Saturday, December 5, 2009

Read-a-Thon Updated #5

Not sure how much longer I'm gonna last here. I'm getting pretty tired. But not too tired for this hour's mini-challenges!

Chick Loves Lit wants us to read the following statements and answer them using only things we can see from wherever we spent the most time reading today.

Name of the book you're currently reading:

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

Wanting most:

Clothes from the Express catalog.

Something you like to do besides read:

Listen to music on my Samsung MP3 player.

Fact about yourself:

I own a cell phone.

Activity you would be doing today if it wasn't for the Read-a-Thon:

Uh, my Denise Austin abs workout DVD. I'm usually very faithful (it's only 10 minutes a day) but all clearly all this reading has caused me to neglect my health.

Tif Talks Books has Book Libs! Grab your current read and one you have already completed, a writing utensil, and a pad of paper. Write down 10 words using the parameters below.

I've got The Savage Detectives and The Wall in My Head. The latter is an anthology of essays, poetry, short stories, and photography by Eastern European writers about the post-Communist period (from Open Letter Press and Words Without Borders).
  1. Location: refer to page 3 of your current read.
  2. Character Name: refer to page 7 of your current read.
  3. Character Name: refer to page 18 of your current read and select a different character than #2.
  4. Special Occasion: noted somewhere throughout the book that you have read thus far (i.e., holiday, birthday, milestone, etc.)
  5. Action Noun: selected from page 57 of your current read.
  6. Noun: selected from page 63 of your current read.
  7. Feeling: selected from page 42 of your current read.
  8. Verb: selected from page 100 of your current read.
  9. Adjective: selected from page 124 of your current read.
  10. Adjective: selected from page 82 of your current read.
  11. Final Sentence: use the final sentence to your past read here.

~ The Savage Detective in My Head ~

Once upon a time in the land of a poetry workshop there lived Brígida and Ulises Lima happily ever after. Is that not how the story always goes?!? On the night before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Brígida was sleeping peacefully when all of a sudden there was a snoring. She jumped out of bed to awaken Ulises Lima.

As both stood there, looking at the nuclear attack in their front room, they felt love. How could it be? Was it true? To be face to face with a nuclear attack was not possible. What were they to do?

With quick thinking, Brígida and Ulises Lima exchanged a knowing glance and stole.

From there, we may never know what happened in this story. It could be neglected. Or, it could be visceral. It truly is a mystery! However what we do know is this . . . . All eyes in the salon were upon us; the politicians and the diplomats in their dark suits, with their ties and their white shirts, were looking at us through the lenses of their spectacles, astonished and tense, the way you look when you are trying to see through a curtain.



bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

I am getting sleepy too, but not too bad. Maybe some hot tea would help?? You are doing such a great job with the memes and that reading!!!

Keep it up!!!

Anonymous said...

Hehe, fun memes. Glad you're still up and having a good time. I determined to go on, but I'm starting to get jealous of my comfortably snoozing cat...!

tanabata said...

Those memes are fun, I'm going to have to do at least the Book Libs one. You've been doing great! Hang in there, you can do it!

Tif said...

This one was good!! Imagine being awoken by a snore to a nuclear attack! Yikes!! :) Great name for a blog, by the way. Love it!

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