#TTWIBRAT 2015 Mini-Challenge Wrap-Up, Giveaway Winner, and Highlights!

3 Nov
Image courtesy of potowizard at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Image courtesy of potowizard at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

The November issue of Real Simple magazine features as its lead story, “How to Make Time for What Matters.” That headline describes so well my feelings about the last two whirlwind weeks of time spent participating in our Travel the World in Books Readathon. I can’t say enough how much fun it was to make time to instagram daily, write posts, read posts, tackle mini-challenges, join in two Twitter chats, and see and share what everyone was doing to read widely and diversely.  I feel even more motivated to plan for further worldwide reading with the help of all the creative exchanges of book recommendations.  Doing this stuff really matters, and will affect my reading choices in months and years ahead. My thanks to hosts Tanya from Mom’s Small Victories, Becca from I’m Lost in Books, Savvy Working Gal, and Aloi from Guiltless Reading; I’m so glad to be among you, for this readathon and for the Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, with more readalongs and other events (such as Nonfiction November going on now) planned for the coming year.

I was delighted to host a mini-challenge on Favorite Characters and Cover Art, with a Giveaway (by random drawing) of a book displaying some of my own favorite characters in fabulous cover designs. Here are the cover art entries:

Lory of The Emerald City Book Review (who was also the WINNER of this Giveaway!), submitted this beautiful cover depicting the March sisters from Little Women:

Susan at The Book Trail wrote a lovely post about four of her favorite characters, including a cover art collage of them:

Becca of I’m Lost in Books shared her amazing collage of favorite world lit characters on Instagram, which included:

1) Nefertari from The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
2) Mr. Darcy
3) Elizabeth Bennet
4) Sherlock Holmes
5) Miriam and Laila from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
6) Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
7) Hermione Granger
8) Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

9) Midori Kobayashi from Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Emma of Words and Peace shared this amazing cover art:

Aloi from Guiltless Reading also made a photo collage of four favorites:

Tanya from Mom’s Small Victories admired a cover I also found especially striking, from a very moving book about a mysterious little girl:

Isi of From Isi shared her lovely copy of a book about a favorite teddy-bear character, Henry Brown, who I definitely want to check out!

Sharon of Faith Hope and Cherrytea made this bold collage of one of her favorites, Drew Farthering, who appears in some pretty stylish cover art!

Thanks to all of you for sharing your favorite characters and the snappy, bold, and beautiful covers that display them!

I was so happy to participate myself in Tanya’s Instagram challenge all through the readathon, Isi’s bookmark pairing challenge, and Heather’s creative book photography challenge.  I also worked on my Fictional 100 book map for Aloi’s terrific book mapping challenge.  So far, I’ve finished 68 of 100 characters, with popup pictures and a description for each one. I WILL finish them all, I promise, one day, and I’ll post about it again, but for now, here it is:

Oh, yes, and since this was a Readathon, I did read some books!! I read about 100 pages in each of two of my planned books:

Although most of my recent traveling by way of books has taken me to Scandinavia, my reading during this readathon was clearly in Eastern Europe, specifically in Poland and Russia. Stories in these countries seem instantly to attract my interest lately, and that is one of the amazing fruits of this challenge: finding stories (fiction or nonfiction) from new places in the world that speak to one’s heart, mind, and spirit.

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6 Responses to “#TTWIBRAT 2015 Mini-Challenge Wrap-Up, Giveaway Winner, and Highlights!”

  1. Isi November 3, 2015 at 4:29 am #

    You did a lot during the readathon, Lucy!
    I agree with you about having a great time by getting involved in the activities with the other people who participated; that’s the best of the readathon. I’m really glad we were together to get to know each other a little bit more. I loved your mini-challenge, and the enthusiasm you put into the event, in general.
    I had a lot of fun 🙂

  2. JaneGS November 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    Love all those covers, especially the Little Women one. So warm and homey. Really captures the tone of the book.

    BTW, I wanted to let you know that you really are inspiring me to read more globally–just taking baby steps, but it is fun to range a bit broader than usual.

  3. faith hope and cherrytea November 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    Well done, Lucy! creativity and reading – all great ! and your map is a treat – thanks for sharing!

    • Lucy Pollard-Gott November 11, 2015 at 12:32 am #

      Thank you, Sharon! I really enjoyed seeing all your reading travels as well, and thanks for entering that fabulous set of covers!

  4. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories November 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    I totally love how you got the Instagram pics in there, how did you do that? Thanks for a fun challenge and hosting our event. Next year we’ll do better at planning further in advance but I appreciate so much yours, Aloi’s and Becca’s enthusiasm and hard work to pull off a great event at the last minute!

    • Lucy Pollard-Gott November 11, 2015 at 12:29 am #

      Thanks, Tanya! And you know how much I appreciated all the phenomenal things you manage with such grace. For the Instagram pics, I just embedded the corresponding tweets (choosing the Embed Tweet option under the three dots for “More”). Instagram does not seem to allow one to embed directly, because of picture rights. But when it is tweeted, I guess the assumption is that the picture can be shared along with it. For your entry, I just inserted a picture of The Snow Child cover.

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