Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon: MID EVENT SURVEY!

Dewey’s Readathon Update: Mid Event Survey

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        1. What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and a graphic novel, Boxers by Gene Luen Yang.

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        2. How many books have you read so far?

I finished Cress and Bitter Kingdom but had already read quite a bit of each of those. I’ve read about 593 pages so far!

         3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of Jellicoe Road and then I’m looking forward to reading The Half Life of Molly Pierce! So much book goodness!!

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          4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I’ve had the normal interruptions but they were all needed so I took a walk, ate dinner, etc. I’ve needed the breaks, I realize.

         5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I’m not participating in as many of the mini challenges as I did last time, but that’s ok. I’ve enjoy tweeting and reading some blog posts, and I plan to go back and read and visit more blogs in the following days. I’ve just really needed some good solid reading time and the opportunity to finish some books. It’s wonderful!

How are all you readers doing? Drinking more coffee and tea now that we are into Hour 13?? What books are you reading??

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Summer Books n’ Bloggers Show-Off!

Today I’m FINALLY sharing the wonderful package I received in the mail from my Books n’ Bloggers swap partner, Beverly. She blogs over at Booklady’s Booknotes so definitely pay her a visit. It was fantastic to discover Beverly’s blog and get to know her a little more. Her reviews of mysteries reminded me of how much I once read mysteries myself–and though I still love this genre, I don’t think I read nearly as many as I once did. Perhaps it’s time to revisit some of my favorites.

The three books she chose for me were perfect!

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One that she has read and loves: Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut

One that she’s interested in: The Lost by Sarah Durst

One from my wishlist: The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

Some of you may remember that The Secret Hum of a Daisy was on my top ten anticipated reads for 2014, so I’m very excited to have a copy!

She also sent me a mug she decorated herself, as well as some lovely tea and chocolate.

This is my second Books n’ Bloggers swap, and I highly recommend Chaotic Goddess Swaps for those of you that love getting surprises in the mail and making new friends!

Things have been busy since the summer began, and so this is why you haven’t seen as many posts on the blog recently. However, I expect to share some news soon regarding books to read, vlog possibilities, and branching out…

Happy Summer & Happy Reading!

Giving & Receiving Books: The Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap

It’s that time again–time to connect with another blogger and give and receive books! THREE BOOKS, to be in exact. Just in time for summer! The rules are below, but consider joining–you have until tonight to sign up!
It’s time for the Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap!
Bookish bloggers unite!
 

Your Swap Objective

Send your partner THREE books:

  1. A book you love
  2. A book you haven’t read but are interested in
  3. A book from your partner’s wish list
 
Dates to Remember:
  • Sign-Ups Start:  Monday, June 2nd at 12AM
  • Sign-Ups End: Monday, June 9th at 11:59PM
  • First Post MUST be Posted by: Tuesday, June 10th at 11:59PM
  • Partners assigned: Wednesday, June 11th
  • Packages Shipped: Friday, June 27th & Saturday June 28th
  • Show-Off Linky Opens: Wednesday, July 2nd
  • Show-Off Linky Closes: Friday, July 18th

Go check out the sign up page for more info!

Baking & Books: Mini Challenge #4

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon

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Mini Challenge #4: Bookish Life + Non-bookish Passion

[The Girl of Fire & Thorns, Tiger Lily, Anne of Green Gables, The Book Thief, The Madman’s Daughter]

Today’s challenge asks bloggers to mash-up their bookish lives with a hobby or passion they have in real life. One of my passions is baking!! I love to try new recipes, and I especially love to have people over and entertain—murder mystery dinner parties have been a favorite in the past, but also brunches. For this challenge, I’m going to share different baked goods I would prepare for characters from some of my favorite books. If you would eventually like to see recipes or know what cookbooks these recipes are from, leave a comment letting me know which food item you would most want to try.

Happy reading and happy baking! vintage cake

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1. Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns is one of my new favorite heroines.You can see my review here. She loves baked goods, as we find out in the first book, and so I am going to prepare her breakfast. I think an ideal time for this would be at the beginning of Book 3, right before it begins, when things are a bit difficult.

