Dewey’s Read-a-thon … hour twenty-four!

End of Event Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I don’t think it was the length of time as much as I hadn’t done a great job of picking books to read -and I’ve been reading lots and lots of big books for a committee recently- so I just felt done reading earlier than I wanted. I’m still going to be reading big committee books in October… I’ll be taking suggestions and looking for the right books much much earlier!

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I love the Gone series by Micheal Grant, anything by Rosemary Clement-Moore, Deanna Raybourn, Lauren Willig, or Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I said it before -I’ll say it again! I am so impressed by how smoothly and well organized the whole event is for readers! I can’t begin to imagine how much work this is for those in charge!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
It all looked great from this side -seamless!

5. How many books did you read?
I read 3 picture books, 2 graphic novels, 2 books, and 1 book of cartoons (sort of cartoons -I just don’t know what to call it really.)

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Redwoods by Jason Chin, The Numberlys by William Joyce and Christina Ellis, The Sandman by William Joyce, The Reason for Dragons by Chris Northrop and Jeff Stokely, Space Mountain by Disney Comics, A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper, Legend by Marie Lu, and Cattitudes by Victoria Roberts.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I really did like them all. No favorites -no kidding!

8. Which did you enjoy least?
see # 7 please

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
It definitely cuts down reading time -so know what you want out of the experience before you sign up. With that being said -I loved seeing all the different ways people approach the event and how the share what they’ve done/want to do. Such great ideas!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I love it and will definitely do it again! Each time I feel like I’ve learned something really helpful to make the next read-a-thon that much more exciting and rewarding… thank you for making it all possible!


Dewey’s Read-a-Thon… hour nineteen!

I had to stop reading for a little while -nothing sounded good. And then the couch pillow won me over for about 45mins… but I did get around to all the blogs assigned to my Team for cheering! I found so many good ideas! Now I’m reading a couple picture books to test the reading waters again -I hope my reading mojo is back!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon… hour twelve!!

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
I just -just!- finished Legend by Marie Lu… holy moly!

2. How many books have you read so far?
Two books, two graphic novels, and a sort of graphic novel…

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Harriet the Spy or Half Bad or Grasshopper Jungle or … any/all of them?

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
I made sure not to work the weekend and didn’t make other plans.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Nothing big -so it’s all easy peasy at this point but I’m feeling a reading wall coming up… When it hits I don’t know how long of a break I’ll need.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I’m not sure I’ve been surprised -but I’m always impressed at how well you’re able to organize such a huge event! *Applaud! Applaud!*

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think you’re doing a fantastic job!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
I need to do a better job of making a must read/want to read/maybe read list…

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Tired of sitting and a little tired of reading (gasp!) -please see #5.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
I’ve found lots of good ideas on other blogs that I’ll be attempting to use next time!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon… hour seven!

Estella’s Revenge is challenging read-a-thoners to provide a six word celebration of this magical 24-hour event… Here’s mine:

Dewey Do
Read, caffeinate, Read, snack, Read, READ!


And my read-a-thon update:

2 cups of coffee (one fancy one plain)
1 bagel with cream cheese and orange marmalade
1 hummus, cheese, pesto, sandwich
1 book
1 graphic novel


Dewey’s Read-a-Thon… hour six!

This mini-challenge comes courtesy: Lisa’s World of Books

Best Book of Your Reading Year
…I’ll come back to all the blank one spaces later -when I have my reading list in front of me…
Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year
I haven’t really read a straight up romance yet but I really enjoyed The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch
Best YA Book of Your Reading Year
Cress by Marrisa Meyer
Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year

Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year

Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year

Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year

Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year

Best Main Character of Your Reading Year

Best Author of Your Reading Year
Lauren Willig
Best Supporting Character of Your Reading Year

Best Cover of Your Reading Year
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
Best Character You Love To Have of Your Reading Year

Best Setting of Your Reading Year
The Civil War in I Shall be Near You by Erin Lindsey McCabe
Best Story Line of Your Reading Year

Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon … hour one!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m just outside of Cleveland, OH and it’s soooo sunny today! What a treat!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Who can pick a favorite child? I want to read them all -and then some more!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I did a bad job planning my snacks, so I guess maybe the Newman’s Own fig bars? (I’m on a total fig bar kick.)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m a big fan of watching home improvement shows but I am the opposite of handy around the house. I love to craft -and I’ll try any craft at least once! I’d rather snack than eat a meal. I love to read… but that one is kind of obvious, right?

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 done the read-a-thon before and I already know I have too many books… I like the whole deal!

Now.. let’s read!