Monday, November 09, 2015

October 2015 Reads

October was a busy month.  The hubby, pups, and I went on vacation to visit my family. I did get some reading accomplished, but not nearly as much as I would have liked.   Then I participated in the Dewey's fall 24-hour Read-a-thon.  That was awesome!  I can hardly wait for April and the next event!

Here's the list of the books I read in October.  As usual, the titles that are in bold are ones I have rated five stars on Goodreads.

The Fairytale Cake by Mark Sperring 
Monster Needs a Party by Paul Czajak 
The Cake That Mack Ate by Rose Robart 
If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Joffe Numeroff 
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black 
Your Alien by Tammi Sauer 
Little Bird's Bad Word by Jacob In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van 
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia 
Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King 
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore 
Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan 
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine 
You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister 
Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy 
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson 
All-Star Superman, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison 
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson 
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe 
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill 
Captain Marvel, Vol. 3: Alis Volat Propriis by Kelly Sue DeConnick 
Keesha's House by Frost, Helen 
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman  

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 
Paperboy by Vince Vawter 

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh 
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon 
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes 
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard 
A Midsummer Night's Romp by Katie MacAlister 
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

Friday, October 23, 2015

Boo to You preschool storytime plan

It's fall, which means preschool storytimes are back in session.  I've had only a handful of storytimes over the past few months, as most have been presented by Miss Brindi. 

Since it is nearly Halloween, I'm sharing my Halloween themed storytime plan.  We called the storytime, Boo To You. (click for the pdf of my plan).  In addition to having a craft for the kids, I also gave each one a little treat (idea from here).

Candy Corn Collage

Five Little Pumpkin treats
 Please note, to view the PDF file, you will need a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (get it free here).

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Read-a-thon surveys

There were a couple of surveys during the read-a-thon that I couldn't make into a pretty Instagram post. I posted them on the Ama Reads Facebook page.

From one of the read-a-thin mini-challenges (hour 6):

My top ten readathon notes:

10. Plan ahead. Put books on hold a week or so before the day. Pile then in your reading area. Download books onto your device(s) of choice.

9. Go with the flow. Just because you plan ahead to read certain books doesn't mean you have to read them all. Some you might not be in the mood for that day. Another might come available just in time to read it.

8. Don't be ashamed to claim the day for yourself and your love of reading! They readathon isn't something that appeals to everyone and many won't get it. That's ok. It's about YOU not them.

7. They say variety is the spice of life. Having a variety of reads for the event will add some spice to the day. I have several different genres, formats, and reading levels from which to choose. Keeps me from getting bored!

6. Take a break! Check out other participants' progress, do a challenge or two, rest your eyes, and relax.

5. Be comfy. If you're staying home all day, get into your most comfortable pjs and curl up in your favorite spot. I'm currently sitting in bed with two snuggle pups keeping me company while I read.

4. Keep up your energy with healthy snacks and meals. Yes, I've had cookies and candy today, but I also had a protein rich breakfast to get me started, and I'm looking forward to some apples and peanut butter this afternoon.

3. There's no wrong way to participate in the readathon. Any format is real reading - print books, graphic novels, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines... And reading/interest levels can be whatever you want. I read a picture book this morning and have a couple children's chapter books for this afternoon. It's all good.

2. Take notes and make lists. I love looking back at my list of books read and notes on the challenges I've done. And if you're checking out other readathon participants, you might need to write down other books to read later.

1. Most importantly of all...HAVE FUN!

The challenge was posted here.

Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon Closing Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour six or seven was when I wanted to nap. 

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Two from my reads for this event: Rat Queens volume 1 and Furiously Happy. 

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

How many books did you read?

What were the names of the books you read?
  • CarryOn
  • Furiously Happy
  • Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
  • Son of No One
  • Everything's Eventual
  • All-star Superman volume one
  • Keesha's House
  • Captain Marvel volume three
  • Your Own Sylvia
  • Rat Queens volume one 
Which book did you enjoy most? 
Furiously Happy 
Which did you enjoy least?
Son of No One. I might abandon it (and return the Audible purchase for credit)

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
VERY likely. Reader if possible. Cheerleader is I work that day.


 It's #readathon day! I was up and at 'em by 8 am. As I made breakfast I listened to Carry On. Afterwards I started Furiously Happy. #carryon #simonsnow #findjoyeveryday #findjoy #readingismyfavorite #iread #gotbooks #furiouslyhappy #thebloggess

The #readathon getting to know you post. #gotbooks #iread #readingismyfavorite

One of the books on deck for today is this one. #readathon #deweysreadathonhalloween #iread #gotbooks #readingismyfavorite  

Giving my eyes a break and making a snack, but the reading continues with this #darkhunter novel. #readathon #readingismyfavorite #deweysreadathonhalloween #iread #readingwithmyears

My mid-event survey for the fall #readathon. I've been doing a lot of #readingwithmyears today, and had book group tonight, so haven't made much of a dent in my pile...yet. #readingismyfavorite #gotbooks #iread

We are in the middle of hour 16 of the #readathon. Time for a snack! #cakeandteatime #iread #readingismyfavorite #gotbooks

A #bostonbeans friend used one of the Bostie cards she ordered from me and made an altered notebook perfect for my bookish obsessions. The first entry is about the #readathon. #readingismyfavorite #gotbooks #iread #cricutcreations #bostonterriersrock #squishyfacecrew

My #readathon cheerleaders are still going strong...if snoring can be considered cheering. �� #squishyfacecrew #bostonterriersrock #lunabelle #chevyblue #pupperazzi #letsleepingdogslie #bostonbeans

