Dewey’s Readathon — Mid Event Survey

dewey readathonAs shocked as I was when we made it to Hour 12, I was even more shocked when Hour 12 passed in the blink of an eye and I hadn’t done the mid-event survey yet!

I’ve had a pretty good readathon so far, though I accidentally took a nap around 3 o’clock (and kept getting distracted by NEEDLESS CONVERSATIONS WITH NON-BOOK-READING HUMANS). Still! Books have been devoured! Laughs have been laughed! MANY TEARS HAVE BEEN SHED.

Without further ado, the Mid Event Survey:

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How to Conquer A 24 Hour Readathon

Dewey’s October 24 Hour Readathon is finally upon us. Are you pumped? It’s three minutes until the starting gun fires (figuratively, we’re readers, we do things quietly) and I’m trying to finish my last minute preparations. Knocking back a yogurt. Brushing my teeth. Putting up this blogpost. Finally getting a pic of my readathon TBR.

So, how exactly do you conquer a 24 hour readathon?

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#TackleTBR Update, Day 1

Tackle Your TBR 2015The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings.

It runs for two weeks, in which we all hope to have a blast with challenges, giveaways, and, most importantly, a ton of reading! See all the details, sign up, see the full schedule, and enter the giveaway here and share your goals (if you didn’t on your sign-up) here 

I accidentally got a lot of reading done on Day 1. I say accidentally because while I fully meant to be a productive member of society yesterday, I basically shirked all my responsibilities in order to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson in one sitting.

Hoping to make a dent in these two #books today for the #TackleTBR #readathon. 📚👍🏻

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Well, a dent was definitely made. I really enjoyed it! Will Grayson, Will Grayson basically took all the things I like about John Green’s and David Levithan’s writing and kind of … balanced out the qualities that I don’t like. At first, I had a really difficult time with it because the narrators were so teenage and ~angry at the world~ just reading the book had me in a bad mood. But gradually the Wills came out of their shells, saw the world and themselves more for what it is, and I ended up being really satisfied and delighted with the end result. (Tiny shouting for someone to write down the phone number of the gorgeous Will Grayson made me laugh so hard at the end.) Solid book, and I think it’s probably my favorite of the John Green books I have read!

Anyway, here’s the official roundup:

Monday, September 14th (Day 1)

Challenge: There weren’t any! Though, if there was a challenge to maintain a productive home life while participating in the readathon, yeah, failed that. (I did manage to give both the dogs baths as well! That’s something!)
Read: Read ~270 pages of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and finished it!
Pages Read: 270
Books Finished: 1

Total Pages Read: 270
Finished Books: 1

Goals for Day 2? I started to read The Bookshop last night and was either too tired or too brain dead, but I couldn’t even comprehend the first two paragraphs. Seriously, I reread them so many times. So I switched over to a different book, None of the Above. I’ll try that today, but I don’t think I’ll be spending the hours and hours reading like I did yesterday. I’ve got a really good idea I want to write about, and I’ve got astronomy classes to be working on! If I read ~60-100 pages of another book today, I’ll be satisfied.

Is anyone else out there doing the #TackleTBR readathon? How did your first day go? And — have you read Will Grayson, Will Grayson? What did you think? What’s your favorite John Green book?

The Endless Possibilities Readathon!

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News flash: I am in a reading SLUMP. And a writing slump. Just a general slump. Lately, I’ve had all the motivation and creative drive of a wet towel on the bathroom floor. Wadded up. Damp. No good for anything. Didn’t even make it to the laundry basket. Just a towel on the floor.

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So, because of this slump, I haven’t finished a book since the very beginning of May. When Tina the Bookworm posted about this Endless Possibilities readathon, I thought it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get myself reading again!

The readathon runs Thursday through Saturday, June 4th through the 6th, and is basically an excuse to read as much as you can and chisel a (hopefully sizable) dent in your TBR list. Sign ups are here, there’s a Facebook group, and the only other rules are to post your intended reads ahead of time! So, here goes —

My Endless Possibilities Readathon Picks

uprootedcoverUprooted, Naomi Novik

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

Even though I have no conceivable idea how to pronounce “Agneiszka”, I’m looking forward to reading this. It’s my first ever book from NetGalley, chosen almost entirely because the cover is magnificent, and I hope I like it. I’m always up for a good fantasy — wizards and dragons? Exactly my kind of story.

