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I love to read!!! Books, are the best thing ever!!! I go to Borders two or three times a week!

Hour 17-20

readathon

 

Hour 17:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer 460 – 517 (57 pages); 
Pages Read since last update: 57
Total Pages Read: 358
Foods Consumed this Hour: Spaghetti & Meatballs; Wassail (like apple cider with more spices)
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer; United We Spy by Ally Carter; House of Hades by Rick Riordan; Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
Books Finished: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
 

Hour 18-20:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie 1 – 51 (51 pages); Tricks by Ellen Hopkins 77 – 115 (38 pages)
Pages Read since last update: 89
Total Pages Read: 447
Foods Consumed this Hour: Wassail
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer; United We Spy by Ally Carter; House of Hades by Rick Riordan; Tricks by Ellen Hopkins; The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
Books Finished: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
 
 
I am now going to be hosting the final hours of the Read-A-Thon. Tomorrow I will try to read for another 9 hours to make up for the 4 hours I napped and the 5 hours I co-hosted. I hope to finish Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, maybe United We Spy by Ally Carter, and make significant progress on House of Hades by Rick Riordan. I am also thinking of doing a Read-A-Long for The Count of Monte Cristo so I will be be trying to read a few chapters of that.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hour 13-16

readathon

 

Hour 13:

Mini-Challenge: Best of Your Reading Year

This one is really hard as it is difficult for me to ever pick a “best of” or “favorite”. So I am just going to go with how I am feeling at this moment. I am trying not to do any repeats in the categories.

Best Book of Your Reading Year - Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year - The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

Best YA Book of Your Reading Year - Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year - Inferno by Dan Brown

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year - Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year Starters by Lissa Price

Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year - Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year  – The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year  – The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer 338-396 (58 pages); United We Spy by Ally Carter 17-46 (29 pages)
Pages Read since last update: 87
Total Pages Read: 179
Foods Consumed this Hour: Pineapple & Garden Salsa Sun Chips
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer; United We Spy by Ally Carter
Books Finished: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh
 

Hour 14:

Mini-Challenge: Audiobook Dream Date

Wow, this is hard. Well, I am not sure what book I would pick, but I know that Alan Rickman would be the narrator. His voice just makes me all melty inside. I LOVE IT! Maybe a Jane Austen novel? I can just imagine that voice reading Pride & Prejudice. I just love the scene in Sense & Sensibility when he is reading allowed to Marianne.

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer 397-443 (46 pages)
Pages Read since last update: 46
Total Pages Read: 225
Foods Consumed this Hour: Bean & Cheese burrito
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer; United We Spy by Ally Carter
Books Finished: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh


Hour 15:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan 1-36
Pages Read since last update: 36
Total Pages Read: 261
Foods Consumed this Hour: Bean & Cheese burrito
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer; United We Spy by Ally Carter; House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Books Finished: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh
 

Hour 16:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer 444-459 (15 pages); Tricks by Ellen Hopkins 51-76 (25 pages)
Pages Read since last update: 40
Total Pages Read: 301
Foods Consumed this Hour: none
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer; United We Spy by Ally Carter; House of Hades by Rick Riordan; Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
Books Finished: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hour 9-12

readathon

 

Hour 9:

Reading Status:

nap
 

Hour 10:

Reading Status:

nap


Hour 11:

Reading Status:

 
nap 
 

Hour 12:

Mini-Challenge:

Mid-Event Survey:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I took a four hour nap already. Now I am awake, but I have definitely already given in to the need to sleep!
2) What have you finished reading? I have only finished reading Truth or Die by Diane Hoh. I am close to finishing Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
3) What is your favorite read so far? I am really enjoying United We Spy by Ally Carter. I have loved this series since the very first book.
4) What about your favorite snacks? I am eating some delicious pineapple right now. SOOOO Yummy. I have also enjoyed some of the cheeses I got.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! Unfortunately, I haven’t. Sleeping  really puts a damper on things. Put I will be awake for the remaining 12 hours!!!

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer; United We Spy by Ally Carter
Pages Read since last update: not sure. I will have this better updated in the next hours challenge
Total Pages Read: 92
Foods Consumed this Hour: Nothing
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh; The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer; United We Spy by Ally Carter
Books Finished: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hour 5-8

readathon

 

Hour 5:

Reading Status:

Well, I was interrupted this whole hour, so again, I got nothing read. I AM FAILING. Oh well, I do this for the fun.

Books Read since last update: Truth or Die: 114 - 
Pages Read since last update: 0
Total Pages Read: 41
Foods Consumed this Hour: 
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 1.5 hr
 

Hour 6:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Truth or Die: 114 – 140
Pages Read since last update: 26
Total Pages Read: 67
Foods Consumed this Hour: Austrian Amadeus Schardinger cheese
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh
Books Finished: none
Total time read: 1.5 hr

Hour 7:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Truth or Die: 140-163
Pages Read since last update: 23
Total Pages Read: 92
Foods Consumed this Hour: Austrian Amadeus Schardinger cheese
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh
Books Finished: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh
 

Hour 8:

Reading Status:

Took a nap!

