Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon April 2017: Finish Line

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I was really tired last night and went to bed around 10 pm, which is hour 15.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Just One Day. 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I know you guys have worked hard on cheerleading and you just don't get the results you want, but I would love to see official cheerleaders come back and not just to twitter, but for the blogs too. 
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? the hourly updates and the mini challenges were great. 
  5. How many books did you read? 1
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Just One Day by Gayle Forman and Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks. 
  8. Which did you enjoy least? -
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will be back in October to participate as a reader again. 

8:13 to 9:19 pg 133-171
9:37-9:48 pg 171-181

I fell asleep beween these two reading sessions and then I ended up going to bed for the rest of the readathon. 

Time Read: 1 hour 8 minutes
Pages Read: 48
Total Time Read: 192
Total Pages Read: 4 hours 24 minutes

This readathon was by far not my best. I was a lot more tired than usual. I still made a lot of progress and I'm proud of that progress. This is my 9th readathon. I participated in my first readathon in April of my Senior year of high school and I am now almost a college graduate. I love this readathon and I'm going to continue to participate no matter how busy I get. It is the perfect time to set aside time to read. 

April 2013: 296 pages
Oct 2013: 92 pages
April 2014: 440 pages
Oct 2014: 417 pages
April 2015: 360 pages
Oct 2015: 256 pages
April 2016: 187 pages
October 2016: 183 pages
April 2017: 192 pages

April 2013: 8 hours 6 minutes
Oct 2013: 3 hours 44 minutes
April 2014: 11 hours 24 minutes
Oct 2014: 8 hours 44 minutes
April 2015: 9 hours 13 minutes
Oct 2015: 4 hours and 38 minutes
April 2016: 4 hours and 38 minutes
October 2016: 5 hours 40 minutes
April 2017: 4 hours 24 minutes

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey's Readathon April 2017: Hour 13 Update

Mid Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now? Just One Day by Gayle Forman
2. How many books have you read so far? Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? more of Just One Day. 
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? We moved my sister out of college, so I had a few hours where I wasn't reading.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? This readathon has been great and I have accomplished a lot. 

Hour 13 Update
Hello fellow readathoners. I'm back for an update. It has been awhile. We went and moved my sister out of college. She just has the bare essentials to last her through finals week. I took a nap in the car on the way home since I'm not able to read in the car anyways. Once we came home we got everything unpacked then I went back to reading. 

10:33 to 10:46 pg 50- pg 59
4:36 to 5:19 pg 59- pg 91
5:40 to 6:19 pg 91-122
6:37 to 6:53 pg 122-pg 133

Pages Read: 83
Time Read: 1 hr 49 mins
Total Pages Read: 144
Total Time Read: 3 hrs 16 mins

Dewey's Readathon April 2017 Hour 3 Update

Hour 3 Update:
So far my morning has been very successful. I woke up around 7:00, went to the bathroom, grabbed my phone, and my reading pillow. I was reading by 7:05. I finished Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks within the hour. Then I started Just One Day by Gayle Forman and I'm currently on page 31.

7:05 to 7:55 pg 452-482 Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
8:08 to 8:45 pg 0 to pg 31 Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Pages Read: 61 pages
Time Read: 1 hour 27 minutes

Cover by Memory Mini Challenge
Here is my cover by memory. I think it is pretty good I just need to shade before I put the letters on. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dewey's Readathon April 2017 Starting Line

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? South Dakota
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Just One Day, Geekerella
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? don't know (didn't plan snacks this time around)
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! My name is Rachael. I have been blogging for four years now. This will be my 9th readathon. I'm now a senior in college and one week away from finishing student teaching. 
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?
We are moving my sister out of college, so that will be a time during the day that I won't be reading. 

This is a scheduled post, but here is my plan for Saturday:
I'm planning on waking up around 7:00 to 8:00 am and reading in bed for an hour. Then I will eat breakfast and get ready to travel to move my sister out. When we get home then I will spend the rest of the day laying around and reading. I'm planning on starting the day by finishing Two by Two and then moving on to Just One Day by Gayle Forman. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ultimate Lazy Day: Dewey's Readathon April 29, 2017

The ultimate lazy day. I recently got an email with that headline What would you do on your ultimate lazy day? and that got me thinking this would make a great blog post and it has been a long time since I have written a discussion post.

I really have two lazy days a year where I try to plan absolutely nothing and literally just lay around the house all day. That is the two times a year Dewey's readathon happens. Dewey's readathon is my excuse to have the ulimate lazy day and spend as many hours reading as possible.

