Saturday, April 23, 2016

Readathon Hour 2 Mini-Challenge: Our Bookish Childhoods

Here are my five bookish moments as a child:

1) For some reason reading the Berenstain Bear books with my mom as a child sticks out to me. We would always get those books from the library and would read them together as a family.

2) My mom also got me the first Harry Potter book when I was in 5th grade, and that was the first book I remember just eating up. I always liked reading before Harry Potter, but that book was what made me fall in love with books.

3) The Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the book that I read over and over as a kid.

4) I also read Ella Enchanted in elementary school and it's one of those books that has stuck with me through the years. I read it once a year now.

5) Another picture book we always read was The Monster at the End of this Book. I loved it when my mom read that one to me as a kid.

Here's to hour 2!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dewey's Readathon Hour 18 Mini-Challenge: Mad Libs

He spaced out. So did the people around him. About twenty toads had just peeved through the back wall. Adult and slightly bookish, they glided across the room clawing each other and hardly glancing at the haunted houses. They seemed to be niggling. What looked like a cursed poison was saying, "Separate and loathe, I say, we ought to give him a second chance - ".

He gasped. So did the people around him. About twenty ghosts had just streamed through the back wall. Pearly-white and slightly transparent, they glided across the room talking to each other and hardly glancing at the first-years. They seemed to be arguing. What looked like a fat little monk was saying, "Forgive and forget, I say, we ought to give him a second chance - ".

From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Dewey's Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

I can't believe I'm on hour 12! It's gone by so quickly! Here's my update:

1. What are you reading right now?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling 
(I loooooove it.)

2. How many books have you read so far?

Approximately 2 and 1/4

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

I'm definitely excited to continue reading Harry Potter, and am also looking forward to reading Ruby Red. So many people have told me they love it!

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

Not too many distractions, here. I live alone, so that makes things easy. So far, I've just dealt with group text messages (Just quickly answer and move on) and tiredness, which I just gave into this last hour. I needed a good power nap. :)

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

I love the community! I didn't expect to have this much interaction with other people participating, and I love it. I also wasn't expecting it to go by so quickly. But I guess that's what you get for reading good books. :)

Dewey's Readathon Mini Challenge 6: Top Ten

For my top ten list, I am going to do top ten literary characters who would definitely participate in this readathon!

Without further ado, the top ten:

10) Despeareaux, from The Tales of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Despereaux is an odd mouse with big ears and a bigger love for reading. He would spend all day reading books about knights, princesses, and happily ever afters.

9) Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Jo is the second oldest of the March Sisters, is strong-willed, and loves reading and writing. She would not only participate in the reading portion of the readathon, but would be composing creative tweets and mini-challenges as well!

8) Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Don't let Scout's age fool you, even though she is young, she would be keeping up with the best of us through this readathon! Scout learned to read before she went to school, and I'm sure she would love to spend a whole day choosing what she wants to read, and not what her teacher assigns.

7) Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne is a smart and imaginative, and would probably spend her time reading books with romance.

6) Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth would probably start off the day with the best intentions, but I can see her getting restless a few hours in, and wanting to go outside or spend time with her sister, Jane.

5) Matlida Wormwood from Matilda by Roald Dahl

Here's another one of our young readers! It seems as though almost every day is a readathon for this girl. She would be curled up with a classic Darles Chickens.... er, Charles Dickens.

4) Klaus Baudelaire from The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Our first and only male (human) reader on the list! Klaus is the bookworm in his family, and would probably spend his time reading nonfiction books, soaking in every fact he can.

3) Liesel Merminger from The Book Thief

Liesel may not been a little late learning how to read, but once she started, nothing would stop her. Liesel would happily participate in the readathon, and hopefully just borrow the books from the library, rather than stealing them. :)

2) Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Everyone's favorite witch. (Okay, maybe not everyone's favorite, but a lot of people's.) Hermione might be one of those participants that chooses one big, fat history textbook and reads it all day long, but to each their own, right? :)

1) Belle from Beauty and the Beast

Belle is one of my favorite fictional characters, and she would happily participate in a readathon. She's be reading stories of far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, and princes in disguise! And with her library in the Beast's castle, she would have her pick to choose from!

Well, there's my top ten for you! Do you think I missed any characters that would be reading along with us?

Dewey's Readathon Hour 6 Mini-Challenge: The Power of Love

The first way books make me fall in love with them is by sight. I mean, books with beautiful covers just get me. I don't even care what they are about, but I just want to pick them up and read them all day.

Some examples of covers that were love at first sight:

But as we all know, love based on physical beauty only gets us so far. So the next way books make me fall in love is through interesting, complex characters. I especially love characters that are not what they seem, or really change as the book progresses. A champion of writing interesting characters is Markus Zusak. My favorites of his are The Book Thief, and I am the Messenger. I also love the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The love triangle in that book was impossible to choose between!

