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Morning Meanderings… A LONG Fun Day


Good morning!  Happy Sunday!  Hazah!  (I don’t know why I said that).  I made it to hour 17 yesterday of the Dewey Read-A-Thon (HAZAH!).  Not bad for someone who decided to participate at the last-minute.  :D

I listened to two audio books and started a third.  I finished one book.  The reason so much audio is because I could participate in the mini challenges while listening, and cook and do other things while listening.  It actually worked out wonderfully.  You will see those reviews up this week.

As for what came in this week, I am in audio heaven.  I finally have a few great audio contacts that keep me moving forward in my listening.  Thank you audio peeps!!!  I can not even tell you how excited that makes me.


The Art Of Secrets by James Klise – audio

The Summer Of Letting Go by Gae Polisner – audio

One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth – audio

Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy – audio

City Of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Save The Date by Mark May Andrews


Along with the Read-A-Thon yesterday I mentioned I was reading for charity and listed MS as that is what I am raising money for now for the bike ride I will be completing in June.  I was contributing by page count and minute count and I invited you all to feel free to sponsor my reading as well.

I wound up between my reading and those of you who sponsored me (Thank you!) with a total of $107.80 for MS!  HAZAH!  (There’s that word again!)

The winner from the people who sponsored me is:  Christina who will get to choose from one of the books I offered yesterday. 


And now I must get ready.  I am helping with a benefit dinner today for Camp Benedict that starts at noon.  I am heading now to help with the set up and will be back late afternoon.

Have a super Sunday!  Readathoners rest up today, or as I see today is overcast and rainy here… maybe I will come home to read my book.  :)




Dewey Read-A-Thon Update Post


This post is where I will update my participation in todays read-a-thon. (See my intro post and why I am reading today in the sticky post above this one – just click on home or the Book Journey header and it will take you there :) ) Most current info will be at the top:

I started at 7:00 am central time

current update time:  6:59pm

Current pages read:  72

Current audio listened to:  420 minutes

Currently Reading:  The Storied Life of A F Fickrey by Gabrielle Zevin

Listening to: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green ♥♥♥♥♥

Books/audio completed:  WOO HOO!!!

Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

Hour 12 – Mid Event Meme

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?  The Storied Life of A J Fikry
2. How many books have you read so far? 2 1/2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? not sure yet… I have quite a pile here ;)
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?  Nope – just turned out I could stay at home and hubby was gone all day.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  No, went to town once to get dinner but listened to audio on the way
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  Nothing really, it has been very relaxing
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope – everyone is doing fantastic.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Asa reader I would consider getting away to a hotel or to our cabin to have complete quiet.  I have two bouncing dogs here that have been a bit nutty chasing each other around the house. 
9. Are you getting tired yet?  Nope
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?  Not really – I have played many roles in the past read a thons and I think everyone is doing an awesome job. 

Hour 11- Mini Challenge – First Editions



Hour 10 Mini Challenge – Shelfie


Hour 9 Mini Challenge – On Food and Books

When our book club read Reconstructing Amelia I was in charge of a main dish.  In the book, Amelia’s favorite place to eat was Hibachi.  I figured why not?  So I did a little research and made a delicious Hibachi dish.  Here is that recipe:



4-6 skinless chicken breasts

1 large onion sliced

3 -4 Zucchini Squash

2 yellow squash

3 cups mushrooms (I bought the pre sliced from the produce area of the grocery store)

2 cans drained bean sprouts ( or 3 cups fresh)

2 colored peppers (I used red and yellow – these are optional)

soy sauce


salt and pepper

lemon juice

sesame seeds

olive oil

Slice chicken into bite size pieces and set aside. 

Take the mushrooms and slice into bite size pieces and set aside. 

Slice the onion, squash, and peppers into strips of bite size pieces, keep separate from the mushrooms.

Place a tablespoon of olive oil in two separate large fry pans.  Over medium high heat heat the oil in both pans.  In one pan place the chicken, in the other pan place the vegie mix of onion, squash and peppers.  Place 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of butter over the chicken.  Add salt and pepper. Place two tablespoons of soy sauce and a tablespoon of butter over the vegies.  Saute the vegie pan while occasionally stirring the cooking chicken pan.

