April 2010 Read-a-thon – Update #1: Non-fiction hurts my brain.

Dewey's ReadathonI considered not spamming you guys with a new post every time I wanted to update… but then decided against it.  *hehe*  Anyhow, my readathon has been epically difficult so far.

Time spent reading: 1.5 hours – I had to eat… alas.
Time spent on blogger/twitter:  Too much!
Books I will get back to: Science in Public – which made my brain hurt.  Especially because I already know most of this stuff.
Currently reading: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow!  My brain feels better now.  Even though Dru’s life is epically tragic.

But yay! challenges!  First off, a challenge over at I Just Wanna Sit Here And Read – choose a chapter from your current book, choose a song to fit it, and give a short synopsis of the chapter.

I chose Chapter 6 of Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow and the song  I Can’t Do This by Plumb… which fits so well, it is rather disturbing.  The Plot?  A character finds themselves suddenly alone and having to face a lot of evil… without help.  It is terrifying and painful and… yeah, the song.

April 2010 Read-a-thon… the starting line!

I’ve gotten a late start to today’s readathon, but am now going with gusto!  My planned reading pile has been oh-so-carefully selected (*rolls eyes*).  as you can see, it has grown since my first planned list.

  • Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder – 441 pages – My if-all-else-fails!read.  LOVE this series
  • Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow – 307 pages – Started this as part of the New Authors mini-challenge, and have really enjoyed it so far!
  • Flat Earth News by Nick Davies – 397 pages – I have read a chapter of this, and it is amazing.  A must for anyone who wants to know who is actually in control of what you read!
  • Tithe by Holly Black – 320 pages – Part of the New Authors mini-challenge.
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – 310 pages – Also part of the mini-challenge.
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – 357 pages – This is supposed to be brilliant!
  • Science in Public: Communication, Culture, and Credibility by Jane Gregory – 304 pages

And tea! Which is a must for me, at all times… especially reading.

Dewey’s Readathon and Book Blogger Hop!

Two great events that I want to pimp for you guys! First off, Dewey’s Read-a-thon!

Starting at 13.00 GMT (5am Pacific) on April 10th, hundreds of readers will be entering into the frenzy that is the read-a-thon.

What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey. The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

You can participate by being a Reader, Cheerleader, Mini-Challenge Host, and/or an Organizer and Prize Donor! Check out the site to sign up and participate!

Since I am in the middle of exam period, I have decided that the only way to justify taking part is to read some relevant non-fiction! Since I am also going to attempt to do 15+ hours of reading, I am also going to start the challenge a bit earlier than everyone else. Maybe around 11?

If you are looking for suggestions, first check out everyone else’s posts, and then check out A Striped Armchair’s Books To Keep You Up All Night for some cross-genre recs!
My planned reads:

And the second great event?  Over at Crazy for Books you can join up for the Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read. It’s a great way to network with other bloggers and make new friends! It is a great way to find out about new bloggers who have just gotten started.

Another awesome feature is that you list your blog according to the types of books you review – which is also great if you are looking for a new blog in a particular genre!

Completed! New Author Mini-Challenge: Battle Royale

I have just signed up for the New Author Mini-Challenge: Deadline Dames vs. Fangs, Fur and Fey going on in coordination with the New Author Challenge over at Literary Escapism. Basically, we read/review up to 5 NEW authors in April from either one of these author blogs.

I really shouldn’t be doing this – this is exam month and I have very little reading time… but I just couldn’t help myself! I had such a good time with the League Mini-Challenge in February and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun.

The selection of authors is a hell of a lot larger for this challenge – which makes it slightly less challenging, but equally as fun. As per my last mini-challenge, I already have a bunch of these authors on my TBR pile. This is going to be great incentive to get to them!

My Planned Reading List:

    Kelley Armstrong Signing Report!

    Kelley Armstrong Forbidden Planet SigningI was lucky to attend the Kelley Armstrong signing at Forbidden Planet last night!  I had a brilliant time, and Kelley was extremely cheery and gracious to every one of her fans there.

    First off – there was a pretty big group.  Not necessarily a mob, but some people did have to wait 30+ minutes to see her.  Kelley took her time with everyone and answered a lot of questions.  Needless to say, I mainly gushed over her Darkest Powers series and made a slight fool of myself.  But I think she appreciated the sentiment!  I had had only one real question – and that was whether or not we were definitely going to be seeing Chloe again after The Reckoning.  She had mentioned on interviews I’d read that she was considering revisiting them, but I had not heard anything firm.

    The answer?  Yes!  Kelley said that, like her adult series, she just needs more characters to work with.  So we are going to be seeing Chloe again, she just won’t be the star all the time!

    Lots of women at the signing – a fact the few men there seemed to notice.  Kelley actually said something about men being put off by leading female characters, and that it was always refreshing to meet male fans who could handle reading about a woman! (admittedly, I’m paraphrasing).

    Anyhow, I got two more (now signed!) copies of the Darkest Powers series, and a lovely Hardback copy of Frostbitten (even though she was there to promote the paperback!).

    If you couldn’t make the Forbidden Planet signing, Kelley Armstrong is making one final stop Friday 26th March, at the World Horror Con, Brighton!  Who knows when she will be back in the UK – so don’t miss your chance if you can help it.  But, if you still want a signed copy of one of her books and can’t make it tomorrow – she left a whole stack of signed copies at Forbidden Planet London for the taking.  ♥

    LotR Readalong: The Two Towers Intro

    Lotr MerrySomehow, March has begun without my permission. While that means my exams are looming near, it also means the start of The Two Towers with the Lord of the Rings Readalong! Teresa, over at Shelf Love, has kicked off the month with some opening questions.

    Where are you in the trilogy right now? What do you think of the books so far?
    I’m afraid I’m still in the Fellowship of the Rings – I was set back by The Hobbit taking a month and a half to finish! I have absolutely loved Tolkien’s descriptive writing – but I’m still not too keen on Frodo yet. He just seems slightly too pompous at the moment, but I think that will change after Rivendell.

    I am, however, completely in love with Merry! (And Aragorn, of course, but I have always loved him – even when I only read the first half of FotR when I was 9, I remembered the tortured!rugged!Strider and fell in love.) Merry is just so cheery and smart – a know-it-all with a tongue-in-cheek manner. Totally adorable.

    What’s your past experience with The Two Towers?
    Does the movie count? Because I have never read a sentence of TTT!

    What about the movie? If you’ve seen it, what did you think of it, and how much do you think it will color your experience with the book?
    I am looking forward to reading the Tolkien version of Faramir, although I am afraid I will be disappointed. I know a lot of people took issue with Faramir’s portrayal in the film – what with him almost giving in to the ring, and everything – but I loved it. Faramir was such a highlight for me when I first saw TTT, and again when I saw RotK (I still cry every time during that scene)… so I admit that, although I am kind excited to start TTT, I am also a bit nervous!

    The films have – I admit – coloured how I read the book.  But in a rather positive way, I think.  If I get to a bit where I prefer the interpretation a-la-Peter Jackson, I just hold on to the thought of the movie while I read.  But if Tolkien describes something that differs to Jackson – and I prefer the Tolkien version – I can pretty easily forget about the film!  It is rather handy, actually.

    I’m also listening to the extended soundtrack while reading – it is glorious and sends me straight to Middle Earth!  I really need to press on with FotR – I hope to finish it by the end of the week, and start immediately on TTT.

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