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Rereading mini-challenge

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

I try not to reread during Readathons, but I am a notorious rereader in general. Most of my favorites are series: Orson Scott Card’s Ender saga; Harry Potter; Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar and Magic’s Pawn series. I’m really trying to reread less these days, but sometimes I need the comfort of old friends and don’t have the emotional energy to make new ones – this applies to “real” life and my reading life, as the relationships I have with characters in great books are every bit as real to me as the ones I have with the people around me, they’re just easier to maintain :)

One other book I have reread many times and likely will many more is Les Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues. It was life-changing for me the first time, and has had a different and still profound effect on me each time since. It’s always interesting to me how my personal growth and evolution influences the interpretation of books I’ve read at different times in my life.

I finished Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and want to be Jenny Lawson’s BFF forever. I’m currently flying through Thirteen Reasons Why – it’s raw, intriguing, and compelling, making it a perfect Readathon book. Only eight and a half hours to go; we’re nearly two thirds of the way through!

Anti-hero challenge

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Quickie post for the latest challenge; will add images and formatting and such when I’m at the computer, but Xander is cozy and asleep on my hip, so I’m not going to disturb him :)

The first anti-hero that came to my mind is Peter Wiggin from the Ender saga and parallel novels by Orson Scott Card. He isn’t really fully developed until the second series, which starts with Ender’s Shadow, but if I remember correctly, Xenocide begins the task of making him a person and not only a memory of an evil, heartless older brother. I highly recommend both series, and actually should reread the shadow series myself sometime soon.

There are also some great anti-heroes/villains in Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven series, but as alliances and enemies aren’t all clear and without question, I don’t want to spoil for anyone – absolutely a must-read series if you love good YA fantasy, though!

Back to The Bloggess, now; exactly halfway through the book and love, love, loving it.

Mini-Challenge

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

For this challenge, you must turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading (or the nearest page with text on it) and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence:

“I would rather read than ________ any day!”

I knew that Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened would be the PERFECT book for this challenge, and I needed something funny to follow my last read, so I saved this challenge for when I started this book. My submission:

“I would rather read than [feel] around the deep freeze for the Popsicles and instead [pull] out an enormous frozen rattlesnake that Charles had thrown in while it was still alive any day!”

Yep, I can honestly say that is true. Now back to page one :) Thanks to Alexis at Reflections of a Bookaholic for hosting!

Photo update

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

My readathon day is enjoyable, but I always forget that I don’t read as fast as I used to and it can get frustrating (refer to rule #9, Kirsten…!). The good thing about having slowed down my reading is that I truly read everything now, and have a much greater appreciation for skilled writers. Lois Lowry is one such writer, and I find myself experiencing really big emotions when I read even a simple sentence of hers. I just finished A Summer to Die, and while I knew it was going to be sad, I mean duh, I wasn’t expecting so much beauty and loveliness. Which also made me a little sad to read, but in a bittersweet way. Anyway, here are a few of the passages that stood out to me. It was hard to limit it to a reasonable number, honestly.

This last one in particular hit me hard today. The way it is written is reminiscent of a voice I hear speaking in my heart always, the fact that I have cried and laughed in the same breath more often than I care to think about in the past week, and the reminder of the friends who have wiped the tears and brought the laughter all make this a huge takeaway from this book.

 

Book puzzle!

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

This hour’s mini-challenge is a super fun one; thanks to Melissa at One Librarian’s Book Reviews for hosting!

The challenge is to create a rebus, essentially, for a book title. So the pictures below, when put together in order, will give you the title of a book. I saw The Vagina Monologues when I was browsing my shelf for a good title for this one, but man, “monologues” is a hard word to convey through imagery. ;) So, here we go – can you guess the book? Hint: it’s non-fiction.

Readathon is underway, sort of.

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

I’m pretty certain this morning exists just to prove to me that just by saying, “I will not lose my mind if something goes wrong,” does not mean that nothing will go wrong. Maybe everything will.

My alarm didn’t go off or didn’t wake me or whatever; this isn’t the first time this has happened since I got the new phone, and I’m glad I have a 14 year old who wakes at ungodly hours on weekends or else I would probably still be asleep.

My computer needed to be restarted because it was lagging like whoa.

Only two of the seven books I transferred to my Nook are showing up in my library, and I have NO idea why.

So, while Readathon is not exactly off to a rip-roaring start, I have 22 more hours to make up the two lost to a little extra sleep and technical difficulties.

Hour one questionnaire!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Portland, Maine
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened; it’s the only one I purchased specifically for today.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Hmm, tough call. Probably my cheesy no-bean chili dip.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m late for everything! Today is no exception.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Not the last one, but previous ones, and I’m mostly just trying to let go of my feeling that I have to do every mini-challenge, read every tweet, and visit every blog. Stress is not part of the game plan :)

I’m not going to do the “Reading in Translation” mini-challenge because I’ve never really thought about the question and don’t want to spend a whole lot of time on it, but I will say that the best book I’ve read that was translated from the original Japanese where the translation stood out as being superb was Takami’s Battle Royale. All you Hunger Games fans, if you’ve not read it, get your hands on it ASAP – you’ll be blown away.

Now, off to tinker with technology and maybe read a few pages!