Thursday, April 26, 2018

Answer Me This, Do you Dewey? We Do!

Answer Me This. We are hoping this will help our friends get to know us a just a tad bit better. 

Do you participate in Dewey's 24 hour readathon!? We sure do!!


Twice a year there is a 224-hourlong readathon hosted by Dewey's. The readathon happens in April and October of every year. It lasts from 7 AM Saturday (Central time) to 7 AM Sunday. There is mini challenges every hour, and lots to participate in.

So not only is it reading for that long, but there's games and activities as well. You can even win prizes! Like more books!

We have been participating in Deweys for years now, and the whole family, even Finn, participates. 


We always have lots of snacks too. Because who wants to go without snacks when staying inside reading all day!?


So here are what we have to say about Deweys.

Ash-
I am so excited about the readathon, I even made sure I wasn't working that day. I haven't been able to make it the full 24 hours like, ever.

I always wake up late, because who wants to wake up at 7 AM!? And then I usually have to nap, because laying down and reading is exhausting. And I usually go to bed around 2 or 3 AM. Never have lasted before. Ever. I would like to this year, but I doubt it's going to happen.

Some of the best parts of the readathon, besides reading, are the snacks.

My choice of snacks is either jalapeno Cheetos or munchies, queso, and chips, some kind of candy or sweets like brownies, jalapeno poppers or mozzarella sticks. We usually have breakfast tacos in the morning, sub sandwiches for lunch, and either pizza, pizza rolls, or bagel bites for dinner.

And! We usually make homemade spinach artichoke dip and have raspberry chipotle sauce. So that's exciting.

And amongst that, I will probably have a monster, a Redbull (The tropical one) and at least one coffee. Because of 24 of hours guys.

So here is my reading plans for the readathon, I will probably start with a short book, either Playlist for the Dead or Shackled.

Then once I finish that I will listen to a short book, One Was Lost, and then if my phone hasn't died (Because audible kills phone batteries) I will listen to God Save the Queen.

If my phone decides to die, then I will go ahead and read The Wicked Deep. Once my phone has charged again, then I will go back to audio.


Playlist for the DeadShackledOne Was LostGod Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #1)Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)The Wicked Deep

Not the exact way I will be doing it, but you get the idea. These are the books I am most looking forward to and hope to actually finish that day, though I do have a stack of backups as well, in case I'm not in the mood for any of those. 

So my backups are...

Project 17Deadly Sweet (The Spellwork Syndicate, #1)The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1)

Who knows, maybe I'll get through them all (Doubtfully...)



Jenn:

Dewey's is just part of our family tradition. We don't always to participate twice a year but we sure try. I think we have missed 3 due to unforeseen events like a flood in the house, getting our house ready for sale, and I think we were out of town one year. So yes we try to do this as much as we possibly can. We love the 24-hour readathon.

I know it's about reading yes, but I also love the updates, the challenges, and of course all the snacks. 

Snacks you say, yes I said snacks. I do get all the snacks. Always on my list to snack on is grapes, cheese cubes, sprees, and of water crackers with raspberry chipotle sauce. of course, I share with Ash too so I get some of her yummy snacks. 

We have at least two Starbuck runs, soda in the fridge, and I always have some monster coffees on hand. I should probably get more water in there. 

I like to read on my couch, on my bed, outside lounging. If I need to go somewhere in goes the buds with an audiobook. I take this seriously, of course not serious enough to ever last 24 hours.

Nope, I am a wimp. I think my average is 16-18 hours and one year I made it to 22 hours. We will see what this year brings. 

Here are my potentials for my all day reading event... 

Kindle:

A Town Called VengeanceI Scream, You Scream (A Mystery A-la-mode Book 1)The Way You Make Me FeelNew Corpse In Town (Secret Seal Isle Mysteries, #1)


Physical books: 


Seriously Wicked (Seriously Wicked, #1)Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve, #2)


Audible:

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1)Optimists Die FirstEvery Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Wonder Woman at Super Hero High (DC Super Hero Girls)







Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publishing Date: January 25th, 2012 
Pages: 330
Audio Length: 8 Hours and 55 Minutes
Genre: Young Adult Paranomal
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles
Source: Audio
 

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
What made me pick this book up: 
I really like the word "wicked" I'm not sure why, but I always want to read books with wicked in the title (Something Wicked this way comes, when my heart was wicked, wicked lovely...) 
Anyway!
The cover was also breathtakingly beautiful. I absolutely loved it. So that's probably what caught my eye first. 
Plus Jenn had it on audio.

