Week in Reading: April 27

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Readathon was a blast this weekend; though I only read one book cover-to-cover, I made some progress on five other books. And I was so sucked into The Library at Mount Char last week that I didn't manage to save any of it for Readathon; I can't wait for it to come out in June so we can talk about it. So weird and strange and think-y.

#Readathon: Blame it On the Bloggers Mini-Challenge

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Readathon-ers! Who's still awake? Who's still reading? What time is it where you are? It's hour 22, which makes it 5:00am in my time zone, and I'm pre-writing this post because let's be honest, I'll likely have fallen asleep by the time it goes up. BUT who said I can't give prizes in my sleep?

No one, that's who. And so:

blame it on the bloggers readathon mini challenge & giveaway


I love a lot of things about Readathon, but I particularly love discovering so many new books AND new bloggers. So this Mini-Challenge is in that spirit: what book(s) have you discovered and added to your TBR pile because you saw it mentioned/read/discussed during Readathon... and what blogger(s) do you blame credit for making your TBR list just *that* much longer?

To enter:

1) Post up on your social media network or blog of choice (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, blog post, YouTube, Instagram) the title of the book you've added to your TBR list, and be sure to tag/link to the blogger who put it there!

2) Comment below with a link to your post (make sure it's a link to your actual post and not your whole blog/channel) and I'll draw a winner at noon EST (what would be Hour 29 in Readathon Time).

3) Make sure you leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win!

I'll draw a winner at noon EST (what would be Hour 29 in Readathon Time).

Winner will receive one book of their choosing (maybe your new TBR addition?), valued up to $15, from The Book Depository. Open internationally to wherever The Book Depository ships. 

Happy readathon-ing!

#Readathon: Master Post

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It's here! It's here! It's finally finally Readathon time! I'm in for the full day this time around, folks, and will be updating throughout the day here, with memes and (if I can make it work) a Storify of other social media activity, as well as on Instagram and on Twitter. I'll also be cheering as part of #teamfrodo on Twitter all day!

#Readathon: The Stack and the Cause

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Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon is coming up this weekend and I. Cannot. Wait. I love this event: it brings together bloggers around the world to celebrate reading. And it's always a perfect kick out of a slump, though luckily some incredible reads lately have been helping me with that problem (that and the sunshine, I think).

I always have far too many books on hand for this event; it's classic eyes-are-bigger-than-my-stomach syndrome, and I willfully refuse to learn from past readathons that I don't need twelve books lined up.

So, willfully ignoring my past learning experiences, here are the 12 14 books I've got lined up for this weekend:

Week in Reading: Monday, April 20

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I spent most of this weekend in a rented mini-van en route to Nashville and back. The drive took about ten hours each way, including stops, so naps and reading were plentiful.


European Adventures | Ireland | Newgrange and the Hill of Tara

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We spent our last full day "in Dublin" actually on a bus tour outside of Dublin, booked through Mary Gibbons Tours. Unfortunately, Mary Gibbons herself--who comes highly recommended by Yelp, TripAdvisor, and the Rick Steves Ireland: 2013 book we found in our AirBnB--was in the hospital that day, so we had a stand-in. Actually, a stand-in for a stand-in; I understand Mary Gibbons' husband sometimes stands in when she can't conduct tours, but he was (understandably) tied up that day.

Unfortunately, the tour guide we did have, nice as she was, didn't have much to offer in the way of actual Irish history (but did you know that you can tell how old a wooden staff is by cutting it open to see how many rings it has?), but the bus tour was a) smooth sailing and b) arrived at all sites on time and in one piece.

So who can really complain?

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The Newgrange Tomb.

Writing About Reading

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A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get to see Ann Patchett and Maureen Corrigan in conversation about books and the reading life at a local Frederick Reads event. The two made several book recommendations, talked about the writing process, and discussed the role of reading and writing in shaping both of their lives. At one point, Corrigan, herself a book reviewer for NPR, mused aloud:

How do you write about your experience as a reader with authenticity, when one's experience as a reader is intensely personal?

I spend the large majority of my not-work, not-sleep time either reading or writing about reading (or thinking about reading or thinking about writing about reading). This question is personal to me, especially as one prone to question my right to review books and my place in this bookish community. When I talk about books, I am very conscious of the fact that reading is inherently personal; it is by looking at that personal experience in the context of the larger world--of readers, of writers, of stories--that my experience with a book feels valid and worth sharing.