Saturday, April 27, 2013

24-Hour Read-a-thon - Hour 7

Yes, I know I missed hour 6... But at least I got some reading done on my lunch break!

This hour
Book read: In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Pages read: 18
Time spent reading: 20 minutes
Food and drink consumed: lemon poppyseed muffin and honeydew melon, water

Books read: In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Pages read: 49 (plus 1/2 disc)
Time spent reading: 1 hour 25 minutes

Mini Challenge: Best and Worst Covers
This hour's reading challenge (my first of this read-a-thon!) is to pick a book that has one edition with an awesome cover and another with a terrible one. There are just so many out there like that - I would spend a lot of time while I was working in bookstore land laughing at bad covers.

But for this, I had to go with what is probably my favorite book - The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I can so clearly picture the first time I saw it, as I wandered the aisles of my local Barnes & Noble. There was a copy of it (trade size) on an endcap (I don't even know if there was a theme to the endcap), and it had a stunning photograph of an ancient Greek statue on it. I read the synopsis, which sounded interesting, but I mostly bought it because of that cover.

But while working as a bookseller, I came across the mass market edition from sometime in the '90s. Ye gods, this this is hideous! If I had seen this on the shelf first, there is NO. WAY. IN. HELL. I would have picked it up.

By the way, if you google image search this book, there are some other WAY cool covers out there. I don't know where they came from, because I can't find any links to editions with those covers, but they're pretty damn cool to see anyway. Maybe they're British editions?

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