April Mini-Challenge at Fizzy Thoughts!

Hey everyone! Did you know that Jill at Fizzy Thoughts is hosting a helluva mini-challenge this month? If not, head on over to her site to read all about it! It’s all about birthdays and it’s sure to be a month long celebration!! Bring cake over with you.


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Knit-a-Long Update and Giveaway #3

deweyskalmed1Oh dear!  I’m a little late with my end-of-March update for our Knit-a-Long in memory of Dewey and the drawing for the March giveaway!  There are still a lot of projects in progress or completed, and I don’t have photos of all of them.  So I will post what I have, and if you have a knit-a-long project you would like to share with us, please leave me a comment with a link to your post, or email me a photo of your project, and I will add it to this post! 

 Here are the photos and links for the March projects:

Mari's completed sock...

Mari's completed sock...

Chris's sweater progress...

Chris's sweater progress...

Monnibo's keyhole scarf...

Monnibo's keyhole scarf...

Jessi's shawl...

Jessi's shawl...

Be sure to visit Kim’s blog (Page After Page) to read her review of a number of knitting books!

One of the knitting books reviewed by Kim...

One of the knitting books reviewed by Kim...

This beautiful shawl was knit by Becca (Stitches by the Sea) with the yarn she won in our drawing last month!

Becca's shawl...

Becca's shawl...

 These beautiful spring preemie hats were knit by Monique (Knitting For Peace) and I wanted to include them here because not only are they beautiful, but they are such good inspiration in the spirit of Dewey!

Spring preemie hats...

Monique's spring preemie hats...

And finally, congratulations to our winner of the March random drawing for our Knit-a-Long giveaway:

MONNIBO of Monniblog!  

(I’ll email you, Monnibo, for your mailing address!) 



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Winner Announcement and Extended Deadline

Hey everybody…time to announce the winner for this fantastic tshirt:


Congrats to Raidergirl for her review of Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, an author I’ve been wanting to read for awhile!
Raidergirl, just send me your address and which style/size you want. They have Mens/unisex or Babydoll tees sizes S-XL. My email address is chrisa511(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here’s a reminder too! Nymeth has extended the deadline for the Try Something New Mini-Challenge to April 7th! Don’t forget to leave the link to your post on the Mr. Linky to be eligible for the prizes that she’s giving away!!!

Stay tuned for an announcement in the next few days about April’s mini-challenges! And happy Dewey Reading 🙂


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Winners and New Giveaways Announced!

Time for a little update! Nymeth has drawn the first set of winners for her “Try Something New Mini-Challenge” through random. org. Here they are:

Winner of the Calvin and Hobbes Book: Maree at Just Add Books

And the following two people have each won a set of Nymeth’s wonderful homemade bookmarks: Jessi at Casual Dread and Chris at Reading Through The Night

Brain is TOTALLY not working right now…here’s an update! There’s a third winner of a set of boomark’s and it’s Bellezza! Congrats to you too Bellezza!

Congratulations everyone! You can contact Nymeth via her spiffy new contact form on her website to claim your prizes!


Don’t forget that Jill at Fizzy Thoughts is also hosting a mini-challenge this month and the winner gets a signed copy of 13 Reasons Why! All you have to do is sign up via the Mr. Linky on her site and review a book in a list format. Head on over to her site to sign up.


I’ve decided that it’s time for another random giveaway too! I though I’d give away another tshirt! This one is a bit more family friendly 😉 Remember, to be eligible for these random drawings, your name gets entered once for every review that you’ve posted on the review blog. So if you haven’t posted a review yet, head on over there and post on the Mr. Linky about one of your challenge reads! Here’s the shirt we’ll be giving away:

won-biblioFun, huh? You can read all about the shirt here. I’ll announce the winner on March 28th..10 days from now and you can tell me which size you’d like.


And finally, the new Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon has been announced!!!! Subscribe to the feed to keep updated on all of the latest news!


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Knit-A-Long Giveaway #2

deweyskalmed1It’s the end of February and time for another update on Dewey’s Knit-a-Long, and time for the random drawing for the February Giveaway!  Everyone has been busy knitting or crocheting, and there are some wonderful projects that have been completed this month.  Here’s a list and photos of some of the lovely projects created in Dewey’s honor, with links to the posts.

