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Once Upon a Read-a-thon Wrap-up

I made it!  Though staying up until midnight took it’s toll on me by day 3 and I just couldn’t stay awake anymore.  If this had been on a weekend, I would have killed it.  It was a challenge to fit in as much reading as I could in the evenings and honestly, I got distracted sometimes.  But it was fun!  I wanted to read 4 books, but 1 1/2 is pretty good, too.  Here’s the final stats for my read-a-thon:

  • Total reading time: 9 1/2 hours
  • Total Pages read: 572
  • Books read: Shiver and half of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Mini-challenges entered: 6/6
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Once Upon a Read-a-thon Day 3

Mini Challenges!

The first challenge is from Wicked Awesome Books.

So in the spirit of matchmaking, I’m setting you with the task of playing cupid and shooting your arrows at two characters from different books in, what I’m calling, LET’S PLAY MATCHMAKER!

I would set up David from the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike with Hermione from Harry Potter.  I think David’s science geekiness and Hermione’s book geekiness would get along perfectly.  They’re both intelligent but in different ways, so I think they would challenge and learn from each other.

The second challenge is from Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Because I’m such a fan of book recommendations, I want you to recommend books to me. I want you to recommend 2 books to me.

Book rec #1: The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing The World One Cor(r)ection at a Time by Jeff Deck

When I saw this book at Borders, I had to read it.  The plot is pretty basic, but the way he said things had me utterly charmed from page 1.  His view of the world was witty and unique.  It was laugh out loud funny and by the time I got to the end I wanted to go out and change the world in a small way, too.  It was inspirational, insightful and entertaining.  It’s the best book you’ve never heard of.

Book rec #2: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

Maggie Stiefvater is a great storyteller.  I liked how she used smells to describe everything. The question it seemed to ask the whole time was: what if you couldn’t choose to be a werewolf? It was heart-breakingly sad and beautiful at the same time.  The pace was calm to me – kind of like winter. It was slow but refreshing at the same time. Loved it. It even made me cry.

Here’s my stats for day 3.

  • Total time reading today: 2 1/2 hours
  • Pages read today: 152
  • Books read today: Halfway through Linger

Once Upon a Read-a-thon Day 2

Mini Challenges!

First challenge is by YA Bliss.

Top 3 Love Triangles

1. Twilight.  Super-obvious, but she set the gold standard.

2. Wings series by Aprilynne Pike.  She did a great job making each guy have strengths and weaknesses that would make it so hard to choose!

3. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.  It’s kind of a love triangle between the Summer King and her human boyfriend.  The Summer King used magic on her so it felt like she was choosing between fate and free will.  Still, you didn’t know who she was going to choose.  It was great!

Second challenge is by The Bookish Type.

Pick any book from your readathon pile and write a fake synopsis based solely on the cover. The synopsis does not have to be related to the actual book at all, just the pretty, pretty cover.

Sam’s girlfriend is now a wolf and it’s his job, along with the doctor/rock-star Cole St. Clair to find a cure or they’ll lose themselves forever.  They do extensive research on rats and case studies and spend millions on experimental medications that don’t work.  Can there be a scientific explanation for magic?  Will they spend forever together as humans or wolves?  WHY is everything red??

I learned a few things today.  First thing,  I don’t like re-reading books because without that drive of wondering what happens next, slow books are kind of boring.  I loved Shiver the first time, but it wasn’t as gripping the second time.  I’m kind of wishing I would have just gone straight to reading Forever.  But now that I’ve started, I want to finish Linger, too.

  • Total time reading today: 3 hours
  • Pages read today: 166
  • Books read today: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.  Started Linger.

Once Upon a Read-a-thon Day 1

End of Day 1 of the Read-a-thon at Pure Imagination.

I entered both mini challenges at:

Though the second challenge with the close-up covers was really hard, I finally finished it!  I managed to keep both my kids alive and entertained today as well as surviving a trip to the grocery store with said kids.  I also rewashed all my dishes three times and then in soaked them in vinegar because my stupid dishwasher doesn’t work.  Reading was a nice, relaxing and much needed rest.  I’m exhausted. Here are my stats for today:
  • Total time reading today: 4 hours
  • Pages read today: 254
  • Books read today: More than halfway through Shiver

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Kickoff!

I had every intention of staying up til midnight to start the read-a-thon right on time.  I fell asleep at 11:30.  Oh well.  I am going to re-read Shiver and Linger and then Forever when it comes out tomorrow (all by Maggie Stiefvater).  And if I have time, The Giver by Lois Lowry, too.  I intend to do this read-a-thon while living my normal life of watching two young kids, cooking dinner, grocery shopping and helping a friend move.  It’s not a read-a-thon unless it’s challenging!

UPDATE: Mini-challenge! From IB Book Blogging

Mini Challenge Question 1:
What is your favorite type of myth (Greek, Roman, Egyptian etc)?

I love Greek mythology!  Rick Riordan talked about how family dysfunction and divorce is not a modern problem – just read Greek mythology.  I love that!

Mini Challenge Question 2:
What is your favorite book with some type of mythology in it?

Harry Potter by far!  She incorporates more mythology from different sources than any one person should be able to!


Reading Challenge: 2011 E-Book Challenge

Thanks to The Ladybug Reads… for this challenge!

My favorite thing about book blogging is the community and all the fun challenges!  I {heart} my new Kindle so I thought this would be a great challenge to sign up for.  I really want to reach the Possessed level which is 50 ebooks, but we’ll see 🙂  Here’s my progress so far:

  1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  2. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  3. The Lost Symbol: Special Illustrated Edition by Dan Brown
  4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  5. My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’Homme
  6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  7. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  8. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  10. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
  11. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  12. Spells by Aprilynne Pike
  13. Illusions by Aprilynne Pike
  14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  15. Matched by Ally Condie
  16. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  18. Kindle User’s Guide (Does this count?  Because believe it or not, I read it cover to cover)
  19. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (re-read)
  20. ?

Reading Challenge: The Dusty Bookshelf

It has been my own personal challenge for the past two years to read all those books that I bought and never read, so I thought I’d give it a cute badge and a name so others can join me!  I thought of the name because some of my books have been sitting on my shelf for a loooong time – and they are collecting a lot of dust.  So the older and dustier the book, the better!  If you’re really ambitious, you can add how long the book had been sitting on your shelf before you actually read it.  I’m hosting this challenge, so if you want to sign up, go to my Reading Challenge page for all the details. If I finish my entire list it will put me at the Grungy level of 20 books.

Books I’ve finished:

  1. Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas, Donald F. Glut and James Kahn (about 10 years)
  2. The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton (2 years)
  3. The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough by Dr. Seuss (10+ years)
  4. Positive Leadership by Kim Cameron (2 years)
  5. Bringing up Boys by Dr. James Dobson (less than a year)

Books I want to finish before the end of the year:

  • The 9/11 Commission Report (Gosh at least 6 years.  Can you blame me?)
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (5 years)
  • A Preface to Paradise Lost by C.S. Lewis (8 years)
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (2 years)
  • Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton (9+ years)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (2 years)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (2 years)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (2 years)
  • Our Search for Happiness by M. Russell Ballard (7 years)
  • A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by Legrand Richards (7 years)
  • Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage (7 years)
  • Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage (7 years)
  • Truth Restored/Gospel Principles by Gordon B. Hinckley (7 years)
  • The Secret of Staying in Love by John Powell (7 years)
  • The Odyssey by Homer (less than a year)

Update July 10, 2011