Dewey’s Readathon Wrap-Up

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I survived the Readathon! And I had so much fun doing it, too! I didn’t make it anywhere near the 24 hour mark, but I did spend from about noon until 10:30 last night reading, tweeting, snacking, and participating in mini-challenges!

I only ended up reading the one book (A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall) and I’m totally okay with that. I had said that I wanted to dabble in a bit of everything that the event had to offer and boy did I! I think I spent more time on Twitter than anything else! I also had a blast completing several of the mini-challenges :) Here are a few of my favorites:

Book Staging Challenge

Stage your book with either something that is on the cover or with something that goes with the book and then take a picture of it. Hosted by On the Wings of Books.

A Little Something Different, I couldn't describe Zoey any better if I tried :)

A Little Something Different, I couldn’t describe Zoey any better if I tried :)

140 Character Cheer Challenge

Come up with a cheer that is 140 characters long to cheer along your  fellow Readathon-ers. Hosted by Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity.

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Color Cover Challenge

 Pick a color(s). Find four books with covers almost completely in that color/those colors. Take a picture. Hosted by Wishful Endings.

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Book Spine Poetry Challenge

Using the titles on book spines, make a short poem at least three “books” long/tall. Hosted by Ticket to Anywhere.

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The space between you against me—

Lovely, dark, and deep.

Bright young things wild awake,

that summer under the Tuscan sun.

Overall, I had a fabulous time! It was a great experience and one that I would definitely partake in again! I’m pretty sure that the next Readathon is sometime in April and I already have a game plan formulating in my mind :)

Readathon Mid-Event Survey

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WOO-HOO, we’re halfway there! Can you tell that I’m a little punch drunk? No? Okay. Well then. . .

Anyways, we’ve hit the twelfth hour of the Readathon and I am having so much fun! I’m seriously glad that I decided to do this :) I’ve completed one book, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, and it was the most adorable book that I have ever read! I’ve also snacked a bunch, tweeted a bunch, and participated in several mini-challenges. See? Fun!

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

  • I just finished A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

2. How many books have you read so far?

  • Just the one :)

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

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

  • No, not really. I’ve had the place to myself today :D

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

  • How much socialization I’ve been doing! I swear I’ve spent more time on Twitter than I have reading! LOL

At this point, I am getting a little tired (probably from the lack of movement on my part. I haven’t really left my couch since this started), so I’m going to quickly perform my evening chores, eat some REAL food, and take a quick power nap before I begin Round 2. Catch ya on the flip side :D

It’s Time to Readathon!!!

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Good morning blog-o-sphere! Are you ready to readathon?

I am! Well, almost :) I have a few farm related chores to do and I need to eat a hearty breakfast, but then I’ll be ready to get my read on! In case you missed it on Twitter last night, here is my finalized stack of books for today:

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Being that it’s my first Readathon, I plan to take things easy today. I want to dabble in a little of everything that this event has to offer, so if I read at least two books from my stack I’ll be happy. Heck, if I only read one book from my stack I’ll be happy! I have a full day of reading and fun ahead so no matter what, I win!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Opening Questions

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

  • I will be reading from the comfort of my own couch, located here in Bonham, Texas :)

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

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

  • Um, I think I’m gonna go with the chips and homemade sour cream and onion dip that I made, because I haven’t had that stuff in forever!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

  • Well, I’m in my thirties and I love to read Young Adult fiction, take long relaxing walks through book stores, and curl up with a good book every chance that I get.

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 my first Readathon and I’m most looking forward to the whole experience! I want to read a little (or, okay, a lot), Tweet a little, and participate in a few mini-challenges if I can. This is going to be so much fun!

Well that’s it for me here, folks. I’ll be updating my progress throughout the day on Twitter (#Dewey #Readathon), so that’s where you can find me if you need me, or you know, want to cheer me on ;) Happy reading!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Redathon

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Sooooo, mouth pain sucks. I know. Random, right?

Well, you may remember how in my last post I mentioned that I was experiencing frequent, severe headaches. I had a hunch that the headaches were being cause by a few troublesome teeth, so I made an appointment to see my dentist. Apparently I was both right and wrong. I was right about it being my teeth, but wrong about which ones. It turns out that I was the obliviously proud owner of an extra wisdom tooth. An impacted wisdom tooth. So, last Tuesday, I underwent surprise oral surgery to have that baby extracted, essentially trading one kind of headache for another.

Here it is a week later and I’m still feeling the losses, and not quite back to normal. It’s been a long week. Honestly, I haven’t wanted to do anything. I didn’t want to read or watch TV. I couldn’t eat (anything good anyway). Basically the only thing I wanted to do was sleep and hide from the pain. Unfortunately I could only take, like, two days off of work, so I returned to my job a puffy-faced zombie who had lost all control over her salivary glands. Wait. Do zombies even have salivary glands?

