Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

*don’t look back, change your now*

In the town of Never Better, a mysteriously small and almost impossible to find place -in person or on a map, Jeremy Johnson Johnson can hear voices of the dead. Jeremy isn’t bothered by it -and why should he be? Jeremy copes with stranger things in his everyday world, including the fact that his Mom left town with a complete stranger and never returned without one word of explanation, ever. A father whose spirit was so crushed by his wife’s desertion he can’t cope with anything or anyone. And owning a bookstore that is stocked only with the books his grandfather wrote -just the two and no more. How lucky that Jeremy’s ghost is Jacob Grimm, one half of the well-respected Grimm Brothers who spent years gathering fairy tales for future generations! Or could it be that Jacob has an agenda of his own? When Jeremy’s classmate Ginger. leader of the popular girls and consistent instigator of mischief, decides to begin including Jeremy in the fun, it might just be impossible for him to resist -or for him to remain unchanged.

Fairy tales, dark ghost stories, changing what was into what you want it to be, and tangled relationships give this story more than its fair share of reasons to be read by all ages. The end is sweetly sad and satisfying.


Dewey’s Read-a-Thon -the end (for now)!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I didn’t make it -boo! So the hour in which my eyelids won the war and shut the party down would be my most daunting -and that was around 4:20? Rats!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I did not read them this weekend but I would suggest the Gone series by Michael Grant or the Gallagher series by Ally Carter for teen books or the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn or Elinor Lipman books for adults.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I thought you all did a wonderful, wonderful job! So organized!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I loved the pre-read-a-thon prep postings!
5. How many books did you read?
I finished one audio (started two more -home and car), one magazine, two graphic novels, and five books.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
In order: Between Shades of Gray, Babymouse: the Musical, Time Cat, Entertainment Weekly, Relish, Just One Day, A Beautiful Blue Death, Aesop’s Fables, Once Upon a Flock.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Who can pick a favorite?
8. Which did you enjoy least?
I’d say there weren’t any bad books in my list. Each one of these books gave me something to consider.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not a cheerleader this year… maybe in the future?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will! Each time I get a better idea of how to make this positive experience even more positive -I’ll be back as a participant for sure!

finished stack the completed reads!

Bonus: My favorite snack? S’mores Bark!

smores bark

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon -the list

A mostly complete list of the titles I’ve gathered as potential read-a-thon books. I wonder how many I’ll finish?

between shades of gray by ruta sepetys
daughter of smoke and bone by lani taylor
jeeves and the feudal spirit by p.g. wodehouse
how right you are, jeeves by p.g. wodehouse
cesar millan’s short guide to a happy dog by cesar millan

carry on, jeeves by p.g. wodehouse
the longing by beverly lewis
confusion of princes by garth nix

just one day by gayle forman
shakespeare saved my life by laura bates
white wind blew by james markert
the one-way bridge by cathie pelletier
from the kitchen of half truth by maria goodin

library books:
time cat by lloyd alexander
over sea, under stone by susan cooper
ghost of summer by eve bunting
also know as by robin benway
poison by bridget zinn
17 & gone by nova ren suma
rotten by michael northrop
once upon a flock by lauren scheuer
*big kids*
wedding night by sophie kinsella
tapestry of fortunes by elizabeth berg
the house at the end of hope street by menna van praag
*graphic novels*
heads or tails by lili carre
dotter of her father’s eye by mary m. talbot
what it is by lynda barry
picture this by lynda barry
relish by lucy knisley

from my personal library:
the moffats by eleanor estes
mary poppins by p.l. travers
babymouse by jennifer l. holm
the complete brambly hedge by jill barklem
home front girl by joan wehlen morrison
legend by marie lu
*big kids*
the wartime house by mike brown and carol harris
imperfect bliss by susan fales-hill
the little women letters by gabrielle donnelly

A good plan can make *all* the difference!

Here comes Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, a 24-hour period of time that is devoted solely to reading! That’s right fellow book nerds -a full 24 hours filled with nothing but consuming words in whatever way makes you happy! (including -but not limited to- audio, kids, teen, adult, graphic novels, newspapers, magazines, picture books, and so on and so forth- just so long as there’s a story in there somewhere) This won’t be my first time at the read-a-thon rodeo, nor will it be my last -yee haw! And each time I learn some new, valuable lesson about how to make it: a) more fun and b) more productive… Here are a few of the things that I’m going to do this time with an eye to creating the best experience possible. (feel free to choose any or all – to try out for size or adapt to suit your own needs)

1. Start by checking out your existing TBR pile. This is a good time to pull out some of the books that keep looking good by you haven’t made time to read yet. Acknowledge now that you might wind up skimming some of them, getting the basic idea but you won’t be pondering every blessed word.

2. Select a wide variety of reading levels (kids, teen, adult) in a variety of formats (audio, graphic novels, magazines) and genres (all kinds of fiction, nonfiction) but try not to make any of them overly long. The more titles you’re able to finish, the more satisfaction you feel!

3. Snacks! Again, good variety is key. Salty, sweet, crunchy, or smooth, are all good choices but try not to make it all your choices carbs or sleep will win sooner rather than later. Try to work some protein into the mix. Don’t forget plenty of water and coffee!

4. Get outside a couple times, short or long walks -whatever you’re feeling- and you can listen while you stroll. (and maybe work off some of the snacks)

5. Be ready to feel horrible around 4am -it’s when you start to really feel tired but there’s still four. more. hours. to. go! This is a good time for a brisk walk -with a friend!- outside or a stroll around your house if you’re alone.

Bonus: And one of the most valuable lessons I learned last time? Don’t pick a book that you’ve been dying to read. You’ll just feel sad that it’s over so soon and you didn’t take your time to enjoy each precious page.

Interested? Sign up! It’ll be fun!

See you at 8am sharp on Saturday, April 27th…