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Reading Regatta 2022 Kickoff!

Hey, Book Sailors! Today is the official kickoff for the 2022 Reading Regatta! You can find the scoring options below, or for a full refresher on the rules, check out this post: Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta 2022!

TierPagesKidsAdults
Cruising100-20010050
Rowing201-599500250
White Water Rafting600+1,000500

Updated 6/15/22 to include Comic Books!

Splash Page:
Small Splash
Any Single Comic3015
Splash Page:
Tsunami
Any “Collected” Edition6030

Brady is starting off with Rick Riordan’s The Burning Maze, and Auntie Obvious is starting off with Poe Dameron Free Fall by Alex Segura (which Brady will be reading after he finishes The Burning Maze) and then Force Collector by Kevin Shinick.

Whatever you are reading TODAY counts as your first book! Plus, remember that KIDS ONLY get an extra 200 points if you read both of our Point Break Brady the Book Sailor story selections!

For week 1, Brady’s selection is Robot Snowman 5: The Last Snowman and Auntie Obvious has picked Power Monkey in Quarantine!

We hope you enjoy this fun summer contest! Leave us a comment to let us know what you are reading!

— Brady the Book Sailor and Auntie Obvious.

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Reading Regatta 2022 Update

Hey Book Sailors! The 2022 Reading Regatta starts in one week! Are you ready?

[Brady]: Some of you have been wondering what happens if you are in the middle of a book on June 1st. Good news! You totally get to count it!

[Auntie Obvious]: WOO HOO! Because I am reading a book called Count of Monte Cristo that is 1,276 pages! And I am going to wait to read the last page until June 1st!

[Brady]: First, that’s kind of cheating. And I know you already finished the book because you wouldn’t stop talking about how hard it was. Blah, blah, blah.

[Auntie Obvious]: Whaaaaaaa? I was totally talking about a different book. OK, never mind. Busted.

[Brady]: No idea how that became such a beloved classic.

[Auntie Obvious]: Word. Actually lots of words. Lots and lots and lots of words.

[Brady]: Anyway, Book Sailors, I hope you are excited for everything! Remember the first Point Break – where you get bonus points for reading two of my specially selected original stories – drops on June 1st!

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Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta 2022!

Ahoy, Mateys! It’s summertime! And the Reading Regatta has returned! A regatta is a boat race, but this is a reading race! Here’s how it works:

Start Date: Wednesday, June 1st
End Date: Wednesday, August 10th

How to Earn Points: Grab your Magic Purple Library Card (OK, just a regular library card will do) and start reading! Invite your friends and family to participate, and earn points for each book based on the system below. This year, we’ve made it a bit harder by tweaking the points and bumping up the Cruising category to 100-200 pages! Sorry kids, no more counting those Little Golden Books! Time to step it up!

TierPagesKidsAdults
Cruising100-20010050
Rowing201-599500250
White Water Rafting600+1,000500

Two new categories added on 6/15/22 to include Comic Books!

Splash Page:
Small Splash
Any Single Comic3015
Splash Page:
Tsunami
Any “Collected” Edition6030

Kids get a special new advantage this year called Point Break: each week, we’ll highlight two stories and/or audiobooks from BradyTheBookSailor.com – and if you read (or listen) to both of them, give yourself an extra 200 points!

[Auntie Obvious]: Hey, what special advantage do grownups get?

[Brady]: Free Will.

[Auntie Obvious]: Seriously? So I can just decide to not pay my electric bill?

[Brady]: I’ll let you ponder that one by yourself. Say, what did you get for prizes this year?

[Auntie Obvious]: Dude. I told you we don’t have a budget for prizes. But reading is fun and “builds character”. That’s what your grandpa used to tell the MommyLorian and me every time we had to do something hard.

[Brady]: Get me a Twinkie. It will build character.

[Auntie Obvious]:

[Auntie Obvious]:

[Auntie Obvious]: Remind me not to tell you any more stuff.

[Brady]: Don’t count on it.

[Brady and Auntie Obvious]: We at least agree that the Reading Regatta will be super fun! Let us know what you are reading, and keep us posted on your points by leaving us comments throughout the summer!

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The Finish Line: Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta!

Hey, Book Sailors! The Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta has reached the finish line…and you will NOT believe who won! (OK, you might.)

Here is the reading list and point total for Brady:

  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (500)
  • J.K Rowling – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (500)
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (500)
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (1,000)
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (1,000)
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (1,000)
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Death Hallows (1,000)
  • Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (500)
  • Justina Ireland – Spark of the Resistance (500)
  • Rae Carson – Rise of Skywalker Novelization (500)

For a grand total of…7,000 points!!!!

