Sunday, June 30, 2013

2013 Summer Lovin' Read-a-Thon: Day One - Class Orientation

The Read-a-Thon has begun! Not signed up yet? Head over here by July 6th.

Day 1 is Class Orientation. Let's get to know each other!

Lucky you! Instead of just me, you get a two-for-one. When I talked with Darian about my participation in this year's summer read-a-thon, he decided that he wanted to join as well. get to hear about us both as we dive into a week full of reading fun!

A little bit about me (Elle) : I'm a born and raised Idaho girl who stuck pretty darned close to home save for a small jaunt to the big city (San Francisco) for school. I'm self-employed as a dentist, but I spent my free time doing more fun stuff like scrapbooking, blogging, and of course reading. I read a little bit of everything, but I'm particularly fond of classics, Chick Lit, and YA fiction. My Goodreads "want to read" shelf can attest to my widespread love of everything literary. I started reading at age 4 thanks to the encouragement of my parents and I haven't stopped since. In fact, I have my very own library here in my house. Yup...that's right. I made an entire room into nothing but comfy couches and bookshelves lined with wonderful books. I love them that much!

I'm super excited for the read-a-thon and I'm hoping to catch up (and maybe even get a little bit ahead) in my 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge. This means I need to complete a minimum of 3 books by the end of the week. I think I can do it. (My goal for this year is to read 64 books by December 31st in order to fill the bracket for my 2013 Book of the Year. New to my blog? Check out the winners for my 2011 Book of the Year and 2012 Book of the Year. I promise that you will find some good reads in those brackets!)

I'm currently reading Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. As my teaser tidbit for Challenge #1, here's a little snippet of the book...

"Is it true that you're Alice in Wonderland?"

"I believe you know the answer to that, Your Royal Highness."

I'm excited to meet some new friends who love books as much as I do and maybe even find some new book ideas for that burgeoning "want to read" shelf. Let's do this thing!

Hi! My name is Darian. I am 11-years-old, born and raised in Idaho. I'm not quite sure when I started reading, except I think it was because of school. I'm interested in mythology. My favorite book so far has been The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. I'm looking forward to the next book in that series, coming out in October.

You can check out some of my reviews. I will continue doing reviews on books I have read. My Goodreads goal for the year is 32 books. My goal for this week is to finish my 327 page book with 55 chapters.

My teaser tidbit comes from The Magician by Michael Scott...

"And don't forget, I drove a Hummer into the fountain in Libbey Park; that had to have caught someone's attention. I'll bet the police and the press are there right now."

I'll post more as the read-a-thon continues.


And with that, we're off and ready to run...well, read. We're starting our week out with a little bedroom campout and a couple of good Nooks. We'll be back to update our progress tomorrow as well as tell you a little bit about some of our favorite reads. We hope that you'll join us for a super fun week and we look forward to learning about everyone else's favorite books!


  1. Hi there! Looks like you're all set to go and have interesting stuff to read. My brother is really into Rick Riordan's books. I'd have to ask him if he's read Mark of Athena yet, though. Anyway, I hope you have a fabulous week. Happy reading!

  2. Aw, it's so cute that you two are doing this read-a-thon together and having a little bedroom campout for it. :D Happy reading to the both of you!

  3. Aww yall are too cute for words! I said the word "read-a-thon" in my house and I got the "why are your speaking a alien language?!" look from my family.

    But oh well! I wish you both luck and hope you have fun with the read-a-thon!

    -Octavia of Read. Sleep. Repeat.

  4. Hey Elle,

    Good to "meet you"! Have a great time with the read-a-thon! Great teaser by the way. :-)

    Tamara @ Shelf Addiction

  5. Darian, you have EXCELLENT taste in books! I love the Percy Jackson series, too, and can't wait for House of Hades! :D

    Elle, that book you teased sounds really good! I just finished Splintered (by A.G. Howard) recently, which was sort of an Alice in Wonderland retelling. LOVED it, and I think I'm going to have to check out Alice I Have Been, as well...

    Happy reading this week, you two!

    ~ Nikki @ There were books involved...

  6. I'm so jealous, I want my own library in my house! I'll have to keep on dreaming for now...
    And I've sadly only read The Lightning Thief. I'll have to change that soon.

    Kelly @ Effortlessly Reading

  7. I am really enjoying seeing all these parents have their children participate in the read-a-thon/blogging with them! It's helping to bring up a whole new generation of readers and bloggers, and that's fabulous! ALICE I HAVE BEEN has been on my TBR shelf on Goodreads for a LONG time! I might just have to get it now!

  8. Hi, congrats on getting your son involved in the challenge. My daughter is reading too this week. I may get her to read for the challenge too now. Hope you can hop over to my blog. I am so super excited about this read-a-thon too.

  9. OMG Darian is so cute, I love the fact that he's participating in the read-a-thon at such a young age :)

    I'm so envious Elle of your home library, oh how I wish!

    My Class Orientation post


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