Read-a-Thon and Holiday Break Reading Challenge – Final Updates

I thought I’d go ahead and put these in one post.

Holiday Break Reading Challenge

I had challenged myself to read 5 books and I finished 6! I started two others that I didn’t finish, so I did read a bit more than that.

Books Read
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
The Dark Divine by Bree Dispain
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
Intertwined by Gene Showalter
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Line by Teri Hall

The Dark Divine is here.
Lockdown will go up Friday for For the Guys Friday
The Line – I need to check with Teri Hall to see if she’s ok with reviews now or if she’d like them closer to the release date
The other 3 will come this week and next

A huge thanks to Karin now at The Book Jacket for organizing this challenge!


I pledged to read 6 hours, and I read 7!!!!  This suprised me! And that was with a headache and going shopping all day Saturday.  Very pleased with myself.

I read:
Generation Dead
Started two different books that I didn’t finish
Some of The Forest of Hands and Teeth (I think – can’t remember for sure when I started it!)

Thanks to Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century for hosting the read-a-thon!

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #12

Here’s what our challenge was for today:

Think back on all the books you’ve read dealing with animals. What are your favorites. You can choose one or more than one. It doesn’t matter to me. BUT, please make these REAL animals. No werewolves or other fantastical creatures.

This was an easy one, because I talked about it in an earlier challenge.  That book would be:

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

From Goodreads:

Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world and let go of some of the sadness left by her mother’s abandonment seven years earlier.

With her newly adopted, goofy pooch at her side, Opal explores her bittersweet world and learns to listen to other people’s lives. This warm and winning book hosts an unforgettable cast of characters, including a librarian who fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace, an ex-con pet-store clerk who plays sweet music to his animal charges, and the neighborhood “witch,” a nearly blind woman who sees with her heart.

This book is so quietly sweet.  I loved Opal.  The relastionship between her and her daddy (The Preacher she calls him) starts of more distant, but it’s brought together by the sweetest dog ever – Winn Dixie.  I read this aloud to my students several times.  They loved it even though it wasn’t an action packed plot – they saw things in it that I had missed.  If you haven’t read this book you must.

Click here to see what other people in the challenge had to say!

Holiday Break Reading Challenge UPDATE and Contest Link

Ok here’s my update.  So far I’ve read:
The Dark Divine by Bree Dispain
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
The Line by Teri Hall
Just starting:
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
And I have to show you the weather, so you’ll see how I’m “forced” to stay inside and read:
If you click the picture it’ll get bigger so you can really see the snow!
We’ve had 10+ inches of snow!!
Oh and if you’re stuck inside like me – take a minute to check out Firespell by Chloe Neill and enter her giveaway for a Tiffany and Co. necklace.

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #7

Before I get to it I want to update what I’ve read so far.  Since I just started break yesterday I haven’t read a lot yet but here they are:

The Dark Divine by Bree Dispain
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

Now the challenge

Best and Worst Book-to-Movie Adaptations

This Activity is completely and totally based on your opinion.
1 – You need to choose the BEST Book-to-Movie Adaptation you’ve seen and the WORST Book-to-Movie Adaptation you’ve seen.
2 – Post the pictures of the book cover next to the movie poster for each pair.
3 – Use Mr. Linky to link your post to the Holiday Break Reading Challenge Blog.

I actually had an easy time with this one! 🙂
Because of Winn Dixie
City of Ember

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #5

Here’s the rules for today’s challenge from the Holiday Break Reading Challenge website:

1 – Pick up the book you are currently reading.

2 – Since it is December 22nd, turn to page 22 in your book.
3 – Count down to the 22nd line on the page. (If there is a partial word on the line you can leave it off.)
4 – Post a picture of your book cover along with the 22nd line from the 22nd page on your blog.
5 – Use Mr. Linky to link your post to the Holiday Break Reading Challenge blog.

I’m currently reading Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers.  Here is my line:

                         “Willis if he could borrow $20. Willis said that….”

Not exciting of a line but that’s what it was 🙂  Go here to see more.

Holiday Reading Challenge #3

The Rules for this challenge:

It’s time to get your creative juices flowing. I’ve seen this challenge on several blogs during various read-a-thons. Here is a link to the one Bart’s Bookshelf hosted.

Here is what I’m asking you to do:
1 – Choose 3 or 4 books from your bookshelf that, when put together, form a sentence.
2 – Take a picture of your books / sentence.
3 – Post you sentence and your picture on your blog.
4 – Use Mr. Linky to link to your post to the Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #3 post.
Don’t spend too much time on this…BUT, make sure the sentence makes sense. Here is my example

I did two because on the first one it was hard to see the book Sweethearts.

Looking for Alaska
Blue Bloods
Beautiful Creatures
Looking for Alaska
Blue Bloods
Go here to see more!

Holiday Break Reading Activity #1!

Here’s the activity:

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click
       The name that appears is your author name.
2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click
      The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.
3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click
      Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.
4 – Use Picnik or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.
5 – Post it to your site. Along with a brief summary of the novel based on the cover you created.

Here’s my entry:

Would it matter?
Could her life be changed by this one relationship?
Did she have the strength?
Maya had always believed she knew what to do, that she knew what to believe,
that she should follow the plan before her.
One meeting.  One sentence. One last chance.
Everything she knew was in doubt.
Doubt by first time novelest: Ann Willingham
So what do you think?  Would you be interested enough to pick it up off the bookstore shelf??? I had fun making it 🙂
Go to the official site for the challenge to see more!
I went back and made it more “book” shape.  Here’s that version:

Holiday Break Reading Challenge

Hey everyone I found this really great reading challenge for over the holiday break.  Karin at Karin’s Book Nook is hosting this great event.  Here’s her description of it:

1) Anyone can participate. I’m focusing on teachers and students, but if you want to cram a little extra reading in during the holiday season, please join us.

2) The Reading Challenge is designed to be self-paced. I will ask for you to set a goal for the number of books you want to read, but if you don’t reach the goal – no big deal. This is for fun.

3) You don’t have to provide a list of books you plan to read in advance. You can, but it isn’t required. My mood determines what I read so I usually don’t stick to a list. If I can’t do it, I don’t want to force others to do it.

4) The Holiday Break Reading Challenge corresponds with my time off from school. So, it starts on Friday, December 18, 2009 and ends on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at Midnight.

5) I’ll have a section set up on the blog for reviews. Please link your reviews of the books you complete during the challenge.

6) Everyday there a new “Challenge” will be posted. These “Challenges” are designed to help you get to know other bloggers, talk about what you are reading, and share information about books. A new Mr. Linky will be used in each post to record everyone’s responses.

7) HERE IS THE BIG ONE! At least one prize will be given out everyday during the Reading Challenge. This might be a book, a bookmark, or other swag. No specifics lined up yet.

 8) Be sure to follow the Reading Challenge on Twitter. New challenges and prize information will be announced there, too.

9) Grab the button to put on your blog.

Here are the books I plan to read (my goal is 5 for sure but I’d love to read 6)

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
The Line by Teri Hall
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
(sixth one) Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Now, go over to the Holiday Break Reading Challenge and sign up!