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Where in the World is the Read-a-thon?

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having fun reading. I’m busy working on the back end of the read-a-thon, making sure everything runs smoothly, so while I’m not reading right now, I WILL be reading later!

Welcome to this hour’s mini-challenge! I thought it would be fun to see where in the world all of the readers are! Even better? Pinpointing ourselves on a map!

I’ve set up a Google Map so we can do this. This map is NOT public, which means it won’t be brought up in a search engine. The only way you can find the map is by having the link. However, this blog IS public and searchable, so it’s possible that someone could stumble across this. However (again), you won’t be entering your actual street address; you’ll just pinpoint your city. I know some people are concerned with privacy and won’t want to pinpoint their location. That’s okay! You could also pick a very close city if you don’t want to get too specific or if you live in a small town. πŸ˜‰

To enter this mini-challenge, you’ll need to do two things:

1. Go to this link and enter in your location (use either your blog name or your first name or whatever name people know you by online).

a. You’ll need to be signed in to your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you can sign up here. You won’t need a gmail account to sign up. You can use any email for “Your current email address.”

b. If you click the link and it doesn’t have other pins in it, check the bottom of left-hand sidebar.

c. Zoom, click and drag as needed to get a closeup on your city.

d. Then, click Edit, at the top on the left.

e. Grab and place your pin, and label it appropriately, with your name and URL, for instance.

f. Click OK, then click Done on the left side (after it has saved).

2. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you pinpointed your location. It is from the comments that I will choose a winner.

The winner will receive a $25 gift card to the bookstore of their choice. This mini-challenge will end after 2 hours, at 9:59am PST.

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183 Responses to “Where in the World is the Read-a-thon?”

  1. Dewey’s Read-a-Thon » Hour 3

    […] next mini-challenge for you is a map challenge called Where in the World is the Read-a-thon?. Go over to Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? and pinpoint yourself on a map so later we can see […]

  2. Donna Shepard

    Pinpointed πŸ™‚ funny i found my actual street!

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  3. Eva

    I’ve pinpointed myself Trish. πŸ™‚

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  4. Morphidae

    I’ve placed my pointer in Mound, MN!

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  5. janicu

    Is this the right map? Roadside Attractions, Museums, Etc… it says?

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  6. Alyce

    I pinpointed my location.

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  7. Amanda

    I’ve done it! The Zen Leaf is down in San Antonio, TX! Thanks!

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  8. Chrissy

    I put in my location! =)

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  9. Patti

    Yay! Oakbrook Terrace, IL represents! lol

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  10. Erika

    I’m on the map!

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  11. Kirsten

    Another reader on the map πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting!

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  12. Laura @ I'm Booking It

    OK, my pinpoint is roughly in my neighborhood.
    Thanks Trish!

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  13. Tavish

    I marked my position!

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  14. Shelly

    I have placed my pin in Conroe, TX. I love the google map idea!!

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

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  15. dana

    I posted mine. Fun mini challenge!

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  16. Crystal F

    I pinpointed myself – now I’m off to read again.

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  17. Ashley

    I’ve added myself to the map! It’s interesting to see where people are reading!

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  18. nomadreader

    I pinpointed myself. It’s fun to see where others are reading!

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  19. Tami and Dave

    We pinpointed ourselves. Didn’t see any other Kansas readers yet.

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  20. Petunia

    You’ve nailed me. I’m pinned near Fresno, CA

    [Reply]

    Kathryn Reply:

    I pinned myself. I am reading in San Diego, CA. Petunia, I spend a lot of vacations in Fresno… that is where my grandpa lives.

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  21. Emily

    I’ve pinpointed myself, great mini-challenge! Happy to add a Hoboken, NJ pin. πŸ™‚

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  22. Helen

    I’ve tagged Santa Barbara, CA!

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  23. Wendy

    I’ve pinpointed myself as Caribousmom (Wendy) πŸ™‚ Fun challenge!

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  24. jehara

    done! what a fun idea. πŸ™‚

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  25. janicu

    Nevermind, figured out what was going on! Done πŸ™‚

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  26. Carrie - the book girl

    I pinpointed myself!!

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  27. Coast to Coast Reader

    Well, I did it. What an interesting idea for a challenge, I love it!

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  28. Crystal Posey

    Done! Yay! That is, if I did it right LOL

    [Reply]

  29. Coffeymuse

    Proud to be in Tulsa Oklahoma!

