3.24.2006

April 12 is Drop Everything and Read Day!

Who knew?

I think this is a made up celebration day, but when something is well done, and is about Beverly Cleary who wrote one of my all time favorite books (Otis Spofford!!!) well, I'm all for it.

Here's the link to the Drop Everything and Read website.

Maybe we should celebrate the day with a contest.

Any ideas? (and no, NO crapometer stuff, Miss Snark gets the vapors at the very idea)

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe people should post their guilty pleasures reading. Those books that may not be good, but you read just because.

Brady Westwater said...

Best writer to read about writing contest.

Jude Hardin said...

How about a contest for the first 100 (max) words of a work in progress? The opening "hook."

Anonymous said...

Problem for (leave things to the last possible second) me is, April 12th is too damned close to the ides of April, better known as Income tax drop dead day for me to consider participating. Other than that, fabulous idea. I wish I were better organized.

anon-y-mouse

Brady Westwater said...

My suggested best book by a writer about writing would be Wayne Booth's
'The Rhetoric Of Fiction' and his discussion of narrative voice.

I think you were on vacation or a trip when he died - or I would I have brought him up at the time.

Cheryl Mills said...

For me, every day is "Drop Everything and Read Day". Unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

I love Jude's idea.

Susan Adrian said...

Best haiku about a favorite children's book?

Hey, they'd be amusing, anyway. And not take enormous amounts of time, for those of us who should be writing (or...er...working).

December Quinn said...

I'm going to do a contest on my blog and website to write the funniest or most ridiculous "movie hook" for a book--I came up with one a while ago, for "a cross between Two Weeks Notice and The Deerhunter, with aliens too!"

It's here

If you want to use the contest idea, feel free! Might be fun to see what the devotion would come up with!
Award bonus points if Miss Snark figures in the plot somewhere. :-)

December Quinn said...

Oh, warning-my old icon is on that webpage, so if you're offended by a bare stomach, DO NOT click the link.

Anonymous said...

we used to have a D.E.A.R. week in elementary school! I loved it. The principal would come on the PA and announce that it was DEAR time, and we'd all get to read for about 15-20 minutes.

Stuart said...

Everyone should post what book they are reading on that day, and recommend it (why) or not (why).

And then we can start the Crap-O-Meter (tm) the followin week. ;)

I'm kidding! Down KY! Down! ok1 Uncle! Uncle!

Bonnie Shimko said...

Maybe post our favorite sentence/paragraph from our all-time favorite book. The person who identifies the most books wins. What will s/he win? I have no idea. Maybe a copy of my or other snarklings' forthcoming book(s). How's that for shameless promotion?


http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/bonnieshimko/

Anonymous said...

I'm celebrating the day by showing up in bankruptcy court. Once my debts are wiped clean, maybe I'll go out and buy some books since I'll finally have some freakin' money to spend.

BuffySquirrel said...

I like the identifying extracts idea, although I suspect the prize would go to the most expert googler...

eliza said...

Wow, I had no idea Beverly Cleary was still alive.

I like Brady's idea. I'm always looking to read more about writing.

Anonymous said...

I love Bonnie's idea! That sounds super fun.

But then I'd have to pick a favorite and that could be a problem.

Or I could just enter lots of time under assumed names . . . that could work.

Reed A. Booke
Q. E. Rey
Dr. Eams
P. O. V.
K. Y. Wannabi
M. S. Izastar

I may need a few more aliases. (aliasees?)

Desperate Writer said...

OOPS. I've been doing that every day, and unfortunately my house shows it!

kaolin fire said...

Best book by a writer about writing should have two categories -- best novel by a writer about a writer, writing; and best guide by a writer about writing.

Andrea said...

Perhaps a first sentence contest. May the best first sentence win! Must be your own from an unpublished novel (work in progress, whatever).

LJCohen said...

My kid's elementary school has 'dear' time every day, so no, it's not a joke, Miss Snark.

:)

I wish I *could* drop everything and read. Sadly, real world and the need to pay the bills get in the way.

M. G. Tarquini said...

Three days before April 15 they want us to drop everything and read?

What?

Tax forms?

M. G. Tarquini said...

I like Jude's idea also.

Termagant 2 said...

I'm in favor of Jude's idea. Let the Crapometer beware for later on, though.

And around here where I live, every day is DEAR day. We read like some people eat. 'Course, we also eat a great deal...

T2

Lauren said...

I like Andrea's idea of a first sentence contest. Why not take a widely read classic with a famous first line, and have each of us write a new opening line?

annie G said...

Love the idea of a haiku on a favorite kids book.

McKoala said...

What about rewriting a famous opening sentence/phrase to bring it up to date?

To be or not to be - who cares when fate's chucking a heap of bad karma at me...

Elektra said...

It is a truth universally acknowedged...

Everybody knows that rich guys are looking to hook up with the cute girl-next-door.

Brady Westwater said...

Her Snarkness appears to be... underwhelmed... by our suggestions...