Sunday Reflections – 26 April 2015

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Happy Sunday! Did everyone survive the readathon yesterday? I had a blast. I ended up reading 965 pages in 13 hours. I started and finished two full books, finished the one I was reading last week, and started one more. I didn’t hit any of the blogs but was active on Twitter and Instagram. I made it to hour 20 before I called it a day after starting an hour after the event officially started. Somehow, I even managed to wake up a half-hour before the event ended and finished with everyone. Now, my final questions:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I really struggled around 1 PM. I don’t know what it was but after a 60-minute nap, I was much, much better and made it until hour 20.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Everyone approaches this event differently. Some stick with novels. Some go with short stories. Graphic novels have become increasingly popular. You need to find a formula that works for you, and the books will vary as much as the individual.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Does it need to be improved? I don’t think so!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? – Everything! Seriously, how you ladies manage such a huge event and keep it seamlessly running astounds me.
  5. How many books did you read? – Two books start to finish, plus finished one I was was halfway through and started another.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? – Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova, The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy, The Eternity Key by Bree Despain, and House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? – They were all good, but the one that kept me completely engrossed with The Eternity Key.
  8. Which did you enjoy least?  – The Dead Lands was a bit of a disappointment.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? – This is another area where I think they absolutely excelled. I can’t give any advice to improve what is already a smooth-running machine.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? – I will always participate as long as my schedule allows me to do so. Cheerleader, reader, everything.

I mentioned yesterday it has been a long time since I was able to participate in a readathon. It means so much to be able to do so again. There is a special reason why I love the readathon. Three years ago, the readathon allowed me to meet in person the woman who is now my BFF. What other online event can do that? 

The rest of the week was nothing special. Jim was on a business trip. Work and school, dance and track kept us busy. No earth-shattering news, no disasters, no major triumphs – it was a typical week.

Today will be a catch-up day for everything I didn’t do yesterday. Laundry, bills, reviews, email, a bit of work-work. I’d like to say I will take a nap, given how little sleep I got last night, but I probably won’t. I played yesterday, so now it is time to set a good example for the kids and work. Ah, such is the way of parenting.

Have a great week, everyone!

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I’m Readathoning!!

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It’s here! It’s here! Okay, I *may* be starting this thing an hour later than everyone else.  Then again, my whole theme today is “winging it”. The only thing I know for certain is that I will be reading. But first, the initial questions: 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from…

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon is coming!

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Did you hear the news? Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon is this weekend!!! 24 hours of reading and celebrating books! It has been a while since I have been able to participate thanks to my kids, but I am going to take Saturday for myself. Because, after all, I am worth it. Seriously, a day devoted to…

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Book Review – Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

Title: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke Author: Anne Blankman ISBN: 9780062278845 No. of Pages: 416 Genre: Young Adult; Historical Fiction Origins: Balzer & Bray Release Date: 21 April 2015 Synopsis: “The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she…

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 20 April 2015

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Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! Finished Last Week: Did Not Finish: So far, so good! Currently…

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Sunday Reflections – 19 April 2015

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Happy Sunday! The sun is out. The birds are singing. The trees are budding, and my eyes are watering. It is most definitely spring here in southern Wisconsin. Track meets, dance practices, and work filled our week, as it does every week lately. Jim has been flitting back and forth between plants as there are…

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Book Review – The Remedy by Suzanne Young

The Remedy by Suzanne Young

Title: The Remedy Author: Suzanne Young ISBN: 9781481437653 No. of Pages: 416 Genre: Young Adult; Suspense Origins: Simon Pulse Release Date: 21 April 2015 Synopsis: “Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone. Recommended by…

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Book Review – All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

Title: All the Rage Author: Courtney Summers ISBN: 9781250021915 No. of Pages: 336 Genre: Young Adult; Fiction Origins: St. Martin’s Press Release Date: 14 April 2015 Synopsis: “The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe…

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Audiobook Review – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Eleanor and Park Author: Rainbow Rowell Narrator: Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra ISBN: 9780385368278 Audiobook Length: 8 hours, 56 minutes Genre: Young Adult; Romance Origins: Mine. All mine. Release Date: 26 February 2013 Synopsis: “Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know…

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 13 April 2015

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Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! Finished Last Week: Did Not Finish: Yay!! Currently Reading: Currently Listening:…

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