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.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dewey's Over

Well my favorite Read-A-Thon has come to an end. I'm a little sad. I don't feel like I got to participate as much as I would have liked. I came down with a cold and it made me tired. I ended up going to sleep and missing the last 4 hours. I usually stay up the whole time. I hate missing anything.

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?The last 4 I just couldn't stay awake and ended up going to bed.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Maybe try a Manga if you haven't tried one. They are fun and easy to read
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think this year went really well. I think better than the last few.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I don't know. It just went well.
  5. How many books did you read? 1 and part of another
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Running Man by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King and Envy by Gregg Olsen
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Running Man
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Envy
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was a Cheerleader and I think it went really well.
  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 be participating again in October and Cheering as well.

I hope everyone had fun and I hope to see you again in October

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dewey's Opening Meme and Updates

deweyleafIt's almost time for Dewey to start. I'm a little tired. It's a little before 5am here. I can't seem to put coherent sentences together. 

Opening Meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading from Eastern Oregon, USA. 
 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I don't know. I will most likely start with Hunted by Kevin Hearne. I'm about ten pages into it and thought I would finish it.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I have come down with a cold. Nothing sounds good this morning.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm married and have four children. I have to work 3 hours today. It is the only time I will not be participating. I will be taking along a audio book. I might be able to listen to it a little on my short commute.
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 might see what's happening on twitter. I have never participated in that way.

Hour 2
6466554Reading: The Runnning Man by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King
Pages Read: 46
Food: Oats and More Cereal
Thoughts: I wasn't planning on reading this book but, I couldn't turn the light on in my bedroom. My husband was still sleeping. So I chose a book I had on my kindle. Liking it so far. It's better than I was expected.  
Challenges

Hour 4
Reading: The Running Man by Richard Bachman
Pages Read: 54
Total Pages:100
Food: None
Thoughts: I have to be at work in 15 minutes. I need to start getting ready.  
Hour 10 
Reading: The Running Man
Pages Read: 57
Total Pages Read: 157
Food: Funyuns, gummy bugs, 1 chicken strip, and a granola bar.
Thoughts: I had to work so I haven't read as much as I would have liked. I would like to finish this book by hour 12.
Hour 12
 Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? The Running Man by Richard Buchman
2. How many books have you read so far? Almost done with 1. I had to work
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I think I will read Envy by Gregg Olson
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, I had to work. I wasn't happy but, I forgot to take the day off.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Nothing has surprised me yet. However, we are only half way through


Hour 14
 Finished-Running Man by Richard Bachman
Total Pages Read-241
Food-A Mountain Dew and a TV Dinner. They both tasted awful. My cold has changed my taste buds.
Thoughts- I can't wait to start my next book.

Hour 17
Reading: Envy By Gregg Olsen
Pages Read: 92
Total Pages: 333
Food: Chocolate bar with almonds
Thoughts: I don't know if I like this book yet.

Hour 20
Reading Envy
Total Pages Read-107

My cold is making me quit. It is a little after midnight here and I just can't keep my eyes open even long enough type out the few words I want to say. If my grammar is atrocious I'm sorry. This is my 5th Dewey and this will be the first time I didn't stay up the whole time. I cheered but, not as much as I would have liked.

Have fun and enjoy all you have to read.
Goodnight

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour READ-A-THON 2015

deweyThis read-a-thon is the one that has jumped started my whole challenge obsession. I love it. I get to set aside 24 hours for myself. I use the time to read, blog, read blogs, participate in mini challenges and cheer others on. 

As soon as I know the date I mark my calender. I don't let to many things interrupt me. I ignore everything and everyone. My husband and kids know to just let me be. They usually do an activity outside of the house. However, I might have something I can't get out of that will take 8 hours of my time. I plan on taking a audio book with me to listen during the travel time and during any break.


If you would like to join in the fun or learn more Click Here
My Goals
  1. 500 Pages (If I have the obligation)
  2. 1000 Pages (Without obligation)
  3. Cheer on all assigned blogs 3 times and 10 unassigned once
  4. Participate in 5 Challenges
I love having a lot of books on hand. Here is a few I have on my night stand that I would like to read. However, I will probably choose the smaller of the bunch.

My Books
8694522  10644930  6853  68527  22557272  16071748   22522808  13667361  935308  161361  62216  673252  10551290  Click here to view eBook details for The Running Man by Stephen King  Click here to view eBook details for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey  Click here to view eBook details for Away by Teri Hall

Audio Books
24768

Thursday, February 26, 2015

TBR Jar-Thursday #2

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This challenge is hosted by NYC BookWorm. I decided to make it a weekly event on my blog.  I thought I would add the books I am working on for my TBR Pile Challenge into my jar.

Last weeks pick


12700306 Title:Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles #4)
Author: Kevin Hearne
Published: January 2012
Pages: 341
Genre:Fantasy, Paranormal
My Rating 3 out of 5 Stars


Overview

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.
But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.



My Thoughts

I love all the supporting characters. I can't get enough of Coyote and Oberon. I just don't care to much about Atticus. He's the main character but, I feel like his character is flawed. There is something wrong with him. He's old but, reminds me of an annoying teenage boy.

This story was good. Coyote's tricks are wonderful and I enjoyed him getting the better of Atticus. I didn't always see them coming. I loved the first two books. Books three and four are not quit as good but, I still enjoyed them.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TBR Jar-Thursday

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This challenge is hosted by NYC BookWorm. In this challenge you write out your TBR list or type it, then put them in a jar. When you are ready to read your next book, pull from the jar. I thought I would add the books I am working on for my TBR Pile Challenge into my jar. 

My Jar
I figure while I'm at it I might as well make it a weekly event. On every Thursday I will  have one of my children pull a book. I will read and review it for the following week.

12700306 

This week my son reached into the jar and pulled out 
                    Tricked by Kevin Hearne