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Morning Meanderings… Dewey Read A Thon Recap

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Good morning!  How many of us groggy book blogger peeps did the Dewey read A Thon yesterday?  From the looks of the Dewey site and Twitter…. I would say a LOT.  The hashtag #readathon was trending for awhile and I heard last night that over 1,000 pictures has been uploaded to instygram for the #readathon.

Impressive?

I think so… imagine all of us reading around the world…. seriously, it gives me goosebumps.

So how did I do?

Not as good as I had hoped. :D

It started yesterday at 7 am central time.  I woke up at 6 am and started reading.  By 7:30 I decided I should work on my posts for my co-hosting shift coming up for the readathon…. and that took me almost to the time that I started hosting, hour 5.  :shock:

From hour 5 to hour 8,  I was co-hosting which was a BLAST!  It was my first time and it really was a wake up call to how much is happening behind the scenes on the read a thon!  I watched for emails and questions, I stayed active on twitter, made sure the links worked to the mini challenges, carried on conversations on the comments at the website… it was a lot of fun and I was honored to be a part of it.

At hour 9 I had to get out or the recliner that I had been in since an hour before the read a thon started.  I put on an audio (Requiem) and went outside to clean off the deck as yesterday was the first nice weather day we have had this year in Central Minnesota.  Just 3 days ago it was still snowing… now it is finally melting and the deck is clear….

At hour 12 I had made supper (while listening to audio), picked up the cheese bag by the wrong end and “cheesed” my entire kitchen floor and then went to book for hour 13 – 16.

Ah hour 16 (10 pm) I was fading…. I was trying to read but I kept closing my eyes.  I tried coffee but I was done for.  About 10 to 11 pm I went to bed.

At hour 22 I was up. 

I immediately went back to audio (now Raven Boys) and finished out the read a thon doing that. :D

Here is the end of event meme questionnaire:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  Hour 16.  I was just too far gone and all I could think was I am TIRED.  :razz:

  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Requiem was awesome… I listened to it on audio while I got up and moved around… really good!

  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  I thought it went well… I enjoyed the changing hosts on the sites and the fun things they posted.

  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  Hmmm…  I think everything, the mini challenges were fun, it seemed like it went really smooth.

  5. How many books did you read? only 2 finished and a couple of audio advanced in.

  6. What were the names of the books you read?  How To Start A Home Based Event Planning Business (lol it was good!) , Requiem

  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I actually really enjoyed them both – for different reasons :)

  8. Which did you enjoy least?  none

  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  I was not a cheerleader.

  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I hope to always participate, I really look forward to it and as soon as I know the dates I put it on my calendar.  I have joked in the past about going to a hotel for the day just to get away from everything and do the read a thon and I still may do that one of these times :)

      I would love to help with the co hosting again… I was new this time and I learned a lot of how it works and how to keep up with it. :D

That’s the read a thon.  If you are curious about it, go check out the site.  I highly recommend it!

 

 

 

Today I have my uncles funeral and some family things after wards.  My uncle fought cancer hard for years but this last year it really took over his body.  Last September he decided no more chemo and so he quit all the treatments to not feel sick all the time.  He had some good months before he started slipping these past weeks.  While it is a loss to our family, we are all happy that he is no longer suffering and in pain.  Today will be a celebration of his life. 

Book Appetit! Dewey Read-A-Thon Mini Challenge!

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Hey read-a-thoners!!!!  Watcha reading???  Are you getting a little hungry while reading?

My book club meets each month at someones home and we try to bring food to go with the book we just read.  It is a lot of fun to see how creative we can get!  For instance when we read the book ROOM by Emma Donoghue, there was Jack’s birthday cake as described in the book, Jack’s favorite meal of macaroni and cheese, ma’s favorite treat and on the creative side – we had pigs in a blanket renamed for the book “Jack in a rug”.  (To get that one you have to have read the book).  :razz:

Another example would be… say you are reading Chocolat.  Well, of course you would be whipping up some tasting chocolat concoctions!  Or…  you are reading The 19th wife which has to do with Iowa and a funeral… you would always do funeral type foods that were popular in Iowa at the time…. 

