24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Late Afternoon

April 10, 2010

Hour 9 Mini-Challenge:

* Pick up a book that you’ve read today, or are currently reading.
* Choose a song that goes with the book – could be that it fits the overall feel of it or even a certain scene.
* Create a blog post answering the following:

  • Book title
  • Soundtrack song
  • Why you chose that song

* If possible, include a clip of the song (ie, youtube video).

The first book that I finished today was Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness. If you don’t want to read the entire review, let’s just say … it’s not actually about happy people. What did you expect? It’s Alice Munro!

When I thought about a soundtrack song for this book, the first thing that came to mind was Everybody Hurts (REM). I think the choice is pretty self-explanatory: every single character in the collection of short stories is hurt in some way, usually emotionally. Here’s the original video for the song:

Hour 10 Mini-Challenges:

Make a map challenge showing where the book(s) we’re reading today take place.

  1. Go to this map.
  2. Zoom until you find the location you want to click
  3. Click edit, which will give you the ability to add a pin mark.
  4. Enter the book(s) you’re reading or have read today. Include the title and author. If you’re reading in the past or future, feel free to include the year too! If you want to include your blog address (if you have one), please do!
  5. Click OK to add your pin.
  6. Click Done in the left side bar.

I put a pin into a Google map showing where one of the books I read today took place. I chose to mark Lahore, Pakistan, where Iqbal takes place.

The challenge is to create a post celebrating the reading child and to link to the Reading is Fundamental webpage.

Suggestions for content:

  • post a picture or video of a child or children reading or being read to
  • post a picture or video of yourself reading as a child or reading to children
  • spend 20 minutes reading to or being read to by a child age 0-15 and post about it
  • interview a child about the meaning of reading to them and post the interview in text, audio or video
  • relate memories about the meaning of reading in your childhood (text, audio or video)
  • post a thank you message to RIF for their efforts on behalf of child literacy (text, audio or video)
  • post a thank you message to any adult(s) responsible for turning you on to reading as a child (text, audio or video)
  • visit the RIF site and report on one or more of their programs or activities, linking to the page(s) discussing it.
  • post about a personal encounter (if any) with RIF–did one of their free books impact your childhood? did you participate as either child or adult in one of their sponsored activities?

I really wanted to include a picture from my childhood, but alas, I don’t have a copy of the picture I’m thinking of here, and it would take too long to convince my parents to scan it for me today. The picture is of me at about 3 years old (or less), sitting on the floor in front of a bookshelf full of books, reading an adult book about etiquette and smiling at the camera.

Instead, I’m going to share a brief story from a few weeks ago.

At a friend’s house for book club, somehow it came up that Zaid hadn’t ever read Dr. Seuss before. This actually isn’t as strange as it sounds, because he grew up in Jordan and Dubai, where Dr. Seuss isn’t anywhere near the cultural icon that it is here in Canada or in the United States. It also came up that Nico had a copy of Green Eggs and Ham kicking around, which was one of my favourites when I was a kid. My oma used to read Dr. Seuss books to my younger siblings and I, which was fun, because we really loved hearing her German-accented voice and spending time with her. Anyways, Zaid ended up reading it – out loud! It was fun, and very reminiscent of childhood.

We’ll definitely be reading it to our kids. Reading is fundamental!

2 Comments

  • Darren @ Bart's Bookshelf April 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    You’re doing fantastic! Keep Reading! 🙂

  • Joy Renee April 11, 2010 at 5:47 am

    i can almost picture that picture of a small child reading a BIG book. For one thing is like a memory of my own. Hope you get to post it some day. It would be so fitting for the RIF challenge. Even just describing it would likely have suited me fine. But I’m glad you told the story of introducing Dr. Suess to someone who was clueless about him. So hard to imagine a life without Dr Suess. Almost as hard as imagining life without books.

    Thanks for entering my RIF challenge.

    Read with joy

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