Anyways, the good news is that it worked, my headaches are gone (Hallelujah!).  The bad news is that I’ve kind of sucked at the reading this week (except for the last two days in which I have been devouring Snow Like Ashes. It is SO GOOD!). No worries though, I’m joining a Readathon!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon takes place this Saturday, October the 18th. The start time changes depending on where you live (living in the US in the Central Time Zone my start time is 7:00 a.m.), but the goal is basically  to try and read for 24 hours straight! There are mini-challenges, Twitter parties, and door prizes! There will even be cheerleaders to cheer you on throughout the Readathon if you sign up by today (Oct. 15th). Sorry for the short notice, you know I’m always late to the party :)

Even if you haven’t signed up yet (again, sorry), you can still join in on all of the fun minus the cheerleaders. Participate as much or as little as you want, it’s up to you. If you’d like to participate you can head over to the Reader Sign-Up Page or just go ahead and checkout the whole site because it’s full of awesome tips and tricks to enhance your Readathon experience.

I’m not sure that I’ll make it the full 24 hours, but I definitely plan on taking advantage of a full day of uninterrupted, guilt-free reading! Check back here Saturday morning for my Start-Up post and keep track of my progress throughout the day on Twitter under #Dewey #Readathon. Let me know if you’re going to participate in the Readathon so I can keep up with you too!

Update: Review Copy Roundup

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September has come and gone bringing me to the halfway point of my Review Copy Roundup! Honestly, I haven’t done as well as I had hoped. I’ve been having these frequent headaches that make it kind of hard to function in general, let alone read and write a coherent review, so there’s that. It also doesn’t help that The Voice started back up AND it’s football season so, yeah. There have been distractions. But enough with the excuses, let’s see what I’ve managed to accomplish thus far :)

The List

Okay, so I’ve read and reviewed three and a half books, leaving me with eight to read in the next three and a half weeks. I would say that the odds are definitely not in my favor. But you know what? I’m okay with that. As long as I get the bulk of them knocked out by the end of the month I’ll be happy :) Plus, I’m thinking about participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on October 18th and that would definitely help bring down my numbers. Until then I plan to just keep chugging along and do what I can do.

I’m currently reading The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur and enjoying it so far :) The concept is kind of frightening and it has been pretty fast paced, so I think it will be a quick read. It took me forever to get through the previous book, 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, but it was definitely not for a lack of enjoyment. The headaches that I mentioned flared up during this time and made progress a bit difficult. I’m hoping to have the review for that one up early next week. Also, be on the look out because I will be attempting my very first Twitter Giveaway (a Twittaway!), in which one lucky person will win a beautiful hardback copy of 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas! Make sure to stay tuned for your chance to win!

*Side Note* For the remainder of The Roundup my main focus is going to be reading and churning out reviews. Due to this, my Features will be taking to the backseat for the next few weeks. Hopefully, when this is all said and done, I’ll be able to get back to my regularly scheduled programming. Thanks for your patience and understanding :)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Snow Like Ashes

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waiting on wednesday.pngWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that encourages us to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re, well, waiting on.

wow snowwow goodreads.pngA heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

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eggA fantasy set in Tsarist Russia.

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.

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*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Library Thing Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press!*

This book was SO MUCH FUN! I haven’t been on a good adventure in ages, and that’s exactly what this book was: pure, unadulterated adventure.

I tend to forget how much I enjoy Gregory Maguire’s writing and then I pick up another one of his books and have my mind blown all over again. He just has this way of spinning fairy tales that is absolutely amazing!

There are so many things that I loved about this book! I loved the rich descriptions, the awesome narration, and the witty dialog. I loved Elena’s determination, Ekaterina’s transformation, and the Parent Trap swap that gets the whole party started. I loved the Russian folklore: the Matroyoshka, the Firebird, and the Ice Dragon. I loved Mewster the smart-mouthed kitten and Dumb Doma the house with giant chicken legs and a mind of its own. And Baba Yaga. I loved Baba Yaga SO MUCH!

Egg & Spoon is an extremely well crafted tale full of quirky characters, gorgeous imagery, and beaucoup imagination. In it you’ll find princes and paupers, folklore and fairy tales, magic and morals, and a ton of just plain fun. I mean, what more could you ask for? :)

be brilliant.pngp.s. Have you read this? I would love to get all spoiler-y with someone! If you’re interested, shoot me an email or a message on Facebook and we’ll have ourselves a bookish good time!

Waiting on Wednesday: Glory O’Briens History of the Future

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that encourages us to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re, well, waiting on.

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WOULD YOU TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD NO FUTURE?

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

wow why1.pngI’m intrigued by the concept of being able to see a person’s infinite past and future, and I’m wondering how A.S. King is gonna pull that off. Also, I love this: “a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.”

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