Etikettarkiv: Dewey’s Read-a-Thon

The Pre-Readathon Post

Once again it is time for Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. This will be my first October readathon, since it is the first year I don’t have exams a few days after it. I do have a huge deadline though, that I will have to work with a little bit during the readathon hours, but hopefully I will spend most of the time reading, reading and reading some more. I did not make the full 24 hours in April, so I will probably sleep for a while as well during the readathon. I might try for the full 24 hours, but I don’t think I will manage.

Below I’ve listed the books I will try to read. As last time I have listed more books than I know I will be able to read, but that just mean I have a greater pile to choose from when I want something new to read.

  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

About the book: The narrator of Atwood’s riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death.

Why I chose it: I am already reading this book and had planned to finish it before the readathon. I was actually supposed to send it to another reader in September, but I have not found the time to sit down and read it. So this will be perfect for the readathon!

  Britt-Marie var här (Britt-Marie was here) by Fredrik Backman

About the book: ”Britt-Marie was here” is a love story and a love declaration. About a woman who has waited a whole life on hers to begin, about society along roads where soccer and pizza places are the last things that abandon the people.

Why I chose it: I’ve read one of his other books ”Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt” (My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry) and I loved it. This is kind of a sequel to this book, and I hope to get to know more about this one character that I already knew since before. I think this is a book that will keep me reading!

  Alligiant by Veronica Roth

About the book: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

Why I chose it: I finished the second book in the series during the past readathon, and thought it was only right to have the sequel on the list for this readathon. I really enjoyed the last book, so I hope this book will keep me occupied as well.

  Inferno by Dan Brown

About the book: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Why I chose it: I read a Dan Brown book during my first readathon, and I know that his books usually keep me trapped turning pages. This is thus a perfect choice for a readathon book, and if this is one of the book I pick up during the hours I hopefully will not stray far from the pages.

Sweet 16 Series #3 Kari, #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 even though I’ve owned it 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 have some seafood salad (skagenröra) to put on sandwiches, some coleslaw and falafel to eat and a partner that will hopefully provide me with fully cooked meals at least twice during the readathon! Now I will head off to sleep a few hours before the reading begins.

Happy reading!

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!

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.

My Favourite Rereads

Well, I made it so far, and now I’ve just finished Un Lun Dun. That means: 2 halves of books down and a total of 427 pages. Wow. Now I was planning on joining the mini challenge at The Bluestocking Society called Rereads. As I am not doing any rereads today I will instead tell you about my top 4 rereads of all time, those books I can’t help but read over and over and over again.

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling

Everytime I start reading this book I am caught within it. It is my over all favourite Harry Potter book for that reason, and also the only reread book that came to mind instantly and without any thinking. As soon as I get to that part where Harry hear the voice of the basilisk I can’t put the book down until I’ve finished it. It is almost as if I’m afraid that something else is going to happen this time I read it, that Harry and Ron won’t figure it out or that Hermione will forget carrying that mirror.

2. Sejtes skatt av Moni Nilsson-Brännström (Goodreads)

This is a Swedish fantasy book for kids, and I don’t know how many times I reread it. I just loved it. It originally belonged to my little sister, but I think she was too small when she got it and thought it was scary. I read it instead and I have reread it many times during my teen years. Now it was a long time since I reread it, maybe it is time for me to pick it up again?

3. The Beast is Watching You by Francine Pascal (Goodreads)

This is a book from the Sweet Valley Twins series, and as the previous two a book I have no clue how many times I’ve reread it (and the four following books that completes the story). It is one of few exiting horror books (for kids) that I have ever enjoyed reading, and the fact that the book still scares the shit out of me just tell me that either I just remember what I felt the first times I read it, or it is actually scary for a 23 year old as well.

4. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I might be able to count the times I’ve read this book on one hand. Maybe I might have to borrow a finger from the other hand, but well, it is still one of my most reread books. Right now (not as in during the readathon, but as in my life) I listen to the audiobook in English. I’ve only ever read it in Swedish before, so it is nice to hear it in its original language. I remember the first time I read this book. I was on a skiing vacation with my family and crashed in the top bunk. I didn’t have any watch, but read the second half of the book during that night because it was too exciting for me to put down. I guess it must have been at least 5 am when I fell asleep, and I was up and skiing before 9 that same morning. Anyone who knows me AFK probably won’t believe this story.

 

Oops, I fell asleep

So I’ve been searching for more comfortable ways to sit. That ended up with me half laying down on two chairs, and falling asleep for almost half an hour. Woke up when the cleaning lady got in here and told me I could not move the comfy chairs to the computer room. I asked if I could keep it for now as long as I put it back afterwards, and that was OK …

I’m so tired I’m not sure what to think of anything. And I’m scared that if I take a two hour nap, I’ll wake up in 12 hours, only having finished one book during the readathon. No, I’ll have to keep going. More coke!

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!

Mini-Challenge Update

So, I’m trying to join in some of the mini-challenges that are hosted, but I’ve been reading a lot (which is the main point of this event) and missed out on some of them. That’s why I thought I’d collect some of the mini challenges I’m entering now.

First out is The Hungry Readers challenge: Find a Poem! which is more or less, take some sentences out of the book you’re reading and make a poem out of those. This was my entry (with sentences from Un Lun Dun):

The bird stared at the money
hurried into the dark interior
into the forest
the door closed behind her.

It was warm,
a cross between forest and jungle
a jorest
a fungle
This place isn’t safe.

A new chorus of night began.

To keep money fresh
the bird fluttered away
and as it went, it sang.

The second challenge I thought I’d participate in is Book Journey’s Book Appetit. The challenge is: You invite your friends over to discuss a specific book, and you should serve food to go with that book. I chosed to go with the book I finished earlier, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers.

I would in Chinese style and serve a lot of dishes to choose from, but as the book take place in England I would go for both some traditional Chinese and vegetarian English cooking (as the British man she falls in love with is vegeratian). I’d go with one or two of the noodle recipies she tells us about in the book, and also some wonton (a kind of dumplings). For the English dishes I would serve vegetarian Shepards Pie, and as a dessert a typical British pie or pudding. I’d make sure I have some of the flowers mentioned in the book, and also decorate with a white table cloth made of paper on which I write some of the English words that she learns, and maybe some of the Chinese ones she mentions.

I also want to join the Book Staging and the Book Sentences challenges, but lack of books and other props might make this very difficult. I’ll see later if I can make them happen. Now I’m of to cheer for half-an-hour or so!