Today, I’m participating in the infamous Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! I plan to return to this post throughout the next 24-hours and make updates (as I feel like it), and also to update it at the end of the 24-hours.
I’ll give a note on my progress, take a look at how many total pages I read, where I stand in each my books, etc. Very exciting!
Here’s our kick-off prompt and my responses:
Mini-Challenge 1: Opening Meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Chicago, Illinois, USA!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Almonds and cheese!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a college English instructor, nearing the completion of my PhD studies (and haven’t been able to participate in many events such as this in the last couple of years!)
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? The last read-a-thon I participated in was for the Classics Club, and I think it went pretty well. I think my only difference will be spending less time on social media and more time actually reading. ;)
Mini Challenge 2: Classic Words of Wisdom
“Don’t every tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
This is, of course, a famous line from J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I used to take this line, in all its cynical fashion, to heart when I was younger. I really thought that getting close to people couldn’t end great. Now, I have a new appreciation for the words. Instead of taking them at face value, and applying them broadly, I use these lines as a reminder to be selective with my time and friendships. In college, I wanted to know everybody and be there for everybody and, of course, have everybody like me. Now, I truly appreciate the few good friends that I have, and I feel my bond with them is strongest because we do know each other very well and can be there for each other in ways that past me, with mounds of friends, couldn’t really ever do. I also do take the cautious note – not everyone needs to know everything about your life! Share smartly. :)
Mini Challenge: Picture It
I’m currently about half-way into Half Wild by Sally Green. The story is about a young witch who is a “Half Code,” or half black witch, half white witch. He’s wrapped up in a journey to save the girl he loves, come to terms with his villainous father (whom everyone thinks/hopes he will kill), and maintain a trusting friendship with his best friend Gabriel, whose feelings for him happen to be more than just friendly.
This image by Martin Kohn, from his “Wizards of the Wild” series, really captures the power, mood, darkness and hope that my main character is dealing with now, as he learns to deal with and control his own talents.
Update 2: 12:12pm local time
We’re 6 hours in and I’ve made little progress – had to run some errands and do some cleaning around the house (isn’t that always the case). But I am enjoying my book & checking in on Twitter with other folks. I’ve been trying to participate in some of the challenges and such, too.
Update 1: 9:30am local time (Central US).
I’m reading Half Wild by Sally Green – sequel to Half Bad. It’s a good YA fantasy series. 170 pages in! I’m being distracted by the marathon that is happening literally right outside my window. Bah!
Book 1: Half Wild by Sally Green
Starting Page: 30 of 400
Total Pages Read: