Deweys 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Final Report

>> Sunday, October 25, 2009

Well I made it through, about 12 hours of reading in total.  Completed one book: The Banquet Bug

I enjoyed it.  I thought about posting on the Feed Me Seymour

mini-challenge.  This book was all about food.  But, I couldn't find pictures of Frog Uterus, which is what they where eating at the time of the challenge.  This book was about Socialism in China, through the eyes of Dan Dong, a poor factory worker who has been underemployed and living on the factories roof with the other employees.  He decided that he needs to get another job, and accidentally finds himself at a lavish banquet, meant for reporters.  These banquets are common to entice favorable stories, and include "money for your trouble"  Dan finds himself sucked into the life of pretending to be a reporter, for the food and money.  But he ends up getting tangled in the lives of those he meets at the banquets.
I found it interesting that the author Geling Yan, has written several other books, but this was the first she has written in English.  She left China in the 1970's and is now currently living in Abuja, Nigeria, a place that I was lucky enough to visit last November.  Good solid book, I would reccomend it.

I made it almost all the way through, The Indian in the Cupboard.  What a joy to re-read a childhood favorite.  I put it on my bedside, and even read a few pages when I could not sleep in the middle of the night.  I should finish it no problem this morning with my coffee.

I read about 300 pages of The Pretties.  It has just been okay.  It is the second in a series.  I read the first book The Ulgies 2 or 3 years ago, and I just don't remember enough of the plot to fully enjoy the book.  But it to was great light reading.

I didn't get to commit myself as fully as I would have like to reading, because of the distractions at home.  Iowa football (Go Hawks!), my husband wanted me to cut his hair, I had to make dinner, etc. etc. etc.

Next year, I think I will plan to go somewhere for the majority of the read.  Even just to the library...  Too many distractions at home.  I also wish I had some easier books, so that I could have the sense of accomplishment of finishing several books during the read-a-thon.

All in all great experience.  Thanks Dewey.  Thanks Cheerleaders.  It was exciting to have so many people check out my blog.  It is usually a pretty low traffic place.  Oh the excitment of people commenting!  I think I will have to publicize more...

Gotta go, my unfinished books are calling me.


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