Sunday, April 28, 2013

The End

I did it! Crawling to bed now.  Can't wait for October! :-)

Hour 24: End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 22, being so tired and knowing I still had 2 hours to go.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Dramacon series was great, although I loved both of my historical romances from two of my favorite authors

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I didn't like posting my email address to some mini challenge blogs.  Maybe if twitter names or blogs only were used as contacts, that'd be better.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
All the photo posting challenges - those were fun.

How many books did you read?
7 1/2

What were the names of the books you read?
Special A, vol. 12
Sweet Deception
Wild Ones, vol. 3
Wild Ones, vol. 4
Fool for Love
Dramacon, vol. 2
Dramacon, vol. 3
Winning Cassie Ellijay

Which book did you enjoy most?
Sweet Deception

Which did you enjoy least?
Wild Ones, vol. 3

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Thank you so much to the cheerleaders!

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Oh, I totally want to do this again in October as a reader and maybe do a fundraiser too.  I don't think I'm quite ready to do anymore.

Dramacon, vol. 3 by Svetlana Chmakova

This series was great!  Excellent balance of romance, drama, angst, and career drive.  Makes me want to go to a real Comicon.

Hour 23 Mini Challenge: Guess the Author Photo

Thank you, wilderthan, for hosting!  Head to her site for the pictures.  And I don't know if I'm tired or what but I only recognize two pictures.

1. Ann Rice

5. Virginia Wolfe

Hour 22 Mini Challenge: If It Were a Movie

Wow, this challenge from Cabbit Corner is a tough one right now:
Pick a book from the reading challenge. Imagine this book was being made into a movie. Write a blog post/comment answering the following:- Who would you cast and why? (if book is already a movie, voice your opinion on casting and who you would have picked)- What music would you like on the soundtrack?- Director?- Scenes you would delete and why? Scenes you would add and why?

I'm reading the Comicon series right but I don't know any teen actors, so I'm skipping back to Sweet Deception by Heather Snow

Cast: James Macavoy as Derick Aveline because I think he could pull off the dashing but sneaky spy, Raquel Weisz as Emma Wallingford because she's curvy like the heroine and I just really like seeing her in movies
Music: I like the idea of classical composers like Beethoven and Mozart but with an upbeat twist to add excitement, like they did with the Sherlock Holmes movies soundtracks.
Director: Joe Wright who did Pride & Prejudice (Kiera Knightly version) - I love how he incorporated the British landscape into so much of the movie which I think is vital to the feel of this book
Scenes to add: Definitely a dark beginning scene depicting at least a hint of what happened when Aveline left England before the war
Scenes to delete: Can't think of any, this book was great.

Dramacon, vol. 2 by Svetlana Chmakova

This series seems so deep for a manga.  I'm very happy I have the next volume on hand to start right away.  This doesn't feel like fiction!

Hour 21 Mini Challenge: Mad Libs

Nisaba Be Praised is hosting this mini challenge - thanks, ladies, for being awake too!

I'm going with a paragraph from No  Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole:

Original, words in bold to be switched out:  "As she lathered her hair, she didn't think about the vampire. At all.  She ignored questions about why he'd been in that castle and what exactly had made him want to end his forlorn existence.  All that information, such as where he had been a warrior, was incidental."

So that's 5 nouns, 2 adjectives, 1 adverb, and 1 verb.  I'm going to use a random noun generator and the "hidden" lists on Nisaba to fill in the blanks. Now I have these words: Check, Intestine, Joint, Snowman, Touch, greasy, sneaky, awkwardly, slump.

Final mad lib paragraph: As she lathered her check, she didn't think about the intestine.  At all.  She slumped questions about why he'd been in that joint and what awkwardly had made him want to end his greasy snowman.  All that information, such as where he had been a touch, was sneaky.

- this is the kind of thing my boys LOVE.

Hour 20 Mini Challenge: Haiku

5. More. Hours.  I can do this - I don't want to put my book down anyways - I should probably make myself a cup of hot chocolate or something.

Crazy Comma Momma wants me to write a haiku about the book I'm reading.  Almost done with Fool for Love by Eloisa James.

My haiku:
She wants kids but won't
Expect love. He is in love
And will convince her.

Awww, now I feel all sappy.