|Hosted by Reading Angel, Pure Imagination, & Candace’s Book Blog.|
I’m participating in the Once Upon A Read-a-Thon along with lots of other readers, and I am having a ton of fun so far. I am participating at a level that fits my life, which is…I’m reading whenever I can. While I do not have a job outside of my house, I have three kids, a very busy husband, a very messy house, and a lot going on that I have to manage. So I read as much as possible and LOVE the opportunity to participate along with everyone else.
I set my goals appropriately for where I am in my life. I would love to read a giant stack of books, but I think my goal for these three days will be three books. I will have a dance party here at my house that everyone is invited to if I read more than three books. I have a ton of books here that qualify, but I never plan ahead. So I don’t know yet what books they will be…you’ll just have to read my updates. 🙂
This is the post that I will be using for my updates and mini-challenges throughout the day so I will not be clogging up the blog feeds for the non-participating followers. I will link it to Twitter so people can see the progress. I will be cheering everyone on and stopping by everyone else’s blogs…because participating is fun!
This challenge is hosted by Bailey at IB BookBlogging.
What is your favorite book with some type of mythology in it?
Day One Final Update Before Bed
Since my goal for the Read-a-thon is to finish three books, I feel like I am doing well within my target and am pretty proud of myself! I’m hoping for a full and happy day of reading tomorrow with my kiddos. I’m off to read for a little while and then sleep before doing it all again…
- Sookie and Bill vs. Sookie and Eric in The Southern Vampire Mystery Series by Charlaine Harris. I’ve read all of these books. While Sookie does have an occasional love interest/crush outside of the triangle, Bill and Eric are the ones she always seems to come back to. And they are both so sexy and hot.
- Mary and Harry vs. Mary and Travis in The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This is a pretty complex set of relationships with a pretty complicated triangle, and it even makes an appearance briefly in a later book in the series. I give Honorable Mention to the Gabry-Catcher-Elias triangle that is present in the second book in this series, The Dead-Tossed Waves.
- Probably my favorite at the moment, and the one I’m itching to know more about is Meghan and Puck vs. Meghan and Ash from The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. This is the only book I’ve read in this series, and I KNOW there is more to the story…I just cannot wait to find it out!!!
Pick any book from your readathon pile and write a fake synopsis based solely on the cover. The synopsis does not have to be related to the actual book at all, just the pretty, pretty cover.
Well, this is easy for me! I KNOW that you are a big YA nut reader but I am about 97% finished with an adult fiction book that is easily in my top 5 for the year…Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok. It is the story of a Chinese mother and daughter that come to America to make a new life for themselves and all of the (bazillions of) hardships they face in doing so. Kim, the child, leads two different lives…a double-life, if you will…she works alongside with her mother illegally (both in age and length of workday) for nearly no-pay in a stifling factory just to survive AND she goes to school in Brooklyn where she struggles (even though she was at the top of her class back in her home country). Despite the long hours worked, Kim and her mother live in their home for over ten years with no heat…and they never have glass panes on their windows. They stay as warm as possible by leaving their oven on and sitting close-by at their kitchen table. After overcoming the language barrier that holds her back, Kim begins to excel in school and eventually earns a prestigious spot in a private academy in Brooklyn that could lead to a chance at an ivy-league college. This is by scholarship, of course, and she dangerously balances working in the factory until late, late, late in the evenings with keeping her grades up in school so she will have a chance to get her Ma out of that cold apartment. The interactions of Kim with the Americans in the book are remarkable and memorable, and her coming-of-age from middle-school to college-age tore my heart out! She wanted to be like the American girls so much…a little more popularity, boys, make-up, parties, all that stuff…but instead she had the Chinese culture and the work at the factory, both of which prevented her from becoming more Americanized. And the choices she has to make in the ending…man, oh, man. Whether or not you choose this as your ‘winner’ you still need to read this book. I really think you will love it.
My favorite book for this readathon was easily Unashamed by Francine Rivers. I have read most all of Rivers’ books. I love her so much! This was a re-read for me. I do not read a lot of Christian fiction, because I find it to be very cheesy and bad. But Francine Rivers is amazing and her writing is just as good as anyone out there on the mainstream market…this is why she is one of the few people I will re-read. I have always been very interested in the people of the Bible, particularly the women, and so if I find something where I can learn about them, I will devour it. And I did. (This is the second book in a series of short novellas that Rivers wrote about five different women in the Bible. She similarly wrote a series of five short novellas about five men in the Bible.)
- Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
- Unashamed by Francine Rivers
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater