*original stories from an original man*
Seven short stories -written for Mr. Dahl’s adult audience- will make readers cry, laugh, ponder, and possibly even comment “how odd” aloud! Henry Sugar’s determination to seeing without using his eyes to the true account of how a buried Roman treasure was found, and how the author sold his very first story, hint at the range of what’s inside this book.
*war isn’t pretty unless it’s drawn well*
A graphic novel aimed at adults but would be equally appropriate for teens, this book has charm, style, wit, and a message (that isn’t too message-y). Younger brother Matthew follows his toy soldiers into toy box after his big brother Alex goes missing. Having already earned the respect of his toys, Captain Matthew leads his troops through a strange yet familiar landscape in hopes of defeating the evil Rottenstuffs and find his brother. It sounds simple but this gnovel has so much to offer. If you don’t want to consider the underlying moral to the story, feel free to stay on the surface of this book by admiring the artwork and appreciating the puns. Either way, I’m guessing you’ll be like me and find yourself happily surprised by what you find.
*even war can’t stop teen troubles*
Joan Wehlen grew up in the Chicago area in the years leading up to and during World War II. She was encouraged to write by more than one teacher -and she loved doing it- so it shouldn’t be a surprise that she kept a diary. In these chronologically organized entries, Joan mostly talks about school and boys, but she also mentions world events. Sprinkled with her own drawings and personal photographs, this book provides a first person account of a time gone by.
Almost! I almost made it! I missed the last four hours… I feel asleep a little after 3 a.m. and I’m feeling okay about it; there’s just a small tinge of regret, not a super big tinge.
Here’s my final mini challenge -and I’ll add my books to the database later today:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 20 -when I decided sleep was equal to reading (gasp!) and went to bed.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
United We Spy by Ally Carter, Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson or From The Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin -a YA, children’s, non-fiction, fiction (in that order) are all recent books I’ve found hard to put down.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think it’s amazingly well-organized! I say, “keep up the great work!”
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The mini-challenges were very clever.
5. How many books did you read?
Five books and two graphic novels.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
United We Spy, The Moffats, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Goliath, Home Front Girl, Chi’s Sweet Home vol 10, Wars in Toyland
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I enjoyed them all for different reasons.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Nothing I didn’t like in this group.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I tried to cheer -I hope did well but I think I’ll be looking for advice on doing better myself.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I enjoy this whole event -the thinking about what books/snacks/mini challenges- and the 24-hour, indulgent feeling of pushing everything aside to read/snack/and see what other book nerds are up to… I’m ready to go again! And I’d like to give Cheerleading another try. (So if other cheerleaders out there have tips -I’d love to hear ’em!)
And a BIG Congratulations to all the hardy folk who made it to the end!!
Here’s my Show it Off Mini Challenge entry:
It’s a semi-clear-ish image of books I own on the topic of… World War II! Huhn. Well. Who knew? … you did! (If you read my hour eighteen post.) Now it’s time for a little rest. A brief closing of the peepers. A brief sort of… zzzzzzzzzzzz
Hour 18 will be know (by me) as the hour I finished Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison. I’m fascinated by World War II and what it was like to live on the Home Front. I love finding fiction and non-fiction books about War Brides and the women on both sides of the Atlantic who joined the military service in any of the ways they were allowed. Recipes, fashions, rationing… you name a topic that connects with WWII and I’m pretty sure I’ll be willing to read a book about it! And I mean it -feel free to name me a topic or a book about WWII and I’ll find it/read it/we’ll chat! I say “thanks!” ahead of time!
It was one I had already started -plus I doubled the reading power with printed pages and the BOCD- but this is the hour I officially finished Goliath by Scott Westerfeld! Love Alan Cumming as the reader/Love the illustrations in the book!
Dinner was some lovely Chinese food -yum! And now it’s on to more reading, reading, reading! First though -the mini challenge:
Set up your Audiobook Dream Date
I’ll go with
Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal and have it read by the author! (Which is what I’m guessing probably is already the truth.)
The mini challenge for this hour has lots and lots of questions! I’m going to have to work on it for a while… In the meantime, I’ll mention that I finished my short story collection!
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl. Mr. Dahl has quite the imagination!
Best Book of Your Reading Year
I’m always hoping the next one is the best one -no matter how much I liked the last one. Does that make sense?
Best YA Book of Your Reading Year
I read Swagger recently and really enjoyed it!
Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year
Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year
The Sound and the Furry
Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year
Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year
A Confusion of Princes
Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series
Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year
… all of these answers? May change at a moment’s notice!
We’re half-way! And so the mini challenge is:
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?
A little tired and a little bit of the gritty eye feeling going on…
2) What have you finished reading?
I’ve read two graphic novels, one children’s book, one teen book, and most of a short story collection!
3) What is your favorite read so far?
I’ve loved them all!
4) What about your favorite snacks?
I haven’t really snacked (odd!) but I enjoyed both lattes and my Spinach Florentine sandwich!
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!
I’ve looked at a bunch -everyone is doing such a great job with the mini challenges!