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Care Has Weekend Plans; You’ll NEVER Guess WHAT She is Going to Do!


This weekend is Dewey’s Read-A-Thon. I am not signing up to read but I am officially signed up to CHEER. readathon5cheer Or at least, I think so? readathoncheerleader The coordinators are incredibly dedicated and working very hard to organize and strategize and all the -izes!


Now here is some exciting news:  Reading Rainbow is involved!

So, if you don’t already know about this fun activity to read read read and read some more over one weekend, click on that image above. Or the one below. Actually any of the cute buttons will take you to the website. And see you on Twitter!

#ReadAThon @ReadAThon

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Will you be reading? Cheering? Twittering? Doing something else fun? Here are a few of my favorite posts from prior ‘Thons:  Fond Memory of Dewey  ♦  Tribute  ♦  Wild RAT Song Parody 2009  ♦  Why I Love Book Blogging






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Thoughts on the ‘Thon

Quick off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts on the latest Read-A-Thon to share…   Opinions are my own.

Click on this to go to Cheer HQ

1.   I love TWITTER for these kinds of events and I thank our Cheerios Trish and Erin for running with my idea to create squad cohesion with assigned hashtags.

aaaaaa a.  LOVE it when I can quickly tweet at someone from their blog!   I actually need to add the button myself (link is on my About page…) Something for me to do at the next Bloggiesta.

bbbbbb b.  If a reader isn’t going to use their blog BUT only use Twitter or FB, they should update somewhere to say such.  or ARE NOT PARTICIPATING at all?!    I like the suggestion that we have people check in again the day before…

2.   Word verification!  Turn it off. Thanks. You only need to turn it off for the 24 hours. Also, if you have a platform that makes it difficult to comment on, you will likely NOT get any cheers.  Just sayin’.

3.  I appreciate twitterers who cheered for any lonely readers that I found and thought they needed extra attention!  Maree – thank you.  ♥

4.  Twitter aside, I was a lousy participant. I didn’t track time spent on task. I didn’t read a word of any book. I didn’t complete any mini-challenges. I even got a full night’s sleep.  I blame it all on the fact that I had company. Next time, I hope I can get away and find a buddy and hide in a cocoon.

5.  I did, however, work my way through ALL the R – Z names on the reader list at the Cheer Site.  I almost made it through the list twice! Unfortunately, I probably skipped anyone that made it difficult to comment.  Sorry.

6. I hope to create a space/page for cheers – if you penned one or received one, please let me know.   IN PROGRESS

“Books are read, Violets are blue, To all the #readathon -ers still awake! We’re so proud of YOU!” – #CheerTRIX


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Read-A-Thon and Other Exciting Thoughts to Share

Hello Hello! It’s another TUESDAY TOPICALS post! And for those unfamiliar, these TT posts are for me to just ramble on about various and sundry topics that need to be talked about by me and hopefully need to be known to you. Or else why would I share them? In other words, I don’t want to write a book review but I want to post something. Here tis:

This weekend is the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.  Where the world over, we attempt to read as much as we can!   Block off your schedule, assign chores to somebody else and just read. Well, and cheer, and give yourself breaks from reading but overall, just concentrate on turning pages.

You can click on the button above to go to the official website which will be ONE HOPPIN’ place this weekend, I assure you.

Or here =====>   www.24hourreadathon.com   <=====

Unfortunately for me?  I am a horrible READER during RATs.  I am much more enthusiastic about cheering.  That’s what I will concentrate on.  Also, my inlaws are here and they are not reader-kind of people.  So I feel really bad (and get the evil eye from hubby) when I sit around and read while I have his side of the family for company.  Now, when my parents were here, I got 8 books read that month!   So…   not that there’s anything wrong with being or not being reader-types…   (cough)  and that is why it might seem quiet here at COBC this weekend.    Sigh…

BUT – if you have SPAM catcher on for commenting:   TURN IT OFF if you are participating!!!! or you won’t likely get much encouragement. Just sayin’.

I am putting aside CRANFORD by Mrs. Gaskell and have decided to concentrate on reading PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks. Here’s why:   Cranford is the kind of book that requires me to really pay attention and is NOT the kind of book that you can pick up, start reading and know exactly what happened the sentence before.   Cranford, being a book written in the mid-1800s, has an 18th century style of language and thus requires too much focus for my life right now. (See paragraph above about having company.) So, I decided a book-related thriller that I’ve heard much good things about would be a better fit to my mood and any small snippets of reading time available.

I really don’t like to stop reading a book but I do want to read it *someday*. I think it would be terrific for a plane ride…

I found something last week; a little jewel of happy joy that is not relevant to much else – in other words, not quite sure what to DO with this knowledge, but the thought and the thinking of this thought makes me happy.   I found a bakery – a PIE bakery!! – in the Boston area…   that…   (are you ready?!)  —  is called:


CARE’s BAKERY!   I have yet to order any pies but I will.   I am happy to give her exposure.  The website – you can click on the button or the one below, to go see her pies and cookies and other baked goods – says she ships anywhere.  Except she can’t ship the Banana Cream (sorry Softdrink).  Anyhoo. You do get why I am so thrilled, yes?

