Hour 12: Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
I got tired and didn’t know what to do after my cheerleading shift, so I decided to pick up one of the shorter reads I had planned for this event – Sweet 16 #4 Trent by Daniel Parker. It is an easy read, and it’s translated into Swedish which is nice. It’s a little easier reading in my native language so that makes it a good in-between book.

2. How many books have you read so far?
I have read in 3 different books, but have yet to finish one. I began Outlander and Trent from scratch, the first being an 800 page book, which I will not finish this readathon, and the second being a 150 page teen novel which takes seconds to read in comparison (halfway through within an hour). Then I also have Insurgent, which I started before this event but since it’s an e-book that I read on my phone I don’t like to read it for a long period of time. Then I just miss holding a book with real pages.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
I have no idea. I would love to continue with Outlander, since the book was amazing, but since there’s no prospect of finishing it during this event I might choose to not read it, just to make sure I feel progress. Seeing twitter posts about people finishing the third or fourth book when I’ve finished none doesn’t feel that good. Depending on how bored I am with the teens literature after Trent, I might continue with more of the book in the Sweet 16 series or read Anne of Green Gables, which I’ve been looking forward to for a while now. If you’ve read the latter book, please tell me if it is an easy read or not!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
My biggest interruption was when the hour I had signed up for cheering arrived. It took me over an hour to AFTER my cheering hour to get my nose back into a book. I dealt with it the only way I thought would affect me; I asked for some cheering on twitter and got it! <3 This was one of the answers to my request:

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Twitter. When I read the last time (april 2012), I read from China and had to have a VPN which did not work at all times to reach twitter and blogspot. So to see the love spread on twitter really makes a difference! The fact that I just asked for some much needed cheering and received it within minutes, almost seconds is amazing!

Half way through and still more than half of my coke supply left! I will survive!

Books finished: 0
Books started: 2
Pages read: 211
Total amount of books opened: 3

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!

SMASH*booking: Spring

For you who don’t know what SMASH* is, see here. My short explanation for it would be scrap-booking light.

I spend to much time on youtube and in facebook groups looking at other peoples SMASH*projects. Sometimes I can find myself having spent hours of doing this the same day as I promised myself to not look at any craft projects before [insert something I have to do, like the dishes, or homework, or sleeping]. Well I noticed that Taylor Anne, a youtuber I’ve stumbled across a few times since I became interested i SMASH*booking, is having a giveaway to celebrate reaching 3000 followers. I thought, what the heck, lets try this out. The roles where simple enough, to make something inspired by a picture she made (see picture after this paragraph). I am not a huge fan of pink, and since this picture contained some pink I thought, huh, now I have something to do for one of those pink pages in my SMASH*book. I didn’t decide to use a pink page then, but I did end up using one. The whole project might have gotten a little more pink than I first planned, but that is one of the nice quirks about SMASH*booking, you start a page and you don’t really know what you’re gonna end up with until you finish.

3000 Subscriber giveaway - Taylor Anne

These are my steps of the project:

While looking at the picture Taylor Anne had posted I looked through my small, but growing, supply of SMASH*able things. I tried first to choose colors that went with the picture, but I knew early on that I wanted to use the white flower in the bottom left corner. While picking together supplies that I thought I could use for the project, I slowly decided that my theme for this page would be spring, since well, spring is in the air. These where the supplies I assembled:


I did of course not mean to use all of it, I just wanted the stuff of the right colors at hand so I could choose from them. In this pile you can see some colored pens inspired from the colors in the picture, two birthday cards I got for my latest birthday that had the right colors/feeling for the project, some journaling, tape, tabs, a stamp, paper clips and some other decorations. I especially wanted to do something with the numbers 1-2-3 that I could see in Taylor Anne’s picture. After putting all of this together, I flipped through my SMASH*book to find the right page (mind you, this is my first SMASH*book, this project is my fourth page ever and I have not done anything crafty like this before beginning my SMASH*book, well not since I was a kid at least). As I said before I ended up with a pink one, this is it:


Then I started to work on the page. I decided early on to use one of the birthday cards which had flowers in the right colors, and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to cover up the word ”grattis” (Swedish for ”happy birthday”). But I left the space for my flower that I knew I wanted. And I didn’t take any picture during working of this for two reasons: The first is because my hands where all sticky from glue and colored from pens and ink pads, the second because when I had started I really wanted to get it all out there on the page – I was in the zone.

This is the result, my finished design inspired by Taylor Anne’s 3000 subscriber giveaway:

Spring Design

And here you can see it after I pulled out the journaling card from its pocket and flipped over the painting bear card.

Spring Journaling

Some journaling is blurred on purpose, but I still wanted to show you what it looked like.

I hope you enjoyed the design, and I will cross my fingers for the giveaway. A lot of the stuff in the giveaway kit is not available here in Sweden, so I would be really happy to win. But then again, let the best design win, whoever’s it is.

