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Good times ahead…

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October is just around the corner. And you know what that means…

It’s time for the readathon (which will be October 22nd)!

(And also…excessive use of exclamation points…because it’s hard to convey enthusiasm with just a period.) (It’s also time for Dueling Monsters, but that’s not what this post is about.)

And the best thing about the readathon is the cheerleaders! (Okay, so the books are really the best thing, and also the sense of community…but the cheerleaders are just as great!)

Actually, I’m not cheering for the readathon this time (cue frownie faces) because I will be on vacation (happy faces!). BUT! My good buddies Trish (who not only cheers, she does vlogs with cheers!) and Erin (hereafter known as the Cheerios…which is just the best name EVER!) are organizing the cheerleaders this go around. I know the Cheerios are going to do a spectacularly awesome job, and if I didn’t think my mom would disown me for participating while on vacation all the way across the country, I’d, like, totally sign up. For sure. (There’s nothing like talk of cheerleaders to bring out my inner Valley Girl.)

Why am I telling you this, you ask? Because you should give some SERIOUS THOUGHT to signing up . It’s ridiculously fun, and it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy for supporting all those readers.

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September 28, 2011 at 6:00 am

Shake Your Pom-Poms

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***The mini-challenge is over. Thanks to all who played! The winner will be announced at the readathon site.***

**This is a Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Mini-Challenge post for all readers and cheerleaders signed up for the readathon.**

Hello readathoners, and welcome to the Hour 9 Mini-Challenge! (At least I hope it’s hour 9…math has never been my thing.)

Allow me to introduce myself…I’m Jill, your head cheerleader. It’s my job to coordinate all of the wonderful cheerleaders who have been running around leaving supportive remarks on your blogs today. I’ve also been popping up here and there to leave silly comments. So it seems only fitting that this challenge is all about cheering.

Yay!!!!!!!!!!

Oops, sorry. Had to stop for a few virtual back flips and cartwheels.

I’m currently hanging out in a local coffee shop with two of my cheerleading posse, Danielle of There’s a Book and Gwen from Chew & Digest Books. We’re having fun with this cheerleading bizness and want you to join in the fun! If you’ve never done it, virtual cheerleading is an absolute blast, and strangely addictive. It’s also a good excuse to overuse exclamation marks. (And yes, I’m trying to recruit you for the next readathon.)

Here is your assignment:

  • Compose a bookish cheer and post it to your blog between hours 9 and 12.
  • Come back here and leave a link to your post in the handy-dandy Mr. Linky.
  • Take a few extra minutes to stop by a few blogs and share the joy of cheerleading. No, you don’t get extra points for this, but you will have the undying gratitude of your fellow readers.

Need some ideas? Find a poem and change the words. Or google cheerleading to see what you find…and alter the words. (We cheerleaders are all about finding inspiration elsewhere.) Post a picture of you being a cheerleader. Or, go all out and compose a song. If rhyming ain’t your thing, write a letter. I’m easy…I just want you all to share some love and encouragement! Just make sure that your poem/song/picture/cheer is bookish in nature.

However, if you’re the competitive type, a little birdie told me that Trish might just vlog a cheer…in her slanket. Beat that.

I’ll pick a random winner from all of the participants. The winner will receive a book of their choice from The Book Depository (any book, as long as it’s US$20 or less). Or, if someone can figure out if The Book Depository does gift cards, then a $20 gift card.  The good news is, they ship worldwide for free, so this challenge is open to everyone. Everyone participating in the readathon, that is.

Now…go forth and cheer!

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October 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm

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Here It Comes, Yo

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The readathon is coming! The readathon is coming! Woo-hoo!! If you’re a reader, you’ll see me around tomorrow…I’ll be the one waving the pom-poms and leaving cheesy cheers on your blog.

It’s somewhat of a tradition (at least in my mind) for me to mangle a song for the readathon. This time, I chose “The Choice Is Yours,” which may be familiar to you from this commercial:

 

 

Hamburger and I adore the commercial, but the lyrics to the real song leave something to be desired. So, I re-wrote them. This version is directed at those sneaky books who decide to hide.

