Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dewey Wrap Up

Which hour was most daunting for you?
We went for a walk at around 11pm last night.  The moments leading up that were pretty difficult.  In complete fairness, and in the interest of full-disclosure, we all needed to get a fair bit of sleep last night.  This is Canada's Thanksgiving weekend, and we need to be in different places with family today.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I'm really enjoying Stephen King's "On Writing."  It's my second time reading it, and there's something incredibly warm and engaging in his voice.  I would recommend it to anyone interested in writing, regardless of whether they like horror or not. 

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I feel that having more engagement from the cheerleaders would have been nice.  

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The challenges are nice.  I wish I had the time to do the tea stain doodle challenge (can't remember what it's called).  I enjoyed spending time with my friends.

How many books did you read?
I started and finished The Witches.
I started and am halfway through "Dark Companions" by Ramsey Campbell and "On Writing" by Stephen King.

What were the names of the books you read?
See above.

Which book did you enjoy most?
No preference.

Which did you enjoy least?
No preference, really.  They were all quite different, and they're all from writers I like.  I chose them because they were sure thing.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Well, I was only hit by one cheerleader during my experience, so I'm not seeing a lot of impact at the moment. Disappointing, to be honest.

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

Pretty likely.  Would probably just be a reader again.  :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Audiobook Dream Date

From the Geeky Blogger's Book Blog:

Super simple: Pick a book and assign who would be your dream narrator!

There are so many fantastic answers to this...
I would absolutely love to hear Robert Webb read Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.  I love his voice:




Dewey's Readathon Progress

This is my second readathon, although it is my first participating in "the Dewey*"  Given that we're close to Halloween,   I'm focusing on horror or creepy. 

Today,  I'm reading with two of my oldest friends**, and they seem to be making better progress than me.  When I spend time with them and we chat about books, it becomes clear to me that I read the least of the three of us.  This is a little saddening for me, as I used to pride myself on being well read. Each time I spend a good block of time reading, I have the sad realization that I'm not a quick reader.  Truthfully, I'm not incredibly well read, and I'm a slow reader.  I don't know if there's an anonymous group for it - probably in the realm of 'whiny babies anonymous' or 'spoiled brat douchebaggery' - but if I find one, I may attend a meeting or two.  At the very least, I'll find someone who's worse off than I, and nothing warms the soul better than finding someone you can look down upon***.

Moving on, I did manage to finish one book this time around so far (still many hours to go).   This is what I've dipped into so far:





I had started out reading Dark Companions, the short story collection of Ramsey Campbell's.  His stuff is quite chilly, more atmospheric than most modern popular horror (like something's not quite right until the final, horrifying reveal. Not to say it's formulaic in any way, because it's not.)

Stephen King's "On Writing," is a re-read for me.  Like a conversation with an old friend.

And I started and finished "The Witches," by Roald Dahl.  Delightful.  I almost brought "Switch Bitch," a collection of short stories for adults, but I'm glad I went with this one.


At any rate, back to it.





*I apologize if referencing it this way is not proper.  I certainly mean no disrespect in any way.
**Meaning, I've known them the longest.  I'm not here to get myself in trouble.
***For those who haven't met or read me: yes, that was tongue in cheek.

Mini-challenge: hour 2!

From  http://www.rivercityreading.com/2013/10/deweys-mini-challenge-hour-2-book-tunes.html

Choose a song that best suits the book you're reading so far and why:

Currently reading "Dark Companions," a short story collection by Ramsey Campbell.  It's delightfully spooky. 
choose a song that best suits the book you're reading so far and explain why - See more at: http://www.rivercityreading.com/2013/10/deweys-mini-challenge-hour-2-book-tunes.html#sthash.oEXZD4w1.dpuf

choose a song that best suits the book you're reading so far and explain why - See more at: http://www.rivercityreading.com/2013/10/deweys-mini-challenge-hour-2-book-tunes.html#sthash.oEXZD4w1.dpuf

choose a song that best suits the book you're reading so far and explain why - See more at: http://www.rivercityreading.com/2013/10/deweys-mini-challenge-hour-2-book-tunes.html#sthash.oEXZD4w1.dpuf




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJKqUw39GNU

Hello all! Let's get ready to reeeeeead!!!!!!!!!!

Dewey's Readathon - Post 1

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'm reading from Guelph Ontario!  My home is located in London, Ontario, but I've come out here to read with my lovely friends, Janey Canuck (janeycanuck.com) and Katy (http://seekatydo101thingsin1001days.blogspot.ca/)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
A collection of short stories by Ramsey Campbell.  Today may end up being entirely horror filled.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I brewed a bunch of fresh iced tea yesterday for today.


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I'm a law clerk, hailing from London, Ontario.  I enjoy movies and music and have an interest in the strange and unusual. And a strange love for English comedians.

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 first Dewey!  I look forward to meeting some cheerleaders and spending time with friends, and reading of course.