Kategoriarkiv: Readathon

Hour 10: Minichallenges

Hour 8: Book Spine Poetry

This was a real challenge, since I don’t own that many books in english, just 20 something… and no one with a verb as a title! I manage something though!

The shock
of the old outlander
Real world shock,
beneath the darkening moon

Hour 9: On Food and Books

This is also a hard one, since I’m a danger to myself and everyone around me in the kitchen. Last I cooked there were no casualties, but the three times before that I managed to cut my finger doing guacamole, burn garlic bread in the oven and slam the fridge door on my partners hand. So no recipes of mine should be made without taking proper caution. I remember trying to make butterbeer from Harry Potter once, in the Swedish translation called Honey Beer. It did not turn out drinkable. My cooking is more or less limited to following finished recipes, far away from sharp knives. So that’s why there will be no recipe from me, and I’ll leave this amazing challenge to people that can cook without hurting themselves. :D

Hour 10: Plan a Bookish Party

Since Harry Potter is one of my favourite books I would pick this for a party theme. I actually already had a Harry Potter party once where I requested everyone to dress up as a character from the book. I came as Bellatrix, a role I have since repeated once at Halloween, with a black death eater mark glowing on my white and pale wrist. During this party I did not have much food that was in universe because of cost and time restraints, but were I to do it again I would. First of all I would find a recipe of butterbeer (and try it beforehand) and also I once found this amazing list of Harry Potter inspired cocktails, shots and long drinks, and since I took a one week bartending course in 2013 I would not miss the chance to serve those to my guests! I would serve cauldron cakes and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (jelly beans will be sufficient enough), and I would make sure to drape my apartment with the colours of my house (Slytherin). Every guest would of course get their own homemade wand, which I would make from chopsticks and decorade with a glue gun. It’s ok, I’ve seen this done on the internet, I’m positive I will mess up the first 10+ wands.

Since I always LOVE having some games that is centered around clues and such, I would of course have it here as well. For example dividing the guests into teams and having them solve puzzles, such as crosswords, anagrams and the likes, to know where to go next. Of course this would center around Harry Potter-knowledge with questions such as ”which spell creates water?” or ”name all horcruxes in the order they where destroyed”.

Hour 9: I’m a Winner?

My brain is all weird and I can’t really make sense of the world. Thought it was time for a break and looked at the clock to see it is just the start of hour 9. I went over to the Dewey’s site and as usual I just read what minichallenges was up, thinking I would participate in some before I start my cheer-leading shift. I almost skipped over the ”winners” part and only looked because I saw a word that was closely familiar to my own name, and yes, there it was! I never thought I would win, but wow that really spurs my motivation to continue for the entire night and next day! (it’s 10 pm here)

Books finished: 0
Books started: 1
Pages read: 133
Total amount of books opened: 2

I’ve read just over 100 pages in Outlander which is a 800 page book, something I did not know when I selected it for the readathon. Had I known I would probably not have picked it, but I’m glad I did since I’ve been enjoying it. After ”part one” in Outlander I decided to go for another read and turned to Insurgent, the book I was reading before this readathon. Since it is a YA the reading feels a little lighter and not so heavy as Outlander which improved my mood, and so far no books finished yet. I will definitely be able to finish Insurgent during the readathon since I only have about 80 pages left or so, but the prospects of finishing Outlander are non-existent. I am a slow reader and 800 pages would take me around 25-30 hours to complete, being alert through all those hours, which I know I will not be at 5 am. Now I will start cheering, and we’ll see what I choose to read at the start of hour 10.

And I still can’t grasp that I won. That is just unrealistic to me on some level…

Hour 4: Why did I party last night?

Yesterday I went to a party, and I thought that it would be fine since I wouldn’t have to get up before 1 pm to begin the readathon. I even came home at a reasonable time and went to bed so that I would get more than 10 hours sleep. Well, that didn’t matter. I still was all tired when I woke up, not sleepy, but just ”day after party”-tired. I’ve been trying to cure this tiredness with a lot of food and coke to be able to get some reading done, and it has worked OK, but I have learned my lesson. Next time I will have a nice stay at home evening with some movies or so the night before the readathon.

Books finished: 0
Books started: 1
Pages read: 50
Total amout of books opened: 1

A few pages into Outlander now, and I really like it so far! I’m very happy to see that a lot from the book had been adapted into the TV-series. Some longer quotes actually taken straight in. This makes in great to read, since I don’t get the ”oh, the book is so much better why did I spoil it all with this stupid movie before reading it”-feeling. Which is apparently a feeling. ;)

I’m now looking forward to join the minichallenges that has started so far. I’ve already posted the intro challenge in my previous post, and now I will share my take on the hour 2 and 3 challenges.

