domingo, 23 de outubro de 2016

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Hour 12


Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
Still reading Salem's Lot.

2. How many books have you read so far?
Complete? None...

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
The same: The Shadow Queen, by Anne Bishop.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Yes, I had to leave the house for around 2-3 hours. And the last 20 minutes my baby cat has been going nuts. I can only suppose the thunder made him crazy. The older one is just sleeping and sometimes looking and judging his little buddy. How I dealt with those? The first one, I really didn't have a choice... My baby cat, I put my boyfriend on police duty and let him handle the beast.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I believe the lack of physical challenges. Most of them have been about writing, and I was hoping for something with a little more movement.

sábado, 22 de outubro de 2016

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Hours 9, 10 & 11


I know I didn't do the challenges for Hours 9 and 10, but I just got home and I already spent too much time blogging and very little reading, so I will not do any older challenges. But the one on the 9th hour was amazing!

Now, I will also not be doing the Hour 11. It's already 11:49 p.m. in Portugal and I really want to do some reading, and the challenge, although it is really cool, it will take a long time to do. So, I will get back to my Stephen King. Sorry!

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Hour 8


Reading a book is undoubtedly one of my favorite methods of travel. One page, one sentence, and I am in the world of a story. No matter my mood, a book transports me. I have encountered mythical creatures, unbelievable worlds, and characters that I never want to say goodbye to.

Unsurprisingly, next to reading, another of my passions is travel. As a travel agent, I plan trips to Italy, Hawaii, Australia, even Iceland. But the places I’d most like to travel to don’t exactly exist…

This challenge seems simple: if money and time were no object (you’ve won the biggest lottery jackpot ever, and your boss is totally fine with you taking all of the time off work you need), where would you go to experience your favorite book(s) or series? Fictional places count too, of course.

But now you have to choose: do you explore Narnia before taking in a couple classes at Hogwarts? Do you travel to New Zealand, where they filmed parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Do you trace the route the pilgrims took in The Canterbury Tales, or visit London and the Charles Dickens Museum? Tell me where you’d like to go, why you’d like to go there, and how long you’d like to stay (even though sometimes the answer is “forever!”)

I would spend at least two months at Hogwarts alone, taking detours from learning magic to the enchanting towns of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. I would spend a few weeks learning from the helldivers of Lykos on Mars in the world of Red Rising. Finally I would return to the “real” world, making a world tour of literary cafés and bookstore restaurants everywhere.

Hmmmm, this is a difficult one. I have a lot of worlds that I like and I'd be eager to explore, so I can't really decide on a few ones. Between the mentioned Hogwarts and The Lord of the Ring's New Zealand, I would love to go to Ephemera (Anne Bishop), as well as other of her world, like Namid. I would visit and stay for as longs as I could in Juliet Marillier's sweet lands. All of them! Visit the England of Oscar Wilde, and the Russia of Dostoievski. I would try to visit almost every single place that seemed comfy on my books. And I'd probably return to real life... but certainly to no boss!

Dewey's Read-a-Thon: Hour 7



Welcome to my mini-challenge!  

We all have songs that we hear that we associate with a particular event or person, but book memories can be a lot like that.  For instance I was, rather unfortunately, reading the thriller Life Support by Tess Gerritsen when my mom was quite ill and in the hospital (she recovered quite nicely), so I have vivid memories of reading it in a hospital room.  Or listening to Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz audiobook and having to pull over by the side of the road so I could sob over the ending.  Or spotting the cover of Twilight in a Borders and thinking, Ohh, what a pretty cover even though I had no idea how big that book was about to get.

That’s all I want from you- your book memories!  Just leave a comment, or a link if you’re posting it on your blog or twitter or litsy or instagram or tumblr or goodreads or whatever social media site you most prefer.

I have a very vivid memory of reading Wolfskin, by Juliet Marillier. It was the last Summer of innocence, I guess I can call it that way. Me and my best friend used to write letters to each other and she borrowed me a lot of books, like this one. And I just remember so well, me, reading the book, sitting on the kitchen floor, against the wall - it was too hot.
But I also remember the first book I tried to read. It was Os Lusíadas, by Luis de Camões, a Portuguese classic. I was too young and the book was - is - too hard. Maybe that's why I, until this day, never had the patience to read it for pleasure, only for school.