Posts Tagged ‘Read-a-thon’

  • Read-a-thon Day #2

    Date: 2011.06.18 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Hello again! :-D

    I didn’t read over the night so here is my non-update or starting off point:

    Mini Challenge #6:

    Pick two characters and tell why they would make a good couple or team

    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____578______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____0_____
    • Total time read: _12 hours yesterday_____
    • How I’m currently feeling: Glad that we got all of our shopping down in time!!

    I think Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series and Gale Hawthorne from the Hunger Games would make a great team. They both possess determination and strength. They both will fight to the death to protect their families.

    Ginny the Valiant

    Magic would have really helped out Panem

    Mini Challenge #7:

    What book should be taught in school at any grade level of choice?

    • Total Books Read: 1
    • Total Pages Read: 689
    • Books Read Since Last Update: 0
    • Pages Read since last update: 111
    • Total time read: 2 hours today, 14 total
    • What I’m currently reading: The Fire Eternal by Chris D’Lacey
    • How I’m currently feeling: Contemplative and snuggly.

    My answer actually surprised me. I thought of Harry Potter and Hunger Games or some other typical answer for myself because I’m in a typical answer rut, but then I remembered this book.

    Awesome artwork!

    Calico Captive is historical fiction based on the real journal entries of Susanna Willard Johnson about the kidnapping of her family and herself by a tribe during a raid in 1754. I believe it would work well in 5th grade because that is when I remember Social Studies focusing on American history, so it would tie in well with what the students were already learning.

    Mini Challenge #8:

    Describe how you would organize your library.

    • Total Books Read: 2
    • Total Pages Read: 793
    • Books Read Since Last Update: 1
    • Pages Read since last update: 104
    • Total time read: 4 hours today, 16 total
    • What I’m currently reading: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
    • How I’m currently feeling: Eager to do my annual reading of this book :-)

    I agree wholeheartedly with Enna Isilee! I organize by author, then alphabetically if it’s a stand-alone story or chronologically if it’s part of a series–and the series name is in alphabetical order with the other books by the same author.

    Mini Challenge #9:

    Make your name into an anagram. CLICK HERE

    • Total Books Read: 2
    • Total Pages Read: 887
    • Books Read Since Last Update: 0
    • Pages Read since last update: 94
    • Total time read: 6 hours today, 18 total
    • What I’m currently reading: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
    • How I’m currently feeling: Excited because Char is about to reappear in the book :-)

    Keeping myself anonymous on this blog, I used screen name that I use for comments–and I wish it weren’t what it is, but oh well! :-D

    It's almost like it did that on purpose.

    Mini Challenge #10:

    Name the funniest/most inspiring thing you’ve read during read-a-thon

    • Total Books Read: 2
    • Total Pages Read: 985
    • Books Read Since Last Update: 0
    • Pages Read since last update: 98
    • Total time read: 8 hours today, 20 total
    • What I’m currently reading: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
    • How I’m currently feeling: Still excited! The balls are about to begin! And I seriously doubt I’ll read 5 books during this challenge, but I’m really closing in on the 1,000 page  goal!

    I want to say various bits from Ella Enchanted because I love the playful sentences Levine uses, but since I’ve read it every year since 5th grade the jokes are more amusing than make-you-want-to-chuckle-and-immediately-share. So instead I’ll reference The Fire Eternal by Chris D’Lacey in which a clay dragon pulls out a tool from his tool box: “He raised an eye ridge at the tool that settled in his hand. It looked very similar to the screwdriver used by the time-traveling hero of the dragons’ favorite television program.” Here the author is referencing “Doctor Who” a well known British scifi drama series. The book was published in 2007, so they are probably referring to the 10th Doctor as portrayed by David Tennant.

    Hover over pic for link to original

    Oh and here is a clickable link for that! Silly me!

    Mini Challenge #11:

    If you could live in any literary world,  which would it be?

    • Total Books Read: 3
    • Total Pages Read: 1089–GOAL MET
    • Books Read Since Last Update: 1
    • Pages Read since last update: 104
    • Total time read: 10 hours today, 22 total
    • What I’m currently reading: Dark Fire by Chris D’Lacey
    • How I’m currently feeling: Really glad that the series got better, because I got them at a Buy 4, Get 1 Free sale and after the slow, boring first book I was worried that I had thrown money away.

    I immediately thought “Harry Potter” when I read the challenge, but there is no promise that I would have magic  in my blood. I would probably just end up an ignorant and unassuming muggle. So instead I would love to live in Narnia. The biggest appeal for me is 1. Talking Beasts (I love animals–sometimes more than people–and would love to hear what they have to say.) 2. Mythological creatures such as dryads, centaurs, and fauns actually exist. They aren’t a myth there. 3. I’d get to wear beautiful medieval clothing..or be born in a low station and see the beautiful clothing on the nobles. Nobles these days wear pant suits–practical, but boring.

