Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Read-a-Thon Prep and World Book Night!

Last night was World Book Night USA, and it was my first time participating! I chose The Lightning Thief to give away because I intended to target a youthful audience of readers in my hometown.

While I originally planned for my mom to watch Greyson while I went out giving, she wasn't feeling so great last night, so Greyson and I grabbed an armload of books and walked down our street handing out books to local kids playing outside and we even knocked on some doors.

We had absolutely NO problem giving away books. My little one pooped out before our box was empty, though, so we have about 10 more copies of ole Percy Jackson to give away on a warmer evening or maybe a nice afternoon this weekend as a break from the Read-a-Thon.

It turns out Mom not feeling so great was a happy accident. Greyson LOVED giving away books. In fact, as we came around the corner, we saw a group of five boys playing outside, and Greyson yelled, "Mama, we give them books!"

And we did.

In other news, I'm SO EXCITED for the Read-a-Thon! It's amazing that this feeling never goes away -- especially as a Read-a-Thon host. Heather and I have been working all week with our co-hosts, mini-challenge hosts, cheerleaders, and Vasilly has been working her tail off to help us square away our prizes.

All-in-all we are in great shape and ready to get this thing going!

I definitely need to make a grocery store run and a library run before the Read-a-Thon begins. David will be in town this weekend cooking for me and reading along, too. And when he gets tired of watching me stare at a computer screen, he's going over to my mom's house to chop up a giant fallen tree limb.

After D. and I got off the phone last night I took a gander at my shelves. This is the initial pile of books, though I expect I'll add quite a few shorties as a result of my library visit.



  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Rachel Rising by Terry Moore (graphic novel)
  • Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood)
  • The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
And so many more books in my house. Whew! But this seems like a good mix to get started. 

Be sure to jump over to the Dewey's Read-a-Thon website for some countdown posts leading up to the event! 







21 comments:

  1. I think taking Greyson along was a great idea! It shows him how much you value reading.

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    1. It was really tons of fun. I loved sharing it with him, and I hope we can make it a yearly event.

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  2. How fun! I'm glad you got to take part in World Book Night. I can just imagine having my little Mouse help me pass out books. She'd probably love it. LOL

    Your reading list for the readathon looks great, Andi. I hope you and everyone participating has a great time! For all the years I've been blogging, I've never participated in the readathon. Maybe one day.

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    1. It was awesome, Wendy! I'm sure Mouse would love it. Greyson is totally taken with giving things away. :D

      I hope you can join us one day! It's nice to put everything aside and just wallow in books.

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  3. World Book Night sounds like a lot of fun. I'm glad Greyson got to participate, he sounds like a doll.

    I am REALLY excited for the Readathon this weekend. I have a list of chores I'm going to finish up before Saturday so I can read the entire day without guilt and not have to worry about too much work on Sunday. Picking out book piles if my favorite too.

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    1. Kim, he's pretty doll'esque. I have to say. lol

      So glad you're joining us. I have a to-do list for tonight and tomorrow so I can focus wholly on reading and administrating. Enjoy organizing your stacks!

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  4. I'm so glad you had such a positive World Book Night experience. I already can't wait for next year. And your read-a-thon selections look amazing! Have a fabulous weekend.

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    1. Can't wait to do it again next year, Brooke! I kind a went to the library and amassed more books today. Oops!

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  5. Fun! Glad Greyson had such a good time. WBN is just so cool.

    And have a great time for the Readathon. I feel like I can never participate. October and April are my busiest months. I'm sure I'll read a bit, but I wish I could join in wholeheartedly.

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    1. It is the coolest, Jenn!

      I know what you mean about April and October being crazy. I'm shirking off a good deal of responsibility this weekend. lol

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  6. I gave away my books outside a strip mall that is very busy, and boy I sold that thing to them! I told them it made me laugh and cry and it was amazing. I gave away The Language of Flowers. It was a favorite book of mine.

    I am also participating in the Readathon, and want to sign up, but don't know where to!! I am so excited!

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    1. That's awesome, Zibilee!!! The Language of Flowers was a great book. Those folks received quite a gift. :)

      And I'm so excited you're Read-a-Thonning! I saw that you signed the linky. Woot!

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  7. Of course he loved giving away books! Giving things away is fun. It sounds like an excellent outing.

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    1. Exactly! Books and Halloween candy are the BEST to give away.

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  8. I think I'm going to pick a book for younger readers next year :) I love the idea of introducing kids to books!

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    1. It was truly fantabulous, Jennifer! I have some more copies to give away this weekend when I need to get outdoors during the -athon so I don't turn into a blind cave fish.

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  9. I love The Little Princess; even though it's a little too good to be true the story has a wonderful message for children and how to behave. The Awakening was too much like Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary for me to enjoy. I was distracted by comparing them to the other texts which I read, and loved, first. But, to be fair, I should give it another try. I'm a sucker for a good romance! :)

    I'm so hoping that the read-a-thon works for me. Too often I have the best intentions, and then get distracted by life. 22 year old sons. That sort of thing.

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    1. Bellezza, one of my goals for the Read-a-Thon is to finish The Little Princess since I'm about 1/3 of the way through. I enjoyed Madame Bovary (haven't read Karenina), and it's been a few years, so hopefully I can sink into The Awakening.

      Good luck with the read-a-thon! I know that 22yo son will most likely distract you at some point, but enjoy the time. :) I know you will.

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  10. I love that Greyson joined you on World Book Night! I'm really looking forward to the read-a-thon. I'm not a reader, just cheering, but it's always so much fun.

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    1. Belle, we're tickled to have you! We need cheerleaders so spread the word! :)

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  11. OMG I am so glad that you said you need to make a grocery run because I did not even THINK of snacks and food for the readathon!!! What the hell is wrong with me! LOL….Glad y'all had fun with WBN!!! And have fun on Saturday :D

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