Once Upon A Read-a-Thon

Posted July 11, 2011 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Hosted by Reading AngelPure 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!

Day One Mini-Challenge {1}
This challenge is hosted by Bailey at IB BookBlogging.

Mini Challenge Question 1:What is your favorite type of myth (Greek, Roman, Egyptian etc)?

I have always had a bit of an interest in mythology. I loved learning about it in high school and even took an elective course in college about Greek Mythology. I would say that my favorite type is Greek, but that is probably because I know that most about it. I certainly love all types, and I am thrilled that one of my little girls has an interest in learning a little about mythology as well. 

Mini Challenge Question 2:
What is your favorite book with some type of mythology in it?

I’m not sure if I’m going to catch any flack for this or not…but my favorite books with mythology in them are the entire Percy Jackson series. Here’s why: I ADORE middle grade/childrens literature and I LOVED the Percy Jackson books. They were such a fun mix of real and myth. I think Rick Riordan did a fun job with them. (The movie…not so much but we’re not here to talk about the movies…). I have not read any of Riordan’s books outside of the Percy Jackson series, but I do have The Lost Hero here as a possibility for this readathon. 

Excellent Questions for this Mini-Challenge, Bailey! 

Day One Final Update Before Bed

At the end of Day One, here is my progress:  I have finished Rebel Angels by Libba Bray and Unashamed by Francine Rivers. I am now starting Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

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…

Day Two Mini-Challenge {1}
This challenge is hosted by Sabrina at YA Bliss. We are to post on our blogs our top three favorite love triangles. There are lots of love triangles in great books out there, but I’ve read about some really great ones lately. Here they are:
  1. 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. 
  2. 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
  3. 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!!! 
Day Two Mini-Challenge {2}
This mini-challenge is hosted by Casey at The Bookish Type.

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.

Here Goes:
Miss Alexia Tarabotti is a young vampire who is practicing for vampire cotillion. In the heavy smog of industrial 1850’s London coupled with her trusty black parasol, Alexia is able to take jaunts into the city during daylight hours to practice her poise and posture so as not to disappoint her grandmother. Will she prove successful…or will the others present at cotillion notice the devastating side effects of her posture-altering accident years before. 
Shoulders straight, Alexia, and walk with a purpose. There’s no room for error… 
Casey!! This has been loads of fun! I’m sure I’m way off from the plot of the book, 
but I had loads of fun making my own plot! Great mini-challenge!

Day Two Final Update Before Bed

I have not been able to read a full book today. Life had been absolutely crazy, filled with three children and errands that I could not put off. But I’m off to read a few more minutes before I fall asleep in bed, and I am bound and determined to finish big tomorrow…keeping in mind that ‘big’ for me is also realistic for me. I have had a blast with this readathon. My children participated today, and were thrilled to be playing along. Thank everyone for their support and cheerleading, and I hope to be a much bigger presence in the #OUreadathon twitter discussions and cheerleading on everyone’s blog posts. 
Day Three Mini-Challenge {2}

How exciting to see that this mini-challenge is hosted by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Ashley at Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing! She always has such fun ideas! Here’s the challenge:

Because I’m such a fan of book recommendations, I want you to recommend books to me. I want you to recommend 2 books to me. The first is any book of your choice. Pick any book you want and tell me and the world why it should be read and loved.

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.


The second is what you would pick as your favorite of the read-a-thon

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.)

Great mini-challenge, Ashley, and I’m sure you’ve got some great recommendations. If I get a chance, I might spend some time wandering through those links myself…I’m always looking for great recs…


Day Three and Final Read-a-Thon Update 

I have loved this time reading with people all over the world, as I suspected I would. In the end, I met my goal of three books. I was hoping I could exceed it, but I am happy to have met it! I did start a fourth book, but I am not counting it since I was not very far into it. I read:
  1. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray 
  2. Unashamed by Francine Rivers
  3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 
Three books for a total of 1,116 pages! No complaints here! 

Thanks to everyone for the twitter cheerleading and #OUreadathon conversations. It was fun! Until next time! 


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

Find Asheley on Litsy @intothehallofbooks!


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