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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Day! 10/17/15


 

 

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Good Morning Readers! Today is the big day…and I have a schedule full of football games and a trip to the apple farm. So, I probably won’t get much reading in until after 5 today. I am going to have the best of both worlds-family fall fun day AND readathon! Lucky me. So, on to the Pre-Party introductions.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am going to be reading from chilly Cleveland, Ohio

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I must admit, I did not plan at all for this event. I am excited to read the last volume of Fables by Bill Willingham, but beyond that, my reading will be a surprise to all!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I cannot wait to get an apple fritter the size of my head at the apple farm!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am the Teen Librarian at Rocky River Public Library and I love my job. I am slightly obsessed with the show Supernatural (Cas and Crowley are my favorites). I have a dog named Kevin. I can not imagine a life without coffee and cheese.

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?

This is not my first rodeo. What I have learned in the past is to just have fun. Also, pick short books and books you don’t mind skimming just a little. Seriously, this is not the time to savor!

I’m off to stand in the cold for 8 hours. I’ll me back this evening.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Hours 1-6

So far I have managed a grand total of 30 minutes of listening to my audiobook, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I also saw my nephew score his team’s only touchdown and got my apple fritters at the orchard. I’m saving those for later!

Hour 7-10

You guys, it actually snowed. Football game #2 was a freezing affair, but we stayed warm with all the cheering we got to do. Nephew #2 was the star of his game too! I managed another 30 minute of Furiously Happy.

Hour 11

I am finally home and ready to focus on reading. I am going to start easy with some graphic novels. But first, a mini-challenge. Actually, my first mini-challenge and it’s an easy one. Fig and Thistle is doing a poll: pumpkin spice, yea or nay? I apologize for the creepy hoodie, but I am still cold! I say, yes to pumpkin spice, even in sausage. I have a lovely locally made pumpkin and walnut bratwurst that is delish. Ok, off to read. Lumberjanes, vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson, you’re up first.

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Hour 12

It’s time for a mid-event survey.

1. What are you reading right now?

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

2. How many books have you read so far?

Just the one so far.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

My entire first part of the day was an interruption. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How quickly an hour passes by!

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon October 18, 2014

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Good morning! It’s time for another Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Like last year, I will posting everything here throughout the day on one giant post, so scroll down for the new stuff! We like to start the day with a little getting to you sessions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am reading in Cleveland, Ohio, where it is gray and rainy and cold. the PERFECT weather for a read-a-thon, if you ask me!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I have been hoarding books like crazy for weeks now! I am starting the day off with The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

It is now tradition that the day starts with fancy coffee and breakfast sandwiches at out local coffeeshop. I also have some honey sesame stick to contribute. Stacey was on snack duty this time, so it will be a surprise to me.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am a Teen Librarian and I love my job. When I am not facilitating a book club or making candy sushi, I am usually at home with my neurotic dog, Kevin. I usually enjoy gardening, but this year it just didn’t happen and the weeds took over. I will be spending all next wee resisting the urge to set fire to my back yard! I like to putz around in the kitchen and am excited for the arrival of soup season. I am often found reading AND watching tv at the same time, but I do love disconnecting everything and hitting the mat for some yoga. This is my seventh time participating!
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 feel like a seasoned read-a-thoner by now and I can finally say, that this is one unpredictable day! I haven’t completed 24 hours in ages and this year may be no different. We’ll see what happens!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

It’s Hour 4 already! I think it’s finally time to do a little update and participate in an mini-challenge. This hour’s mini-challenge is Quotable Quotes. I chose a quote from my first book of the day, The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. So far it is difficult to not compare it to Harry Potter.

HOUR 6 ALREADY?!? I am more than half way through my first book. I don’t really feel a big rush this time around. I am pausing for a mini-challenge, and then maybe a sandwich. This hour’s challenge is to name our read-a-thon. The Geeky Book Blogger is hosting this one. Using my stack of books I have decided to call my Read-a-thon: My Sister Can’t Talk About the Prophecy Read-a-thon. I used these books to get that name:

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins

Hour 8 is great! I just finished my first book, The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. What a major disappointment! Time to shake it off and move on. Next up, a nonfiction graphic novel. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast has been longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award for nonfiction. I hope I like it!

Hour 12!

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?

Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

2. How many books have you read so far?

I have finished one and 2/3 of a second, but it is very sad so I am taking mini breaks.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

El Deafo by Cece Bell

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Tons! I am not stressing out about this event. I have been enjoying my interruptions!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

That we are already half done!

Hour 14: my reading pal and I spent all of hour 13 and some of hour 14 having a lovely dinner. Now I am home and in jammies and ready to see how much longer I last. This hour’s mini-challenge is cover colors. I chose four that I have recently read that have red and black covers:

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Hour 16: I have finished by second book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. There were tears…I have moved on to my third book of the event, Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This hour’s challenge is a Pet Parade! This is Kevin. This is actually one of the first pictures I took of him after bringing him home from the shelter. He is a three-year-old golden retriever/chow mix. He is a hot mess of neuroses and fear, but he has made lots of progress in our 2 years together!

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Mondays with Megan Readathon Review 4/28/14

Happy Monday *yawn* *reaches for more coffee*! This weekend I participated in my sixth Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. I love this online reading challenge for so many reasons. First and foremost because it is an excuse to sit around and read all day (and night) long. I also love the online camaraderie it builds as you explore new blogs and complete mini challenges. And if I am being completely honest, I kind of love the excuse to snack. Snacks are important. Anyway. I made it to Hour 18 this year and finished 5 and 2/3 books. Sound like fun? Consider signing up for the October challenge!

Here’s a quick check-in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for another round of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Finished:

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  • The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S King-this is her debut novel and the last of her books that I needed to read. Emer Morrisey is pirate who is cursed to live the life of 100 dogs. When the curse is fulfilled she is able to pick up where she left of. Sort of. This was an odd and entertaining book and I enjoyed it, but I am glad this was not my introduction to A.S. King.
  • Nantucket Red by Leila Howland is the sequel to Nantucket Blue. The story picks up shortly after the end of the first book with Cricket and her boyfriend (no spoilers!). The new relationship comes with complications and to add to that Cricket needs to plan for college. I know that is vague! I really enjoyed the continuation of Cricket’s story. This is a fun summer romance, but start with the first book!
  • Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs is a lovely and charming debut novel. Gloria is a collector of the written word. She signs up for a summer workshop at the local college that offers a mysterious sounding class called Secrets of the Written Word. She leaves her dad, her best friend, and all connects to social media behind and embarks on a summer of discovery.
  • The Walking Dead vols 18-20 by Robert Kirkman. Brutal.
  • The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn. This book was recommended to me by a teen reader. I am glad she enjoyed it, but this book inspired rage in me. I am not ready to talk about it! Needless to say, I will not be reading the rest in the series.

Current Audio:

little brother accident

Currently Reading:

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On Deck:

enchantment messenger stuck in neutral

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon April 26, 2014

I am so excited to be participating again this year! Here is a quick Hour 0 check-in.

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Greetings from Cleveland, Ohio, where the sun is shining and we are going to have a beautiful spring day!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to reading Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs. I also have three Walking Dead volumes to catch up on.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to my traditional latte and breakfast sandwich to start the day. I also can’t wait to open the Cheez-Its. I never let myself have them because I kind of have a problem with them. But, today is a special occasion and hopefully my reading friend will help me eat them.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

My name is Megan and I am a YA Librarian in Rocky River, Ohio. I love reading, baseball, coffee, yoga, and gardening.This is my sixth time participating.
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 already done the one thing different for this time around. I went to bed early last night!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Hour 1: 8am-9am

Books: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (audio)
Listening: 45 minutes
Mini Challenge: Intro Meme

Hour 2: 9am-10am

Books: The Accident by Chris Pavone (audio), Breakfast Served Any Time by Sarah Combs
Mini Challenge: Leave a Quote @ Cautious.dk

Hour 3: 10am-11am

Books: Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
Mini Challenge: Book Puzzles @ Little Miss Reader

Hour 4: 11am-12pm

Books: The Walking Dead: What Comes Next, vol. 18 by Robert Kirkman, Breakfast Served Anytime.
Hour 5: 12pm-1pm
Total books completed: 1

Books: Breakfast Served Anytime, The Walking Dead: March to War, vol. 19
Mini Challenge: Book Puzzles @ One Librarian’s Book Reviews

Book Puzzles:

1.

