Sunday, October 26, 2014

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon Wrapup

wonderfully wicked read-a-thon

Reading wise, I did great with this one. Interacting with people, not so much. Since I spend so much time on the computer at work and working on bills and all the unfun stuff, I have a harder time focusing on blogging and interacting with people on their blogs. I am hoping that will change once I figure out what I am doing at work.

As far as reading, I finished two books, Starry Night by Debbie Macomber, and The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, neither one on my list. I need something light to read and the other is for Monday night's book club. I read a total of 622 pages, so really good for me! Thanks again to My Shelf Confessions for hosting!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Brief Thoughts on Shen of the Sea

Since I read Shen of the Sea months ago and need to review it for the Newbery Challenge, I am going to write a few brief thoughts about the story collection.

Shen of the Sea was written by Arthur Bowie Chrisman and won the Newbery in 1926. Children's literature has come a long way since then, but I still think this book would appeal to some children. I loved this book when I was in 5th grade. We had those Troll Book order forms each month and one month I chose this book. I loved the stories and how the author took inventions and familiar things, like gunpowder, and told a Chinese story to explain their origins. The ideas of cleverness, laziness, and different values and the way the Chinese viewed these were fascinating to me.

As an adult rereading these stories, the stories still fascinate me. Now though, I think about issues like cultural authenticity and if Arthur Bowie Chrisman was respectful to the culture and if he could accurately capture the culture of the Chinese. I found this blog that aided my concerns on the stories a bit:http://newberryproject.blogspot.com/2008/03/shen-of-sea-1926.html and was from Amanda's blog : http://riofriotex.blogspot.com/search/label/Shen%20of%20the%20Sea The first blog was created by a group of people to talk about the Newbery books and Amanda is a librarian who has her own blog. From her posts, Chrisman seems to be a mixed bag. He seemed respectful of the culture in some ways and said he was aided by a Chinese man and translators, but at the same time, there are cultural inaccuracies. It is hard as an outsider to capture another culture, not necessarily impossible, but difficult. I agree with Amanda that the stories are fun and easy to read, but should not be the only tools used in a classroom. Chrisman had a few too many inaccuracies and even though he seemed respectful to the culture, the book cannot be seen as accurate.

I think it is a fun read and I enjoyed it, but I would probably not recommend it to young readers, without explaining that it is fiction and only loosely based on Chinese folktales and probably then I would only recommend it to mature readers who would understand that it is fictionalized. For me it is a 3 cups of cocoa book, because I loved it when I was young and I still like to read the stories. I just keep in mind that they are not the best representation of Chinese culture.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey's 24hr Read-a-thon Wrap-up


I read a total of 396 pages and finished one book, which is extremely good progress for me. I completed 5 mini-challenges and had a blast! Next time I am going to work on interacting with people more.

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  5. How many books did you read?
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

1. The first two and then the last 5, since I fell asleep.
2. Starry Night was a good quick read. I wish I had thrown in a couple of smaller reads to feel a bit more accomplished.
3. I love the read-a-thon! Maybe Twitter chats every few hours to encourage interactions.
4. I loved the mini-challenges and the hourly hosts.
5. I only finished one, but I was reading four at one time.
6. Starry Night, The Rithmatist, The Reader, and House of Hades
7. The Rithmatist
8. The Reader
9. N/A, although I would love to be assigned to a cheerleader to keep me motivated.
10. I am going to try to participate again depending on my work schedule and if it lands on a day where I don't have to run to lots of places. I will probably still be just a reader to try to get the hang of an all day read-a-thon.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's 24 Read-a-thon Updates


Hour 3:
I hope to get started reading soon. The husband is leaving in an hour to go have fun on his roommate weekend and then I can really get started reading. I did complete the opening meme and I will be gathering my books soon!

Hour 4: The husband is heading out and I will be starting to read soon!

Hours 5, 6, and 7: Thankfully I can finally post again. Blogger was having a few issues. I have been steadily reading The Rithmatist and The Reader. I am 40 pages into The Reader and wow it is different from my normal reads. I am sure I have blushed a few times. The Rithmatist is really starting to pick up and I love the combination of mystery and fantasy. I have completed two mini-challenges, so I feel like I have finally accomplished something for the day!

