Dewey Read-a-Thon Mini-Challenges: Hours 1-12

 Mini-Challenge Book Appetit
Sheila over at http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/ brought us this challenge

1. Book title and author
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. It is a novel based on the true story of a boy soldier's survival under the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

2. The menu, food, beverage, you can even go as far as background music, decorations…. have fun with this!


rice (Tens of thousands of people died from starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime, despite the fact that they had been herded into work camps and forced to work digging ditches and growing rice)

fish stew (main character's favorite dish)

ice cream (main character sold ice cream pre-Khmer Rouge)

music " In my town, music is like air, always there."(p.3)

Cambodian love song

French love song

American rock 'n' roll (The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Chubby Checker)

Hour 4 Mini-Challenge
Felicia over at http://www.geekybloggersbookblog.com presented this challenge:

  • Take your current read or the one you just finished.
  • ReTitle it with something clever
  • Post to your blog, twitter, facebook, or goodreads with your snazzy new title!
I am reading Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. 
Never Fall Down

It is a novel based on the true story of a boy soldier's survival under the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.
I would rename the novel Rules to Live By: How to Survive a Murderous Regime

Hour 5 Mini-Challenge Self Portrait

Hour 8  Mini-Challenge "Book Sentence"

Create a sentence using only book titles.

Cabin Fever? Tell the Wolves I'm Home (A Wish and a Prayer) Love and other perishable items never fall down... Drama!

Take a picture of the books stacked.

Hour 11 Mini-Challenge "Picture It"

Hour 12 Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
I am very sleepy and my eyes are tired.

2) What have you finished reading?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6 Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

3) What is your favorite read so far?
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. I have the feeling this book will stay with me for a lifetime.

4) What about your favorite snacks?
I didn't plan my snacks very well, but I am glad I have Ritz crackers and Granny Smith apples. I would do just about anything at this point for cinnamon bears or cinnamon jolly ranchers. 

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love.
This is my second read-a-thon and I am so glad I discovered these mini-challenges. Through the challenges I have discovered:

I will be sure to stop by these blogs in the future (after screen-free week of course) Now it is time for Love and Other Perishable Items


  1. Drama is in my pile too! Great sentence!! Thanks for participating! ;)

    1. I enjoyed the challenge. Thank you.

  2. I just read Drama last week! Super cute book.

    1. Reading Drama now. It is just what I needed after my super serious reading of Never Fall Down.

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Ruth. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful read-a-thon day.

  4. Wow, I love the set up of that room! Looks like a mini library! So cute. :)

    1. Kristen, thanks for the opportunity to show off my reading hideout. This is the library at my Meetinghouse. It is by far one of my favorite places to read.

  5. Love your smile. That's a great self portrait. I am so jealous of your reading space. It's gorgeous!!!! It looks like a bookstore. *sigh*