4.24.2016

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon End of Event Survey


Which hour was most daunting for you? 
Hours 23 and 24 were the most daunting for me. I must have read the same page five times. This happened on more than one occasion.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? 
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?The Read-a-thon was fantastic as always. I think one thing that could make it better next time would be to have all of the mini-challenges hosted on sites that all participants can access (not Facebook). 

What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-Thon? I think the Facebook group went very well (just not for mini-challenges) It was a great forum for veteran Read-a-thoners and newbies to gather and share the excitement of Read-a-thon, exchange tips, and offer words of encouragement.

How many books did you read? I read four books.


         Awkward Between the World and MeRoller Girl
 Echo

What were the names of the books you read?
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed all of my books. Roller Girl is the book that made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions.

Which book did you enjoy least? I enjoyed all of my books very much.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? I am already planning my October 2016 Read-a-thon.

What role would you be likely to take next time? I plan to participate as a Cheerleader and a Reader.



4.23.2016

Dewey 24 Hour Readathon Mid-Event Survey

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? 

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I just finished reading Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I can see why it made ALA's  Top Ten Popular Paperbacks list.

2. How many books have you read so far?
 
I have read two books so far. I read Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, and Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.
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3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I am most looking forward to reading Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
 
I haven't had any interruptions.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? 
This year I decided to start my read-a-thon with a 600 page, 10.5 hour audiobook. I am surprised by how well that strategy worked for me. I was able to ease into the read-a-thon day, with a cup of tea and very little sleep, with minimal complications.

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon - Opening Meme

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What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
I am reading from Denver, Colorado United States of America.

Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 
I have several stacks; fiction, non-fiction, young adult, middle grade, audio, and graphic novels. I am looking forward to books from each stack, but I think the book I am most looking forward to this year readathon is The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows by James Bryan Smith.

Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to some tart green apples with creamy peanut butter.

Tell us a little something about yourself? 
My bio pretty much says it all. I am a Christian Friend, former educator, reference librarian, and labyrinth walker.

If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what's one thing you'll do differently today? 
In the past, I have always tried to read straight through until I reached my limit and gave in to physical exhaustion. This year I plan to take scheduled breaks for walks and snacks. I think this strategy will help me be more alert in those final hours.

3.07.2016

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Disability does not mean inability.

One person can change the world.

"In this world, we are not perfect. We can only do our best." Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

3.06.2016

Finding Winnie The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

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"Sometimes," I said, "you have to let one story end so the next one can begin.

"How do you know when that will happen?"

"You don't," I said. "Which is why you should always carry on."

3.03.2016

Truth in Fiction - Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Dumplin'

"All my life I've had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it's that if it's not your body, it's not yours to comment on. Fat. Skinny. Short. Tall. It doesn't matter." ~Willowdean p. 33

" I think maybe it's the things we don't want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear." ~ Willowdean p. 182

"I don't know. I think you gotta be who you want to be until you feel like you are whoever it is you're trying to become. Sometimes half of doing something is pretending that you can." ~ Mitch p. 239

regarding labels - "It's like the whole world has to walk around with name tags on so we can all feel more comfortable? I guess things are less scary if you know what to call them." ~ Hannah p. 309

2.19.2016

Truth in Fiction - All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places


I'm still here, and I'm grateful, because otherwise I would be missing this. Sometimes it's good to be awake.
~Finch p. 42

Water is peaceful. I am at rest. in the water, I am safe and pulled in where I can't get out. Everything slows down - the noise and the racing of my thoughts. ~Finch p. 106

I'm up the rest of the night making a list called "How to Stay Awake" There's the obvious -Red Bill, caffeine, NoDoz and other drugs - but this isn't about skipping a couple hours' sleep, it's about staying up and staying here for the long haul.
1. Run
2. Write (this includes any thoughts I don't want to have - write them out fast so they're out of me and on the paper).
3. Along those lines, accept any and all thoughts (don't be afraid of them no matter what they are).
4. Surround myself with water.
5. Plan
6. Drive anywhere and everywhere, even when there's nowhere to go. (Note: There's always somewhere to go.)
7. Plat guitar.
8. Organize room, notes, thoughts. (This is different from planning.)
9. Do whatever it takes to remind myself that I'm still here and have a say.
10. Violet

You have to live your life like you'll never be sorry. It's easier just to do the right thing from the start so there's nothing to apologize for. ~Finch p.129

Before I die I want to Play guitar like Jimmy Page. Come up with a song that will change the world. Find the Great Manifesto. Count for something. Be the person I'm meant to be and have that be enough. Know what it's like to have a best friend. Matter. ~Finch p.135

Before I die I want to stop being afraid. Stop thinking too much. Fill the holes left behind. Drive again. Write. Breathe. ~Violet p.135

I know life well enough to know you can't count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. ~Finch p.139

Better to keep the unhappy, mad, bad, unpleasant words separate, where you can watch them and make sure they don't surprise you when you're not expecting them. ~ Finch in response to Decca removing negative words from books. (Think tabloids) p.166

"Growth itself contains the germ of happiness."Pearl S. Buck ~Violet brainstorming ideas for her new blog, Germ  p.190

"Well, Robert Jordan knows he's going to die. 'There is only now', he says, 'and if now is only two days, then two days your life and everything in it will be in proportion.' None of us knows how long we have , maybe another month, maybe another fifty years - I like living as if I only have that two days." ~ Finch p. 194

Sometimes, things feel true to us even if they're not. ~ Finch p. 195

The thing I know about bipolar disorder is that it's a label. One you give crazy people. ~Finch p. 271

Actually I am, which is part of the problem; we are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds, and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial. ~Finch p. 272 In response to being told, "you are not alone."

All I know is what I wonder: Which of my feelings are real? Which of the mes is me? ~ Finch p.315

What a terrible feeling to love someone and not be able to help them. ~Violet p.349

If I think about him, he won't be completely gone either. Just because they're dead, they don't have to be. ~ Violet p.361

The thing I realize is that it's not what you take, it's what you leave. ~Violet p. 376