Hello all and welcome to the 24 hour read-a-thon! To check out the status updates, mini-challenges and other participants, check out our host’s website here. Personally, I’m getting a bit of a late start today after sleeping off a particularly exhausting work week and I’ll probably be doing some work on and off today as well as reading. But I’m very excited about the upcoming mini-challenges so I’ll be doing as many of those as possible and updating this post as I go.
Hour 4 Mini-Challenge (Host: A Literary Odyssey)
The challenge this hour is to recommend a classic that all school age children should read and explain why. Here’s my answer:
I don’t think there are any specific books everyone should read. To me, the point of having school kids read classic literature is two-fold: first, to give them examples of the best writing and second, to inspire a love of reading by having them read good books. All classics meet the good writing requirement, so I would choose books that kids are most likely to enjoy. Particularly books that are relatively accessible (so probably don’t start with Shakespeare, for instance), books about people they can relate to, and books with some adventure. I think some great options would be Call of the Wild and Tom Sawyer, as well as 1984 or Catch-22 for older students.
Hour 5 Mini-Challenge (Host: Reflections of a Bookaholic)
The next challenge facing our intrepid adventurers is to complete the following sentence: “If only you knew ________, you’d run screaming into the night!” in an entertaining way and using a phrase from page 32 of their current read.
My answer: If only you knew you are part of this universe, you’d run screaming into the night! (I’m currently reading Eat, Pray, Love and the page I’m on is full of things that would make sense in that sentence, but not so many things that seemed entertaining.)
Hour 6 Mini-Challenge (Host: Create Your World)
- B – a blogger you’ve never heard of before – All The Things She Read
- I – a blog with the word book in the title – Lost In A Great Book
- N – a blogger who lives in Europe – Malin’s Blog of Books
- G – a male blogger – Mind In Pages
- O – a blogger with more than 5 books in their read-a-thon pile – Ex Libris Bitsy
Hour 7 Mini-Challenge (Book Drunkard)
The challenge this hour is to write an acrostic using the title of the book you’re using. I’m not especially creative so I almost gave this one a pass, but I’m glad I decided to give it a try I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love.
Every day a new experience
Traveling new places
Yogi as a guide
Living for yourself
Opening up to new experiences
End will be fun to read
The challenge for hour 8 is, horror of horrors, to stop reading! And perhaps even… get some fresh air (gasp!). Luckily for me, I was already up and baking! But I’m opening the windows too to let some sunshine in
The challenge for hour 9 was to make a book puzzle and I decided to sit that one out while making tuna casserole for dinner.
And the challenge for hour 10 was to either design a bookmark or describe what you use for one. I’m not making one, because the truth is that I really don’t use one. I occasionally stick a random scrap of paper in my book, but mostly I just remember where I was.
The challenge for hour 11 was related to promoting literacy, perhaps by sharing a story or video of a child reading or promoting a particular organization you support. Since I have neither a child nor a particular cause to write about, I decided to sit this one out.
In hour 12 we talked about dreams involving literary characters. Unfortunately, I very rarely remember my dreams and have never had the pleasure or dreaming about any literary characters – not even the hot ones, haha.
And finally, as we begin hour 13, there’s a Mid-Event Survey:
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? – I’m not tired at all, but I also woke up at 10 this morning. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time
2) What have you finished reading? – Nothing yet, unless you count some papers for work. But I am slowly making my way through Eat, Pray, Love.
3) What is your favorite read so far? – Shockingly enough, my favorite so far is my only read so far (see above). But I’m enjoying it enough that I think Elizabeth Gilbert may become one of the author’s were I read everything they write, so it might make the top of the list anyway.
4) What about your favorite snacks? – Definitely the cranberry muffins I made. Delicious!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! – I haven’t followed any new blogs (yet – it takes time for a blog to win my love, haha) but for the blog bingo above I intentionally picked blogs I could see following in the future. They all seem to do a great job of balancing their memes with reviews, which is important to me, and I like the way they all write. I’ll go ahead and highlight a few things about the individual blogs too:
- All the Things She Read - reads a variety of books and does lots of fun challenges
- Lost in A Great Book - great layout and blog design, also does photography post
- Mind In Pages - written by an incredibly precocious 12 year old, very fun
- Ex Libris Bitsy - also a great layout and a fun mix of genres within YA lit
- Malin’s Blog of Books - longish, well written reviews, also a variety of book types
I hate to say it, but I’m calling it a night folks. I just finished (and loved!) Eat, Pray, Love and it’s time for some Battlefield with friends. I hope everyone else has had a wonderful read-a-thon experience!