Readerly Rambles: The Read-a-thon mini-review edition

readerly rambles

Dark Shadows, volume 1 by Stuart Manning

Meh. I don’t know if this is the case, but it felt like cashing in on the movie. A whole lot happens in fewer than 100 pages with little character development, no plot tension and middle of the road illustrations.  (2 Stars)

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

This is a fun little book of poems about cats. I adored it. The poems were clever and fresh and would be a treat for any cheeky cat lover. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. (4 Stars)

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

I hated this little book. It is 40 pages of stupidity. PLOT SPOILERS. Woman finds a bookmobile at night that contains everything she has ever read. She wants to work on this bookmobile that disappears magically for years at a time. She becomes a librarian and is upset that she is still unqualified to be a night bookmobile librarian. So she commits suicide and becomes the night bookmobile librarian for someone else. This “graphic novel” had no character development. I didn’t give two hoots she offs herself and I thought she was whiny and dumb the entire time. The idea is brilliant and this might have worked as a longer, more fleshed out work. (1 Star)

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Honestly, I did not think I would like this book. I chose to read it for read-a-thon because it was under 300 pages and was illustrated by Edward Gorey. It was amazing. I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner. This tale of Martians annihilating the Victorians was fast-paced, beautifully written, and meaningful all while functioning as a badass Victorian Walking Dead with aliens instead of zombies. Read it. (4 Stars)

Amphigorey by Edward Gorey

This is a collection of 15 of Edward Gorey’s illustrated books. Because I read the book cover to cover in one sitting, the titles tend to run together, but it doesn’t matter. It is fun and macabre and beautifully illustrated. (4 Stars)

Fables: Snow White (v. 19) by Bill Willingham

Oh my gosh I love Fables and this collection is pretty exciting. I didn’t care much for the first quarter of the book that ties up loose ends with Buffkin the flying monkey and his pixie girlfriends. But the last 3/4 of the book is exciting and turns the plot and I cannot say more without spoiling everything. (4 Stars)

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Read-a-thon was terrific. I am getting closer to getting to where I want to be with reading. The rest of October will be finishing several books I have going right now (Quartet in Autumn, Framley Parsonage, M R James short stories, and Rebecca on audio).

Happy Reading!

#Readathon Complete!

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Panel from Fables, volume 19

End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?  9pm until 10pm was the worst. Persy was throwing a tantrum, my husband was grumpy and stressed, and reading was hampered by kid’s not wanting to go to bed as they should. 

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I really enjoyed The War of the Worlds by H G Wells. It was such an exciting tale!

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think a firmer hand with people who bitch and moan. Readathon is free, volunteers spend hours of time creating challenges, blogging, gathering prizes, and cheerleading. If you get your panties in a wad because you thought readathon would be “lucrative” for your blog’s comments, stats, and exposure then I say GTFO. I volunteer to be the bouncer next year. Okay, I’m mostly kidding. I just don’t think I ever realized how folks can take a fun, community-building event and whine. I do have many ideas about next year, but I want to mull it over and email our brave and fearless leaders later. 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  SOCIAL MEDIA. Seriously: Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, and Facebook is where it is at. 

How many books did you read? Three books and three graphic novels. So six total. 
What were the names of the books you read? The War of the Worlds by H G Wells, Amphigorey by Edward Gorey, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, Fables: Snow White by Bill Willingham, Dark Shadows: Volume One by Stuart Manning, and The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger 

Which book did you enjoy most? The War of the Worlds!

Which did you enjoy least? The Night Bookmobile 

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Lots of ideas, but first the mulling.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Tons of ideas! Once again I am going to keep them quiet for now. Next year I will be reading, cohosting, hosting a mini-challenge, and cheerleading. 

Some final stats:

Pages Read: 840

Best Snack: Home-made crock-pot spinach artichoke dip!

Monday Raised for the Ferst Foundation: $30.95 (short of my $36 goal)

Mini-challenges/Memes completed?  Four!

I think this readathon was my most successful! 

 

#Readathon: The Top of the Tenth Hour!

Update time! Don’t forget you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and GoodReads!

Pages Read: 390

Currently Reading: The War of the Worlds by H G Wells

Books Finished: 3! Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, Dark Shadows: volume 1 by Stuart Manning, and The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

What’s Up Next: Finishing up The War of the Worlds and then starting in on a Fables graphic novel and some spooky short stories.

