Monthly Archives: October 2011

RaT Challenge: A Music Bath

Edit: Challenge now over. Winner is Supa Novacaine. Thanks to everyone who participated! 🙂

Hello, ‘thoners! Still hanging on in there? Eight hours of continuous reading is impressive, so do allow yourself a few moments to celebrate.

The fact that you’re still standing -and that you signed up for this in the first place-, suggests you’re quite appreciative of literature. I bet there are some among you that also enjoy other forms of art – painting, composing music or writing (NaNoWriMo anyone? I’ve only a vague idea what I’m going to write this year. Me begins to panic). What I am most certain of, however, is that all of you like music to some extent.

If you’re like me though, you would listen to music every minute of the day. On most days, you may just be able to do that. But not today, because today we read; and reading requires concentration – even the Goosebumps books, or whatever your pick of ‘light reading’ is. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said:

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.

That, awesome readers, is my challenge for you: take a short (short!) break from the novel you’re currently savouring and think of these questions:

  1. What song does the book I’m reading right now remind me of?
  2. What song does my favorite book remind me of?
  3. Can I find a connection between one of my favorite songs and a story I like?

When have at least one song in mind, go and listen to it once or twice. After that, come back here and leave me a comment saying what song(s) you listened to, what book does it remind you of and why. I’m always on the lookout for new great music, so if you want to leave a link as well, even better!

One lucky person will be randomly selected to receive a prize from the Read-a-Thon prize list. You have three hours – plenty of time.

You shy? Don’t be, I’ll go first.

  1. I’m not reading anything at the moment. As I write this, it’s the 11th of October.
  2. I love the Harry Potter books, and Luna Lovegood is quite possibly my favorite character in the entire series. A few years ago I was introduced to this song through the TV show F.B.Eye. Ever since then, I can’t help but think of Luna & her quirkiness whenever I listen to it.
  3. This is a bit harder. But I adore ABBA, so pretty much all their songs are favorites of mine. The Mastership Game, which I had read in January and enjoyed tremendously, is about five people who try to legally obtain $2 mil. in one year. So… Money, money, money? I think so. 🙂

Your turn. Also, good luck with the remaining of the Read-a-Thon! Here’s hoping one way or another, we all cross that finish line! 😀

That time of the year…

It’s October, which is great for a number of reasons:

1. My birthday’s coming up. October the 18th. Cake. Yay!

2. NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. It’s now that participants all over the world start searching for ideas, developing characters and stocking up on various edible supplies, from coffee to biscuits and semi-prepared meals: November will be, after all, a month of isolation.

3. People who are fortunate enough to have been born in the right parts of the world celebrate Halloween. Sadly, I’m not one of them, but I still enjoy wishing I were, watching Halloween related movies and eating candy.

4. Last but certainly not least… Dewey’s 24 hours Read-a-Thon is back!:D The challenge is the same: read as much as you possibly can in 24 hours. I took part for the first time in April and had a blast, so I look forward to doing it again. Also, I’ll be hosting a mini-challenge this year, which should be extra fun. If you want to participate, here’s where you can sign up and find out more about the event. The date is October the 22nd.

That’s all I had to say right now. This post is more of a place holder, I will update it during the actual read-a-thon.

Update #1: Okay, I’m about 100 pages into the first book – Grimus, by Salman Rushdie. It’s the first time I read him and his style is incredibly awkward and weird. But I love it.

Update #2: After another 100 pages or so, I switched from the Rushdie book to something easier. I’m liking Villa Amalia by Pascal Quignard. 😀

Update #3: I just completed my first mini – challenge. Also, I’ll be choosing a winner for the mini challenge I hosted pretty soon. And I’m really liking the book I’m reading + its writing (for the most part). So far, everything is going great.

Update #4: Well, I’ve reached the halfway mark and I still haven’t finished one book – I still have 20 pages to go. Oh, and those moments when you suddenly stop reading and realize you have no idea what’s been happening for the past few pages? Yeah, I’m starting to have a few of them every now and then.

Update #5: I finished my first book. I’d write a ‘woo-hoo’ or something, but the book was too good and depressing for me to feel comfortable with that. :\

Update #6: I’m still awake. Somehow. Just finished the second book and am less than 100 pages short of finishing the Salman Rushdie one. I’m taking a break and going for a walk though, to avoid passing out. The end is in sight… Fortunately. Sadly.

Update #7: Finally. With two hours to go, I finished the Rushdie (and the third) book. I think I’ll stop here, seven is a great number of updates and it seems natural to stop reading (fiction, I’ll probably move on to my chemistry notes soon) now. I’ll still hang around until the Read-a-Thon ends so I can say I’ve seen The End. I’ll write a post summarizing the experience in the following hours/days. Cheers!

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