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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

April 10, 2011

Here’s what I read during the Read-a-Thon.

1. The Bonus- Georgia Lowe. (thanks to Planned TV Arts for sending me the ARC!) Historical fiction about WWI bonus march. A little dry to start, but I think that was the atmosphere being described (Depression dustbowl, summer 1932.) This book needs to be optioned for a screenplay. Very much! finished around 11am.

2. Thief of Hearts- Christopher Golden. Library book. Shelved as YA, and starring Jenna Blake, a college student who interns at the Medical Examiner’s office, this is part of a fun series of mysteries. Fun but really, really serial-killer violent. Especially when you’re stirring pasta sauce. Which I was. Eek!

3. A Fish Out Of Agua- Michele Carlo. A series of essays and riffs on growing up a redheaded Puerto Rican in New York in the 70s and 80s. Only in the last quarter of the book did it emerge that she had started doing a one-woman show, her alter ego Carmen Mofongo. Can definitely see that in the pacing of the way the stories played out.

4. Shadows Bright as Glass- Amy Ellis Nutt. Gorgeous. I blogged about it.

And that took me to about midnight, hot chocolate, some blog reading. (I’m amazed by how many Dewey’s participants there are. And from all over. I’m also amazed/envious of people who read more books than I did. Next year, I’ve gotta pick shorter books!)

And then I started reading a mystery, A Share in Death. By 2AM I had headed to my bed, intending to read. But I wound up snoozing til 4, reading some more, and going back to sleep til 7. So I’m halfway through it.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 2AM to 5AM. I was pretty zonked so I went to bed to read. And I slept in my comfy bed. I think that was a good idea though, and am planning to spend at least part of today and tomorrow reading as if I were putting in the time I missed sleeping.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? For anyone who loves science and is curious about brains: Shadows Bright As Glass by Amy Ellis Nutt. Other than that, pick lots of short books.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Make sure there’s some system in place for recording and aggregating book titles and statistics, from the start.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? All of it, the Twitter feed, Facebook, ,the fun posts. On a personal level, holing up at my parents’ place to be cheered on and fed by Dad. Dad says hooray and congratulations to everyone, and has been really really impressed with the Twitter presence and the main site in particular.
5. How many books did you read? 4.5
6. What were the names of the books you read?

Here’s what I read during the Read-a-Thon.

1. The Bonus- Georgia Lowe. (thanks to Planned TV Arts for sending me the ARC!) Historical fiction about WWI bonus march. A little dry to start, but I think that was the atmosphere being described (Depression dustbowl, summer 1932.) This book needs to be optioned for a screenplay. Very much! finished around 11am.

2. Thief of Hearts- Christopher Golden. Library book. Shelved as YA, and starring Jenna Blake, a college student who interns at the Medical Examiner’s office, this is part of a fun series of mysteries. Fun but really, really serial-killer violent. Especially when you’re stirring pasta sauce. Which I was. Eek!

3. A Fish Out Of Agua- Michele Carlo. A series of essays and riffs on growing up a redheaded Puerto Rican in New York in the 70s and 80s. Only in the last quarter of the book did it emerge that she had started doing a one-woman show, her alter ego Carmen Mofongo. Can definitely see that in the pacing of the way the stories played out.

4. Shadows Bright as Glass- Amy Ellis Nutt. Gorgeous. I blogged about it.

And that took me to about midnight, hot chocolate, some blog reading. (I’m amazed by how many Dewey’s participants there are. And from all over. I’m also amazed/envious of people who read more books than I did. Next year, I’ve gotta pick shorter books!)

And then I started reading a mystery, A Share in Death. By 2AM I had headed to my bed, intending to read. But I wound up snoozing til 4, reading some more, and going back to sleep til 7. So I’m halfway through it.

7. Which book did you enjoy most? Hard to say, I did a good job of picking a variety.
8. Which did you enjoy least? At first, I had trouble getting into Fish out of Agua, because I was indecisive about what to read next, and was waffling between that and a mystery.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I cannot wait until the next Read-a-Thon! It was such fun, in all aspects! I’ll be a reader again, though I may sign up to host an hour!

Other statistics that might amuse:

Cups of tea: 3 black, 4 green

Snack I wish I had more of: chocolate covered almonds or something else mid-range sweet and crunchy.

Snack I bought but didn’t eat: Veggies and hummus.

Unexpected discoveries: 1) I read more slowly than I thought I did. 2) My bed, at least at my parents’ place is too comfy to allow for a true all-nighter 3) I like classical music. 4) Dozens upon dozens of interesting blogs and bookish Twitter feeds. You guys rock!

Thanks to everyone who joined me for the biggest, goofiest, literary slumber party.

Off to finish my book.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2011 9:02 am

    You slept for 5 hours and you still squeezed in 4.5 books? I bow to you and your amazing powers of unfettered focus.

    I’ll be back after I actually sleep…and I’ve now added another Christopher Golden book to my Wishlist. I have The Ferryman, which I need to read one of these days. Have you read it? Or was that your first CG book?

  2. April 10, 2011 9:48 pm

    4.5 books is great!!! I can’t wait til the next one either. They are so much fun!!

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