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. 😀
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?
Hi all! This is the post I will use for Read A Thon updates from me as well as any Mini Challenges I partake in. The newest info will be towards the top of this post. 😀
Also, I am reading for Camp Benedict today, a camp for people infected and affected by AIDS. I am donating 10 cents for each page I read and $1.00 for every ten minutes of audio I listen to. If you would like to sponsor me for this wonderful cause, I would be humbled and appreciate your support.
Check in at 12:00 am: (hour 18)
Hey all, I guess “Good morning” is in order here. I have had a pretty good day, finished an audio and a half, a book, an update on my Jane Eyre read a long…. and still going.
A quick little update for the Dewey Readathon site, they asked if we had any reading companions. I do…. Sam (left) and Bailey:
The other question was – about reading for charity and yes I am. The link is above. 🙂
Check in at 10:00 Pm: (hour 16)
Wow…. hour 16. I kind of feel like a rock star! I started an hour earlier than I need to so I could make up for a commitment I had today and so other than about three hours I have been with the read-a-thon one way or another (reading, commenting, mini challenging…).
For the past two hours I have read – NOTHING. I know that is sad. After dinner and hubby went to bed I sat down and worked a few mini challenges, came up with a bonus giveaway for those still reada thoning, commented on all those who created posts for my mini challenge, and yeah… thats it.
But – I have not given up and the books are calling so after this update…. really, I am going to read. Really. Why do you doubt me?
Stella asked us to find a picture that somehow describes or reminds you of your current read. Since I am currently in Jane Eyre, I think if the mansion:
For Bluestockings challenge, she asked that we talk about the books that we love to re-read. Now if you know me, blame Bluestocking because I know I gush about certain “Forever” books those I love (but hardly ever have time) to re-read. They are:
Check in at 8:00 Pm: (hour 14)
Oh my gosh… I am so overdue for a check in! I listened to another hour of audio, finished (FINALLY!) whole lotta life and actually left the house at 5:30 to go and help with a baptism, pick up pizza, and now I am back home. (Yup, you read that right… how many readathoners helped with a baptism today? LOL I am in charge of special events at our church and that is one of my duties…. 😛
I listened to audio while I was in the car, and took a book with me but did not get to the book. I am back now though and game from this point forward.
So here is what the peeps of the readathon are asking:
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I am actually good, hit a lull about 3 pm but now and ready to roll!
2) What have you finished reading? Whole Lotta Life, and listened to an audio and a half 😀
3) What is your favorite read so far? Hmmmm… hold that thought, I do not have enough books in me today to answer that.
4) What about your favorite snacks? I amde nachos for lunch… that was good.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I have been going around and commenting while I listen to audio, trying to check out some newbies!
Honestly, the out pour from that challenge and all the AWESOME ideas to go with books… I am really the winner here, plus, I want to go to all your book reviews. YOU ALL AMAZE ME! 😀
Check in at 3:00 Pm: (hour 9)
I am cruising right along now on finishing up A Whole Latte Life. Honestly, I have talked about the book so much I am ready to be done with it. 78 pages read since my last check in. 30 minutes of audio added to my total.
I am getting a bit foggy (I started at 5 am this morning). Think I will try some ice tea – see if that wakes me up. I thought about laying down and reading but fear that will cause me to pass out. 😛
Check in 1:00 PM and Mini Challenges:
Ok… well, I am now 4 1/2 hours into audio and have finished The Lifeboat. (WOOT!) $27.00 in to my charity account so far!
(I still have not cracked a book because I have been running around, doing mini challenges, made lunch and commented on blogs…. lol – I cant help it, the social girl in my tends to need to be fed. 😛 HOWEVER – I am about to go into my books this hour. )
Speaking of mini challenges…. mine is still going on until 2 pm central and here is The Book Sentence challenge for On The Wings Of Books: LOVE THIS ONE!
Ok on to the books for awhile. How are you all doing?
