Saturday, April 21, 2012

Read-A-Thon Updates and Mini-challenges

Hour 2 & 7 PM: The second minichallenge - Reading in Translation 

I've read a few translated books (Haruki Murakami, Steig Larsson, Paulo Coelho, Flaubert, etc)
For a book that I'd like to read in the original, I pick the Mahabharata. This is a superlong Indian epic, written in Sanskrit, a language that formed the basis of all Indian languages. It's still taught in schools (rather like Latin).
The Mahabharata and the Ramayana have been translated many times but all translations must necessarily be flavored by both the translator and the times he/she lives in.

8:00 PM/Hour 3: 
Completed the short story Intuition by J.Meyers - I started late and spent the first hour cheerleading other Readathon-ers.
Also, Twitter is pretty distracting!
For my next book, I'm going offline, though still on my laptop. Remember, I'm only reading ebooks this Read-a-thon!

9:30 PM Hour 4: Turn to Page 32 Minichallenge
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 would rather read than seen you promenading through town all covered with the stuff."
--- Page 32 of Emily and the Dark Angel by Jo Bev.

10:30 PM/Hour 5: I've just finished my first book - the fun historical romance "Emily and the Dark Angel" by Jo Beverly
Pages read = 17+191 
Currently Reading = BattlePug by Mike Norton

11:20 PM/Hour 6: Minichallenge Bon Appetit
I'm reading Mike Norton's Battlepug, the graphic novel. Our party would include pets! So the food would be Pedigree dog food, kibbles, chewable toys AND oh yes, adult food - dog-shaped biscuits, and chicken kebabs with cucumber dip from turkey (one of the locations)
Pages read = 17+191 
Currently Reading = BattlePug by Mike Norton & The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by DWJ
Both are incredibly funny!

12:50 PM/Hour 7:
Pages read = 17+191+66
Book Finished = Mike Norton's Battlepug
Thanks to NetGalley for the graphic novel

I'm going to read and then sleep for several hours now, no updates till morning!
Will probably get more done without twitter and other distractions...that is one huge drawback to doing the entire readathon on my laptop only via ebooks and egalleys.

12:20 AM/Hour 18:

I'm amazed at just how much I read in the 12 offline hours - I finished both The Gathering and The Calling by Kelley Armstrong. These are fantastic YA stories written by an author at the top of her game.

A Full Read-a-thon update: 
Reading:The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diane Wynne Jones
Munching: Watermelon juice
Listening: To the grunts and baby noises my two-month old is making as he stretches 

Books finished: Mike Norton's Battlepugs, Kelley Armstrong's The Gathering & The Calling, J. Meyer's Intuitive (short story), Jo Beverly's Emily and the Dark Angel
Total pages read: 17+191+66+326+368
Total reading time: 12hrs approx
Total cheer comments: 25-ish

Check out #readathon and @deepratap on twitter for more updates 

2 PM/ Hour 21: Acrostic Minichallenge  
BattlePugs = Bizarre Animal Tales Told in exciting Punny Ultra Good Story!

I'm re-reading Kelley Armstrong's Frostbitten while spending most of time visiting other blogs.

4 PM/Hour 23: MadLib Minichallenge

Taken from Kelley Armstrong's Frostbitten, are a bunch of nouns, verbs etc arranged into the sentence below - 

This ____snow____ is ____icey____! ____Elena____ has never ____paced___ so much. The ____Kelley____ I'm currently ____rumbling____ is ____canine____ and ____freshly___. When this is over, I will ____sniff____ for ____weeks____.
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  1. I had the pleasure of attending a South Asian author panel yesterday at my state library conference: Chitra Divakaruni, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Thrity Umrigar, and Shubhra Ramineni. It was amazing! Chitra talked about one of her books (I think Palace of Illusions), which is based on the Mabharata. Have you read it?

    1. Oh that sounds great - unfortunately I'm sadly under-read in the Indian literature genre...haven't read any of the authors you mentioned.
      I should read Palace of Illusions, nd I will now that you tell me its based on the Mahabharatha!

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  3. I love your page 32 sentence!

  4. Here to cheer! I hope you get a good night's rest and all ready for more reading!

  5. You've had a great start to your readathon! Have a good sleep :)

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I'm officially back from my outing. Actually started reading at 5:30pm. I'm reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin.

    Hope you're enjoying the read-a-thon!

  7. Mike Norton's Battlepug, now that is a title that you just can't ignore! lol! Thanks for visiting me earlier, I love getting comments during the read-a-thon! I'm going to catch a few hours of sleep too, and hope to be back up for the end, it was such fun to be there last time! See you in the morning! So glad you could join us today!

    -- Shaunie (Team Mercutio)

    1. That's exactly why I got BattlePugs from NetGalley :D

  8. @bybee @Joy @alita- thank you!

  9. Looks like you're doing really great! I read Intangible by J. Meyers and really enjoyed it, so I want to read Intuition, too! Keep it up and thanks so much for stopping by my blog! ;)

    1. Yes, I thought the short story really added to the overall picture of the twins, and its Free!

  10. You had a fantastic Read-A-Thon! Way to go.

  11. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I love Robert Jordan, he is one of my favourite authors. Sounds like you had a good readathon, despite the small baby! Very brave to even attempt it.

  12. It looks like you had a great readathon! I haven't yet read the Kelly Armstrong books, but I've heard really good things about them!

    1. They are great! Worth diving right into :)

  13. Wow, you have my admiration, you packed such a lot into those hours.


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