Friday, June 22, 2012

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon - More Challenges and Updates

This is my third post for the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon (which is hosted by April from My Shelf Confessions and Bex from Kindle Fever.. My original post with my reading goals and answers to the first two challenges is here, and the second post was my Cover Lover Challenge, which ran from 8am yesterday morning until 8am this morning.

This post is for the rest of the read-a-thon's challenges, and my continued updates.

My Progress

Day 1:
Read 94 pages of Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey
Read 10 pages of Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Total pages read in Day 1: 104

Day 2:
Finished reading Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey (82 pages read today)
Read 26 pages of Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Total pages read in Day 2: 108

Day 3:
Read a story a friend sent me (30 pages)
Read 78 pages of Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson 
Total pages read in Day 3: 108

Day 4:
Started Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey
Read 32 pages of Flirting in Italian

Day 5:
Finished Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey 
Started Anne of Green Gables (read 40 pages)

Books read:
Finished Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey (186 pages - had already read 102 pages)
Finished Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey (258 pages)
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson (read 201 pages - didn't finish)
Started Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (read 40 pages) 
Read a friend's story (30 pages)
Total pages read: 715

Challenge #4 is hosted by Melissa, and the idea is to take at least three of the nine book titles she's listed and make a sentence/paragraph. I had a lot of fun with this challenge at the winter read-a-thon, so I was excited to see Melissa was doing it again. I wrote a little story and managed to get all 9 titles in there - woohoo!

The titles:
Catching Fire
The Sandcastle Girls
Heat Wave
The Beach House
Born Wicked
Rising Sun
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
That Summer  

Here's what I came up with:

The sight of the rising sun made my smile to myself. I loved watching the sky change from yellow to orange to red, like it was catching fire. It was the morning of solstice, and that summer was one of what felt like a million we had spent at the beach house. This year was different, because we were finally old enough to go without our parents - it was just the Sandcastle Girls - a group of childhood best friends who had all been born during a heat wave. Our mothers told us we were born wicked for putting them through that, but we always knew they secretly loved that they - a group of childhood friends themselves - had given birth so close together, and that we had all ended up best friends. Now, eighteen years later, here we were, spending another summer together just the four of us. We had a rule - no boys allowed. Boys just seemed like a recipe for how to ruin a summer vacation. Although I did notice a couple of cute boys in a house down the beach…this should be a very interesting summer!

The Wicked Summer Scorcher Challenge is hosted by April
The basic gist is this: you're a vampire who has to run into the sun, where you will surely be burnt to a crisp, and grab three of your most precious possessions. What do you do to prevent becoming a giant pile of vampire ashes?

As someone who's watched Buffy and Angel for the last decade and a half, the answer came to me right away: I would get a really thick blanket or cloak - a la Spike (mmm, Spike) - drape it over myself, and run outside. I might take a giant umbrella to hold over my head for good measure (I won an enormous umbrella during a Haunted Walk tour a few years ago - seems fitting, yes?). Or perhaps I could compel someone to go grab the things for me? I wonder if that's allowed? OR I could use the sewer system the way Angel does and find a grate that comes out near where I need to be so my exposure time is less?


  1. Love your little story! And so glad that you enjoyed the challenge!

  2. I am really glad you answered first because I was a bit confused. LOL I got this one too!


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