When chicken is done (about 8-10 minutes), vegies should be done as well.  Take the vegies off the hot burner and set aside.  Take the chicken and slide it to one side of the pan sprinkling it with a little lemon juice and then sprinkle on sesame seeds over the chicken.  In the other half of the pan place a tablespoon of butter and as it melts stir in the mushrooms.  Put a little soy sauce over the mushrooms.  When mushrooms are cooked, mix it with the chicken and add the rest of the vegies from the other pan.  gently toss the mixture over medium heat for a couple of minutes. 

Place chicken vegie mix into a large serving pan. 

In the pan you just used for the chicken and vegie mix, place a tsp of olive oil and toss in the bean sprouts until they are hot.  place the bean sprouts on top of the chicken mix in the serving pan. 

Serve hot with the Hibachi Sauce.


Hour 8 Mini Challenge – Bookish Brews a Coffee Challenge


Hour 7 Mini Challenge – Six Word Celebration Mini-Challenge,


Cheer for Read-A-Thon!  It builds community!!!



Hour 6 Mini Challenge – Best Of Your Reading Year

Best Sci Fi book – The Martian (wow oh wow!)

Best non fiction - Love Life by Rob Lowe

Best fiction – Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes

Best mystery – Missing You by Harlan Coben


Hour 5 Mini Challenge – Book Puzzle (here is my effort)  :D


Name that book?  This is one I am reading today.  Here is the answer if you want to see if you were right.


Please remember that I am reading/listening for charity today – I am doing a 150 mile bike ride in June to raise money for MS, please consider donating to my efforts by using this link here.  I am giving away a book (above post) out of those who contribute to this important cause.  Every dollar helps :)






Dewey’s Read-A-Thon (late entry) Participant For Charity


Happy Dewey’s Read A Thon!

I did not decide until last night that I was doing this so hang on while I catch up. :)  I had a conflict today – a run actually that was going to keep me from this, however poor weather in the area stunted my training for this one, and it was supposed to be cold and rainy today so my friend and I had made the decision not to do the run.

And of course… it is sunny and not a cloud in the sky.

But no matter!  Once I wrapped my head around the idea of doing the read-a-thon, I became really excited.  I usually participate with helping with the mini challenges, or hosting, or cheer leading or a combo of all I just mentioned… and due to my lack of commitment… I get to just participate.


I kind of feel like Katniss today.




I did mention I was reading today for Charity.  There are a few charities I connect with through the year and this time of year I am usually raising funds for the MS 150 mile bike ride I participate in this June.  I ride with a group that raises money for MS.  If you look at my support page you can read more about it. 

My personal contribution I will make to this cause today is:

$1.00 for every 10 pages read

$1.00 for every 10 minutes of audio listened to

A bonus $5 per each book finished

Every comment on a Dewey post today (here) I will add 25 cents to the total.

I would LOVE your support on this reading day for MS.  If you feel called to contribute to this cause, please go to this page and click on donate.  I appreciate your consideration, and each person who donates to me through this read-a-thon will go into a drawing for one of the following books (your choice):


I will announce final totals for reading and for contribution to MS through this read-a-thon in the morning.


Here are the official kick off questions.  All other updates and mini challenges I participate in will be in the post below this one for the rest of the day.


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

Brainerd Minnesota!

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

Hmmmm….. since I just made the decision last night to participate, I relaly do not have a stack… I do hope to tackle today the end of Jane Eyre which is a book I started over a year ago and have not returned to yet.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Again, I am a poor preparer so at some point today I will have to run to the store, while listening to audio of course. :) 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I have blogged about books here at Book Journey since June of 2009.  I am an avid reader, biker, rollerblader, and want to be runner. I LOVE hanging out with family and friends and being a part of whatever is new exciting and a little bit crazy. 

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 am hoping to get in some good reading time!  I usually get distracted my the mini challenges and all the fun and I like to visit other participants too but I am going to try to stay in the books today…

Carpe book people.  Carpe book. 


All other updates and mini challenges I participate in will be in the post below this one for the rest of the day.

Morning Meanderings… Dewey Read A Thon Recap


Good morning!  How many of us groggy book blogger peeps did the Dewey read A Thon yesterday?  From the looks of the Dewey site and Twitter…. I would say a LOT.  The hashtag #readathon was trending for awhile and I heard last night that over 1,000 pictures has been uploaded to instygram for the #readathon.


