“The truth is there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”
I finished Ocean at the End of the Lane about two o’clock, but couldn’t stay awake longer. Didn’t really nap very well either, kept waking up wondering what to read next. I checked the mail and there was the first Aunt Dimity book, so I think I’ll give that a go.
But first, Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman was a lovely book. Sweet, enchanting, a little scary and a little sad. It is short, 176 pages, which is one reason I saved it for this Readathon. It is the story of a lonely, bookish little boy who gets caught up in a magical world which sort of overlaps this one. Like most magical worlds there are wonderful things about it and horrible things about it, there are challenges and wonders, he hardly leaves home and he journeys as far as it’s possible to go. Although a child is at the center of it, it’s not a children’s story. It would be too scary for little kids, I think. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy. I am keen to read Neverwhere since I saw it as a play (which was excellent.)
So, almost the tenth hour I will try to get back into the reading mode. I have some salted caramel mocha in me and I’ve finished one book, so it shouldn’t be too hard to do.
Still reading Ocean.
Read 109 pages.
Ate roast pork buns. The cat is really enjoying this readathon.
Reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Read: 21 pages
Consumed: Scrambled eggs and coffee
Maybe should have saved this for later as it is very interesting. Aesthetically, print has it all over ebooks.
No nap yet! But my cat is napping in my lap and making it harder to read.
The beginning of Ocean was sad and I thought it was a mistake to read it, but it’s gotten interesting.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Maryland, near Washington DC
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Neal Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Iced sugar cookies
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I am short on sleep so a nap will be happening.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
This is my first. The nap? But also just spending most of the day focusing on books.
Have fun, everyone!
I should be sleeping because the readathon starts in less than seven hours, but I’m a night owl and usually stay up late. Hard to break a habit like that. I am unreasonably jazzed about this — after all, with a bit of planning one could read all day if one wanted to fairly often, but one never has, let alone at the same time as hundreds of others around the world. I doubt I will make the full 24 hours as I could not get out of my Sunday commitment and I’ll need more than 3 hours of sleep to survive it, but I will do what I can.
So, what shall I read? I’m not sure. Being a creature of impulse I will probably decide when I start, but I’ve collected a heap of probabilities. Then there’s the Kindle, capable of downloading a million books. My TBR pile borders on the infinite. Certainly more than I could ever read. Reading blogs has both helped and hurt with this. I have bought more based on others’ reviews, but I’m also, I hope, narrowing my focus a bit. With so many books available, I feel a bit like I imagine Soviet defectors felt when faced with a U.S. grocery store. Eighteen kinds of mayonnaise — how do you choose? It’s the same with me and books. Only worse because when I’m 50 pages in I get distracted by the next one.
This readathon won’t help with that as I don’t want to read anything I’ve been reading, but only new stuff. Some of the options:
Now, I must try to get some sleep as it’s only a bit over 6 hours until lift-off.
If you’re working on a translations challenge, a Europe challenge, or a world reading challenge, this list of 20 translated works could be very helpful.