Weekly links & wrap-up (Apr. 27, 2014)

The readathon was yesterday and it was SO MUCH fun! I did some cheerleading, read some books, and got to hang out with a lot of fun people on Twitter and Instagram! I especially loved how there were so many people who were doing the ‘thon after a few years away (including me, of course); it made me feel a little like I did back when I first started blogging and everything was shiny and lovely and we all loved each other.

If you missed out on the spring readathon, never fear! There’s another one in the fall and it will surely be just as amazing.

End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?
All of them, after hour 15! I was so tired and unable to focus and then I fell asleep, so.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Graphic novels are always good! I really like Fables and any Matt Fraction-written story, myself.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Start it later in the day, haha! Or EARLIER– midnight EST, maybe?

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The cheerleader teams! I also liked how some teams were completely dedicated to a certain social media site.

How many books did you read? What were the names of the books you read?
I read two books: A Long Way From Chicago and The Door in the Wall.

Which book did you enjoy most?
A Long Way From Chicago, even though my copy was missing 5 pages.

Which did you enjoy least?
The Door in the Wall. It was so boring!

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Come up with a few pre-made cheer for when you can’t think of anything to say. BUT don’t just copy-paste the same thing to everyone. The personal touch is what makes cheerleading fun!

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very likely! I may try out for a hosting gig, or at the very least cheerleading.

Books read

  1. Seven for a Secret – Lyndsay Faye
  2. A Long Way from Chicago – Richard Peck
  3. The Door in the Wall – Marguerite de Angeli

Books reviewed

Posts posted

TBR notes

Started with 317 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
0 added
0 read

All the books I read this week were from the library! I’ve found that, since I DO work at the library now, I haven’t felt the need to buy any new books. Even though there have been some good sales! So that’s good, I guess?

This week, I’d like to read at least TWO TBR books.

Interesting links

A Day In the Life of an Empowered Female Heroine @ The Toast:

She woke up like she did every day: slowly pulling her motorcycle helmet off, then shaking her head slowly back and forth to reveal a long, blonde ponytail. Everyone gasped. “That’s right,” she said, kicking the winning football goal before sliding into a sheer, sexy camisole under a blazer and playing as hard as she worked, “I’ve been a girl this whole time.” One of the guys, the real sexy one, shook his head in slow motion, as if to say “wh-wh-wh-whaaat?” You know the kind. His mouth was kind of open while he did it. He was totally blown away.

She walked off the field, and she knew everyone was looking at her butt, and she totally loved it. “Sorry, boys,” she called out over her super-sexy shoulder. She always called men boys, because she knew what gender was. Now she was carrying a briefcase and wearing a pencil skirt and sex glasses. She was at law.

Author Malinda Lo writes about white people writing of people of color in books.

Author Katherine Addison (she of the amazing Goblin Emperor) writes about hope in fantasy.

One of the things behind grimdark, I think–and it’s not just grimdark, either, but most of Anglophone literature since somewhere around World War I–is a conviction that being pessimistic, tragic, depressing, dark means that a text is more “realistic,” more “serious,” and therefore inherently “better” than it would be if it allowed optimism and hope. I’ll get into the issue of “realism” later, but I want to point out here that tragedy is not inherently “better” as a literary form than comedy and writing a tragedy does not demonstrate greater skill/talent/genius than writing a comedy. (Kind of the reverse, in fact. Comedy is hard.)

Shae of Shae Has Left the Room has standard books a store or library MUST have to be a good one. Do you? (Mine would be any Diana Wynne Jones book– my library has NONE! And it is shameful, shameful.)

Publisher Angry Robot is having a live event tomorrow! Madeline Ashby, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ramez Naam, and Wesley Chu will all be hanging out on Google+ at 8:30pm EDT; if you can’t watch it live, a recorded version will be available later this week.

Armchair BEA is coming up soon, and they need cheerleaders!

I found this amazing interview with Lyndsay Faye from January about her books and writing and how the Timothy Wilde series is only going to be a trilogy! Nooooooo! (Anyway, it’s a good interview so you should read it.)

2 thoughts on “Weekly links & wrap-up (Apr. 27, 2014)”

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself during the readathon! It does make the blogging world look all shiny and new again. 🙂 Now you gave us all of these wonderful-sounding links to look at.

    Have a great week!

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