    FINISHED! Report #2

    1. First of all, give us an end-of-read-a-thon status update. (see below)
    2. What is your favorite book you read during the read-a-thon? Favorite new book was The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
    3. Did you participate in any mini-challenges? Which ones? ALL of them :-D
    4. Which mini-challenge was your favorite? Writing a story that includes provided words
    5. What has been your favorite thing about the read-a-thon? I actually liked the mini challenges a lot–especially the ones where you had to be creative
    6. Are you satisfied with how much reading you got done? Did you do more than you expected? Less? I’m happy with the number of pages, but I had hoped  I would have gone through more books. (I adhered to reading only between 8:00 am MST and 8:00 pm MST)
    7. What did you think of the updates? Too close together? Didn’t like the time limit? I thought the updates were really well paced and it kept me on my toes while allowing me to get enveloped by the book I was reading.
    8. If you could change one thing about the read-a-thon, what would it be? Make all challenges open worldwide that way everyone has a chance to enter on all the challenges
    9. Would you participate in another read-a-thon hosted by Squeaky Books? Why or why not? Absolutely! This was my first read-a-thon and I loved it!!
    10. Any last comments on the read-a-thon? Can it not be annual and be more like semi-annual (like Victoria’s Secret in that they have a lot of semi-annual sales)?

    Update #12:

    • Total Books Read: 3.5
    • Total Pages Read: 1223
    • Books Read Since Last Update: .5
    • Pages Read since last update: 134
    • Total time read: 12 hours today, 24 total
    • What I’m currently reading: Dark Fire by Chris D’Lacey
    • How I’m currently feeling: So glad I participated!
  • Read-a-thon

    Date: 2011.06.17 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Hello!

    I will be updating this post as requested for the read-a-thon (or aka book-a-thon to my mixed up brain).

    Here are the books  I have ready to read for the event:

    I used wide view for this pic

    Yes, those are books about Dr. Who you see there

    What book are you starting with?

    • The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

    I hope to read:

    • 1,ooo pages seems like a good goal

    Where are you going to read?

    • From the comfort of my ugly-but-now-slip-covered couch

    Mini Challenge #1:

    Name favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptation

    Reading Update:

    • Total Books Read: _____0_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____103______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____103_____
    • Total time read: _2 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Eager to continue reading!
    • Favorite book-movie adaptation: I love the Harry Potter series. I could read them on constant repeat and be perfectly happy. Although, yes some things were left out that I would have loved to see, I think they did a great job with the adaptation and always watch the ABC Family Harry Potter weekend when it comes on.
    • Least favorite book-movie adaptation: Ella Enchanted. No contest. I know that Eragon had over 50 differences, but that pales in comparison to Ella Enchanted. One day I’ll force myself to watch the movie again so I can count just how many differences there are.

    Mini Challenge #2:

    Create a Wordle (and try to not think about Pokemon)

    Update:

    • Total Books Read: _____0_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____193______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____90_____
    • Total time read: _4 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Upset with results over mini challenge #2 and feeling like I’m not as quick of a reader as I thought. (And just wasted 30 minutes of the reading segment–better mood to come!)

    Ok, so I failed this challenge. The site required a plugin–which I have, but it wouldn’t recognize it–and when I tried to install it it said that I already have the plug in. So I uninstalled and tried to reinstall to no avail. I’m really frustrated at this and I’m trying not to get upset over it enough to where I turn 4 years old and cry over the unfairness of it all. Lol.  I’m supposed to go here and create something really cool in case you were wondering.

    UPDATE: My husband got it working!


    Thank You, The Husband!!


    Mini Challenge#3:

    Write a Story–I’m writing a beginning of a story, because I don’t want it to wrap up neatly. Update first:

    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____282______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______1____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____89_____
    • Total time read: _6 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Wishing The Last Little Blue Envelope didn’t have to end and somewhat irrationally wanting to go to “university” in England.

    Grace was scared of this day. She knew it would come, but she didn’t know it would come so soon.

    At her birth a shaman was called into the birthing hut. Paying little to no attention to the women rushing about or to the sweat-streaked face of her mother he gazed down at Grace in her makeshift cradle of goat skins and branches. With the precision of a laser and showing no compassion he spoke of the fate the gods had in store for this child. With horror in her eyes Grace’s mother banished him from the hut and called to her husband. The women of the birthing hut quickly relayed the prophecy to the new father. Both parents wept openly as they placed talismans made from the bark from a lime tree around their doomed child.

