Apr 17, 2009

Read-a-thon! And Awesomeness!



Tomorrow is the 24-hour Read-a-thon. I won't be posting over here, for the most part, but there just might be a sleep-deprived, hyper-caffeinated and high-on-sugar post or two. If there is, don't get scared. Normality will eventually be resumed.

I might not have a book pile, but I do have my faithful read-a-thon companions: mocha, cappuccino, apple and cinnamon flavoured black tea, chocolate, and my cat. To everyone who's participating, either as a read or as a cheerleader, good luck! And above all, have lots of fun.


And now for the awesomeness: Christmas has officially moved to April. Yep. Look what I got today, courtesy of the lovely Valentina:


The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman! A lovely card! A beautiful little bag (which she hand-knitted! In my favourite colours!) filled with Kinder Schoko-Bons! And a CD! Between Amy and Valentina, I have enough chocolate to last me for months. But the sad thing is that it will probably be all gone by the end of the read-a-thon.

The very best part, however, is this:


Valentina had told me before that she was going to get a Neil Gaiman book signed for me, but I still might have squealed a tiny little bit when I opened it. I now have signed books by my two favourite authors! Hooray!

Thank you so much, Valentina! I feel so spoiled. And all this kindness coming my way makes me want to give back, so there just might be a random giveaway in the near future.

41 comments:

  1. Oh that is awesome. Totally, totally, totally AWESOME! I just loooove Neil Gaiman.

    Have fun tomorrow!!

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  2. That's such a fantastic package! Lucky you. =)

    I can't wait for the Read-a-Thon tomorrow! I'm sure it will be awesome.

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  3. Good luck with the read-a-thon. That autographed Gaiman is super special.

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  4. I love how generous everyone is :)
    It's these things that make my day.

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  5. That's wonderful! And good luck tomorrow.. I'm a bit concerned as I have a bad headache today. I need to get a really long sleep tonight, before the read-a-thon starts at 8am here. Thanks for hosting again!

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  6. Another Gaiman I've got to read ...

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  7. That's really cool, that autograph! I love things like that. When I got my autographs from my favorite writer (well, songwriter), I was so giddy. :D

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  8. Packages are so much fun! I'm looking forward to tomorrow SOO much!

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  9. Oh, oh, oh!!!! How just over the top incredibly awesome is that?!!! How very, very, very sweet of Valentina! And you know what? You deserve special surprises each and every day. You truly do! :)

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  10. *bows down before the awesomeness*
    Have a brilliant readathon! One year I'll be able to participate, I promise!

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  11. What a great package! Thanks for much for running the read-a-thon Nymeth; I'll miss your reading posts, though.

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  12. Good luck, and good fun tomorrow! Someday I'll be up to giving it a shot myself, but for now I'll satisfy with being awe-filled by those who can.

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  13. Good Luck And have Fun Tomorrow!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog too its fairly new so not much going on yet!

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  14. I'm officially envious :) :) :)
    Oh my, I guess you also found peanut butter, you lucky girl...

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  15. Tomorrow is the read-a-thon,
    what do we say?
    Read and read and read some more,
    Just have an AWESOME read-full day!!

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  16. That's awesome Nymeth! You're having a great week but then again you totally deserve it!

    I'm excited for the read-a-thon!!!

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  17. Fantastic! The autograph is the best gift ever and I am ravenously jealous. :)

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  18. you basically have the best friends ever. you're a lucky gal!

    happy reading for the readathon. hope your headache goes away. i'll be right there with ya to cheerlead. :D

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  19. great gifts nymeth! the handknitted bag is very cute :)

    and OMG about the Neil Gaiman signature!!! awesome!!!!!

    have fun with the read-a-thon :)
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  20. What a lovely great package! I'd squeal at the autograph too!! That's so sweet of Valentina! :)

    Have fun reading! I don't think I'll be able to log onto the internet (think of my two little girls screaming for my attention!) for the cheer and support but we'll see! Otherwise, think of me supporting you all in spirit! :D

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  21. What a cool gift - so nice of Valentina.

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  22. What a great, great gift, I'll be rooting for you tomorrow!

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  23. Wow! My heart literally jumped up when I saw the signature in the book!! That's so awesome :D Valentina Rocks!!!

    You're not posting over here tomorrow :( Sad....lol...I'm sure I'll be able to follow you on many other sites though!

    And apple and cinnamon tea sounds like it was made just for me! I must find some of that :)

    Enjoy all of your treats tomorrow!!

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  24. Have fun with the read-a-thon, and very cool autographed book.

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  25. I'm excited about cheerleading tomorrow!! I'll be on from about 8am - 11am Eastern time, then again around 10pm-11pm, and Sunday morning around 7:00, though knowing me I'll probably be on some more during the day, too when I'm not trying to get some reading done :-)

    BTW, I have a little something for you at my blog, you can pick it up here.

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  26. What an awesome gift! I'm looking forward to the read-a-thon, since my daughter and I will be participating together. Have fun!

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  27. I couldn't be any more jealous!

    My first read-a-thon tomorrow might make up for it a tiny, tiny bit ;-)

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  28. Oh, that is made of much awesomeness! It really, really is!

    And that cup you have is just way, way too adorable. You have some truly awesome friends, so you do. (But then you're an awesome person and deserve awesome friends. ^-^)

    Ejoy the read-a-thon! I'm not participating this year (well, officially), although I'll try to be around as much as I can to comment on people's updates and cheer them in!

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  29. Hey, awesome gift!!!
    I can't participate in Read-a-thon this year, but I'll definitely be looking forward to your reviews. Happy Reading :) :)

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  30. That is so cool of Valentina and I am so jealous! I love the little knitted bag as well. Happy hosting and cheerleading over the next 25 hours.

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  31. That IS awesome!! How sweet of Valentina for the gifts.

    SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! :D

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  32. Good luck today! I hope you do well! :)

    By the way, you have an award over on my blog:
    http://jo-scrawls.blogspot.com/2009/04/say-what.html
    Collect it when you can ;)

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  33. What a wonderful package! Good luck on keeping alert for the Read-a-thon!

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  34. You lucky dog! I wanted to get his autograph for me and Jena at the National Book Festival in September but his line was so long! He had originally agreed to sign for 2 hours, but doubled it because of the number of people. He is a stand up guy for sure!

    What a great thing to have for the read-a-thon. Good luck today!

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  35. Good luck Nymeth! Hope you do a great job with your reading! I will be here cheering you on!

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  36. Valentina is awesome, that is a very fabulous gift, a signed Neil Gaiman book. What a lovely way to get ready for the challenge! and I like the 'dream dangerous' too....ooh yes, I like that part! happy dreaming and reading, Nymeth!!

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  37. What a fabulous gift - you are so lucky. I hope the readathon has gone well. I seem to have lost the last 24hours.

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  38. Thank you so much for the comments, everyone. Again, I really really apologize for not replying individually. I promise I'll get back on track soon!

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  39. That has got to be one of the very best gifts ever! What a wonderful keepsake to cherish.

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  40. That's too cool! One of my goals is to get a signed book by Neil Gaiman (preferrably The Graveyard Book, which I just completely adored). You're so lucky! How nice of Valentina :)

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