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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon: October 2012

  

It’s that time of year again readers…if you have followed Stiletto Storytime over the years at all you know this is one of my favorite events that takes place every year in April and October. This is my sixth Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I have worn many hats for this event. I have been a reader, a cheerleader and a co-host long into the night in April. Every experience has been special and this year I am looking forward to being simply a reader again and really focusing on the reading. So what am I reading?

                 

This year I am kind of pushing the boundaries by choosing two very long books and one shorter YA. Often it’s best to choose multiple shorter titles to keep the momentum going but this year I simply had to re-read Justin Cronin’s The Passage so I could dive into The TwelveI also chose Beta  by Rachel Cohn as my go to break book if needed since the first two books are 500-700 pages respectfully. But I am so excited to dig in and hopefully even get some reviewing and blogging done as well.

So won’t you join me? There’s still time sign up and get involved. Join hundreds of readers from all over the world dedicated to reading together for an entire 24 hours. You can sign up here. Enjoy hourly updates, mini-challenges, giveaways and so much more. So come on be a part of literary greatness…join us. I will regularly update my progress on this same post so check back and see how things are going and share your experience. Happy Reading to All!

Read-a-thon Progress 

Current Book: The Passage by Justin Cronin

Books Completed: 0

Pages Read:601

Hours Reading: 8.5

Mini-Challenges Completed: 11

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Atlanta, Georgia in the USA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Twelve by Justin Cronin
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  My sea salt bagel chips & chocolate covered almonds. Yum!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am the mother of an amazingly loving and intelligent three year son who just happens to have autism…we are fighting every day and winning!
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? I have participated in six of these read-a-thons as a reader, cheerleader and co-host…excited this year to lay back and enjoy the ride while focusing on the reading!

Book Puzzle Mini-Challenge from One Librarian’s Book Reviews

                     

Can you guess the book title from the images above?

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Review: The Passage by Justin Cronin

https://i1.wp.com/enterthepassage.com/wp-content/themes/EnterthePassage/images/passage-cover.jpg The Passage is an adventure spanning decades, genres and voices. It is a journey of characters and their beliefs paired with questions of morality and the fate of the future world. It’s also good to use as a doorstop or a weapon of defense in case of emergency considering its staggering size at nearly 800 pages. In short it’s not “light” reading in any sense of the word but worth reading nonetheless. A long walk worth taking even though you have no idea of the path ahead or the twists and turns it may take.

The first in a trilogy The Passage hovers somewhere between dystopian science fiction and contemporary masterpiece. It is a book comprised of many books, characters and settings. The story of Amy, the girl who does not die and yet is a part of a force that is death itself is the center of Cronin’s tale. This force decimating what we know of the modern world is one we have known of in many forms. Vampire, zombie, drac, smoke…no matter the name, we have listened to the tales throughout history and yet now it is made new. Cronin not only makes the story breath new life but also even makes it somewhat believable. However the child Amy is the center of all and what truly makes the pages turn as the reader searches for her and her fate in the lives of others.  She is a beacon not only for the characters but for the reader as well.

The Many are what make up this book. The stories of each character, their lives, their fears, their hopes, even memories and the ties that bind are what make this book worth its weight. Cronin weaves together stories as he creates a web of prose that at times is breathtaking in its simplicity and other times so complex in its technical aspects, the reader may wonder if it could possibly still be the same book. Any yet it is and Amy remains a fixture to lead readers through.

To say Justin Cronin has written a blockbuster would be true, to say he has written some utterly beautiful lines would be true as well but that they are in the same book is what might come as a surprise. The Passage has a quality that I have never seen before, it is such a mixture of literary parts and yet it works and flows perfectly.  The Passage is a book to get lost in and find yourself still in the same position many hours later still wanting more. And since it is a trilogy, we hope more is sure to come.

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The 48 Hour Book Challenge

https://i0.wp.com/images.dailyradar.com/media/uploads/book/story_preview/2009/06/05/the_fourth_annual_48_hour_book_challenge_rules.png It’s finally here…the 48 Hour Book Challenge sponsored by MotherReader. I am very excited and ready to get started. I will be going from 7:00pm tonight until Sunday at 7:00pm. We will be traveling to the beach on Sunday so some reading will be done while driving (not me personally…I will be the passenger). I hope to keep track of my progress on this post so check back if you want to see where I am at. I have some great reading lined up and some reviews that need to be written so away I go. We will also be tweeting at #48hbc throughout the challenge so make sure you join in. This year I finally have a remotely free weekend so I am excited to see how much I can get done…usually I have a wedding or something crazy that takes most of a day! Here is what I plan on reading….

This is just what I have planned to peruse…we will see what I can accomplish. I encourage everyone to sign up for the challenge even if you can only do so for a few hours…it’s a great way to spend some time reading over the weekend with lots of other people who love books! If you are doing the challenge, what are you reading? I love to know what other people are reading…it’s a librarian thing! And if we are reading anything similar maybe we can chat on Twitter. Good Luck To Everyone And Happy Reading!!!

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Update Number #1:

Hours Read: 5 (7:00pm-12:00pm on 6-4-10)

Blogging/Networking: 1

Pages: 256

Well I am reading along but enthralled by The Passage so I have to admit I have not been reading as fast as usual. I am savoring every page of the 766…plan to finish mid-day if I can and move on to the next book. I did take about a seven hour night of rest but my “reading buddy” had me up at six ready to go again! So off for hopefully a full day of reading! Enjoy everyone!

Update #2:

Hours Read 4 (7:00am-11:00am on 6-5-10)

Hours Read: 3.75 (12:25pm-4:00pm on 6-5-10)

Blogging/Networking: 1.5

Total Thus Far: 12.75 of 28.5

Okay confession…I took a very very long nap today but only because I felt a migraine coming on from reading The Passage for so long in one sitting…at this point I have read while ….laying in bed, sitting on couch, laying out by the pool, playing with William in pool, taking bubble bath, eating my meals, watching a thunderstorm and eating my yummy snacks. If I could only figure out how to sleep and read at the same time, life would be bliss. Sleep is the only thing that has cut down my hours big time. I did seven hours last night and my nap today! Boo! Tonight’s goal is to finish this book and to write my review then move on to something else. I have been dabbling in the essays of A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen Edited by Susannah Carson to switch things up but I am really reading to read something fun!

Read-A-Thon Necessities

The 48 Hour Reading Challenge Wrap-Up 2010
 
Hours Read (9:30pm-2:30am) 5
Hours Read (9:00am-10:00am) 1
Hours Read (10:00am-10:30am) Bible in Church .5  
Hours Read (1:30pm-3:30pm) Driving to Beach 2
Total: 8.5 plus 12.75= 21.25  Hours
Total Pages Read: 817 pages
  Well that’s it for this year’s 48 Hour Book Challenge! I had made a goal of 20 hours for myself and am very happy to have made it. We also had a family trip to the beach planned so that was also a time crunch and I did sleep. I did finish The Passage by Justin Cronin. And I also dabbled in my other books. All in all a great challenge! I just wish I had done these challenges when I was younger and did not have a family…”I could have been a contender”! But as a Mommy, I think 21.25  is pretty good. Thanks to MotherReader for sponsoring and to all the participants!

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