Sunday, October 21, 2018

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - Mid Event Survey


(I'm posting this kind of late . . . sorry!)


1) What are you reading right now?

I have been reading the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but I'm about to switch over to a graphic novel . . . either The Walking Dead or The Lottery

2) How many books have you read so far?

Two - Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Stardust by Neil Gaiman (both of which I'd started before the readathon)

3) What book are you most looking forward to in the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Ummm . . . I don't know. 
I'm loving the illustrated Harry Potter - I find the artwork completely captivating . . .
But I'd also like to read some of The Walking Dead and House of Leaves.

4) Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

The first 12 hours were relatively free of interruptions . . .

5) What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Not many surprises this go around - I'm being quite casual about the readathon this time, though.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Mini Challenges



Mini Challenge #1 - Haiku/Short Story from TBR Titles:




The Walking Dead
Eating Animals
House of Leaves
Stardust

(My dog had chewed on the spine of Stardust a few years ago, so part of the word is missing)

Mini Challenge #2 - Draw it Out!


Draw a character from current read - I drew the Star from Neil Gaiman's illustrated novel, Stardust



Mini Challenge #3 - Book and a Snack



Late night snack of left over fries with a mix of ketchup, mayonnaise and Taco Bell diablo hot sauce to dip them in. Yum! Also have black tea to drink.

The book is the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - the stunning illustrations are by Jim Kay. Only the first 3 books are out so far, and I'm dying to see the others . . .

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - October 2018 - Beginning Survey

Getting to Know You Survey


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

I am reading from the beautiful little town of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina.



2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I think I'm most looking forward to the illustrated Harry Potter (I'm reading the first book, illustrated by Jim Kay - so beautiful! I might try and upload a couple photos of the artwork - it's truly stunning).

I'd also like to delve into The Walking Dead comics from Compendium One before the end . . .


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I didn't plan snacks at all, and I have next to no food right now besides some frozen meals . . . I'll probably make a fast food run (or two) during the day, and tide myself over with coffee and tea in the meantime.


4) Tell us a little something about yourself.

I love doing leisurely stuff a lot, such as reading and painting, which tend to take up the majority of my free time, but I also love to get out and try different outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding . . .

Here's me hiking at Stone Mountain in NC with my two dogs, Libby and Nova.



Kayaking on the Dan River




5) If you participated in the last readathon, what's one thing you'll do different today?

I don't have a goal to finish a book . . . I think I'll just jump around a bit and read from a few of the books in my stack. I'll probably keep up with the number of pages read so I can report that at the end of the readathon, but I don't have a goal in mind. Just have fun!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - Wrap Up Survey




1) Which hour was most daunting for you?

I actually didn't have a daunting hour this readathon. I started around Hour 3 (10am my time) and I read pretty well, went through the pages pretty quickly for the majority of the readathon, except for a couple of hour-long breaks. 

I did go to sleep around Hour 21, but since that was 4am my time, I just decided that it was reasonable to call it a night at that point and I didn't try to fight it, especially considering I'd read four books, beginning to end, and had a rather successful readathon experience. 


2) Tell us all the books you read!

In the order they were read:

-the last 40 pages of  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

-The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton

-Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

-Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

-the first 52 pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

-Bone, Vol 1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith

-the next 30 pages of HGttG (I was reading from the Ultimate Hitchhiker's volume, which has big pages, and HGttG is only 143 pages in this volume - so, I got through a little over half of the book - Chapters 1-16)

3) Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

All of these books were great, quick reads that I'd recommend

*The Thirteenth Tale is 406 pages overall, though, and not a book I'd usually pick for a readathon book if I hadn't been almost to the end already - it's a very excellent book, though; the blurb on the inside cover adequately describes it as "a love letter to reading"

4) What's a really rad thing we can do during the next read-a-thon that would make you smile?

I honestly didn't focus on the online stuff this time - but I skimmed the posts on Dewey's main site and they were really cute - I loved the Reading Quirks comic posted on Hour 17 and I ended up spending a good hour today at that website reading the rest of comics - if you all could locate similar reading/book themed funny comics to share, I'd love that!!

