There are only a few days left of the read-a-thon and I've still got a lot of reading I want to get done before then. Here's a quick update of my progress as well as some more of the challenges.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Completed
The Mine: 30% Completed
Last Summer: Just started
I'm happy with this so far. I'd like to get both The Mine and Last Summer finished by Sunday. We'll see what we can do!
Book Couples Challenge: Take two characters from different books and pair them up, then send them on a date!
I'd take John from Scarlet and match him up with Hana from Delirium. John is big and loud and strong and slightly forceful when it comes to getting what he wants and Hana is determined and loyal and brave and a bit stubborn. I think it would be fun to see them show their softer, quieter sides to each other. Since they're both athletic and adventurous, I think I'd send them on a hike in the woods with a nice picnic at the end.
Laugh Out Loud Challenge: Find funny quotes from books that made you laugh out loud.
I don't often laugh out loud when reading, but I do enjoy funny dialogue. I especially love it when an author can be both funny and serious and seem sincere in both. J.K. Rowling is my favorite, so I put just a few quotes from her here, but I'm also a fan of the dialogue that Cassandra Clare writes. Both authors have tons of funny lines in their books, these are a sampling.
“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"There's no need to call me "sir" Professor."
“Why were you lurking under our window?"
"Yes - yes, good point, Petunia! What were you doing under our windows, boy?"
"Listening to the news," said Harry in a resigned voice.
His aunt and uncle exchanged looks of outrage.
"Listening to the news! Again?"
"Well, it changes every day, you see," said Harry.”
― J.K. Rowling
“I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?"
"A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.”
“It's not gray," Clary felt compelled to point out. "It's green."
"If there was such a thing as terminal literalism, you'd have died in childhood," said Jace.”
― Cassandra Clare
This one is, unfortunately, unintentionally funny. I don't think it was meant to be funny but rather an example of how inhuman people in the Society have been forced to become. They know no happiness or pleasure or love. And this was meant to represent that, but I couldn't help myself from giggling.
"Can I look at your genitalia?"
"But don't you want to know about the pleasure?"
-Heather Anastasiu, Glitch
That's all for my second read-a-thon update. I'll have one more update, on Sunday, when the read-a-thon ends and will hopefully have more of my goals completed by then!