I feel like when I was a little kid and waiting for Christmas Eve to come. That flock of butterflies in your stomach that slowly grows to a legion. The feeling that any time now something magic will happen. Wondering what’s in store this time and wanting to start now, now, now!
It’s time. It’s finally here. It’s Dewey’s!
My goals for this (my fourth read-a-thon) are simple:
Read a bunch!
And interact with all the other lovely readers!
As always, my ambitions are well beyond even my comprehension 😉
I’ve got a nice night’s sleep behind me, a tidy house, the snacks ready, a cup of tea brewing, and a towering stack of bookish treasures at my side. Now if only that darn clock would run just a little faster…
14.00: It’s time! Let’s read…
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to all of them, but especially my newly purchased “Saga” omnibus. “A Wrinkle in Time” and some supernatural tales from Algernon Blackwood.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
There is a cheese cake that has been sitting in the fridge since last night, so I’m expecting that to be pretty delicious. Also, The Hubby has started making Boeuf bourguignon, which already smells epic!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
My name is Camilla, I am 34, I’m originally from Denmark, but have lived in several different countries and am currently reading from Brussels. I love to read most genres of books, but have a soft spot for all things magical and fantasy, and like during previous read-a-thons, my reading buddy today is my extremely fierce (and cute) pet dragon, Rognar The Destroyer!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Mostly I’m doing all the things I know work for me, but this year I’m also hosting a mini-challenge later, which I’m really looking forward to!
15.45: Wrinkling through time
I had actually planned to start today with “The Bunker Diary” which had just arrived in the mail this morning, but after just a couple of pages, I realised that it’s probably more the sort of story that will be great at keeping me awake when the darker hours come.
Instead, I’m currently about half-way through “A Wrinkle in Time”, which so far is a very sweet and enchanting, yet clever story – I’m getting why it’s a classic. The sky outside is overcast and every once in awhile I hear the rain pattering on the windows, and even though it would have been nice with a reading excursion to the park, I adore the rain and is there really any better weather for reading and a hot cup of tea in your favourite Doctor Who mug?
18:00: First book done!
I’ve just turned the final page of “A Wrinkle in Time” and it was a perfect first read for today. Sweet and whimsical with strong messages of love and family and the world being much more than what we perceive and see every day. The ending was a bit too quickly and easily resolved for me, and as the overall concept of the story was wonderful, but felt a bit underdeveloped, I think I’ll definitely pick of the next books in the series sometime.
Now for a little quick break of walking around the house, and then to pick my next read… Any suggestions?
20:15: Cheering for scoundrels! No, wait…
After finishing my first book, I spend almost 1½ hours hopping around blogland – cheering and checking in with friends and constantly smiling at all the loveliness going on everywhere in the world in the name of reading and Dewey!
Following all the merriment (and a prompt from Rikke), I decided to go with my Penguin Little Black Classic “The Great Winglebury Duel” which consists of 2 short tales of scoundrels and ne’er-do-wells and such silliness as only Dickens can manage! Typical tales of mistaken identity and pompous airs being brought down to earth (in a way very reminiscent of Austen), it was just what I needed 🙂
Now, the delicious and mouth-watering scent of the Hubby’s home made Boeuf Bourguignon, which has been tormenting me for the last many hours, is finally ready to be eaten! And I think I will accompany it with another book…
22:46: Drifting out to sea.
Every time! Every time we do this, I keep thinking that 24 hours is such a long time that I’ll be able to read so much and race through thousands of pages. And every time, I have to realise that I don’t read that quickly and I should stop being surprised when the sun goes down and I’m still only on page 33. Or you know…
But it’s all perfectly fine, because I am having a wonderful time interacting with all you lovely readers and just relishing the fact that I don’t have anything else planned today. And that right now, I am immersed in a sea world unlike any I’ve experienced before with “The Changeling Sea” – a tiny book that it turns out contains so many beautiful and lyrical words that draw me out to sea…
In a little while, I will be getting ready to post my mini-challenge! It’s my first time, so I’m really excited to see how everyone likes it and their answers.
I will post it in a new post and leave that at the top for the next couple of hours (it goes online at midnight), but I’ll keep updating my own progress here. After the challenge is over, I’ll re-pin this post to the top 🙂
Hope you have time to drop by after midnight for some challenge fun!