Ashley (no blog)  A lovely crocheted scarf

Julie P.  (Booking Mama) A potato chip scarf and felted bags

Lynda (Holistic Knitter’s Blog)  2 hats for Dulaan Project

Naida (The Bookworm)  A beautiful shawl

Meryl (My Bit Of Earth)  Knitted dishcloths

Kim (Page After Page)  A knitted bag using Noro yarn

Chris (Book-a-Rama)  Crocheted socks

Mari (Mari Knits)  Embossed knitted socks

Robin (A Fondness For Reading)  A scarf for a friend


Chris from Book-a-Rama!  Chris, please send your address to me (Robin) at robinsblog at gmail dot com, and I’ll send you the February prize of some lovely yarn and a pattern.  Congratulations!

And don’t forget to check out Nymeth’s mini-challenge, which runs for the month of March, and also check out Jill’s new March mini-challenge!


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March Mini Challenge #2

Hey guys! Have you gone to Nymeth’s site to sign up for her mini-challenge yet? If not, then head on over! Jill at Fizzy Thoughts will be hosting the second mini challenge for the month and it should be tons of fun! Go to her site and sign up as soon as she has the post up! Should be in the next couple of days. Here are the details:

The most important list of all

During the last Read-A-Thon, I hosted a mini challenge that involved lists.  And last year, I posted my review of  Thirteen Reasons Why in the form of a list.  Both posts turned out to be surprisingly popular, leading me to this highly scientific conclusion:

People like lists.

Therefore, this mini-challenge is all about lists.  Write a review (of one of your challenge books) in the form of a list.  Or list interesting facts about one of your challenge authors.  Or…think outside the box and come up with some other type of list that somehow relates to the Dewey’s Books Challenge.

And that’s it…simple, no?  Just remember to leave the link to your post with Mr. Linky (on Jill’s site).

On April 1st (no, I’m not joking) I’ll draw a winner from all of the entries.  The winner will receive a (signed!) copy of the book that inspired this challenge:  Thirteen Reasons Why.


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Introducing the Try Something New Mini Challenge!

The first of 2 March mini challenges is being hosted by Nymeth! The second one will be announced on March 1st! You can read Nymeth’s original post here. Please go to her blog to sign up for the mini challenge by filling in the Mr. Linky. I’ll cross post her mini challenge below:

As part of the Dewey’s Books Challenge, hosted by Chris and Robin in Dewey’s memory, I bring you the Try Something New Mini-Challenge. Here’s how it works:

During the month of March, you’ll be asked to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It can be something Dewey-inspired, like a comic aka graphic novel, a YA novel, a book on feminism, etc. But it can be something else too: poetry, a short story collection, manga, non-fiction, a cookbook, a book on knitting or other crafts, a book on social issues, a play, a horror book, fantasy, sci-fi, a collection of fairy tales or a fairy tale retold…you decide. It’s not mandatory that you have never ever read a book of the kind you pick before…all I’m asking is that you pick something that is still mostly new territory for you.

To make things more fun, the Mini-Challenge is going to work in pairs:you sign up using the Mr Linky at the bottom of this post. If you’re an even number, you’ll be paired with the person before you; if you’re an odd number, with the person after you , like we sometimes did forWeekly Geeks. Then you and your partner will get in touch by e-mail and talk about what type of book you’re thinking of reading. If your partner happens to be an expert in something that is new territory for you, then maybe they could offer some recommendations. If you’re both thinking of picking the same type of book, maybe you could read it together.

(If we end up with an odd number of participants, I’ll take the last person to sign up as my second partner.)

What you do exactly is up to you and your partner, but there’s a third step necessary for completing the mini-challenge: when you’re done reading your chosen book, you and your partner should collaborate on a wrap-up post. It could be a co-review of the book or books you read. Or it could be interviewing each other about the books you read, about the whole experience, about something else entirely. When you’re done with that, you’ll have completed the mini-challenge.

The Prizes: There will be several giveaways. Some will be open to those who sign up, others only to those who complete the three steps of the mini-challenge. By signing up on the Mr. Linky below, you’ll be entered to win a Calvin & Hobbes collection or a set of two of my homemade boomarks.

Those who complete the mini-challenge will be entered to win a copy ofPaper Towns by John Green, a $10 Eco-Libris gift card, and yet more sets of homemade bookmarks.


To recap:
1) Sign up and get in touch with your partner
2) Read one book
3) Collaborate on a post

The mini-challenge will run for the month of March, and it’s open to everyone, so you can participate even if you’re not doing the Dewey’s Books Challenge. Happy reading!


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