Dewey Read a Thon – Mini Puzzles

Mini Challenge – Book Puzzle

I have chosen an eazy puzzle and I am excited to see what you are going to guess 🙂

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I have been focussing on my reading since I started a little late. I did not focus on my challenges; now I have done some substantial catching up.. 🙂

Mini Challenge – Book Sentence Challenge

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When the wind blows, the Innocent man and the Pilots wife have the wedding. (Makes sense!! Sort off!!! )


Mini Challenge – Picture It

This is an esay one!!

Paul Coelho


Mini Challenge – Share a Quote

“And yet no one life is the same as any other life. It might be that we will never meet again, and I need you to know that I’ve loved you all my life. ”

From Brida by Paul Coelho


Mini Challenge – Turn the Page

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“I would rather read than muddle the past and the present any day!”

Just started ‘Dorchester Terrace’ and found this challenge a little tough 😦


Mini Challenge – Cover Me

Kudos for coming up with some innovative categories..

Best Title: Lets Explore Diabetes with Owls (LOL!!!)
Best Dressed: The Elite
Best Couple: Star Crossed
Most Delicious: Bake it like you mean it
Cutest Animal: The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs
Cutest Kid: The Real Mother
Best to Avoid: In Search of Goliathus Hercules
Best Tattoo: Walking Disaster
Best Cover: The Last Camellia

kavyen

Dewey Read A Thon…

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Ok, so I am starting my day a little late.. but that is because today is a gorgeous day outside and we had so many spring events happening.

I participated in the Read-a-Thon two years back. I was forgetting my original love of book reading then and the read-a-thon reminded me to get back to books. I am all geared up for this day with a few audio and a few books in my list… Loving it so far!

Introductory!
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Virginia, USA

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Momzillas

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Cheese Cake 😉 Yes, snack!!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am an avid reader, a mom and a full time software consultant.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I did not do last year 😦

Hour 5 to Hour 8:

Fixed myself a lunch (real quick one) and started reading Momzilla. Loved the book , once I got through that.. I spent sometime listening to an audio and napped off 😥 Yeah!!! Too bad.. I know.

Hour 8 to Hour 10:

Started reading Brida after a refreshing cup of hot steaming tea and some Yummy (hopefully healthy snack 😉 ) Ok, the picture does’nt do it enough justice really!

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Mid Event Survey
We are mid way already??? Where did the time go…

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I cheated and took a nap inbetween, so I feel perfectly fine 🙂

2) What have you finished reading? Brida by Paul Coelho and Momzillas by Jill Kargman

3) What is your favorite read so far? I think I liked Momzilla better

4) What about your favorite snacks? I had some craisins and I loved it.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I have been focussing on reading, going to be doing a lot of checking out blogs in the second half surely.

Hour 12
Time for an audio book while cooking some dinner and eating (hogging!) on some more snacks.. This is so darn good!!

Snacks

Hour 14
Dinner is served and my audio book is taking longer than what I thought it would. Maybe I should go ahead and do some laundry. After the next 30 minutes, I will move back to my unfinished reading book :).

Did I say, I love this read a thon. 🙂

Hour 19
Wow, hour 19 and still going strong. I started a new book some 30 minutes back but I am really starting to slip. I am rummaging through my bookshelf to find something else that will keep me going .. seriously going 🙂

Ate a big and I mean a big piece of cheesecake.. some more tea… some chips and still snacking. Heck, I can always exerise tomorrow…. Cos it is not everyday we get a read-a-thon 😉

Wrap Up

1.Which hour was most daunting for you? It was definitely hour 20. Definitely that!

2.Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? James Patterson never goes wrong.

3.Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, I think it is just super duper awesome just the way it is.

4.What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?E V E R Y T H I N G

5.How many books did you read? 3

6.What were the names of the books you read? Momzillas by Jill Kargman, Ghost shadow by Heather Graham and Brida by Paul Coelho.

7.Which book did you enjoy most? Momzillas

8.Which did you enjoy least?I cant decide, I liked Ghost Shadow and Brida equally

9.If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?I was not a cheer leader, but the current ones did great!

