Read-A-Thon Wrap Up!

Ok folks. You’re wondering why it’s taken so long for my wrap-up post? I fell asleep in hour 18!! (I made it an hour further than April’s read-a-thon!!) I’m disappointed I didn’t make it the full 24, but I did get through three books! (Todd got through 1.5 and he’s thrilled)  For our closing we’re supposed to answer the following wrap-up questions:

1.) Which hour was most daunting for you?

Kim: Hour 17 was most daunting for me. It’s my “death” hour and when I start getting tired.

Todd: Hour 10. (I had to stop and take a nap)

2.) Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Kim: I think books comprised of short stories and graphic novels are pretty fast paced and can keep a reader going.  Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris both write humorous memoirs that fall under the short story format.

3.) Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Todd: I think posting the winners of the mini-challenges on the Dewey’s site would improve the tracking of the challenges and would make it a little easier for those entering them to see if they won.

4.)What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Todd: I think that the hourly posts were really well done and on time!  I liked the fun ideas and videos that were posted to get people motivated and keep them entertained.  Well done!

5.) How many books did you read?

Final Tally – Kim 3, Todd 1.5

6.) What were the names of the books you read?

Kim: Graphic novel version of EmmaShout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Sebris, and The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

Todd: Hope by Victoria Ferrante and The Ups and Downs of Being Dead by M. R. Cornelius

7.) Which book did you enjoy most?

Todd: The Ups and Downs of Being Dead

8.) Which did you enjoy least?

We enjoyed all of our books!

9.) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?


10.) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

We will definitely be back for the spring read-a-thon! We’d like to take a more active role whether that be cheerleaders or a mini-challenge host.


Read-A-Thon Hour 17

Well, we’re back with hour 17 of the read-a-thon!  After getting some laughs with A Night At The Opera, we’re back to business.  Kim is still working through the graphic novel of Emma and I’m still on The Ups and Downs of Being Dead.  We also have the end of the Yankee game on, so there is plenty to keep our attention.  We’ll be checking back in soon!

Read-A-Thon Hour 15!

So we’re taking a break here for the next two hours to participate in #Hitchfest! What the hell is that you ask? A group of us old film lovers on Twitter get together once a week to watch an old movie together.  It started out with watching all of Hitchcock’s movies (hence the #Hitchfest hashtag) but has progressed into classic films in general.  This week, we’re watching A Night at the Opera, a classic Marx Brothers film using the hashtag #Marxfest.  I do hope you’ll join us for our little break!

Once the movie is over we’ll pick up where we left off and hopefully make it through the rest of the Read-A-Thon!

Read-A-Thon Hour 14

So here we are at hour 14.  Our challenge comes to us from Stella Matutina.  We’re supposed to find a picture that captures the essence of the book that we’re reading at this moment.  The book I’m reading, The Ups and Downs of Being Dead by M. R. Cornelius, details the life of a man who has been cryogenically frozen in the hopes that he can be brought back to life in the future.  What he doesn’t realize is that he will essentially exist in limbo in a ghostlike state until he is brought out of the freeze.  This definitely reminded me of the movie Ghost with Patrick Swayze.

Read-A-Thon Hour 13

We’ve completed half of the read-a-thon! WOO-HOO!  Our challenge for this hour is to take the mid-event survey!

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

Kim: I’m doing well. Eyes are starting to get slightly tired. Might throw in a half hour cat nap.

Todd: My nap before definitely helped alleviate the tired feeling.  I’m pretty into my book right now which is helping in keeping me awake.

2) What have you finished reading?

Kim: We put our completed reading list in our hour 11 post.

3) What is your favorite read so far?

Kim: I’ve enjoyed both the books I’ve completed and the one I’m reading. If I had to pick my favorite of the three it’d be The Marriage Trap.

Todd: The Ups and Downs of Being Dead.

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Kim: A delicious vanilla cupcake. YUM.

Todd: I had a red velvet one!

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

K & T: We’ve both been enjoying A Literary Odyssey!

Read-A-Thon Hour 11

It’s hour 11 and my tally of completed books is 2 and Todd’s is 1.  We both just finished eating some dinner and are back to cuddling on the couch with kittehs reading.  I don’t know where y’all are participating from, but it’s cold in Connecticut.  Cuddling and reading is the only way we’ll get through the full 24 hours. (Sebastian even joins in reading sometimes)

Anyway our completed list of books so far is:


  1. Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber
  2. The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst


  1. Hope by Victoria Ferrante

We were super pumped to find out that we were one of several door prize winners for this hour as well! SO PUMPED.

Ok, our short break is over. Back to reading; graphic novel version of Austen’s Emma for me and M.R. Cornelius’s The Ups and Downs of Being Dead for Todd. What are all y’all reading?

Read-A-Thon Hour 9

For this hour of the read-a-thon, we’ve been tasked with creating a Book Puzzle.  Not only that, but the winner from this challenge gets a signed ARC copy of Son by Lois Lowry!  A link to our previous puzzle for last year’s read-a-thon is here.  Hopefully this one will be a good brain teaser.  Here it is:


Did you guess it?  I’ll update the post in about an hour with an answer!  Now, back to reading!

Read-A-Thon Hour 7

It’s hour 7 and I’m still awake!  Just kidding, it’s only the middle of the day.  The challenge for this hour is to make an “a-crostic” out of the book title of what you’re currently reading.  Since my book title is Hope, here goes:

H ave you read a good book today?

O r better yet, something that makes the hair on the back of your neck

P rickle when you get to a good part and can’t put it down?

E xcellent!

Here’s an update for those playing along at home:  We’ve eaten lunch, seen Adam off back to New York, and settled in for the afternoon stretch (also stretching are Belle and Sebastian, who have promptly passed out in the sun drenched window!)  See you in a bit!

Read-A-Thon Hour 4

The mini-challenge for this hour is AWESOME and felt the need to share it and my response to it. A Literary Odyssey posed the following question: What classic book should ALL high school aged students read and why?  Here’s my response:

A classic book that should be read by all high school aged students? Oh man. There are so many! I’m partial to saying Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre because they are my favorite books, but when I think of being a teenager and that awkward phase of your life, I don’t see much being gained from reading about Elizabeth, Darcy, Jane, or Mr. Rochester.

Being a teenager is an awkward time in your life, yeah? So shouldn’t we be giving HS students a book you can relate to AND learn from? For that reason I’m going with The Diary of Anne Frank.

Why you ask? Well first, I think it’s obvious we can learn about life during WWII and what it was like to be living through it from Anne’s diary. The more important thing I think we learn is that even though being a teenager is tough and awkward and a war could be going on around you we’re all the same. We all have crushes (Anne discusses her crush on the other teen in hiding with her, Peter), we all have stressful times with our parents, and we’re all confused about what the future of our lives will hold.

I think these are valid things to point out to teens in a world where we depend less on the physical relationships around us and more on our digital ones.

This question really got me thinking! What would your response be?

Read-A-Thon Hour 3

Howdy everyone and welcome to hour 3 of the Read-A-Thon!  The mini challenge for this hour involves food, and of course I couldn’t pass up an opportunity like this to share with everyone the snack(s) we’ll be having for the challenge.  Fortunately for us, Adam has brought some delicious cupcakes from the Buttercup Bake Shop!  They look amazing, and I can’t wait to try some.

As for the reading front, Kim is going strong and just finished Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber.  Great job!  I’m roughly 3/4 of the way through Hope by Victoria Ferrante.  Also, we’re trying to ward off a chill with blankets (Kim is covered up) as it was 29 degrees this morning!  How are things going with you?  Leave a comment below and let us know!