Snacks Eaten: Egg salad sandwich for lunch, the other half of the chocolate bar, a liter of water, a 12oz can of Coca-Cola, and some popcorn

Monday Raised for the Ferst Foundation: $17.20 (I hope I make it to $36!)

Mini-challenges completed? 3 (I haven’t done any more since the last update)

Miscellaneous info and oddities: I’m about to head home — I’ve been at the library most of the day — eat some dinner and play with the kids. I won’t be actively reading until 9pm. I do plan on having a “mini-readathon” with the little ones. We’ve plans to read some books and watch Reading Rainbow episodes.

Illustration of the Hour:

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From the Night Bookmobile. Don’t get too excited. This was the only enjoyable page. You’ll have to wait until Monday for reviews. ;-)

#Readathon — Hour Five Approaches

Update time! Don’t forget you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and GoodReads!

Pages Read: 103

Currently Reading: The War of the Worlds by H G Wells

Books Finished: 0

What’s Up Next: maybe some poetry or a graphic novel

Snacks Eaten: Kashi bar for breakfast, 3 cups of coffee, water, half a dark chocolate bar, hummus and baby carrots

Monday Raised for the Ferst Foundation: $7.15

Mini-challenges completed? 3

Miscellaneous info and oddities: I’m getting ready to co-host for a few hours, find me over at 24hourreadathon.com!

Illustration of the Hour:

War of the Worlds by H G Wells, Illustrated by Edward Gorey

War of the Worlds by H G Wells, Illustrated by Edward Gorey

 

 

Read-a-thon Mini-Challenge: Coffee or Tea?

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A coffee-fueled “shelfie” from the April 2014 readathon. Although I enjoy tea, I am definitely #TeamTrollope.

“What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?”, asks Septimus Harding the hero of Anthony Trollope’s novel The Warden. However, author C.S. Lewis states, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I lean a bit more on the coffee side, but tea is delicious as well. How about you? Coffee? Or Tea?
Take a picture of your preferred beverage and share on your platform of choice (blog, Twitter, Instagram, etc) with #TeamTrollope for coffee and #TeamCSLewis for tea. Leave a link to your photo in the comments section of this post. This is important; it must be a photo, it must have either #TeamTrollope or #TeamCSLewis, and it must be linked in the comments. I’ll see who gets the most tags and I will randomly pick a winner from the WINNING TEAM. The winner will receive an appropriate hot beverage gift (i.e. something coffee or tea related).

Engage!

 

******* We have a winner! Congrats, Shauna! You win a Starbucks giftcard. Email me at amanda(dot)l(dot)addison(at)gmail(dot)com and I will mail it out. ******

Read-a-thon: Opening Meme

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I am so excited for Read-a-thon to begin! My snacks are assembled, my book piles complete, coffee is brewing, and I am ready to go!

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Gainesville, GA!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m most looking forward to volume six of Joe Hill’s Locke and Key and the creepy YA book The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Tonight I’m making spinach artichoke dip in the crockpot. I also have some Endangered Species chocolate and plenty of coffee.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! This read-a-thon is unique. First of all it the first time I’ve done a “theme” for the day. With the exception of the graphic novels, everything I’m reading today is illustrated by Edward Gorey. Next, I’m reading for charity today. The Ferst Foundation sends books, once a month, to children ages 0-5 who are from low-income Georgia homes. Only $36 provides books to a child for an entire year. I have a system worked out for donating based on what I read and my read-a-thon particiaption. I’ll be updating periodically on how much money I’ve raised.
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’ve put more planning and thought into this read-a-thon. I’ve made a schedule and I’ve drafted some templates for posts. Maybe this will help me accomplish more? We shall see!

And we’re off!!!

Twas the Night before Read-a-thon…

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I’m about to shower and watch some mindless television before I go to bed. I should really go to bed now, but I’m like a kid on Christmas eve; I am so excited there is no way I can go to sleep right away.

I think I’m all set for tomorrow…

My book pile is assembled…

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my snacks are gathered (for the most part)…

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my charity reading details are set up…

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hurrah!

Now all I have left to do is pack-up my stuff tomorrow (I’m disappearing to the library for most of the day) and make up a cheer and I am good to go.

Happy Read-a-thon to all!