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Hour 1-4

readathon

 

Hour 1:

Introduction Meme (Kate)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Fresno, California. 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The House of Hades – Rick Riordan; United we Spy – Ally Carter; The Enchantress Returns – Chris Colfer; Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? All of my wonderful cheese. I love cheese! Also Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese frosting. 4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a huge soccer addict and Bayern Munich (and the German National Team) are my life. When I am not obbsessing over them (or reading a million books) I am frequently found cross stitching or crocheting while watching more tv than can possibly be good for you. 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? Today, my wonderful, amazing, 12 year old sister is going to be participating with my via Singapore (at least for part of it). So I will Skype her and we will read together and it will be wonderful!

Introduction Meme (Alex – Age 12)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Singapore 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Kingdom Keeper: Disney After Dark by Ridley Parson 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Warheads 4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I’m 12 years old and I love reading fantasy books. My name is Alexandra but people call me Alex. I was born in West Africa, my dad is  from South Africa and my mom is from California. I have three sisters and one of them is getting married to a German man named Pascal.  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? Staying up with my sister.

Reading Status (Kate):

Books Read since last update: Nightmare Hall: Truth or Die – Diane Hoh Pages Read since last update: Just Started Total Pages Read: Just started Foods Consumed this Hour: none
Books Started:  Books Finished: none Total time read: none
 

Hour 2:

Reading Status:

Well, I spent this past hour talking with my sister on Skype and looking up past mini-challenges so she would know what there were. I got 0 pages read :-( But that is okay, because I love talking to my sister and I am so happy she is participating with me.

Books Read since last update: Nightmare Hall: Truth or Die – Diane Hoh Pages Read since last update: Just Started Total Pages Read: Just started Foods Consumed this Hour: none
Books Started:  Books Finished: none Total time read: none

Hour 3:

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Truth or Die: 71-92 Pages Read since last update: 21 Total Pages Read: 21 Foods Consumed this Hour: Noosa Yogurt (Honey Flavored); one Chocolate covered Strawberry; grapefruit
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh Books Finished: none Total time read: 30 minutes
 

Hour 4:

Spine Poetry Mini-Challenge:

Kate: readathon book poetry

Alex: Alex book spine readathon

 

*Note: For some reason, Alex’s sentence isn’t showing up on all the browsers. Her’s is:

  • Storybound
  • A Tale Dark & Grimm
  • I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade
  • The Cabin Faced West
  • What Happened to Penny Candy?
  • In the Year of the Bear and Jackie Robinson

Reading Status:

Books Read since last update: Truth or Die: 93 – 113 Pages Read since last update: 20 Total Pages Read: 41 Foods Consumed this Hour: Garden Salsa Sun Chips
Books Started: Truth or Die by Diane Hoh Books Finished: none Total time read: 1 hr

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Reading pile for Readathon

Well, it is that time of the year again. The Fall edition of Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon. Once again, I will be cohosting the final five hours. I am super excited about this. I love co-hosting! Cheering on those last few survivors who are tweeting and instagraming their way through the final hours. This year, I am getting way more organized. I am determined to make it through all 24 hours (19 reading and 5 co-hosting). In the spring read-a-thon, I slept through the first 8 hours! This year will be better!!!

Anyway, this post is dedicated to the books I will be reading this readathon. I am limiting the number of books this year. In the past I have had like 25 book lists and stuff like that. So here we go!

The thing that I am most excited about for this readathon is that my youngest sister (Alex) will be doing some of the readathon with me. She is the light of my life and I love her more than life itself. Unfortunately, we won’t be together reading, so it looks like we will skype call together while reading. She is my favorite person in the whole world!

Jo and Alex reading a book together!

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in 24-Hour Read-a-thon

 

Legend by Marie Lu

Title: Legend

Author: Marie Lu

Summary From Goodreads:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Personal Review:

Oh my goodness! I loved it. And for once, I did not hate the female lead. This is a pretty rare occurrence for me since I usually find that female leads are ridiculously stupid in the authors attempt to make them the perfect feminist character.

I liked the world that Marie Lu created for this series. It isn’t uncommon to have a dystopian novel set in the former United States, so that was nothing new. But to have parts of the former United States fighting with other parts of the former United States was rather interesting. Like when they mentioned a rebel colony in Madison, North Dakota, whereas this novel was taking place in Los Angeles, California. To not have the names changed to weird things was rather nice. Plus it helped me to mentally picture where everything was suppose to be taking place.

The characters were also likable. They were nice, yet still edgy. They had their flaws, but they weren’t too annoying. They tried to always do the right thing, even when that was difficult. June made some mistakes along the way, but when she realized what she had done, she tried to correct her ways while she could. She didn’t close her eyes to everything happening around her just because the reality was too difficult to deal with. And then there was John. I love John. Being an oldest sibling, I understand the powerful desire and drive to do everything in your power to protect your younger siblings. I have three younger sisters and I can tell you, there isn’t a line I wouldn’t cross in order to keep them safe. This is something that I sometimes thinking about when I watch them (sometimes even creeper style while they are sleeping). “How far would I go to protect you?” And as I watching them sleeping or chatting or laughing or fighting, I know the answer. I would do anything. So I get John. And I love him for being him.

