Bookmark: Swallows and Amazons

Part of our Read-a-Thon 2010 highlight posts.

If you’re looking for some good contemporary (or historical, I suppose) fiction with a fun twist, you may want to check out the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome. Set in England some while ago, it follows John, Susan, Titty, Roger, Nancy, Peggy, and other friends introduced throughout the series as they sail on the lake and make up different adventures. Ransome manages to give it a real, yet imaginative feel with an overall sense of fun. Some of the books are devoted entirely to the stories the children make up.

Here are some of my personal favorites from the series. Read the rest of this entry »

Bookmark: Fun Fantasy

Part of our Read-a-Thon 2010 highlight posts.

Almost everybody likes a good fantasy novel. There are so many good ones that get missed among the “super-stars” that we decided to share some of our more obscure favorites in the “fun” sub-genre of fantasy. Read the rest of this entry »

One Week ‘Til the Read-a-Thon!

Read-a-Thon ’09 starts in just one week. If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to do so now!

Need convincing? Check out the prizes page and see what good stuff we have this year.

Registration is open until June 7th, but why wait until then? Sign up now and join the discussion in the forum while you wait for the reading to begin. See you there!

The Summer Read-a-Thon Is Back!

Last summer, we hosted a Read-a-Thon. There was a relatively good turnout, and 88,152 pages were read before we were through.

This summer, the Read-a-Thon is back, and we’re taking things to a new level. How? Well, we have these little things called prizes.


Yup. Some of our favorite authors have graciously agreed to offer their books to the winners.

Cool! What are they and how do I win? 

We have DragonSpell from Donita K. Paul, Raising Dragons and Beyond the Reflection’s Edge from Bryan Davis, and Isle of Fire from Wayne Thomas Batson (signed by the author!). First pick of prizes will go to the person who reads the most pages. The other three winners will be chosen at random from the other participants.

How do I enter?

Go to the forum, join if you are not a member, and then start posting in the Read-a-Thon thread.

See the Read-a-Thon thread for the full rules.