Monday, April 27, 2015

Week in Review & Spring Into Horror Wrap-Up

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Time seems to be flying by lately. Another week down, another week closer to summer vacations. My kids only have six more weeks of school left. That's crazy! Because of the Spring into Horror Readathon and Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, I managed to get a lot of reading done last week. Read on to see the details!

Reviews and Blog Posts
Book Review & GIVEAWAY: The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy
Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Starting Up
Read-a-Thon Update: Book 1
Read-a-Thon Update: Book 2
Read-a-Thon Update: Book 3
Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Finish

Reading
I finished reading The Mapmaker's Children: A Novel by Sarah McCoy. Be sure to enter to win a copy ~ I loved it!

I also finished reading The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense by Richard Van Anderson as my required horror/thriller reading for the Spring Into Horror Readathon. And I read Smile by Raina Telgemeier and The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. It was a fun variety of books last week!

C read Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson, which he really enjoyed. M read Sisters by Raina Telgemeier and really liked it but said she enjoyed Smile better. Now she wants to read Drama, Telgemeier's latest book.

What are you reading this week? It's Monday! is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Also check out the younger version of It's Monday!

Note: Most of the book links in this post are Amazon affiliate links. If you make a purchase by clicking on the affiliate links, Amazon will pay me a small commission, but you will not pay any extra.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Finish


Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon ended about 1 1/2 hours ago. I thought I might be up at the end, but having stayed up until the beginning of hour 19 (2am here), I ended up sleeping in this morning.
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 18 was tough. I was determined to finish reading The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. It seems like it took hours to read the last 20 pages! I kept having to re-read sentences because I was falling asleep.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I thought Smile by Raina Telgemeier was a great way to get started. It was a quick and entertaining read.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No suggestions for me. I tend to focus on reading but I did stop by and check out the website a few times. I even participated in a couple memes.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The website was very well-organized this year. It was easy to see the hourly posts and the current memes. I was cheered a lot too, which was fun.
  5. How many books did you read? I read 2 1/2 books.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Smile by Raina Telgemeier, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, and I finished The Organ Takers by Richard Van Anderson.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? These were all such different books, and I liked them all, but I guess I'd say I enjoyed Smile the most.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Again, I enjoyed all of them, but The Invisible Man was the most difficult to read, mostly because I was reading it in the middle of the night!
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I hope I'm able to carve out the time to read again. I've signed up many times and only end up reading for a few hours. This year, I think I managed to read for about 8-9 hours. That's a lot for me!

Read-a-Thon Update


I finished my third book of Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon. I read The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. My son recently read all of these stories and recommended this one as his favorite. 

It is 2am here and I'm tired. I will write up a final recap when I wake up in the morning. I can't continue for 6 more hours!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Read-a-Thon Update


I finished my second book of the read-a-thon: The Organ Takers by Richard Van Anderson. I had actually read half of it earlier in the week so only read about 150 pages today. It was good. Not as scary and gross as I had expected. It was a good thriller.