Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon
How can you not love Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? It is easily one of my favorites of the year and the amount of awesomeness they pack into it is always amazing. Challenges, twitter conversations, prizes and wonderful hosts throughout the 24 hours makes for a crazy but super fun day of (kinda) reading. Anyhow, on to my books! This is by no means a full list, but it has a bunch I’d really like to get to and I have SOOO many to choose from. ^.^ If you want to join in on the fun click the pretty picture above or on Twitter by using the hashtag #readathon! Oh and my challenge posts will be under the list so look for that!
Scorch by Gina Damico
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder
Currently Reading: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (pg 265)
Books Finished: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder
Pages Read: 1,341
Amount of Time Spent Reading: 13 hours 45 minutes
Snacks Eaten: 3 Nutri-grain bars, chips & salsa, grilled cheese, ice cream, and MORE chips & salsa!
Challenges Participated In: Introductory Questionnaire, Book Tunes, Mid Event Survey, Best of Your Reading Year, Turn to Page, Mini Challenges
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Small town USA, aka Cologne, MN
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chips and Salsa!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a nerdfighting wrimo that paints LotR figures. Sexy, I know.
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? The last time I was doing Dewey’s I got distracted by too many non-bookish things, so the goal for today is to get lots of reading in as well as participating in some fun challenges!
Book Tunes: The Opal Deception paired with Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation!
Mid Event Survey:
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I‘m doing fine in terms of being fully awake, but the last book was somewhat of a mood killer.
2) What have you finished reading? The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3) What is your favorite read so far? The Opal Deception, I’m a sucker for Artemis Fowl books.
4) What about your favorite snacks? I think I enjoyed the chips and salsa the most so far, might have more later on.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I did interact a little bit with one of the #TeamTiger cheerleaders, her Twitter handle is @toofondbeth and her blog is http://toofond.wordpress.com/!
Best of Your Reading Year
1. Best Book of Your Reading Year: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
2. Best Author of Your Reading Year: Sean Beaudoin author of Wise Young Fool (5/5), Going Nowhere Faster (4/5), and Fade to Blue (5/5)
3. Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year: Doll Bones by Holly Black
4. Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year: Jeremy C. Shipp author of Monstrosities, Attic Toys, Attic Clowns, Cursed, and Vacation
Turn to Page
“I would rather read than ______ any day!”: I would rather read than play with the loosened gold teeth of dead men any day! – Liesl & Po
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Both hours 22 & 23 were tough as they came at 4-6 A.M. for me.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? All things Artemis Fowl!
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, loved it!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were amazing!
- How many books did you read? 5 finished, I’m working on #6!
- What were the names of the books you read? David and Goliath, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Opal Deception, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Bloodlines, and Liesl & Po
- Which book did you enjoy most? David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell was fascinating!
- Which did you enjoy least? William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, while short, drove me a tad crazy near the end with the style.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will, reader all the way!
Totally Random Tuesday
If you have been following the blog recently you may have noticed that there wasn’t a post on Sunday or Monday, for this I apologize. School caught up and I was sick for the last week with a mixture of stomach, nose, and headache issues. Yesterday was the first day I managed to leave the house so obviously it wasn’t a funfest. However, I do have today as the last day of the wonderful Fraterfest readathon and I plan to read at least one more book, possibly two. I also have the next two days free of college stuff AND my favorite readathon of the year, at least for 24hr ones, Dewey’s readathon is SATURDAY!!! I’m incredibly excited because Dewey’s is always amazing, a ton of fun, and I have that day free as well so I’m all in on the 24hr book/twitter/challenge/awesomeness.
What does that rambling all mean? I’m stockpiling reviews, huzzah! I currently have six books read and waiting to be reviewed plus between now and the end of Dewey’s I should have that number into double digits which would be awesomesauce and amazeballs and all of the other goofy combo words we use now. So here’s the deal for this week. There will not be a YA Wednesday tomorrow, but there WILL be a wrapup post for Fraterfest to make up for that! There WILL be a Frodo’s Frisky Friday AND I’m doing another giant book haul Sunday Post to recap all of the amazing things I’ve received in the past ~3weeks, so hopefully that gets you a bit excited! Thanks as always for reading and I’m off to do some reading of my own! See you tomorrow! ^.^
15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 11
The awesome people over at Good Books and Good Wine came up with the fabulous 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge!
