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. 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!!