Read Something -- Readers' Advisory Card Deck

Created by Gene Ambaum

101 illustrated cards that will send readers on a fun, interpretive hunt to find their next book. Doubles as a game.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

THE CARDS ARE HERE?! + Updated timeline.
3 days ago – Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 05:23:08 PM

Hey again,

Got an incredibly pleasant surprise earlier this week when the cards suddenly arrived more than a month ahead of the earliest date expected them. Did they stow away on a plane? Hop a fast boat? Or somehow impersonate important documents? I'm not asking! The cards look great, as does the box!  

This moves up the timeline a bit. See details below:

- If you've filled out your survey, you should have just received a notification from Backerkit that your order will lock in 48 hours. This is a chance for you to change what add-ons you want (or don't) on your own. If you need to change things after this, you'll need to email me. (And if you make significant changes, please let me know anyway.)

- If you haven't answered your Backerkit survey yet, please do that ASAP. (If you're not sure, check your inbox or spam folder for reminders from Backerkit (just sent one), or email me.) Some options for add-ons will disappear in the next few days. Some have already vanished.

- I will charge your credit card for add-ons on Sunday, November 1st.  (Email me if that presents a problem for you.)

Orders will ship in early or mid November. (We're still well ahead of schedule!) I'm waiting for some supplies from the USPS and elsewhere, as well as some merchandise that is still being manufactured. I will start shipping as soon as I have everything in-hand. 



Shipping Update + Backerkit Surveys
about 1 month ago – Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 12:19:45 PM

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Backerkit Surveys! Please answer them ASAP.
about 2 months ago – Fri, Sep 04, 2020 at 10:19:22 AM

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We reached the stretch goal!
about 2 months ago – Mon, Aug 31, 2020 at 06:56:18 PM

Thanks for pushing the campaign across the line -- it reached the $12,000 stretch goal (and then some) yesterday!  So: everyone who pledged at a $40 level or higher gets a reusable mask.

The clear winner in voting was: 

The winner!

(If folks voted for more than one color, I counted the vote as the color they named first. I disregarded votes for the gray mask because, as I said, you'll be able to choose that anyway, though it sounds like many of you are excited for those too.)

If you qualify, when you get your Backerkit surveys you'll get a choice between a) a blue mask; b) a gray mask with the black and white winged book symbol; and c) a plain gray mask. 

There will be detailed descriptions of each of these when you make your choice, and a chance to purchase more masks if you want them.

I'm trying to think of my favorite celebratory book... I still love my  collected two volume hardcover set of The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson, a celebration of my favorite comic strip of all time. Though now that Larson has started making Far Side comics again it's less than complete, which is yet another reason to celebrate.

I'll send the next update when the Backerkit surveys go out (later this week I hope). 

Thanks again!


Time to Vote for the Stretch Goal Masks!
2 months ago – Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 10:42:16 PM

Since we're so close to the $12,00 stretch goal for reusable masks, voting for the mask color is now open! When the Kickstarter is done, voting is closed.

In the comments, please vote for your favorite mask color, or let me know if you'd prefer a heavier, larger heathered charcoal mask instead.   (details and photos of the fit of each below)

Consider these four masks and tell me which color you'd prefer.

Green, Blue, Yellowish, or Orangish?
  • Fabric measures about 8.25" wide  x 4.5" high at midpoint.
  • 3 layers of fabric (poly-cotton blend) though it feels like 2 layers of athletic T-shirt material on each side of the filter.
  • Has an elastic loop on each side that goes behind each ear and can be adjusted for size / tension.
  • Includes one replaceable filter. You can buy more PM2.5 filters online that fit these masks, but I prefer it without one.

I've been wearing the sample that was sent to me by the printer for a few weeks now. I really like it -- it's not too thick or thin, and it doesn't move around much despite the fact that it doesn't tuck beneath my chin. (The end of the mask kind of goes straight down.) I prefer wearing it without the filter.

Here's a photo of my daughter wearing the sample I have -- you can see how it goes down below her chin but doesn't tuck under. Or maybe you can't? Her chin is not that long.

Photo so you can see how the above masks will fit. (model: my daughter!)

Or let me know if this sounds better to you.  I've been considering stocking a few larger, heavier reusable masks for folks who'd prefer them. The one I have in mind is a plain, heathered charcoal mask that is a little higher in the middle, tucks under the chin, and is made of heavier fabric. The two elastic bands go behind the head, with the top one above your ears. (I wear the lower band behind my neck. Kinda nice because you can just push the mask down when not wearing it.)  I like this mask, too, but it's a bit too thick to wear when I'm walking uphill in the heat, and I can't print all over it without stopping the air from flowing through it.

Larger, heavier heathered charcoal mask
  • Fabric measures 7.25" wide x 6.5" high in the center (and 3.5" high at the sides)
  • 3-ply poly-cotton blend (think thick T-shirt material, feels more like cotton)
  • Two elastic loops that go around your head.

I've been playing with it a bit, too. The right side is a great place to iron on a winged book patch if you've got one, too.

Heavier mask on larger face (mine) with winged book patch.

Again, please vote in the comments for the color you'd prefer, or if you think you'll go for a plain heathered charcoal mask instead.