Winner of Another Bad-Dog Book!
First order of business is to announce the winner of the signed copy of Another Bad-Dog Book by Joni B. Cole. It goes to…
Congratulations! Winner has been notified and has 48 hours to respond. If you enjoy essays, especially humorous ones about life, this is a collection worth checking out. Thanks to the author for sponsoring the giveaway!
Today’s Agenda: Reviewathon!
Alita from alita.reads. had the excellent idea of holding a reviewathon. The idea is to spend some time this weekend catching up on reviews so that the impending Read-A-Thon doesn’t add to an already scary list! I do have some reviews I need to get written, so I’ll be spending part of today working on those. How cool would it be to go into the Read-A-Thon with no backlog of reviews??
Today I’m hoping to get through thoughts on Dracula by Bram Stoker (audiobook), Tracks by Eric D. Goodman, The Women of the Cousins’ War by Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin and Michael Jones, Original Sins by Peg Kingman and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (audiobook). We’ll see how far I actually get!
Happening Soon: The Read-A-Thon!
Friends and fellow readers! The time for Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon approaches! On Saturday, October 22, readers all over the world will spend the same 24 hours doing what we all love. There will be many pages read, snacks consumed, and prizes won.
There will also be much enthusiasm! The cheerleaders are a huge part of that, a core part of the Read-A-Thon experience for pretty much anyone you ask. If you have an hour (or more) to cheer on your fellow readers, your efforts will be much appreciated! Trish and I are currently putting together cheering squads and would love to add you. There’s still time to sign up!
If you want to be really friendly to the cheerleaders as a reader, please turn off word verification just for the event. Your cheerleaders will appreciate it immeasurably. Word verification is fine when you’re just commenting on a few blogs, but when you’re trying to get through lots of them, typing those nonsense codes can get really tiring!
Tradition dictates that I post a bit about my plans for the event. It’s my first time being (co-) in charge of anything for the event, and I’m not sure yet how much time keeping the cheering going will take away from my own reading. The books on which I’ll focus are the last of my obligation books — those I’ve received specifically for review. At the top of the list are The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen and The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton, and I’m looking forward to both! I’ll also work on finishing any book I have going at the start of the event. I always have an audiobook for reading breaks, and this year I’m debating between Goliath by Scott Westerfeld and Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik. Both are the last available book in series I love, though the latter seems to have disappointed some series fans. Decisions, decisions!
The first time I participated in the Read-A-Thon, I created a new post each time I updated. The second time I created one post and updated it as needed. I liked the second approach better, so that’s what I plan to do again this time around.
Though I move around during the day’s extended reading periods, there are two spots you’ll usually find me: at my desk, checking in with other readers and cheering them on, or in my reading chair, the only place I can sit for a long time without getting uncomfortable.
What are your Read-A-Thon plans?