I think so… imagine all of us reading around the world…. seriously, it gives me goosebumps.

So how did I do?

Not as good as I had hoped. :D

It started yesterday at 7 am central time.  I woke up at 6 am and started reading.  By 7:30 I decided I should work on my posts for my co-hosting shift coming up for the readathon…. and that took me almost to the time that I started hosting, hour 5.  :shock:

From hour 5 to hour 8,  I was co-hosting which was a BLAST!  It was my first time and it really was a wake up call to how much is happening behind the scenes on the read a thon!  I watched for emails and questions, I stayed active on twitter, made sure the links worked to the mini challenges, carried on conversations on the comments at the website… it was a lot of fun and I was honored to be a part of it.

At hour 9 I had to get out or the recliner that I had been in since an hour before the read a thon started.  I put on an audio (Requiem) and went outside to clean off the deck as yesterday was the first nice weather day we have had this year in Central Minnesota.  Just 3 days ago it was still snowing… now it is finally melting and the deck is clear….

At hour 12 I had made supper (while listening to audio), picked up the cheese bag by the wrong end and “cheesed” my entire kitchen floor and then went to book for hour 13 – 16.

Ah hour 16 (10 pm) I was fading…. I was trying to read but I kept closing my eyes.  I tried coffee but I was done for.  About 10 to 11 pm I went to bed.

At hour 22 I was up. 

I immediately went back to audio (now Raven Boys) and finished out the read a thon doing that. :D

Here is the end of event meme questionnaire:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  Hour 16.  I was just too far gone and all I could think was I am TIRED.  :razz:

  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Requiem was awesome… I listened to it on audio while I got up and moved around… really good!

  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  I thought it went well… I enjoyed the changing hosts on the sites and the fun things they posted.

  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  Hmmm…  I think everything, the mini challenges were fun, it seemed like it went really smooth.

  5. How many books did you read? only 2 finished and a couple of audio advanced in.

  6. What were the names of the books you read?  How To Start A Home Based Event Planning Business (lol it was good!) , Requiem

  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I actually really enjoyed them both – for different reasons :)

  8. Which did you enjoy least?  none

  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  I was not a cheerleader.

  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I hope to always participate, I really look forward to it and as soon as I know the dates I put it on my calendar.  I have joked in the past about going to a hotel for the day just to get away from everything and do the read a thon and I still may do that one of these times :)

      I would love to help with the co hosting again… I was new this time and I learned a lot of how it works and how to keep up with it. :D

That’s the read a thon.  If you are curious about it, go check out the site.  I highly recommend it!




Today I have my uncles funeral and some family things after wards.  My uncle fought cancer hard for years but this last year it really took over his body.  Last September he decided no more chemo and so he quit all the treatments to not feel sick all the time.  He had some good months before he started slipping these past weeks.  While it is a loss to our family, we are all happy that he is no longer suffering and in pain.  Today will be a celebration of his life. 

Book Appetit! Dewey Read-A-Thon Mini Challenge!


Hey read-a-thoners!!!!  Watcha reading???  Are you getting a little hungry while reading?

My book club meets each month at someones home and we try to bring food to go with the book we just read.  It is a lot of fun to see how creative we can get!  For instance when we read the book ROOM by Emma Donoghue, there was Jack’s birthday cake as described in the book, Jack’s favorite meal of macaroni and cheese, ma’s favorite treat and on the creative side – we had pigs in a blanket renamed for the book “Jack in a rug”.  (To get that one you have to have read the book).  :razz:

Another example would be… say you are reading Chocolat.  Well, of course you would be whipping up some tasting chocolat concoctions!  Or…  you are reading The 19th wife which has to do with Iowa and a funeral… you would always do funeral type foods that were popular in Iowa at the time…. 

Anyhoo.. for this mini challenge if you choose to accept it, I will be asking you to come up a menu to go along with your current read or one of the books in your reading pile for today.  Now… imagine that you have friends coming over to discuss the book with you.  You have prepared food and beverage items to go with your meeting (money…. is no object).  And what I need to see from you is:

1.  Book title and author

2.  The menu, food, beverage, you can even go as far as background music, decorations…. have fun with this!

3.  You will receive an additional entry if you create a drink to go with your book event and give it a name

4.  While you are welcome to post your response in the comments below, you will receive an additional entry if you leave a comment AND link up to a post about this on your own blog.  (Linky available below)


SO…. Swedish Chef…. what are they playing for?