    [Reply]

  30. Nise'

    That was cool. I am learning new things today.

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  31. Irish

    I’ve pinpointed my location….only one from MA so far. Wonder if everyone else is at the Boston Book Fest. Great contest, thanks for hosting!

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  32. Patti (Reading Distractions)

    I’ve pinpointed my location! What a great idea! I love knowing where others are from. Only one fairly near me so far.

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  33. Jaime

    My location, it has been pinpointed! Not many of us in Virginia yet.

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  34. Cass

    I added myself–thank you for the great idea!

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  35. Alison

    I’m on the map! Exciting! I hope there are some other Ohioans out there, too…

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  36. Arielle

    I *think* I did this…are you supposed to see the one you added?

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  37. Alex

    Done! It’s been quite a fun activity. Thanks!

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  38. Rohit

    Pin-pointed myself in New Delhi, India !
    Thanks for the challenge

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  39. Audrey

    My location is pin-pointed! Great challenge!

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  40. Christina

    I’ve pinpointed my location. πŸ™‚

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  41. Stacy

    I’m on the map!

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  42. Mervi

    I think I managed to add myself.

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  43. Sheila DeChantal

    I pinpointed but think I goofed up how to label it… I am in Brainerd Minnesota….. πŸ™‚

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  44. nfmgirl

    I pinpointed my city. I’m only the second one in FL so far!

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  45. Brandee Holland

    I added my pinpoint. I think I’m the only one in GA so far.

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  46. Kate- Midnight Book Girl

    I’m in Richmond, VA- Awesome idea for a mini-challenge!

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  47. JenniferJ

    I pinpointed my location in South Carolina. πŸ™‚

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  48. BloodyBad

    I have pinpointed myself but boy was I confused!
    I am in Leominster, MA

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  49. Vasilly

    Done!

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  50. margo

    done! Margo in Gdynia Poland πŸ˜‰

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  51. meliss @ 1lbr

    I pinpointed myself on a nearby city. That was fun!

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  52. Book Psmith

    What a great idea! Pinpointed myself in Pennsylvania.

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  53. Laura

    I’ve pinpointed myself too, though I may have screwed it up a little. Oh well! You can see me in West Allis, WI!

    [Reply]

  54. Suey

    Okay, I think I got my pin placed! Very fun idea!

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  55. Kim

    I would love to pinpoint myself but none of the things you said to do showed up for me on the map–can I just tell you where I live? πŸ˜‰ I live in Kent Washington, just about 20 minutes south of downtown Seattle! I hope this counts as an entry, if not, that is okay. I am technical dweeb!
    Happy Reading!

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  56. April (Good Books & Wine)

    I pin-pointed, an am surprised to see a blogger I follow lives about 2.5 hours from me, isn’t that awesome!

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  57. Christa of the Squirrels

    Woot! I’m on the map, now. Yay me.

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  58. Lenore

    Unfortunately, I am too technologically illiterate to figure out how to do this… I don’t see an edit button anywhere…Help!

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  59. Rachel

    I’m pinpointed!

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  60. Lenore

    PS – I am in Frankfurt Germany (as you know) if you want to add me πŸ™‚

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  61. ColleenFL

    My pin is in. I’m in Florida.

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  62. Gnoe (on Graasland)

    Pinpointed! Not my actual street (can’t be too careful on the web πŸ˜‰ but our main train station — I come there almost every day!

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  63. 'r Cymraeg Ddewines

    done. Love this challenge.

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  64. Rhinoa

    OK I think I finally got it to roughly the right location. PLus I changed my pin to a pink/purple!

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  65. alisonwonderland

    I’ve marked my spot!

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  66. Laura

    I’m there, in Michigan. Hmm…I’m not as good at this computer stuff as others… πŸ™‚

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  67. Ruby

    I’ve pinpointed myself πŸ™‚

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  68. ErinW

    I don’t know if it’s too late yet, but I did this one! Very cool map… it’s fun to see where everyone is (and that NO ONE is anywhere near me! lolol).

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  69. Beth F

    I pinpointed the closest town of any size.

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  70. 3m

    I’ve pinpointed myself in Iowa!

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  71. SFP

    Well, I managed to put myself in North Carolina, but somewhere between where I grew up and where I live now. I suppose that will have to do or else I won’t get any reading done today at all. πŸ™‚

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  72. Anni

    I’m pinpointed.
    Wow, so many participant from Europe, I like it.

