Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon Mini Challenges

I decided to do a separate post with the mini-challenges.
On Food and Books hosted at A Girl That Likes Books
 I am reading Their Eyes Were Watching God and they are constantly fishing in the section I am reading now. This is a recipe my mom made after my dad went fishing in Florida and brought back pounds of red snapper! It is from Cooking Light's website. It was tasty and fairly healthy!
2   lemons 
  Cooking spray 
4   (6-ounce) red snapper or other firm white fish fillets 
1/4 teaspoon  salt 
1/4 teaspoon  paprika 
1/4 teaspoon  black pepper 
2 tablespoons  butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons  chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, basil, or parsley), she used basil I believe

1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Cut 1 lemon into 8 slices. Place slices, in pairs, on a rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Grate remaining lemon to get 1 teaspoon lemon rind; set aside. Reserve lemon for another use.
3. Place 1 fillet on top of each pair of lemon slices. Combine salt, paprika, and pepper; sprinkle evenly over fish. Bake at 425° for 13 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
4. While fish bakes, combine reserved lemon rind, butter, and herbs in a small bowl.
5. Place fish and lemon slices on individual serving plates; top each fillet with herbed butter, spreading to melt, if desired. Garnish with herb sprigs, if desired.

Bookish Brews: A Coffee Challenge hosted at Fig and Thistle 
My drink would be the Perky Southern Belle: This is the generic sweet and happy southern girl that appears in many books; few exist in real life! ;)
Perky Southern Belle: don't forget to stir and can be iced on a hot summer's day
12 oz of coffee (a cup just will not do)
a drop or two of peppermint extract
a pour of heavy cream (calories don't count in the South)
a splash of bourbon (define splash by type of day you are having)
a spoonful of sugar (again define spoonful by type of day you are having)

6 Word Celebration hosted by Estella's Revenge
Reading separately, but together in time.

Best of the Best: Hosted at Lisa's World of Books
Best Book of Your Reading Year
This year, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is definitely the best book I have read. I loved the twins and their obsession with Simon Snow and fanfiction. Levi was also an awesome male lead and I loved how much he loved Cath reading to him. Fangirl was hilarious and sweet.

Best Children's Book of Your Reading Year
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, which was this year's Newbery winner. What could be cooler than a superhero squirrel! There were some very humorous parts to the story, but some serious parts. Flora, the girl who believes in Ulysses the squirrel, struggles with her parents' divorce and with her mother's lack of interest in Flora. William Spiver, who becomes Flora's friend, deals with his mother's remarriage and his stepfather's disappointment in him. Great story as are all of Dicamillo's!

Best Cover of Your Reading Year/ Best Fantasy of Your Reading Year
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
 Cruel Beauty

I just finished this and loved it. A dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast with perfectly flawed characters. I loved the idea of the importance of being loved for who you really are, flaws and all. Nyx was not the sweet beauty of the original fairy tale and no character is perfect in this story and no one is innocent in this story.

Intro Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
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?

1) Indiana, specifically the southern part
2) Probably Perfect Lies, because I love White's humor and Annie and Fia.
3) Nathan is supposed to bring me a white fluff-filled donut from the bakery when he comes back from his meeting. They are wonderful!
4) I am a Children's and Teen Librarian and Assistant Director at a library and I do most of the collection development and social media for the library. I have a Master's Degree in American History from Purdue with an emphasis in colonial history and an MSLS from the University of Kentucky. I love learning about the past and love doing reader's advisory. Surprisingly I read few historical fiction and that is the area I need to read more to fix up my reader's advisory. I have been married for 6 and 1/2 years to a really great guy, see answer to question #3! :)
5) I am looking forward to reading and hopefully commenting on others' posts.

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