It’s Read-A-Thon Day!! Hour 1

Today is the second Dewey’s Read-A-Thon of 2012! I’m already about an hour behind (stupid alarm clock) but I’m ready to jump in!  Hour one poses the following getting to know you questions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading from good old Hamden, Connecticut.  Those of you familiar with Connecticut I’m about a 20 minutes north of New Haven and 40 minutes south of Hartford!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Hmm…The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley.  She’s fast becoming one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to dive into that today.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Definitely my nutella snack pack. Is there anything better??

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Little something about me? I run the blog here at Reflections of a Book Addict along with five other staff bloggers. I’m obsessed with books and will read pretty much anything you put in front of me.  I started my blog almost two years ago with the intent of reading 100 books a year. I’ve made some great friends in the blogging world and am so pleased with how the past two years of book blogging has gone!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my second read-a-thon! Something different? Leaving more comments on other’s blogs!

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon Sign-Up Take 2!

In April the staff and I were able to participate in our first ever 24 hour read-a-thon.  We made it through 18 hours before we all passed out.  (I think for our first read-a-thon 18 hours is nothing to laugh at)  Anyway, Dewey’s read-a-thon happens twice a year, with the second instance happening in a few weeks!   The Read-A-Thon will be happening October 13th, and I’m here to say that I will be participating again!  I’m trying to convince the staff to participate with me again, but so far it will definitely be Todd and myself.  There are mini-challenges and posts to be posted every hour throughout the 24 hours, so make sure you check in with us throughout the whole day/night!

For those of you interested in signing up as participants or cheerleaders you can sign up here! I’ve already started building my reading list!

There are already 251 people signed up to read!  It’s a great opportunity to spread your love of reading to those around you and meet fellow book geeks.  Even if you can’t participate for the full 24 hours, any time you give is totally worth it.  So, come sign up and join the fun!

Read-A-Thon Hour 18!

Well folks, it looks like the 18th hour has come upon us.  My reading companions have all fallen asleep (HA!) and my own eyes are starting to get very heavy.  I made good progress in four different books today and finished my awesome Canterbury Tales graphic novel.  I was introduced to a ton of new blogs, new friends, and most importantly new books!

I cannot wait to do this read-a-thon again in the fall.  I’m hoping I can make the full 24 hours!

Thank you to all the hosts, cheerleaders, and giveaway sponsors! You are all awesome! I hope to join your ranks next time around!

Without further ado, I share my goodbye video with you! (Sorry for the crappy quality)

Read-A-Thon Hour 17

Hello there sleepy Read-A-Thon-ers.  We’re up to hour 17, and we’re chugging along just as strongly as ever.  This hour’s challenge is to post picture of yourself along with your current read.  It comes to us from One Literature Nut, and is a great way to keep us awake and motivated!  Along with this post you’ll see my submission, hopefully it’s not too scary. It’s called The Shattered Vine by Laura Anne Gilman.

Anyway, now that Hitchfest is over, it’s back to the Read-A-Thon full force.  Sorry for the blurriness of the picture!  Good luck!

See you later!

Read-A-Thon Hour 14, Mini Challenge #11

Hello and welcome to the hour 14 mini challenge! Adam here, and I am currently taking a break from reading so I can write this post.

Kanaye is hosting this hour’s challenge! We’re asked to share our first library memory/experience!  I wish I could remember the actual first time I entered a library and saw what books can actually do, but alas I don’t remember that time. However, I do remember the time I signed up for the New York Public Library only 8 short months ago. I was unemployed and looking for a way to pass time in a new city, so I hiked down to the main branch of the public library on 42nd street and instantly my mind was blown. First of all the building is incredible on its own, then to top it off the copious amount of books they have in there is actually mind-boggling. I was literally like a kid in a candy store, except instead of sugary treats I was gaining knowledge. I must have walked around for a good five minutes before a concerned employee made me stop and get my new card. I have yet to return to this branch of the library, but I eagerly look forward to my next visit!

Note: for roughly the next two hours we’ll be participating in “Hitchfest”, a Twitter-based group where we watch movies by Alfred Hitchcock and discuss them.  So, we’re going to take a quick two-hour break from mini challenges, but worry not!  We will be back with more Read-A-Thon awesomeness soon!

Read-A-Thon Hour 13, Mini Challenge #10

Hello everyone and welcome to hour 13.  Unlucky?  I think not, we’re going strong and now are ready to settle in with a delicious dinner in our stomachs.  Mini challenge #10 consists of a short quiz.  As per our usual routine, we’ll answer these questions individually.  Here we go!

Questions:

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

2) What have you finished reading?

3) What is your favorite read so far?

4) What about your favorite snacks?

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

Todd’s Answers:

  1. Slightly, although stopping to help make dinner was a good break.  If I stop and think about it for too long though my eyes do get heavy!
  2. Unfortunately nothing, although I’ve made a great dent in Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
  3. Every once in a while I’ll stop and pick up A Million Suns, the second in the Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis.  It’s so engrossing!
  4. This category is easy.  I’ll have to go with the Nutella snack packs.
  5. I really like Reading Through Life, she has an awesome Scrabble-type layout to her blog.

