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!