Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up and Photo Album Challenge! 08.12.2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up and Photo Album Challenge!

08.12.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This week went by so fast! How did you fare with your reading? My goal for this week had four books in the pile. Here’s what I was able to accomplish:

Books I Finished Reading:

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Here’s my review on The Neruda Case by Roberto Ampuero.

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Here’s my review of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

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Books that I’m still reading:

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If I can, I’d like to make it to at least half-way through this book tonight! And unfortunately, the second instalment of the trilogy: 666 Park Avenue, The Dark Glamour, is going to have to hit the shelf until September. I’ve got a whole new pile of books to read for my next read-a-thon!!

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And I successfully completed most, if not all, SWUR challenges! Wowsers! Thank goodness for our very patient and generous hosts for providing us with daily challenges to beat the monotony of constant reading. I’m crossing my fingers for a win…but the true prize is knocking books off our TBR lists, right?

Thanks to our hosts of the Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon! Looking forward to next year’s run.

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To wrap it up, here’s my personal Wrap-Up Photo Album of the places I personally love to read:

My Living Room Couch

Favourite reading place #1: My brown leather couch, good for putting my feet up on my coffee table and enjoying the view.

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My Bed

Favourite reading place #2: My bed. I bought a reading lamp especially for nights I curl up and read a good book under the covers.

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In front of my wall of art

Favourite reading place #3: In front of my wall of art! What better way to relax than enjoy some visual masterpieces to accompany great works of literature?

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My Porch

My favourite reading place #4: My porch! It’s great to be able to enjoy a good book outside under a tree…

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A Picnic at Jack Darling Park

Favourite reading place #5: A picnic! I love sitting and relaxing to read a good book when I go out for a picnic with my family. A favourite hot spot of mine is the Jack Darling Park in Port Credit.

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Cherry Blossom Trees at Kariya Park

My favourite reading place #6: Under the cherry blossom trees of Kariya Park.

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For more posts on the Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon, you can visit here.

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Where do you love reading?

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Zara Alexis

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon Challenge: Volleyball By the Beach. 08.12.2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon Challenge: Volleyball By the Beach!

08.12.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Thanks to Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews for hosting this volleyball challenge!

I was actually on the Girls Volleyball Team in grade school and high school, so I’m pretty familiar with the bump, volley, and the spike! Mind you, I’d sometimes miss…and I guess that’s perfect for this challenge because Bekka has given participants the premise that we’re all taking a break from our CRAZY READING and yes, we’re playing volleyball!

Go, team, go!

But wait…what happens…I was TOO BUSY thinking about the ramifications of the plot in The Red House by Mark Haddon (the book I’m reading now)…and OOPS!

That volleyball didn’t go over the net. Instead it flew overhead and hit a fictional character!!! OMG. The Read-a-Thon team is in trouble.

Who did I hit in all my reading distraction?

Looks like I got Shiloh from The Dovekeepers right in the head. Dear “GAWD!”

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Shiloh is one of my all-time favourite characters. She is a former priestess, educated in literature, philosophy, and the dark arts. Though she is fiercely independent, somewhat a rebel in her audacity to go against the status quo, she is also fiercely loyal, passionate, sensual, with a high-capacity to love and help women who suffer in silence, secrecy, and fear.

And do you know what she did when I almost hit her with the volleyball?—

She stepped ever so slightly out-of-the-way because of her agility and her sharp instincts. Then she looked up to the sky, mumbled an incantation, and transformed the incoming object into a crow…that landed on her shoulder. She turned, beckoned me over, and once I arrived, she said,

“If you’re going to aim, don’t miss.”

In Korean mythology, the three-legged crow, SAMJOKGO is regarded as a symbol of power.

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She smiled, opened my palm, and handed me a charm and a prayer scroll written in an ancient language…one that I instantly recognized and surprisingly could decipher…

And then the Witch of Moab walked away.

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For more posts on the Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon, you can visit here.

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Which fictional character would you choose?

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Zara Alexis

Summer Wrap-Up Paranormal Challenge! 08.12.2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon Paranormal Challenge!

08.12.2012

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Thanks to Steph at A Dream within a Dream for hosting this Paranormal Challenge! She’s asked that participants choose a paranormal creature that they would like to be for one summer night and share what they would like to do! Sounds simple, huh? Except I’M FASCINATED with PARANORMAL CREATURES!

Mmm…let’s see…I’d have to narrow it down to a couple of things that I’m most interested in…

Perhaps I could be an….

ANGEL

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or a…

WATER NYMPH

“Ophelia” by J.W. Waterhouse.

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…or a…

MERMAID

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…or a…

FAERIE

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…or a…

SHAPE SHIFTER

 

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I’d shape-shift into each creature and visit each world in which my form resides and learn the language of each species.

I would bow before the face of God as an angel, fly between heaven and earth, and perhaps act as a guardian angel to a loved one with the ability to read his or mind—in this case, my husband’s!

Then, on account that I have diverted all danger from my husband’s life for a day, I’d lounge the lakes as a water nymph, beautifying my body and my hair with earth’s nature, seducing men’s imagination with a glance.

After a little poetry and sunbathing, I’d return to the depths of the ocean and travel around the world once as a mermaid and take with me an ancient water song and silk pearls.

After I tire from that, I’d transform into fae, enjoying the lush and magic of the forest, practicing my flight on lit wings, using my power to speak with animals.

As soon as dawn breaks, I’d transform into light…and then wake up again into my original form.

How’s that for some summer fun, paranormal style?

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For more posts on the Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon, you can visit here.

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What paranormal creature would you choose to be for a day?

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Zara Alexis