Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spring 2015 Read-a-Thon (Final Post)

End of Event Meme:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Maybe Hour 19? I felt like I could stay up all night in Hour 18, but then I just crashed that next hour. I never did get to finish The One and Only Ivan :(

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

All of the books I read for the readathon were great choices . . . I highly recommend Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie . . . and I love reading graphic novels during the readathon, to give my eyes a bit of a break

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Well, I didn't really do much of the online stuff this time, so I can't say anything about that . . . I had a great time just reading, though!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The cheerleaders were great! Always active! It's nice to have someone swing by your blog and leave a comment . . . something as simple as that is great motivation to stay involved and keep reading. Awesome job, cheerleaders!

5. How many books did you read?

I only finished 1 book from start to finish, but I finished up a couple of books of mine that I'd started before the readathon . . . all in all, I think I read 617 pages . . . not my best, but I'm happy that I moved 3 books off my to-read list . . . I'm going to continue my own personal mini-readathon today and finish up Ivan, get through Koko Be Good, and possibly read some stories from My True Love Gave to Me :-)

6. What were the names of the books you read?

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Blankets by Craig Thompson
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie!!!! You all have to read it! It goes into some serious stuff (the main character's 5-year-old brother is diagnosed with leukemia), but it also goes into the common trials and tribulations of a middle-schooler, and the main character has such a great sense of humor. It's a really wonderful read . . .

8. Which did you enjoy least?

I don't think I can pick a least favorite . . . I enjoyed them all

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Not a cheerleader, but I'd really like to be one sometime, maybe in the next readathon?

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Very likely! I love Dewey's 24-hour readathon!! For the next one, I would really like to visit more blogs and participate in some memes. I'm seriously thinking of being a cheerleader for the October readathon.

Spring 2015 Read-a-Thon (Update #2)

Well, I'm still at it . . . lying in bed, reading, while my beagle snores away beside me.

So far I have read:

Among the Hidden (153 pages) . . .

I finished the last 166 pages of Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie . . .

I read the last 133 pages of Blankets . . .

And I am now about 1/4 of the way through The One and Only Ivan

They've all been fun and easy reads, perfect for a readathon.

I'm not feeling too tired right now . . . I may actually make it to the end!!

I hope I can at least finish The One and Only Ivan and even possibly make it through all of Koko Be Good

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring 2015 Readathon (Update #1)

Mid Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick (Amaaaazing! Loving it!). If you're into audio books, this book has a great one - the narrator is so funny!

2. How many books have you read so far?

I read 1 whole book(!) (Among the Hidden) from start to finish (153 pages) and now I'm finishing up DG&DP, which I was already halfway through before the readathon.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon?

The One and Only Ivan - I've been wanting to read that one for a while - and it looks like it'll be a really quick read, so maybe it'll help me feel like I actually accomplished something in this readathon. 

I've also been thinking about reading Koko Be Good because it's kind of been a readathon tradition of mine to read at least 1 graphic novel (I do plan on finishing Blankets today, but I only have about 100 pages left of that one, so I'm not sure that counts . . .)


4. Have you had many interruptions?

A few - I went to go get my car serviced today, and I went into work to make up some hours, but I mostly read during those times ;)

5. What surprises you most about the readathon, so far?

No surprises, so far - I knew from past experience in the 24-hour readathon that I wouldn't get much reading done in the first half. Nightime's my best time for reading!

Spring 2015 Read-a-Thon (First Post)

Opening Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? the mountains of North Carolina
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The One and Only Ivan
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Cheese Fries!!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm a 6th grade special education teacher (and I'm typing up this post while at work on a Saturday to make up those snow days we had in February - my work plan today is to read the books I'll be reading with my kids starting next week ;- D
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'm being much more casual about the readathon this year. I'm going to read as much as I can and try to finish a few books that I've started a while back, but other than that, I'm not setting any actual goals. I just want to have fun!!
Right Now: I have started reading Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I know that's not in the pile of books I posted about a few days ago for the readathon. I made a last minute decision yesterday to read this book with my resource class starting on Monday. I'm taking advantage of today to get it all read before then. 
I'm loving it! This story has so many good class discussion opportunities. I hope my kids will love it too . . .

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon for Spring 2015 (Reading List)

Usually, I try and set a goal for the readathon (such as a specific number of books I want to complete from start to finish, or at least a certain number of pages I want to read), but for this readathon, I'm just going to have fun and read whenever I can during those 24 hours from 8:00am Saturday to 8:00am Sunday.

The book pile I'll be pulling from includes:

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie
The One and Only Ivan
My True Love Gave to Me

Pretty much all of these books are ones that I've already started but haven't finished, so I guess I'm using this readathon to catch up. Of course, I may not stick with just these books. I have 200+ books in my room I can pick from to read!