Today’s Challenge is: Show off 5 of your best blog posts!
From reading some of the other blogs that are participating in this challenge it seems like this is one of the harder ones, and I can understand why. It involves tooting our own horn, something a few of us either aren’t especially good at or don’t really like doing. Share an awesome new book? Heck ya! Talk about a cool new author about to debut? Love to! However, get us to say how awesome we are and some of us clam up so tight you need the jaws of life to pry us open. In my case I just wasn’t sure which posts I thought were my “best” and sifting through my reviews (really the only ones worthy of consideration, I’m not going to pick a meme post after all) was the only way I could think of doing it. So, these may not be the best, but I liked how they turned out for one reason or another.
- Day 70: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger: Let the horn tooting begin! (Not a phrase you hear every day…) When I did this review I was still coming off that natural high you get after reading a book you know has become one of your all time favorites. Giving it less than five smiling Frodos wasn’t even an option in my head. So maybe it was the book’s awesomeness seeping into my review, but I felt like this was one of my better ones, especially out of the positive ones (which for whatever reason I have more trouble with than the negative). I’m happy with how my writing was at the time, the flow of the review and if someone were to read it I would imagine this could push them right over the fence they were on and make them read the book. I give Etiquette & Espionage, and Gail Carriger of course, full credit for the quality of the review, without her amazing piece I couldn’t have so many great things to say. ^.^
- Interview with Sarah-Jane Lehoux: What’s this? A non-review post? Of course! You thought this would be all about me? I loved doing the interview with Sarah-Jane. Coming up with those questions and trying to be original wasn’t easy for me since this was my first attempt at an interview on the blog and I didn’t have any stock questions to fire off. Somehow they seemed to be a lot of fun for her to answer and the answers she gave? Interesting, informative, hilarious and a bit snarky, which pretty much sums Sarah-Jane up too. Seriously though, this was just a blast and I’m so glad we set this up (especially because I almost backed out of it due to nerves) and would happily do it again.
- Day 59: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton: While I don’t enjoy torching a book because I know how much work goes into it, sometimes I have to. This was one of those times. The reason why this makes my “best” blog posts is because, while it wasn’t necessarily my most fun to write, I felt the review I did was actually pretty good. Humor was incorporated seamlessly, the analysis was strong and I didn’t trip over my own words (which I have a tendency to do at times). Also, the review gives a potential reader of my blog a good idea of elements in books I really don’t like and if they don’t mind them or even, in fact, like them then they know our feelings toward books probably won’t mesh well. Conversely, if you hate what I hate, you likely will love the elements I love in books too. The review just worked despite having to be harsh at times. I tried to be constructive, attempted to bring up what few positive elements I could drag out of this piece, but overall it was mostly just a Hulk smash of negativity.
- Day 46: END: An Apocalyptic Anthology: This wasn’t my best review in terms of writing quality, it was short and not overly detailed because of the novella length stories and the breakdowns were simple, though not bad. So why does this make the cut? Impact. If you’ve followed my blog (especially long enough to see this many posts which I LOVE you for) you’d know I work with Angela Kulig on a semi-regular basis. Essentially whenever she has something new come out you’ll see a review here. Which makes it even crazier when she told me that this post was a major factor in her continuing to write. At all. I was floored because, especially at this point in the blogging experience, I didn’t think I had much impact at all. Small time blog and fine with it my reach wasn’t great so at most I’d impact a reader here or there and be fine with it. For this to happen…I’m still stunned.
- Dewey’s 24hr Read-A-Thon: Why is a readathon post one of my “best” ones? I just had so much FUN! Dewey’s 24hr readathon was the first I ever took part in and kindled my love for them which at this point is borderline obsessive. I loved every aspect of the 24hr experience. Participating in sooo many challenges, reading three books and a novella all of which I enjoyed and tweeting with all of the other participants, again something completely new to me at the time, is an experience I’ll never forget. It is one of the longest posts I’ve ever done and yet reading through it again was an amazing treat for me. *hugs Dewey’s*
So there you have it, my five “best” posts! Honorable mention goes to “Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson” because it was my first real review and my the first giveaway win I ever had on the blog. I feel that reading those five posts is a pretty good summary of what kind of blogger I am. Really the only thing missing is a Frodo’s Hobbit-Sized Review, but you can’t include everything. There is the high points, the very low, the impactful and the joyous. I hope that my content in the future can leave me even a fraction as happy as I am after looking back over these posts. Thank you so much for reading and feel free to share your thoughts on any of the posts or your own top five! ^.^
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
I post my books that I receive in my Saturday Stacking The Shelves post so for my part I focus on the recap/preview parts of Sunday Post.