Hour 2: Classic Words of Wisdom

I’m not much of a fan for the books people usually refers to as ”the classics”. Of the few I read I have found them boring, and maybe it was the fault of my Swedish teacher in junior high that had the whole class read ”Of Mice and Men”, a book that I really hated. Since then I’ve rarely tried reading something I knew was considered a ”classic” because the only thing I thought was of this terrible experience. The quote above is from a classic that I read without knowing it was one, and I liked it, and it helped me realize that maybe I should give classics a second chance. Not all of them can be ”Of Mice and Men”, right?

I like the quote because it speaks the truth of human nature, the truth of what we will do if left to our lazy selves. We can fight this destruction if we want, and I know that many do, and a lot of people just ”don’t care”. The quote is maybe not the most positive quote, but it tells me that we humans have known for a long time what we are, and still we don’t really try to change that. Why, I wonder.

Hour 3: Seasons in Four Covers

4 seasons covers

The colours in these pictures are the biggest reasons I choose them. For winter the cover has some ice and snow if you look real close, for spring I just felt the surrounding in the cover felt spring-like, for summer the girl is walking in a meadow full of dandelions and for autumn it is only the bright orange, burning colours that made me choose it.

Hour 1: The Start of Something New

Now it is time to start the readathon and I’m just going to answer the questions from the Hour 0 post att Dewey’s.

Books finished: 0
Books started: 0
Pages read: 0
Total amout of books opened: 0

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m reading from Sweden, so here the starttime is 2 pm!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I really look forward to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, so this is the book I will start with. I also look forward to finish Insurgent which is the book I been reading a while back.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Oh, I just came home from the store where I bought some snacks. I really look forward to my cashews and I also bought bacon to be able to make a BLT, we’ll see if I have time for that. I stocked up on a lot of food that is easy to make, like instant noodles and such. Also I will probably order pizza at some point.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
My name is Matilda, but you can call me Foxears which is my name online. I am a 26 year old university student doing my Masters in Engineering. Because of my studies I usually don’t have much time for reading which is why I love that I can get some reading done for 24 hours in a wonderful community atmosphere.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I have been living 2 years in China and the last time I participated was April 2012 from my dorm in Beijing. It is nice that I will not read from 8pm to 8pm again, but have earlier hours, and also that I have an apartment of my own instead of getting yelled at by the cleaning lady for moving a comfy chair into the computer room. I will try to drink more water, and save my coke for when I get tired so I don’t feel so sloshy, but to compensate I bought mostly healthy snacks like olives, cashews and fruit.

The Pre-Readathon Post

Now it’s time again for Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. Last time I really participated was April 2012, because since then I’ve had other stuff planned on the date for the readathon before I got to know the readathon date. This is my pre-readathon post which will contain the books I’m planning on reading during the readathon. All the books will be books I have not read before, or in some cases listed below, have no recollection of having ever read before.

I plan on reading the full 24 hours, but I know I barely made it 2012. Though I’m 3 years older I’ll have better circumstances this time. Back then it was from 8pm in the evening at the computer room (to which I had to secretly unlock the door and sneek back after they closed it at midnight) in my dorm in Beijing. Now it’s from 2pm at my appartment in Sweden.

Below are the books I’m planning on reading. I know I won’t be able to read all of these books, but I rather have a pile to choose from than having to go through my huge TBR pile if I finish a book.

  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

About the book: This is the second book in the Divergent series, and protagonist Tris Prior has to fight herself through the falling apart of her world in a future dystopic Chicago.

Why I chose it: I am already reading this book and am about 60% in, thus I think it will be good to continue this read. If I’d really am stuck with the series after finishing Insurgent I also own Allegiant and can continue with that, but for now I plan on reading other books.

  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

About the book: Claire Randall, a former English combat nurse in 1945, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of 1743.

Why I chose it: I am currently watching the TV-series, in which I fell inlove instantly. I had a friend reading this in junior high who really recommended it to me, and I remember I found the story intriguing, but I never wanted to read it my self. Now I need it because waiting a week between episodes is excruciating. Hopefully this book will make it to the readathon, I ordered it Sunday and it must arrive during Friday, if it does not I will be very disappointed.

  Anne of Green Gabels by E. M. Montgomery

About the book: Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

Why I chose it: This has been in my TBR pile for a while, and I have actually never read it. I thought now might be the time.

Sweet 16 Series #3 Kari, #4 Trent, #5 Marisa

About the book: Life begins at 16 … Driving. Dating. A real social life. And the one night where it all comes together … the Sweet Sixteen is the ultimate party. Whether a total blast or a total bust, it’s a memory to last a lifetime. This is a series by different authors that all focus on or around a 16th birthday party.

Why I chose it: These are short and easy reads that I can turn to if the other reads feel to heavy or boring. I read the first two in the series at a young age (around 12-14), and I have no recollection of reading the third and fourth even though I’ve owned them since then, and the fifth I know I have not read since I bought it from a second-hand store a few years back when I recognized the series cover. I own all of these translated to Swedish.

