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#Readathon Anticipation: Past Mini-Challenges

April 24, 2017

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Every time I do the Readathon, I tell myself I’m going to go back and catch up on all the mini-challenges that have been posted while I was busy reading (or sometimes sleeping.) With less than a week to go before this year’s Readathon, I’m going to do just that:

Here’s a sampling of past challenges that caught my eye.

All You Can Eat Buffet from Purple Owl Reviews

if I had a bookish restaurant, specifically an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, what foods would I use?

Hm! Is it cheating, to just envision the restaurant in Erica Bauermeister’s School of Essential Ingredients come to life? Or to wish that Gus of Comfort Food had a real-life restaurant and could cook for me? Because that’s more what I want, more than any of the respondents to the challenge, who were all about the Harry Potter feasts.  Or to step into the culinary world of  The Language of Baklava (Clearly, what I want, even more than a bookish restaurant is for it to be summer, with good tomatoes, and someone cooking for me. Mostly, someone cooking for me.)

The Reader’s Room has one of my perpetual favorites: Casting your book.

Image resultHoping this gets a reprise during the Readathon itself, because it’s always something I enjoy. I’ve just finished two books where I can’t picture the cast– one, because it’s a graphic novel, so I’ve already seen the characters. I just finished Conviction by Julia Dahl, a mystery that would make an excellent movie or miniseries. I didn’t see any solid mental pictures of famous people while I was into the story. I picture it more as a cast of TV actors, character actors who aren’t glossy-famous but have a career of interesting projects. Maybe get C.C.H. Pounder involved somehow, because Excuses to cast C.C.H. Pounder in Things are mostly how I make casting decisions in my head.

My current audiobook is Snuff, by Terry Pratchett, featuring Sam Vimes. My main casting idea for Sam Vimes has always been Pete Postlethwaite, leaving me just mad that he’s no longer with us. He would have been a perfect Vimes. Bollocks! Beyond him, tough to picture the right sort of person… Stephen Fry isn’t scrappy enough (though he might make a damn fine Vetinari). Emma Thompson as Sybil, probably. No! Wait! I have it! James Nesbitt as Vimes! Yes! Perfect.

Time to reel this in, as it’s getting long and I wanted this to be more of a mini-challenge survey of multiple options…

One last good one, posted by Entomology of a Bookworm, is brilliant for the end of the readathon: a way to trade book recommendations and share what you’ve read during the 24 silly hours. Not sure it makes sense to respond now, but I wanted to pay the Bookworm a compliment because it’s a great idea.

I still need to pick my books for the Readathon. Can’t wait for next weekend!

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