If you don’t know…  I call myself ‘Care’ and I like to bake pie. It was a kind of deja vu feeling or something! Of course, this means, I can’t use this name for my pie company if I ever had an inkling to open such. Which I really don’t.  But the hub suggests it from time to time.  I wonder if she is hiring. The commute would suck.

Anyone else with a WP.com blog having trouble with the COPY-POST function?  I can’t get it to work. When I select it, all that happens is it opens a blank NEW-POST page.   *shoulder-shrug*

What else?   I am working on reviews of JUST KIDS by Patti Smith and owe you on on Henrietta Lacks which I read in September and loved LOVED LOVED.  Which is why I cant’ seem to write a review, I suppose.   And that distracts me with the reminder that I need to do a BAND update post!   BAND = Blogger’s Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees.  But the site doesn’t seem to be updated…

HAVE A HAPPY TUESDAY, EVERYONE!   Hope to chat with and CHEER for you this weekend sometime!!


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Read-A-Thon Oct 2010

hour 8 update – Am on page 28 of The Woman in White by WilkieCollins.


Since this is the last weekend for using the boat before we pack it up, pull it out of the water, shrinkwrap it and wistfully look forward to NEXT year,

I won’t be full-on participating in Read-A-Thon this Fall.   😦    Nope, I’ll be partying with friends at Octoberfest in Newport RI.    SO, I thought I would post this big cheer for everyone who will be setting aside time and stacks of books to read and blog and blog and cheer and read and tweet and do all that other fun stuff.


Please turn off cumbersome sign-in forms, (ie take off word verification?)   🙂     Here’s a little ditty to get you in the proper frame of mind:

The books are stacked carefully, alongside the comfy chair.

Snacks and favorite teas – at the ready; excitement is in the air.

Kids&dogs are dropped off elsewhere, spouses paid to go away,

What heavenly bliss, to sit around and only read for 24 hours this day!

DEWEY’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon


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Read-A-Thon MidPoint Spring 2010

OK, I want to play.    So…   I signed up to cheer for one measly hour but hope to do much more and since I sat down with the laptop, I’ve been a tweeting FOOL.    and a Rhyming-Crazy-Person.

I want to do the midpoint mini-challenge so that I can actually show I’m doing some ‘participating’.   Here goes:

Mid-Event Survey:Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?   TWITTER!!!

2. How many books have you read so far?   ZERO – I didn’t sign up to read this year.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?   N/A

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?   Well, therein lies the problem with my lack of participation!    Hub and I decided to do way more than humans are possible to accomplish this weekend and so …   excuses, excuses.    I was out ALL DAY, moving sod to create a new garden plot in the front yard;   it’s a bit of a steep hill and thus won’t be so hard to mow but WOW – it took ALL DAY.   We actually hoped to go to the boat and CLEAN/PREP that thing but am SO GLAD we cancelled.  The whole time, I kept saying in my head, “ThisIsALousyReadAThonEffort,PSHAW”  but, I totally didn’t execute the planning-communication phase of the April.   oops.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?   ha!

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?   I’m loving Twitter.   I don’t think I had jumped into that craziness last year.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?    Just for myself.   Like, PLAN!!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?    I’m really thinking seriously about scheduling to be away from home for one – sounds so awesome to sit by a pool and read and be pampered and not have anyone poke fun at you for wanting to read and blog and etc.

9. Are you getting tired yet?   I’m drinking a Capt Morgan and Coke.    Won’t last too long but am exceeding my hour commitment so I’m good.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?      Just have fun with it!

Song Parody, Read-A-Ton (yes, TON) and a Big Shout Out to Softdrink, Cuz She’s COOL

If you’ve ever enjoyed The Rocky Horror Picture Show…

It’s astounding, time is fleeting
Reading takes its toll
But listen closely, not for very much longer
You’ve almost met the goal

I remember doing the Read-a-thon
During those moments when
The blackness would hit me and sleep would be calling
Let’s do the readathon again…
Let’s do the readathon again!

It’s just a book in your hand
And then a flip of the page
With your eyes on the words
You let your mind engage
But it’s the cheerleaders that really drive you insane,
Let’s do the readathon again!

Your book is dreamy, or hot and steamy
It stars a banshee, or no one at all
It’s in another dimension, there’s no comprehension
Oh no, there’s none at all
With a bit of a page flip
You’re suddenly on a space ship
And nothing can ever be the same
You’re strung out on cookies, you sound like a Wookie
Let’s do the readathon again!

Well I was strolling through the bookstore just havin’ a look
When what should I espy but my next book
It shook me up, it took me by surprise
It had a sale tag and Care gave it 5 pies. < — that’s ME!
It lured me in and I felt a change
Time meant nothing, never would again
Let’s do the readathon again!

See you all in April?







Fizzy Thoughts AKA Softdrink is the genius behind all songs rewritten to include a book- theme.      Thanks Jill! You’re incredibly awesome.   #luvjill is t



Final Read-A-Thon Update

End of the ‘Thon Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
5. How many books did you read?
6. What were the names of the books you read?
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
8. Which did you enjoy least?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?


1.   I was daunted week’s ago with wanting to attend the Boston Book Fest AND do the Read-A-Thon so I signed up for both.   Both as Reader AND Cheerleader AND Mini-Challenge Host.   But I couldn’t stay awake and finally crawled into bed during Hour 20 with uncertain hopes to wake up around Hour 23 to do this meme at least.   I didn’t make it – woke up 1.5 hours after it was over but have spent the last hour tweeting and cheering anyway.

2.   To be honest, it didn’t seem to me that there was much book excitement talk but maybe I was too hectic to comment comment comment everywhere.  I did tbr a few books:   Jumped by Rita Wms-Garcia, The Secret Scripture by Barry Sebastian and Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice.

3.  My improvement suggestions are ALL aimed at me and my preparation process.   So, none to share until the next one!  ha.   The organizers always do an amazing and impressive job keeping us all on task and on top of things.  CHEERS!   Applause, applause!

4.   I think the cheering went well with Eva’s clear instructions and guidance.  Yea Cheer Captain!   And even though I’ve been through this almost EVERY RAT, I always am disappointed that I don’t track my comment counts (I don’t even try – it’s too stressful) and that I didn’t get to everyone in my assigned group.    I am SO GLAD that I didn’t see many zero comments on posts so I think we did a great balanced approach to visiting everyone as a group.    so GOOD JOB CHEERers!   I do wish I knew more of who my fellow cheer team was and also a bit surprised that I didn’t figure out who they were!   (I know MargReads and VioletCrush and probably Vasilly since I followed her around blogosphere – oh and jehara!)

5.6.7.  I DID READ ONE BOOK! Wahoo!!!    Catie Copley by Deborah Kovacs.   I attended the High Tea with Catie the Lab, Resident Dog at the Copley Hotel during the book fest and I have a hard time resisting buying kids books.   It was 28 pages  pages that only had illustrations.   Yea me!    I read the first 2 pages of Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree waiting for an event at the BookFest, too for a total of 30 pages read.   🙂


9.  Advice for cheerleaders:     yes!  sign up and do whatever cheering you can!    If you aren’t a google-blogger, create an id in that realm and then it’s super easy to leave comments.       If you ARE A google-blogger – this applies to both readers and cheerleaders, turn off word verification and AT LEAST!!!!   allow nonblogspotters  to comment!   and maybe even open it up to OpenId  and/or Name/URLs.  I offer that up to the vox and livejournals and whatever’s I came across and thus didn’t leave a cheer because I wasn’t about to sign up for anything new.   sorry!

Don’t wear mascara during those tired lean weak hours cuz if you do give up and crash, you’ll look like hell when you wake up.

I think that’s enough for now…

10.   I’ll always participate in Read-a-Thon!    and I’ll probably continue to cheer more than read but I do so aspire to actually reading some time and breaking that 1000 page goal.    sigh….

THANK YOU ALL who participated in my mini-challenge to create a list of great books featuring an older protagonist. Please continue to think and add more.     I might even create its own page here at ol’ Care’s Online Book Club.     Congrats to a new-t0-me blogger that I’m excited to get to know:  Sarah at Dangerously Cold Tea for winning the random selection.

Happy One More Successful Fun Read-A-Thon Everyone!  Thank you Dewey for kicking off this great project and thank you all for allowing it to continue as tribute to this outstanding book blog mother of book blogs.    CHEERS!


Read-A-Thon Update Hour 13 (8 pm)

I got back about 2 hours ago and have been trying to establish some kind of system to jump into this RaT and I’m already overwhelmed.   I’ll punch through it (or maybe take a nap?)

Boston Book Fest was INCREDIBLE!   I was very impressed with how well it was organized and I think it was a big success.   I look forward to next year’s.

And I met Dawn!    She’ll have the embarrassing vlog to show, if it works at all.    We’ll all have to wait – she’s still at the Book Fest for a few more hours, I think…


I’m having computer issues / technical difficulties and my printer is printing blanks so I don’t have any tracking sheets to guide me, which is sad but not a huge problem – just an annoyance.   But I can’t seem to get into my blog’s dashboard on my laptop and my PC is a mess – page load times are in minutes people.   I can’t comment and cheer if I can’t get the stupid comment form to open up.  – ok.  I’m whining but I’m really frustrated.

I can’t get photos to load and blahblahblah.

So.   This is my update.   Maybe I should go take a nap…