00:54: Relaxing with cheese cake and wonderful answers
We’re almost at the half-way mark, and I don’t think I’ve ever read this little so far along in the read-a-thon as right now! I’ve just finished “The Changeling Sea” at 137 pages, but even though my “numbers” might be a bit low this year, I am having a wonderful time. The book was so very different than I had expected – instead of a whimsical fantasy, it was a lyrical and melancholy story of changelings who can never belong in any world. Very beautiful and makes you want to sit in a cottage by the sea and stare out forever… Just in case you might catch a glimpse of the land under the waves.
Right now, I’m loving reading all your fun and varying answers to the challenge – there are some very interesting answers in there! And I’m so happy so many have joined in 🙂
03:19: Trapped underground
We’re an hour past the half-way point and I’m completely into my YA “horror” story about a boy waking up in an underground prison “The Bunker Diary”. So far, it’s really catching and I’m speeding through the pages – I love when that happens!
So far, despite the lateness of the hour, I’m not too tired, but I’ve been known to say that before and then horribly crash 30 minutes later, so I’ll try not to jinx myself too much this time 🙂
I’ve had some amazing response to the mini-challenge – thank you to everyone who participated! I’ll have a closer look at all the answers and draw a winner before the end of the read-a-thon, but right now I want to get back to my book 😉
How are you all doing here in the 14th hour? Still reading?
06:14: Still awake and reading
The birds are singing up a storm outside my window and the street lights have just been turned off. It’s officially morning, and I’ve just finished my fourth book “The Bunker Diary”, which did an amazing job of keeping me awake through the dark hours with its rather disturbing tale of imprisonment and hope and despair.
I can definitely feel in my eyes and body that it’s not completely sane to still be up at this time, but I’m determined to try and stay up, so I think I will spend some time cheering and checking in with everyone else before I choose my next book.
09:27: The slow crash, the long hours and the second wind
I’m still here! Barely… Around 7.30, my eyes started to lose their ability to remain open for more than 20 seconds at a time, and while I really liked the strange short story I was reading – “The Bloody Chamber” – I had to relent. And break out the secret weapon: The Saga Omnibus Vol. 1!
And while the battle was fierce and not easily won, the troops rallied under the beautiful colours and amazing storytelling of the Saga, and I’m still here – 3 hours and 14 issues later.
It is a truly mind-blowing, provocative, lovely, strange and heart-breaking story and the drawings are mostly beyond description – all I can say is, whether you’re a “comic book person” or not, you MUST read Saga if you love good storytelling! Simple as that.
Now, I think I will make a some breakfast and commence my traditional reading of yet another book in the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series.
11:59: Getting ready for the final sprint!
I’ve just finished “The Wide Window” and as always, the Series of Unfortunate Events provides a silly and quick read, which means I’m now ready to spend the final two hours on a sprint 🙂 Whether I will go for another whole book or read a bunch of short stories and the last chapters of “Saga”… I’ll let fate decide (which basically means I’ll just pick whatever I feel like once I get back to my chair) 🙂
Update: I decided that no read-a-thon is complete without some Gaiman (I’ve read something of his every time), and so I decided to read the short tale “Odd and the Frost Giants” to finish off the day.
Update @ 13.05: I still have another hour to go, so I will continue my reading of the sensuous short story fairy tale re-tellings of Angela Carter in “The Bloody Chamber”.
14:03: And now we come to the end…
We made it! For the first time, I managed to stay awake for the full 24 hours and I’m full of a feeling of accomplishment 🙂 It was tough, but it was worth every minute, and I’m already excited for the next read-a-thon – October cannot come too soon! In fact, can we do it again next weekend?
I managed to read 6½ short books and the entire Volume 1 of the Saga Omnibus, and considering how much time I also feel like I managed to spend on socialising and cheering and updating, I’m very happy with that!
The final “tally” looks something like this:
1143 pages read + 504 pages graphic novel
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle – 203 pages
“The Great Winglebury Duel” by Charles Dickens – 64 pages
“The Changeling Sea” by Patricia A. McKillip – 137 pages
“The Bunker Diary” by Kevin Brooks – 268 pages
“Saga Deluxe Edition, Volume 1” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – 504 pages (graphic novel)
“The Wide Window” by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events 3) – 217 pages
“Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman – 104 pages
“The Bloody Chamber” by Angela Carter – 75 pages read (not completed)
It’s been absolutely wonderful! See you again in October, but please excuse me for now, as I must go sleep… 😉