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DEWEY’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Well I did finish up, but I had to read in shifts.  I had to sleep last night, so I finished up early this morning.  I read three books and feel pretty good about that!  That is about 700 pages.  I read the book I wanted to last , “Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story.”  The review on this book will be up on this blog tomorrow.  I had to take a break inbetween to grade papers and get ready for school because I couldn’t do it all today.  I love this read-a-thin and can’t wait to participate again!

READ-A-THON Update 4:20 PM – PST

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Well, I have now been reading for about 9 hours.  In that time I’ve read about 500 pages – a book and a half.  The book I finished was an Amish fiction book by Emma Miller, titled “Johanna’s Bridegroom,” and I completely read a great Christian fiction book by Deborah Raney entitled, “The Face of the Earth.”  Reviews will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.

I love taking aside a day for reading WITHOUT guilt!  I’m working around the house during my breaks.  It’s nice NOT to be thinking about school all day for a change as well 🙂

Deweys 24-hour Read -a-Thon

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

I’m participating in this today.  Hoping to get caught up with my TBR pile 🙂

I’m reading from the sunny southwest of the USA.

Looking forward to reading the new book about Joni and Ken.

Snack?  Fresh muffins!

I’m a wife, mother, sister, daughter, granny, Christian, and I teach 30 second graders five days a week.

Not sure I’ll do much different – I love devoting a full day to reading!!

The Read-a-Thon Intro Meme

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Where are you reading from today?
We are both reading from Sally’s home!

3 facts about me …

I teach 2nd grade students.
I”m a bookaholic.
I have the biggest classroom library in my school.
I write for three blogs.
I read and review for the two of them.
I desperately need the 24 hours of reading 😉

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
Amy–25…so that I have many options

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
5 books each!

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Have the best time! Be sure to check out what everyone else is doing but don’t get too discouraged if they are somehow reading 3x as much as you. Just enjoy every delicious second of reading! 🙂

The Beginning of the Read-a-thon!

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Sally and Amy here!

We are very excited to be participating in the read-a-thon. Truthfully, 24 hours of reading sounds like bliss.

Sadly, Sally has a hair appointment that simply couldn’t be rescheduled. And we plan to go to church Saturday night. But that is only an hour. The rest of the time we’ll be reading away, chugging down Diet Mt. Dew (Amy) and munching on veggies. And maybe sneaking in a plate of nachos. Maybe.

Amy’s biggest goal is to read Twilight. She has heard a lot about it and she loves vampires. She also loves romances. This should be good. In addition, she has several other YA books that need to be reviewed. So…that’s the plan!

Sally has a stack of middle grade and children’s books that were sent for review but look like good ones to pass onto the granddaughters. Her goal is to finish these and assess their suitability for her classroom.

We will definitely be updating the blog with our progress. Our goal is ten books read…five each.

Please consider sponsoring our reading by donating to Compassion International’s Global Food Crisis Fund.

Summer Reading Extravaganza Day 5: Oh the Places You’ll Go! With a Book!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Thanks for joining in this week everyone! I”ll be figuring out the final number of entries for everyone and holding the drawings sometime this weekend.

Our final topic is books that transport you. It’s hard to take a trip with rising gas prices so thank God we can travel through reading! What are some of your favorite books that transport you to a new place?

LEAH: voiceinthewind.gif The Mark of the Lion trilogy (excellent, excellent, excellent) places you right smack dab in the middle of Rome in the 1st century. Along with a great story, it really gives you the feel for the times and culture.

abramsdaughters.jpgBeverly Lewis along with other authors have written some great stories about the Amish way of life that transports you right into their world. Their culture, way of dress and talk, delicious food, and religious beliefs are all described in these books as the story unfolds.

lordoftherings.jpgFinally, even if you are not a fan of the movie, you have to give J.R.R. Tolkien credit for having created a completely different world, creatures, languages, and geography in his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Talk about imagination! These books transport us to places we can never actually go and yet still make us feel as if we’ve been there.

SALLY: sisterchicks-go-brit.jpgIt’s summertime and I like to think and dream about traveling. The book I just finished about traveling is Sisterchicks Go Brit. Kellie and Liz get a surprise trip to England. This book is loosely based on a trip the author Robin Jones Gunn took to research the book. In fact in the back of the book are pictures of many of the places mentioned. I like to read these books BEFORE I visit a place. Even though they are fiction, they have GREAT ideas. I would love to go to England and even though I prefer traveling with my husband, this might be a place I’ll have to find a sisterchick to go with. A sisterchick is a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a sister, and provides a reality check when you’re being a brat.

One of the things I loved about this book was that Kellie and Liz visited places they had read about in British literature. They spent a great deal of time visiting places made famous by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. They were gone a week or a little more and were able to pack so much in! They visited three cities; Olney, Oxford, and London. They had taste delights and grew to prefer tea over coffee. They stayed close friends through it all and their relationship with God was at an all time high. I love these books because they enable you to visit a place vicariously. I love reading them before I visit a place, and I love reading them to see if I may want to visit a place. The sisterchicks have been to many places. Each book has a different pair of sisterchicks, but they are all middle-aged with teenagers or grown children.

AMY: A book I read this year that transported me out of my everyday life was The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen. You can read my review here. She really brought the life in Siam (Vietnam now) i 1920’s to vivid reality. There’s a scene that takes place during a storm that was particularly horrific and had me cringing!

Another book that took me to a new place was Memoirs of a Geisha. I love this book so much and I thought it really brought the life of a geisha to reality for me. I was just newly moved to Japan when I first read it, and it helped me become more curious about the country. I even got my own geisha photos made when I visited Kyoto!

What are your favorite books that have transported you to another place? Write your post, link back here (which is to say–put a link to this post in your post) and then sign the Mr. Linky! Thanks for all of the fun and great reading recommendations everyone! The Girl Who Stopped Swimming Discussion begins tomorrow and our August group read will be announced on Monday!

1. Yvonne
2. Monica @ Paper Bridges
3. Kimberly Kaye
4. jessi
5. tracy(bookroomreviews)
6. Mrs S | Blue Archipelago
7. Emma
8. Nise\’
9. Kristinia – Loving Heart Mommy
10. J. Kaye\’s Book Blog
11. bunny

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Summer Reading Extravaganza Day 4: Summer Reading Activities

Thursday, June 26th, 2008


Today’s topic is summer reading activities. What we love so much about reading is that it expands our world! If you have any fun traditions or activities that you share with your kids or students that have to do with reading, today is the day to share them.If you don’t have kids, maybe you have a bookclub that does has some fun traditions or you enjoy organizing your books in the summer. Be creative and share with us!

lastdayofschool.jpg LEAH: I like to read books with my kids that have something to do with the activities that we are naturally doing. For example, Christmas stories at Christmas time, stories about camping when we are going camping, pumpkin-carving stories in the fall. So for the summer, we will be reading school vacation stories such as “When It’s the Last Day of School,” Fourth of July stories such as “Fourth of July Mice,” and beach stories such as “Swimming With Dolphins.” My mom (Sally, who also writes for this blog) has been great about supplying my girls with all sorts of seasonal books and it is so much fun. Reading books like these add to the anticipation of the events you have planned for the summer.

Because of the way our school year runs here, my girls only have the month of July off for summer vacation. However we will have a week or two where not much is going on. I would like to take advantage of that time to do some extra reading. This year we will be reading about plants and how they benefit human life. I will have my girls help me plant some little flowers or herbs so that their reading can come to life. They can watch the process of growth and be involved in the care of nurturing the plants. (Lord knows I need the help with my serious lack of green thumbs!). This is one simple activity that most people could do during the summer months. bartholomew-and-the-oobleck.jpg SALLY:First, buy and read the book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by the wonderful Dr. Seuss. Then make some oobleck! Here is the recipe:

1-1/2 cups of corn starch
1 cup room temperature water
green (or whatever color you want) food coloring

Mix the ingredients and allow children to play with the mixture. When “pushed” together, the mixture will appear dry and solid; as children let go of the mixture, it flows like a smooth liquid.

What can you do with oobleck? Try making it into a ball. Does it bounce? Try to pull it apart, slowly and then quickly. Hold it in your had to see what happens. Does it stick to the table?

Have fun!

What are your summer reading activities? Write up a post and share! Be creative! It doesn’t have to be kid related. Invite your readers to join in the fun by linking back here and then come sign the Mr. Linky with a direct link to your post (and NOT your general URL). Remember, everyday of participation earns you an entry in the contest pool.

Just a reminder that our group discussion of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming starts on Saturday!

Summer Reading Extravaganza Day 3: Magazines!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

We all love books, but how about magazines? Magazines are perfect for the shorter flight or poolside (so your book doesn’t get wet), don’t you think? What are your favorite magazines or what magazines would you recommend for book lovers? Or is there a magazine we should stay away from? Our thoughts are below, but we can’t wait to read yours!

LEAH: familyfun.jpg I just ordered a subscription to Family Fun magazine and can’t wait to browse through it for some good ideas to do with the kids this summer. This magazine is full of everything from craft projects to ideas for decorating or organizing your kids’ rooms to lists of fun activities for kids and families going on around the country. I think sometimes I get stuck in a rut of doing the same sorts of things with my kids and I look forward to some fresh ideas!

SALLY: I have three favorite magazines: TV Guide (which is a real magazine now); Today’s Christian Woman; and Prevention. TV Guide keeps me up with enough entertainment news and lets me know what’s on when. Today’s Christian Woman has a mix of information for women from all walks of life, and Prevention has good information on how to take good care of myself. Prevention magazine even has yummy low-fat recipes to try. Their web site has information about skin care, exercising, and supplements. I like it!

AMY: My favorite magazine is Entertainment Weekly. I devour each issue as soon as it comes! I like Entertainment Weekly because it is not a gossip magazine (well, there might be a little!) but more focused on the actual entertainment! It’s informative with in-depth reviews, interviews, and industry news. What I really love is that it covers all areas of, television, books, music, and the stage. I have gotten so many book ideas from EW. If you don’t subscribe, but love all of those things, I highly recommend you give it a chance!

Your turn! Take any angle that you want! Be creative! Just talk magazines! Be sure to link back here so your readers can come visit and then sign Mr. Linky with the link to your post (and NOT your general URL) We’re having a blast reading everyone’s posts…thanks so much for participating!