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2017 Anti-Bullying Readathon

I hate that it’s Nov 16th and I’m just now writing about this!!!

I’m not going to soapbox here, I’m just going to say that raising awareness about bullying, learning about bullying, and doing my part to prevent it is important to me on a personal level. If you’ve never heard about this readathon or participated before, you can still jump in. Who cares that it’s the middle of the week??? Please check out the official Facebook page. This year, Sarah is putting together a super box of bookish goodies that will be raffled off to those who choose to donate to Anti-Bullying Pro. This is totally new this year and I was so excited for the opportunity to not only participate in the readathon but to be part of a group donating to a great cause.

So far, I’ve read three books for the readathon and I have three more planned. I’m not going to turn this into a book review post so I’ll just share a few thoughts on each book.

  1. Wonder Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book was truly beautiful. It was heartfelt and emotional. Honestly, it should have come with a trigger warning, lol. I’m happy that I read this book, but I will most likely never reread it and I absolutely DO NOT want to see the movie. I was so emotionally drained from reading this book that I made myself ill.
  2. Simon I followed up Wonder with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and I’m glad that I did. While this book also had some heavy, emotional scenes, it was also funny and irreverent. I loved reading this story through Simon’s voice.
  3. Aristotle My third pick was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This book was a bit heavier than Simon, but I still very much enjoyed it. Dealing with themes such as LGBT, hate crimes, family drama, and teenage angst in the 80s gave this book a bit of a different spin than the other two.

All three of these books deal with bullying in very different ways and as such, impacted me and my views of bullying differently. All three also hit me in the emotions department so if you’re not looking for something that will make you teary, I suggest setting these aside for a different day.

If you want more information on the readathon, the links aren’t working, whatever, leave me a comment. I’d LOVE to help you out and get more people participating!

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2017 Dewey’s Readathon Wrap-Up

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I wanted to post this before today, but whatcha gonna do?

This wasn’t my best year with the Readathon. To begin, I didn’t get up until 8:30 am and for me, the start time was 7 am. Then, I took the time to catch up on the mini-challenges that I had missed. That took me up to 9 am and then it was time for the 9 am challenge. Basically, I felt like I took more time with the mini-challenges and social media than I did actually reading.

This year, I finished reading Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughn and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I had started both of those selections prior to Oct 21st but finished them both during the readathon. After those, I started reading Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I ended my night around midnight and about halfway through Joe Hill.

My Stats:

Books read (began, ended, finished) – 3

Total pages read – Approximately 725

Mini-challenges completed – Nine (I think)

Prizes won – One! That’s right. I won an hourly prize. Hour 8, hehehe. My third year participating and my first prize.

Next year, I want to be more organized so that maybe I won’t take so much time with the mini-challenges. All in all, I had a great readathon. How about you? Did you participate? Tell me about your readathon in the comments.

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Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

I was tagged by Duskangelreads to participate in a Harry Potter book tag. Who can resist Harry Potter?? I can’t! This tag was originally created by kimberlyfayereads and the scroll images belong to the creator. Here we go!

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1. An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now

Dark in Death

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2. Favorite Series Starter

one for the money

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3. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies

everything everything

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4. The book that made you ugly cry

eleanor and park

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5. Bookish hero & heroine you want around to protect you in real life

books and braun

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6. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself

Who does this?!?!?!? And why???

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7. A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much.

See answers 2, 3, & 4.

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8. A book or series you wish never ended.

Harry Potter

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9. A book with an uplifting ending or message

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10. A book you wish you could forget you ever read

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11. An author whose books always get you out of a slump

J.D. Robb or J.K. Rowling.

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12. A swoon-worthy hero or heroine

outlander

Jamie Fraser

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13. A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it.

Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Everything, Everything, and The Sun is Also a Star

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14. A book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you

Any of the Outlander series. They are wonderfully written but some of the scenes are hard to get through because of the subject matter. When I reread them, I skim over those parts and on the TV series, I fastforward, lol.

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15. A book that had you laughing out loud

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I laugh so hard at those books that I can’t read them in bed because I wake up my husband, who has slept through an earthquake before, btw.

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16. A book that made you want to send it (or your eReader) flying

See answer #10. That book was beyond awful.

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17. A bookish world you wish you could visit

Marie Antoinette

I’d want to try and save Marie, Louis, and their children.

