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With my MLIS degree complete and my first part-time real librarian position in high gear I find that my pleasure reading has gotten back on track. I figured now would be the time to get back to blogging. Let's hope I can keep on top of my books. So with my trusty Pomeranian dog "Spike" stiill by my side I will continue the challenge to read 1001 books.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dewey End of Event Meme


I shut down before the final questions were up for the end of the Dewey Read-A-Thon, so here are my answers. Also, my reviews are probably going to go up tomorrow as I have homework to get done today.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I'd have to say between hours of 15 to 18 when my reading slowed and I got very tired. But I got a second wind and made it to the 24th hour!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
For me any Harry Potter would keep me interested,even with their length.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
As this was my first "Dewey" I would have liked a little clearer idea of what was going on and how to post. The other read-a-thons I have been involved in you just posted to their site your updates. Maybe a 'newbie' page?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I liked the hourly update on the site.
5. How many books did you read? Six
6. What were the names of the books you read?
LAST NIGHT I SANG TO THE MONSTER by Benjamin Alire Saenz--239 pgs.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde--218 pgs.
THE PEARL DIVER by Jeff Talarigo--240 pgs.
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G. Wells--187 pgs.
RUNNING THE BOOKS by Ari Steinberg--399 pgs.
CLONE CODES by Patricia, Fredrick and John McKissack--177 pgs.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I'd have to say THE PEARL DIVER, with RUNNING THE BOOKS coming in a close second.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Probably CLONE CODES as there was not enough meat to the story, but it is the beginning of a trilogy.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not a Cheerleader.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I would definately participate again and would be a reader.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dewey Read-A-Thon Hour 13 & The Mid-Event Meme Survey

OK, so I just realized that other than posting on the Dewey Read-A-Thon website I am supposed to be posting here. So here goes what I have done so far (please note that I will provide full reviews of the books read tomorrow).


LAST NIGHT I SANG TO THE MONSTER by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This story about a young man learning to deal with the demons within and without was recommended to me by a librarian and well worth the time. 239 pgs.

and

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde
The story of a man who has a portrait of himself which ages in place of him. This story brings up many ethical and sociological questions, I am glad to have finally read it through. 218 pgs.

This is one of the classics for my own 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die challenge at : http://roseanns1kbookchallenge.blogspot.com/ I am way behind on this blog, so I am glad to hopefully add a few during the read-a-thon.

THE PEARL DIVER by Jeff Talarigo
The story of a girl in 1940's Japan who gets leporasy, is disowned by her family, and is sent to a lepor colony on an island. 240 pgs.

and

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G. Wells
I had read this classic many years ago and had forgotten how frightening it actually is. Another of my 1001 down, YAY! 187 pgs.

So in 12 hours of reading I have completed 4 book and read a total of 884 pages.

I'll post an update in 6 hours.

1. What are you reading right now? I'm finishing some homework and then starting RUNNING THE BOOKS by Avi Steinberg
2. How many books have you read so far? Four
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
There really isn't one title I like more than the rest.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Just sending hubby out of the house, so he wouldn't bother me!5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
None really
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope, it's working fine for me.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Nothing, I am a Read-A-Thon pro. ;-)
9. Are you getting tired yet?
Since it's just after 5pm here in sunny San Diego, no.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
I think short books is the best advice I can give. That way you don't get bored in the middle, there's something new on the way.

Hour 22

Well, I started getting tired around hour 15 and my reading slowed considerably. I even found myself reading the same paragraph over and over again. I really should have followed my own advise and not picked up a longer book. So I turned on my trusty Keurig Coffee Maker and made a huge mug of Wake-Up Call coffee and it made we stop rereading stuff, but I am much slower still. I am still going to try to make it to the end. I finally finished book five.

RUNNING THE BOOKS by Ari Steinberg
A NF book about the life of a Prison Librarian. Pretty interesting. 399 pgs.

Total so far--

Five Books Read
21 hours, 20 minutes reading
1,283 pages

Hour 24
END OF EVENT MEME

Well it's 4:24am according to my computer and I just finished my sixth book. I picked a YA title from my TBR stack as I wanted something a little easier to finish with. I think this is going to be it for me as I don't think I can get much done in half an hour.

CLONE CODES by Patricia, Fredrick and John McKissack
Set in 2170 where clones and cyborgs are part of life. This story is about teenage Leanna who is running from a bounty hunter after her mother is caught for trying to treat clones as people. 1st novel of a trilogy. Pretty good. 177 pages.

So my final total are...

Book Read: 6

Time Spent Reading: 23 hours (taking off 25 minutes for sundry stuff. Note: I read while cooking and getting snacks--obsessive I know)

Total Pages Read: 1,460

I want to give a big THANK YOU to Trish and all her volunteers for hosting this Read-A-Thon and all of the Cheerleaders who kept us going!

It's been fun and now Good Night(Morning?) and Good Reading!!

October 9, 2010-Dewey Read-A-Thon Day!!!


Well, today is the Dewey Read-A-Thon hosted at http://24hourreadathon.com/
It's currently hour 7 and I have read two books so far. I will be doing a final post sometime tomorrow with lists on both of my blogs.

Good luck and Good Reading to anyone else who is participating and now, back to reading!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 5, 2010

Well, I figured I was up and blogging again and then what happens? There is a lightning strike near my house and both my internet and phone (I have a bundled service) are out. My phone is still not running, but it looks like the internet is up again.

I am almost done with a 1001 book (THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY) but I had to return a couple to the library due to holds, so I barreled through this one today and was very glad I did!


THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
Bod is not your ordinary boy. To begin with he lives in a graveyard, given 'full privilages' by the lady riding the white horse. When Bod (short for Nobody) was a baby, his parents were killed and he escaped by toddling off to the nearby graveyard. Once there he is 'met' by a lady, Mrs. Owens, who has resided within the graveyard ever since she died. Mrs. Owens, along with the rest of the graveyard's inhabitants know that they need to protect Bod from the man who killed his family and is still after him. The story covers all of Bod's childhood wherein he learns of all things graveyard (ghouls, witches, etc) and even attends school for a short time. He also meets a young girl and longs for life with those who breathe.

I have enjoyed Neil Gaiman ever since I laid my hands on the first issue of the SANDMAN comics. Gaiman draws you into his tales and makes you love things that you thought you would have and vice versa. This story is even better than CORALAINE and even though it is considered YA I highly reccomend it for all readers. If you do not already like Gaiman, I believe this book with make you a follower.

I am off to finish my 1001 book, but should be back soon. Until next time, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD READING!