Read-a-Thon April 2012

I haven’t participated in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon since… October 2010! Last April I was in the middle of a move during the read-a-thon and last October I had signed up for an awesome indie bookstore cruise to get acquainted with some of the great indies in my new home town. I am so glad to be back though, it’s been a while and I’m looking forward to this!

I’m actually in Illinois visiting in-laws now. I’m planning to start my read-a-thon here and read to my husband on the hour plus drive home and hopefully continue the read-a-thon in my comfy library that I have missed this week.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to start the read-a-thon so I packed a whole bunch of high interest books, truth be told it was half my suitcase. At least!

  • Pride and Prejudice (The Annotated Edition) by Jane Austen
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
  • The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
  • Wither by Lauren Destefano
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

I also have some e-books I’m looking forward to reading once I am reunited with my Nook. Wasteland: Stories of the Apocalypse, Divergent, and of course finishing up The Snow Child.

Plus I am really looking forward to my manga of this read-a-thon: Neon Genesis: Evangelion.

It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a 24 hour read-a-thon and I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks. I hope everyone has a blast today, I know I will! Read on.

Hour 1

I have not managed to get any reading in yet this read-a-thon, but I am up and dressed and have started in on a cup of tea. I just know better than letting mini-challenges slip past otherwise I will never get caught up!

Introductory Meme

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

Currently in souther Illinois, later this afternoon will be back in St Louis, Missouri!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

It’s a three way tie between: Scarlet a book about a girl disguised as a boy serving with Robin Hood and his men. Divergent a dystopian set in the last city I lived in, Chicago. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse a fantastic looking short story collection of post apocalyptic stories, one of them written by George R.R. Martin. I’m really looking forward to all of them!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Looking forward to polishing off the last of my Easter candy, to be honest. We made so many sweets for Easter that it’s taking us a while to get through all of the snacks and candy and cookies and…

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I have two younger brothers who both out weigh me (two times and three times by body weight, respectively) and are each much taller than me (a foot taller and a foot and a half taller, respectively). They know better than to mess with me though, I’m still the big sister, even though people look at me funny when I gesture up at them and introduce them as my “little” brothers.

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?

Normally I start off with several manga to get a few books under my belt and feel accomplished early on. I can’t do that this time as the books are back in St. Louis so I’m winging it this time and am just going to pick whatever and see how far I can get.

Hour 6

Six hours in and I’ve made a good dent in Scarlet. We are now packing up and I am going to read The Book Thief to my husband on the way home. Looking forward to picking up the manga Neon Genesis: Evangelion as soon as I get there! It will be nice to be home again after the week away.

Reading in Translation

If you could read any book that’s been translated into English in its ORIGINAL language, what would it be?

When I was younger it would definitely have been the Bible, because I know a lot was lost in translation there. But now my views on faith have changed and I would have to say I am far more curious about The Arabian Nights originally One Thousand and One Nights. Yes, I even want to sit down and read the entire collection. One of my life goals is to read them all in English some day. Far more possible now that I have an e-reader!

Include the original book’s cover if possible; if you want, also post the English cover for comparison.

I’m not sure there is an original cover of this manuscript but here is a scan of some of the pages from a manuscript of it, from the wikipedia page:

A page from a manuscript of One Thousand and One Nights

It’s not the complete set but here is a version I would like to own as well as having the whole thing digitally:

Book cover of The Arabian Nights Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics
Optional imaginary bonus points: post a sentence from the book in its original language.

وَلَقـدْ نَدِمْـتُ عَلى تَفَرُّقِ شَمْــلِنا :: دَهْـرَاً وّفاضَ الدَّمْـعُ مِنْ أَجْفـاني
وَنَـذَرْتُ إِنْ عـادَ الزَّمـانُ يَلُمـُّـنا :: لا عُــدْتُ أَذْكُــرُ فُرْقًــةً بِلِســاني
هَجَــمَ السُّــرورُ عَلَــيَّ حَتَّـى أَنَّهُ :: مِـنْ فَــرَطِ مـا سَــرَّني أَبْكــــاني
يا عَيْـنُ صـارَ الدَّمْـعُ مِنْكِ سِجْيَةً :: تَبْكيــنَ مِـنْ فَـــرَحٍ وَأَحْزانـــــي

In English it reads:

And I have regretted the separation of our companionship :: An eon, and tears flooded my eyes
And I’ve sworn if time brought us back together :: I’ll never utter any separation with my tongue
Joy conquered me to the point of :: which it made me happy that I cried
Oh eye, the tears out of you became a principle :: You cry out of joy and out of sadness

Book Puzzle

Include a series of images that creates a book title when taken together.

Silhouette of a Girl
The head of a roaring green dragon.
A woman with a blue butterfly tattooed on the back of her left shoulder.

I decided to go with an easy one.

Turn to a Page

Turn to page 32 of your current read and finish the sentence below with an action from it.

I would rather read than “slice their throat before putting them in the river” any day!

From Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Hour 12

Okay! I am home again! I am also very glad I have a wonderful husband who did most of the unpacking while I curled up with a manga, seriously he is such a wonderful man.

I have finished two books so far in this read-a-thon! The first two books in the manga Neon Genesis Evangelion have now bit the dust. Not sure what I’m going to pick up next yet.

Your Favorite Trouble Maker

I have to say at the word “anti-hero” my mind immediately goes to Severus Snape. He was definitely the first bad guy character I’ve ever read that I started rooting for fairly early in the series. Well, rooting for period to be honest. I’m a bit of a goody two shoes like that.