Anyhoo.. for this mini challenge if you choose to accept it, I will be asking you to come up a menu to go along with your current read or one of the books in your reading pile for today.  Now… imagine that you have friends coming over to discuss the book with you.  You have prepared food and beverage items to go with your meeting (money…. is no object).  And what I need to see from you is:

1.  Book title and author

2.  The menu, food, beverage, you can even go as far as background music, decorations…. have fun with this!

3.  You will receive an additional entry if you create a drink to go with your book event and give it a name

4.  While you are welcome to post your response in the comments below, you will receive an additional entry if you leave a comment AND link up to a post about this on your own blog.  (Linky available below)

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SO…. Swedish Chef…. what are they playing for?

A winner will be chosen at the end of this mini challenge time using Random.org and will be announced here that they have won a $20 Amazon gift card that will be sent by email today to the winner!  **If more than 40 participate in this challenge, a runner up $10 Amazon card will be added.

Have fun!  I can not wait to see what you come up with!  :D

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Winners of this mini challenge are

$20 Amazon gift card to Jo Jo from Jojo’s Corner
$10 Amazon gift card to Melissa from Avid Reader’s Musings

 

Dewey Read A Thon – Updates and Challenges

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Check in:  it is 12:23  my time and sadly I have nothing to show for these first 6 hours.  I am go-hosting the Dewey read a thon site with 5 other awesome peeps and I spent the early hours prepping my posts for my hours (and checking links and double checking links… and then when my posts started going live I am watching the website, the twitter feed, emails from participants, and the lock so I post my next one on time.  :D  *whew*  Its a ll good fun though.

So not I am 35 minutes out before the next post so I am going to try to do a couple mini challenges because I am a confirmed game geek and I love the mini challenges.

So for Book Spine Poetry I went a little dark….  (you should probably imagine a dark room, people holding up their lighters and some sort of low tone twanky music in the background….

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Say it slow and poetic like…. Man and boy…. the crying tree… black and blue… fatal incident….

For The Self Portrait mini challenge, here it is:

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7:00 am Central time kick off of the Dewey Read a Thon for me… so this is the post that I will use for updates and challenges.  And this is hour one and we have been asked to share a little info….

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  I am reading from Central Minnesota and yes, we still have snow…
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  I have been wanting to start While We Were Watching Downton Abbey for a while now.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Hmmmmm……  baked Doritos and salsa I guess… ooh or guacamole!  Of hummus!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  Book lover, bike rider, adventure seeker, likes long walks on the beach…. (lol sounds like a singles ad…)
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? Staying on task.  I am hopeful to last longer than I did last year and read more for the cause I am supporting:D

And I am off! 

Dewey Read A Thon Is Here!

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*This post will be a sticky post for the day – all new posts including the mini challenge post and my mini challenge post will be directly below this one. :D

Are you ready?  I sure am!  I love the Dewey Read a Thon and today is going to be a lot of fun participating.  I have a couple audio books I hope to finish up while doing things around the house but I also have several books I hope to sit down and dig into. 

As I have done the past two years I will be reading for a cause today and my cause is for Camp Benedict, a camp for people infected and affected by AIDS.  You can read about my connections to this camp here.  As in the past, I will personally donate  10 cents per page I read and $1.00 for every 10 minutes of audio I listen too.  If you would like to sponsor me for this wonderful cause I would be so appreciative and humbled by your generosity. 

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So for the book possibilities today….

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Any mini challenges I sign up to do and updates to how I am doing will be continued on a separate post below but I will only use one post so as not to create multiple post pop ups in your emails and readers if you are following me.  Also, my mini challenge will come up today (it’s a fun one! :D) and that too will be a separate post to give a shout out to those participating.

I hope those of you doing the read a thon have an awesome day of books and audio!  :D  Pop in and say hi throughout the day – as I need breaks I will be popping in ans seeing a few of you as well :)

Dewey Read-A-Thon is coming!!!

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The read-a-thon is coming!!!  The read-a-thon is coming!!!  April 27th is the read-a-thon!!! This is my FAVORITE read-a-thon each year and I am always thrilled if I can participate!  Originally it looked like I would not be doing much of the read a thon as I was leaving town Saturday and doing a bike ride on the 28th.  Well… life stuff has happened and now I will be in town and unfortunately skipping out on the bike ride due to other commitments, BUT that also means I will be around Saturday for the read-a-thon!!!

So what is the Dewey Read-A-Thon?

Well the event has a wonderful history, while by the time I became involved in this crazy world of book reviews, Dewey was gone, but I absolutely love the tradition that long-term book bloggers have kept going… passing the torch so to speak and keeping the candle over the memory of Dewey and this event eternally lit.