10.How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?I know I am signing up for Oct definitely!!


kavyen

Read-a-Thon : Final Update

Ok, so we are nearing the end of this day (actually it is the beginning of my day 7:15 AM) and I must say I am exhausted. I spend the first half of the event reading, the second half focussing on challenges and the third half reading (really slowly). I made very little progress in the last few hours but dint really sleep. Here is my last update!!

Title of book(s) read since last update:
– Reading “Honeymoon”
Number of books read since you started:
– 3 and on my 4th now
Pages read since last update:
– 84 from the last book and on the 194th in the current page = 278
Running total of pages read since you started:
– 1044
Amount of time spent reading since last update:
– 6 hours 25 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!)
– 15 hours and 56 minutes
Mini-challenges completed:
– Apart from the ones listed in the last update I also did:
* Reading Asanas
* Reading Sanctuary
* Most Hated
* End of Event Meme
Prize you’ve won:
– This is darn disappointing

Here is my entry for the “Most Hated Mini-Challenge”


Ironically I have quite a few characters that I normally hate and today the first one that comes to my mind is “Niks Erik Bjurman” from “The girl who played with fire”.
Bjurman is Salander’s legal guardian who sexually abused her long back and she takes her sweet revenge on him by tatooing him in an awkward spot. The character is portrayed as a person who wants to get back to her but isn’t very smart. He definitely feels trapped by Salander’s smartness (lets say!).
What annoyed me the most was that he din’t perform the role he was assigned too (as a legal guardian) nor did he have any successful or noteworthy throughout the book. Eventually he dies a miserable death. I would just term him as an “Incompetent Loser” sadly…

And here is my entry for the “End of Event Meme”


1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
It was the 21st hour and the Yoga challenge saved me.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Definitely “The Girl who played with Fire” and if you are looking for a quick read then “What men want”

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I thought this years read-a-thon was fantabulous but just as an after-thought maybe we could have veterans suggest / recommend books in various genres just before the big day to ease our preparation process.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The cheer leading and the challenges. I thought the challenges were a class apart and covered everyone’s interests

5. How many books did you read?
3 and I am on my 4th book now

6. What were the names of the books you read?
– The girl who played with fire
– Plum Lovin’
– What men want
– Honeymoon

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Undoubtedly it would be “The girl who played with fire”

8. Which did you enjoy least?
– Plum Lovin’ – I liked this book as well but on a comparative scale this would score the lowest today. The plus point however was that it was my shortest book.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
– I will be a cheerleader next year 🙂

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
– I am definitely in for the next Read-a-thon (a 100%). I may be a cheerleader just to give it a shot and I hope I remain as committed as this year’s cheerleaders.

Wheww!!! What a day it has been ….

Read-a-Thon : Once upon a reading mini challenge

I have been reading but am making real slow progress. Still on book three but here is my entry for “Once Upon A Reading Mini Challenge”
Title of book(s) read since last update:
– Reading “What Men Want” by Deborah Blumenthal
Number of books read since you started:
– 2
Pages read since last update:
– 88
Running total of pages read since you started:
– 766
Amount of time spent reading since last update:
– 1 hours 55 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!)
– 9 hours and 31 minutes
Mini-challenges completed:
– Intro Meme : https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-begins/
– Feed Me Seymour : https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-update/
– Where in the world are you reading : https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-if-the-cover-fits-challenge/
– If the cover fits : https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-if-the-cover-fits-challenge/
– Mid event survey – https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-if-the-cover-fits-challenge/
– Once upon a reading – https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-once-upon-a-reading-mini-challenge/
– Title Teasers – https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-once-upon-a-reading-mini-challenge/
Prize you’ve won:
– Dont even ask 😦






She sat there staring at the dark sky, it looked beautiful. “Maybe everything looks beautiful after so many sleepless nights” she thought to herself. “No, No, Am I not supposed to be annoyed and irritated? Well, maybe I have spent too many hours being angry that the emotion no longer had any point of impact.”



It was 2 months back … she had walked in to catch him stark naked on a cold irish morning. She would have dived in the bed right there with him, but on that day he had company. She had taken the first flight from San Antonio a day earlier to surprise him and landed up being surprised. What made this situation tragedy even worse was that she was all set to be the bride just 2 months from then.



