Belated Read-a-Thon End of Event Meme!

Whoa, everybody. Whoa. Jessica and I bugged out for about the last five hours, but now that the Read-a-Thon is over (womp-womp), we’re here to fill out the end of event meme! Mia first!

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Definitely hour 20 or so, which was right before Jessica and I crashed out. Soooo sleeeeepyyyyy, plus Jessica’s cat Nousha was cuddling with me, and I really wanted to follow her lead and just curl up for a nap.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Well, for us Anastasia Krupnik was a sure-fire winner–really, any MG or YA book that you have fond memories of from childhood would be a great light read that sucks you in and keeps you entertained.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I thought everything went really smoothly this year, other than the hiccups with Canadians who weren’t able to participate as much due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I thought the spread of mini-challenges was pretty good, and we got some really positive, thoughtful cheerleaders.
  5. How many books did you read? I finished two, read most of a third, and started a fourth.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? I finished Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry and A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin; I read most of Look For Me By Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn; and I got a few stories into Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, edited by Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Anastasia Krupnik was a real delight, especially since I’d never read it before. A Wizard of Earthsea was also wonderfully written and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Well, I WAS enjoying Look For Me By Moonlight when I thought it was just a cheesy/hilarious vampire-boyfriend story, but then it turned into a sexual abuse allegory, which, while a perfectly legitimate critique of the genre, wasn’t at all funny and was in fact pretty depressing. I’m still trying to figure out the target audience for that book.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will definitely participate in April’s Read-a-thon, unless something prevents me from doing so! Jessica and I might like to run another mini-challenge next time, since this one is always so fun.

Jessica next, second, and last!

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I’d say hour 10, maybe? I had a headache.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Yeah, I’ll go with Mia. Anastatia Krupnik was short and super fun – perfect for the Read-a-Thon. I’m also fond of romance novels and mystery novels. Things with quick pacing are easier to keep reading for hours.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Wellll, I always say this, but I wish we could vary the start time.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Everything seemed to go smoothly!
  5. How many books did you read? I finished two books and read from three more.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? I read the entirety of Anastasia Krupnik, finished The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, started Across the Universe, read a little from American Pastoral, and started A is for Alibi.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I loooooved Anastatia Krupnik as a kid and it was really, really fun to revisit her and her parents.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? American Pastoral. I’m reading it for a book club and, while the writing itself is decent, I am not fond of the pace or the narrator or ugh. I just don’t like it much at all.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely! Mia and I have such fun running the mad libs challenge and I think we’ll probably do it as long as you let us. :)

Read-a-Thon Mini Challenge Hour 13

Hey, other readers! Mia checking in. It’s nearing dinnertime around our part of the world, and Jessica and I are still going pretty strong. We’ve done a few mini-challenges on Twitter and in comment sections, but I thought I’d take a minute to fill out Lisa’s mini-challenge for this hour! My choices are as follows, with the unintentional theme of name-titles.

Best YA Book of Your Reading Year: Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell. This book nearly did me in. MY HEART. Rainbow Rowell is an amazing writer and made a topic which isn’t usually too compelling to me–teenage love–un-put-down-able.

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Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke. I mean, this is kind of a duh, but it’s SO GOOD. It’s so good that I must shout about it. SO GOOD.

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Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year: Anastasia Krupnik, by Lois Lowry. I just read this for the first time for the Read-a-Thon, and oh my goodness gracious. Anastasia is wonderful, her parents are wonderful. I am rendered incoherent by my enjoyment of this book.

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(This cover illustration looks nothing like Anastasia Krupnik, but that’s beside the point.)

Jessica: I’m going to be a little less cool than Mia and not find covers, BUT here goes.

Best Book of Your Reading Year: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke – I know Mia picked it, too, but this book is SO GOOD. I took over a year to read it and by the time I finished, it felt like a friend. I miss it. :(

Best YA Book of Your Reading Year: Goose Girl by Shannon Hale – Hale is one of my favorite authors and I had never read her debut. It was lovely. Enough said!

Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year: The Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes – I’m not actually done with this one, but I love the romance between the two leads. They have very real reasons for not being able to be together and they are friends before lovers, which is a trope I love and need more of! I think I know how the conflicts will resolve and it involves a mustache-twirling Evil Dude, which is a shame because these two leads deserve a little more nuance than that. Still, I’m really enjoying this one!

Read-a-Thon Mini Challenge Hour 7: Mad Libs!

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Hey, everybody! Welcome to the Hour 7 Mini-Challenge! We–Mia and Jessica–had so much fun hosting this challenge last year so we had to do it again! We’re a quarter of the way through the ‘Thon (whoo!) and just starting to lose some steam (boo!). How about some Read-a-Thon style mad libs to keep your brain awake?

Here’s what you’re gonna do:
1) pick a paragraph (not too long) from the book you’re reading
2) remove some/most of the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, and either
3a) get a friend (in person, over the phone, over the internet–whatever!) to fill in the words for you mad-libs style or
3b) fill them in yourself from the spoiler-texted word list below
4) post your hilarious paragraph on your blog and link us to it or leave it in a comment here!

Easy, right? Here’s an example. Mia started with this paragraph from Anastasia Krupnik:

Washburn Cummings, in all honesty, did not even know that Anastasia existed. But everyone at the J. Henry Bosler Elementary School knew about Washburn Cummings. On the day that he came to school wearing a tee shirt with an obscene saying printed across the front, and was sent home by the principal to change.

She asked me for two famous people, a location, a garment, a noun, a job, and a verb. After plugging everything in, we got:

Tim Curry, in all honesty, did not even know that Stephen Curry existed. But everyone in Guadalajara knew about Tim Curry. On the day that he came to Guadalajara wearing a muumuu with a fingernail printed across the front, and was sent home by the cat handler to warble.

It made us both giggle like mad, and we hope it’ll do the same for you!

Here’s a list of some fall/Halloween themed words if you don’t want to or can’t bother someone (feel free to adapt as necessary, e.g. making nouns plural or changing verb tense):

Adjectives

bookish
orange
new
black
nocturnal
brisk
ominous
eldritch

Adverbs

eruditely
tearfully
awkwardly
violently
thankfully
deadly
coldly
darkly

Nouns

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boil
love potion
sob
warlock
spleen
hex
midnight

Verbs

read
curdle
elucidate
crunch
gyrate
splat
quiver
cast

We’ll run the challenge until hour 10 and the winner will receive a book of their choice (worth up to $10) from the Book Depository. Go ahead and get libbing!

Read-a-Thon Intro Meme

Hey! Mia and I slept in a bit and missed the real window for the intro meme, but we’re gonna fill it out anyway!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? My house in the sunny (not actually sunny) Bay Area!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? My stack is a little wobbly and undefined this time around, so I’m not sure. Probably an ebook and I’d have to do some more looking to figure that out.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Mia brought over some chai tea mix that sounds delicious!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I like cashews! (What? You said a “little something,” right?)
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? Last year Mia and I ate out a lot during the day. Today I think our plan is to get breakfast only and otherwise cook.

Now it’s Mia’s turn! (Mia is already typing this, she just likes talking about herself in the third person.)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Jessica’s house, where it is overcast and cozy!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m QUITE looking forward to Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, edited by Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall. I supported it on Indiegogo earlier this year and it sounds so good!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? FOOD. ANYTHING. It’s morning and I’m hungry.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! My car is borked so the dealership loaned me a Passat to drive this weekend. It’s shiny!
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? I think I’ll be reading a lot more ebooks than I usually do! Mostly because I didn’t plan so well this year (see: borked car) and so my stack of physical books is very, very small:

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(Yes, Jessica and I have been working on Rain for the past…three years now? It’s progressing, but slowly, and with many terrible metaphors.)

Okay, time to actually crack open a book! Have fun, you other Read-a-Thoners, you.