Fraterfest: My Thoughts & Results – Recap of what happened during the amazing Fraterfest!
The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – Review (DNF)
Waiting On Wednesday #2 – Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux
Feature and Follow #1 – Jeremy C. Shipp’s Attic Clowns books
Stacking The Shelves #5 – This week’s haul including an impressive amount of print books!
Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon – A Read-A-Thon held in honor of Dewey, still ongoing!
This Week (Planned but Subject to Change)
Today – Review of Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer
Monday – Review of The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman
Tuesday – Random Post about Reminiscing and Books
Wednesday – Waiting On Wednesday #3
Thursday – Review of Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn
Friday – Feature and Follow #2
Saturday – Stacking The Shelves #6
If you have followed me long enough to have read my Sunday Post from last week you would know I had planned to post both the review of Dark Light of Day and The Reanimation of Edward Schuett last week. I am so sorry, I’m a bad blogger I know, try to forgive me! 😦 If I had slept enough lately I could explain exactly why I was unable to post them on-time but alas. I believe it was a combination of adding Feature and Follow to my growing list of memes I participate in (now at 4!), the discovery of Dewey’s Read-A-Thon and my attempt at visiting all of the WoW & FF posts to interact with other bloggers that just had me crazy busy and exhausted. I will bounce back this week though I swear!
As you can see it is another packed week here as I will be participating in my usual array of memes and I’ll also post three reviews including Dark Light of Day which will be posted sometime this afternoon/night. Participating in this Read-A-Thon has allowed me to finish all three of the books I’ll be posting reviews of which has been insanely helpful and MAYBE will even let me get ahead a bit so I’m not staying up for 48 hours and then crashing for ten repeatedly. ^.^
My blog does have “Randomness” in the title and I have thus far included very little of that spontaneity which will change with Tuesday’s post! I won’t give too much away but suffice it to say it will include a CRAZY large amount of books, so big that I chose not to even include them in my Stacking The Shelves posts, they needed their own day! So be excited for that! You can see I am excited for it too, look at all of those exclamation points. 😀
That’s all from me for this post. As I am typing this I am still participating in the Read-A-Thon so I will be mostly reading for another 8.5 hours including Burn For Burn which is my treat to myself for reading my books I got in exchange for reviews. ^.^ I hope this week’s schedule peaks your interest and if you would like to subscribe in any way that would be amazing! Oh, don’t forget to comment! I love each and every one of them, they seriously make my day! Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂
Here is my list of things that I will keep track of, although I will also post mini-challenge updates below as well as they go on:
Currently Reading: It is time for my reward for completing the read-a-thon so I am reading Burn For Burn by Jenny Han!
Pages Read: 655
Amount of Time Spent Reading: 12 hours 15 minutes
Snacks Eaten: Yogurt (2), Coke (2 cans), 2/3 small supreme pizza, Dr. Pepper (3 cans), Oreos (1), NutriGrain Mixed Berry Bar (1)
Challenges Participated In: Oldies but Goodies, Turn to Page, Book Blogger Bingo, Read-A-Thon-A-Crostic, Day Break, Book Puzzle, Literacy Mini-Challenge, Challenge Your Brain While Reading, Six Word Celebration, Book Sentences, Show It Off, Opposite Title Puzzle, Book to Movie, End of Event Meme
If you would like to join just click on the button above for all the updates on the read-a-thon, have fun!
*I had to go out of the house to stock up on snacks and to get some pizza to munch on while I dive into the books but I swear by the end of this I WILL have read 3-4. 🙂 – 5:18 PM CST (Hour 11)
Mid-Event Survey – 7:00 PM CST, Hour 13
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
I’m doing fantastic in terms of stamina even though I have been up since 2:30 AM CST! ^.^
2) What have you finished reading?