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18. A book with a shocking twist or ending

I couldn’t come up with an answer to this one.

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19. A character death that destroyed you

I couldn’t come up with an answer for this one either. I tend to stay away from books about death or dying or books that would make me want to curl up in a ball and cry.

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20. Best series conclusion

I feel like it’s kinda cliche and an easy answer, but it’s true nonetheless, Harry Potter.

I’m going to take a page out of duskangelreads’ book (haha) and tag the 2 people who have followed me recently (sorta recently).

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2017 Dewey’s Readaton – Mid Challenge Update

Here we are, halfway through the readathon. I’m going much slower this year than I did last. But, any amount of reading is good reading and we’re not here to nitpick, right?

1. What are you reading right now? I’m still reading Hunting Prince Dracula but I took a break a little bit ago to read Saga, Vol. 7.
2. How many books have you read so far? Well, I finished Saga, so one.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Dinner. Dudes! We’re having carne asada fries. I haven’t had those in about 5 years.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Interruptions are the theme of the day. To be honest and quite frank, stopping every hour to do the mini-challenges have been my biggest distraction. Still, they’re lots of fun and bookish, so it’s all good.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Since this is my third year, there hasn’t really been anything that has surprised me. This is old hat.

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2017 Dewey’s Readathon – First Thoughts

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So, I got off to a really rough start this morning. I started 1 1/2 hours late and then I had a hard time not closing my eyes on the couch. I need lots of caffeine and protein today, me thinks.

To start, the first hour mini challenge:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Navarre, FL
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Probably my first which is Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chips and salsa.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Aside from being an avid reader, I’ve recently taken up watercolor painting, drawing, and hand lettering. I live in Florida with my husband, two daughters, one dog, three cats, and a saltwater fish tank. The beach is my happy place.
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? This is my third year (woot!). This year, I’m not using a tracker in my bullet journal. I tried that last year and only filled in the first hour, lol.

 

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2017 Dewey’s Readathon

There-is-no-friend-as-loyal-as-a-book-Ernest-Hemingway-book-quoteI’m prepped and ready to begin the readathon this year. This is my third year!!! I have a stack of graphic novels to break up the reading of longer books. New to me this year, I’ve included a few poetry books as well. I think I’m prepared with snacks as well, but I usually underestimate that end of things.

What I love about this marathon is that it keeps Dewey’s memory alive. I was not acquainted with her but only learned of her through the challenge, so I think the organizers and her friends should be applauded for efforts well-made. If I had a legacy after my passing, I would love for it to have something to do with books and literacy. I also love that I have an entire day of reading scheduled into my year and thus, I do so without the guilt of neglecting the non-reading world around me, lol.

Are you participating this year? Have you in years past? What do you love most about it?

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Book Review: Grey Mask

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Title:  Grey Mask

Author:  Patricia Wentworth

Publisher:  Warner Books

Pages:  256

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Setting:  UK

Source:    I purchased this novel for myself.

Publication Date:  November 1, 1986

Blurb:

After Charles was jilted at the altar by Margaret, he discovers that she is mixed up in a vicious kidnapping plot masterminded by a sinister figure in a grey mask. Charles turns to Miss Silver to uncover the strange truth behind Margaret’s complicity, and the identity of the terrifying and mysterious individual behind the grey mask.

What I Say:

I mentioned this book in a previous “What I’m Reading” post. I hesitated adding to those initial thoughts because honestly, my opinion didn’t change. At the time of that post, I still had more than half of the book to read. Again, I’ll say that the mystery part of the novel kept me guessing until the end. However, and without spoilers, I don’t think it was possible to have guessed the outcome prior to the ending because the author held back those revealing details.

Also, as I previously stated, this series of books is called “A Miss Silver Mystery”. I found it completely odd to name a series after a character who only appears in the book on a handful of pages and she was, at best, superfluous to the story. Yes, she aided in helping Charles solve the mystery of Grey Mask, however, the reader never gets to see how Miss Silver conducted her investigations. Seriously, I’ve never read a series of books where the title character was so underutilized.

In the end, I gave this two stars on Goodreads and have no intentions of reading any more books from this series despite other reviews. My review is definitely in the minority with this book having garnered an average of 3.74 stars on Goodreads, so maybe I am being overly critical. I stand by my opinions because, for me, the characters were forgettable and the world-building was flat. For a cozy mystery, this novel had little atmosphere.

 

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