Check in 10 Am and Mini Challenges:
So far I have in 2 1/2 hours of audio in. (I had a commitment this morning and took my IPOD with me so I could listen to audio as I could. I am now home, going to catch up on the awesome mini challenges going on and then cracking a book. 😀
Happy Read-A-Thon April 2012!!! How is it going out there? Are you reading? Are you snacking? Are your books making you think of FOOD?
Here in Central Minnesota it is lunch time and I was thinking this would be a great time to talk about books and FOOD.
Your mini challenge that will be available for the next two hours is a fairly easy one… it just requires a little imagination from you!
Take one of the books you are reading today. Now lets pretend that you are going to have a book discussion with friends regarding that book. They are all coming over to your house and you are providing food and beverage to go with said book. That’s right, your challenge is to share with me here:
1. Title and author of the book
2. The menu: the food, the beverage (if you want you can go as far plan background music, decor, whatever. 😀 )
Want to know what you are playing for?
Ok… lol, that’s just to wet your appetite… what you are playing for is a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card that will be emailed to the winner yet this afternoon after I choose the winner using random.org.
Leave a comment here (mandatory entry) with the information I asked for above (Book and author, the menu to go with that book)
For a second entry – create a post on your own blog (if you have one) of the book, author, and the menu and then link it back here.
Here are a couple examples: Say you are reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris…. your menu would definitely include lots of chocolates, perhaps to drink would be a delicious hot chocolate, maybe a chocolate fountain to dip strawberries in!
Or…. you may be reading ROOM by Emma Donoghue in which you may make Jack’s favorite macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meat balls, or his 6th birthday cake… (his 5th birthday cake was sponge cake with 5 m&m’s on top), the drink would be tap water.
If you do decide to do a post, I would love to see it! Be sure to link it here:
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Good morning! Today is going to be an AWESOME day! The Dewey Read A Thon has begun! In my next of the woods here in central Minnesota kick off time was at 6 am, however I have a small commitment this morning and will need to leave for about an hour so I started early, at 5 AM. I am hoping to make HUGE progress today.
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? Hmmm…. I am not sure, they all look kind of awesome
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I think I am making baked nachos for lunch
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Hmmmm…. crazy enough to get up an hour earlier then requited to start this readathon to get in as many hours as I can 🙂
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 probably my 4th or 5th time participating. I am being more intentional today, if I am moving about I have audio, if I can be stationary I have books…. I have done everything I can to free up my day.
I am reading for Camp Benedict, a camp that is for people infected with AIDS and for those around then it has affected. I have been to this camp and seen the power it has to bring people together in hope and compassion. I will donate to the camp 10 cents a page, and $1.00 for ever 10 minutes of audio I listen to. If you would like to sponsor this cause with me, please let me know in the comments and I will get the information to you.
I will be doing updates throughout the day here on an update post that I will start and just keep adding on to so as not to create multiple posts. Please feel free to stop back in and cheer me on 😀 I will take all the encouragement I can get!
In the past, I have shown pictures of the massive PILE of books I would love to get through and honestly… I never get through them… so rather than set myself for the BIG FAIL… I am going to show you the plan in baby step format….
So…. on my morning plate I have:
I have right around a hundred pages left on this read.
Then I would like to make some progress in:
I don’t want to finish this as it is a work in progress, but I would like to get 50 or so pages done this morning.
From there, I am not sure…. plenty to choose from… we will see what way I go as the day goes on. 😀
Be sure to stop back here at noon as well for my mini challenge… it will be a whole lot of fun and may give you a few ideas as well 😀
Good morning. 😀 Sipping coffee here in Minnesota at the kitchen table considered taking the 8:25 am Group Power class this morning but apparently that is not happening as I am still relaxing with COFFEE CUP surrounded by books I am dropping in the mail today, trying to clean up a few emails that require responses and thinking about my plan for tomorrows read-a-thon.
*WHEW! Take a breath*
Anyhoo, this morning I was reading Miss Remmer’s review of Monument and while she does mention the book lacks in some areas, what she did describe… the action, the synopsis, gave me that feeling I love when I feel I need to drop everything and get that book. I actually SSQQQQUUUUEEEEDDDD in the comment I left her.