SO….. I am sharing ALL of this with you because it is not too late to join!  It doesn’t matter if you can not do all 24 hours.  Do what you can – and believe me, setting aside a day to enjoy books is wonderful!  AND bloggers offer mini breaks where you can go and do challenges to take a little break and have a chance to win a prize!  (I LOVE) the mini breaks :D

Join me, and many (currently over 300) other book bloggers and book lovers for this event!  Check out details and sign up here! 

Morning Meandering… When The Read A Thon Makes You Cry

Good morning! 

The question on your mind is…. did I make it to the finish line of the Readathon.  No, I did not.  I had started at 5 am yesterday morning and missed about three hours throughout the day due to other commitments and then shut down at around 1:20 am when Jane Eyre became a blurry mass.

Oh, that wasnt your question?  Was it did I read as much as I had hoped to?  No, I did not.  I never do.  I always start out with BIG intentions, going to go for the 5 or so books I have lying around and finish them up and yeah…. I get caught up in the social part of the Readathon which I LOVE and I cant help it, but I still feel I did pretty darn good.

Still not your question?  Oh I bet you want to know if mt tummy is upset with all the junk I ate yesterday while reading and listening to audio…. the nachos I had for lunch, the Lindor chocolates throughout the day, and of course the vegie pizza I had ordered in last night, no actually I feel pretty good considering I am on 5 hours of sleep and have to help out at church in 45 minutes from 8 until noon. 

Oh!  Now I get it!  You want to know why the Readthon made me cry. Well, that is actually a cool thing.  Yesterday I was reading for a charity I support locally, Camp Benedict.  Camp Benedict is a camp for people infected by AIDS and for people affected by AIDS.  There is a story of why it touches me so, and it is actually linked at the top of this blog in the page bar.  Anyway this is my third time reading for the camp and I always commit to giving, and then last fall one other person donated to my cause which was so sweet.

Well, this year, yesterday morning my account had $40 in it, money I had put in.  Throughout the readathon people gave and as of last night when I checked my online account for the camp, it was at $370.00!  I could not believe it!  6 other people had given besides myself and only two of them I know personally.  Seriously you guys, you melted my heart… and of course made me want to read more.  ♥

As for myself and how I did, I listened to 5/12 hours of audio throughout the day.  I was donating $1.00 per every ten minutes of audio for a total of $33.00.  Throughout the day I read 198 pages, which I was donating 10 cents a page for a total of $19.80 (lets not split hairs, I will round that up to $20.00.  So from me, $53.00 is being added to my account for my charity this morning.  :D

In other fun news – I held a bonus “because I feel like having fun” giveaway last night for the die-hard readathoners that were still going on hour 19.

That winner of the coffee, the chocolate, and the book is:

Laurel #19 (yeah, I laughed when I seen that!)

Thank you to the Dewey Readathon Team, not only do I love that this honors a wonderful blogger I never had the pleasure of knowing but wish I did, but it takes a ton of work to pull it off and this group did an awesome job! 

In other news, here is what came in from Mr Mailman this week:

Mmmm hmmmm, a nice week!  The two audio in the front right I bought at Barnes and Noble when I went to pick up my books for World Book Night (SSSQQQUUUEEE!!!!) 

 

Finally, today looks a bit dreary so I think when I get home this afternoon I am going to finish the 24 hours of reading I set out to do.  I fell short by about 4 hours.  I would like to finish it for Camp Benedict, and for me. 

Have a great Sunday all!  I have the World Book Night link going up later today and who knows what else, maybe that long overdue update to Jane Eyre.  :D

What are you doing with your Sunday? 

Dewey Read A Thon Bonus Giveaway Package

 

Ok ya’ all… if you have been read a thoning today, then you know we have recently passed hour 15 and fast approaching hour 16.  I am in this “I should be reading” mode, but instead I am fluttering around mini challenges, commenting… I need a pick me up – I need to FOCUS.

So… that all said, I want to offer a bonus giveaway here for those who are still trucking , still working the read a thon – you are troopers – and if you know me I think you need….

COFFEE and CHOCOLATE… and you probably dont need a book, but I have an extra of a great book so I am throwing in a BOOK too.  :D

LOVE this coffee

 

Arranged will be released on May 15th and somehow I would up with three copies. This author wrote SPIN which was really good!

This giveaway is open until the end of the readathon – my time, which will be 5 am central time.  To enter, share with me here your favorite part of the readathon… Is it the community?  Ir is setting aside time to read?  Is it the mini challenges?  Or do you love something completely different about this event?