    Mini Challenge #4:

    For this mini-challenge you need to create a puzzle that consists of about three images which describes a book. First the update:

    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____366______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____84_____
    • Total time read: _8 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Hungry!! The husband coming home will bring distracting noise, but at least then I can have dinner. :-D

    No hints here

    Nope, not a single one

    Still not giving you a hint

    So there :-p

    Mini Challenge #5:

    A sentence made from book titles.

    Update:

    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____472______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______0____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____106_____
    • Total time read: _10 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Still hungry!! The husband is home and the food is cooking! :-D

    Looking for Alaska, Ella enchanted the idiot.

    Thanks to Levine for ending her title with a verb!

    SiS Read-a-thon Report #1

    1. First of all, give us an end-of-day status update. Books read, pages read, you know the drill!
    • Total Books Read: _____1_____
    • Total Pages Read: ____578______
    • Books Read Since Last Update: ______1____
    • Pages Read since last update: _____106_____
    • Total time read: _12 hours_________
    • How I’m currently feeling: Worried I won’t read all the books I picked out since tomorrow we have to shop for groceries and Father’s Day gifts.
    1. What is the favorite thing you have read today? The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
    2. Which mini-challenge was your favorite? Geez that’s hard, because I really like them all, but I guess the one where I had to come up with a story.
    3. What has been your favorite thing about the read-a-thon? The challenges and the solemn respect the husband has given this event–it’s really kind of sweet.
    4. What has been your LEAST favorite thing about the read-a-thon? The Wordle challenge, but only because I had so many system problems with it.
    5. Are you on track to meet your goals? I’m over half way there for my total pages read goal, but not for books–still on my second book.
    6. Will you be participating tomorrow? Do you have any new goals? Yes, as much as I can. New goal: hurry with shopping so I can get back to reading.
    I used wide view for this pic
  • Another Dream

    Date: 2011.06.16 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    As anyone who read the previous update knows I will be participating in a read-a-thon tomorrow, so I am going to post last night’s dream here before the read-a-thon frenzy begins. (Apparently I’m going to make posts throughout the day as part of the event.)

    The husband told me to pick something up for lunch, so I did except the fast food place’s computer system was completely down. The other customers and I then thought it was being robbed as a group of men in navy jumpsuits come storming in, but it was just the men trying to repair the computers. The cashier says that they can only take cash so I leave. I head out to my new red VW Beetle which for some reason was covered in vines for camouflage. I take off trying to figure out how to operate the Bug.

    Suddenly, a huge snow storm hits and I can barely see anything. Also I can’t seem to keep my eyes open. I continue driving for some reason, but partially because whenever I pull over after a few moments the car starts moving again on its own. I keep going hoping I’ll see something familiar or the house, but I don’t and I’m still having problems keeping my eyes open.

    Eventually the snow clears up–all at once–and I’m at a beach with people in swimsuits enjoying the sun. I get out of the car trying to get my new iPhone to work, bring up the GPS, and try to get home. As I’m doing this some locals grab the huge winter coat I had been wearing and my CDs. I take them back from them and get back in the car still waiting on GPS.

    Of course the car starts take off again. Somehow I end up back at the rental house. I look around and see all the stuff we still have to move into our new house. It’s like a junkyard full that still needs tto be moved. I try to remember what the new house is like and wake up.

  • Spring into Summer Read-a-thon

    Date: 2011.06.02 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    This post is to announce to the world that I’m participating in the Spring into Summer read-a-thon hosted by Enna Isilee of Squeaky Books!

    This read-a-thon is going to be so great! It’s two days where you try do NOTHING but read. It’s a great chance to get rid of some of those books that have been sitting on your TBR pile forever.

    But that’s not all! There will also be awesome mini-challenges and a TON of giveaways! In fact, just for signing up you are entered to win a $25 gift card to Amazon! SO GO SIGN UP! And if you say that These Pages Are Not For You sent you, you’ll get 5 extra entries to win that gift card! CLICK HERE to enter to win, and know all there is to know about the read-a-thon.

    Here’s my goal:

    I plan to participate on: Both Days
    I plan to read: As Many As Possible (at least 5)
    I hope to read: The Eternal Fire and Dark Fire by Chris D’Lacey, my annual reading of Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, The Taking of Chelsea 426 by David Llewelly, and The King’s Dragon by Una McCormack (or maybe I’ll skip one and read The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson or maybe I can do it all! :-O)

    Well, have you signed up yet? DO IT NOW!

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