Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Mid-Event Survey

Just finished dinner…here’s my responses to the mid-event survey!

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? My eyes were tired before I breaked for dinner, I actually shut them for about 15 minutes while lying on my bed…that little refresher did the trick, though, and I’m feeling bright eyed once again!

2) What have you finished reading? I’ve finished Beyond the Beautiful Forevers (had about 50 pages left to read today), and read in their entireties Silver Linings Playbook and When the King Comes Home
3) What is your favorite read so far? Silver Linings Playbook
4) What about your favourite snacks? Cheese cubes and gummy Coke bottles (not at the same time, though ;))
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I have been keeping socializing to the minimum, but towards the end of the event, I hope to check out some more participants’ blogs πŸ™‚
Currently reading: The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon: Introductory Questionnaire

I’m a little bit behind (I slept til eight today! ;P) but here are my answers for the introductory questionnaire!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? The Canadian Prairies! It looks a little grey out today, just how I like the weather to be when I’m spending time reading πŸ™‚
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hard to say – I’ve heard fantastic things about The Flame Alphabet, and it sounds like something a little different, so I’ll go with that one.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Gummy Coke bottles – my special treat for today!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Uwah….I’m going on a three month trip to Ireland, England and Portugal in a month and I’m using today to get some reading done since I won’t have much time during my trip! πŸ˜‰
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? I participated in a different read-a-thon in December, but this will be my first big one – I’m hoping to spend more time reading! πŸ˜‰

Currently reading: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – I finished most of this book during the week, but have about 40 pages left.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Now that my busiest semester EVER is over (regular course work was more than enough to deal with, then I had five papers and two exams all due in the first week of exam period…), I am looking forward to getting caught up on my reading tomorrow during Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon.  Tonight I am cleaning my room and planning snacks and meals tomorrow – happily, I know I can depend on my mother for a good dinner. My friend will be coming over for at least part of the day, so I’m looking forward to that. We participated in a smaller read-a-thon back in December and had a lot of fun, even though all it meant was that we sat around reading in silence together πŸ˜› Here are the books I will be choosing from to read (I will likely start in order and work my way through the pile as best as I can – though I have no delusions about getting through the pile; this is the list of books I’d like to read before I leave for my three month trip on June 9!):

  • When the King Comes Home by Caroline Stevermer
  • Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus
  • Isis by Douglas Clegg
  • Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
  • Dynamics of Faith by Paul Tillich
  • Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel L. Everett
  • How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall
  • Justice by Rhiannon Paille
  • The Good Father by Noah Hawley

And here’s my ‘sustenance’ list, so I don’t panic tomorrow wondering what to eat/drink ;P:

  • Chocolate pudding
  • Peaches, oranges
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Carrots
  • Cheerios
  • Chips
  • Five Alive
  • Hot Chocolate/Tea
  • Coca-cola
  • Breakfast: Bagel, juice, yogurt
  • Lunch: Shepherd’s pie

I won’t be participating for the whole 24 hours, as I have a going away party for my best friend, who is off to Australia for the summer. I will be waking up a little earlier than normal, though, (thankfully the read-a-thon starts at 7AM my time, not too bad!) to maximize my participation. I donated a prize – one of my extra copies of The Fault in Stars, signed during John’s period of ‘sign ALL the preorders.’ ;P I’m glad I found some way to pass it on! Lastly, I will be participating on three platforms:

Keep an eye out for me! πŸ™‚

Roundup – Books Read for School

These books were all read for courses during winter semester 2013 (January to March). ‘Why I picked it up’ notes the department of the course that the book was read for.
  • Worldviews, Religion and the Environment: A Global Anthology edited by Richard C. Foltz
    • Published: June 2002
    • Genre: Non-fiction, anthology
    • Why I picked it up: Religion and culture course
    • Rating: 3 stars
    • My Thoughts:
      • Good collection, lots of variety, but assumes you know a lot about certain subjects – a lot of things in the articles about the Abrahamic traditions went over my head. I would’ve liked more explanatory commentary by the editor. I read this book for a basic religious studies course, though, so this book would probably be a great read for someone more familiar with religious studies or particular traditions – the book covers a lot of religions and worldviews, one could probably easily find articles relevant to their own specific focus.
  • Fairy Tale Films: Visions of Ambiguity by Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix
    • Published: August 2010
    • Genre: Non-fiction, original anthology
    • Why I picked it up: Women and gender studies course
    • Rating: 4 stars
    • My Thoughts:
      • I liked the variety and scope of the articles in this book – the intersections of the two subjects (gender studies and fairy tale films) provides for some really intriguing discussions. I particularly liked the article about Ever After; I wrote a paper stemming from my own response to that article. 
  • The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
    • Published:
    • Genre: Fiction, anthology
    • Why I picked it up: English course (topic: fairy tale adaptions)
    • Rating: 2-4 stars
    • My Thoughts:
      • Unfortunately, I feel like this was one of those books ‘ruined’ for me by school – well, not ruined, per se, but I couldn’t truly enjoy it because it came during the hectic rush and my response was ‘AUGHH, I have to read another book when I have all this work to do?!’ and I couldn’t really get into it. I skimmed most of it, didn’t find the stories too intriguing but I did like the general premises. I’m not really a fan of ‘sexy fairy tales’, but that isn’t quite exactly what this collection is, though I’m sure many would argue that – essentially, I’m giving the book 2 stars based on my first encounter, but I think in a more favourable situation I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more. Hopefully it will see a reread in the future!