Etikettarkiv: China Mieville

Halfway Through

Yes, I am! Though the upcoming hours feels like they will take forever, but the past one just disappeared into nowhere, or into book pages.  Now it is time for me to eat som breakfast, but first I’m going to make the Mid-Event Survey.

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

Right now, I’m OK. Though once in a while, and especially right after I just said I’m not tired, I get deadly tired and have to force feed myself with coke (that being coca cola, and not the other thing).

2) What have you finished reading?

Slow reader as I am I have finished reading one book, or only half of it as I started reding it before this event. That is A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, with 188 pages. Also I only have around 120 pages left on Un Lun Dun, which is more interesting now than it has been before. Not sure why.

3) What is your favorite read so far?

Well, I have to go with the first book I read, so A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers.

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Haven’t been snacking that much, just coke and a nice dinner ordered from an american diner. Turkey Sandwich with graving and mashed potatos and cranberry jam. Om nom nom. Looking forward to my breakfast though, a BLT sandwich.

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

Well, I have found some interesting blogs so far, but I always forget which is which as I go on different once. I will be cheering again an lunch time (chinese time)… Hour 17 I think that is, and then I might write down which blog is which.

Now I’m going to eat that breakfast, I’m starving!

Edit (like 5 seconds later): OMG! This BLT sandwich is like the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my entire life!

Hour 7 and One Book Down

Now I have read for 6 hours, or well, kind of read for 6 hours… mixed with some mini challenging and other stuff. It feels pretty OK, I ordered some food right before hour 5 and sneaked back in to the computer room after closing time. Here in my dorm, they close and lock the computer room at midnight so to be able to spend the night here reading, I had to secretly unlock one door and get back in. I felt so badass, and excited, doing that.

One book down, or well, the second half of it, but it feels nice. Though I decided to save writing the review for later. Now I’m planning on continue my struggle with Un Lun Dun, which I don’t look forward too, but even though it is almost 3 o’clock in the morning I have a lot of energy, so now might be the best time to try it. I bought a lote of coke to keep me awake through this night.

Pages read so far: 188.

The Pre-Read-A-Thon Post

I tried to sleep until at least four in the afternoon today as I knew I would be up for at least 24 hours reading reading and reading. I woke up at half past three and couldn’t sleep any longer. I was too excited. So I did the only thing I felt like I had to do. Reinstalling my VPN and hope for it to start working, and YES it did. Now I can read the updates from all the blogs hosted at wordpress and blogspot and also all the twitter updates.

So what is my plan for the read-a-thon?

Well, obviously to read books. I know I’m a slow reader, so for now I only have three books that I will decide to read. Two of them I’m already half way through. This is the books I’m planning to read:

  A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for lovers by Xiaolu Guo

About the book: Twenty-three-year-old Zhuang, the daughter of shoe factory owners in rural China, has come to London to study English. She calls herself Z because English people can’t pronounce her name, but she’s no better at their language. Set loose to find her way through a confusion of cultural gaffes and grammatical mishaps, she winds up lodging with a Chinese family and thinks she might as well not have left home. But then she meets an English man who changes everything. From the moment he smiles at her, she enters a new world of sex, freedom, and self-discovery. But she also realizes that, in the West, “love” does not always mean the same as in China, and that you can learn all the words in the English language and still not understand your lover.

Why I choosed it: I already started reading this book and I’m almost halfway through it, so I thought it’d be easy to just continue this journey with Zhuang I already began.

  Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

About the book: What is Un Lun Dun? It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.

Why I choosed it: As the previous book, I already started reading this a while ago, and as I’m half way through it I might be able to finish it. I like the idea, but the story has so far been somewhat disappointing, so I hope it won’t kill my reading spirit.

The Book Boy by Joanna Trollope

About the book: Alice is thirty-eight. She has a house, a husband, two teenage children and a part-time job. She thinks she ought to be happy. But she isn’t. Instead, she feels she has vanished, that she is like something lost down the back of the sofa. Because Alice has a secret which is never spoken of in the family as they are all ashamed, Alice most of all. Alice can’t read. Then two things happen. Her son, Craig, brings home his school’s leather-clad bad boy, a terrible influence. And Alice ‘s friend Liz tells her she’s tired of feeling sorry for her and trying to help. Alice – timid, quiet Alice – must start out on her own brave journey and for it she chooses the strangest companion. For the first time in her life, she knows what she wants and she is going to get it. With the help of the book boy.

Why I choosed it: This is supposed to be an easy quick read, and it is a very thin book. I was told that I should choose easier reads to feel like I’m compleating something in this read-a-thon, so that is why I choosed it.

After I finished these book I will chose more books from my TBR pile, which can be viewed here.

Other plans?

Well, to be awake for 24 hours you need food. That is what I’ve seen other participants blog about. Luckily for me I live in China, where food delivery is a service offered by almost all restaurants. During the night it’ll probably be a lot of McDonalds as it is the only resturant I know that delivers food 24/7. I’m now trying to decide if I should go for some fried noodles or start by ordering some food from one of the other restaurants.

Wish me good luck!