I’m going to serve:

Doughnut French Toast

Ham and Mushroom Muffins

Chai Tea

For the road for Elisa and the gang (right before Book 3):

Nutty Apple Loaf

2. Tiger Lily is another new favorite, read at the end of 2013. You can read my review here. I love Tiger Lily!! I decided to bake for both she and Peter. I’m going to give them some treats to take along on one of their walks. I might throw in something savory that is easy to transport.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Sesame Peanut Noodle Wraps

3. There’s no way I can stay away from Avonlea! I will be paying a visit to Anne Shirley’s house from Anne of Green Gables to have tea with her and Diana Barry. Here’s the menu:

Cherry Chip Cake with Cherry Buttercream

Blueberry Pie

Old Vermont Burnt Sugar Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

4. Liesel and Max in The Book Thief are living in a tough time! World War II! So, I’m going to arrive as a kind of “baking fairy” and bring them an evening dessert from my world. Here’s what I’ll prepare for them:

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake (amazing!!!)

Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

For Max, Hans, & Rosa: S’mores-Style Chocolate Whiskey Pudding with Whiskey Marshmallow Topping

5. When Juliet Moreau arrives back from her trip somewhere between The Madman’s Daughter and the second book, Her Dark Curiosity, I think she needs to have a splendid tea waiting for her! I loved The Madman’s Daughter and you can see my review here.

Here’s what I hope she would appreciate:

A good strong black tea with milk

Vanilla Bean Malt Cake

Coffee Crunch Spiral

Hazelnut and Chocolate Cupcakes

Those are my ideas for now, but this certainly could turn into a book length work! Regardless, you can see I enjoy baking and love to combine this with my reading (and writing!). What would you bake for characters from your favorite books??

Bookish Mad Libs: Mini Challenge #3 for Book Blogger Love-a-Thon

Book_Blogger_Love-A-Thon_2014A Tale of Love with Hector, Prince Kai, & Gilbert Blythe!

Here is a bookish Mad Lib for your Saturday afternoon/evening. This is the last challenge of the day, and I had to come up with corresponding words for the blanks—I have placed them in bold for you to see. I had my good friend read the words I needed, so I did not look at the story before I filled in the blanks! Enjoy and have some laughs! Check out the other Bookish Mad Libs at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

One day, I was dancing with Hector. Out of the blue, a treasure chest came out of nowhere! It was so elegant, tricky, and scary! At first, we were afraid, we were petrified, but we galloped. We hopped on a horse and buggy to make our getaway.

As we escaped, we turned up the radio because “New York, New York” came on and made me write Everything was extremely smooth sailing until a snow leopard appeared in the middle of the road. We swerved to avoid it, but while Hector stayed on the horse and buggy, I got thrown onto my side in the woods.

I couldn’t get up and felt superfluous as I lay there staring up at the trees. What was I going to do? I heard a scream among the leaves, and felt happiness. Surely, this was going to be my end. As my eyes fluttered shut, the last thing I saw was a head of lavender hair and turquoise eyes.

When I woke again, I was on a fainting couch. My body hurt a whole lot less, and I could sit up. There was an eyeshadow palette and a kitchenaid stand mixer in the room, along with red velvet cake and a mojito. The door suddenly opened to reveal Prince Kai, a concerned look on his face. I blushed and averted my gaze, but he painted, and said, “Don’t be shy. It’s ok.”

He came over to sit by me, and we started talking after I told him my name. We chatted about scrapbooking, traveling, and stamp collecting and realized we had a ton in common. I thought he was luminous and couldn’t help feeling a little swoony.

Just as he reached out for my hand, the door crashed open and in came Gilbert Blythe. “Don’t let him charm you away, my love!” He yelled, running at Prince Kai. They each had a muffin tin in their hands and began to fight. “Stop!” I yelled, feeling so hopeful. They didn’t listen to me. Before I could intervene, Prince Kai fell to the floor and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

“What was that?” I asked, staring at the empty space. Gilbert Blythe dropped his weapon, and came over to me. “Magic, but you are safe now, dear.” He hugged me close, and I suddenly knew that this was the real deal and not just a dream.

Just as “It Had to Be You” started playing in my head, I woke up. I cursed my sparkly luck. Why had it only been just a dream?

Do you like mad libs?!? Try this one out–it’s loads of fun!