 

The Read A Thon Progress Report (and Mini Challenges)

Hi all!  This is the post I will use for Read A Thon updates from me as well as any Mini Challenges I partake in.  The newest info will be towards the top of this post.  :D

Also, I am reading for Camp Benedict today, a camp for people infected and affected by AIDS.  I am donating 10 cents for each page I read and $1.00 for every ten minutes of audio I listen to.  If you would like to sponsor me for this wonderful cause, I would be humbled and appreciate your support. 

Check in at 12:00 am:  (hour 18)

Hey all, I guess “Good morning” is in order here.  I have had a pretty good day, finished an audio and a half, a book, an update on my Jane Eyre read a long….  and still going.

A quick little update for the Dewey Readathon site, they asked if we had any reading companions.  I do…. Sam (left) and Bailey:

 

The other question was – about reading for charity and yes I am.  The link is above. :)

Check in at 10:00 Pm:  (hour 16)

Wow…. hour 16.  I kind of feel like a rock star!  I started an hour earlier than I need to so I could make up for a commitment I had today and so other than about three hours I have been with the read-a-thon one way or another (reading, commenting, mini challenging…). 

For the past two hours I have read – NOTHING.  I know that is sad.  After dinner and hubby went to bed I sat down and worked a few mini challenges, came up with a bonus giveaway for those still reada thoning, commented on all those who created posts for my mini challenge, and yeah… thats it. 

But – I have not given up and the books are calling so after this update…. really, I am going to read.  Really.  Why do you doubt me? 

Stella asked us to find a picture that somehow describes or reminds you of your current read.  Since I am currently in Jane Eyre, I think if the mansion:

When I think of the place that Jane worked and lived I imagine it big and totally "explore worthy" like this building here. From http://merchantcircle.com/ website

For Bluestockings challenge, she asked that we talk about the books that we love to re-read.  Now if you know me, blame Bluestocking because I know I gush about certain “Forever” books those I love (but hardly ever have time) to re-read.  They are:

One of my all time favorite reads and book discussions!

Not a Nora Roberts fan but this trilogy about women with magical powers.... WOW. This is paranormal before paranormal was cool

Oh what? You didn't see that coming? These are my comfort reads.

Check in at 8:00 Pm:  (hour 14)

Oh my gosh… I am so overdue for a check in!  I listened to another hour of audio, finished (FINALLY!) whole lotta life and actually left the house at 5:30 to go and help with a baptism, pick up pizza, and now I am back home.  (Yup, you read that right… how many readathoners helped with a baptism today?  LOL  I am in charge of special events at our church and that is one of my duties…. :razz: 

I listened to audio while I was in the car, and took a book with me but did not get to the book. I am back now though and game from this point forward.

So here is what the peeps of the readathon are asking:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?  I am actually good, hit a lull about 3 pm but now and ready to roll!

2) What have you finished reading?  Whole Lotta Life, and listened to an audio and a half :D

3) What is your favorite read so far? Hmmmm… hold that thought, I do not have enough books in me today to answer that.

4) What about your favorite snacks?  I amde nachos for lunch… that was good.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!  I have been going around and commenting while I listen to audio, trying to check out some newbies!

And the winner of my mini challenge using random.org is:

A Journey Through Pages

Honestly, the out pour from that challenge and all the AWESOME ideas to go with books… I am really the winner here, plus, I want to go to all your book reviews.  YOU ALL AMAZE ME!  :D

Check in at 3:00 Pm:  (hour 9)

I am cruising right along now on finishing up A Whole Latte Life.  Honestly, I have talked about the book so much I am ready to be done with it.  78 pages read since my last check in.  30 minutes of audio added to my total.

For the mini challenge, Midnight Book Girl asked us to stage a book….

The Bakers Wife (note the wedding rings in the spoon)

I am getting a bit foggy (I started at 5 am this morning).  Think I will try some ice tea – see if that wakes me up.  I thought about laying down and reading but fear that will cause me to pass out.  :razz:

Check in 1:00 PM and Mini Challenges:

Ok… well, I am now 4 1/2 hours into audio and have finished The Lifeboat.  (WOOT!)  $27.00 in to my charity account so far!

(I still have not cracked a book because I have been running around, doing mini challenges, made lunch and commented on blogs…. lol – I cant help it, the social girl in my tends to need to be fed. :razz:  HOWEVER – I am about to go into my books this hour. )

Speaking of mini challenges…. mine is still going on until 2 pm central and here is The Book Sentence challenge for On The Wings Of Books:  LOVE THIS ONE!

