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Read Harder Challenge

I have recently started listening to the Book Riot podcast and I love it so much. I was checking out their website today and noticed the Read Harder Challenge they have going on for this year. Honestly I don't think this will be too much of a challenge for me but I am going to work on this challenge anyway. It might give me a place to go if I am ever wondering what I should read next throughout the year. I am going to go ahead and mark off the ones I have already done this year even though I only just now started the challenge and that might not be "fair" but I don't care. If I read it this year, it counts. Also, I am not letting myself double up, a different book for each requirement, one book can not count as fullfilling multiple categories. Here we go:

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65

A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people) One More For The Road by Ray Bradbury

A book published by an indie press

A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ

A book by a person whose gender is different from your own gender The first one of the year was The Gamber by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A book that takes place in Asia Alvin Ho #5 by Lenore Look

A book by an author from Africa

A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans,Aboriginals, etc.)

A microhistory

A YA novel

A sci-fi novel

A romance novel

A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade

A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)

An audiobook Really there are a ton but the first one I finished this year was An Object Of Beauty by Steve Martin

A collection of poetry Love Poems & Other Political Statements by Kythryne Ailsling

A book that someone else has recommended to you

A book that was originally published in another language Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)

A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)

A book published before 1850

A book published this year

A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

Read-A-Thon Entry 2

So, I didn't get to read too much today so far but I am still at it.  At the house now and going to be reading as much as I can till I fall asleep.

I just finished Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, The Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look.

It was pretty good. My son and I have now read all 6 of the books in this series. The little boy is so likable and it's easy to see some of him in my son. He is often scared of things but always figures it out in the end even if that means he needs some help from his parents.

I am planning to read some Midwife's Apprentice and cheer some more tonight before turning in, we'll see how much I actually get done.

Read-A-Thon Entry 1 Opening Meme

Hi there I am doing the Read-A-Thon again. This time I won't be doing a whole lot of reading or posting on here because I will be working in the book tent at Jazz Fest here in New Orleans.  I am not complaining though because that is an awesome experience and since I am at the book tent I should be able to get some reading in. I plan to try to read as many kids books while at the book tent as possible. I say kids books because they are short and sweet and easy to finish while I am "working" and listening to music.

I will be updating on twitter mostly so check me out over here:


Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Gone Girl
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? crawfish enchilladas at Jazz Fest today or maybe friend green tomatos with remoulade sauce (is anybody jealous yet?)
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! My bucken list includes ride in a hot air balloon, Live on a boat house and stay for a week in a cabin in Montana in the Winter.
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? no stress, I will stress about reading less since I know I won't be able to much today and focus on cheering as much as I can.

Texts From Jane Eyre

When I was asked to review this book I became super excited because as you may know I love books. I love reading them, collecting them, just looking at them and holding them. It's weird I know but it worked out to my advantage in a big way while reading Texts From Jane Eyre.

The book is written in the form of text messages sent between the characters from your (and my) favorite books. Which means a few things it's hilarious if at times silly, it's creative in a fan fiction kind of way and as a book lover you are already in on all the inside jokes going on in this book. You just don't know it yet mostly because you haven't read it yet. I know you haven't read it yet because what are the odds you are reading a book review about a book you have already read? I will tell you, Low, that's the odds...Low.This is really a shame because I think you would like it a lot.                    

Picturing Edgar Allan Poe morbidly wandering around his home cell phone in hand texting is actually pretty funny as it is but when you read what he is texting the scene becomes even more strangely hilarious. I don't know maybe it's just me who gets off on imagining Edgar Allan Poe texting but I don't think so. So, for all those other crazy literary geeks out there who are into the thought of Poe texting this book is for you.

Also, Fight Club. That is all I can say because to say more would go against the very spirit of the thing just let me say that the chapter on Fight Club will have you laughing out loud or you are a soulless coward who has no right to say "I like to read books."

In conclusion, this holiday season don't just tell your friends and family that you want a gift card from the local book store. Be more specific, tell them to pick up a copy of Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg. They'll thank you and come this Christmas when you are unwrapping that shinny new book you will thank them too. Then you will thank yourself, then me and then Mallory. Happy Holidays!


Read-A-Thon Oct 2014 Post The Last

I didn't do a lot of reading during this Read-A-Thon but I did finish one book and almost finish an audio book so it wasn't all that bad.  I also did quite a bit of cheering this time around.

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?I didn't really get to daunting due to not having very much time to read.

  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?I like short stories or books of quotes or "life lessons" type things to keep up the pace of the read-a-thon. I read The Checkbook this year which was a good easy read.

  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not really, the organization that goes into this thing is amazing and you all do a wonderful job

  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The spreadsheet for cheering jsut keeps getting better and better

  5. How many books did you read? Only completed one but I worked on three

  6. What were the names of the books you read? Completed: The Checkbook. Read some of: 12 Years a Slave and Growing Up Social

  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I have to say I enjoyed 12 Years a Slave most I guess, but I am learning more from Growing Up Social

  8. Which did you enjoy least? Even though it is the one I finished I think I enjoyed reading The Checkbook the least.

  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?Don't get overwhelmed just work your way up or down the list one at a time.

  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I am 100% likely to participate again. I will Read for sure, Cheer for sure and maybe host a mini challenge. Although I would love to help out more I don't think I can fully commit to hosting though it is appealing. Oh maybe cheer captain.

Read-A-Thon Oct 2014 Post 4

I am finally back from all the things that have kept me busi today and so I am going to get down and dirty with this Read-A-Thon thing.
Right now doing that means entering a mini challenge. There is a mad libs mini challenge going on over here.
So, you are supposed to pick a paragraph from the book you are reading, erase some of the nouns, verbs, adjectives or adverbs, Fill in the blanks you have created with other words mad lib style then post the result on your blog.
Here is my paragraph:
Stop and buy trees a young toad
is selling even if you don't need hellos.
Consider patting them as well.
After you've hopped, leave them with
some encouraging loops.

Read-A-Thon Oct 2014 Post 3

I got off work just a little bit ago and have been reading The Checkbook ever since. I am almost finished with it so that one is definitely going into the completed pile by the end of the night.  Also, I think I am going out for the evening too which means I will be taking a little more time off from the Read-A-Thon but the good thing is that it is 24hours so I have time to read when I get home again.  For now I am reading then I will be listening to my audio book while I get all Zombified.  That's right I am going to Zombicon this evening.

Read-A-Thon Oct 2014 Post 2

The Read-A-Thon starts tomorrow at 8am here in Florida. I will unfortunately already be at work at that point, I will have been there for an hour, doesn't that suck?
Anyway, I will be listening to my audio book on my way to work and reading on all my breaks which I regularly do but this time I will be doing with the Read-A-Thon in mind.  I probably won't do a full update until I get home form work but I will be tweeting to keep everyone up-to-date while at work so if you are interested you can check me out there during the day.
I am @momsnotall over there.

read-a-thon Oct 2014 post 1

So I am participating in Dewey's read-a-thon on Saturday even though I won't have much time to read at all. I will be participating mostly to support the read-a-thon than to actually finish any books but of course I have a pile of books anyway.

- The Checkbook by Bret Nicholaus and Paul Lowrie
- The Adventures of the South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz
- Small Graces by Kent Nerburn
- A Cat's Little Instruction Book by Leigh Rutledge
- 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
- Growing up Social by Gary Chapman



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