Books Read (7 total):
Skellig by David Almond; 182 pages
Before Wings by Beth Goobie; 203 pages
I Was A Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block; 192 pages
Olivia Kidney by Ellen Potter; 155 pages
Night Flying by Rita Murphy; 129 pages
Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl; 204 pages
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce; 247 pages
Number of Hours Spent Reading:
I believe I spent around 23 hours reading over a 34 hour period. I gave up 14 hours early because I'd run out of books on my theme, thought I would really have to push to read and blog on another book before I would need to pass out for the night, and didn't think any of the other books I had would be as good as the ones I'd just read. I didn't want to wreck the experience.
I also wanted to prove to myself that I wasn't obsessive and could quit when I recognize that the time was right.
Time Spent Reviewing:
I didn't actually keep track of the time I spent reviewing/blogging, but I did try to keep it to a minimum. Though some of those posts look long to me. So I'm going to say 10 to 20 minutes per book, meaning 70 to 140 minutes total, or between an 1 hour 10 minutes and 2 hours and 20 minutes.
What have I learned about magical realism? I'm not sure. I think it's time to read something on the subject. I have questions as a result of my reading, though:
1. All but two of the books I read were about people in crisis experiencing "magical" events. Does magical realism refer to books about people having these kinds of experiences or does magical realism have to deal with a world in which that just is the way things are? That was the case in two of the books I read.
2. Are ghost stories magical realism? Or are they just magical realism?
3. Is it magical realism if there is a possibility that the character experiencing magical events is mentally ill as a result of abuse, crisis, etc.?
Also, my personal goal was 3 to 4 books, which I hoped to exceed, and I did. I keep track of the number of books I read each year. Because of the two-day orgy of reading, I'm up to 50 books so far this year.
I definitely think we should do this again next summer.