Friday, May 31, 2013

Details, a week in advance. Sort of.

Okay. Working on preliminary details and super prize packages (we are up to SIXTEEN of them) Abby the Librarian, who has kindly offered to help. They will all be available before the Starting Line next Friday, June 7. Maybe, oh, Thursday.

For now, you need to start laying the groundwork. Use this week to get caught up on household chores. Have meals in the fridge. Have snacks at the ready. Check out videos for less cooperative Members of Household or arrange for a kindly uncle to take them to the zoo for two days.

Get those books lined up. Make sure your back up power sources work for the computer. Update your software.

If you have time or technology, think about posting a picture of your TBR on your Starting Line Post. Remember that for every five hours you spend reading, you can count one hour of social networking/computer time toward your total.

And another reminder of prizes, which sadly, can only be mailed to US addresses:

The wonderful Carol Rasco of Reading is Fundamental has once again graciously offered three winners RIF's Celebrations collections to be donated to a school or non-profit of the recipients choice. Other prizes will include:

From the absolutely awesome Kelly Celia at Walden Pond Press, we have five great prizes:
Set of Hero’s Guide – one paperback of Saving the Kingdom and one hardcover of Storming the Castle
One Sets of The Fourth Stall – paperback of The Fourth Stall and The Fourth Stall Part II, hardcover of The Fourth Stall Part III
One set of The Archer Legacy series – paperbacks of The Billionaire’s Curse, The Emerald Casket, and The Mask of Destiny
Copy of Platypus Police Squad by Jarrett Krosoczka
Copy of The Girl from Felony Bay

From Barbara Fisch at Blue Slip Media 
ARC for SIRENS by Janet Fox
Finished copy of LIVES, KNIVES, AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES by Ron Koertge
Finished copy of SASS AND SERENDIPITY by Jennifer Ziegler
ARC for BEYOND LUCKY by Sarah Aronson

From Albert Whitman Publishing, we have Jennifer Angus' In Search of Goliath Hercules.

From author Jennifer Rush, we have a signed copy of Bot Wars.

From author Sarah Jamila Stevenson, a copy of Underneath, which comes out 8 June!

From Penguin and Klutz Books, two packages:
·         Shelter by Harlan Coben (Penguin)
·         Seconds Away by Harlan Coben (Penguin)
·         The Klutz Book of Knots
·         The Encyclopedia of Immaturity (Klutz)
·         Klutz Coin Blaster Arcade
A set of Tales from Lovecraft Middle School
A Mini cookbook library, including Breakfast for Dinner, Pure Vanilla, Cooking With Flowers, and The Cookiepedia.

From Random House:
PAPERBOY by Vince Vawter
RUMP by Liesl Shurtliff
LARA’S GIFT by Annemarie O’Brien

Wonderfulness yet to be determined Egmont USA.


  1. Oh, sounds like a wonderful time and some great prizes. Alas, I can't participate this year. :-(

    I'll be thinking of you...

  2. I'm planning to participate this year. Thanks for all your hard work organizing the PARTY!


  3. This means summer is almost here!!! CAN HARDLY WAIT!

  4. I'm planning to do the challenge this year for the first time...looking forward to a weekend of reading. I'm also doing a half-marathon Sat am - a little crazy, sure. Do I need to sign up anywhere?

  5. This will be my first challenge ever! I do have my niece's HS graduation next weekend, but other than that, I'm in!

  6. Can't wait!!
    This is always a super fun challenge and a great way to make a dent in the TBR pile!
    Thanks for hosting this year.

  7. I'm looking forward to it lots!

    But what I need to do to fully enjoy it would be to hire a house keeper and a gardiner to come in before hand, so I wouldn't be burdened by all the Should be doings.

    The children and husband are good a disappearing, so that at least is not a worry....

  8. Excited that I actually have time to do the Challenge this year! Can a TBR pile be a couple of bookcases full?? It is for me, so ready to tackle it and get my #bookaday list built up at the same time.

    Thanks for hosting!

  9. This is always a fun way to knock a few books of the tbr. Thank you for hosting!

  10. My sign up post is up. I'm excited for a weekend of reading.