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Once Upon a Read-a-Thon 2012

Doing it again this year, because I enjoyed it so much last year!

Here’s my line-up:

1. Beyond the Pale by Mark Anthony (finish it!)

2. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

3. Path of Fate by Diana Pharaoh Francis

4. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (start it!)

Well, that’s what I’m hoping for, anyway!


July 9, 2012 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | Leave a comment

Read-a-Thon: Final Update

Well, I had a lot less time to read than I had wanted to, but I did manage to accomplish my two main goals. I didn’t realize I was going to have so much other stuff to do! Yikes! Anyway, here is what I did manage to do:

  • Finished The Map of Time
  • Finished The Second Coming
  • Got through a good chunk of Harry, A History
  • Entered a mini challenge hosted by The Musings of ALMYBNENR
  • Entered a mini challenge hosted by The Bookish Type

I am very glad I participated. Hopefully the next one I do will be during school when I’m not working.

July 14, 2011 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | Leave a comment

Read-a-Thon: Day Two

Unfortunately I had to work 11:30 to 5:00 today, then I had dinner with my family for the first time in six weeks (because of my night class that is now over). And I did work for my online class. So I had much less time to read than yesterday. However, I did manage to finish The Second Coming by David H. Burton. I don’t think I’m going to write a full review of it, simply because the rest of my week is completely booked, between this read-a-thon, working, birthday shopping I have to do, picking my brother up from football camp, a family reunion, and my online classwork. And other little things not worth mentioning, like eating. I also need to sleep somewhere in there, too. Gah! Who wants to give me some chocolate?

I also made my entry for the mini-challenge at The Bookish Type today. Look one post down and you will find it. I thought it was a fun challenge.

Tomorrow is going to be much like today, with less reading time than I want. I really should have taken these days off from work.

July 12, 2011 Posted by | Read-a-Thon, Reading | Leave a comment

Read-a-Thon Mini-Challenge Entry

Casey at The Bookish Type is hosting a mini-challenge for read-a-thon participants where the task is to write a fake synopsis of one of the books you plan to read during the event. Here’s my entry:


Lillia knows nothing about her father except for what she can gather from the collection of books and the pair of hideous black glasses he left behind the day he vanished – the day she was born. She has heard rumors about him, about some social movement he created twenty years ago, before her existence. But no one knows where he’s gone, not even her mother. Or, at least, no one is telling. Lillia wants nothing more than to find him, and to know once and for all what is really true. Was he really a wizard? Why did he vanish? What was this movement he tried to create? And, more importantly, what does it all mean for her?

She knows the answer must lie in the library her father left behind, but she has no idea how dangerous those books are – or the room itself. Soon she is asking herself, did her father even leave at all?


July 12, 2011 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | Leave a comment

Read-a-Thon Update

Well I just finished reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. As with a lot of other great works of scifi, I’m ashamed to have never read it before. I found it very interesting.

Now time for lunch/dinner before work.

My next goal is to finish The Second Coming, though I made some good progress on that this morning.

How is everyone else doing?

July 11, 2011 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | Leave a comment

Kick-off and Review!

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

I am kicking off this awesome read-a-thon by giving a review of a book I just finished; The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. When I was sent the book I was also sent a copy of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, so I’m going to be reading that next. It’s short, so it won’t take long. I also plan to take a very long walk on my mom’s treadmill tomorrow – er… later this morning – with my Kindle. I should be able to finish The Second Coming and burn some calories that way. Yay for determination! Unfortunately, I do have to work all three days but it shouldn’t be too bad. I just have to make sure I spend a little bit of time online doing assignments for my online class. That should only be about twenty minutes each day though.

I’m ready!


Goodreads Description:

A Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigage purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history?

My Review:


That’s all I can say about this book. I loved Palma’s writing style and the way all three seemingly different stories were interwoven. The only thing that bothered me about the plot(s) was that the third part of the book seemed so much quicker. It wasn’t like there wasn’t much to the plot of third part, it’s just that it was resolved so neatly, unlike the first two parts.

I also felt incredibly bad for Claire in the second part of the book, because her whole future is based on a huge lie. Maybe that bothers me so much because I’m a woman, I don’t know. I’m torn. Should I be happy that she’s happy, or hope that she finds out the truth? It really haunts me whenever I think of the book.

And there were a lot of odd things happening with the quotation marks throughout the book.

Overall, however, I’m very happy that I was given the opportunity to read this book. It really makes you wonder about the fabric of time. Can it be changed? What happens if we change the past? Will time travel be possible? The conversations about parallel universes really fascinated me, and the one brief talk of hypercubes. I love stuff like this. Maybe someday I will read the book again.

Rating: 4/5

July 11, 2011 Posted by | Read-a-Thon, Reading | Leave a comment

Soundtrack Sunday

I’m doing something different today. Tomorrow is the start of the read-a-thon (banner in the sidebar), so I thought I’d post something in preparation for the next three days. And to warn people. Laugh and enjoy!

July 10, 2011 Posted by | Read-a-Thon, Reading | Leave a comment