Update 1 – 17:00 hrs (30 mins before the Challenge starts )
Here we go again, I am all set to party at the Dewey’s 24 hrs Readathon as all preps fall into place-
- House Cleaned – Check
- Fridge Stocked – Check
- Kindle Charged – Check
- Power Nap – Check
- Friends and Family notified about the next 24hrs DND Policy – Check
- And finally the book pile 🙂
I think we are finally all sorted here! I am now ready to READ, especially considering I have not read the whole morning and it is nearly 17:00 hrs here in part of the world. I will do a every 4hrs update but we will see how things go! Besides this blog, you can find me at the following places twirling around –
Instagram – jayantichakraborty (https://www.instagram.com/jayantichakraborty/?hl=en)
GoodReads – cirtnecce (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7832287-cirtnecce)
Now can we please get going??!!
Opening Meme Update –
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Not snack but dinner – my sister is cooking some awesome Indian style mutton! (Happy Dance)
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Sister, Friend, Daughter, Project Leader, Reader, Traveler, Reader, Writer, Cook….er…did I mention Reader??!
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?
Keep the first few books short and sweet to get the rhythm going. Also drink and I mean DRINK plenty of water!
Update 2 – 20:00 (2.5 hrs since we started)
Book Update – Finished Lady Susan by Jane Austen
Snack Update – Tea
Take on Book – A much awaited re-read; one of the earliest works of Jane Austen, where you can see the promise of P&P or Emma or Persuasuion. Lady Susan is a scheming, artificial, flirtatious and materialistic woman, who is forced to visit her brother-in-law in the country, following a scandal in the family in Longford with whom she had been staying. She looks forward to the visit with little interest and only to bide time, but the arrival of her sister-in-law’s brother, Reginal De Courcy makes thing interesting for her as she is determined to make a conquest of him despite his very apparent dislike for her. More confusion is added when Fredrica, Lady Susan’s much neglected but excellent daughter joins her to add another complication in Lady Susan’s grand scheme. Austen at her usual in the best possible representation of the society of her time. While she remains absolute in her support for good understanding and correct moral behavior, she nevertheless knows how to have fun at all that was frivolous and foolish in her contemporary society. The best thing that I like about the book is she makes no apology or explanations for the conduct of Lady Susan and in her, we find a full veined conniving vamp, who does not suffer and die, but lives moderately happily till the end!
Update 3 – 23:00 (6.5 hrs since we started)
Book Update – The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
Snack Update – Dinner – Mutton cooked by my flatmate with Naan 🙂
Take on Book – It’s a wonderful read so far. Australia comes alive in the hands of Ms. McCullough. I had read that this novel had courted major plagiarism controversy on its publication as it seemed to resonate closely with The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. However, so far into the first odd 40 pages, it seems to have as close resemblance to The Blue Castle as do all books of similar nature to Cinderella.
Also I am moderating the Discussion for this hour over at GoodReads, so hop over and let me know your thoughts!
Update 4 – 4:00 (10.5 hrs since we started)
Book Update – Finished The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough and started on Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (This is where I go rouge on my planned Readathon TBR)
Snack Update – Dark Chocolate
Take on Book – Shy and quiet, Missy Wright has lived all her 33 years under the direction of her mother and aunt, working hard and long everyday to etch out a living on the Missalonghi. Her only pleasure is reading, and the recent assistant to the Library, Una has opened her literary pleasure to a whole new world of novels of romance and adventure. But as a new stranger enters the town of Byron, long held to be the domain of Hurlingford family, of whom Missy’s mother and aunt belong too, things begin to change. Suddenly Missy is not quiet ready to accept her quiet wall power life anymore and when shares of the Byron Bottling Company start to go out of the control of Hurlingsfords and of which her aunt and mother own some shares. its time for Missy to start thinking big! The Blue Mountains come alive in this novel by Ms. McCullough. Never have I yearned to visit Australia so badly as I have in the last few hours!! The characters are wonderfully drawn out and I really liked how Missy and Dursialla’s characters evolved and the mother and daughter came to a closer and better understanding. I am have certain mixed feelings about some of the “otherworldy” interventions, which made me waver between a 4 or 5 rating on GoodReads, but despite that, the book is wonderful read!!
Starting to feel really really sleepy!!
Update 5 – 10:30 (16 hrs since we started)
Book Update – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Snack Update – COFFEE!
Take on the Book – Not much to say as sleep claimed me after the initial 50 pages and I woke up after 5 hours. Still groggy! Why is it on days without the Readathons, I can read through the night and still be fresh as daisy in the morning??!!! But woe is me when the Readathon happens and I succumb to sleep!!! Arrrgggghh!
Update 6 – 1:30 (21hrs since we started)
Book Update – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Snack Update – Water! Had toast and tea earlier fro Breakfast!
Take on the Book – On page 142 and so far, ho hum! The children in the book come across as 10 times smarter than the adults. The modern day protagonist is a 45 year old American journalist, Julie who has been living in Paris for last 25 years; married to a French architect (how very original!) who is “charming” which is a good enough reason for Julie to be married to him for 16 years. He treats her like a peice of shit including cheating on her and all she does is act like a wet rag. Why a woman of independent means with a strong support system will put up with such a marriage is beyond me and I am out patience with Julie going about how charming Bertrand is!!! The modern day narrative is so flat that I can see the plot twist 10 pages into the book. The only thing keeping me going is the actual history of Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of Jews in German-occupied Paris in 1942 and the plot line around the little girl who escapes from the camp in 1942.
Update 7 – 16:30 (23 hrs since we started)
Book Update – Finished Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay; Started Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell
Snack Update – More Tea and chicken cutlets
Take on the Book – I cannot honestly say I enjoyed Sarah’s Key. The heroine remained a wet rag who needed validation of worth from her 10 year old daughter (how screwed is that??!!) She flies all the way to Italy to tell a stranger something that will tear his life apart and until she has actually told him everything, she did not realize how much damage she can do to an innocent person – and this is 45 year old woman. The characters were all flat and many of them completely unnecessary! The only important thing about the book because of which I ended up giving it a 3 star was it highlighted one of the most horrific and overlooked history of World War II , where the French Police let more than 11000 Jewish children first get separated from their parents and then letting them die. The history was well researched and reminded/educated many modern readers about Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of Jews in German-occupied Paris in 1942
Wild Strawberries is so far reading like a mad adventure into the life and times of the Leslie family, who lived in the idyllic setting of English countryside in-between the war years!