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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Mid Event Survey


Well, Hello There!

It’s Hour 12 of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon, and though I won’t be able to stay up for all 24 hours, I at least am making the most of what I can stay up for, and decided to share with you my Mid Event Survey. The day has been fantastic so far and I’m looking forward to more books, tea, and chocolate for the remainder of the evening!


  1. What are you reading right now?

I’m nearly finished with Empire of Storms, and I’m about to start a mystery, Buried in a Book.

  1. How many books have you read so far?

I’ve read FOUR books so far! The Poet’s Dog, Mighty Jack, Moo, and Heartsong

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

I’m looking forward to finishing Empire of Storms, though it will be kind of painful since I have to wait so long for the next installment. But I sense some things are going to happen that are going to be shocking and surprising. I’m also really looking forward to this mystery I picked up at the library–it’s the perfect evening for a read-a-thon–the wind is blowing and the scent of homemade applesauce is filling the house!


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

I’ve had other tasks I needed to accomplish, but during my reading, I haven’t had any interruptions, so it’s been relatively smooth.

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

What surprises me is that I don’t do this more often because I enjoy it so much, and it often helps me to unwind and just give myself time to relax and have no other agenda but drink coffee, tea, and read….


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Read-a-thon Alert!! #BoutofBooks 16: May 9th-15th

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HEY THERE! I know I’ve been MIA lately because of: busy School Librarian job, moving, going to Library School at the same time, moving, and trying to remain sane! But here I am, and I have been reading loads of books. The challenge is keeping up with the blog, but I’ve got some wonderful posts planned and lots of mini reviews in the future. And….I’m going to jump into BOUT OF BOOKS 16!! I have no choice–I simply must participate!!

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So, here are the details, and guess what?!? There still time to sign up!

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

I’m planning to share my stack of Bout of Books titles soon, but in the meantime, know that one book I’ll be finishing up is THE MIRROR KING by Jodi Meadows. I am loving this sequel, and have been reading it on the train to and from work. I figure that I’ll finish it in the next day as things are getting pretty exciting, but also scary…The wraith!!!


But even the scary bits won’t keep me from reading onwards to find out if the Orphan Queen and the Mirror King will be reunited….

I’ll be sharing more of my reading plans soon so stay tuned! And I’m happy to be back in the blogging world with you all where I plan to share my thoughts on some absolutely wonderful books. Think…Raymie Nightingale and Traitor Angels….

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When I heard about a project involving reading a book, making notes in it, and then passing it along to another blogger (after receiving it from several bloggers before me), I jumped at the chance to participate!

I was so happy when Alicia at A KERNEL OF NONSENSE contacted me about the project. Alicia and Rachel at CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK GEEK are hosting this grand event, and they have managed to put together an organized and fun traveling book extravaganza!

So, here’s what’s happening. There are 10 bloggers, 2 books, and one project. 5 Bloggers are in the US and 5 are in the UK, but we’ll all be reading both books. Each blogger gets to annotate the book and then send it along to the next blogger.


So….Cristina at Girl in the Pages sent me Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and she included some wonderful goodies I’ll show you below.

I was so excited to jump in and leave stickies, highlightings, and notes in the margins, but I had to get used to the idea of writing in a book!

To be honest, it didn’t take me long to get used to that, maybe because of all that writing and highlighting in books for grad school! Once I saw Harry Potter as a text that required annotating, it was easy to read actively and to share some of my thoughts as I soared through the story.


I absolutely loved reading the notes of the bloggers before me, and I often wrote a comment in response to a note from an earlier reader. It was fun, and even sometimes it was just one word. I hadn’t read HP & the Philosopher’s Stone in awhile, and I think I enjoyed the story more this time around. Now, having read the entire series, looking back at the first book was a richer experience. I noticed more and was also looking for more details, I think.


I can imagine that once the last person receives the book, it really will be a unique artifact, because it will reflect all these different readers’ perspectives of the text, in a way. We all might have similar or different responses to certain parts in the story, and that can be physically reflected in the book at the end of our exchange!


Isn’t that cool?

I’m excited for the second book, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, to make the rounds, so stay tuned!

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