What did I like about the cover: 
Absolutely everything. The colors are beautiful, the model is beautiful, the dress and the flowers are beautiful. It's so pretty!

What made me read this book: 
Witches. Plus it was on audio. And it matched for a task.

What did I like the most: 
I liked the magic of course. I also liked that it was set in the past instead of nowadays.

I always love reading about that. I love how the author describes things, she does really well at it.

The main character is sassy and definitely hard headed.

I also really liked Finn (Partially because his name is awesome!) But he was sweet and caring. 

What didn't I like: 
I found the names to be confusing, I don't know if it's because it was on audio, or because I listened while doing other stuff, but I kept getting the characters mixed up. 
I feel like I zoned out too much and missed half the book. 

It was a good book, but it just didn't really hold my attention. I didn't feel anything towards the book and I found myself a bit confused at times.

Maybe I'll try to read it again sometime, so I can finish the series.

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
I would like to.

It was okay, I expected to be wowed by it.


“Some things are worth the danger, aren’t they? I don’t believe anyone should be allowed to dictate what I read or who my friends are. It gives me pleasure to know that I can thwart the Brotherhood in some small way.” 
― Jessica SpotswoodBorn Wicked


The Wicked Garden (The Wicked Garden, #1)Witch Song (Witch Song, #1)Brew (Salem's Revenge, #1)The Near Witch (The Near Witch, #1)A Witch in Winter (Winter Trilogy, #1)



Author. Editor. Feminist. Slytherpuff.

I live in Washington, DC with my playwright husband, where I also work as a children's library associate for the DC Public Library.

If you're interested in interviews or guest posts, please contact me at jessica.shea.author@gmail.com.





A Bookworm's Wishlist



 Just a little feature to make a little list for all my book lover friends. 



 A new feature I have been wanting to do is a feature for bookish items I just need in my life... Of course, there are way too many to buy so this is just a wish list, dreaming, dreaming, dreaming! Today is my hubby's birthday too, so great day to start.


Every Week I will just showcase what I find and where to go to make these things your own... if you so wish too.



Fasmov Book Bookends Nonskid Art Bookends,1 Pair(Black)3D Paper-cut Little Girl Is Reading Patten Metal Bookends Book Ends For Kids Teenagers Teachers Students Adults Study Home School Library Office Decoration Birthday Christmas Gift (Red)Balvi - The Library metal bookend.

We all need many bookends to keep our books from falling over, and well it just makes our bookshelves look pretty. 



 Hedgehog Mug Book Nerd with Glasses Cute as Seen on Shirt-Funny Gift for Nerdy Geek Who Loves Reading       Librarian Gifts Library Card Bookish Gifts Reading Gifts for Women Nerdy Gifts Gift 15-oz Coffee Mug Tea Cup Tan A Day Without Reading Wouldn't Kill Me But Why Risk It Coffee or Tea Mug - Bookish, Reading Mug, Mug for Book Lover, Gift for Readers, Literary Quote Gifts, Christmas or Birthday Gift   


Well, there is always a need for more coffee mugs.



 Books and Dogs Keychain, Glass Pendant Keyring, Bookish Gift, Text Art Charm Jewelry, Book Lover, Nerd, Fandom, Pet, Dog, Key Chain Key Ring   Funny Books Keychain, Glass Book Pendant Keyring, Bookish Gift, Text Jewelry, Book Lover, Nerd, Fandom, Geek Jewellery Key Chain Key RingFunny Books Keychain, Glass Book Pendant Keyring, Bookish Gift, Text Jewelry, Book Lover, Nerd, Fandom, Geek Jewellery Key Chain Key Ring

A keychain for everyone!


Unisex Book Lovers Gifts - I Think About Books I Touch My Shelf Small Dark HeatherI Fell Into A Book And I Can't Get Up T-Shirt Bookworm Gifts



Always need some loungewear around the house, or to the store, or to hang out at the library! 


Dancing Participle A Thousand Lives Embroidered Putty Messenger Bag   Antique Books notebook journal with gold silk tassel bookmark charm


And finally, a bag to carry your books and a notebook and pencils to keep track of your books. 




 
Imagination Designs