 Current #readathon reading: All-Star Superman. I tried reading this last week via the #hoopla app, but the text was too small at times - even with zooming in. Not only is this a read-a-thon book, it's a #superherosunday one as well. #iread #gotbooks #graphicnovels #superman #superheroes #readingismyfavorite #twobirdsonestone

 It's 3 a.m. (Hour 20 of the #readathon) I'm still going strong. After listening to another story/chapter of Everything's Eventual and updating my many #readingchallenges I'm about to begin #printzawardhonor Keesha's House. My cheerleaders have abandoned me to go snuggle with their daddy, so I'll console myself - and keep warm - with a cup of hot tea. #findjoy #findjoyeveryday #readingismyfavorite #readingwithmyears #gotbooks #iread

 It's hour 21 of the #readathon!! My cheerleaders have returned to keep my lap warm as I read. I finished Keesha's House and am about to begin volume 3 of the latest Captain Marvel series. #iread #gotbooks #readingismyfavorite #graphicnovels #marvelcomics #captainmarvel #superherosunday #superheroes #bostonbeans #bostonsarebest #bostonterriersrock #pupperazzi #letsleepingdogslie #lunabelle #chevyblue #squishyfacecrew #lasthashtagipromise

I might be more than a little biased, but I think I have the most adorable #readathon cheerleaders of them all. ❤️ Anyhow...I've finished Captain Marvel and am on to another #printzawardhonor: Your Own Sylvia. #readingismyfavorite #gotbooks #iread #bookbeverage #chevyblue #lunabelle #squishyfacecrew #bostonbeans #bostonsarebest #bostonterriersrock #letsleepingdogslie #lasthashtagipromise

Holy frijoles, batman! It's the final hour of the #readathon! I'm still going strong, but my cheerleaders are OUT! Luna Belle especially. She very rarely sleeps on her back! #letsleepingdogslie #bostonterriersrock #bostonsarebest #bostonbeans #squishyfacecrew

Just finished Your Own Sylvia. Will volume one of Rat Queens be my final book of the #readathon? #graphicnovels #gotbooks #readingismyfavorite #iread

It's over. I made it. 24 hours of reading, listening, and discussing books. I read all or part of ten books. Finished seven, six of which I read start to finish during the #readathon. It's time to take my furry cheerleaders and go to sleep...after I finish this last book. #readingismyfavorite #iread #gotbooks #cantwaitforthenextreadathon #surprisinglystillawake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall 2015 Dewey's Read-a-thon

I did it! I did it!  I stayed awake for over 24 hours and read, listened, and discussed books for the majority of that time!  As you can imagine, I spent a good bit of Sunday sleeping.

Some of my stats:

Books read (part or all): 10
Books read start to finish during the read-a-thon: 6
Books finished during the read-a-thon: 7
Books partially read during the read-a-thon: 4
Total pages read (either visually or audibly): Over 1500

The books I read:

  • Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King (audiobook, adult horror.  Still listening to this one)
  • Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  (audiobook, adult fantasy.  Didn’t finish that day and ultimately abandoned)
  • All-Star Superman, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison (print graphic novel)
  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (ebook adult non-fiction)
  • Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (print graphic novel. Finished about 30 minutes after the read-a-thon ended)
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill (print teen non-fiction)
  • Captain Marvel, Vol. 3: Alis Volat Propriis by Kelly Sue DeConnick (print graphic novel)
  • Keesha's House by Frost, Helen (print teen book)
  • Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman (print children’s picture book)
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (audiobook.  Started prior, but finished during the read-a-thon)

As you may recall, I had quite the list of books to choose from for the event.  Two of those arrived at my desk on Friday…after I had left my office for another location.  Good thing I had LOTS of other choices!

The date for the next read-a-thon has been announced (April 23, 2016).  I plan to participate, and am considering doing it as a fundraiser for a literacy type non-profit.  There were over 2000 people who participated as readers this time. I can just imagine how many there will be in the spring!

I will post my photo updates from the fall 2015 read-a-thon later this week.  Keep an eye out for them!

Friday, October 16, 2015

It's nearly read-a-thon time!

By this time tomorrow I will be a few hours into the Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon!

Yesterday I compiled my preliminary booklist.  It’s already been adjusted, and likely will a few more times by the end of the event.

My husband has been forewarned of my unavailability to do, well, much of anything on Saturday.  Last I heard he plans to go see a movie while I’m home reading.  He works on Sunday, but should be finished by 2:30, so I will sleep while he is at work and be well rested by the time he gets home.

Food is important and should be at least somewhat planned before the event.  Since I often will listen to an audiobook via the app on my iPhone, it isn’t as much of an issue for me to continue reading while prepping a meal.  I have some snacks set aside for the day, such as Granny Smith apples, Chicago Mix popcorn, beef jerky, and dark chocolate pizzelles.  In the evening I am going to dinner for my book group outing, so that is another meal taken care of with little time away from the read-a-thon.

When you sign up as a reader for the event, you can request to have cheerleaders.  I didn’t, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t welcome being cheered as I read!  I’ll mostly update through Instagram – which will forward to my Twitter account, but will also share those updates – and possibly others – on my blog’s Facebook page. If you want to be an official cheerleader for the read-a-thon, you can register here.  This is a great way to be involved when you know you won’t have the time to really read all day.

In April I read for about 20 of the 24 hours. I would love to make it the whole 24 hours this year – counting book group towards the participation time – but…I’m just starting to get over a bout of bronchitis. So, if I feel too worn down, I will nap – and not feel bad about it, either!

I can hardly wait.