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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon 2014 – Mid-Event Survey

Mid-Event Survey from http://24hourreadathon.com/ :

1. What are you reading right now?  The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

2. How many books have you read so far? Still working on my first.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  I’ll just be thrilled to finish this one.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  Nope, no interruptions from anyone other than myself.  I couldn’t sit still for awhile, so I got up and cleaned some things.  I also fell asleep for a couple of hours.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  How quickly the day has passed.

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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Fall 2014 – Opening Meme

From http://24hourreadathon.com/

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Delaware

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Everything by Jennifer McMahon!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Honeycrisp Apples.  Mmmmm.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  I’ve participated in several of the Dewey’s Read-a-Thons over the last 3 – 4 yrs.  My game plan is simply to have fun.  Read when, where, and whatever I want and for however long.  I won’t make the full 24 hrs and I’m okay with that.

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Totals for Last Week

From the garden last week:

.5 oz Romaine
1.6 oz. Chive blossoms
5.1 oz. Mixed greens (spinach, sorrel, arugula)
4.3 lb. strawberries

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Dewey’s Read-A-Thon 2012 (Hours 4 & 5)

Location: Back porch
Books Completed: 0
Pages Read: 200
Current Read: Thirst Book 1 by Christopher Pike

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Weary!  I am growing so weary of this book.  I was looking forward to it and now I’m not sure if I can trudge through the next 400 pgs. without setting it on fire.  The dialog is kind of atrocious and the plot is just… well… stupid.  When I picked up a book about vampires I wasn’t really expecting this whole back story involving Krishna.  There’s really been very little vampire-y about it but there’s also been very little teen angst or drama.  The two people who have found out about the the main character’s “condition” have been totally cool with it… like learning that this hot chick that sits next to you in Biology who you just met like yesterday is a vampire is a completely normal occurrence.  Seriously?  Where is the human emotion?  I’ve finished the first book of the three-in-one.  I may go on to the second one or I may just skip to a different book.  We’ll see what happens by the time I make it back downstairs. 

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Dewey’s Read-A-Thon 2012 (Hour 3)

Location: Back porch
Books Completed: 0
Pages Read: 112
Current Read: Thirst Book 1 by Christopher Pike


Still plugging along slowly but surely.  A lot of distractions have interrupted this hour of reading.  I’m very jittery and can’t seem to sit still.

This hour’s Mini-Challenge is brought to you me us whatever by Reflections of a Bookaholic.

 

For this challenge, you must turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading (or the nearest page with text on it) and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence:

“I would rather read than ________ any day!”


For example, mine might say: “I would rather read than spend hours at that windows, staring at the garden any day!””

 

My sentence is:  “I would rather read than give us your thoughts on the French nobility any day!” From page 32 of “Thirst: Human Urges. Fatal Consequences No. 1” by Christopher Pike.

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Read-A-Thon Hours 17 & 18

Over the last hour I’ve read 11 chapters of Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan, which translates into 98 pgs. It is a PERFECT quick and light read for this late in the game.

No Mini-Challenges this time so I’m headed back to reading.

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Review: Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere

To complement the Kumquat tree that I bought my husband for his birthday, I also bought the book Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere by Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin.  True to form, however, I ended up reading the book and just giving him the highlights.  The book itself is by Storey Publishing – a name I tend to trust – and is 160 pgs.  It is a quick read that I finished cover-to-cover in just a few hours and is broken down into five parts plus an introduction, glossary and resource guide.

Introduction: Enjoying an Indoor Edible Oasis

Part 1: Citrus Fruits

Australian Finger Lime
Calamondin Orange
Citron
Citrumelo
Grapefruit
Kumquat
Lemon
Lime
Myrtle-Leaf Orange
Orange
Sunquat
Sweet Lemon
Tahitian Orange
Tangerine
Temple Orange

Part 2: The Rest of the Tropical Fruit Basket

Acerola
Australian Beach Cherry
Avocado
Banana
Dragon Fruit
Dwarf Pomegranate
Fig
Guava
June Plum
Miracle Berry
Naranjilla
Noni
Olive
Orangeberry
Papaya
Passion Fruit
Peanut Butter Fruit
Pineapple
Pineapple GuavaRose Apple
Sapodilla
Star Fruit
Tree Tomato

Part 3: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate

Chocolate
Coffee
Tea
Yerba Mate

Part 4: Sugar and Spices

Black Pepper
Cinnamon
Sugarcane
Vanilla

Part 5: Plant Care

Getting Started from the Bottom Up
Maintaining Your Plants
Propagation
Pests and Diseases
Troubleshooting Guide

Each entry contains multiple color drawings and photographs on glossy 9 1/2 X 9 1/2 paper.  The entries are very uniform in structure making it simple to find whatever information I need quickly and easily.  Each plant sports a two-page spread where you will find the following:

Basic introductory information
Varieties appropriate for containers
Plant Particulars such as size and form, bloom season, fruiting season, family and origin.
Growing requirements such as light, soil, minimum indoor temperature and outdoor hardiness zone.
Fertilizing and pruning information.
and
Potential problems related to pests, foliar diseases and root diseases
Many fruits also include recipes for use.

As an inspiration, I really enjoyed this book.  I discovered a citrus plant that will actually grow outdoors in my Zone 7 yard and found many others that I would love to try my hand at growing in containers.  The layout is perfect for perusing and the information is basic enough that I am able to quickly determine which plants would be worth my time and effort to try.  I particularly loved the pictures and the color drawings of how each plant would look in the home.  I wish, however, that they had included size-comparison diagrams for each plant.  Yes, I can see that the plant will go in a pot – that is what each of the color drawings looks like.  However, what I would have preferred to see would have actually been pictures of the scale of the mature plant in relation to the rest of my home.

While there was a lot I enjoyed about this book, I really don’t think the authors quite deliver what the title promises.  The truth is that many of these plants need far more than a sunny window, water and fertilizer, which is what the authors imply.  Many, in fact, require consistently high heat and light or a lot of space before they will even consider fruiting.  I expected much more in the way of personal growing experiences as well as, at least a rudimentary introduction to artificially heating and lighting tropical plants indoors if one so chooses.  I was also a bit disappointed that there was no “further reading” section.  Because this is very much an inspirational book that gives only the bare minimum of care instructions, I would have at least expected a list of resources where I could find more detailed information.

Pros

Eye candy
Great inspiration
Basic information is neat and well organized in order to find information quickly and easily
The authors advocate a strictly organic approach to disease and pest infestations.
Photos show both pictures of the fruit but also includes color drawings of how the plant would look in your home.

Cons

No information whatsoever on artificial heating and lighting
Very little in the way of anecdotal information
No “further reading” section
No size comparison between individual plants and the average living room setting

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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