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2.

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Hour 6: 1pm-2pm

Books: Breakfast Served Anytime
Mini Challenge: Best of the Reading Year @ Lisa’s World of Books

Best Romance of the Year: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Best Science Fiction of the Year: Vicious by V.E. Schwab and Cress by Marissa Meyer
Best Story Line of the Year: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence and More Than This by Patrick Ness.
Best Historical Fiction of the Year: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Best Mystery of the Year: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Hour 7: 2pm-3pm
Books: Breakfast Served Anytime
Mini Challenge: 6 Word Celebrations @ Estella’s Revenge
Total Books Read: 2

My 6 Word Celebration:

Dewey’s Readathon: highly anticipated, caffeine fueled book journey!

Hour 8: 3pm-4pm

Books: Walking Dead: March to War, vol, 19 by Robert Kirkman and The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
Mini Challenge: Bookish Brews @ Fig and Thistle
Total books read: 3

Sitting in a coffee shop drawing a complete blank on this challenge, so I offer you this pairing: chocolate covered espresso beans and Mindy McGinnis’s book, Not a Drop to Drink.

Hour 9: 4pm-5pm

Books: The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn and The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Hour 10: 5pm-6pm

Books: The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn and The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Mini Challenge: Shelfies @ The Book Monsters I am not at home, so here is a mini readathon shelf!

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Hour 11: 6pm-7pm

Books: The Bar Code Tattoo
Mini challenge: First Edition @ The Bluestockings

Hour 12: 7pm-8pm

Books: The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
Mini Challenge: Mid-Event Survey
Total books read: 4
Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? I am going to finish The Bar Code Tattoo this hour and continue reading The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
2. How many books have you read so far? 3!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I am thinking about picking up either Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell or Nil by Lynne Matson
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I just had to make sure I didn’t get scheduled to work this weekend.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Nope!
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Time is FLYING this time!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? So far so good!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I need more salty snacks.
9. Are you getting tired yet? My TWO large lattes are keeping me awake!
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 have a huge variety of books and I have been alternating between a couple books at a time instead of plowing straight through one at a time.

Hour 13: 8pm-9pm DINNER!

Hour 14: 9pm-10pm All Audio Hour!

Books: The Accident by Chris Pavone and Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Mini Challenge: Name in Titles @ The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog

M-The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
EElsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
G-The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
A-The Accident by Chris Pavone
NNil by Lynne Matson

Hour 15: 10pm-11pm

Books: The Walking Dead: All Out War, vol. 20 by Robert Kirkman
Total books read: 5

Hour 16: 11pm-12am

Books: Nil by Lynne Matson
Mini challenge: Page 35, sentence 3 @ Bibliophibian

Talla was paddling out, mouth closed. Her lips were pressed together in a thin line of disapproval. I couldn’t blame her; this was the third time today that she’s had to come out here and save my sorry behind. It seemed like I was never going to get the hang of this. The others made it look so easy, but I guess I am just not cut out for the glamorous world of water ski shows.

Hour 17: 12am-1am

Books: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Hour 18: 1am-2am

Books: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Hour 19: 2am-3am Throwing in the towel!

Total books: 5 + 65% of a 6th. So close…

It’s been fun! See you in October!

~Megan

 End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 18!
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith and The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? You guys are doing great! Keep up the good work!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  5. How many books did you read? 5 2/3
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Breakfast Served Any Time, The Walking Dead vol 18-20, The Bar Code Tattoo and The Geography of You and Me
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Geography of You and Me
  8. Which did you enjoy least? The Bar Code Tattoo
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I can’t wait to be a reader again!

 

 

Mondays With Megan 3/31/14

Happy Last Monday of March! I don’t know you guys, but here in Cleveland March came in like a lion and went out like one too! I did not appreciate that random blizzard on Saturday. Lots of exciting things are going on these days. Last week I added another dog to the mix and I officially have a pack. Maggie was reunited with her big brother Murphy. These two are my sister’s dogs and they are hanging with me for a while. They make my dog Kevin normal (I don’t mean make him look normal, they actually make him BE normal). It’s weird. In exciting book news, it’s time to sign up for another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! YES! Time to start a Readathon TBR pile for April 26th. Finally, I managed to bust out of my reading slump. So here is a quick check in:

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.