*I originally read this question as what was something "I" could do to make me smile next readathon - as in, what was a goal of mine for next time - and I'd like to post that here as well:

Read 5 books, from beginning to end (1 more than I'd managed this go around) and/or read all through the night, 'til the end of Hour 24 (8am my time).




5) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

Very, very likely to participate as a reader again - consider that a definite

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon Mid-Event Survey

The Night Fairy



1) What are you reading right now?

I finished Number the Stars about a quarter into Hour 13 (and then went out to get supper). I'm thinking of starting Hitchhiker's Guide for my next read, though.

2) How many books have you read so far?

THREE!

1) The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories by Tim Burton
2) Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
3) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

I also started the readathon by reading the last 40 pages of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (one of my favorite books - it was a reread this year)


3) What book are you most looking forward to in the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


4) Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

My dogs were begging for a walk around Hour 8 - I took them for a quick 20 minute walk around the neighborhood, and they settled down after that . . .

My brother also came and hung out for a little less than an hour and we watched a show, but I also read a bit during the show too ;-)


5) What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I'm surprised how quickly I'm getting through my books. I think I did a pretty good job selecting quick reads for this read-a-thon. A lot of the times, I'll have a pile of shorter novels (250 pages or less) but they really wouldn't be that quick and easy to get through . . . It's been a while since I've had a good pile of books that I'd read from beginning to end during the read-a-thon. It feels good!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - Opening Meme



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

I am reading from Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Hmmm . . . I'm trying not to plan out my reading too much this time around. I want to browse through my huge stack throughout today and just choose something on the spot when it's time for a new read. I've got a few children's books, graphic novels, poetry books, ect. .  . 

Although, I am hoping I get to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy today, now that I think about it. I've been wanting to read that book since middle school/high school, and it's the perfect size for a read-a-thon . . . But no pressure.  I really want this to be a light, casual read-a-thon.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I never remember to plan snacks . . . usually I tide myself over with what I have until the evening (in this case - eggs, leftover cheese pizza, coffee and citrus green tea), and then I'll go out to a fast food place (usually Taco Bell) and get something to go. . .

4) Tell us a little something about yourself.

I am an elementary school teacher. I love teaching reading, and have hopes of maybe being a literary specialist one day . . . 

I enjoy artsy activities (painting, crafts, ect.) and some outdoors activities (hiking, camping, kayaking) during my leisure time . . .

And I have two dogs, Libby and Nova.



5) If you participated in the last readathon, what's one thing you'll do different today?

I think during the last read-a-thon, I only finished one full book. I'm hoping I can have a good list of finished books by the time I conk out - and to achieve this goal, I plan on limiting myself to books that are around 150 pages or so, and are quick and easy reads . . .

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie


Title: Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

Author: Jordan Sonnenblick

Pages: 273

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary: From first-time novelist Jordan Sonnenblick, a brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh and break their hearts at the same time.

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.

My Thoughts:  This book is amazing!! I read it with my 6th grade class during my first year teaching. It goes into some serious stuff, but it maintains its wit and comicality, so despite the heavy topics, it's still an enjoyable read. All of my students were really into the book, completely engrossed in the audio read aloud while following along with their own paper copy - I tell you, it's an amazing thing to see 20 sixth grade students turn book pages in unison like that, with everyone so caught up in the storyline.

I'm not usually into audio books, but this book's audio version is fantastic. The narrator is great! He changes up his voice well for all the different characters, and he pulls off the 13-year-old's sense of humor perfectly! 

I'm very thankful for the humorous tone in this book - stories with this kind of topic can really take their toll on me, but Steven's mildly sardonic tone kept it light enough for me so that I wasn't too overwhelmed. It was very interesting reading some of his thoughts on the common reactions people have when they find out someone has cancer, and how those reactions are usually the opposite of what the people going through such an awful situation really want or need to hear.

A lot of good discussions can come out of this book . . .

I highly recommend this one!!