Hours 8 and 9: Still reading The Reader and The Rithmatist, but I took a break to run to Sonic. I love their new boneless wings and got my favorite thing there the mozzarella sticks. I listened to House of Hades for a bit in the car. I also headed to the library to pick out a few more books, like I really needed them.

Hours 10, 11, and 12: Most of hours 10-12, I will be taking a break from reading and grading the papers for my Children's Lit class. I am almost halfway through with grading and really need to finish by tomorrow. I will also be going to Mass. I hope to start reading again about halfway through hour 12.

Hours 13, 14, 15: I got distracted by two other books, Starry Night by Debbie Macomber and House of Hades, so I am reading four books at once. I have also completed a few other mini-challenges.

Hours 16, 17: I am going between Starry Night, The Rithmatist, and The Reader now. I have read over a hundred pages in The Reader and the second part has really switched gears from the first part. I have read 70 pages in The Rithmatist and am really intrigued by the mystery part of the book. Starry Night is a pretty easy read so far and one that I will probably focus on the most for Hour 17, since I am starting to wind down.

Hours 18, 19: I finished reading Starry Night, which was 226 pages and then quickly fell asleep.

Dewey's 24 Read-athon Mini-challenges


Color Cover Challenge
 Pictured: The Mark of Athena, Earthquake, The Silkworm, Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her

 Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
2. How many books have you read so far?
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

1. I am still reading The Rithmatist and The Reader, but have also picked up House of Hades and Starry Night by Debbie Macomber.
2. I haven't finished any books yet.
3. Probably still The Rithmatist.
4. Yes, I keep getting distracted and slowly get back to reading.
5. Time is flying away so quickly!

Name Your Read-a-thon

The Killer Scarlet Reader
Made using Killer Frost, The Reader, and Scarlet

 Quoteable Quotes:

“‘Not having ice cream,’ she proclaimed, ‘is the culmination of all disasters! That’s it. No more discussion. We’re going. Follow.'” From The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson.


Opening 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. I am reading from Southern Indiana.
2. I am hoping to finish The Rithmatist, I have been reading it for awhile and I really enjoy it when I actually have time to sit down and read it.
3. I may go out and get some fast food for lunch and am trying to decide between Arby's and Sonic.
4. I am a librarian, married with no children, and I love to read (shocking I know). I recently became our library's director and it has been exciting and nerve-wracking. I miss being the children's librarian, but for now I get to keep on being the teen librarian.
5. This is my second Dewey and I will actually be alone for most of the day, so I hope I can buckle down and read. I am going to try to remember to go back and do the mini-challenges and maybe interact with other bloggers. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon Signup



Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is hosted by Heather and Andi of The Estella Society, with help from volunteers. You can sign up at this link. Dewey starts tomorrow and this is my second time participating. I know I will not read for a solid 24 hours, but I hope to read more than usual. My husband has a roommate weekend, where he and his college roommates go out and paint the town, so I should have plenty of time to read. Hopefully I can make a dent in the many many books I need to read!
My reading list:
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
Emma by Jane Austen
House of Hades (reread) by Rick Riordan
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon signup

wonderfully wicked read-a-thon

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon is hosted by My Shelf Confessions and you can sign up at this link. The read-a-thon runs from October 17-27 and there are challenges and twitter parties as well as reading. I would like to read at least 500 pages and finish at least two books.

My reading list:
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross
Emma by Jane Austen
House of Hades (reread) by Rick Riordan
and possibly more!

Thanks to everyone at My Shelf Confession for hosting!



Monday, October 6, 2014

Frightfall Read-a-thon Wrapup



The FrightFall Read-a-thon is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre. I read 74 pages in Cinder, 42 pages in The Ghost of Graylock, and 200 pages in The Mark of Athena, so I definitely made my 250 page goal. The week was so busy and I work under after 10 two nights, so all in all I think it was a pretty successful read-a-thon. Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

FrightFall check in



The FrightFall Read-a-thon is hosted by Michelle @ The True Book Addict and Castle Macabre. Work was so stressful and busy this week! I started my new job as Director of the library where I have been working. It is a huge change and it makes me so nervous. I also drove to my friend's house and we went to the Ohio Renaissance Festival yesterday, which was super fun! I did manage to read and listen to Cinder and Mark of Athena a bit this week. I read 30 pages so far in Cinder and186 pages in The Mark of Athena. I am hoping to meet my pages goal today.