That is when it hit me. Where had my SQQQQUUUEEEEE gone? I used to SSSSQQQQQQUUUUEEEEEEE all the time for books that rocked my world, for books that came in the mail, for the mailman even who graciously carried all my books to me without complaining (that I know of 😉 )! For books I won, for bike rides, for great life moments….
Really…. where did all that go?
SO….. briefly…. here are a few things on my plate that are SQQQQQUUUUUEEEEE worthy:
1. It is the weekend. SQQQQQUUUEEEEEEE!!!!
2. My friend and I are road tripping today to Barnes and Noble. SSSQQQQQUUUUEEEEEE!!!!!
3. I am fully registered for BEA, hotel, room mate, and plane… all booked…. all paid. DONE. SSQQQQQUUUEEEEE!!!!!
4. The sun is out. Today will be gorgeous. SSSQQQQQQUUUUEEEEE!!!!!
5. I organized my book giveaway shelves. SSSQQQQQQUUUUEEEEEE!!!!!!
6. I will probably have lunch today at one of my favorite restaurants. SSSQQQQQQUUUUEEEEEEE!!!!!
7. Some exciting books have come into my home this week. SSSQQQQQQQUUUUEEEEE!!!!!
8. The Dewey Read-A-Thon is tomorrow and I plan to participate FULLY. SSSQQQQQQUUUUEEEEE!!!!!
9. The new pup in the house has been here a little over a week ago and he is working out wonderfully. SSSQQUUUEEEE!!!
10. While life is always interesting. I am at peace with it. SSSQQQQQUUUEEEEE!!!!!
Ok. I feel… caught up. 😀
Tomorrow I will be reading for the Dewey Read A Thon and I will be reading for charity again. My charity as usual is Camp Benedict, which is a camp for people and family who are connected to AIDS. I will talk more about this tomorrow – but I will be reading at 10 cents a page and $1.00 for every 30 minutes of audio I listen to.
You are welcome, if you feel called to do so, to sponsor me with a one time donation or a per page donation.
Good morning! 😀 Yesterday was The Dewey Read A Thon... an event I have participated in since I found the book blogging world in early 2009. Twice a year the read a thon takes place and twice a year I try to set aside the day from commitments so I can actually make a successful attempt at reading and audio.
Well… ummm…. yeah… about that…
I thought that after the hectic weeks I have been having that a day of sitting in my favorite chair surrounded by my favorite surroundings (errr… books) would be a no brainer… “but alas, earwax!” (Harry Potter quote) I was wrong. During readathon time I:
played with the dogs * washed dishes * cleaned the shower * ran three loads of laundry * make breakfast * made lunch * cleaned my bedroom * considered cleaning a spare room* had dinner plans and was MIA from 5 – 8 pm * put away all lawn furniture for the winter * played quite a bit of online scrabble * participated in almost all mini challenges from 7 am – midnight.
I did try to listen to audio while I was up and about but I did not get a ton of reading done and now my proud pile “the chosen ones” from yesterdays event sit on the coffee table glaring accusingly at me saying “what about me?”
**gulp* Obviously I stayed up too long if the books are now talking to me….Ok enough self loathing.. on the positive side I did complete two books, Shelter by Sarah Stonich and Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd. I also completed the audio book Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian which will make a perfect review for Halloween week…. 😀
As for mini challenges (I do love them!) I posted on separate pages so as not to clutter up the blog or your readers for those who follow me, but here are some of the highlights:
We had to make book titles out of objects – here are two of mine:
Then we made word puzzles for books we are reading….
