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text 2017-04-30 15:42
Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon April 29, 2017 Wrap-up


Slightly belated closing meme because I had to run off to a parent meeting about an international trip my son will be taking next year immediately after the Readathon ended.


  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?


I didn’t have an hour that was particularly daunting.  I’d come into the Readathon with the first book picked out.  I did have trouble resisting the swan-song of social media and deciding what to read mid-evening when I finished my first novel.  I had the same hiccup after finishing my 1st book during #24in48 in January.


  1. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?


As with the past Readathons, I recommend having a few picture books around for change of pace. I used this Readathon as an excuse to read the 2017 Caldecott Award Winner and 2 of the 4 Caldecott Honor books.


  1. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?




  1. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?


I really liked the search feature on the participant list (when the internet was cooperating and the list of participants was up).


I liked the focus on giving (though I wouldn't necessarily want this to become a constant).  I pledged $5 per 100 pages read to BookMates and will be rounding up to a $45 donation.


  1. How many books did you read?


Finished 1 novel & 5 picture books. Also finished a graphic novel that I’d started a while ago and started another novel.


  1. What were the names of the books you read?
  • Jeweled Fire by Sharon Shinn (403 pages) – finished
  • March Book 3 by John Lewis (last 80 pages) - finished
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (about 38% or 150/400 pages)


Picture books

  • Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe (40 pages) 
  • Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk & Brendan Kearney (40 pages)
  • The Darkest Dark by Chris Hatfield (48 pages)
  • They All Saw the Cat by Brendan Wenzel (44 pages)
  • Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol (40 pages)


  1. Which book did you enjoy most?


Either They All Saw the Cat or Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast


  1. Which did you enjoy least?


March Book 3 has been a challenging read, but it’s not really a question of liking or disliking, more just of being emotionally wrenching


  1. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?


Very likely to participate again as a reader, and cheerleader.  Depending on schedule, maybe I’ll think about signing up for a co-hosting slot on the GoodReads group. 


I also have participated in #24in48 and recommend that folks who like Dewey’s Readathon check them out for more bookish fun.

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text 2017-04-30 05:56
Goodnight Dewey's Readathon


Since my last update I have


  • Started Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - I'm about 20% through the ebook
  • Read Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk & Brendan Kearney
  • Finished the last 100 pages or so of March Book 3 by John Lewis
  • Read The Darkest Dark by Chris Hatfield


I've also figured out books to correspond to the bonus rolls, but I'll tell you about that in the morning.


I don't think I will make it to 12 hours of reading, but am very happy with how my Readathon has gone so far and will definitely be at 12+ hours for Readathon participation.  As I have done the last few times, I'm setting an alarm to be able to join back in the fun for Hour 24.


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text 2017-04-30 03:51
Reading progress update: 77%.
Frogs and Kisses - Shanna Swendson

Eight books in and am still liking this series and these characters.



But, I do wish the plot wouldn't seemingly be the big mwah-hah-ha villain out for world domination with some big organization/conspiracy behind them.  


Not all finished yet so not positive -- but, far enough along in the read to feel safe saying that.

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review 2017-04-30 02:29
Parnassus on Wheels - Christopher Morley

I don't even know what to day about this. It was fantastic. It seems I say that about a lot of my reads, but I guess I just have good taste!

Helen, the protagonist is sick of her brother the Andrew. He's living the life of a farmer when suddenly he gets it into his head to write a book, which of course got published. This lead to publishes beating down the door, and Andrew going off for weeks and months at a time leaving Helen to handle things on the farm.

Needless to say she tires of it quickly, so when Mr. Roger Mifflin arrives at the farm with his bookstore on wheels, proposing to sell it to Andrew, Helen buys it instead. She'll be damned if Andrew goes off on another months long adventure and stick her with all the farm work. This is the beginning of a ridiculous, fabulous adventure for the forty-year-old woman who hadn't had so much as a vacation in fifteen years.

Andrew's in a right state when he finds out about it and ends up chasing down Helen and Mifflin, who was staying on only long enough to show her the ropes of Parnassus, the rolling bookstore. There are fights, robberies, deception, visits with book enthusiasts, actual book sales, and all along it turns out to be a love story.

It was really quite beautiful and a must read for all bookish people. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the sequel, The Haunted Bookshop!

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text 2017-04-30 01:50
Reading progress update: 41%.
Frogs and Kisses - Shanna Swendson

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