Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nominate Your Favorite Children's & YA Books for the Cybils, Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon is Coming, and Win Free Books for Life



Nominate Your Favorite Children and YA Books for the Cybils Awards Now!

Have you read some wonderful children's books this year? Fabulous YA books? Did you know that anyone can nominate a wonderful children's book or a fabulous YA book for the Cybils Awards? The details about nominating are here, and the guidelines for each category are here, but basically the book you nominate must be published in the US or Canada between Oct. 16, 2015 and Oct. 15, 2016. You can nominate one book per category. The categories are Audiobooks, Board Books, Early Chapter Books, Easy Readers, Elementary Nonfiction, Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels, Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Juvenile Nonfiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Middle Grade Nonfiction, Poetry, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Graphic Novels, Young Adult Nonfiction, and Young Adult Speculative Fiction. (If you are an author or a publisher, please wait until after October 15 to nominate your book.) 

This is my tenth year working with the Cybils. Over the years, I've nominated many, many books in many, many categories, but I'm proud to say that eight of my nominees have been finalists and one book was the winner in its category. 

It's easy to nominate a favorite children's or YA book published in the last year. Go here and nominate away!



Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon is Coming!
Have you ever tried reading in Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon? Dewey's Read-a-thon was the first blogging event I participated in, way, way back in 2008. I visited other blogs, "met" other bloggers, played book-ish games, won book-ish prizes, read books, and blogged. It was over-the-top fun. 
Since then, I've participated in lots of read-a-thons. I've only read for twenty-four hours one time, but I've won lots of prizes and had oodles of fun. 
Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon is coming up on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Could you read for 24 hours straight? How much could you read? Could you win some prizes? Play some book-ish games? Sign up now here.


Win Free Books for Life!
I don't play the lottery, but this giveaway made my heart go pitter-patter and I had to share it with you. Heywood Hill Bookshop in London is giving away free books for life. To celebrate the shop's 80th anniversary, Heywood Hill is giving one person the chance to win a recently published hardcover book each month for the rest of his/her life. The giveaway is open to anyone in the entire world. To enter, go here. The contest is open until the end of October.



What are you reading today?


What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

35 comments:

  1. Exciting events ahead! I tried the Dewey's event last year, but I never can read for 24 hours straight. But I got in lots of reading. And visiting the blogs is fun.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I love Dewey's event, but I'm no night owl; I can rarely stay up past nine pm, so I doubt I can make the 24 hours either.

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  2. I've never tried to make the whole 24 hours with Dewey's read-a-thon either. But it might be fun to try this year. I work a 16 hour day till 9pm on Friday, though, so we'll see what I can handle.

    Have fun with the Cybils!

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    1. If you can work a 16-hour day and then read for 24-hours straight, you are a better person than me!

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  3. I have participated in Dewey's Read-a-Thon a number of times but I usually never read the whole 24 hours. This time I can't do it as I work that Saturday. Good luck with the read-a-thon!

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    1. I sometimes have been stymied by other activities planned for that day. A baby shower one time. A birthday party another. And you are scheduled to work? These people should know better than to plan things on a Readathon day.

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  4. I can't take part in the Readathon this time as I'm at a bookish event all day, which of course is great, but also a little sad.

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  5. I would loved to join in the readathon but am pretty sure I would fail miserably. I have, however, entered to win books for life...wouldn't that be cool?

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  6. I've only participated in Dewey's Read-a-Thon a couple of times and never for the full 24 hours. It's fun, but my weekends are always so full that I never seem to have time to join anymore. Maybe next year when I'm retired...

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    1. I know. But I always get such a wonderful feeling of community.

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  7. I've only recently become aware of the Cybils but it looks like a fantastic thing. I can think of a few books I would consider nominating... and that giveaway is something else!

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  8. I am participating in my second CYBILs, which I found about from you last year. (Round 2 judge for MG/YA nonfiction this time.) And I'm trying to get a read on whether or not my family will be able to support me through my second read-a-thon, by which I mean "not bug me or expect anything from me." Last time I read at least a little bit during 18 of the 24 hours, so I was pretty pleased. Finally, I'd seen that contest mentioned, but finally took the plunge with your handy link and entered. What a dream that would be. Thanks for all the great news you share!

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    1. I feel very happy for sending you in so many bookish directions!

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    2. I also just went through the CYBILs nominations and added every book you nominated to my TBR (if it wasn't already there).

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  9. Thx for letting us know about the London bookshop giveaway. Wow. I entered it right away! Winning that would be amazing. Good luck!

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  10. I am reading The Crack in the Kingdom by Moriarty and Hondo by L'Amour. Thanks for the tips of bookish events. I will nominate a book for Cybils. I will participate in the readathon. and I will sign up to win a book for life. Thanks.

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  11. I love the idea of a read-a-thon! I've never taken part in one before... I'll have to check my diary, but if I'm free of grandchildren, etc - I'll have a go at taking part:). Thank you for pointing it out... This is my Sunday Post
    https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/sunday-post-2nd-october/

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  12. Deb you seem to have the magic touch when it comes to choosing winners for book awards. It's great for anyone to go to the trouble of nominating books for awards - such a nice gesture to do for authors who work their butts off!

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  13. I'm hoping to participate in the Dewey this time round. Maybe? Fingers crossed. Books for life! I probably already have that in my house...

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    1. Shhh, Louise. We all do, but let's not think about that.

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  14. I hope I can participate in the readathon this time around!

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    1. It would be fun to see some of my favorite people at the readathon.

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  15. That event sounds great! Enjoy reading this week.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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  16. Lots of fun things! I love that way of celebrating a bookstore anniversary.

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  17. Readathons always seem to be set for a time when I have other commitments. This time I'll be moving house and I'm sure my brother would notice if I stopped packing and unpacking to quietly read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  18. Oh, I am entering that contest right away, how exciting would that be?!? It would be like having a birthday each and every month - wow!!

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  19. Deb I couldn't read for 24 hours but I can see with all the variety it would be a load of fun. My that book giveaway sounds amazing and for anywhere in the world. Got to enter!!

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  20. The RAT was one of my first events as a blogger too! Not sure I will be able to participate for the Fall session.

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  21. Very informative post. Thanks to you I signed up for Dewey's.

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  22. I really love the look of that stack of free books! We have a similar project for my old high school/elementary for our 25th year reunion next year.

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  23. I have never tried a Readathon. Maybe this year I should give it a go, it sounds like fun. Enjoy your week and happy reading :-)
    Amanda @ Mrs B's Book Reviews

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