Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017 Closing Meme

Well all good things must come to an end.

  1. Which hour did you find the most daunting? the first and last. I fell asleep in both.
  2. Suggest books? Anything you love and favorite authors,.
  3. Suggestions for the readathon? No, it went amazing
  4. What went well? Everything
  5. How many books did I read? I finished one and have only pages left on another
  6. Name books read? Carry me Down and Caught in the Act
  7. Which book was better? Caught in the Act.
  8. Which did you enjoy the least? Carry me down
  9. Next year? Yes, I just don't know how much I will be able to do until then.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey Mid-Event Survey

It is half way done and here are a few question on how it is going.
    Carry Me Down
  1. What am I reading right now? I am listening to Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland. I thought I would be done by now, but I have had unexpected distractions and I may have fallen asleep in the beginning.
  2. How many books have I read? I have listened to about 2 hours of the above book and I read 5 pages of another.
  3. What book am I looking forward to? I am just looking forward to sitting down and reading. I am tired of listening to a book. However, I am getting some much needed cleaning done in my house.
  4. Have I had any interruptions? Yes, I have had to run my husband and kids places. I had unexpected visitors and I have handled it really well. I am using today as a day to relax and that is what I have done. Well I have cleaned, but it is being done very slowly.
  5. What has surprised me so far? I have really loved all of the challenges and I love the emphases on donating.

2017 April Dewey Challenges

Hour 22
Draw a scene from your book
I am currently reading Caught in the Act by Gayle Roper
As you can tell drawing is not my specialty

Hour 13
Picture with book and furry friend

Hour 9
Photo challenge-Snack and book. I am listening to a book so it will be a screen shot from my phone. The chips I grabbed a handful while walking past the table to clean.
Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland


Hour 7
Book your Face(I booked my daughters

Challenge for Hour 6
Show the weather and a book that matches.

Challenge for Hour 4
Write a meet up between your current reads main character and your last
Current Read-Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland
Last Read-Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

It is a hot day as Kate starts walking back to her home. When in the distance she sees what she thinks is a tall skinny man. As she approaches with her sword drawn, she notices it is not a man, but a tall boy with a confused look on his face. He shakes his head and finally sees Kate. His eyes go big and roll into his head. He faints and falls to the grown and Kate is forced to help him.

Challenge for Hour 3
My Beautiful Drawing
The Fault in Our Stars
Draw a book cover from memory. I tried to think of one that would be fairly easy. I thought of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Obviously I forgot somethings. I also really hated the cover and refused to read it because the cover was ugly. Yes, I judge a book by it's cover. I did eventually read it and I enjoyed it.

April 2017 Readathon Opening Meme

Well the readathon has officially started. Here are a few of the opening questions.

    Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  1. Where am I? I am in Eastern Oregon, not to be confused with the west. We have a lot less trees and rain. Although we do have a lot of wind.
  2. What am I looking forward to reading? I have had a hectic month, well year. I am just looking forward to getting to sit down and read. Although, I am looking forward to rereading Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey.
  3. What do I look forward to eating? It is so early in the morning, nothing sounds good.
  4. Tell a little about myself. I like to read. I would like to decorate my home like a library that just happens to have a home in it. I am sick of unpacking and I hate to clean.
  5. Have I participated before and what will I do different? I have participated before. I have been doing this for a few years. It is to early to say exactly when. I plan on just laying back and participating when I feel like it. I don't have any defined goals, which is different. I will tell you I do miss the way we signed up before and could see everyone participating. I liked to visit the other blogs before the event.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dewey April 2017

