Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Where Have I Been & Challenge

Where Have I Been?
Well not reading unfortunately but im back and starting at 10pm I will be participating in the read a thon until hopefully 8 am when it finishes. I will be reading Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo.

Mini-Challenge: Best of Your Reading Year:

Best Book of Your Reading Year -Night Film by Marisha Pessl 

Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year -Entwined With You by Slyvia Day 

Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year -Summer In The City by Candace Bushnell

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year -Look Again by Lisa Scottoline 

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year -Si-cology 1 by Si Robertson 

Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year  -Heaven Eyes by David Almond (More middle grade maybe) 

Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year -Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Best Main Character of Your Reading Year – Scott McGrath from Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Best Author of Your Reading Year -Marisha Pessl 

Best Supporting Character of Your Reading Year -Adele Cassidy from Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Best Cover of Your Reading Year -Joyland by Stephen King 

Best Setting of Your Reading Year -The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

Best Story Line of Your Reading Year -Night Film by Marisha Pessl 

– See more at: http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net/2013/read-thon-mini-challenge-hour-13-best-reading-year#sthash.DjJd505L.dpuf

Now Lets Get Reading!!! 

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

Date: Oct. 12-13 2013

Books I Want to Read:

  • Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  • Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo

Reading Plan for Hour: (R2P=read to page)

Hour 1 8am: Start Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 25
Hour 2 9am: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 50
Hour 3 10am: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 74
Hour 4 11am: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 99
Hour 5 12pm: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 128
Hour 6 1pm: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 152
Hour 7 2pm: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 177
Hour 8 3pm: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 206
Hour 9 4pm: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 230
Hour 10 5pm: Devil In Pew Number Seven R2P 255
Hour 11 6pm: Finish Devil In Pew Number Seven
Hour 12 7pm: Start Dolores Claiborne R2P 25
Hour 13 8pm: Dolores Claiborne R2P 50
Hour 14 9pm: Dolores Claiborne R2P 75
Hour 15 10pm: Dolores Claiborne R2P 100
Hour 16 11pm: Dolores Claiborne R2P 125
Hour 17 12am: Dolores Claiborne R2P 150
Hour 18 1am: Dolores Claiborne R2P 175
Hour 19 2am: Dolores Claiborne R2P 200
Hour 20 3am: Dolores Claiborne R2P 225
Hour 21 4am: Dolores Claiborne R2P 250
Hour 22 5am: Dolores Claiborne R2P 275
Hour 23 6am: Finish Dolores Claiborne
Hour 24 7am: Catch Up Hour, cause I probably will need it!

Update: This was a fail I read from 10pm – 5am. Only read about 100 pages. Probably wont do this again. 

“Waiting On” Wednesday: What I Had Before I Had You

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

What I Had Before I Had You 
By Sarah Cornwell 

Publication Date: Jan. 7 2014 

From Goodreads: 

In What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell, a woman must face the truth about her past in this luminous, evocative literary novel of parents and children, guilt and forgiveness, memory and magical thinking, set in the faded, gritty world of the New Jersey Shore.
Olivia was only fifteen the summer she left her hometown of Ocean Vista. Two decades later, on a visit with her children, her nine-year-old son Daniel, recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, disappears. Olivia’s search for him sparks tender and painful memories of her past—of her fiercely loving and secretive mother, Myla, an erratic and beautiful psychic, and the discovery of heartbreaking secrets that shattered her world.

What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?

Book Review of Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Title: Between Here and Aprilphoto (90)
Author: Deborah Copaken Kogan
Published: Algonquin Books (Oct. 7 2008)
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 277
Source: Amazon.ca
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ImageImageImageImage

From Goodreads: 

When a deep-rooted memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child: April’s mother, Adele, drove with her two young daughters deep into the woods where she killed first them and then herself. Elizabeth, now a mother herself, tracks down everyone–Adele Cassidy’s neighbor, her psychiatrist, her sister–who might give her the insight necessary to understand how a mother could commit such a monstrous crime. Elizabeth’s investigation leads her back to herself: her compromised marriage, her demanding children, her increasing self-doubt, her desire for more out of her own life, and finally to a fearsome reckoning with what it means to be a mother and wife.

