So, we’re halfway through the readathon, and it’s just passed midnight. I’m making pretty good progress so far (though I wish I’d saved more of my fudge), but I’ve got a couple of challenges to catch up on, plus a survey – so here we go:
1) What are you reading right now?
Talon by Julie Kagawa.
2) How many books have you read so far?
Just one – Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean. Though I’ve also finished the first act of All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher.
3) What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Apart from finishing Talon, I’m also excited about reading A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (which, now that I think about it, is very ominously titled… Hopefully I won’t conk out before I finish it. ).
4) Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Unless you count snack breaks / mealtimes as interruptions, then no. I’ve had a pretty calm reading day.
5) What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I’ve not been reading as quickly as I expected to, which is a shame, though I’m thankfully still enjoying the books that I’m reading. The biggest surprise, though, is probably how much I liked Peter Pan in Scarlet – definitely a happy surprise! 😀
IN 100 YEARS CHALLENGE
This challenge was to come up with a list of three recent books that you think people will still be reading in 100 years, and to explain why, which is a really interesting idea.
1) The Harry Potter series (by J.K. Rowling). This kind of an obvious choice, but I’m pretty sure that it’ll still be very well known in 100 years, if only for the impact that it’s had on society and fan-culture. Who knows? It might even have become a set text in schools (it wouldn’t surprise me 😛 ).
2) The His Dark Materials trilogy (by Philip Pullman). This is one of those rare children’s series that actually provides a really powerful commentary on science, religion and humanity in general. It definitely doesn’t hurt that they’re also fantastic books.
3) We Need to Talk about Kevin (by Lionel Shriver). This was just a really, really, astonishingly powerfully-written book; the kind of book that’ll have you thinking about it for months after you’ve finished reading it.
PLAN A BOOKISH PARTY CHALLENGE
1) What book is your party themed around?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll!
2) What food will you serve?
Scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream; cucumber sandwiches shaped like dormice; biscuits decorated to look like playing cards and top hats; and marshmallows shaped like mushrooms, with “eat me” labels on them.
3) What’s your signature drink?
Tea, naturally. 🙂 And maybe some brightly-coloured punch or cocktails in little “drink me” bottles.
4) What games will you play?
Croquet, with bright pink mallets, and the card game Hearts.
5) What party favors will you send home with your guests?
A deck of Alice in Wonderland-themed cards and a variety of interesting kinds of teabags.