A winner will be chosen at the end of this mini challenge time using and will be announced here that they have won a $20 Amazon gift card that will be sent by email today to the winner!  **If more than 40 participate in this challenge, a runner up $10 Amazon card will be added.

Have fun!  I can not wait to see what you come up with!  :D

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Winners of this mini challenge are

$20 Amazon gift card to Jo Jo from Jojo’s Corner
$10 Amazon gift card to Melissa from Avid Reader’s Musings


Dewey Read A Thon – Updates and Challenges


Check in:  it is 12:23  my time and sadly I have nothing to show for these first 6 hours.  I am go-hosting the Dewey read a thon site with 5 other awesome peeps and I spent the early hours prepping my posts for my hours (and checking links and double checking links… and then when my posts started going live I am watching the website, the twitter feed, emails from participants, and the lock so I post my next one on time.  :D  *whew*  Its a ll good fun though.

So not I am 35 minutes out before the next post so I am going to try to do a couple mini challenges because I am a confirmed game geek and I love the mini challenges.

So for Book Spine Poetry I went a little dark….  (you should probably imagine a dark room, people holding up their lighters and some sort of low tone twanky music in the background….


Say it slow and poetic like…. Man and boy…. the crying tree… black and blue… fatal incident….

For The Self Portrait mini challenge, here it is:


7:00 am Central time kick off of the Dewey Read a Thon for me… so this is the post that I will use for updates and challenges.  And this is hour one and we have been asked to share a little info….

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  I am reading from Central Minnesota and yes, we still have snow…
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  I have been wanting to start While We Were Watching Downton Abbey for a while now.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  Hmmmmm……  baked Doritos and salsa I guess… ooh or guacamole!  Of hummus!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  Book lover, bike rider, adventure seeker, likes long walks on the beach…. (lol sounds like a singles ad…)
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? Staying on task.  I am hopeful to last longer than I did last year and read more for the cause I am supporting:D

And I am off! 

Dewey Read A Thon Is Here!


*This post will be a sticky post for the day – all new posts including the mini challenge post and my mini challenge post will be directly below this one. :D

Are you ready?  I sure am!  I love the Dewey Read a Thon and today is going to be a lot of fun participating.  I have a couple audio books I hope to finish up while doing things around the house but I also have several books I hope to sit down and dig into. 

As I have done the past two years I will be reading for a cause today and my cause is for Camp Benedict, a camp for people infected and affected by AIDS.  You can read about my connections to this camp here.  As in the past, I will personally donate  10 cents per page I read and $1.00 for every 10 minutes of audio I listen too.  If you would like to sponsor me for this wonderful cause I would be so appreciative and humbled by your generosity. 


So for the book possibilities today….


Any mini challenges I sign up to do and updates to how I am doing will be continued on a separate post below but I will only use one post so as not to create multiple post pop ups in your emails and readers if you are following me.  Also, my mini challenge will come up today (it’s a fun one! :D) and that too will be a separate post to give a shout out to those participating.

I hope those of you doing the read a thon have an awesome day of books and audio!  :D  Pop in and say hi throughout the day – as I need breaks I will be popping in ans seeing a few of you as well :)

Dewey Read-A-Thon is coming!!!



The read-a-thon is coming!!!  The read-a-thon is coming!!!  April 27th is the read-a-thon!!! This is my FAVORITE read-a-thon each year and I am always thrilled if I can participate!  Originally it looked like I would not be doing much of the read a thon as I was leaving town Saturday and doing a bike ride on the 28th.  Well… life stuff has happened and now I will be in town and unfortunately skipping out on the bike ride due to other commitments, BUT that also means I will be around Saturday for the read-a-thon!!!

So what is the Dewey Read-A-Thon?

Well the event has a wonderful history, while by the time I became involved in this crazy world of book reviews, Dewey was gone, but I absolutely love the tradition that long-term book bloggers have kept going… passing the torch so to speak and keeping the candle over the memory of Dewey and this event eternally lit.

SO….. I am sharing ALL of this with you because it is not too late to join!  It doesn’t matter if you can not do all 24 hours.  Do what you can – and believe me, setting aside a day to enjoy books is wonderful!  AND bloggers offer mini breaks where you can go and do challenges to take a little break and have a chance to win a prize!  (I LOVE) the mini breaks :D

Join me, and many (currently over 300) other book bloggers and book lovers for this event!  Check out details and sign up here! 

