Saturday, July 02, 2011
Under The Midnight Sun 24 Hour Read-a-thon!
Bad Tempered Zombie
*Jenga will be reading but not blogging at this time
**R is my 7 year old daughter. It's her first time blogging or trying to stay up for 24 hours straight. She will be blogging here at The Book Mine Set.
I also have exciting prize news! Since the title of this Read-a-thon is inspired by the north, and since I was a little disappointed by how few northern books were read for the 4th Canadian Book Challenge, I'm very pleased to offer a Northern Authors Prize Pack, featuring:
1. Jamie Bastedo's Tracking Triple Seven
2. Annelies Pool's Iceberg Tea
3. Cathy Jewison's The Ugly Truck and Dog Contest
4. Richard Van Camp- The Moon of Letting Go
This prize pack will be chosen randomly from all those who participate in the 24 hour read-a-thon.
I will be updating this post about once every hour or two of the challenge:
12:00 pm- Hour One
Well, I'm well rested and ready to go! I plan on getting through as many of these as I can:
Ray Price- Yellowknife
Dionne Brand- Ossuaries
Margaret Hutchinson- Tamarac
Miriatu Kamara- Bite of the Mango
John Valliant- The Tiger
Lynn Coady- Play the Monster Blind
Bryan Lee O'Malley- Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Which seems like a lot, but with the exception of the graphic novel, I started all of these before the Read-a-thon even started, so hopefully it'll be just a matter of finishing them off and reviewing them. I might also throw in a few picture books as I'm being ambitious.
My daughter R is reading Ted Staunton's Morgan's Secret and Frieda Wishinsky's Arctic Storm. Probably more.
Here we go!
Only 22 hours and 30 minutes left to go. So far so good. I managed to finish Dionne Brand's Ossuaries, which I'll review in the next half an hour, and another chapter of Ray Price's Yellowknife. My daughter got all the way through Ted Staunton's chapter book Morgan's Secret and even wrote her very first review. Now I have to check out how everyone else is doing.
3.5 hours down. So far, so good, though I haven't finished a 2nd book yet-- though my daughter has read and reviewed her 2nd!
Special thanks goes out to Em, who with her wonderful words of encouragement, seems to be more active than those of us actually doing the Readathon! Hopefully more updates from participants will start drifting in over the night ahead. I see that Gavin, Wanda, Heather, and Melwyk are the only others that have updated so far...
Back to reading. I've knocked off chapters in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Tamarac, and The Bite of the Mango since last updating. Hopefully, one of those will be finished before I check in again.
16 hours to go! I know I haven't checked in a while, but I did get a lot accomplished in that time. I took a supper break and finished and reviewed The Bite of The Mango. I'm getting a kick out of all the picture books and children's novels being read for the Canadian Book Challenge so far-- I only fear that newcomers to the challenge will see all the titles and think that it's only for kids! Oh well. The adult titles will soon outnumber the children's titles, I'm sure. And as a parent, I love that children's books are getting the attention they deserve.
Speaking of children, my girl is still doing fine-- though taking a break at the moment. She's a bit of a speed reader, but I can tell she's not wild about the blogging part. Still, she's being a great sport!
I just spent the last hour reading outside and am feeling more refreshed. I had planned on reading outside earlier but we had an unexpected rain shower and I had to wait for that. It's funny-- when my parents visited Yellowknife at Christmas they were amused to no end by the consistent weather: sunny, cold, no wind, every.single.day. Unlike Newfoundland, and indeed most other places in Canada, that like to boast, as if it's an original saying, unique to them, "if you don't like the weather now, just wait five minutes," Yellowknife doesn't have a lot of variation. We get short but sunny and warm summers and long and cold but sunny winters, never wind. Yet for all our consistency and predictability, the good people at Environment Canada still manages to get it wrong. Oh well.
It's nice reading outside at the moment, but the mosquitoes are coming on-- it may call for a dose of repellent. Another lesson on Yellowknife? Locals like to brag about how big and numerous the mosquitoes are-- in three years, it hasn't been that bad. Some days are worse than others, but nothing like a summer I spent in Iqaluit 4 years ago. Egad!
I'm getting sidetracked. Back to reading!
That's me, outside reading at midnight. Just past the halfway mark and stretching my eyes wide open in a sad attempt to convince you that I'm not tired. My daughter fell asleep 10 minutes ago with a book in her hands. But past the halfway mark, I'm really proud of her.
By the way, the Under The Midnight Sun Read-a-thon is technically a misnomer. Yellowknife, though being North of 60, still has a sunset and sunrise even on the longest day of the year. However, because they're so close together there's enough light so that it doesn't get any darker than dusk. Last night, the sun set about an hour ago (11:34pm) and will rise for me again at 3:50. I hope to be awake by then.
I still haven't finished another book, but I imagine I'll have the Scott Pilgrim book done next time around. I'm quite enjoying Lynn Coady's and John Vaillant's books, but the others are kind of dragging me down.
I think I need another tea. For the other participants still awake: have you been hitting the caffeine?
Still awake! And on my 2nd wind. Really started to hit a wall there about an hour ago. Started mixing my metaphors. Anyway, reading outside has helped. Another tall glass of Coke helped. And a graphic novel helped. Finished Bryan Lee O'Malley's book and reviewed it here.
I'm not seeing much action left from the other Read-a-thon participants, though it looks like Melwyk made it to 4:00 her time, which is still more than me at this point. Hopefully I'll still be awake when the other participants wake and get right back at it! 9 hours to go. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...
Seven hours to go my friends. I've already said thank-you to the caffeine and fresh air gods for getting me this far, but I think now it's time to also give credit to the long daylight hours (beautiful sunrise today!) and a rather annoying robin.
Glad to see Wanda, Em, and Jules are all on the clock again.
Also, you might note that I just heard from Richard, and the book he has donated is The Moon of Letting Go.
Speaking of prizes, would any of you participants mind if I threw Emeire's (Em's) name into the draw as well? She may not have been reading, but she's certainly come through as a cheerleader.
Rounding the bend now. My daughter woke up at about 7:00 and got right back at it, but seems to be drifting off again.
I managed to finish Play The Monster Blind, which I'll review soon, as well as a Canadian short story which I prepared a Short Story Monday post for. At this point I'm doubtful that I'll finish another book in the next three and a half hours, but I'll keep chugging away...
I have to admit. This final hour will be the toughest. I started to read The Tiger, the more compelling I have of the three left but found myself having to go back to read some passages over and over. The challenge has become focused more on staying awake than reading.
I suffer insomnia often, so it's not an unfamiliar feeling for me unfortunately; an almost drunk feeling-- sluggish, jerky, jumping at shadows. And I'm breaking out in acne like I haven't in 17 years. Sheesh.
Clearly nothing else completed since I last checked in.
My daughter tried to read several times since waking up this morning, but each time she started to nod off again, so now she's happily watching Sponge Bob with her brother. But at four books, and over 12 hours, she did a great job and I'm so happy that she took part. She's going to keep going with the 5th Canadian Book Challenge anyway.
Well, this check-in took all of 8 minutes. I'll check in again at about 11:45 to let you all know who won the Northern Prize Pack...
Thank-you to everyone for participating. It's been a blast. I'm tired. Good night.
Congrats to Melwyk for winning the Northern Prize Pack.