Thursday, July 14, 2011

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon is on!


End of read-a-thon--final update
Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

Total pages read = 226 (almost equivalent to one short novel, although pages read were from three different books).
To the Lighthouse = 60 pages
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo = 102 pages
The Widow of the South = 64 pages

Not great, but I did do some catching up, which was what I wanted.  I just have too many distractions in my life right now!

Thanks to Lori at Pure Imagination, Readind Angel, and Candace's Book Blog for hosting this fun event!

Update 7/13/11

I'm not going to do any mini-challenges so I can focus on the reading.

I have read a total of 190 pages so far in the read-a-thon.

I read 60 pages in To the Lighthouse for a read along
I read 102 pages in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for my TuesBookTalk read along.
I have read 28 pages out of the 294 I need to read to get caught up on The Widow of the South read along
If/when I finish that, I will pick up Roots again.

Read-a-Thon Update and Mini-Challenges 7/12/11

I'm not updating in terms of entire books read because right now I'm reading sections of books for read alongs.  Yesterday was less than stellar...big surprise! I read the first section of To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, 60 pages.  Late last night (or technically early, early this morning) I tried to start Roots by Alex Haley and promptly fell asleep.  I got up late this morning so after I get this bit of blogging done, I will read the section of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson for tonight's TuesBookTalk.  After that, it will either be Roots again or The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks.

I'm doing one of the mini-challenges today and it's hosted by Casey at The Bookish Type.  The challenge is to pick any book from your readathon pile and write a fake synopsis based solely on the cover. The synopsis does not have to be related to the actual book at all, just the pretty, pretty cover.

The sea swirls and churns below the lighthouse.  In the distance, a ghostly ship can be seen upon the water.  Sam McKay has been the lighthouse keeper for years, but this is the first time he has seen this apparition.  What does this mean for their little island?  Sam finds local paranormal expert, Abbie Turner, and together they set out to investigate the story behind the ship.  Will they find out the ship means to menace or will it prove to be just a harmless haunting?


Mini-Challenge #1--hosted by Bailey at IB Book Blogging.  She asks us to answer the following questions:

Mini Challenge Question 1:What is your favorite type of myth (Greek, Roman, Egyptian etc)?
While I'm a fan of most myths, my favorite has always been the Arthurian legends and myths.

Mini Challenge Question 2:
What is your favorite book with some type of mythology in it?

My favorite book featuring my most favorite myths and legends is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  One of the best Arthurian legend novels ever written!


The read-a-thon started 30 minutes ago...oops! I was thinking midnight my time, but I'm an hour behind the 12am EST start time so it should have been 11:00 my time.  Anyhoo, I'm starting now! Here are my plans:

First thing will be to catch up on read along reads today...

  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • Roots by Alex Haley
  • The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
If I have any time left today, I will read the following...
  • Finish Dante's Journey by JC Marino
  • Finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
On Tuesday, read the section for the TuesBookTalk read along...
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson
Continuing Tuesday and for the rest of the read-a-thon...
  • The Greek Maiden and the English Lord by Patty Apostolides
  • Captivity by Deborah Noyes
  • Blood and Silk by Carol McKay
I realize I may not get to all these, but always keeping my options open.  

Yours truly,

a read-a-thon addict


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  1. You have some great books planned! Good luck and enjoy :)

  2. Hope you had a great read-a-thon. Sounds like you had some cool books. :) And hope you enjoyed Dante's Journey. :) Have a great week!!!

  3. Looks like you had fun with the read a thon. I never get as much reading as I hope too, but like you said - ir puts a dent in it ;)

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