(Please Stop Laughing At Me)
(Sleepers Run by Henry Mosquera)
And this one was fun too…. 5 books we are looking forward to:
Since I was reading for charity, here are my totals:
120 minutes of audio
338 book pages
= 45.80 to Camp Benedict
Not too bad I guess…. 😀
I really did have a lot of fun, had HUGE plans to stay up late and read and read but perhaps a big steak dinner was not the best “stay alert” food choice for dinner and I promptly fell asleep book in hand a little after midnight. 😀
Did you do the read a thon? If so how did you do? If not, what fun things did you do with your Saturday?
(mini challenge participations are at the bottom of this post)
Good morning! Welcome to the kick off for the Dewey Read-A-Thon. I am totally unprepared! I thought I was going to road trip to St Cloud today and look at cricut machines. I signed up for the read-a-thon a while ago and then wasnt sure if I was going to be able to do it, but as of last night knew I could just use a break from the hustle and bustle… and what a better way to enjoy a foggy fall day than surrounded by books.
I am reading for charity again, like I did in the spring… I am reading for Camp Benedict, the camp for people who have AIDS. (You can read more about my heart for this camp here. I will give 10 cents per page I read and 10 cents per minute I listen to audio to the camp.
If anyone wishes to donate to this wonderful camp you may do so here by leaving me a comment about sponsoring me (a set amount or so many cents per page/ audio minute) or by donating directly through this link.
To kick off this morning with hour one…. we were asked to give out a little info:
1)Where are you reading from today? 2)Three random facts about me… 3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? 5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
1. I am reading from Brainerd Minnesota
2. hmmmm…… I have been to Honduras 9 times (10th in a few weeks here), I love adventures and have biked over 600 miles this year – 50 miles of that was in an arm cast from a previous bike ride,I have two shih-tsu dogs that are ages 15 and 13 and both driving me nuts right now. (Lets just say I don’t have kids at home… but with these two I feel like I have kids at home) 😛
3. I have a stack of 13 books and a couple of audio but mainly for variety… I know I wont make it through them all
4. To clean up some of the books I have started and have not finished due to other commitments.
5. Have fun! Be sure and check out the mini challenges, take breaks…. walk around with audio (I count that!)
I will check in throughout the day by updating this post.
9:00 a.m.: 20 minutes of audio (We The Animals) so far while I made breakfast and cleaned up kitchen
noon: One book complete, 130 pages read this morning between – mini challenges, letting dogs out and in and out and in, e one hour getting dressed, cleaned up, making lunch… but listening to Night Strangers on audio (30 minutes)
9:00 pm (not so good at checking in am I? 😛 ) finished one audio (add another hour to my totals) while putting away our lawn furniture for the winter…. not a whole lot of reading done since last check in but hoping now to crack down….
And I am OFF and READING! I am up and ready to READ READ READ today! If you are scratching your head saying Read-A-Thon… what read-A-Thon… you can check it out on the Dewey Read A Thon site. My book list is not impressive or well thought out as I just didn’t plan for any thing really and plan to use the old “grab as I go” technique. Seriously – I am not lacking for any reading materials here…
First here’s a bit about me:
1)I am reading from Central Minnesota
2)Three random facts about me are – I just took up kick boxing this week (OW!), I have been to Honduras 8 times to work with kids who live on the street, and I have a once in-house office that now serves as my library (and thank goodness as the option would be to have books EVERYWHERE… er, which I kind of do anyway.
3)I have plans to read 5 or 6 books throughout the read-a-thon (see book list below)
4)I have no real goals other than to commit to reading instead of seeing something shiny and getting distracted… oh and to have fun. Fun is a good thing 😛
5)This is my 4th read-a-thon…. my advice to newcomers is just have fun…. (oh, I said that already?) Well…. that’s how important it is… tackle the books that you want too…. read at least one guilty pleasure book – that book on your shelf that you want to read sooooooo bad and just never seem to get to it. Oh, you know the one. Shoot…. so do I… now I need to change my list! “Doh!”
Midnight Book Girls Mini Challenge was to create a sentence using books only. FANTASTIC! Here is what I got:
I had to try Hungry Readers Challenge which was to recreate a book cover for a book I am currently reading for the readathon…. so here goes…
and the actual cover….