And lastly, what is a good book without an interesting plot with twists and turns you don't see coming? I'll always love the Harry Potter series for this, but some other runner-ups are The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, and The Sherwood Ring by Marie Elizabeth Pope

So here's to the books that have made me fall in love with them, and for those I have yet to discover! Now, to continue in the readathon!

Dewey's Readathon: Hour 0 Introductory Meme

This is my first readathon, and I am stoked! I have my pile of books, and I am so ready to get started!

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

Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Definitely Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Chocolate covered caramels from Trader Joe's. And also mangoes! Mmmm

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I just graduated with my Master's degree in Library Science!

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 am most looking forward to staying in my pajamas all day, cutting into my to-read list, and still feeling productive! :)

Happy reading!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Touring the Country in a Hyundai Accent: Ohio

Next up on our tour across the country is the grand, the magnificent, the awe-inspiring,


Actually, it was super, super fun.  And I will tell you all about it.

So, of course we stopped in Kirtland, to continue on our church history tour.  And it was kind of cool doing it backwards.  Starting with Nauvoo, and making our way back to Palmyra, where Joseph received the first vision.  It was a cool perspective.

We started out visiting the Kirtland Temple.  This temple is owned by the Community of Christ, and there was a very different spirit there than the other sites we visited. It was still a great tour, and they do an awesome job, but it's a very factual, rather than spiritual, experience.

After the temple, we headed over to the Church's site, which includes the Whitney Store, the Whitney property, and the Ashery.

What did I tell you?  My mom is really good at taking pictures when we're not ready.

We found a Case in the sign in book at the Whitney store!

Quilts in the Whitney House.

The Visitor's Center with the cute Sister Missionary that gave us the tour.
The grounds were so pretty!
When we got to Ohio, there were a bunch of signs about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Ian says, "Oh, I've always wanted to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..." in his cute baby-of-the-family voice that no one can resist.  So we spent some extra time in Ohio, and the next morning, instead of heading off to our next adventure, made a stop at the Rock of Roll Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio.

They had this awesome piano that you could just go play!  And the guitar actually worked too!
And it was actually pretty cool!  It was especially fun to see all of the stuff about Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis after we saw the play.

And, of course, they had awesome Beatles paraphernalia

And other Rock and Roll gems

So I was just walking around (we all went at our own pace, based on our interest in Rock and Roll... aka, my mom was done about an hour before anyone else.) and I saw this little recording studio, that was a replica of the Memphis recording studio where the Million Dollar Quartet took place.

They had the original piano, with this fun little picture on top of it:

After I had my fill, I found my mom sitting outside eating chips and a Diet Pepsi (once you get into the eastern United States, they stop selling Coke products, and start selling Pepsi products.  It's the worst).  So we sat and enjoyed the view while waiting for Ian and my dad to finish up.

 After The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we decided we needed to do something a little less worldly, so hit up an Amish town.  The problem was that we didn't get there until the evening, and Amish towns close down in the evening.  But we did find a great Amish restaurant, with delicious home-cooked food.
They also had a bunch of Amish quilts hanging around.  This was one of my mom's favorites.
This is a whoopie pie we bought from the bakery.  Yum!

And this is the stop sign outside of the restaurant, and all over the town.  I loved them.

My mom really wanted a picture of an Amish horse and buggy, and since she was driving and I was in the front seat, it was my job.  But it was SO EMBARRASSING!  The guys driving the buggy were right next to me, and there was no sneaky way of taking a picture, so I was basically just putting a camera right in their faces.  My mom and I couldn't stop laughing.  So enjoy the next few pictures of my trying to get a picture, but failing miserably, because I got too embarrassed at the last minute. 

This one was a missed picture of a cool bike thing we saw a bunch of Amish people riding.

And then we finally got some good ones because they were far away from us, and I took it through the window, so it was less conspicuous.

 I loved these signs as well.

We stopped in a store to try to find some quilt shops, and we had to try out their horse and buggy.
Ian just screams Amish, doesn't he?

They also had this bag full of just Lucky Charm marshmallows!  Every child's dream!

We found out that all of the quilt shops were closed, so we went to a total rip-off quilt shop, that was nothing close to a real Amish one.  We also found a pretty cool jewelry store, so it wasn't all bad.

 We also stopped off at a church in Ohio that has my mom's family name on one of the stained glass windows.  The doors were locked, and there was no one around, so we found the window from the outside, and admired it from the backwards perspective.

Case!  Isn't that cool?

 When we got to our hotel at the end of the day, we decided to watch The Office, because we kept relating things that were happening to us to things that happened on the Office.


 It ended up being a really fun couple of days.  Not all of it was on our schedule, but those always make the best memories, don't you think?