Sadly only Dark Light of Day which I only needed to finish 100 pages of during Dewey but I’m close with Reanimation and I’m focusing more on the books and less on the challenges even if they are really fun! No distractions!
3) What is your favorite read so far?
I loved Dark Light of Day! It’s a fantastic read, you really must get it if you haven’t already, there is a link above. 🙂
4) What about your favorite snacks?
Ooo well I have them listed above, I haven’t really dug into them too much, the pizza was delicious though!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
Well I found the ones which hosted the challenges but they are too numerous to mention so if you are interested please click the button above to go visit the main host! I’ve also interacted with a couple through this post which has been fun. ^.^
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
A: Minnesota, USA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Burn For Burn by Jenny Han
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Pizza if I can get my hands on it!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m 20 years old and a recovering Lord of the Rings fanatic, though I don’t think I’m very successful in my recovery. :p I love reading any genre of books and the more the better which is why I am thrilled to join in (even late) to this read-a-thon! Oh and I am a tad crazy when it comes to memes as I tend to comment on EVERY post made so…ya. Off to bookland!
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 have not participated in this read-a-thon though I did participate in a different one a bit ago called Fraterfest! I’m excited to interact with the other bloggers and to dive into some great bookish goodness!
The “Oldies but Goodies” Mini-Challenge
Q: What classic book should ALL high school aged children read and why?
A: I am with the majority of people in this challenge and have chosen To Kill a Mockingbird. It is a very touching story that still gets to me each time I read it but it is also very educational in nature. The high school aged children seem to be reading less and less in general so let’s put one of the best classics in their hands and hope it can inspire them!
Turn To Page Mini-Challenge
Challenge: Turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence: “If only you knew ____, you’d run screaming into the night!”
A: If only you knew the world outside looked like Armageddon, you would run screaming into the night!
I know it isn’t the best in the world obviously but that page was not particularly helpful, I did my best I swear! Back to reading! ^.^
Book Blogger Bingo Mini-Challenge
Challenge: Find a blogger for each letter of B-I-N-G-O that corresponds with the categories.
Categories: B – A blogger you have never come across before, I – A blogger whose name has the word book in it, N – A blogger who lives in Europe, G – A male blogger, O – A blogger whose read-a-thon pile has more than 5 books in it
Result: I actually challenged myself a little further, I tried (and almost succeeded) to have either the blogger’s name or blog start or include the corresponding letter.
I will post the blog’s later on. 🙂
Challenge: Take the title of your current book or a book you’ve already finished today and create an Acrostic.
Result: I am currently reading a book with an exceptionally long title but I took it in stride.
The Reanimation of Edward Schuett
Thrilling Hilarious Ego
Revolting Enigmatic Apocalyptic Nefarious Intelligent Male Atrophy Terrifying Ill Ogle Nature
Entwined Disastrous Waning Alarming Rectified Dangerous
Sacrifice Cannibalism Hunger Undead Egregious Terrific Torture
I hope you enjoyed reading it! ^.^
Challenge: Go outside for a bit and separate yourself from technology, books and the indoors in general than come back and comment on it telling what you did.
Result: I went outside and danced in the rain! I even jumped in a puddle! (I know, I’m a dork, or as I prefer it a kid at heart ^.^)
Challenge: Create a set of pictures to use as a puzzle representing the title of one of the books you are reading.
Can you figure out what the name of the book is? Leave me a comment with your guess and at the end I will see who got it! ^.^
Challenge: Create a post celebrating the reading child.
Result: There were a plethora of ways in which to participate in this challenge but I am choosing to discuss some of what my relationship with reading was like when I was younger.
I was a very lucky kid when it came to reading and books in general. My mom is a high school teacher and my grandmother was a librarian so my love of books began almost immediately when my mom and grandmother would read to me before I learned how to myself. A little after I turned four years old I started reading by myself, small books at first, but chapter books followed soon after. Reading to me still reminds me of that time with my family, even if we weren’t reading the same thing it was a closeness that we shared and still do at times. I also remember feeling that because I could read I was growing up, I was capable of doing the same things as the people I looked up to the most and that made me feel special. I’ve never lost that love for reading, books fascinate me in a way that nothing else can and I am forever thankful to my family for sharing that gift with me.