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  74. molly

    This was such a GREAT idea!
    I am indeed pinpointed in the state of Kansas πŸ™‚

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  75. Les in NE

    How cool is this?! I love Google Maps. Great idea and so fun to see where everyone is blogging from!

    [Reply]

  76. Missy

    I’m too late for the prize, but I still pinpointed myself in Easton, Md.

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  77. Liyana

    Pinpointed (I think!) Super cool mini challenge!

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  78. Tara SG

    Very cool!! I’m added!

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  79. NTE

    I’ve pinpointed myself (sort of, close to, anyways)! I’m excited that there’s so many Massachusetts people participating!

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  80. Andi

    I’ve pinpointed my location! What fun!

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  81. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    Hello there. After some trial and error, I’ve finally located myself on the google map. Phew…now that that’s over, where are the prizes…lol

    savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com

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  82. tanabata

    I had to refresh the page quite a few times before the Edit button showed up but my pin is there now. Fun idea, thanks!

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  83. Anna & The Girl

    We’re on the map. Thanks.

    diaryofaneccentric AT hotmail DOT com

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  84. katrina

    I pinpointed myself, that took more brainpower than I thought it would

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  85. Amanda

    I pinpointed! I’m in Virginia, not quite as exotic as some of these other pinpoints!

    Amanda
    A Patchwork of Books

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  86. Meghan

    Done! My dot is on Perton, Wolverhampton, UK. =)

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  87. Kathy

    This is so cool! I’m going to come back later and see if I can find a blogger near me.

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  88. Kimmy

    I’m on the map!!

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  89. Alessandra

    I’m not actually a reader in today’s Readathon, but I pinpointed myself all the same, because this is too much fun to pass up, plus I want to be on the map, too πŸ˜‰

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  90. emily

    I’ve pinpointed myself – so fun to see where everyone is reading!

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  91. Sherri

    Yea!! I’m on the map!

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  92. Shanda

    On the map here in rainy NC!

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  93. Christy

    So far, it looks like I’m the only one in TN participating. I’ll be checking back later to see if there’s anyone near me, too. πŸ™‚

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  94. Kathrin

    Done! I’m in Seckmauern, Germany…

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  95. Bart's Bookshelf

    Added myself to the map! πŸ˜€

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  96. Kathryn

    I pinned myself. I am reading in San Diego, CA.

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  97. Gina @ BookDragon's Lair

    I must be google-map challenged, that was hard. I am pinpointed now.

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  98. Deborah

    left a pinpoint in Reston, VA!

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  99. Jennifer

    Pinpointed in New Jersey!

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  100. Lisa

    That link only takes me to a “romantic places” map and I can’t find ours. πŸ™

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  101. Michelle

    Just added myself!

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  102. Cindy

    I added myself to the map, how cool!

    [Reply]

  103. Duck

    Pinpointed myself!

    [Reply]

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  105. Charlotte

    Now RI is represented! Thanks for the fun mini-challenge!

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  106. Louise

    Pinpointed my exact place – no other readers from Copenhagen as far as I could see – I got the whole city for myself πŸ˜‰

    Was great to look at all the pinpoints all over the world.

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  107. Miss Wisabus

    Added myself! Liz in Norman, OK.

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  108. CupK8

    Placed mine! Back to the couch!

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  109. Ronnica

    Ack, I tried, but I ended up in the middle of Canada! Sorry, but that’s NOT where I am…

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  110. Brittanie

    Pinpointed πŸ™‚

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  111. carol

    I pinpointed myself. That’s really cool.

    [Reply]

  112. Laza

    Left a point in Arlington VA!

    [Reply]

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  114. Jenners

    This was so cool! I loved seeing all the people reading along with me on the map! I’m not insane (like my husband thinks!) This is so fun! I love it! Off to update my blog!

    [Reply]

  115. Samantha

    I pinpointed my location.

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  116. Chantele

    Pinpointed!:) That was pretty cool! Thanks for the challenge!

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  117. faith

    Got it. Even found my street.

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  118. I Heart Monster

    Done! And FYI, it won’t work in Chrome.

    [Reply]

  119. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    I just added myself to the map.

    [Reply]

  120. BookFiend

    On the map now! Finally figured out how to do it. Back to reading!