The Book Thief arranged the most dangerous thing in the bag.

The Sausage Makers Daughters escape the memory of running out of the pumpkin shell.

I have spent a lot of time being "portable" today but it is time to break out the books.

Ok on to the books for awhile.  How are you all doing?

Check in 10 Am and Mini Challenges:

So far I have in 2 1/2 hours of audio in.  (I had a commitment this morning and took my IPOD with me so I could listen to audio as I could.  I am now home, going to catch up on the awesome mini challenges going on and then cracking a book.  :D

At One Librarians Book Reviews we are asked to do a book puzzle.  I LOVE this one!

Here is my contribution:

Can you guess what my book title is?  (I will update with the answer in a bit!)

for Reading Through Life’s Translation challenge… I would love to read:

I could not find a good French cover for this one…

Mini Challenge! Book Appetit!

Happy Read-A-Thon April 2012!!!  How is it going out there?  Are you reading?  Are you snacking?  Are your books making you think of FOOD?

Here in Central Minnesota it is lunch time and I was thinking this would be a great time to talk about books and FOOD. 

Your mini challenge that will be available for the next two hours is a fairly easy one… it just requires a little imagination from you!

Take one of the books you are reading today.  Now lets pretend that you are going to have a book discussion with friends regarding that book.  They are all coming over to your house and you are providing food and beverage to go with said book.  That’s right, your challenge is to share with me here:

1.  Title and author of the book

2.  The menu:  the food, the beverage (if you want you can go as far plan background music, decor, whatever.  :D )

Want to know what you are playing for?

Ok… lol, that’s just to wet your appetite… what you are playing for is a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card that will be emailed to the winner yet this afternoon after I choose the winner using random.org.

To enter:

Leave a comment here (mandatory entry) with the information I asked for above (Book and author, the menu to go with that book)

For a second entry – create a post on your own blog (if you have one) of the book, author, and the menu and then link it back here.

Here are a couple examples:  Say you are reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris…. your menu would definitely include lots of chocolates, perhaps to drink would be a delicious hot chocolate, maybe a chocolate fountain to dip strawberries in!

Or…. you may be reading ROOM by Emma Donoghue in which you may make Jack’s favorite macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meat balls, or his 6th birthday cake… (his 5th birthday cake was sponge cake with 5 m&m’s on top), the drink would be tap water.

If you do decide to do a post, I would love to see it!  Be sure to link it here:

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Morning Meanderings… RELEASE The Read-A-Thon

Good morning!  Today is going to be an AWESOME day!  The Dewey Read A Thon has begun!  In my next of the woods here in central Minnesota kick off time was at 6 am, however I have a small commitment this morning and will need to leave for about an hour so I started early, at 5 AM.  I am hoping to make HUGE progress today.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Brainerd Minnesota

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Hmmm…. I am not sure, they all look kind of awesome

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I think I am making baked nachos for lunch

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  Hmmmm…. crazy enough to get up an hour earlier then requited to start this readathon to get in as many hours as I can :)

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 probably my 4th or 5th time participating.  I am being more intentional today, if I am moving about I have audio, if I can be stationary I have books….  I have done everything I can to free up my day.

 

I am reading for Camp Benedict, a camp that is for people infected with AIDS and for those around then it has affected.  I have been to this camp and seen the power it has to bring people together in hope and compassion.  I will donate to the camp 10 cents a page, and $1.00 for ever 10 minutes of audio I listen to. If you would like to sponsor this cause with me, please let me know in the comments and I will get the information to you.

I will be doing updates throughout the day here on an update post that I will start and just keep adding on to so as not to create multiple posts.  Please feel free to stop back in and cheer me on :D  I will take all the encouragement I can get!

In the past, I have shown pictures of the massive PILE of books I would love to get through and honestly… I never get through them… so rather than set myself for the BIG FAIL… I am going to show you the plan in baby step format….

So…. on my morning plate I have:

I have right around a hundred pages left on this read.

Then I would like to make some progress in:

I don’t want to finish this as it is a work in progress, but I would like to get 50 or so pages done this morning. 

From there, I am not sure…. plenty to choose from… we will see what way I go as the day goes on.  :D

Be sure to stop back here at noon as well for my mini challenge… it will be a whole lot of fun and may give you a few ideas as well :D

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