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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon Recap! (October 2017)

How did you fare on October 21st?

What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey from The Hidden Side of a Leaf (her blog is archived at the Wayback Machine). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon has been hosted by Heather and Andi of The Estella Society, with help from scads of volunteers since 2013.

Here is where I landed in 24-hours: Books – 3, Pages – 682

How did you do during the 24-hour read-a-thon?

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon Prep (October 2017)

Any reading plans for October 21st?

What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey from The Hidden Side of a Leaf (her blog is archived at the Wayback Machine). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon has been hosted by Heather and Andi of The Estella Society, with help from scads of volunteers since 2013.

Preparation for this main event is quite the endeavor:

  1. Pre-make all meals or have them pre-ordered for delivery the day before
  2. Pick shorter books
  3. If one book isn’t holding your attention, switch to another
  4. Inform those you know that you are busy! 🙂
  5. Plan breaks to get up and walk around, get the blood flowing and energy back
  6. Relax. This is supposed to be stress-free and a break from reality 🙂

Here are a list of books I’m planning on reading (some if not all):

What are you planning for Dewey’s Read-a-thon on October 21st?

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Bout of Books 20 Recap!

Bout of Books

 

 

 

 

 

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Here is how I fared this week:
Total pages: 626
Total books: 4

How did your Read-a-thon go?

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Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books

 

 

 

 

 

I’m determined to make the most out of the Bout of Books reading challenge this week and knock out books that have been on my TBR for far too long!

I’m getting ahead of myself, let me have the organizers explain what’s about to go down:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Now that we are on the same page, are you ready to sign-up? Follow these steps to join in on the fun!

  1. Post on your site, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook account and declare your intentions to join. It’s EASY. They ask you share info to help spread the word. Please link back to @boutofbooks!
  2. Add the direct link to your sign up post to the linky in the original post. You have until Tuesday, August 22nd at 11:59pm CST to sign up. (If the linky is closed, you’re too late.)
  3.  Beginning August 21st, READ!

Here are the books I’m hoping to complete this week:

  • Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  • The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts
  • The Merchant of Venic by William Shakespeare

Happy Reading!

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Snap Review: Juniper by Kelley and Thomas French

Title: Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon

My rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Juniper French was born four months early, at 23 weeks’ gestation. She weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces, and her twiggy body was the length of a Barbie doll. Her head was smaller than a tennis ball, her skin was nearly translucent, and through her chest you could see her flickering heart. Babies like Juniper, born at the edge of viability, trigger the question: Which is the greater act of love — to save her, or to let her go?
Kelley and Thomas French chose to fight for Juniper’s life, and this is their incredible tale. In one exquisite memoir, the authors explore the border between what is possible and what is right. They marvel at the science that conceived and sustained their daughter and the love that made the difference. They probe the bond between a mother and a baby, between a husband and a wife. They trace the journey of their family from its fragile beginning to the miraculous survival of their now thriving daughter.

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