And here is the list and point totals for Auntie Obvious:

  • J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit (250)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (500)
  • Cavan Scott – The Rising Storm (250)
  • Justina Ireland – Out of the Shadows (250)
  • Daniel José Older – Race to Crashpoint Tower (250)
  • Rebecca Roanhorse – Race to the Sun (250)
  • Patrick DeWitt – Undermajordomo Minor (250)
  • Madeleine L’Engle – A Wind in the Door (250)
  • Susan Meissner – The Nature of Fragile Things (250)

For a grand total of…2,500 points! Oh, wait. We have to add in the 3,250 pity points that Brady gave to Auntie Obvious to make the contest more interesting. So that’s a total of 5,750 points!

So the reigning champion of the First Annual Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta is…Auntie Obvious!

[Brady: Are you sure you did the math right, Auntie Obvious?]

[Auntie Obvious: Um….it appears that my math was right, but I might have made a teeeeensy typo and misspelled “Brady” as “Auntie Obvious”. It could happen to anyone. Anyway, well, done, my Book Sailing friend! What are you with all your winnings?]

[Brady: We didn’t have a budget for prize money, remember? How about you give me one Twinkie, and a Snips* plus a refill?]

[Auntie Obvious: OK, done.]

We hope you enjoyed the Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta. Come back next summer, when it will be bigger and better!

[Brady: Does that mean prize money?]

[Auntie Obvious: No. I just thought that sounded good.]

Keep Reading…Sail On!

*A Sprite Zero and Orange Juice – we call it a “Snips” because it is orange, and we both love Ahsoka Tano.

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Reading Regatta Update

Ahoy, mateys! We thought we’d pop in to give you an update on the Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta!

Brady: So far, I’ve read Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and I’ve started Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Oh, and so far my kickstarter, I got to count Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Auntie Obvious: Well, I just finished reading The Hobbit, and I’ve started on The Fellowship of the Ring. BOOM! 250 Points! WOOOHOOOO! How many points have YOU earned so far, Brady?

Brady: About 3,500.

Auntie Obvious:

Auntie Obvious:

Auntie Obvious: Ok. Well done, then.

Brady: How about if we change the rules?

Auntie Obvious: Why would we change the rules?

Brady: Because I’m totally eating your lunch. We should make it competitve.

Auntie Obvious: OK, I’m listening. What do you have in mind?

Brady: I’ll give you 3,250 bonus points, which makes us tied.

Auntie Obvious: What’s the catch?

Brady: Two Twinkies.

Auntie Obvious: Nope. How about half a Twinkie?

Brady: One Twinkie.

Auntie Obvious: OK. Pleasure doing business with you, Sir.

Let us know in the comments how you are doing with your summer reading! If you missed the start of the Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta, you can pick your own start and end date! Kids, if you have challenged a grownup and you are totally eating their lunch, maybe give them some extra points to make it more interesting!

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Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta!

Ahoy, Mateys! It’s summertime! And we have a special challenge: the First Annual Brady The Book Sailor Summer Smackdown Reading Regatta! A regatta is a boat race, but this will be a reading race! Here’s how it works:

Start Date: Monday, May 31st
End Date: Sunday, August 8th

How to Earn Points: Grab your Magic Purple Bookmark (OK, just a regular bookmark will do) and start reading! Invite your friends and family to participate, and earn points for each book based on the system below.

TierPagesKidsAdults
Cruising1-10010050
Rowing101-599500250
White Water Rafting600+1,000500

Bonus Kickstart for Kids: Kids get to count the last two books that they read before the start date!

[Auntie Obvious: What do Adults get?]

[Brady: You get to choose your own bedtime.]

[Auntie Obvious: And who designed those points? A kid?]

[Brady: Correct. You got a problem with the points? Scared you might get left in my wake?]

[Auntie Obvious: No way! Let’s do this thing!]

[Brady: It is on like Donkey Kong!]

[Auntie Obvious: Do you even know what Donkey Kong is?]

[Brady: Uh, oh. Here comes Auntie’s sad story about how she had to write reports without the Internet and how she had to get up and walk to the television to change the channel.]

[Auntie Obvious: Right. And there were only four of them.]

[Brady: Hey, what’s the prize?]

[Auntie Obvious: We don’t have prizes in the budget, but reading is its own reward. If the top point-getters would like, we’ll give them a shout-out in a future blog post.]

[Brady and Auntie: Ladies and gentlemen, OPEN YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!]

Let us know what you are reading, and keep us posted on your points by leaving us comments throughout the summer!

[Brady: Come on kids, let’s show those adults who’s boss!]