The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelsonskyeverywhere

Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

I’ll Give You The Sun, Nelson’s second book, was nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful, so I figure if there’s any book liable to lift me from my limp-damp-towel-state and crack me back into shape (I’m hilarious), this should be it! If it’s half as gorgeous and visceral as Sun, it’ll be an amazing book.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind

perfumeIn the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

WELL THAT’S A CHANGE OF PACE, ISN’T IT? My friend Courtney was pushing for me to read this during the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, but I just didn’t get to it. It’s nice to pick a bunch of different tones and genres for a readathon, though, to keep things varied and interesting, so I’m slapping it on my TBR for this event — I’m sure I’ll love it, it sounds messed up, which I have a frightening tendency to enjoy … Plus, the cover is so beautiful.

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So, there you have it! My Readathon picks. (I’m hoping I don’t completely forget I signed up for this, and wake up June 7th with the vague inkling I’ve forgotten something…) Are you doing the Endless Possibilities Readathon? Even if not, what’s next on your TBR? Leave a comment, let’s talk!

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Hour 10 Readathon Mini-Challenge: Plan a Bookish Party!

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Hey, everyone! I’ve participated in the Dewey’s Readathon for a couple of years now, but have never hosted a mini-challenge before — this should be lots of fun! So, put your books aside for a moment, take a few blinks to get your eyes refocused, DRINK SOME WATER BECAUSE I BET YOU’RE NOT DRINKING ENOUGH, and come on in for a party!

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Acid Pops for a Harry Potter Party, by blog.booturtle.com

I love hosting themed parties. Every holiday, birthday, every premiere or finale of a TV show, you can bet I’m putting out a themed spread. One year for my birthday, my friends and I had a Lord of the Rings marathon, where we watched all three extended editions in one (very long) sitting. I had water bottles labeled Ent Draught, toasted naan for Lembas bread, and served a chicken and dumpling stew for dinner, like what I imagined the hobbits might eat along the road! YUM.

Peeta's Stuffed Cheese Buns, for a Hunger Games Party, by yammiesnoshery
Peeta’s Stuffed Cheese Buns, for a Hunger Games Party, by yammiesnoshery

Now, I extend a similar challenge to you. Choose a favorite book and plan a party around it. It doesn’t have to be a book you’ve read in this readathon. Either comment to this post, or make a blog post of your own and leave a link, with your answers to the following questions:

What book is your party themed around?

What food will you serve?

What’s your signature drink?

What games will you play?

What party favors will you send home with your guests?

Mandrake Cakes for a Harry Potter party. Go to this post, everything is AMAZING.
Mandrake Cakes for a Harry Potter party. Go to this post, everything is AMAZING.

For example, if I was to throw a Harry Potter themed party, snacks would include pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and sprinkles for wands, jelly beans for Bertie Botts, and maybe jello in little plastic cauldrons for Potions experiments gone awry! The signature drink would be Butterbeer, of course, and for games we might try out some Quidditch, or I’d set up an obstacle course based on the Philosopher’s Stone’s protective spells! (I can get so detailed about this, you don’t even want to know — I have planned so many Harry Potter parties in my head.) As for favors, everyone goes home with parchment and quills and stuffed animal owls, so they can keep in touch!

Feel free to add more answers, too, like what the invitations will look like, or what music you’ll put on — if you make a blog post, add pictures of bookish parties!

Whatever you do: Be sure to include your email address in your comment so, if you’re picked as a winner, you can be contacted!

The challenge will go on for three hours, until Hour Thirteen (8pm EST). A winner will be crowned at random, notified by email (so, again, be sure to include it!!), and will be able to choose a prize from the Dewey’s Readathon prize list. Happy party planning!

Here are some more parties, for inspiration!

Hunger Games Party by blog.hwtm.com/
Hunger Games Party by blog.hwtm.com
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43 Ways to Add Literary Charm to Your Wedding by popsugar
40 Popular Children's Book Birthday Parties by tipjunkie
40 Popular Children’s Book Birthday Parties by tipjunkie

UPDATE: THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW OVER (AS OF 8 PM EST). THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! I WANT TO GO TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR PARTIES!!!