Finished:

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  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys was my Random Reads pick for March. I loved this book so much. I already posted a full review, so please check it out if you are interested.
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is another one that has been on my TBR list for a long time. She brings back the soulless predator vampires and I am a fan.
  • Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster was a random audio pick. This is my first book by this author. It seems that her fans seriously disliked this one. I found it strange, but entertaining. It’s the story of the Bishop sisters. Middle sister Reagan is a snobby, judgmental, stick in the mud, until a bizarre thing happens and she gets some much-needed perspective.
  • Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is the 2014 Newbery Award winner. It is the illustrated adventures of a lonely girl and a squirrel with super powers. Quite adorable!

Current Audio:

siege and storm million suns

I am working my way through some series! Currently I have two book twos: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and A Million Suns by Beth Revis.

 Currently Reading:

grasshopper jungle far from you universe versus code name

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith is the current IT book. Far From You by Tess Sharpe is my current e-galley. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence is my current Teen’s Choice selection and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is a reread for my high school book club.

On Deck:

chasers matian half bad more than this

Happy Reading!

 

 

Dewey Mini-Challenges 10/12/13

One of the things that makes the Dewey read-a-thon so much fun is all of the mini-challenges. The hosts have found 24 bloggers willing to provide readers with a little break and a chance to win prizes. Participating in all of them would take forever, but I usually pick a few throughout the day.

Hour 3 Mini-challenge:  A Puzzling Challenge hosted by Just One More Thing

This cover puzzle challenge was fun. I got all but one! If you know what the book in the bottom row the with boy and the suitcase is, please let me know. It’s driving me crazy!

Back to the books for now!
Hour 7 Mini-Challenge: Book Mad Libs hosted by Nisa Be Praised

United We Spy page 109, paragraph 7

Before:

There was a small, basic lock on my door. It seemed out of place in that high-security fortress; but I turned it anyway and backed away slowly, hoping that whoever has shot the ambassador wouldn’t care about me. I was a visitor-a kid. There was nothing trapped inside of me that anybody wanted anymore. I was nothing, I told myself.

After:

There was a happy, annoyed lock on my ball. It seemed out of place in that high-security couch; but I turned it anyway and danced away swimmingly, hoping that whoever has coughed the dentist wouldn’t care about me. I was a dog-a kid. There was nothing slumbering inside of me that anybody wanted anymore. I was nothing, I told myself.

Hour 10: Book Trailers hosted by Jehara

I want the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld to be a movie SO. BAD. In the meantime, there are some really spectacular book trailers out there. Here is one:

Holy cow, it’s already Hour 12! This mini-challenge is a survey.

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

I am rocking this read-a-thon! I am well (but not overly) caffeinated. I am a little stiff and ready to move to a new location. My eyes are fine, but I am planning to switch to glasses when I get home.
2) What have you finished reading?

United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Hypnotist by Gordon Korman
Chi’s Sweet Home vol. 10 by Konami Katana
Wars in Toyland by Joe Harris

3) What is your favorite read so far?

United We Spy! A great end to a favorite series!

4) What about your favorite snacks?

I haven’t done any snacking, but my lunch was delicious and I am ready for some Chinese food for dinner!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

I haven’t visited any new blogs. Maybe later when I can’t concentrate on reading as well

 

Hour 13: The Year’s Best hosted by Lisa’s World of Books

I like this mini-challenge!

Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Best YA Book of Your Reading Year:

Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year: Joyland by Stephen King

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year: At Home by Bill Bryson

Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan

Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year: Winger by Andrew Smith

Best Main Character of Your Reading Year: Cammie Morgan, Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Best Author of Your Reading Year: A.S. King

Best Supporting Character of Your Reading Year: Wolf, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Best Cover of Your Reading Year: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Best Story Line of Your Reading Year: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

What are some of your favorites?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

It’s Dewey Time Again! 9/4/13

It is once again time to sign up for the Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon!

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I had a dismal showing last time around and I have no one to blame but myself. No more cousins night out the night before the read-a-thon! The first step is signing up. Next is squirreling away books and working out a strategy. And planning snacks, of course. My favorite part of the fall read-a-thon is the abundance of apple and pumpkin based snacks and beverages. I can’t wait! Who’s in?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan