Bookish Events on the Horizon…


First of all, tomorrow is World Book Night! I picked up the boxes of books I am giving, last night in the pouring rain. The first one is Where Did You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

Then, because someone was unable to be a giver, I accepted a box of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I have yet read neither, but plan to when school gets out. (In less than 35 days, but who’s officially counting?) If you’ve read one, or both, let me know how you liked it.

Both titles are going to people connected to my job at school. Where Did You Go, Bernadette? will be handed out to my colleagues, because sad as it seems, not all teachers are readers. At least to the extent that us bibliophiles are, which admittedly, might be called excessive by some. 
The other books will go to parents of my children. I had visions of someone complaining to the office, as some parents are wont to do, and then I thought, “If someone wants to fuss about receiving a book, I’ll take the blame.” Surely it would be worth it. 
Secondly, Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon is this Saturday. Do you like the button I made? I was thrilled when Andi put it up on her post yesterday, as she is one of the masterminds behind the event. I’ve been involved in years past as a cheerleader, like the time I cheered accidentally for all the cheerleaders, or a prize donator, like when I gave away a first edition of The Help. But this year I’m simply going to read. For the first time ever, I’ll try to hold out for the full 24 hours instead of caving in when my husband goes to bed. 
Are you participating? Have you even signed up yet? There’s still time, just head on over to the site.

Finally, I’ve begun putting together the 8th annual Japanese Literature Challenge. I have several fresh ideas for this time around, all of which will be made known on the first official day which is June 1. For now, feast your eyes on this lovely painting entitled Woman Waiting for the Moon to Rise by Shoen Uemura (1944). And, perhaps, consider joining us for the experience of sharing Japanese literature together. I’d love to have you come along.
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38 thoughts on “Bookish Events on the Horizon…

  1. I read Code Name Verity and liked it a lot. Think I gave it 5 of 5 stars. I am participating in the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Saturday too! Just reading, but will be online tweeting and blogging and maybe vlogging (we'll see about the vlogging bit). Looking forward to JLC8! That is a lovely painting 🙂

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  2. Terri, I'm so glad to know that you liked Code Name Verity. I would like it better if I'd read the books I passed out, but that wasn't possible this time.

    So glad you are participating in the Dewey Read-a-Thon! We'll have to visit each other for some encouragement in the wee hours.

    So hope you'll join the JLC8. I think you've read with us since the beginning, haven't you? xo

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  3. I recently read “Where'd You Go Bernadette” and thoroughly enjoyed it. A very easy read as it's formatted in letters. Sharp witted and perfectly hilarious! I'll be reading on Saturday too 🙂

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  4. Lori, thank you for leaving your sweet comments here. I tried to do so at your blog, but didn't know how to do so. Do I have to register with the domain? Glad to know you liked Where Did You Go, Bernadette? The last novel of letters I liked was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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  5. I have also read Maria Semple's book. It is very funny! I think you will have a great time giving away books, rain or shine!

    Enjoy the read-a-thon. The button is a work of art! I've never officially joined a read-athon, or at least not since I started blogging. Woman Waiting for the Moon to Rise by Shoen Uemura is very lovely. I look forward to your new Japanese literature reading challenge–it's one of my favorites!

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  6. I'm so glad to hear you say you're looking forward to the Japanese Literature Challenge, Suko! Me, too, actually. (Please let me know if you have any suggestions to add to it this year.)

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  7. I just saw your button and it's beautiful! I have cheered for the readathon in the past, but it falls on my birthday this year. I plan to just read and eat cake! 🙂

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  8. So exciting! I must participate in World Book Night in future. Such wonderful novels to be giving out too!

    Also, I'm so excited for the Japanese Literature Challenge. I'm in definite need of some! Angeliki over on Reading Psychology has been writing about it lately, and it's so made me wantto go on a book shopping spree. Looking forward to your recommendations!

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  9. I thoroughly enjoyed Code Name Verity…though it was a tough read at times. What I loved most was learning about a part of our history that not many people talk about.

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  10. I believe they've updated the website so that non-members can now leave comments.
    Loved Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 🙂

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  11. Thank you for spreading the word about the -thon and for the AWESOME button! And Bernadette is so smart and snarky and fun. I loved it! –Andi (in the readathon account)

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  12. Ooh, I am curious what you are doing different for the Japanese Literature challenge. I participated for the first time last year and really enjoyed all the Japan-related books I read.

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  13. Bernadette is a fantastic book – you will love it! Not sure about Verity, but heard it was great. Have fun doling out books! As far as the read-a-thon goes – enjoy! And, of course I'm super excited about the upcoming JLC8 – can't wait! Murakami's latest will be one of the books I read for your challenge 🙂 That painting is gorgeous! Oh, and I loved the button you created – it has a slightly creepy feel to it that I love 🙂

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  14. I, too, am amazed at the number of teachers that don't read. Especially those who should be instilling a love of reading in the very early years of education. Bernadette is indeed a good read. You will enjoy it.

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  15. Lucy, I'm so glad you're excited about the Japanese Literature Challenge. I have a rather lengthy list of suggestions gleaned from the previous seven, plus this year I thought we'd take a look at a specific six authors. Optionally, of course, but at least that would lend some focus.

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  16. Hi, Sara, I selfishly kept a copy of Code Name Verity for myself. It looked just too good to pass up. World War II is a hard subject, as any war is, but it never seems to wear out in interest for either authors or readers.

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  17. Cannot WAIT for the new Murakami! I've already preordered Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, and I strongly feel we should have a read along. (Well, there's one idea out of the bag. 😉

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  18. Glad I'm not alone in y lack of reading he book I'm giving. Does it count that I'm hosting a dinner and discussion for those I gave Bernadette to, so that I can prove I have read it?

    Invariably, something comes up which makes the thon impossible. I'll read for you in spirit.

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  19. I ended up passing twenty copies around the neighborhood, just too afraid some parent would be cross they were getting a book about war from their child's teacher. Silly, I know, and you make a good point in your comment. Hopefully now I've made twenty people happy, though.

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  20. How did the World Book Night go? You should read the Bernadette book – it is amazing. It is a good thing these books did not go to the parents because there are fussy parents in the Bernadette book. 🙂

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  21. I've always wanted to participate in World Book Night…one of these years I will do it! I look forward to reading your readathon posts and will be cheering for you on the sidelines. 🙂

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  22. I wish Australia had World Book Night (we're part of the world, we have books and night too!) – your books look great. I hope you managed to convert some non-reading teachers – who could resist Bernadette!
    All the very best for the readathon, I'll be at work, but silently cheering on the readers.

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  23. April was the month I didn't read anything by a Japanese writer and I already miss that, so I am definitely looking forward to doing some reading and investigate the inner mind and soul of Japanese characters 🙂

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  24. this drives me nuts: can't no longer find your post where you highlighted an author/month for the upcoming JLC. where did it go? I thought I had kept it as unheard in my bloglovin, and can't find it!

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  25. Not sure which post you mean, but there will be an author highlighted for each month of the challenge, and it will all be spelled out in the introductory post on June 1. Hope to see you then!

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