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Read-a-Thon post

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I will just keep this one post updated instead of making new ones all the time:-D

Had a little nap and dreamt of Moomin!

Currently reading:

Haruki Murakami – 1Q84 (about 55% in)

Alice Munro – Lives of girls and women (38% in)

Challenges: (too tired for more challenges)

Mid-way challenge:

coffee and macaroons1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I am doing so much better then I though. It is 1am here and I just stepped out of the shower and feel refreshed and ready to go! Did rest my eyes while listening to ‘The wings of the dove’ though.
2) What have you finished reading? 1 short story, 1 essay book and 1 novel
3) What is your favorite read so far? I have to say the essays by Jonathan Franzen since he is a new author to me and I had some preconceived ideas about him.
4) What about your favorite snacks? See image just above…
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I found just a few since I haven’t really started my rounds yet, was gonna do that when the tiredness set in.

Book-trailer challenge: I picked a book I really want to read. ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio (you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out)

Hour 7 challenge: (Nisaba be praised)

‘Tengo wrote a story about the Little People and their deeds. Eriko furnished the basic  story and Tengo converted it into an effective piece of writing.’

‘Tengo curdled a story about the Hexes and their potions. Eriko elucidated the nocturnal boil and Tengo splattered it into an thankful piece of spleen.’

ok another using a random word generator (and this is so stealing reading time…)

‘Aomame severely distorted her face in the gloom. She had to try her best to follow what this man was saying. “Are you telling me that I was transported into this other world of 1Q84 by Tengo’s storytelling ability…’

‘Aomame vividly protected her ignorance in the gloom. She had to clean her camel to follow what this man was sharing. “Are you telling me that I was buried into this buttered toast of 1Q84 by Tengo’s sinful folly…’

Hour2 mini-challenge (From River City Reading) is to connect the book we read with a song. I am right now reading Jonathan Franzen ‘Farther away’ and since it is about authors and bird watching and especially about the suicide of his good friend David Foster Wallace the song I picked is by The Beatles – Blackbird

Books read so far:

Read-a-Thon intro post

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Skelleftehamn1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am sitting in my apartment in a tiny coastal town in the north of Sweden.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Alice Munro one ‘Lives of girls and women’

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? My own violet flavoured macaroons! And coffee of course.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Tarot reading librarian (unemployed though) that loves cats, baking, taking photos and read (obviously) Childfree and single with cat (Charlie)

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my second and a half (utterly ‘failed’ the last one, was sick and in a horrible mood and just went to bed) I think this time I prepared a lot more to listen to then before since my eyes are kinda bad. Also planned in some breaks and even a nap.

Prepping the Read-a-Thon

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brary booksI went out in the windy October weather to go to the library. Originally intended to only return books but came home with a new stack – which is perfect! Read-a-Thon tomorrow and I am all set. Both these books here + Arthur. C. Clark on the cell-phone (for when I take walks) lots of stuff on BBC radio. Comics on the computer. A mega thick collection of Weird fiction (short story love) by VanderMeer, my kindle is packed with half-finished books.

Dinner is prepared, Snacks will be bought during my walk tomorrow, it is after all good to take breaks and rest my eyes and my brain and see actual people. But I did make some peanutbutter cookies and some Violet Macaroons. My brother will come over and just make sure I am still sane.

CharlieCharlie is for loving company 😀

I even took the suggestion to make a rough time-table for food and breaks! Last year I strained my eye too much and had to finish early. Yes, I said eye… I only have one good eye to read with (half blind on both but for different distances + I lack depth vision) This year I got a new comfy office chair and a lot of audio books and internet radio I can listen to while closing my eyes.

I am most looking forward to interacting with others as well as reading. I didn’t do that last time. Hey I might even win something!

Reading (novels, not tarot)

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deweyWell, I read tarot too, just that I don’t blog a lot about it.

But this weekend is the bi-annual Dewey’s Read-a-Thon! It starts on the 12:th October. Since it goes from noon to noon and I rarely get out of bed until 11 am or so it is perfect for myself 😀 I doubt I will stay up the full 24 hours though, I like my naps, but this is such a perfect day to have more or less an excuse to lock the door, turn off the phone and just indulge in my favorite things – Reading and snacking!

This time I plan to rest my eyes a lot more by listening to a few audio books and I got a whole lot of short stories and even might squeeze in a BBC dramatization or two so I can close my eyes and just lean back and enjoy.  I also really want to finish up some half-read books laying around the house.

So I am preparing by baking some bread, buying plenty of juice and fruits, got firewood ready, comfy clothes washed, family and friends notified, putting books in a basket, charging the kindle and sleep well the nights before 😀


Dewey’s Read-a-Thon

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Skelleftehamn in the north of Sweden
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Finishing off some started books, like ‘The left hand of darkness’ and ‘Hard-boiled wonderland’
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

40+ swede living with a cat named Charlie. Loves to read tarot and books.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Take it easy, rest my eyes now and then, get some fresh air, read a bit outside the box, books I wouldn’t normally pick.

Midnight reading

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This is an older bookmark, no time to make one tonight just for the read-a-thon. I made this out of scraps and with stamps at my work a few years ago. I even laminated it so it looks really professional 😀

Right now in the middle of Lois Lowry – The messenger. It is ok, a bit predictable though. But I needed something a bit easier going then Cloud Atlas for midnight reading. Found my paperback of Paul Auster’s  “Timbuktu” and will read that one too I think. I had it for years but I never much liked books told by animals so I passed on it. Until now, it is short and translated to swedish and looks like a fast read and I do love Auster… Almost bought his wife’s book earlier today, they had it in my supermarker. Siri Hustvedt – the summer without men, but I will just order it online later instead, or get it on the kindle.

This is my comfy sofa where most of the reading is done, cat asleep on the floor under the table.

7 hours in

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and I finished one book. Coupland – Generation A. It was a nice read, not as good as his others though. Right now I started with Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and hmm, the stilted english prose in the first chapter does have it’s place in the context but still gives me a hard time. I didn’t really participate in those mini-challenges the community holds for this event, I just read and get up for a stretch and a breather now and then.

It’s drizzling outside, wet and cold and dark, time to light a few candles and make some tea I think. I wish I had some audio-books to listen to so I could rest my tired eyes a bit.