LOL – that was AWESOME! And yes I used my ET from Disney World for the cover pick….LOL
In Hour 7 here is Hannah’s (Word Lilly) Challenge where we were asked to try origami:
A total epic fail on my part, but decided to post it anyway… at least for a smile 😀
Ok entering Mini Challenge for hour Four: Book Puzzle – we are asked to create a puzzle using book titles…. so FUN!!! 😛
I do have a few in the planning and I will let you in on them here:
I eat Hate Lists for breakfast! Oh… well, uhhh… in this case I do. I am kicking off on this book that I was able to read a few pages last night and I am moving forward on as soon as this post is up.
Dreamland is my “I need an eye break” audio all set up in the kitchen ready to play if I stop for substance….
Berg of course is on the agenda… what would a read-a-thon be if I had not included Berg in the mix…. that’s like having a party without chips…… UNHEARD OF!
Partially read and then set down for I don’t know why…. I need to complete this book. I think the read-a-thon is a good time to finish the books I have not but have meant too.
Another one I have started and not finished yet…. today (HOPEFULLY) could be the day I complete it.
Hmmm….. I guess I do kind of have a plan then. Well – Excellent! Also, I am reading for a cause – my post of where my pages are being donated to is here. 😀
I will post updates on this post throughout the day.
Off I go to read and hope to see you all back here for the mini challenge later today!
Hey there all you read-a-thoners…. how YOU doing? 😛
Had a little Joey from friends flash back…
This challenge is now completed – the winner using random.org is Shel from The Hungry Readers! Congratulations Shel! 😀 Please email me at email@example.com with your book choice from Amazon up to a $15 value.
Ok…. on to the Mini Challenge! It’s no secret I LOVE talking books and honestly – not all books are “chat worthy”. I have been in my book club for 10 years now and the book reviews I enjoyed the most and remember the most are the ones that really brought out great discussion. My challenge for you today – if you choose to accept it, is to share with me in the comments a book you would recommend as being very chat or discussion worthy. You do not have to be part of a book club to do this challenge, I am just looking for a book title with author that you would recommend as being a great thought-provoking and/or discussion worthy book.
***For a bonus entry – add in a menu that would go along with the book discussion – (my book club loves to theme food around the books we review).
That’s it! I plan to eventually make a post of all the book club recommendations that show up on this post and link back to you as suggesting that book (if you have a blog). Yes, it is ok to put down a book that someone else recommends, I am looking for a list of different reads but certainly will count your entry even if someone else already suggested it.
When this mini challenge ends I will choose one winner using random.org to choose a book I can purchase from Amazon.com that is $15.00 or less and I will send that book to you.
Oh – and get up and stretch your arms and grab a fresh cup of coffee, a bottle of water or a granola bar…. stay strong and keep on reading!!! 😛
Spring is finally here in Minnesota and I can not be more THRILLED! Today I took my bike out for the first time in 2011! I am a big bike rider and do quite a few rides throughout the season for fun or for charity. The one I want to talk to you about today is one that holds a special place in my heart.
Camp Benedict is a yearly camp for those affected and/or infected by AIDS. My friend Connie who works hard to make this camp happen each year is a 30 year AIDS survivor. Connie was infected by AIDS in 1981 when she received an emergency blood transfusion for a hysterectomy. Connie is an amazing women who works with many others to make this camp a success each year providing support and education to those who have been touched by the AIDS virus.
On April 9th 2011 is the April Read-A-Thon. As timing would have it, it is also the day that Connie is having her silent auction at the Brainerd Arboretum from 1- 4 pm to raise money for this years camp. I am going to help support this cause from home by reading for the camp.
I plan to personally contribute $1 for every ten minutes I read or every ten minutes I listen to audio. You can help support me in this cause if you wish by pledging in the comments a per page or in audio per minute) contribution or by using this link to make a one time pledge for the bike ride I will participate in this fall that all the money I raise goes directly to the camp. The read a thon is for a 24 hour period on April 9th 2011.