Sunday, April 28, 2013

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 21-24

This was the first book I got after signing up for Fantastic Firsts and I am digging it.
Hour 21: mad libs
Original paragraph from Wool by Hugh Howey:
Knowing they only had a year, he and Allison had invited superstition into their lives, looking to anything for help. Tricks, like hanging garlic over the bed, that supposedly increased fertility; two dimes under the mattress  for twins; a pink ribbon in Allison’s hair; smudges of blue dye under Holston’s eyes—-all of it ridiculous and desperate and fun. The only thing crazier would have been to not try everything, to leave some silly séance or tale untested.
Mad libs paragraph:  
Knowing they only had a tricycle, he and Allison had invited pantaloons into their lives, looking to anything for help. Tricks, like smacking garlic over the duckling, that awkwardly increased fertility; two sailboats under the quail for twins; an important lumber in Allison’s hair; smudges of wooden mascara under Holston’s eyes—-all of it ridiculous and desperate and fun. The only thing crazier would have been to not submit everything, to leave some silly kite or teeth untested.
Heading into the home stretch. 

The feel of this book is so nice (the texture of the cover, the weight of the pages) and the most important part, the actual story, is awesome.

Done! I was able to meet my goals and now I have a handful of great books to finish. I am exhausted though.

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 17-20

This is what I get for trying to eat a burrito while reading a book.

Range of Ghosts is really good so far, but a quick nap is in order.
The Hour 18: cover me. I went rogue timewise and I am not on the same hour as everyone else so I only did the part where you choose your own and I think this is suppossed to be for books published in 2013 so that is what I limited the choices too.

Charging onward with some orange tea and some orange chocolate.
 Hour 19: picture break. See previous pictures.

Stopping here for now.

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 13-16

I finally have something else to put on the finished pile.

More tea!
Hour 14: share a quote. I picked a couple of quotes from You by Austin Grossman because I flagged a ton of them while reading.
They were a fixture, short and tall, two different flavors of loser. You'd see them walking home every day, Simon's hands shaping the air. What did they talk about? Comics, movies, inside jokes held over from the fourth grade? Another teen friendship, another tiny mysterious universe. (p. 7)
It was the first time, also, that I had to get out of a car when I wanted to stay sitting there forever, the first time I looked up at the black sky while the car pulled away, and the first time I hung around outside my house at one fifteen in the morning, freezing and wanting to stay out there so the moment held and so that I stayed the same new person who'd just ridden in a car with a girl, because I knew when I stepped through the doorway into my house I'd go back to being the old person. I stayed out for another half an hour, walking in circles like a lost polar explorer. (p. 89) 
So...Fragment is a weird book.

About to start Range of Ghosts, but there are pressing football issues.
Hour 16: turn the page (current book is Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear)
"I woud rather read than argue over the remains of a plate of hard-baked dumplings any day!"

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 9-12

Bernard Knox's intro for The Iliad is the business.

Snack time again. This is ridiculously good.

Time for a comedy and nap break.

Fulfilling the mini challenge.
Hour 11: picture challenge. See above

Almost done with You (just have the coda left).

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 5-8

Fulfilling the mini challenge.
Hour 5: self portrait. See above.

Getting some fresh air.
Hour 6: book puzzle

I like so many parts in this book. I am running out of sticky notes.
Hour 7: best and worst covers (for book from read-a-thon)
Best: I like both the first and the second covers above because they fit with the vibe of the book and give you and idea of what you are going to be reading about, especially the second image which says, “Hey, we are going on a quest.”
Worst: Ugh. I mean, I get it: there is a green knight on the cover. It is rather ghostly though and implies a way stronger horror element than is present in the poem. There are strange goings-on but they are not terrifying.

Another entry in what seems like a never ending parade of snacks.

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 1-4


Ready at the starting line.

Already diving into breakfast.

This quote from You made me laugh.

Time for more food.
New title of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Sir Gawain and several others get jerked around by Morgan le Fay.

Friday, April 26, 2013

(MODIFIED) DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: GOALS

Dewey's 24 hour readathon starts tomorrow.

Books to Read
1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous (translated by Simon Armitage)
2. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
4. Fragment by Warren Fahy
5. You by Austin Grossman
6. The Iliad by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
7. Wool by Hugh Howey
8. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

My Goals
time spent reading: Several unexpected events (on-call that resulted in a messed up sleep schedule, last minute plans for dinner and a comedy show on Saturday night with friends that just moved back to town) have conspired to prevent me from doing twenty-four contiguous hours so instead I will be going twenty-four hours total from start time with a chunk of time in the middle that will be a break. Not quite the epic commitment that this is supposed to be but at least I will carve out a full twenty-four hours of reading this weekend. I won't be on the same schedule as everyone else and I didn't officially sign up so this is more like a personal exercise and practice for the one in October I guess.

books: Finish Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (on page 55 at start of read-a-thon), finish The Iliad introduction (on page 20 of 64 at start of read-a-thon), finish two books, and start the other four.


other: Take a picture every hour and complete ten mini challenges.