More preparations?

I will make sure to have enough snacks, and definitely enough coke because I know that is what will keep me awake during the 24 hours. There will be ordering of pizza at one point for sure, and I have some food that only needs heating to survive on. Since I remember the BLT being the best thing ever during my last readathon I might buy some bacon and tomato! Any food/snack tips before Saturday will be most welcome!

Happy reading!

Readathon Update

I am sad to say that I have barely read at all this far. I have been more worried about my exam for next week, so if reading (or rather trying to understand) a chapter from my data structure book in Chinese counts, then yeah, I’ve read some. Today I’ve mainly focused on getting my homework for my programming classes done (have to be finished before midnight), and hopefully I will be done soon enough and then spend the last hours of this readathon trying to get through some chapters from one book from mount TBR.

I really wish that all of you other folks that participated, could be able to participate more than me. This October I will be back home in Sweden and life will be so much more simple, and I’ll just have to make up for what I missed this April.

Chinese Labor Day Problem

My plan was to sit for 24 hours to read this weekend because of Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon, this will not be the case. I will still read as much as I possibly can during the marked 24 hours, but I will not be able to stay up during the night.

The reason for this is the holidays that come with International Labor Day (May 1), and the way in which Chinese people arrange holidays. Because of this holiday I will have no school from Sunday (April 28) until Wednesday (May 1), but because they are so generous to give us these holidays I will have to attend classes to catch up what I otherwise would miss on Saturday (April 27). This means I can not sleep in late to be able to stay up for the full 24 hours. Also an exam that I thought I would have before the readathon will be held about a week after, which means that during the holiday I will have to be at my best to study for most of the time (and thus not f*ck up my sleep). Also I then have to run some errands on Sunday, which means I will miss even more time from the readathon.

If the readathon had started around lunch here in Beijing, I probably would have been able to read between classes and all the way during the night until at least the morning on Sunday. But as it begins at 8 pm here in China, I will probably read from 8 pm to midnight or a little bit later. And then continue again the next day for about 6-8 hours, some hours in the morning and some in the evening (hoping to be able to join for the ”End of Event Meme”).

I’m really sad about this, because I had looked forward to the readathon and just trying to stay up for the full 24 hours reading. Even if I don’t get to be part of the full readathon experience, I hope to feel that I  at least have been somewhat a part of it for this spring.

Coming Up: Next April Readathon

That’s right. Last year I participated in Dewey’s readathon in April. Yet again I missed the October one, but I’m not going to cry over that but instead start preparing myself for April 27. If the start time is the same as in October I will start reading at 8 pm (reading from Beijing, China) and keep going for, hopefully, the full 24 hours. Well, I guess I will have to be up late that friday night and not go up until 5-6 in the evening on the 27th.

This year I have convinced my boyfriend to join. This because I probably will be the worst company ever for the entire weekend anyways. Plus, most importantly, he has promised to read the Hunger Games series which I recently reread myself and I’m going everyday forcing myself to shut up about the books so I won’t give him any spoilers. I haven’t decided what to read myself just yet. Either I will continue with the books I began last year and haven’t had time to read yet, or I’ll start something new to get a fresh feeling over the readathon rather than dragging along something I no longer remember the beginning of.

Overall: I’m participating in the readathon this April, and I am really looking forward to it!

For my Swedish friends: Your start time should be 2 pm. Please join me on this fantastic event. You can sign up here.


Goodnight Sweet Prince …

My computer decided to make a revolt and shut it self down, and by doing that also making my VPN not working anymore (again!). So from now on I can’t reach any blogspot or wordpress blogs, not twitter or facebook or goodreads. I will take this as a sign that it is time for me to give up and say goodnight. Also I’m angsting over my mid-terms which I will have next week and know nothing about, so that will be super fantastic [irony].

I’ve been awake for more than 24 hours now (I don’t count falling asleep on a chair for half an hour as sleep), so I really deserve to take a rest. This is my final post for the readathon and then I will be hitting my bed. This is what I achived during this readathon:

Finished 2 books I had began earlier.
Finished 1 whole book.
Began, but did not finish, 1 book (page 72).

Total amount of pages read: 611

I will make a wrap up about the thon, and also write reviews for all my reads, but right now I want nothing more than closing my eyes and pull the quilt over my head and sleep.

… And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

The End is Near

Not too close though, but close enough for me who finished the small quickread on 112 pages (The Book Boy) to go pick out a new book.

So far in this readathon:

Books finished: 3
Books started: 2
Pages read: 539
Total amout of books opened: 4

The fourth book that I’m now opening is Deception Point by Dan Brown. As I easily got stuck in almost all of his other books, and this is the only one I haven’t read I think it is perfect for the end of the readathon.