Here are my tips for your lazy day:

  • Plenty of Books!
    • I know for Dewey's Readathon this sounds pretty logical, but what about those unplanned mornings or afternoons where you just get to lay around?
    • Each book I finish during a readathon is special to me because I have spent hours reading this book and it has somehow managed to hold my attention. Therefore, these are the books I have chosen to recommend to you. 
      • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
      • Five Summers by Una LaMarche
      • Burn for Burn by Sobian  Vivian and Jenny Han
      • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
      • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn  Schneider
    • Attachments was the first book I ever started and finished during a readathon and it was an amazing book. Since then I have done it with The Beginning of Everything and Burn for Burn. Give yourself choices, so you can stay interested. 
  • Food!
    • Every lazy day needs food. Make up your favorite snacks and have them ready. I always like to make muffins and chex mix for days I plan to lay around all day. 
  • Blankets
    • I love my heated blanket for night, but it is too hot for the daytime, but I need a lighter blanket for the daytime. 
  • Limited Electronics
    • I can't be the only one who could spend an hour on my phone literally just scrolling through Facebook. So on lazy days I try to limit my time on my phone by putting it farther away. I make sure to let everybody know that I won't be around my phone much especially during the readathon. Do make sure you check in every couple of hours on to join in the mini challenges and read their hillarious update posts. 
  • Just Relax
    • Don't make yourself feel guilty. The dishes, laundry, etc can wait. Sometimes you need to treat yourself. 
What my lazy day schedule looks like-

Readathon days I like to wake up early because I'm crazy because I want to get as much reading done as possible. I always spend my first few hours in bed just reading away at those first few pages. Then when I do get up I make myself some breakfast and sit and read for usually another hour while I have my coffee. Then it is bath time. I love to relax in the hot water. Then after lunch it is all up in the air. Sometimes I will go back and lay in bed other times I will lay on the couch. I have to remember to move as it gets later into the night. I check in every so often on the website for updates, cheer on fellow readathoners, and update you guys here on the blog. I love Dewey's readathon and it is the best lazy day out there. I'm so excited that the next one is coming up on April 29. 

What do your lazy days look like? 

Friday, April 14, 2017

April Challenge Update 2017

I made it to April, 1st, 2017 without reading a single new release. I do have several on my radar this year, but I love to focus on the backlist books at the beggining of the year. I managed to read 16 books for the challenge. As always my goal is to reduce the number of books on my Goodreads TBR list and I failed at that part this year. I started at 368 books and I'm ending the challenge with 385 books on my Goodreads TBR.

Hosted by Fantasy is more fun and Because Reading
So unfortunately I made a C for this Quarter. I read A Thousand Nights in January, but did not finish a book off the list for February or March. 

This months topic is the top books that have been on your TBR list for the longest. I have so many good books that have been on my TBR list forever. I decided to choose 3 books that I want to read soon that have been on my shelf forever. 

1. 99 Days by Katie Cotungo- I loved How to Love by Katie Cotungo and I was so excited to win this book in a giveaway except I still haven't read this book, but I hope to soon. 

2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman- I have had this book on my TBR list for 3 years and owned it for a year. It won my TBR list voting this month, so this will be read in April. 

3. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- I love Morgan Matson and I'm excited to read this book this summer. 

March Wrap Up and April TBR

March was a huge audiobook month for me. I listened to Anne of Green Gables, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, and Before I Fall as an audiobook. I read Okay for Now at school with my 6th graders and just barely finished it when I was done with my placement.

The Opposite of Me was a slow book and I did not end up enjoying this book. It really has slowed down my reading for the year. I however, loved The Sun is Also a Star and I'm excited to read more by Nicola Yoon.

I read one book off my March TBR. I'm currently read PS I Still Love You. I'm planning on reading Two by Two next and Just One Day is going to be my Dewey's readathon book.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April To Be Read List Winner

Hosted by Because Reading

Thank you so much for voting. I was pretty close to a three way tie, but I was lucky enough to have a winner. I do hope to read all of these books eventually, but I'm excited to read my winner for the month. 

Just One Day by Gayle Forman is my winner. I'm so excited to read another book by Gayle Forman. This will be my fourth book by this author. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April TBR List 2017 ~ Let's Vote

Hosted by Because Reading
I continue to look for those forgotten books on my goodreads TBR to read for My TBR List. You guys chose The Opposite of Me in February and I couldn't remember a thing about this book or why I added it to my list. I chose these three books from my Goodreads TBR using and I'm so excited to see which one you guys pick. I think I'm going to enjoy any of these three books and as always I want to read them all eventually.

The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love.

French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

 After Margherita's father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

 Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

 Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.

A modern-day fairy tale set in a mysterious museum that is perfect for readers of Roald Dahl and Blue Balliett.

 Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

 As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

 A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

 A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

 The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!