Readathon! Spring 2016

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It’s time for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I’m keeping track of my progress here and posting on Twitter and maybe a little on Instagram whenever there is an update.

Jolene and I are planning on recording a sort of Readathon themed episode of Pickled Okra today, so be on the lookout for that.

Here are the two stacks I’m working from. Not pictured are a few books on my Kindle that I might end up reading.

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Goals: Finish some of the travel titles in preparation for my upcoming trip to Scotland and residency at The Open Book. I’d also like to finish Drums of Autumn today and read 600 pages.

Pages read: 1081
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 5

Reading:
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Finished – 353pgs)
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart (Finished – 261pgs)
Edith Wharton: Selected Poems (Finished – 169pgs)
Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy (Finished – 112pgs)
In Scotland Again by H. V. Morton (10pgs)
Russian Olive to Red King by Kathryn Immonen (Finished – 176pgs)

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Blackout Poetry Mini-Challenge

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You’ve made it to Hour 18 of Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! It’s the middle of the night where I live. The sun has been down for hours and I’ve been reading poetry all day.

It’s time for Blackout Poetry!

Your challenge is to create some blackout poetry and share it wherever your Read-A-Thon updates are (blog, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.). Use the #readathonblackout hashtag!

How do you make blackout poetry?

You will need some text on paper that you are comfortable using a marker on. It can be an old book, newspaper, magazine. Anything will work. Then you’re going to use a black marker (or another dark color if you don’t have black) to mark out most of the text, leaving a poem behind.

I think it helps if you take a good look at the words beforehand. Decide which ones in the text you like best and work around them. I made a teeny tiny poem to give you an idea.

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A photo posted by Elizabeth (@elizabethmelle) on

Need more examples? Here you go.

To be eligible for the prize (3 PaperBackSwap credits OR volumes 17, 18, and 19 of The Walking Dead — your pick!):

  • Create your blackout poetry.
  • Take a photo of it and post it on your blog, Instagram, Twitter, wherever you like.
  • Leave a comment with your link!

This challenge will be open until the end of Read-A-Thon and a winner will be chosen at random.

Can’t wait to see your poems!

We have a winner!

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#7 Madison Gordon

Readathon! Fall 2015

It’s time for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I’m keeping track of my progress here and posting on Twitter (@ElizabethMelle, #readathon) whenever there is an update. This year I’m cheering with #TeamMagnolia, so look for their cheers floating around blogs and Twitter.

If you’re around during Hour 18, check out my mini-challenge!

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Goals: Finish TEN titles and read 600 pages. I looked at my stack and I think 9 is a very doable number based on the books I plan to read, so 10 would be a nice challenge.

Pages read: 768
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 8

Reading:
Walking Dead Volume #23 (FINISHED – 136pgs)
Averno by Louise Glück (FINISHED – 71pgs)
Walking Dead Volume #24 (FINISHED – 136pgs)
Alex + Ada (FINISHED – 128pgs)
Ekaterinoslav by Jane Yolen (FINISHED – 53pgs)
Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson (FINISHED – 38pgs)
Wait by C.K. Williams (FINISHED – 125pgs)
Break the Glass by Jean Valentine (FINISHED – 81pgs)
New and Selected Poems Volume 2 by Mary Oliver (25/175pgs)

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