24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Eid Al Adha Edition
events / October 12, 2013

From 4pm this afternoon until 4pm tomorrow afternoon, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. This is my seventh time participating in the read-a-thon. This time, I’m only reading, no cheerleading or mini-challenge hosting. Normally, I would be at work tomorrow, but I have the day off tomorrow as we have this week off for Eid break! I’ll be doing some prep work around the house during the readathon as I’m leaving for Sri Lanka tomorrow evening, but other than that, I’m pretty much just reading away. Here’s some of what I’m hoping to get around to (at least partly) in the next 24 hours: Cooked by Michael Pollan Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar Updates Hour 1: 4-5pm I’m starting off the readathon listening to Shattered Dreams and getting some housework done. Putting new sheets on the bed and starting laundry are the calls of the moment! 1)…

24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Rakem Sitta
events / April 27, 2013

From 4pm this afternoon until 4pm tomorrow afternoon, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. This is my sixth time participating in the read-a-thon. This time, I’m only reading, no cheerleading or mini-challenge hosting. Normally, I would be at work tomorrow, but I have the day off to attend a job interview – so I’ll actually get to participate in more of the readathon this time than I did in the fall! Here’s what I’ve got in the house to choose from over the next 24 hours: Twenty Years After (a little over 4 hours left in the audiobook at the start time) Sex and God at Yale (audiobook) Cemetery John (audiobook) Confessions of an Arabic Interpreter Running With Scissors The Taqwacores (which I started a few weeks ago in Beirut) Sex and the Citadel “?? ???” (an Arabic children’s book) Updates Hour 1: 4-5pm Introductory Questionnaire: What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – I’m reading today…

24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Book to Movie (Mini-Challenge)
events / October 14, 2012

From 8am EST (4pm my time) this morning until 8am (4pm my time) tomorrow morning, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. Welcome to everyone heading over here for a break from the read-a-thon! I hope that you’re enjoying yourself so far, and I’m really happy to have the opportunity to host a mini-challenge on my blog to give you a bit of a break from whatever you’re currently reading. It’s now Hour 23, and you’ve almost made it to the end! I’ve got a nice, simple mini-challenge for your poor, sleep-deprived brains. Here goes! Choose one of the books you’ve read during this mini-challenge, and cast the movie! Who do you think should play the main character(s)? Who might be an interesting director? Character actor for a bit part? Do a quick Google Image search and show us your choices. Feel free to give us a bit of background about the character or the reasoning for your choice, or don’t…

24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Fifth Time’s The Charm!
events , thoughts / October 13, 2012

From 4pm this afternoon until 4pm tomorrow afternoon, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. This is my fifth time participating in the read-a-thon. This time, I’m only reading, no cheerleading – though I am hosting a mini-challenge in Hour 23! Also, due to the time difference and the different week structure here (weekends are Friday/Saturday), I’m going to be doing part of the read-a-thon at work! I’m mostly going to be reading e-books and audiobooks for the Literary Others event that I’m participating in this month. Here’s my tentative list of books that I’ve got ready to choose from: Memory Mambo by Achy Obejas Landing by Emma Donoghue Jumpstart the World by Catherine Hyde Ryan Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan Empress of the World by Sara Ryan I obviously have other choices available if none of these strike my fancy at the time … but I’m going to…

24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Reading in Translation (Mini-Challenge)
contests/giveaways , events / April 21, 2012

From 8am EST (5pm my time) this morning until 8am (5pm my time) tomorrow morning, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. Welcome to everyone heading over here for a break from the read-a-thon! I hope that you’re enjoying yourself so far, and I’m really happy to have the opportunity to host a mini-challenge on my blog to give you a bit of a break from whatever you’re currently reading. Something that I’ve definitely gotten more into in the past year is reading books that have been translated into English from their original language. I started out by reading more widely-known, “popular” titles: for example, I read Alaa Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building, Rajaa Alsanea’s Girls of Riyadh, and Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, as well as Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Since then, I have been seeking…