Daily Archives: April 1, 2010

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon: April 10-11, 2010

April 10-11, 2010

It’s that time again when readers all over the world drop everything to read for 24 hours. Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon will kick off on April 10th at 5:00 AM PST. To sign up, go to this post. To learn more about the event, check out the FAQ page.

I have participated in several of these events – and I never make it the whole 24 hours, but I do have fun and read a lot of books and connect with a lot of other crazy readers doing the same thing. This year, I will be very happy if I participate for 15 to 18 hours.

I have started gathering book choices to read. Experience has taught me to choose books which are short or light or exciting or easy to read. So far, this is what I am considering (typically I manage 3 books during this event):

  • The Marriage of True Minds by Stephen Evans (a witty novel which explore modern love and animal rescue – 179 pages)
  • Without Mercy by Lisa Jackson (a suspense thriller – 424 pages)
  • Summer World by Bernd Heinrich (non fiction view of animal survival in Summer – 230 pages)
  • The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser (small town novel with quirky characters – 302 pages)
  • Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger (the first novel in the Cork O’Connor mystery series – 436 pages)
  • What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg (collection of short stories – 205 pages)
  • In An Uncharted Country by Clifford Garstang (collection of short stories – 186 pages)
  • Impatient With Desire by Gabrielle Burton (historical fiction about the Donner party – 236 pages)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (suspense thriller – 465 pages)

This is, of course, all subject to change. What I’ve learned about the Read-A-Thon is that you need to leave a lot of flexibility for “whim” and when your eyes are so tired you can barely see anymore!

Orbis Terrarum Challenge 2010

April 1 – November 30, 2010

Bethany at Dreadlock Girl is hosting (once again!) the Orbis Terrarum Challenge for 2010. She has created a new site for the challenge and made a couple of changes.

The goal: Read 8 books from around the world (This year Bethany is allowing all the books to be from the same country and by the same author if you’d like)

Books must be country of origin of the author, or the country he/she lives in (not where the book is set).

Reviews of books read can be found by clicking in the sidebar of the Orbis Terrarum blog for the different countries.

I’m not making a list ahead of time…but will add them as I go:

  1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (SWEDEN) – completed April 16, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  2. Therese Raquin, by Emile Zola (FRANCE) – completed April 18, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  3. Little Bee, by Chris Cleave (ENGLAND) – completed April 25, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  4. Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin (IRELAND) – completed May 8, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  5. Everything is Broken, by Emma Larkin (THAILAND) – completed June 4, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  6. Beside the Sea, by Veronique Olmi (FRANCE) – completed June 14, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  7. I Curse the River of Time, by Per Petterson (NORWAY) – completed July 2, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review.
  8. Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (ETHIOPIA) – completed August 7, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  9. Earth and Ashes, by Atiq Rahimi (AFGHANISTAN) – completed August 18, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.

Scandinavian Reading Challenge

March 25 – December 31, 2010

In my quest to read from around the world, I could not resist this challenge hosted by The Black Sheep Dances…I am after all descended from Scandinavia (mostly Sweden) and I also have a HUGE amount of mysteries and novels written by Scandinavian authors on my teetering shelves.

Here’s the goal: Read 6 Books by Scandinavian authors before the end of the year.

I should be able to handle that…

I’ll be adding authors and links here as I read them:

  1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg (Completed April 16, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review)
  2. I Curse the River of Time, by Per Petterson (Completed July 26, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review)

A Failed Challenge…oh well

In keeping with my new and improved attitude towards challenges and obligations, I have failed spectacularly on completing Michelle’s 1% Well-Read Challenge.

I was supposed to have read 10 books…I managed three. If you want to see what I read and how I liked them, visit this post.

I still intend to read from this list (I actually own many books that are listed there), but I think I’ll resist the temptation to make it a challenge from now on.