Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Wrap Up - Day 1 - READ-A-THON - 01/07/2014

1/07/2014 01:39:00 PM

Bout of Books

With temps below 0 here (and expecting worse for the next day), I knew I wasn't stepping a foot out of the house, so I stayed up until the very wee hours of the morning of the 6th reading and then continued throughout the day.

Here's how I did:

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(click on covers for Goodreads page)

Black Girl White Girl by Joyce Carol OatesNos4a2 by Joe HillThe Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen SchineWorthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin

Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates - I was reading this when the read-a-thon started, so after The Three Weissmans, I decided to pick it back up and make it part of read-a-thon as well.  I was at page 50 prior to the start of the read-a-thon, and I'm now at page 120.
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - started (currently at 8% on Kindle Reader, approximately page 55)
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine - COMPLETED
Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin - COMPLETED


Pages read: 740
Hours read: 8 hours, 43 minutes

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Bookish Comforts

Bookish Comforts hosted the "Book Buying Spree" where I was able to indulge in a book buying fantasy:

"Imagine if you will: you’ve just received some FANTASTIC news! You have won a $100 book buying spree! Now comes the hard part though: what books will you buy?!"

Here is a screenshot of my Book Depository list; I chose some books that I've been wanting for a LONG time. I went a bit over $100, but, hey!  it's my imagination and the $100 is free, so I think I can pony up the $2 or so:

1. Shirley Jackson:  Novels and Stories (edited by Joyce Carol Oates) - "“The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable,” writes A. M. Homes. “It is a place where things are not what they seem; even on a morning that is sunny and clear there is always the threat of darkness looming, of things taking a turn for the worse.” Jackson’s characters–mostly unloved daughters in search of a home, a career, a family of their own–chase what appears to be a harmless dream until, without warning, it turns on its heel to seize them by the throat. We are moved by these characters’ dreams, for they are the dreams of love and acceptance shared by us all. We are shocked when their dreams become nightmares, and terrified by Jackson’s suggestion that there are unseen powers–“demons” both subconscious and supernatural–malevolently conspiring against human happiness.

In this volume Joyce Carol Oates, our leading practitioner of the contemporary Gothic, presents the essential works of Shirley Jackson, the novels and stories that, from the early 1940s through the mid-1960s, wittily remade the genre of psychological horror for an alienated, postwar America. She opens with The Lottery (1949), Jackson’s only collection of short fiction, whose disquieting title story–one of the most widely anthologized tales of the twentieth century–has entered American folklore. Also among these early works are “The Daemon Lover,” a story Oates praises as “deeper, more mysterious, and more disturbing than ‘The Lottery,’” and “Charles,” the hilarious sketch that launched Jackson’s secondary career as a domestic humorist.

Here too are Jackson’s masterly short novels The Haunting of Hill House (1959), the tale of an achingly empathetic young woman chosen by a haunted house to be its new tenant, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962), the unrepentant confessions of Miss Merricat Blackwood, a cunning adolescent who has gone to quite unusual lengths to preserve her ideal of family happiness. Rounding out the volume are 21 other stories and sketches that showcase Jackson in all her many modes, and the essay “Biography of a Story,” Jackson’s acidly funny account of the public reception of “The Lottery,” which provoked more mail from readers of The New Yorker than any contribution before or since."
2.  Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson and Eric Wolfinger - "For the home or professional bread-maker, this is the book of the season. It comes from a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States: Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, a city that knows its bread. To Chad, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. He developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is. A hundred photographs from years of testing, teaching, and recipe development provide step-by-step inspiration, while additional recipes provide inspiration for using up every delicious morsel."
3.  Songs of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) 5-book boxed series by George R. R. Martin- (I would have chosen the 6- or 7- book series, but they weren't available at the time to place in my cart) - "For the first time, all five novels in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO’s Game of Thrones are together in one eBook bundle. An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now this bundle collects the entire monumental cycle in the most convenient format available:

“One of the best series in the history of fantasy.”—Los Angeles Times
Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys."
Wow!  That kind of showcases my eclectic tastes!  :)

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All of my shopping was completed before the cold weather set in, so I'm fully prepared for another day indoors.  We woke up this morning to no electricity, but kudos to our utility workers who braved this horrid weather to get the electricity (and, in my case, heat) back on in less than a couple of hours!


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  1. Ummm Wow! Way to spend and read!! I hope you loved the Three Weismann's of Westport. I gave it to a patron a couple of weeks ago and she loved it! I have some more suggestions similar to that book if you want them :)

    I hope to see you around my blog,

    Katelynn Clark

  2. Over 700 pages in a day?? That is incredible! And here I was feeling so confident over my page count. Haha. Congrats though, seriously :D

  3. Awesome reading yesterday! I am very impressed! Read strong!


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