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Winterdance
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod | Gary Paulsen
15 posts | 12 read | 10 to read
Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.
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PathfinderNicole
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So I‘m still in Iowa on vacation until the 4th so I don‘t have my full #WinterReadathon TBR but here are a couple of the holiday reads I‘m hoping to get to that I did bring with me plus the book I‘m reading that I‘ll finish tomorrow!

Andrew65 They look fun reads. 2mo
Aims42 Nice looking reads there!! Hope you‘re enjoying your time in Iowa. I was just in Cedar Falls this past weekend visiting my family ♥️ 2mo
DieAReader 📚🤓Looks good! 2mo
PathfinderNicole @Aims42 oh nice! My husband is from Waterloo so we were actually just around Cedar Falls a couple days last week before coming to SW Iowa for my side of the family! 2mo
Aims42 @PathfinderNicole That‘s fun!! We maybe crossed paths and didn‘t even know it 😆 I didn‘t make it to the Waterloo Public Library this visit, but highly recommend their used book “store” 😉 2mo
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BarbaraBB
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Just sharing some ideas for #Booked2023 the winter part. I am not sure at all about many prompts and some of them don‘t appeal at all. So I am in need of inspiration 😁

squirrelbrain Just looked at all 4 of your posts - some great choices! I‘ll post mine tomorrow - I‘ve figured most of them out, and have quite a few on my shelf already. I‘ve also just about sorted #readingtheamericas23 with some #doubledipping going on! 3mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thanks, looking forward to your choices! 3mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain please tell me you have a spreadsheet 😁 3mo
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squirrelbrain Just the one?! @TrishB I have two already, one for #booked2023 and one for #readingtheamericas23…. 🤣 3mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain that makes me happy 😁 3mo
Cinfhen Yipppeeee!! @squirrelbrain the return of the SPREADSHEETs!!!!! 3mo
Cinfhen I know you‘re gonna LOVE Lucy & Night Shift is fun 🤩 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘m just sorry I have to wait until January until I can read it! It‘ll probably be my first book if the year. And I needed a reason to read the Finlay after your review!! 3mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB have you brought it yet? 🤞🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB No I have mostly added books I don‘t own yet haha because my own books don‘t fit the prompts! (edited) 3mo
TrishB Well phew…..don‘t buy before your birthday! 3mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Haha now I get why you‘re asking! I am super glad you bought it for me instead 🙌🏽 3mo
TrishB 😘 3mo
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readswellwithothers
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5 ⭐️ I haven‘t read an Iditarod account yet that I didn‘t love, now including this one! It‘s breathtaking. The author‘s relationship with nature and with the dogs is beautiful and it was thrilling to go along with him for the ride, so to speak, as he learns – often the hard way – how to go from running and caring for a small trapping team of dogs to handling a full racing team. He also gets bitten a lot and peed on. What‘s not to love?(See below)

readswellwithothers *WARNING: Animals die in this, including sled dogs. I did okay with the few nature v. nature situations in which a dog perished, but there is a situation near the end of the book where another man kills at least one of his own sled dogs in a rage. The author does set it up well enough that you see what‘s coming and skip it, which I easily did on audio. (edited) 6mo
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Bookgoil
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My #wintersolsticeswap came at 7 am this morning not sure why I‘m getting mail this early but I‘m excited! @mcipher @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 🙌❄️🙌❄️🙌❄️🙌 14mo
mcipher Yay! sorry it‘s so heavy - it‘s the books 😂 14mo
Bookgoil @mcipher I was excited! ❤️ I put it in my car cause I was on my way to cookie bake 14mo
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Bookgoil
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Well I haven‘t started my holiday stories with my students so you‘ll see a huge jump next week! I‘m hoping to work on some bingos and get some movies watched this week too! I read 10 books so far, 2 movies and a show that had a Christmas episode. I want to work on some other point grabbers too! #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021 @Clwojick

Clwojick Wow! You‘re doing great! ❤️ 14mo
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Hansarjohnson
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1. @kimmypete1 2. @wordslinger42 (Lord of the Rings) 3. @mrsmarch (Outlander) 4. @StayCurious 5. @galueth28 6. @PuddleJumper 7. @Bookworm54 (my cats also have an Advent calendar) 8. @sebrittainclark 9. @mdm139 10. @BayouGirl85

StayCurious This is great (thanks for the tag - I‘m so glad) 😊 14mo
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Blueberry
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Wow, just wow. 😓😥 RIP.
I wasn't ready to be done reading you yet.

@NataliePatalie

NataliePatalie Awe :( 1y
Chrissyreadit Yes, this was sad news. 1y
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Suet624
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So sad to hear that this wonderful writer has died. This book, Winterdance, is one of my favorites of his. I‘ve read it several times and laughed through several sections each time. Learning how to dogsled is a wild and crazy experience. Deciding to run the Iditarod is even crazier. My boys really liked his books when they were young and we loved being able to learn and talk about all of his wilderness skills.

Brooke_H His books are all so popular at the library where I work. 😢 1y
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Carolyn11215
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An absolutely amazing book. Gary Paulsen ran the Iditarod twice and this book is about his training of the dogs and his experience running his first race. It is equal parts LOL funny, terrifying and awe inspiring. A 5 ⭐️ read!

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karenna
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Since I knew little about the Iditarod beyond its being a sled dog race, I found this book very informative. Paulsen does an excellent job of editing the story of his training and the race to the most interesting and essential aspects. He also peppers his account with humor. NOTE: Contains some disturbing animal scenes.

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valeriegeary
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This book so far has basically been Paulson getting lost and getting thrashed and getting sprayed by skunks and trying to figure out how to stay on his sled and train his dogs..... And it's fantastic. It's not convincing me to run the Iditarod anytime soon though. I think I'll just stick with my hot coco and warm blankets and my very unwolf-like daschund mix. 🤣🤣🤣❄️❄️❄️🐶🐶🐶

RadicalReader @valeriegeary love hot cocoa so delicious and heavenly my go to drink even when it‘s not cold outside 4y
BookNAround I loved this book. It made me want to watch/follow the Iditarod more. 4y
valeriegeary @BookNAround I started watching dog sledding YouTube videos as I was reading! It was so so so good! My heart was in my throat the whole time I and then at the end, I might have teared up a little. 😢 4y
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valeriegeary
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Picked this up from Powell's on a whim over the summer. Paulson, dog-sledding, Alaskan wilderness, survival, Man v. Nature v. Self. These are a few of my favorite things. And considering today is the first day of winter, it just feels right to crack this one open now.

#readwhatyouown

BookInMyHands I saw him speak in Portland several years ago- flannel, suspenders- just like you would imagine. He was great! 4y
valeriegeary @BookInMyHands I'm not gonna lie..... I'm a little jealous of you right now. 😄🤗 And of course he would wear flannel! 😂😂 4y
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Blueberry
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Very good book. I especially enjoyed the buffalo slipping around, playing on the ice.

#Frozen #WinterWonderland
@Cinfhen @TrishB

TrishB Love the cover 💕 4y
Cinfhen Not familiar with this Paulsen (edited) 4y
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AnnVicki
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5 Stars.A wonderful survival story for YA reluctant readers. It is packed with adventure as the author describes his training and racing through Alaska in the Iditarod.

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Smangela
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Day 3 of #12DaysOfXmasPhoto #Snow/Men how about men of the snow? Like those who participate in the Iditarod? Gary Paulson always reminds me of 5th grade - I definitely need to reread some of his works!

Blueberry Great book! My favorite part was the bison playing around on the ice. Made me laugh :) 6y
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