Spring Serenity Read-a-Thon Day 2

4/26/2011 04:17:00 PM

Spring Serenity Read-a-Thon
The Spring Serenity Read-a-Thon is being hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict and runs from April 25th through May 1st.  There will be mini-challenges and prizes, and you can join in anytime through the week, reading as much or as little as you'd like.  I'm hosting a mini-challenge here as well.

So far, I've read the last 254 pages of:

The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark
Page 69 - ....I could see it was meaningless, so I drew pictures with the pink chalk while birds and monkeys chattered overhead.  I drew generic pink trees and simple pink houses and rudimentary pink camels.  The children repeated the words after me, nudging each other knowingly.  I learned more than I taught, including the fact that those children did not know they lived in poverty.  One-room huts without running water and two small meals a day was simply the way of things.  They weren't sure whether school was supposed to be work or play, and their cowed, serious faces occasionally flashed incandescent smiles.  They were all perfectly beautiful, with large black eyes and drooping lids and cheeks that glowed like burnished copper.
The sense of my expanding worldview seemed almost physical, like being stretched on a rack, and I welcomed it.  I was grateful to Rashmi for letting me into a little corner of India.
After I had searched the entire house, I stood in the middle of my living room with my lips scrunched up to one side.  More information about my Victorian ladies would have to come from the letters I already had, so I brought them out from under my panties, spread them over the kitchen table and chose the letter with the greatest number of legible words.

I'm currently on page 310 of:

Changeless by Gail Carriger
Page 69 - ...the redhead who was looking ever more guilty and ever more eager to continue chewing rather than participate in the conversation.
Lady Maccon worried at that information.  Why should Conall take Tunstell?  "Is he in danger?  Shouldn't you have gone with him, then?"
Lyall snorted.  "Yes. Picture the state of his cravat without a valet to tie him in."  The Beta, always the height of understated elegance, winced in imagined horror.
Alexia privately agreed with this.
"Could not take me," muttered the Tunstell in question.  "Had to go in wolf form.  Trains are down, what with the engineer's strike. Not that I should mind going; my play's finished its run, and I've never seen Scotland."  There was a note of petulance in his tone.
Hemming, one of the resident pack members, slapped Tunstell hard on the shoulder.  "Respect," he growled without looking up from his meal.
"Where, precisely, has my husband taken himself off to in Scotland?"  Lady Maccon pressed for details.
"The southern part of the Highlands, as I understand it," replied the Beta.
Alexia recovered her poise.  What little she had.  Which admittedly wasn't generally considered much.  The southern Highland area was the vicinity of Conall's previous abode.  She thought she understood at last.  "I take it he found out about his former pack's Alpha being killed?"
Now it was Major Channing's turn to be surprised.  The blond man practically spat out his mouthful of fritter.  "How did you know that?"

My Book Retreat's Mini-Challenge is the Page 69 Test, so I've included page 69 of each book here.  The premise of the Page 69 Test is that a reader can turn to page 69 of any book and use that page to judge whether or not they will like the rest of the book.

Read-a-thon progress:  

Total books read:  1 1/2
Total pages read:  564 pages
Goal:  Read 5 from my personal TBR pile


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  1. Wow...564 pages! Great job! Hope you're enjoying it!

    I'm probably not going to do the mini-challenges because I don't think it's fair for me to be entered in the giveaways. :)

  2. I think you should enter the mini-challenges (except the one on your own
    site) - that's part of the fun!

  3. Good luck with the read-a-thon! It seems you're progressing well :)

  4. The Sandalwood Tree has the most gorgeous cover :)

  5. Sounds like you're doing great with the read-a-thon. Thanks for participating in the mini challenge. I'll definitely count it as two entries.

  6. Sorry, that was from Julie at My Book Retreat. I was signed into OpenID with a link to my other blog. Whoops!


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