Anyway, back on track. This novel isn’t so different than many other dystopians in that it is good vs evil. The poor and oppressed vs the government. But I still like watching the battle between the two sides take place. And maybe in the next book, we will find out more about the colonies. Are they good or are they evil? I cannot wait to start Prodigy!

Rating: 4.5

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in Book Reviews, Fall 13

 

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Title: Someone Like You

Author: Sarah Dessen

Summary From Goodreads:

Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she’s devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break–because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.

Personal Review:

There is something about Sarah Dessen… she is a magical enchantress. She weaves a spell over her reader and just tugs you deeper and deeper into her story until you aren’t quiet sure what is reality and what is the world she created and choose to share with you.

Someone Like You was probably the first Sarah Dessen book I ever read. I read it sometime when I was still in college… so like five or six years ago. And that is when my love affair with Dessen books began. I haven’t read them all, but every single one I have read, I have loved. It was so nice to re-read this book and rediscover all the things I loved about it in the first place.

Someone Like You isn’t a love story. It would be easy to think that, because there is love and romance in it. But more than that, this is a story about life. It is about all the things that make up life. Love and friendships and heartbreaks. Realizing that someone isn’t who you thought they were and someone else is even better than you thought they were. It is about falling down and then getting back up again. Making mistakes and living with the consequences. It is about finding out who you are and what is important to you. It is about drawing lines in the sand and standing by them, even when it hurts.

This is a novel that can’t help but touch you to the heart. As you read it, you come to see a part of yourself in the characters. Maybe your life isn’t exactly like Scarlet and Halley’s. But the fight for self-discovery is universal and it is real and it is powerful.

Honestly, I cannot say enough positive things about this book. I recommend that everyone read it!

Rating: 5

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Book Reviews, Fall 13

 

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Title: Crank

Author: Ellen Hopkins

Summary From Goodreads:

In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank

Personal Review:

I love Ellen Hopkins. She isn’t afraid to address the hard topics. And drug addiction is a hard topic. This book made me glad that I have never experimented with drugs. Or ever had a boyfriend who pressured me to do something I didn’t want to do… or made me feel like I should be doing something that I shouldn’t be.

Ellen Hopkins really knows how to pull on your heartstrings. The choices and decisions that Kristina (or Bree) make are all ones that I would never want to make. It was hard to watch her make those decisions and not be able to stop her. It was hard to understand why she made the decisions she made, but it was all very realistically portrayed.

Ellen Hopkins is a master at using verse to paint a story before your eyes. I normally hate verse, but I will read anything by Ellen Hopkins! Her books don’t leave anyone feeling happy and like all is right in the world. But instead, in the end, you are left thinking. And that is just as important as feeling happy and like all is right in the world.

Rating: 5

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Book Reviews, Fall 13

 

The Host

Title: The Host

Author: Stephanie Meyer

Summary From Goodreads:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

Personal Review:

Story Universe: I have never read a body snatcher book, so this was a first… and I don’t think I have really read an alien book either (maybe one or two but I really don’t remember). So to me, this was all new. And I liked it. I liked the idea of these aliens that took over the human bodies… kinda like leeches… and the humans that resisted them. It was all very interesting. I look forward to reading the next two books in this series.

Characters: Wanderer – She is great. Really? How can she be so good? How is that possible? But she is and I loved it! So selfless. So self-sacrificing. So everything good! Melanie – She was perhaps a little too aggressive for my personal taste, but she grew on me. And I love the relationship that Wanda and Melanie develop. The genuine love and friendship that they develop between the two of them. I also liked watching it grow. It was completely natural. Jared – I did not like Jared. Not a fan at all. And I could not understand why both girls were so gaga over him. And I guess that when Melanie fell in love with him, she thought that he was the only other human left on the face of the earth. But aside from that, I found nothing likable about him. Blah. Ian - Oh Ian. Completely swoon-worthy. I loved him. He was so loyal and faithful and everything wonderful. I am glad that it all worked out like it should in the end. Jamie – Oh Jamie… I wish I had a little brother like Jamie. As it is, I have no brothers so I guess I am out of luck. I loved how loving he is. I think he truly is someone that you couldn’t help but love. Kyle – You spent forever hating him. Like the whole book. And then in the end, he redeems himself. And that is perhaps the most beautiful part of the story. In the end, this is a book about redemption.

Romance: To tell you the truth, the depth of love in this book is too much for me. I don’t believe in love that strong. So strong that a body, not occupied by that body, cries out for that one true love. I don’t accept that. Like if someone woke up from a coma and had no memories, their body would still call for that one person… I don’t accept that. In addition, I don’t like when love is put above all other family. And I felt that many times, the love that Melanie and Wanda directed towards Jared was stronger than the love that they had for Jamie. I didn’t like that at all. I liked the love that was shared between Ian and Wanda because it seemed more reasonable and more logical.

Conclusion: I liked it. Except for the extremity of the romance. I recommend it. It is much better than the Twilight series.

Rating: 4

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in Book Reviews, Fall 13

 
 
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