Etikettarkiv: Dewey’s Read-a-Thon

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.

Start of Hour 3

I’ve already read over a hundred pages which is impressive for being me, expecially not reading in my native language. Yes, I imagine all my friends snearing, but no English is not my native language and I DO read faster in Swedish. Right now I’m reading A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, and Z is travelling through Europe, just leaving Berlin for Venice. What I love most about this book is how direct Z is in her language, also that her English is very very lacking, both in grammar and vocabularity. At first this was annoying, but now I appriciate it. It makes the book special.

I was planning on joining the first Mini-Challange for today, which is hosted by Reading Through Life. The  challenge is about translated books, which is something I try to avoid as much as possible. Why I read English books in English and not in Swedish translation. Though, I do not speak all the languages of the world, and one of the books I really appriciated reading was The Story of the Stone: The Golden Days (as it is called in English) by Cao Xueqin. I read it translated to Swedish, it is originally written in Chinese, and yes I would love to read this in its original language. To do that I would have to really understand the Chinese culture, so I think I don’t stand a chance.

When I read this book, I never finished it. It is a very thick book, and I had a lot of schoolwork going on, and all of a sudden I had to give it back to the library. My goal about this book at the moment is to finish reading it in the Swedish translation, hopefully the whole series. But that will be when I come home to Sweden again.

The original title of this book is 红楼梦 (Hong Lou Meng), which is translated Dreams of Red Chambers, which is also the title of the Swedish translation. As this is one of China’s classical books it has a lot of covers. Instead I decided to give you this picture, which is a scene from the book. The following two is the cover of the English translation and the cover of the Swedish translation.


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!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon

This blog post, and all posts related to this read-a-thon, will follow in English.

Now it’s time for me to sign up for the event of the spring semester, the Dewey’s Read-a-Thon. I was going to do it in October already, but forgot about it, so this time I put the blog in my Google Reader feed. It’s time for signup, and a month from now this epic event will take place.

The Read-a-Thon is 24 hours of just reading books. It starts April 21 at 12pm GMT (which is 14:00 in Sweden, and 20:00 here in Beijing). The plan is to just read and read and read during this time, and you can choose how much you will participate. Also, during this time you can write updates on your blog telling the other readers how you’re doing. You can read more, and sign up, here.

Unfortunally, this happens to be the same week as my dad will be here, and I still don’t know if he’s going home Saturday or Sunday. Will he go home on Saturday my plan is to join for the full 24 hours, but will he go home on Sunday, I’ll have to sleep during the night. I’ll update here when I know how much I can participate.

This is my first time participating, but if any of my friends wants to join, I’ll try answering your questions. And if any old participants have some tips, I’d really appriciate those!

Edit 2012-03-25: So my dad just told me he has do go home already on Friday. That means I’ll participate for the full 24 hours. Also just signed up for cheerleading for the 9th and 17th hour, which for me would be 4 am and 12 pm.