She threw her luggage at both of them and stormed out and never returned his calls. After she settled down she wrote down these words on her notepad How to get your revenge legally



It was exactly 2 months today and if it had not been for that fateful day she would have been the most beautiful bride. He used to live just blocks away and she thought of all the good times they shared in the midst of the sirens blaring from the fire trucks and emergency vehicles. She lived with him long enough to know where a short circuit could occur, that he had no insurance on his place and that he would be an illegal resident is this country if his paper work was unfortunately burned down.



Ah!! the smell of Sweet Revenge .. The smell of Everything Ravaged, Everything burned
As she made her bed she knew that today she could sleep while the dark sky from the Wild Fire continued to look beautiful.



Here is also my entry for the Title Teasers Mini Challenge. I spent a lot of time browsing through Shelley’s blog to figure some of these out but it was fun. Some of them have made it to my “MUST READ” list. I really am getting excited about these challenges 🙂




The Dark DIVINE
An IRISH COUNTRY Girl
The Lost SUMMER of LOUISA May ELCOTT
Necessary HEARTBREAK
She’s So DEAD to US
FIREWORKS Over Toccoa
BEAUTIFUL Dead
Scones & SENSIBILITY
All UNQUIET Things
Beautiful CREATURES
PERCHANCE to Dream
The DEAD – TOSSED Waves
I Kissed a ZOMBIE and I LIKED It
Prophecy of the SISTERS
Very VALENTINE
The Girl Who FELL from the SKY
Marriage and Other ACTS of CHARITY
Making TOAST
WHITE Cat
Letters to My FATHER : THE GIFTS



Ok, so I am terrible at creating new posts and choose to keep updating my latest ones over and over again. Bear with me! My entry for the “Get the heck out of here” Challenge is here as well.




What steps did you take to ensure you’d be able to read as much as possible today?
– hmm.. I came to know of the Read-a-Thon just yesterday but honestly, I am not a great planner so that worked fine for me. These are the things I did
* Rushed to the library and picked some cool non-boring books
* Completed most of my weekend chores yesterday evening
* Prepared my husband mentally 😉



Of those steps, which proved to be the most beneficial to your day?
* I think it would be the books collection and my husband’s patience. I couldn’t have survived this long with dull boring books or an irritated mood where my husband wants to catch a movie and I cannot budge.



Is there anything you might do differently next time?
* I will prepare well in advance and stack up with books after reading a cartload of reviews. I picked some books today that I wouldn’t read if it had to save me from dying 🙂

Read-A-Thon : If the cover fits challenge

Hello All
Hour 11 and if it had not been for my throbbing headache I wouldn’t even have taken a break.. But I did and am feeling much more rejuvenated. Here is my latest update:



Title of book(s) read since last update:
– Reading “What Men Want” by Deborah Blumenthal
Number of books read since you started:
– 2 books completed and half way through the third
Pages read since last update:
– 114
Running total of pages read since you started:
– 678
Amount of time spent reading since last update:
– 2 hours 35 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!)
– 7 hours and 36 minutes
Mini-challenges completed:
– Intro Meme : https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-begins/
– Feed Me Seymour : https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-update/
– If the cover fits : https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-if-the-cover-fits-challenge/
Other participants you’ve visited:
– Been focussing on my reading and my occasional breaks
Prize you’ve won:
– Sob!! I still have most of the day left



I just added my entry for the challenge “Hour 10 – Where In The World Are You Reading?”
Currently I am reading from Richmond, VA. The weather isn’t as bad as it is on some days and I am having a nice hot cup of chai that my hubby managed to make





And here is my entry for the “Hour 11 – If the Cover fits Challenge”
DISTURBING



VIBRANT



BEAUTIFUL



SCARY



MOVING






And here is my entry for the “Hour 12 – Mid Event Survey”
1. What are you reading right now?
– “What Men Want” by Deborah Blumenthal

2. How many books have you read so far?
– Just Two. Am making terrible progress I guess as I am loving the challenges

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
– Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
– I have already ordered my take out for dinner and managed to convince my husband to do the laundry.


