Apr. 21st, 2012 12:43 pm
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A photo of me, fuzzy and sleepy, ready for the readathon

It's nearly time for the readathon! Here I am all ready for it, after a good long sleep in (bless the fact that the readathon starts at 1pm here), still all cosy in my jammies and dressing gown. I have no idea what I'm going to start with, and I suppose I will only know when I pick up my Kindle and find out what book is open on it. I'll let you know... Updates will be on this post, as ever, until it gets ridiculously long.

13:03: 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

This time, I'm reading from Yorkshire, England.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I'm not sure, since I'm mainly planning to wing it. I know I'll enjoy most of the ones I've definitely planned to read!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Mini Snickers bars. Om nom nom.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm twenty-two, and I plan to make reading my career (in the shape of doing a PhD and then becoming a lecturer and researcher).

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 time, I'll stay up all through! Last time I just couldn't stay up all night due to medication, but this time I think I can manage it.

14:02: First book finished! The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Oh, Lord Peter.

Hmm, here's this hour's challenge:

1. If you could read any book that’s been translated into English in its ORIGINAL language, what would it be?

Oh, hell, that's difficult, because I can read most of the stuff I'm interested in, with glosses. I suppose something in Old French or Middle High German -- Diu Crône, by Heinrich von dem Türlin, maybe.

2. Include the original book’s cover if possible; if you want, also post the English cover for comparison.
3. Optional imaginary bonus points: post a sentence from the book in its original language.

Unfortunately, a quick google does not reveal any photographs or reproductions of the original manuscript, and I haven't got a dual-language edition. But it's a perfectly fantastic grail story, in which Sir Gawain is the hero.

Here's my review of The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, anyway.

15:11: Just finished reading an ARC from Netgalley -- Brook Street Rogues, by Ava March. And here's my mini-challenge response (although I can't win, as this one is US only)...

Photo of Prince Harry
Photo of someone playing Oliver Twist

I'll tell you what it is in the next hour, if no one has guessed.

16:04: I'm now reading Sleeping Beauty, Indeed (ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft), and I just did this hour's mini-challenge. The day is just speeding away from me -- how is it past four already? I might actually have to get dressed...

16:46: Review of Sleeping Beauty, Indeed. I've been finished for a while, but I've been attending to business, like actually getting dressed -- and pinning back the annoying little bits of my hair that kept tickling my face. Also, not sure what to read next. I might take the last fifteen minutes of this hour to flirt with a couple of different books before settling down again.

17:09: Not much flirting was required! Tutankhamen: The Life and Death of a Boy King, by Christine El Mahdy, arrived this morning, just in time, and I think I'll read that now.
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