Thursday, 3 April 2014

The after-effects of an online reading challenge!

           Phew! The past 30 days came and whizzed past by. Apart from the normal cooking, cleaning, part-time work, I was just into books and books. That too, children's books! Our daily routine always covered reading but I never accounted for it or for that matter read any books according to a theme! Reading happened according to Swara's whims or her inclination. Sometimes, it used to be just one book days on end, sometimes, one book throughout the day, especially if it were a brand new one. By participating in this challenge, I was thrown to the wonderful world of picture books which I hadn't known earlier!

          And hence, this post is dedicated to the after-effects of The BubbleInk Challenge. Just as there is a positive side to everything, there's also a negative one too! And I'm going to be very truthful about the negative ones too. And these are my views only. No one is responsible except me for the views which I'm expressing over here!

  • I came to know many many wonderful books through this challenge.
  • Many of my relatives and friends got encouraged to read to their respective kids.
  • I never thought that books could be categorized according to so many themes. (The challenge host told me that many prompts were left behind since only 30 days was the limit!)
  • All the participants were so enthusiastic and sportive to take efforts and search and read books related to each day's prompt despite their busy schedules.
  • All the participants took the competition in their stride and posted the day's reads on time. I could feel that no one is doing this only for the prize. They genuinely were interested to read to their children.
  • So many participants posted links everyday to good books and other book-related information was seen passing around among the participants.
  • Many participants becoming online friends with each other is given if interaction is done on daily basis.
  • I'm sure sale of books through online stores or bookshops or book exhibitions must have increased manifold thanks to this challenge. (The best example is me!)
  • 4 days have passed after the challenge ended, still, I'm sure the book-reading routine is continuing at all participants' homes!
  • The downside was that I started spending too much time online often leaving other things behind.
  • My last month's budget overshot due to huge amounts of books being ordered!
  • And last but not the least, I forgot to read my usual stuff and my so-called 'me-time'. (Since all the vacant time was spent in either reading to Swara or blogging about other's reads! Seriously, I did not touch a single book in the last 30 days!) 
          So, all in all, if the positive effects are bragging a lot than all the negative ones, then we can safely assume that the challenge was a hit! Kudos to BubbleInk Writes. And heartiest congratulations to all the winners! And thank you, BubbleInk Writes for this challenge. Otherwise, we would have been online friends only!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Day 30 : Favourite books!

          And finally, we arrive at our last day of the challenge! The last 30 days whizzed so fast that I had to put a full stop to my reading time and concentrate over here. An exclusive post on the effects of this challenge is in the offing! So, today, since it was the concluding day, we had to read favourite books of our kids. I felt a prompt would have been better since there are so many favourites that I had to read them all!

          Here is the list of favourites -

  1. Little pea, little hoot and little oink series
  2. Ranganna
  3. Hello kitty books
  4. Time to sleep
  5. Pretty princess
  6. Snow day fun
  7. Make a wish
  8. Anna carries water from Tradewind Books
  9. Snoring Shanmugham
  10. Gajapati kulapati
  11. The Gruffalo's child
  12. The three little pigs
  13. Zero goes to Goa
  14. Fuloos plays with the sun
  15. Tales from Golden Goa
  16. Spiderman vs. Green goblin sticker scene book from Marvel
  17. Secret picture search - treasure hunt by Scholastic
  18. Topsy and Tim learn to swim
  19. Turtle story by Kartik Shankar
  20. Three pigs, one wolf and even magic shapes by Grace Maccarone from Scholastic
  21. Once upon a feast
  22. The lion and the mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  23. Elmer book
  24. Curious George and the firefighters
  25. Fix it duck
  26. Rooster raga
  27. The runaway wheel
  28. Little fox by Brown Watson
  29. Thomas and his friends
  30. The shape game y Anthony Browne
  31. Berenstain Bears and the sitters
  32. The very hungry caterpillar
  33. Green eggs and ham
  34. The gruffalo
  35. Geronimo Stilton
  36. Room on the broom
  37. Purple jojo
  38. Greedy Karodimal
  39. Birbal and the dishonest officer
  40. The Brahmin and three rouges
  41. Cat in the hat
  42. Hic!
  43. Thomas and Bertie and the bumpy line
  44. Dad, I can't sleep by Michael Foreman
  45. Peter's pebbles by Cherie Zamazing
  46. What makes a rainbow?
  47. The color kittens
  48. Alphablock
  49. Goodnight moon
  50. My truck is stuck
  51. Color color kamini
  52. Wish you were here
  53. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  54. The thins you can say from a - z
  55. Giant book of activities
  56. After the storm by Nick Butterworth
  57. Football fever
  58. Emperor of Absurdia
  59. Curiosity
  60. From head to toe by Eric Carle
  61. Goat goes to playschool
  62. Toddle waddle
  63. Thidwick - the big-hearted moose
  64. Not Norman - a goldfish story
  65. Touch and feel animals
  66. Thomas and friends book
That's it! I enjoyed being a part of this challenge!
My next post is on the advantages and disadvantages of this challenge. Keep tuned!
Happy reading!


Day 29 : Regional books!

          Sorry for the late post! How weird it is! I'm writing this post after the challenge has ended and the winners declared! No, I didn't win! More on that later.

          Today's prompt honoured India in a way. We had to read books in our own mother-tongue! So, It was such a great day that participants took the extra effort to find books in their vernacular language and read it to their children! And I must say here, that, really, for reading a book and telling a story, language does not matter at all! I'm sure all the participants agree to it.

          And so, today, I will not list the books read. But I wish to say that books were read in Tamil, Urdu, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi and Kannada today. I hope I'm not missing any language!

          Tomorrow being the last day of the challenge, I'm a bit nervous that this is finally ending!
Till then,
Happy Reading!