Kim’s Answers:

  1. Nope, I keep switching books, which helps to keep me awake and alert.
  2. The Canterbury Tales graphic novel.
  3. Wentworth Hall by Ally Grahame
  4. Apple cinnamon rice cakes and Nutella snack packs.
  5. Definitely The Fake Steph and Midnight Book Girl

Adam’s Answers:

  1. Yep, although my dance parties have kept me awake!
  2. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi.
  3. I’d definitely have to say Broadway: The American Musical by Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon.
  4. The Crumbs cupcakes.  So delicious!
  5. Nope, Kim, Todd, and Jess have been hoarding the computer for most of the day!

Well, that’s all for now.  Alongside this post you’ll see the snazzy dinner that Kim cooked up consisting of Italian sausage and pasta.  Yum!  See you at 14…

Read-A-Thon Hour 12!

WHOAAAAA WE’RE HALFWAY THERE.

Check out that amazing mullet. Rock it Bon Jovi. Rock it.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way!

Since we’re opting out of the challenge for this hour we’ve decided to make hour 12 our dinner break! A nice meal of sausage and pasta from Italy in a nice buttery garlic sauce. NOM NOM NOM.  I’ll post a picture in our update next hour!

We’ll see y’all in hour 13!

Read-A-Thon Hour 11, Mini Challenge #9

Welcome to hour 11!  I can’t believe that we’re almost to the halfway point!  Hopefully those of you following along haven’t gotten sick of us yet!  This hour’s mini challenge deals with a character you may or may not have thought a lot about: the anti-hero.

Ah, the anti-hero.  Lurking in the shadows, typically not caring about the spotlight, the anti-hero doesn’t care who he/she offends or who what laws he/she breaks in order to exact revenge or obtain a personal goal.  While all of us are familiar with a typical hero, swooping in to save the day, most of us overlook the general awesomeness of an anti-hero.  In this mini challenge we’ve been tasked with describing our favorite anti-heroes.  Kim and Todd will go first, then I’ll tell you my pick.  Without further ado, here they are:

Kim and Todd:  Our favorite anti-hero would have to be V from V for Vendetta. (Kim’s review is here)  A strong and mysterious character, V embodies all that is revenge and destruction.  Taking a page from the book of Guy Fawkes, V aims to destroy the government that has oppressed him for his entire life and enlighten the residents of post-apocalyptic Britain on exactly how little freedom that they have left since this government has taken over.  The best part of V’s character is that he unapologetically charges forward with his mission, not caring who he takes down in his quest to avenge the life he suffered at the hands of the government many years ago.  This is, we feel, the best part of an anti-hero.  While heroes may be concerned with acting as “the nice guy” throughout their work, the anti-hero can really get the job done without pomp and circumstance.

Adam: My favorite anti-hero seems to most to be pretty villainous, but I see some good in him despite some major flaws. The character is Stanley Kowalski from Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. He has some huge character flaws in that he’s loud, obnoxious, misogynistic, and extremely crude in the sense that he rapes his wife’s sister. However, he does have some redeeming qualities in the fact that he loves his wife and has a genuine affection for her and truly would do anything within his power to protect her.  Maybe I am basing this off of Marlon Brando’s performance of him, but I feel that he is able to bring a human level to this character as well as a likability to the character.  This makes him such an enigma of the character and despite his actions, you still want to like him.

Well, that’s all for now.  Stay tuned for hour 12 (the halfway point!)

Read-A-Thon Hour 10!

Todd here with the 10th hour update!  Fortunately Adam and I still have the self-discipline to hold off on the alcohol until later.  As for now, we’re getting energized!  Adam is pumping the music from his iPad and dancing it up.  Currently we’re jamming to Uptown Girl by Billy Joel.  As you can see by this picture Adam gets quite into it, and it’s vastly entertaining.

Book update:  Both Adam and Kim have finished books, with Adam completing Embroideries (see Kim’s review here) and Kim polishing off The Canterbury Tales (in graphic novel format).  I better catch up!

Hope to see y’all soon in hour 11!

Read-A-Thon Hour 9, Mini Challenge #8

Here we are at hour nine – almost to double-digit hours!!! The challenge this hour is The Weird Sisters challenge hosted by the Just One More Thing blog!  The challenge is to tell how we share our love of books with our family and friends who live at a distance.

My blog is probably the best way that I share what books I’m loving/hating on with my family.  The majority of readers in my family follow my blog and therefore know my thoughts on everything!  When I come across amazing books though I usually send my family members emails telling them in a more gushy tone about the book and then offer to send them a copy!  My younger cousin Ally and her mom, my cousin Debbie are the ones I talk to about books the most!  I LOVE talking books with them!  I usually send them copies of the books I get for review so that we can discuss them at our next family get together! (Hi Ally and Debbie!)

Anyway – that is I spread the written word with my family and friends! How about you followers?

See you in hour 10! (AHHH DOUBLE DIGITS!)