april2017
Well it is that time of year again. I am going to participate in my favorite readathon. I don't know how much time yet I will be able to dedicate, but I am hoping for most the day. If you are interested in learning more click on the link.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Opening Meme, Mid-event Survey and End Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Eastern Oregon
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I think I'm most looking forward to finishing The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman. I bought the book and it was missing 5 chapters in the middle and have had I have had to wait for the replacement. I'm not good at waiting.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm married and have four children ranging in age 17-11. My three girls are all in high school.  I think sometimes I may go crazy with all the running around I have to do. I love reading and I really hate cleaning. It's 5 am here and I don't think my thoughts are clear yet. So please ignore all spelling and grammar mistakes. I will have to work for 5 hours today. I'm alright with it, because I didn't think I would be participating at all until yesterday. I am not fully awake and can not figure out how to fix my colors. That's what I get for having a black background. One of these days I will change it.
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? I have participated before. I love it. I won't be cheering this time officially, because I didn't sign up until yesterday. I believe this is my 8th in a row. I am looking forward to being selfish and spending time doing what I love to do.



Challenges


!. What are you reading right now? I am reading The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
2. How many books have you read so far? I have finished 1 book and started 2 others.
3. What book are you looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I am looking forward to rereading all of the Darkest Power books in one day
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not a lot of interruptions. I haven't blogged in a while and it is acting funny. That's why you see all the wonderful color changes. I'm sure I could fix it, but at 5 this morning I just didn't care. I still don't.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon? I guess I am surprised at how much I love participating. I'm not cheering this time and I do miss that.

End of the event Survey
1. Which hour was the most daunting for you? I had the most trouble at hour 6. I didn't get much sleep the night before.
2.Could you list a few high interest books that you think would keep a reader engaged for next year? I really enjoyed reading some of my old favorites. I knew I loved them so they kept me interested. So that's my suggestion, read an old favorite
3.Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the read-a-thon next season? I didn't like that I can't see everyone that is participating on the signup page.
4.What do you think worked really well in this years read-a-thon? Nothing springs to mind
5.How many books did you read? I read 2 almost 3. I have about a hundred pages left on the third I may have to stay up a little longer to finish.
6.What were the names of the books you read? The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong
I loved them all
9. I will participate again

Friday, October 21, 2016

It is time for Dewey

I didn't think I would be able to participate in my favorite reading activity (Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon), but I just found out I will be able to after all. I can hardly contain my excitement. It is the best 24 hours spent blogging, tweeting, playing games and reading. I will have to work 5 hours, however I may be able to listen to a book part of the time. I believe this will be my eighth time participating. If you are interested in learning more Click Here.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dewey 2016 Opening Meme

My favorite reada-a-thon is here and I'm bummed I won't be able to spend as much time as I would like. I love it because, people all over the world get to gether to read, play games, and enjoy each others company.

I didn't have much time to put this post togther. So, I am going to get started.

Opening Meme

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

I am reading from Easter Oregon. It is dryer here and we have less trees.


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

I really don't have one I am dying to read right now. It could be because, I am tired. It is 5am here.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?


Ceviche. It has become a got to for me for this read-a-thon.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!


I just bought a house. I am in the middle of renevating it. The house I'm in still is a disaster. There are boxes everywhere. I love to read that is why I am participating even though I really should have skipped this time. However, I haven't missed one since I first started in 2013. I have 4 kids, 3 dogs, 1 husband, 1 cat, 1 rabbit, 1 snake, and 1 turtle. I hope everyone is having fun.

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?


I will not be spening my sole time reading and cheering people on today. Unfortunatly I will be working on my new house, packing the old and cleaning. I hate cleaning. One of these days I will hire a maid to come in once or twice a week.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dewey Introductory Meme and updates

It is that time again. The twenty for hour readathon has officially started. If you would like to join in the fun sign up Here. There are challenges and prizes and lots of positive attitude. Check out the readathon with the link above. It's not to late. 

