Saturday, April 10, 2010

Update Five: Evening upon Us

A couple fun challenges coming at you . . . here's a meme:

1. What are you reading right now? On the Street Where You Live
2. How many books have you read so far? On my 3rd
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I little light reading! A good murder mystery (M. Higgins Clark) instead of high school English class (JD Salinger)
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Nope, my husband has been very good. Although I think the cats are feeling sort of neglected. =)
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not really. Although I didn't do a great job planning snacks, so I've had to spend some time in the kitchen
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How incredibly FAST the time flies by! I wish I could read faster!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? hmm... not really. This is my first time participating and it seems incredibly well organized and so fun!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Definitely plan better!
9. Are you getting tired yet? Not to bad actually. I got tired around 3, so I just went outside for a sec.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Try to spend a couple hours reading outside--the fresh air and change of scenery helped me a lot.

And then a great mini challenge from Star Shadow. She wants to know:
So you know how there are those books out there where... a boy and a girl are friends... only to find out at the end they have loved each other the whole time and its just soooooo amazingly beautiful. Well, Thats the basis for this challenge.... I want you to pick out your favorite book or series where there is a boy/girl boy/boy girl/girl couple that fall in love.
For my couple I chose
Dashti and Khan Tegus
from Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days

The reason I like their relationship is because I really think it's one of the best I've read in the friendship growing into love category. I like how Dashti is just a normal girl, who has integrity and strong character. She's not the most beautiful girl in the world, but she is honest and true and kind. And the khan, although royalty, notices these things about her right away because they are things he values. Yet, they are both conflicted (with a bit of mistaken identity), and their love grows over a long friendship as they learn to value each other for their strengths and accept each other's weaknesses. Yeah, I just think they are great characters. =)

And finally, here's my update:

Title of book(s) started: Invention of Hugo Cabret, Catcher in the Rye, On the Street Where You Live
Number of books finished: 2
Pages read since last update: 100
Running total of pages read since you started: 862
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 140 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 580 minutes
Mini-challenges completed: 5

1 comment:

Shelley said...

Give those cats some love! I think I'll head outside in a little bit too. Here's a little cheer for you:

You can do it-
You're so hip.
Give that page
Another flip!

Halfway through
You're going strong.
With awesome books
You can't go wrong!