October so I usually miss at least one of the two due to parties or travel 🙂  Thanks for another great read-a-thon, ladies!!!

April 26, 2015 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | 4 Comments

Hour 19 update and mini-challenge

It hour 19 and I’m still going strong 🙂 I’ve been listening to The Hard Way by Lee Child and am just a few pages away from finishing The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos.  Amazingly I have LOVED all three of the books that I’ll have read by the end of the hour.  Woo hoo!!

Okay, for the challenge

Best Book of Your Reading Year  Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes

Best YA Book of Your Reading Year  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor, winner of the 1977 Newbery Medal

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year  The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Arthur Doyle

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year  The Residence:Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Anderson Brower

Best Cover of Your Reading Year  Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

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Best Setting of Your Reading Year  my favorite city in the world, Venice, Italy in The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

Best Story Line of Your Reading Year  Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes made me laugh and brought me to tears.

April 26, 2015 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | 1 Comment

Read-a-Thon Update – the halfway survey

lg new readathonbutton borderAh, just over halfway through this 24 hour read-a-thon and I’m feeling good, mainly because I’ve spent the last several hours creating my yearly book wall of unread books and it’s one mountain of a TBR 🙂  Moving over 800 piles of books twice is a good workout, no?  I’ll give you read-a-thonners a sneak peak before my official post next week…

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Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? I’ve been listening to The Hard Way by Lee Child while working on the book wall.
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve finished two and loved them both.

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3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  Reading more of The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  Not any interruption more than 5-10 minutes so it’s been a great day 🙂
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  No surprises, just fun!

April 25, 2015 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | 10 Comments

Read-a-Thon update, hour 7

lg new readathonbutton borderWe’re into the 7th hour and I fee like I haven’t gotten enough reading done, but I’m not stressing about it because I’ve had fun visiting old friends and cheering for new ones.

Since the last update during hour two, I’ve eaten lunch (pulled pork sandwich with chips and salsa), fixed Gage lunch (hamburger & grilled cheese) cheered for team Sherlock, visited participating blog friends via Bloglovin, read some of The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos, and listened to The Reader by Bernhard Schlink while cleaning.

I’m having a perfectly bookish day.

I embraced the challenge of the hour to find a book with snow, a tree, and a weapon.  I’ve read all three but Lamb is my favorite.  What about you?

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April 25, 2015 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | 7 Comments

Read-a-thon Update and Mini-challenge

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It’s 10:30 (hour 2.5)and I’ve finished my first book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.  LOVED IT!

I spent 30 minutes cheering and 15 minutes preparing this hour 2 mini-challenge.

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These are the four books I chose to represent the four seasons. I ‘ve read and love  all four. What about you?

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Thanks for the fun challenge, Darren!

April 25, 2015 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | 7 Comments

It’s 24 hour Read-a Thon time!!!

lg new readathonbutton borderI’m so excited! I’ve set aside the next 24 hours for all things books, reading and Read-a-Thon.

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  the Cleveland suburbs
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Finishing up Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  I have knockout cake waiting for me in the frig
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I love the fun, community and, yes, the challenge of participating in the whole 24 hours.  I’ve only managed the whole 24 twice before so we’ll see how it goes today.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?   I am planning a VARIETY of bookish things today. Reading books, listening to books while I clean and cook, reading my regular blogs, cheering other readers, and building my yearly bookwall of unread books.  Here’s last year’s wall and start to finish it takes about 4-6 hours so I’ll be doing it in spurts when I need to move around.  (and I’ll start after my 4-year-old has left for grandma’s for the night).

I’ll be doing different posts fairly often.  Happy reading everybody!

April 24, 2015 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | 11 Comments