My Thoughts: I decided to buy this book because it was on sale and the story sounded quite intriguing.  I thought the idea of the mystery sounded really good and I felt like i needed to know what happened to April. I normally dont read books with story lines heavy to do with mothers since i have issues with my own but I took a chance with this one. Although I did really like this book it was probably the saddest book ive ever read. I enjoyed reading about Adele Cassidy and wish she was the main character. I didnt really like the main character Elizabeth Burns a.k.a person with the most nicknames in the whole world. I just didnt feel for her what i did for Adele. I could understand and sympathize with Adele more because I have depression and understood where she was coming from some of the time. But i certainly didnt agree with most of what she did, but i felt a connection to her none the less. I would recommend this book, I think its an important read.

Quotes:

“I HATE IT! I screamed, now crying, now grabbing a pillow under my arm, now slamming the door to our bedroom behind me.”

“That’s nice, I said, picturing Debbie shuttling Dylan and Drew back and forth to soccer practice in her SUV, armed only with her wits and a giant frappuccino, before coming home to blow Daniel.”

“Now go. And tell Olivia I’m still waiting for my teeth. She shook a bony finger at me. A women can’t think without her teeth.”

Follow Me Friday: Surprise Favorite Blooger

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Feature & Follow is the day of the week that we can find some new blogs to follow and read! This is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Each week there is a question/activity/challenge. Since I am new to blogging I would love it if you could like my posts, leave a comment or subscribe/follow. Also be sure to check out my Fall Reading Challenge.

This weeks challenge: Feature your own favorite blogger, have it be a surprise. 

Featured Blog: The Duck and The Owl 

I recently found The Duck and The Owl and really enjoy reading there posts! They post lots of great stuff like book reviews, recipes, discussions and lots of cute pictures! You should really check them out! 

Book Review of The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Title: The Silent Wife Image
Author: A.S.A. Harrison
Published: Penguin Canada (June 25 2013)
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 336
Source: Amazon.ca
Format: Paperback
Rating: ImageImage

From Goodreads: 

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.  

My Thoughts: I feel like this book was poorly advertised. They back of the book does a terrible job at telling you about what your getting into and I feel like its false information about the story. The books main story line was cheating which i didnt know about but if i did i would have saved my $9 and not wasted my time reading this one. I really dont like books about cheating and really hate when its in the POV of the cheater and they have all these stupid reasons as to why they cheat and we are supposed to feel bad for the self righteous jerk. The main character Todd wanted everything but when he got it, turns out it wasnt good enough for him anymore and what he had before was better or he needed to find something new. I hated this guy so much and it made the whole book awful. I didnt even really care about Jodi (His wife) because I was to busy hating her husband. The Story line wasnt suspenseful as I had hoped. I really didnt even want to keep reading it I just finished it for the sake of it and because I payed for it. I wouldnt recommend it but if your into cheaters I guess you will love it.

Quotes: 

*This is just a quote that I thought was the most ridiculous. There were some really nasty/disturbing parts in this book to do with man parts. Gross!

“Twirling from side to side on her stool, she looped her fingers through his belt and nuzzled him like a newborn calf.”

*I hope this never gets turned into a movie.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

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October 8: Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders *I haven’t read enough books so i’m including TV & Movie series. Also i’m not going to put any details in the list but we can discuss in the comments!
*Apparently im being a negative Nancy today and only wrote the worse ones down and didnt even think about the best one and realized this after the fact whoops!

  1. TV Show: Drop Dead Diva
  2. TV Show: Angel
  3. TV Show: Original One Life To Live
  4. Book Non-series: Dirty Work by Julia Bell
  5. Movie Non-series: My Sister’s Keeper (I liked the book ending better)
  6. TV Show: Roseanne
  7. Book Non-series: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  8. Book Non-series: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
  9. Book Non-series: The Funhouse by Dean Koontz
  10. TV Show: King of Queens