End of Event Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  All of the hours when I’m usually sleeping (I didn’t read for the full 24) and the afternoon hours because the temptation to go for a long walk was too much to resist.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  The Lover’s Dictionary and Soppy were both quick reads and fun to read back to back.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?  Not really, I thought it was great!  Personally, I’ll know it’s best for me to stick to shorter books and graphic novels 🙂
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  I loved the hourly updates with the option of mini-challenges because it gave some structure to the day.
  5. How many books did you read?  Four
  6. What were the names of the books you read?  Dare Me by Megan Abbott, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, Soppy by Philippa Rice, and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?  That’s a tough one!  Fun Home and Soppy were two of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read, so they tie for first place.
  8. Which did you enjoy least?  For a read-a-thon, probably Dare Me because it was the longest, and I ran out of steam.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I would love to participate again and maybe host a mini-challenge.  Thanks to all of the organizers and people who made this possible 🙂

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Mid-Event Survey: Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

1. What are you reading right now?

I just finished a book, but I am kind of in the middle of listening to The Sisterhood by Curtis Sittenfeld.
2. How many books have you read so far?

I have finished three:  Dare Me, Soppy, and The Lover’s Dictionary
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I seem to have better luck with graphic novels and shorter books for read-a-thons, so I’m looking forward to Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe, Fun Home, and Relish.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Going for a walk.  I dealt with it by suggesting we go for a much longer walk than usual…perhaps this is left over rebelliousness from trying to escape school work?  Either way, the walk was worth it!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

By allowing myself some flexibility, I think I’m enjoying this more than I would if I forced myself to read without any breaks.  I may even do a mini read-a-thon tomorrow to work through a couple more of my books 🙂

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: Two Love Stories

I have to admit, I took a rather long break this afternoon to go for a walk with Shawn.  It was a perfect spring day, so I had to take advantage of it!

Before and after the walk, I read two love stories:  Soppy, a cute graphic novel by Philippa Rice and The Lover’s Dictionary, the story of a couple told through dictionary entries by David Levithan.


Although very different in tone (Soppy is for the most part lighthearted, while The Lover’s Dictionary is a little more “complicated” in the relationship sense of that word) both books illuminate the small moments that make up life as a couple.

I think the best writers pay attention to the little things in life that speak to larger themes.  They don’t need to be over-analyzed or forced, but just simple, apt descriptions of life can go a long way, and these books have as many of these moments as one might get in a dozen more traditionally structured novels.  Both books are highly recommended!

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Book Review: Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Hi all,

I just finished my first print book, Dare Me by Meg Abbott.  I had read another book by her, The Fever, and this is in the same vein–an adult fiction book with teen protagonists with lots of drama.  Dare Me has been on my TBR list for a long time, so I thought I would give it a try.  This book wasn’t my favorite, but it did give me a lot of insight into the group mentality of cheerleading.

On to something completely different, a sweet graphic novel, Soppy by Phillipa Rice.  Happy Reading!

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Top 5 Bookish Childhood Moments

Hi there!

This is a mini-challenge for Hour 2 of the Read-a-thon.  Hmm…I’m sure there are more than just five, but here are the ones that come to mind.

  1.  My love of books started with nightly bedtime stories.  I remember reading the same books over and over and over again with my mom (some of our favorites were The Little Fur Family, anything by Robert McCloskey, and of course, Miss Rumphius!)
  2. My first chapter book I read by myself was Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library!
  3. I would spend hours as a child reading outside during the summer on the lawn or in my favorite tree.
  4. I loved reading and also listening to books (which has now developed into my love of audio books for the car).  I remember listening to my teachers read books to us and wondering why they couldn’t just do that instead of math.  A couple that comes to mind are Lost on a Mountain in Maine and 21 Balloons.
  5.   One of my most vivid “bookish” memories involves a small bookplate that I kept on my bookcase in my room.  It has since disappeared and I only had a slight recollection of what it was.  I finally figured out what it was–a promotional bookmark from ALA from the early 90s designed by Edward Gorey.  After a lot of librarian-grade research and persistence, my boyfriend tracked it down!  I love having this piece of my personal reading history back 🙂WP_20160423_09_16_20_Pro.jpg


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Ready, set, go!

Good morning!

I am participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon this year 🙂  Here are my piles of books…I’ll update more in a little while!


Happy Reading, everyone!


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Breaking News in the World of Maine Youth Books!

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Lupine Award!  I blogged about the 2012 winners on this blog, never imagining that I would one day have the opportunity to announce them as Lupine Chair.  A huge thank you to The Lupine Committee, the Reading Round-Up committee, and the Maine Library Association.  A special thanks to Laurel Parker for being a Super Librarian and my role model.

And now, here are the winners:

The Lupine Picture Book Honor Award goes to Matt Tavares for Growing Up Pedro.

The Lupine Picture Book Award goes to Jamie Hogan and Eva Murray for Island Birthday.

The Lupine Juvenile/YA Honor Award goes to Phillip Hoose for The Boys Who Challenged Hitler.

The Lupine Juvenile/YA Award goes to Jennifer Richard Jacobson for Paper Things.

The Katahdin Award, given to recognize life-time achievement, goes to Cathryn Falwell.


Pictured from left to right:  Cathryn Falwell, Eva Murray, Jamie Hogan, and Matt Tavares.



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