Morning Meandering… When The Read A Thon Makes You Cry

Good morning! 

The question on your mind is…. did I make it to the finish line of the Readathon.  No, I did not.  I had started at 5 am yesterday morning and missed about three hours throughout the day due to other commitments and then shut down at around 1:20 am when Jane Eyre became a blurry mass.

Oh, that wasnt your question?  Was it did I read as much as I had hoped to?  No, I did not.  I never do.  I always start out with BIG intentions, going to go for the 5 or so books I have lying around and finish them up and yeah…. I get caught up in the social part of the Readathon which I LOVE and I cant help it, but I still feel I did pretty darn good.

Still not your question?  Oh I bet you want to know if mt tummy is upset with all the junk I ate yesterday while reading and listening to audio…. the nachos I had for lunch, the Lindor chocolates throughout the day, and of course the vegie pizza I had ordered in last night, no actually I feel pretty good considering I am on 5 hours of sleep and have to help out at church in 45 minutes from 8 until noon. 

Oh!  Now I get it!  You want to know why the Readthon made me cry. Well, that is actually a cool thing.  Yesterday I was reading for a charity I support locally, Camp Benedict.  Camp Benedict is a camp for people infected by AIDS and for people affected by AIDS.  There is a story of why it touches me so, and it is actually linked at the top of this blog in the page bar.  Anyway this is my third time reading for the camp and I always commit to giving, and then last fall one other person donated to my cause which was so sweet.

Well, this year, yesterday morning my account had $40 in it, money I had put in.  Throughout the readathon people gave and as of last night when I checked my online account for the camp, it was at $370.00!  I could not believe it!  6 other people had given besides myself and only two of them I know personally.  Seriously you guys, you melted my heart… and of course made me want to read more.  ♥

As for myself and how I did, I listened to 5/12 hours of audio throughout the day.  I was donating $1.00 per every ten minutes of audio for a total of $33.00.  Throughout the day I read 198 pages, which I was donating 10 cents a page for a total of $19.80 (lets not split hairs, I will round that up to $20.00.  So from me, $53.00 is being added to my account for my charity this morning.  :D

In other fun news – I held a bonus “because I feel like having fun” giveaway last night for the die-hard readathoners that were still going on hour 19.

That winner of the coffee, the chocolate, and the book is:

Laurel #19 (yeah, I laughed when I seen that!)

Thank you to the Dewey Readathon Team, not only do I love that this honors a wonderful blogger I never had the pleasure of knowing but wish I did, but it takes a ton of work to pull it off and this group did an awesome job! 

In other news, here is what came in from Mr Mailman this week:

Mmmm hmmmm, a nice week!  The two audio in the front right I bought at Barnes and Noble when I went to pick up my books for World Book Night (SSSQQQUUUEEE!!!!) 


Finally, today looks a bit dreary so I think when I get home this afternoon I am going to finish the 24 hours of reading I set out to do.  I fell short by about 4 hours.  I would like to finish it for Camp Benedict, and for me. 

Have a great Sunday all!  I have the World Book Night link going up later today and who knows what else, maybe that long overdue update to Jane Eyre.  :D

What are you doing with your Sunday? 

Dewey Read A Thon Bonus Giveaway Package


Ok ya’ all… if you have been read a thoning today, then you know we have recently passed hour 15 and fast approaching hour 16.  I am in this “I should be reading” mode, but instead I am fluttering around mini challenges, commenting… I need a pick me up – I need to FOCUS.

So… that all said, I want to offer a bonus giveaway here for those who are still trucking , still working the read a thon – you are troopers – and if you know me I think you need….

COFFEE and CHOCOLATE… and you probably dont need a book, but I have an extra of a great book so I am throwing in a BOOK too.  :D

LOVE this coffee


Arranged will be released on May 15th and somehow I would up with three copies. This author wrote SPIN which was really good!

This giveaway is open until the end of the readathon – my time, which will be 5 am central time.  To enter, share with me here your favorite part of the readathon… Is it the community?  Ir is setting aside time to read?  Is it the mini challenges?  Or do you love something completely different about this event?



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