5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
– I did have a few but I had already planned my day for a few distractions. It helps to keep me focussed .. Monotony makes me insane.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
– The numerous people who participate in the challenges with such enthusiasm and the cheerleaders who are doing the most fantastic job

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
– I wish we had some recommendations for books by some of the veterans (in various genres) before the event kicks off.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
– I would start my preparations way ahead of time and not be a last-minuter

9. Are you getting tired yet?
– I took a break and am feeling just as excited as I was this morning, and I am also taking a better look at the challenges now


10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
– I am not doing anything differently than any of my casual reading days .. of course I have made myself more comfortable with all the essentials right near me 🙂

Read-a-Thon : Feed Me Seymour


I have been so engrossed in my reading this morning that I dint realize it is over 5 hours already till my stomach refused to co-operate anymore. Before I take a quick break I decided to post my update.
Shucks! My camera isn’t working and my cellphone takes such pathetic pictures … I wish I could participate in “Bart’s, Book, Title, Sentence Challenge”

BTW, the cheerleaders are doing a terrific job …




Title of book(s) read since last update:
– The girl who played with fire – Stieg Larsson
– Plum Lovin’ – Janet Evanovich



Number of books read since you started:
Two.
I am just going to start with “The prisoner of Vandam Street” by Kinky Friedman but decided to stop by to check the challenges and grab some lunch.



Pages read since last update:
This is my first update so this would be my running total as well.
I guess it was 400 odd pages in the first book and precisely 164 in the second. So a total of 564 and something.



Running total of pages read since you started:
I am going to ignore this running total for this update



Amount of time spent reading since last update:
5 hours and 1 minute. I am taking a break after this update to get some lunch.



Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!)
Wow!!! 5 hours and 1 minute…..



Mini-challenges completed:
Just the first one – Intro Meme : https://readingbetweenpages.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/read-a-thon-begins/



Other participants you’ve visited:
http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/
http://www.goodbooksandgoodwine.com/
http://wereadtoknow.wordpress.com/
I have actually visited some more but did not keep track of them. Maybe for the next update I will.



Prize you’ve won:
None yet, but I am enjoying this Read-a-Thon so much that I am just glad I am even participating.



Here is my entry for “Nicole’s Feed Me Seymour Challenge” from the book “Honeymoon” by James Patterson and Howard Roughan.


“With a look in the Sub-Zero she found half a Vidalia onion, a whole green pepper and some Virginia ham, a quarter-inch thick. That was settled, She’d make a western omelet”
“The eggs were cracked open and whipped, the green pepper diced. Nora was making small cubes of the ham”

Read-a-Thon : Mini Challenge 1

Hi,

I started my day a little late then expected. My sister called me up late last night and we were busy discussing family gossips (what else do sister’s do) and I just couldn’t get myself to put down the phone i.e. till my husband reminded me of the big day today.


I have been spending all mornings this week making extensive light-on-the-stomach Indian breakfasts but this morning everything had to be different, so it was a light toast with blueberry preserves and some fruits (Yes, I am going the healthy way!). I then made myself comfortable in the comforts of my couch with “The girl who played with fire” by Stieg Larsson.


The chirping of the birds demanding their breakfast finally made me put my book down and I had to perform my promised duties to them. While they were busy pecking I changed to more comfortable clothes and decided to head for the library, planning to revisit my collection of books for the day and also to complete what I have started.


So here I am. A little late to give you all an update but hey, if I had to vote between updating my blog or reading .. for some sane reason the latter always wins.
I hope you are all enjoying the day as well!!!

This post is also going to be my entry into the first challenge:
Where are you reading from today?
After careful thought (not so much) … the library it is 🙂




3 facts about me …
– I did my graduation in Architecture but finally landed up doing adhoc jobs as an IT Consultant.
– I have such curly hair that when my hair dresser knows that I have come in for a straightening she gives me that “Oh, not again… please please I want a break today” look.
– This is my second blog site and I realized that no matter how many blogs I have or how passionate I am about the topic I blog.. I am just going to be sparse in my blogging (I dont call it laziness at all 😉 )





How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
– I am stacked with 4 books, but I am spending the first half of the day in the library and the second half in Barnes and Nobles (just in case I needed more)



Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
– I am totally aimless. This is my first Read-a-Thon and I am terribly glad I came across this just on time. This event will be my stepping stone and will define my goals for the next ones (I know there are many more to come)




If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Sigh! Sob! Sniff!!! How did I miss this glorious day all these years!!!!!!!!!!