Below is the chapter breakdown that will take us all the way to May 15th. I’m doing a recap each week, and at the end I’ll do an overall review of the book. If you’d like to join me, leave a comment!
This week’s recap is for Chapters 6 – 7. If you’re a little behind, that’s ok! I’ll clearly mark any spoilers.
SO.MUCH.DRAMA. What is up with the men in this book?!
*Spoilers* We meet Jean de Satigny, who seems to be the type of guy who really doesn’t care what a woman thinks, and will seek shady ways of getting what he wants. He reveals Blanca’s affair with Pedro Tercero to her father, but it eventually backfires on him when Blanca realizes she’s pregnant, and Esteban forces Jean to marry her, despite Jean no longer being interested. The family is crazy, so I kind of don’t blame him, even if I do think he’s a weasel. I don’t foresee the marriage turning out well. When Esteban is told about Blanca and Pedro, he chases off to find them. He comes across Blanca and brutally whips her. After Clara tries to criticize him, he hits her so hard that several of her teeth are knocked out. Clara decides to never speak to him again and goes back to the city with Blanca. Esteban goes on the hunt for Pedro Tercero and eventually finds him hiding out in a small shack. In trying to kill him, he only manages to cut off three of Pedro’s fingers.*End Spoilers*
What do you think of the story and the characters so far? All comments about the book are welcome, but please mark any spoilers.
Currently Reading: The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg, a review book, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, and The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende for the Classics Club Spin #9.
Finished: Quilt, Book, and Bard by Bryna Chalmer. I won’t be reviewing it, but I will say that I only gave it 2 stars on Goodreads because it was an exercise in frustration. I also finished The Essential Feminist Reader, and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Total pages read for the week: 400 pages, the last 83% of Good Omens, and the remaining 46% of the podiobook.
Total number of books for the year: 23. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon helped me get quite a lot of reading done. It also made me feel hungover most of Sunday and in need of detoxing. I didn’t have any caffeine on Sunday. Instead, I drank peppermint tea and lemon water, and I tried to stay away from sugar as much as possible. It’s not a party unless you feel like crap the next day, though, right? I had a blast and can’t wait until October. Most of this week is going to be insanely busy for me as I wrap up the semester. My last day of class is next Monday. I’m greatly looking forward to next Monday.
Top Commenters: This week, I just want to give a great shout out and round of applause to all the cheerleaders for the readathon! 🙂
What are you reading this week?
I’ve survived another Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon!
- Total Pages Read: 279 and the remaining 83% of Good Omens.
- Mini-Challenges Completed: #Shelfie
- Snacks Consumed: Mountain Dew, Challah bread, and cheese.
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Around 3am, when I got cranky.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg. The chapters are all short, the writing is beautiful, and George Sand was an amazing and interesting ahead of her times character.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, because it keeps getting better and better.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders did an awesome job. I loved that they were put into teams.
- How many books did you read? 3 and most of a 4th
- What were the names of the books you read? The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, The Essential Feminist Reader, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg.
- Which book did you enjoy most? ooh, that’s tough. I have to say both The Essential Feminist Reader and The Dream Lover for very different reasons.
- Which did you enjoy least? The House of Spirits
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’ll definitely be participating in October, and I might sign up to be a cheerleader.
I’m going to bed now…
There’s only 6 hours left of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon!
- Total Pages Read: 164 and the remaining 83% of Good Omens.
- Books Read: The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, The Essential Feminist Reader, and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
- Mini-Challenges Completed: Be #FitReaders, Music is Muse, and Reading Story
- Snacks Consumed: I had pizza for dinner, and I also got a chocolate chip cookie “pie” and a 2 Liter of Mountain Dew to go with it.
The #readathon tweets have slowed down considerably, and since Good Omens was an audiobook, I was able to multitask. I’m beginning to get sleepy now.
Until my final update, at 7am, I’ll continue knocking off the books on my goal list:
- The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
- The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
Whether you’re participating in the read-a-thon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading?