Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Read-a-thon is Coming and My Cybils Mega-Read Begins




The Cybils Mega-Read Begins

It begins. Public nominations have closed, and author and publisher nominations are open. We are looking at 146 fiction picture book/board book nominations currently, and I've managed to locate and read 54 of these. Whew. I always forget what a huge endeavor this is. Exhausting. But wonderfully fun.



Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon is Coming!
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. I'll be co-hosting from 2-4 pm CST, so I hope you'll stop in and say hello.

What Arrived in My Mailbox This Week
Two new board books, Wee Gallery Jungle and Wee Gallery Farm, along with two MG speculative fiction books, A Guide to the Other Side (the main characters are ghosts!) and Children of Exile (a a new trilogy by that wonderful writer Margaret Peterson Haddix) and a new picture book, An Excessive Alphabet (by the team that brought us Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) all arrived in my mailbox this week. 


What I Read This Week




I finished Commonwealth just in time for tomorrow night's author event with Ann Patchett in Houston and I finished Train to Crystal City just in time for this Tuesday's book club event. And I read Paths to Happiness and The Power of Meaning cover to cover, so the next time you see me I should be radiating both Happiness and Meaning. Reviews coming soon.


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.


21 comments:

  1. Sounds like a busy, but exciting week! I just got a copy of Commonwealth and plan to read it next... jealous you got to see Ann Patchett! The Train to Crystal City is on my wish list. What did you (and you book club) think?

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    1. I will be sure to give a full report after the Patchett reading Monday and the book club meeting Tuesday.

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  2. Good luck with your Cybils readings. That must be both exhausting and fun. But I guess the readathon will give you an opportunity to plow through a bunch of kids books. :)

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  3. What a great reading week you had, and so many other things coming up. I'd be happy if I finished one book this week. But I'm very excited because I've signed up for the readathon- my first! The timing is rubbish in Australia though, it starts at 11pm on Saturday night. And I'll be at work. So I imagine I'll sleep through the first half. But I'm still looking forward to it.

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    1. I'm so happy you signed up. It's fun to participate even if it's just in a small way.

      Maybe you need to start an Australian read-a-thon which has participants on our side of the world starting after their bedtime!

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  4. I am looking forward to Commonwealth...enjoy all of your books, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. Those last four books look so pretty together, with their dashes of peach! Good luck with all your reading based endeavors. I actually have Friday off next week (after evening parent-teacher conferences Wed & Thurs), so I'll attempt to get all my tasks done then in order to read guilt-free all day Saturday!

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  6. Am keen to hear what you thought of Commonwealth Deb as a few people have talked about it and seemingly enjoyed it. (I hope you like the author event as well!)

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  7. All very exciting! Have fun at the author event!

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  8. I have never read anything by Ann Patchett, but Commonwealth sounds good. Putting it on the ever-growing list of books for consideration.

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  9. I have not yet gotten to Commonwealth. I loved Bel Canto, but don't think I've read any of her other books. I'll have to look into Paths of Happiness and the Power of Meaning - they look intriguing.

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  10. Wow - how exciting you get to meet Ann Patchett, I'm working on getting to commonwealth very soon. Enjoy the rest of your books!

    Amanda @ Mrs B's Book Reviews

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  11. What a great reading week! I've got a book club book that I just started and have to have finished Tuesday. I thought it would be easy until I realized it was over 400 pages of smallish print!

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  12. I think we should read Commonwealth for Tues book club! I've been "going to" read it since it came out. Maybe "assigning" it would nudge me in the right direction. I am reading Crystal City--frantically at this point since it's "due" tomorrow night. I am also finishing a cozy mystery to keep me sane.

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  13. Oh all your books are so inviting I want to read them too! I might just have to take a peek at your reviews for the last two when they publish.

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  14. Reading for 24 hours straight?!?! I'm an old lady, if I don't get my full eight hours of beauty sleep, I'm absolutely no good to anyone! No one at work deserves sleepy Jane grumpiness.... ;)

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  15. Nice assortment of books. The upcoming readathon is another I'll have to miss. I'll be busy packing and moving. I do hope to fit in some reading in the down times. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  16. Have fun with ALL the picture books. It sounds delightful!

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  17. What a wonderfully varied week of reading you had: picture books, fiction and non-fiction! "Commonwealth" just came in for me at the library. Initially it didn't really catch my eye, but I've seen so many rave reviews I figured I had better see what the fuss was about!

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