Snape kept trying to do the right things when young but fell into rough crowds and became the subject of bullying that led him to make some pretty stupid choices. He keeps trying to make up for his mistakes in life but the path he leads takes him to some dark places and has him committing some very dark deeds for an ultimate good cause. Yeah, Snape is definitely my favorite anti-hero.

Hour 15

I managed to get 1/3rd of the way through Scarlet and I think I’m ready to mix it up with some more of my current manga Neon Genesis: Evangelion followed by some short stories from Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. That ought to keep me up at night!

Mid-Event Survey

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

I had a bit of a headache from looking at my e-reader screen for hours but I switched to a paper book for a bit (and took some aspirin) and now I’m ready to go back to the e-reader again!

2) What have you finished reading?

Two books so far, volumes 1 and 2 of Neon Genesis: Evangelion.

3) What is your favorite read so far?

To be honest I don’t know where either this manga series or the novel I’m reading is going just yet. So I can’t commit to either one yet.

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Easter candy and egg salad sandwiches, yum!

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

I’d love to give some shout outs to the cheerleaders who have been so awesome to me during this read-a-thon! I am so grateful that all of you have dropped by to cheer me on, thank you!

Hour 19

I have just finished my fourth book of the read-a-thon and am not sure if I want to switch to short stories, continue with the manga, or call it a night. After a week away from home and poor sleep, not to mention a day with packing, traveling, and unpacking in it, I’m actually pretty beat. On the other hand there are only five hours left…

Theme Songs

So I actually create entire Pandora stations around my reads fairly often and I have a great Science Fiction channel I created and have been listening to while reading the sci-fi manga Neon Genesis: Evangelion. My reading music has to be instrumental mood music with no words, otherwise the words in the song get in the way of the words I’m reading.

So check out my Sci-Fi Reading Music station on Pandora. A lot of the music has matched up pretty well with what I have been reading and has really been adding great mood music to the scenes making them a bit more intense and interesting. Handy now that it is getting to the point in the read-a-thon where I am having problems seeing straight.


I am done! I have finished four books! I have made a great dent in three others! I am also very, very tired still and it’s noon the next day! I went straight to sleep as soon as the clock hit seven. I was just so completely tired. So here I am writing my wrap-up and, frankly, ready for another cup of tea.

End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?

The last two nearly checked me out completely. I was so tired and the hours felt so much longer. I swear I lived lifetimes in the last four hours where the first twelve flew past like they were nothing.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I highly recommend reading mangas during the small hours of a read-a-thon. I also highly recommend music reading stations with creepy/loud/dramatic music to get your blood flowing.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Go through and update all your pages some time in July with dates and information for the next read-a-thon. Some of your pages haven’t been updated since the last one or before. Also creating events for it on facebook would be cool, haven’t done that in years.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I loved chatting on twitter more this year in times past. It was fun to be with people while reading in that way. Especially because in the small hours it tends to get lonely.

How many books did you read?

I read only four this year.

What were the names of the books you read?

Neon Genesis: Evangelion Volumes 1-4

Which book did you enjoy most?

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Which did you enjoy least?

I’m a little worried about Scarlet I have to see what direction the book is going to go.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I would love to participate in October. Looking forward to it already.

12 Responses to Read-a-Thon April 2012

  1. Lisa (When she Reads)
    7:52 am on April 21st, 2012

    Have fun!

  2. Bitsy
    9:13 am on April 21st, 2012

    Thanks! You too. 🙂

  3. Janel
    10:15 am on April 21st, 2012

    I love the books on your TBR pile – lots of great ones. Hope your read-a-thon is going well. Mini-challenges are a great way to ease into the day. I’ll check back later to see how you are doing. –your friendly read-a-thon cheerleader!

  4. Bitsy
    7:17 pm on April 21st, 2012

    Thanks for the encouragement, I’m actually finding the mini-challenges almost overwhelming this time around because I’m already splitting my time between reading and traveling! I’m still having lots of fun though. I’ll get caught up eventually.

  5. Preet @ A Written Rhapsody
    2:06 pm on April 21st, 2012

    Looks like you’re doing well! Kudos! I’ve wanted to read Pride & Prejudice forever! Hope you’re having fun. Here’s a cheer to keep ya going!

    2, 4, 6, 8; there’s more plot on page 168!

    Have fun!

  6. Bitsy
    7:18 pm on April 21st, 2012

    You should totally read Pride and Prejudice, or at least watch the BBC adaption with Keira Knightley (with subtitles, they tried to cram it into two hours and so talk really fast). Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Maree
    6:06 pm on April 21st, 2012

    That is a gorgeous cover of the Arabian Nights! Good luck with your reading! 😀 *\o/*

  8. Bitsy
    7:19 pm on April 21st, 2012

    I know, I absolutely love it. I’m told the illustrations inside are just as gorgeous too. Thanks!

  9. Megan
    6:50 pm on April 21st, 2012

    Looks like you’ve got tons of great books on your reading pile.

    Love the “turn to a page” sentence. I’d definitely rather read than do that! 😉

    Keep up the great reading!

  10. Bitsy
    9:43 pm on April 21st, 2012

    Me too! Page 32 was full of dialogue and then one creepy action. I re-read the page hoping something other than that, pretty dark, sentence was there but none leapt out at me so creepy it was! Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

  11. Charlie
    5:31 am on April 22nd, 2012

    I like your choice of the Bible and your reasoning! Hope you’re having a great readathon!

  12. melissa @ 1lbr
    3:06 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    I’m glad you went wih easy for your book puzzle. It’s nice to be able to guess a few :). Thanks for playing!

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