My Opening Meme

  1. I am reading from Eastern Oregon. There are less trees in this part of the state.
  2. I not looking forward to reading anything in particular. I plan to grab a short book from my stack on the shelf or a free one off my kindle.
  3. It is almost 6 am here. We start at 5. I'm getting a late start. I am not hungry yet. I do plan on making ceviche though.
  4. I'm a mom and I do this readathon for me. I like reading all 24 hours with cheering thrown in. I asked my family to read with me for an hour this morning. We will see how that goes. I love reading, sewing, and watching TV and movies. I just went back to school and I have homework do tonight. I will have to take time to do that.
  5. This is my 6th time participating. I love it. I plan to continue doing it as long as they keep it going. I will be sleeping more this time around and doing homework.
My New Goals

  1. Read a total of 15 hours
  2. 700 pages
  3. Visit 30 blogs and maybe check out twitter
I think I am coming down with something. I have slept a lot today. I hope everyone is having a good time

Hour 12
Pages Read: 221
Books Finished: The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Mid Event Survey
  1. I am getting ready to start reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  2. I have finished 1. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  3. I think I may work on all the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis
  4. I stopped and helped with Chemistry homework. I am resigned to be interrupted most of the readathon. Maybe the interruptions will stop when bedtime arrives.
  5. I was surprised this time around at the number of challenges involving Twitter and Instagram.
I had many unexpected interruptions. I helped with chemistry homework, I did my own homework, I fixed hair for homecoming, and I was just plain wore out from the week. I didn't get to read as much as I would have liked but, I did enjoy the time I did.

Closing Survey
  1. The most daunting hours were 1-4 and 20-24. I was tired and I
    slept.
  2. I did enjoy reading the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. They are short books and easy reads.
  3. I don't have a suggestion for improving next year. Although signups seemed kind of late this year.
  4. The cheerleaders were amazing this year
  5. I finished 1 book and started another.
  6. The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  7. I enjoyed both books
  8. I will participate again. I just plan on being better prepared and kicking everyone out of the house.
I hope everyone had fun and see you again next year.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Preparing For A 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

 When a readathon is approaching I like to make an initial  post. In the post I mention what I'm doing, what I'm signing up for and how I prepare. I'll give the details of the readathon and where it can be found. The more who sign up the merrier.  I also like to post my goals. After this initial post is done then I will sign up. If you can't tell this is my first post. I thought it should be instructional. That way it will help me put straight in my mind what I need to do.

Anyway I am going to be signing up for my all time favorite read-a-thon. This is the first one I ever did and it is my opinion the best; Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.  This readathon is held over a 24 hour period. You can read as much or as little as you want in that period. Every hour there is challenges and prize giveaways. There are cheerleaders that will cheer you along throughout the day. If you would like to participate you can sign up HERE.  This readathon will be held October 17. People around the world participate in this readathon. If you would like to find your start time click HERE.

I like planning what I will be reading. I usually pick books that I haven't started. They can be rereads but, I like to start the books fresh. A lot of the participants keep track of the number of pages read during the readathon. I am one of them and if I start a book fresh it is easier to keep track. Listening to books is acceptable and I will do that if I get tired or want to do something besides sit and read.

Here are a few of the books I have added to my reading pile.

This pile will most likely grow
I like having a huge assortment to choose from; books I've read, ones I haven't read, long, short, series, stand-alones and an assortment of genres. I never know what I will feel like reading when the readathon starts. I chose to choose books this time that I own.

I also like to have food ready. I usually choose to have finger food on hand. I don't drink pop usually so mountain dew has the kick I need stay awake. It has also become a personal tradition to make ceviche the night before to have the day of the readathon. I plan on posting the picture later.

After all my participation I like to get a full nights sleep. I have to wake up early. My start time is 5 am.

My Goals

  1. Stay awake the full 24 hours. I have accomplished this 4 out of 5 times. I was sick the last time.
  2. Read 1000 pages. My first time I broke a thousand pages and haven't done it since. I would like to try again.
  3. Visit 50 blogs. I don't know if I will be cheering but, I do plan on visiting other sites.
I really hope you can find the time to join in the fun. I hope to see you there.