    [Reply]

  121. Jen - Devourer of Books

    Oh, Google Maps, why did you make me refresh like 5 times to use you?

    I pinpointed myself!

    [Reply]

  122. Yati

    The closest person to me is in Singapore!

    [Reply]

  123. christina

    There needs to be more Florida readers! LOL.

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  124. Trisha

    I’m on the map!

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  125. Rayna

    I posted my location on the map. I am in New Orleans, LA.

    [Reply]

  126. Sharla

    I’ve pinpointed my city. What a great idea!

    [Reply]

  127. alita

    Done! I’m on the map πŸ™‚

    [Reply]

  128. Kimm

    Okay, having too many problems trying to pin myself to the map. I have no icons showing up! Would someone mind putting me down as “Oregon?” Much appreciated!

    Kimm from Oregon

    [Reply]

  129. Duck

    That was a bit confusing. I had to click “save to map” and then saved to “twiga” I apologize for being one of the ones to change your map name πŸ™ That is the only “edit” button on the page… Got it done correctly this time!

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  130. Cayce

    Placed my location and I’m the ONLY reader in my entire STATE!

    [Reply]

  131. Twiga

    Took a bit to figure it out but I’ve pinpointed myself on the map. Cool idea!

    [Reply]

  132. Sara

    I left my pin in Silver Spring, Maryland, by 495 (Capital Beltway)..back to reading

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  133. Sugandha

    Hey marked myself on the map πŸ™‚

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  134. Shonda

    I put my location on the map.

    [Reply]

  135. kristi

    Cool idea – neat to see who may be close to you! I am on!

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  136. Nihil

    Ahahah Added my city! ^^

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  137. Sara

    Oops I accidentally wound up in the Philippines..hope I still have a chance at this…I can’t figure out how to fix it.

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  138. luv2read

    Will I’ve spent 45 minutes trying to figure out how to get the pin pinned. Missing out on reading time. IS this challenge over yet?
    I hope they are going to have some easier challenges for those of us that aren’t as good with the computer. Loved seeing the map though. It was cool.

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  139. Valerie

    I tried to pin myself, but couldn’t figure it out! Sorry. I’m in the Colorado Springs, CO area.

    [Reply]

  140. Trish

    Not sure if this challenge is still open (too tired to figure out Eastern Time). But I’ve added my pin! I think.

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  141. Walker

    Yay found me. Also there’s another new orleanian here!

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  142. dave

    placed my point, by couldnt get my info up. it does say dave from the lateiner gang. i hope that’s enough!
    Dave

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  143. Pamela

    I think I got it!

    [Reply]

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  145. Lexi

    I’ve located myself!

    [Reply]

  146. Nan

    I pinpointed myself! πŸ™‚

    [Reply]

  147. Debi

    Believe it or not, this techno-idiot actually managed to do it. πŸ˜‰

    [Reply]

  148. Mark

    Got mine posted.

    [Reply]

  149. Lauri

    I kind of sorta hit a spot near me…my sense of direction is horrible!
    Pinned!
    Back to reading!

    [Reply]

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  151. Michelle Miller/the true book addict

    I’m pinpointed!

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  152. softdrink

    Traditional read-a-thon blessing:

    May the bookshelf be there to greet you.
    May all the books appeal.
    May the fridge be full of tasty snacks;
    the words fall soft upon your eyes and until the read-a-thon ends,
    may you always hold a book in the palm of your hand.

    I’m off to pinpoint (hopefully cheerleaders can crash the party).

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  153. Lightheaded

    Wow, there are only two of us from the Philippines so far πŸ™‚

    [Reply]

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    Pinpointed. I like these maps.:)

    [Reply]

  156. Renay

    Dude, I am totally late but that was an awesome idea!

    [Reply]

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  162. mee

    I’m very late, but I just pinpointed myself so there’s one representative from Australia πŸ˜‰

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    Finally got my nose of of the books and put a pin on St. Pete, Florida. Cool map!

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    I’m Pinpointed and the Only one in Alabama!! Great fun, I loved doing the map.

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  171. April Hawkins

    Well, in addition to a read-a-thon, I got a crash course in Google maps! Love the contest, love books! Currently reading a signed copy of Her Fearful Symmetry. So far- so wonderful!

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  172. Lenore

    Hope you are enjoying your reading somewhere out there πŸ™‚

    [Reply]

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  175. Lisa

    Pinpointed my location!

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