Månadsutmaning #1 (10/2-9/3)

Det här är första månadsutmaningen för att uppfylla punkt 097 (098) ”Ha minst 6 (12) månadsutmaningar”. En månadsutmaning pågår i exakt fyra veckor och under den tiden ska jag försöka uppfylla vissa mål. Jag har tidigare endast gjort det på Svenska Hogwarts med mål som ”skriv minst 3000 ord/vecka” och ”få upp [karaktär] en årskurs”. Den här gången så tänkte jag ha det i livet överlag. Oftast försöker jag hålla det ganska tunt så det inte ska vara så svårt att lyckas, och ibland med några extrakrav (som uppfylls i mån av tid) ifall jag tror det skulle bli för lätt.

Månadsutmaningen kommer börja på måndag (10/2) och hålla på under fyra veckor (till söndag 9/3). Mina mål följer nedan:

* Söka sommarjobb
* Svara på alla SH-spel minst 1 gång/vecka
* Vara i fas med lektionsuppgifter i reglerteknik, modern fysik och mekanik 2.

I ett försök att uppfylla första punkten (samt punkt 029 på listan) så ska jag imorgon gå på CV-granskning och har därför suttit halva kvällen med att försöka författa någonting som skulle kunna se ut som ett CV. Det är precis lika svårt som jag förväntade mig. Vissa delar var väldigt lätt (typ lista min utbildning) medan andra delar känns extremt krystade, varför jag verkligen är tacksam över att jag ska få mitt försök till CV granskat imorgon.

Inspirera någon annan att göra en lista

Jag tänkte börja med att skriva lite om den här punkten eftersom det var den första punkten som blev köar på min lista. Jag trodde verkligen inte den skulle vara så enkel att uppfylla, men å andra sidan hade jag inte räknat med Leffe. Hade jag misstänkt att hon skulle bli inspirerad av idén så tror jag att jag borde ha räknat med att klara punkten på en gång. I alla fall på det sättet som jag känner henne, så borde jag veta att det var ganska uppenbart.

Anledningen till att jag valde den här punkten var att jag gärna ville ha någon att peppa lista med. Att ha någon att kolla på hur det går för dem, och förhoppningsvis att de (eftersom de har en egen lista) är lite mer intresserade av att följa hur det går för mig. Att det helt enkelt ska finnas någon annan som förstår hur det är att ha en lista som man kan prata med då och då om det. Fråga hur går det. Klaga på någon punkt som verkat awesome när listan gjordes och kanske blev värre än tänkt. Nu har jag ju inte försökt att göra en lista med omöjliga uppgifter, men jag räknar inte med att alla ska vara så lätta att genomföra. Jag räknar absolut med att behöva klaga på den, och oftast är folk i samma båt väldigt benägna att göra samma sak. Därför är ”Inspirera någon annan att göra en lista” en viktig punkt på min lista för hela projektet i allmänhet. En meta-punkt, såklart, men för en sån här lista så behövs garanterat punkter som underlättar projektet i allmänhet.

Jag hade ju aldrig kunnat drömma om att någon (ens Leffe) skulle skriva ihop sin lista på en dag och dessutom då få samma start och slutdatum som mig själv. Det är något som jag kommer vara väldigt tacksam över under tider då jag vill jämföra hur det går för mig.

Se gärna Leffes lista.

Min status:
1,60% av tiden har gått (16/1001)
1,98% avklarade punkter (2/101)
4,95% påbörjade punkter (5/101)

101 saker att göra på 1001 dagar

Jag har sedan oktober arbetat på en lista med 101 saker att göra under 1001 dagar. Jag blev klar för någon vecka sen, och tänkte att jag skulle skjuta upp listans startdatum till första januari för att det skulle börja på ett fint datum. Listan kan hittas här.

Jag fick idén till att göra det hela när jag klickade runt på diverse sidor och såg att Olle Linge (en tidigare student vid kinesiska på LiU) hade gjort en sådan lista på sin hemsida. Jag tänkte att det där verkar ju fruktansvärt jobbigt, men också roligt och väldigt motiverande. Eftersom jag ibland själv är dålig på att motivera mig till att göra saker kanske det här skulle vara ett bra sätt att försöka motivera mig till att göra alla de där grejerna som jag konstant skjuter upp. Att komma på 101 saker jag ville göra visade sig vara lättare sagt än gjort, som sagt, jag blev ju helt klar med listan i mitten på december. När jag tillsist fått ihop sådär en 110 saker så var det ju bara att rensa bort sådant som inte fungerade vid närmare eftertanke. Bland annat hade jag väldigt många resor på listan, och med totalt 3 somrar att kunna resa på så kändes det orimligt, så några av dem fick ryka.

Här är några saker som jag hade på listan som inte klarade sig till slutet:
* Skaffa katt
* Göra en scrapbook
* Göra en resa där åtminstone Kina, Korea & Japan besöks
* Vinn NaNoWriMo

Listans aktivitetsperiod kommer alltså vara: 1 januari 2014 – 28 september 2016

God jul och gott nytt år!