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!

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More*original stories from an original man*

Seven short stories -written for Mr. Dahl’s adult audience- will make readers cry, laugh, ponder, and possibly even comment “how odd” aloud! Henry Sugar’s determination to seeing without using his eyes to the true account of how a buried Roman treasure was found, and how the author sold his very first story, hint at the range of what’s inside this book.

Wars in Toyland by Joe Harris, Adam Pollina, Brent McCarthy, and Nolan Woodward

Wars in Toyland*war isn’t pretty unless it’s drawn well*

A graphic novel aimed at adults but would be equally appropriate for teens, this book has charm, style, wit, and a message (that isn’t too message-y). Younger brother Matthew follows his toy soldiers into toy box after his big brother Alex goes missing. Having already earned the respect of his toys, Captain Matthew leads his troops through a strange yet familiar landscape in hopes of defeating the evil Rottenstuffs and find his brother. It sounds simple but this gnovel has so much to offer. If you don’t want to consider the underlying moral to the story, feel free to stay on the surface of this book by admiring the artwork and appreciating the puns. Either way, I’m guessing you’ll be like me and find yourself happily surprised by what you find.

Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison

Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America*even war can’t stop teen troubles*

Joan Wehlen grew up in the Chicago area in the years leading up to and during World War II. She was encouraged to write by more than one teacher -and she loved doing it- so it shouldn’t be a surprise that she kept a diary. In these chronologically organized entries, Joan mostly talks about school and boys, but she also mentions world events. Sprinkled with her own drawings and personal photographs, this book provides a first person account of a time gone by.

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon… After Hours

Almost! I almost made it! I missed the last four hours… I feel asleep a little after 3 a.m. and I’m feeling okay about it; there’s just a small tinge of regret, not a super big tinge.

Here’s my final mini challenge -and I’ll add my books to the database later today:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 20 -when I decided sleep was equal to reading (gasp!) and went to bed.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
United We Spy by Ally Carter, Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson or From The Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin -a YA, children’s, non-fiction, fiction (in that order) are all recent books I’ve found hard to put down.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think it’s amazingly well-organized! I say, “keep up the great work!”
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The mini-challenges were very clever.
5. How many books did you read?
Five books and two graphic novels.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
United We Spy, The Moffats, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Goliath, Home Front Girl, Chi’s Sweet Home vol 10, Wars in Toyland
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I enjoyed them all for different reasons.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Nothing I didn’t like in this group.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I tried to cheer -I hope did well but I think I’ll be looking for advice on doing better myself.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I enjoy this whole event -the thinking about what books/snacks/mini challenges- and the 24-hour, indulgent feeling of pushing everything aside to read/snack/and see what other book nerds are up to… I’m ready to go again! And I’d like to give Cheerleading another try. (So if other cheerleaders out there have tips -I’d love to hear ’em!)

And a BIG Congratulations to all the hardy folk who made it to the end!!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon… Hour Eighteen!

Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America

Hour 18 will be know (by me) as the hour I finished Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison. I’m fascinated by World War II and what it was like to live on the Home Front. I love finding fiction and non-fiction books about War Brides and the women on both sides of the Atlantic who joined the military service in any of the ways they were allowed. Recipes, fashions, rationing… you name a topic that connects with WWII and I’m pretty sure I’ll be willing to read a book about it! And I mean it -feel free to name me a topic or a book about WWII and I’ll find it/read it/we’ll chat! I say “thanks!” ahead of time!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon… Hour Thirteen!

The mini challenge for this hour has lots and lots of questions! I’m going to have to work on it for a while… In the meantime, I’ll mention that I finished my short story collection!

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl. Mr. Dahl has quite the imagination!

Best Book of Your Reading Year
I’m always hoping the next one is the best one -no matter how much I liked the last one. Does that make sense?

Best YA Book of Your Reading Year
I read Swagger recently and really enjoyed it!

Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year
Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year
The Sound and the Furry

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Possibility Dogs

Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year
A Confusion of Princes

Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series

Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year
The Moffats

… all of these answers? May change at a moment’s notice!