5 Point Challenges Total: 20Read a book with a proper name in the title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Finished 12/25Read a book about a queen or king: Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles: a Novel by Margaret GeorgeRead a book by or about/related to a Bronte: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde Finished 11/16Read a book about Vampires: Vampire Breath by R.L. Stine Finished 11/2Read a book by V.C. Andrews: Flowers In the Attic Finished 1/1410 Point Challenges Total: 40Read a book by Canadian author: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett Finished 11/5Read a book by or about/related to Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol Finished 1/4Read a book set in France: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Finished 2/19Read a book by Georgette Heyer: A Lady of QualityRead an ‘art’ themed book: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol Finished 2/1515 Point Challenges Total: 75Read a book with a Civil War theme (any country): Confederates In the Attic: Dispatches From the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz Finished 1/19Read a book with characters inspired by King Arthur or about King Arthur/Camelot: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Finished 2/11Read a biography/autobiography: Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer by Andrea Lyon Finished 2/3Read a book related to or something by Shakespeare: Fool by Christopher Moore Finished 11/8Read a book by an author born in November, December, January or February: A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (Born November 15th) Finished 12/820 Point Challenges Total: 80Read a book with a wintery theme (Christmas, snow, ice, freezing, star, camel, mistletoe, etc.): The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (audio) Finished 11/29Read a book that was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (audio) Finished 12/3Read a book that begins with A and one that begins with Z: American Born Chinese by Luen Gene Yang Finished 1/8 and the Zombie Survival Guide by Max BrooksRead a book from The Modern Library Top 100: Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut Finished 2/7Read a book and then write a review: How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity, edited by Michael Cart Finished 1/25, Reviewed 2/1
Monthly Archives: October 2009
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Well, as you may or may not have noticed, I dropped at the beginning of Hour 20. I had just finished a book and felt a little too overwhelmed to get involved with another one.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Gates by John Connolly kept me laughing, but I would just advise having 4-5 short books to choose from so when you’re super tired you don’t feel dumbfounded trying to decide which book to read.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think everything was great!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The mini-challenges were fun, the cheerleaders were amazing, and the encouragement spectacular. A+ to everyone. (What is with my weird obession of grading everything? Must have missed my true calling as a teacher.)
5. How many books did you read? Three and I started a fourth.
6. What were the names of the books you read? Butch Is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman, The Gates by John Connolly, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, and The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson (which put down and went back to Olive because I was getting too nervous. Don’t try to tell me that book is not exciting.)
7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Gates was really funny, but Olive Kitteridge lived up to it’s high praise. Just, note to self, make sure to read happier books next time.
8. Which did you enjoy least? I liked all my books, some were just not exactly Read-a-Thon appropriate.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I am probably about 96% likely to participate in April. Now that I have the benefit of my experience, I know to rush the graphic novel section.
Other important things to note for next time:
- I managed to mess up not only my grand total of pages read, but also I deleted a post by accident, and I’m sure some of my sentences didn’t even make sense. Next time: prepare the posts in advance, with the ability to plug numbers in, which will make it easier to spend a few minutes actually writing instead of just posting boring things.
- I orderered a pizza at 12:30 and it got here at 1:15. I had to go to sleep by 2:00. Next time: get a pizza earlier, because it was delicious. Also, not from the place I orderered it from, because there wasn’t enough cheese.
- NEXT TIME: HAPPY BOOKS. Honestly, Olive Kitteridge is the most depressing book I can remember reading that didn’t involve dead moms and/or surprise!cancer. Don’t get me wrong, Olive is really well written, the characters are real and almost too relateable, and I’m glad I read it; BUT the emotions got a little intense. I knew I just should have picked up Alice In Wonderland.
A super big THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to comment and leave some inspiration. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Bonus: I have a couple great aunts who are very similar to one Olive Kitteridge. My maternal side of the family is from Maine, and really, these aunts share a lot of Olive’s quirks.
My body is yelling at me to get to bed, so I’m going to listen. I’m going to try to have it be just a nap, but we’ll see.
Anything else: The Girl Who Played With Fire is one of those books you don’t want to read because you’re scared of what’s going to happen next but you have to read because it’s so good. It’s probably a bad idea to read it so late!
1. What are you reading right now? Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, but I think I’m going to put it down for now.
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve finished two: Butch Is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman and The Gates by John Connolly. Luckily for me, they were both very enjoyable!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Girl Who Played With Fire–I can’t resist, it’s going to be my next book. Sorry, library.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? In fact, I did. We had a two hour meeting today for work that I had to plead (ok, just ask–my boss is very nice) to not go to. I’m working on my birthday, so I thought it was a fair trade.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Only self imposed interruptions, luckily.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I’m surprised I’m not reading faster. I’m also a bit surprised by how amazing the cheerleaders are–all the great comments have been making me smile.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Just for me, I think I’ll keep better track of how much time I spend actually reading, blogging, and gazing off in the distance. My inner organizer is very impatient.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I will definitely be participating in April. I think I’ll make a better schedule regarding the books I’m reading, make sure I have a couple graphic novels to break everything up, and make food the day before.
9. Are you getting tired yet? I am, mostly because its been raining all day and that always makes me tired.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? I wish I did. My hat is off to all who are reading AND cheerleading. The hours are going by so quickly!
Anything else: I went to the convience store, what a blast, and took a rather long break.
Anything else: I deleted my post for hour 10 and was really confused about it. I only ended up reading for about 15 minutes!