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50. The Nemoninte Invasion by David Roden, read by Catherine Tate
Science Fiction, audiobook, 2h22m

Catherine Tate is a wonderful reader. The story is pretty good, if a bit...icky at times.

And with that, I'm going to bed. No all-nighters for me. My total for the read-a-thonl is three dead-tree books and two audiobooks.



50 / 160 books. 31% done!


25 / 80 *new books. 31% done!


3 / 7 ^non-fiction. 43% done!


13600 / 48000 pages. 28% done!
Audiobooks: 21h19m
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49. A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley
Young Adult, Fantasy, short stories, 192 pages

One of my favorite short story anthologies. I wrote a review of each story here.
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Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?
A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley (dead tree) and The Nemoninte Invasion by David Roden (audiobook)

2. How many books have you read so far?
Two dead tree, one audio, almost done with another of each

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Rereading the Adoration of Jenna Fox, I think

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
No, my sprained ankle pretty much did that for me.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
My sister called me, and I took time out to watch a previously-planned hour of tv with her, but otherwise no interruptions.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How quickly the time has passed.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not that I can think of.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Get ready in advance, but I will be able to next time.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Oh, the other interruption, I accidentally took a short nap :)

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
I don't think I'm that clever. But I have found that alternating between audiobooks and dead tree books helps my attention from wandering.
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48. Doctor Who: The Many Hands by Dale Smith, read by David Troughton
Science Fiction, audiobook, 2h26m

Great reading, but I didn't particularly like the story.
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47. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
Young Adult, Fantasy, 300 pages

Charlie has a parking fairy, which means that when she's in a car, there is always a perfect parking spot. And although Charlie is too young to drive and hates cars, that doesn't stop people around her from taking advantage of her fairy whenever they can. So she's doing everything she can to figure out how to ditch her fairy.

I've been meaning to reread this for a while. I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. It is fairly light and playful and has a refreshingly new premise. The characters act believably - incredibly stupidly at times, but believably, especially for high school students - and I love the universe that it envisions.
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Favorite Female Character in a book:
Sunshine from Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Favorite Male Character in a book:
This one is harder, since I think I lean more towards female protagonists than male, but I think I'll say John Perry from the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi

Favorite Side Kick in a book:
Also difficult to narrow down because there are so many that I love. Spot in the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane

Favorite Couple in a Book:
Griffin & Sabine in the Griffin & Sabine series by Nick Bantock

Favorite Book Series:
Young Wizards by Diane Duane (one of many)

Favorite Author:
Robin McKinley

Favorite Book Cover:
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld

Favorite Book of 2009:
I read a lot of fantastic books in '09, but if I have to pick just one I'll say Fire by Kristin Cashore
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46. The Game of Sunken Places by MT Anderson
Young Adult, Fantasy, 260 pages

Brian and Gregory visit Gregory's uncle during a school break and end up caught in the middle of a magical game.

It's rather Jumanji-esque in some ways. The writing is great, I'd expect nothing less from the author of Thirsty and Feed, but it's far too open-ended for a book with no sequel.
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I decided at the last minute to sign up for Dewey's read-a-thon. I've heard about it but I never really look into what it was before. I won't be able to stay up all 24 hours, but a day of nothing but reading sounds good to me. Besides, I just sprained my ankle, it's not like I had plans to go anywhere today :)

The first book I grabbed is The Game of Sunken Places by MT Anderson.

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