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Possibility for 2013

Possibility for 2013

So I won’t claim that this is an original idea because I have seen a few people try (and even succeed!) at this sort of thing before, but I think it would be fun and challenging. I am thinking of doing an “A book a day” type of deal for 2013. I would try and mix up what I would post each day to keep it as interesting as possible, reviews, mini-reviews, insane-fandomness, maybe some gif-filled posts, who knows! I don’t know that I would necessarily read one book each day in 2013 (though I’m not ruling it out), but with work that could be difficult, so I would focus on definitely reading 7 books a week in order to keep up a good pace. There is no theme or genre type for the books I’d be reading considering the amount is too large to effectively do so, and some novellas would be acceptable so that I’m not trying to essentially read 400+ pages a day and generating bags under the bags of my eyes. o.o

I would be reading both new and old books as well, and many would be in eBook form since my eBook collection is so massive which would help with not having to buy a TON of books just to do this or raid libraries. If any of you think this is a cool, fun idea that you would be interested in me trying, and that could be fun to watch me go crazy doing, than please leave a comment and let me know! I am more than willing to give this a shot, but some positive response to the idea would be greatly appreciated. ^.^

Also, this would not necessarily mean I would stop doing any other kinds of posts. I may participate in memes again (especially Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post), post about bookish/bloggy goodness such as with readathons to join, and any other random stuff that strikes my fancy (hey randomness IS in the name of the blog after all). I hope that you think this is interesting and not boring or overdone and would like to see how the journey will go for me next year if I do indeed confirm I’m doing so. Thanks! 🙂


Randomness #1: Reminiscing and Books

If you read my (ridiculously long) post during Dewey’s Read-A-Thon you would have come across one of the mini-challenges I participated in called Literacy Mini-Challenge. The point of that challenge was to celebrate the reading child in some way, I chose to do so by discussing my relationship with reading when I was younger. For those who don’t want to scroll through that crazy-long post here is what I wrote:

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.

As you can see my love of books stems from an upbringing that allowed me to surround and immerse myself in them from a very early age. Now, you may be wondering why I am bringing this up again. I went with my mother and sister to a 2-day gigantic book sale held by Half-Price Books where EVERYTHING was 3$ or less. I should have taken pictures of the event itself to give you an idea of the sheer size but alas I did not. You walk into this giant area where on rows upon rows of connected long tables there are thousands of boxes of books. There were also rows of cds and dvds but my focus was solely on the books. Of course, if they are offering them at 3$ or less you won’t find many new books, but the selection was still quite astonishing. How does this connect with reminiscing? It was the kind of books I found and ended up purchasing. Did someone ask for pictures? Why yes I do have some!

As a kid I immersed myself in fantasy books and as such there were three main series of books that I loved dearly. (I apologize for the photo quality, all I have is my phone =/)

The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale:

The Star Wars Books:

The Dragonlance Books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman:

Only the Pendragon books could be considered a true “series” just based on length and having one true ending. The Dragonlance and Star Wars books, amazingly, are still being continued with no true end in sight. I don’t see the interest, especially in the Star Wars books, dying out anytime soon so they will keep being written for quite some time.

All three sets of books captivated me when I was younger, sending me into different times and realms, filling my head with intergalactic battles, a variety of alien races and even a romance or two. My imagination was at its peak while I was reading these books and I wish I could thank the authors for that with more than just a blog post.

With all of the new books out there now, and a seemingly never-ending stream of ones being written as I type these words I can see how it would be hard to go back and read some of the books that you enjoyed as child or teenager. So my questions to any who read this are:

What kindled your passion for books?

Do you ever go back and read the books you loved when you were younger?

Did you keep all of them so that you could re-read them or did you, like me, have to give away or sell them at some point?

While reading this what books were you thinking of and are you now more inclined to go back and read them?

To be honest I have no idea when I will get to read any of these books. I may be participating in another read-a-thon next week (more on that in a later post if I decide to do it) which could help with this but I have a hard time keeping up with the new books I get as I imagine many of you do as well. Blogging every day and reviewing about three books a week keeps me pretty busy so as much fun as reliving my childhood by reading these books would be, I don’t know when I will, though I know I will get around to it someday.

You may be wondering how I could only get books I’ve read the majority of before when there were countless rows of books to choose from. Don’t worry, I got some other ones too! One of my favorite authors is Stephen King but I don’t actually own that many of his books (it pains me to admit) so I picked some up while I was there.

The Stand, Pet Sematary, IT, Everything’s Eventual, Four Past Midnight, Lisey’s Story, Hearts In Atlantis

I can’t wait to read these, though again I don’t know when I’ll be able to.

Finally, I did pick up some random books! Here you go:

Tersias by G.P. Taylor, Snow Garden by Christopher Rice, Red Leaves by Thomas H. Cook, Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden

These ones I had never heard of and simply got because they sounded really interesting. I’m a bit of a Roman history nut so that’s the reasoning for that one.

Thank you for putting up with me while I took a bit of a trip back to when I was younger. I really appreciate it. ^.^ Please leave comments if you enjoyed this kind of post so I know whether I should do other “randomness” ones in the future and if you’d like to answer those questions I asked earlier feel free! That’s all from me for now (thankfully), as always thanks for reading. 🙂


Dewey’s 24hr Read-A-Thon

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon

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!

Books Finished: Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer, The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman, Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn, The Sun Never Rises in the Big City by Jeremy C. Shipp.

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)

** I thought people might like to see my snacks so here they are! – 11:21 PM CST (Hour 17)

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. ^.^

Introductory Questions

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. 🙂

Read-A-Thon-A-Crostic

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

Ornery Feral

Entwined Disastrous Waning Alarming Rectified Dangerous

Sacrifice Cannibalism Hunger Undead Egregious Terrific Torture

I hope you enjoyed reading it! ^.^

Day Break

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 ^.^)

Book Puzzle

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! ^.^

Literacy Mini-Challenge

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.

Response:

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!

Book Sentences

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 as Edward Schuett

Michelle Rodriguez as Liddie Gates

Milla Jovovich as Rae Neuman

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

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hours 21 and 22, I had been up since 2 AM CST the previous day.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hosts were amazing!
  5. How many books did you read? 2 1/3 regular books and a short story
  6. 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.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Dark Light of Day though I only needed to finish the last 100 pages during Dewey
  8. 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
  9. 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. 🙂
  10. 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!