The Choice Is Yours

Where’s my book at, what’s my book about?
Don’t know where it’s at, if you see my book, give a shout
Wasn’t on my shelf, wasn’t in my car
Know not where it is, did it go far?

Book, B-O-O-K, yes I’m calling for you
If you don’t come back soon, my mood will become very blue
Beginning, middle, that’s all I read
If I don’t find you, gonna read another book instead

Can I hear a hey? [Hey!]
Now get a yo! [Yo!]
You gotta hay? [Huh!]
Where did you go? [Oh!]

The writing isn’t hyphenated, the story is creative
But I’m so plaintive, it makes me vegetative
I got series on the shelf, Russians in the wings
Books everywhere around, I need the one missing
Guess, where you at, there? No!
Really wish you’d come back, oh woe!
Know you’ve seen the others, you’ve stared at their covers
But of course, the choice is yours

I can read with you, or I can read with that
I can read with you, or I can read with that
I can read with you, or I can read with that
I think you’ll come back to me, for this is where it’s at

Where’s the book at, where’s my book at
And yes, I looked for it where once I last sat
Watch me look for it here, watch me look for it there,
Because in fact, I know not where it’s at
Therefore I worry, hollow I feel inside
But I live with other books, they’ve got my back tonight

Ya know what I’m saying, yo book, I’m not playing
Need to read with you, or read with that with no delaying
See, in actuality, only one can it be,
I’m in the readathon, important it is to me
Any time my book goes missing, it mocks it
Any time you hide from me, I’m shell shock-ed

You’re such a fool, don’t think the ‘thon is cool
Watch me read, the other books are my fuel
I will rock the ‘thon while it’s still here to rock
Don’t need you, since you took a walk
Gotta go, gotta go, see you later with a cheer
I’ll shout loud so you can hear

I can read with you, or I can read with that
I can read with you, or I can read with that
I can read with you, or I can read with that
I think you’ll come back to me, for this is where it’s at
Now I can read with you, or I can read with that
I think you’ll get with this yes, for this is kinda fat
If you get with that, then you will surely miss,
Because that is so whack, I think you’ll get with this

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October 8, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Billy wants YOU…

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…to sign up to be a cheerleader.

Billy is all signed up to be a cheerleader for the readathon (and no, Softdrink didn’t make Billy). Billy is practicing cartwheels, and cheers, and woo-hoos. And, as you can see, Billy has Billy pom-poms. Well, really it’s just one pom-pom, ’cause if Billy had two, you wouldn’t be able to see Billy.

Softdrink says that cheerleading during the readathon is a whole lotta fun. Billy thinks it would be even more fun if you all signed up, too.

So head on over to the readathon site and sign up!

Readers are cool. Books are, too. If you’re in the readathon, Billy will cheer for you!

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September 20, 2010 at 8:19 am

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Reading Makes My Brain Sing

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Tomorrow is the read-a-thon, and as usual I will be cheering for all of the readers. If you are participating, it’s entirely possible that I will be leaving a cheesy cheer on your blog. I know…you can’t wait.

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To get you all in the mood for the read-a-thon, I have a new song. Hey, I heard that groan! This one is meant to be sung (rapped?) to the tune of Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain.” If you’re not familiar with the song (and please don’t judge me when I confess to having it on my iPod), you can listen to it here. You might even want to bookmark it…I’m sure that video will be especially trippy after your brain is fried from 24 hours of reading. 😀 Also, I think my rendition will flow better at that time, too. It’s a little clunky…but damn, have you ever tried to parody a Cypress Hill song?!?

Reading Makes My Brain Sing

Say what? Are you tryin’ to talk to me?
Don’t you know I’m readin’?

To all of you readers and cheerleaders

I just flip that page
Let my mind engage
I’m assuaged
But now the book’s over 
Eh…
Maybe I shoulda gone slower

Don’t make me dog ear, hear 
Whatta I gotta do to get a cheer
Whoa
The lights are blinkin’
I’m thinkin’
It’s not over ’til my brain’s unthinkin’

Book’s makin’ my mind blow
I can’t stay away from the cookie dough
Gobbledygook got no hook
Does a reader like me even need this book?

Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring, ding-a-ling)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring, ding-a-ling)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Read the whole thang, kept me sane)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring, ding-a-ling)

Was up reading ‘til midnight, if you say that’s not right –
Bite me – watch my brain ignite
Put me on a book diet? Don’t try it
I’ll shush yo’ ass like a librarian says quiet

This book’s fat, it’s a chunkster, not a door stop
Use it for that – karate chop
‘Cause you know, I don’t take that abuse lightly
Books mistreated are just unsightly

Hey, try a new genre, might be good
I hear YA is misunderstood
Plots mundane, water stains, eyestrain
Makes a reader like me go insane

Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring, ding-a-ling)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring, ding-a-ling)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Read the whole thang, kept me sane)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring, ding-a-ling)

Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain

Like Jane Austen, wrote P&P
I wonder what she’d think of all these zombies
Watch out for the narcs
Those cops, tryin’ to snatch my ARCs

FTC wants to know about provenance
Take a stance, with my own finance
Send their police dog to read my blog
I’ll put their brain in a fog

I’m a reader I try not to be a speeder
I’ve got more books than Carter has pills
So many it gives me chills
All designed to give me thrills
Look, just don’t call them inane
That’ll make a reader go insane

Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring ding-a-ling)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring ding-a-ling)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Read the whole thang, kept me sane)
Reading makes my brain sing
(Hear it ring ding-a-ling)

Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain
Insane in da brain

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And if Neil Diamond is more to your taste, check out my other song, Sweet Readathon, over at  24 Hour Readathon Cheerleading HQ.

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April 9, 2010 at 6:00 am

A Musical Mini-Challenge

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(ETA: Sorry folks, but I deleted my blog on Sunday and lost all my comments from Saturday. 😦  But there were 56 wonderful entries for this mini-challenge…I’m sorry all of the songs and video links are lost!)

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Welcome readers (and cheerleaders!). Are you ready for a little break from your books and pom-poms? It’s time for a mini-challenge!

I know a lot of readers are also fans of music. So for this mini-challenge we’re going to give our eyes a break and focus on our ears. I’d like you to post a song that reminds you of the read-a-thon, or that you love to read to, or that makes you think of a particular book. You can either embed a video of the song, or post the lyrics. And don’t forget to include a sentence or two as to why you’re sharing that particular song! Easy-peasie, right? Originally, I was thinking of making you run a marathon, but I thought this might go over a bit better.

Please leave me a link to your post in the comments. No linkie, no entry. This mini-challenge will continue for three hours, at which time I’ll draw a random winner.

Oh, the prize? Your choice of a $15 online gift card for either barnesandnoble.com or powells.com.

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October 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I Need a New Book

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Because it’s the read-a-thon, and because I have a history of writing cheesy plagiarized songs, and because I’m going to spend a good part of today cheering for all of the readers out there, I just can’t let the day start without a song. This one was written specifically with today in mind.

I Need a New Book (to the tune of I Want a New Drug, by Huey Lewis and the News)

I need a new book
One that won’t make me yawn
One that’ll suck me in
And keep me from mowing the lawn

I need a new book
One that won’t make me over-think
One that won’t make my attention stray
Or drive me to drink

One that wont make me scared
When I’m alone
One that makes me feel like I feel when I read you
When I read you

I need a new book
One that won’t suck
One that won’t cost $50 bucks
Or make me upchuck

I need a new book
One that won’t make me cry
One that won’t make me sniffle
One that won’t make me dry my eyes

One that wont make me rant
At the author-dude
One that makes me feel like I feel when I read you
When I read you

I need a new book
One that says I’m the perfect book
One that won’t make me feel too bored
One that’s got a good hook

I need a new book
Maybe a graphic novel
One where the author doesn’t talk too much
Or one that’s filled with drivel

One that leaves me happy and
Wondering what to read next
One that makes me feel like I feel when I read you
When I read you

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October 24, 2009 at 5:00 am