24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Late Afternoon
thoughts / April 10, 2010

Hour 9 Mini-Challenge: * Pick up a book that you’ve read today, or are currently reading. * Choose a song that goes with the book – could be that it fits the overall feel of it or even a certain scene. * Create a blog post answering the following: Book title Soundtrack song Why you chose that song * If possible, include a clip of the song (ie, youtube video). The first book that I finished today was Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness. If you don’t want to read the entire review, let’s just say … it’s not actually about happy people. What did you expect? It’s Alice Munro! When I thought about a soundtrack song for this book, the first thing that came to mind was Everybody Hurts (REM). I think the choice is pretty self-explanatory: every single character in the collection of short stories is hurt in some way, usually emotionally. Here’s the original video for the song: Hour 10 Mini-Challenges: Make a map challenge showing where the book(s) we’re reading today take place. Go to this map. Zoom until you find the location you want to click Click edit, which will give you the ability to add…

Reasons why I'm an Obama fangirl
news , thoughts / April 6, 2010

He shops at independent bookstores. And buys books for his kids (and those of his staff!). He brings 5 books (2300 pages) with him on a one-week vacation. He answers questions about literacy, including making a comment about being a C students isn’t a mark of honour for a president. He proclaimed October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. He is the subject of many articles and blog posts (such as this one) which talk about his love of reading and how it will affect, and be affected by, his presidency. He is considered well-read in many genres and subjects, even when people would normally consider these public lists a PR stunt. His inner poet is a major factor in his election and his popularity. He is a writer. A good one. He sent a handwritten note to Yann Martel, telling him how much he enjoyed reading Life of Pi with his daughter. That earned him some serious bonus points on many levels. Can anybody think of anything I’ve missed?

Musing Monday: Read-A-Thon
memes , musing monday / April 5, 2010

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Just One More Page. Today’s Musing Mondays post is about the upcoming readathon. Are you planning on participating in the upcoming readathon? Why not tell us a little about your plans: reading solo or with a partner/group? How long to do plan to read? Do you have your books chosen? If not reading, do you plan to be a cheerleader? The floor is yours. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing the Read-A-Thon for a few weeks, and I’ve decided … to do it! I won’t be doing it for the full 24 hours, since I have games night at a friend’s house on Saturday evening. But I’ll definitely be participating in general. I’m trying to spend more time relaxing at home with a book instead of doing other things, so this is a perfect opportunity.

Readicide (Review)
reviews / February 25, 2010

Kids who are minimally literate hate worksheets. They struggle with their reading constantly, and then they’re given sheets that plain-out bore them to tears. I want to find something that actually works and fosters a love of reading in these kids. Just because they’re behind doesn’t mean that we have to sentence them to a life of always-being-behind!