Challenge Your Brain While Reading
Challenge: Choose a book that would be challenging for you to read, something not in your usual array of genres. Then choose any favorite words you may have, especially ones you don’t use often, and any that you come across while reading that you weren’t familiar with.
Book That Would Be Difficult: A Dead Red Oleander by RP Dahlke – This is a book in the highlander genre which is not something I am used to reading, I won it in a giveaway a couple weeks ago but haven’t gotten around to it.
Favorite Words: Nefarious – Adjective – Meaning: Wicked or criminal
Enigmatic – Adjective – Meaning: Difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious
Atrophy – Noun – Meaning: A wasting away or progressive decline
Six Word Celebration
Challenge: Create a six word celebration of Dewey’s Read-A-Thon!
Result: A brilliant flash of spontaneous wonderment!
Challenge: Using three or more print books, use only their titles to create a sentence, you can’t add any words.
Result: I loved this challenge and I found a great set of three, here they are!
The Dragons of Krynn Scorched The Snow Garden
How awesome is that?!
Show It Off
Challenge: Show off a book or books from your library that you are extremely proud of.
Result: Here are a few books that are my personal favorites for different reasons –
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson is special to me because it is the first Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) I ever received. The Trading Game was huge for me as it kindled my passion for sports cards and sports in general which has stuck with me over the years and has caused me to amass a sports card collection around 5,000+. The Firm & Cell are written by my two favorite authors whom I have loved for over a decade, they made books come to life for me. Finally, and most importantly, The Lord of the Rings trilogy which gave me the identity I have had for over ten years. That’s right, I have been called some variation of “Frodo” for over a decade to the point that using my real name is awkward in comparison. I have so many books that mean the world to me but these are definitely at the top of the heap. 🙂
Opposite Title Puzzle
Challenge: Take one of the books you are reading for the read-a-thon and change all the words to be the exact opposite.
Result: I read Dark Light of Day during this read-a-thon so mine went as follows:
Bright Shadows of Night = Dark Light of Day
What’s yours? ^.^
Book to Movie Mini-Challenge
Challenge: Choose one of the books you have read during the read-a-thon and cast the movie. Interesting director? Actor for bit part?
Result: I am casting The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman –
Woody Harrelson has plenty of experience in zombie movies as it is, I’m sure he could play one that was turning (mostly) back into a human and he has that goofy quality about him while still being able to lash out at people, great combo though he is a bit old for the role. Michelle Rodriguez is just bad-ass and she is beautiful and just about the right age to play Liddie Gates, Woody’s main love interest. Finally, the third main character is Rae Neuman, the no-nonsense bruiser that takes care of business but does so with a little flair and always with her gun at her side, I’m pretty sure Milla Jovovich would crush that role. ^.^
End of Event Meme
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Hours 21 and 22, I had been up since 2 AM CST the previous day.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I loved The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, it comes out this month so I’d recommend that!
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? As fun as all of the challenges are, doing them every hour (when many take a minimum of 15min to complete) takes away a large chunk of reading time. Otherwise great!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hosts were amazing!
- How many books did you read? 2 1/3 regular books and a short story
- What were the names of the books you read? You can see them above but they were: Dark Light of Day, The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, Here Lies Death & the short story The Sun Never Dies in the Big City.
- Which book did you enjoy most? Dark Light of Day though I only needed to finish the last 100 pages during Dewey
- Which did you enjoy least? Here Lies Death but not because it was bad by any means, I think I was just really tired, it did drag
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was not but they are amazing! My suggestion would be to use TweetChat if you aren’t already so you can follow along with the people using the hashtag, you won’t miss anyone who could use a boost. 🙂
- 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 be participating in this and other read-a-thons again! I absolutely love diving into my TBR pile and getting to interact with other wonderful readers!
That’s it guys, that’s all she wrote, or in this case read! If you are a follower of this blog just a quick reminder to check my Sunday Post if you haven’t already to see what is coming up and that I’ll be posting my review of Dark Light of Day this afternoon/night. If you are new to my blog, which I know many of you are, welcome! Don’t hesitate to subscribe via your preferred method and comment as much as you desire, I read them all and really do appreciate it! ^.^ Enjoy your Sunday!