Dewey’s Readathon Wrapup and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

I managed to stay awake until 3:15 when I finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.   That was all I read.  I will do better next fall, I hope.

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  20th.   Finished a book and the only choice was drink a heck of a lot of caffeine and try to get into a new one or sleep.   Sleep won.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?    Last fall I really enjoyed Ocean at the End of the Lane
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  Nope
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  You all seemed to cope really well with a much larger group, so yay you!
  5. How many books did you read? 1
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? the one I read
  8. Which did you enjoy least? ditto
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  I wasn’t.   They were great.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  Very likely.   I like reading.   Sorry.  Not a cheerer.

I had a good time and Guernsey is an excellent book.   The heroine is a dope about men, but not in other ways.   Minor spoiler: later in the book she can’t figure out why one guy she likes won’t talk to her after meeting her almost-fiance.  Duh.   She’s not a moron otherwise, thank goodness.   The book is full of eccentric characters — mostly from Guernsey, but the main character herself is somewhat eccentric.   The book is kind of an odd combination of history of the German Occupation of Guernsey during World War II, romance novel, and I don’t know what you’d call it, but meet-all-these-wacky-but-loveable folks type novel.   It did remind me a bit of 84 Charing Cross Road, but it also doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing what the Nazis did during the occupation.   Although, it is not pure anti-Nazism.  It shows the German soldiers as a mixture of human beings caught up in a monstrous event.   Overall, a very good book, I think.   I realize this may not be useful to many people as nearly everyone has already read it, but we write these things to get it out of our systems.   And to remember a few years from now exactly what we thought of whichever book.

As this book is written entirely in letters, it is the first for my Postal Challenge.

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