Read-A-Thon Cheerleader Sign-Ups
That’s right, today sign-ups begin for cheerleaders for the October 22nd Read-A-Thon! After cheering for several past Read-A-Thons, this year I’m co-chairing the cheerleading committee with the fabulous Trish. We’re so excited!
The main Read-A-Thon website has all the info you need to sign up, so if you’re already convinced, head over there and add your name to the list of awesome people willing to cheer their fellow readers on. If you need more convincing, here are some reasons I love being a Read-A-Thon cheerleader:
- Cheering gives you a break from reading! If you have ever tried to read for 24 hours straight, and you do not have superhuman powers of wakefulness, you know it gets to be a lot. What better way to reinvigorate yourself than by visiting some of your fellow readers with encouraging words?
- Cheering gives the readers you cheer for a boost of energy! We all love getting comments, tweets, etc, right? During the Read-A-Thon, providing that moral support falls mostly to the cheerleaders. In short, we provide a gigantic dose of enthusiasm to help keep participants going.
- Cheering turns the solitary activity of reading into a social event! You get a chance to visit some great, possibly new-to-you blogs and readers throughout the day.
- If you can’t participate for the whole event, cheering makes the most of the time you can! Whatever time you have for the Read-A-Thon, cheering is a great way to spend some of it. A few hours of cheering let you get involved in the community aspect of the Read-A-Thon.
Are you convinced?? I hope so! Go sign up! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask away.
I haven’t posted about my new acquisitions lately, mostly because I’ve intentionally been acquiring fewer books. This week, though, I got some new bookish things from a few different sources, so I wanted to share.
On the bottom is The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen, which came to me via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. I’ve heard some interesting things about it and am looking forward to reading it soon. (If you’ve read this one, do you think it would make a good Read-A-Thon book?)
Next are two books I picked up at a library used book sale: a collection of three novels by E.M. Forster (Howards End, A Room with a View, and Where Angels Fear to Tread), three of whose books I’ve already enjoyed, and The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.
The top book in the stack is By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham, which I won from Wendy of Caribousmom during Book Blogger Appreciation Week and can’t wait to read. It’s been on my TBR list since it came out!
And finally, on top of it all (literally), is a gorgeous Little House on the Prairie print I won from Melanie at lit*chick! She has an Etsy store called the Paper Pear where she sells these literary prints, and they are lovely. This one is going over my desk, right next to my fiction shelves.
That’s it for me for this week. Have you acquired anything new and exciting?
This final piece of Sunday business has a bit of a story to it. During Book Blogger Appreciation Week, in the middle of a marathon commenting session, I tweeted wondering if anyone would care to join me in creating a new language based on CAPTCHA strings. Sheila from Book Journey replied that at one time she’d run a weekly meme called Word Verification Balderdash treating word verification strings like words in the board game Balderdash — in other words, picking out your favorite nonsense strings and making up definitions to go along with them! For example (from Sheila’s blog):
“Revent: When one becomes so upset about something they have to just get it out so they vent about it. Then…. hours later, something triggers this anger again and causes one to revent.”
The meme was passed to Ryan at Wordsmithonia and eventually stopped. I was excited to hear about Sheila’s meme and sorry I’d missed out. I LOVE Balderdash! Sheila gave me her blessing to reincarnate her idea, which I’m hoping to do as a Twitter hashtag: #wordverify. (I nixed #wordverification because it takes up so many precious characters!)
Quite honestly, I have no idea how to start a Twitter hashtag. I’m hoping others will like this idea and it will just catch on! I realize for some blogs word verification is necessary, but I’m also pretty sure we all get tired of typing in nonsense strings over and over. So, hopefully #wordverify will make those pesky codes a little more fun. (Also, this totally counts toward my post BBAW goal of learning about Twitter. I’m trying to start a hashtag, for goodness sake!)
Whew! That’s all for me today. I’m off to watch some football! How is your Sunday shaping up?