Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mini-Challenge: Turn to Page...

Hey Read-a-thoners!!  Have your warmed up and settled in yet?  Are you feeling the excitement?!  We are still early yet, but you might start feeling like a nap doesn't sound so bad.  Never fear, we have a challenge just for these moments.  So grab your coffee/tea, stretch those muscles, and grab your read.  It's challenge time!!

For this challenge, you must turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading (or the nearest page with text on it) and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence:

"I would rather read than ________ any day!"


For example, mine might say: "I would rather read than spend hours at that windows, staring at the garden any day!""


Post your sentence in the comments so everyone may enjoy!  Don't forget to include the title of the book you are reading and your email so I can contact you.  Let the laughs begin :)  Push through we've got tons of reading fun ahead.

On winner will be chosen at the end of hour 8 and the winner may choose a book of their choice from the Book Depository (or Amazon) under $15.  This challenge is open to all read-a-thoners who have a mailing address that the Book Depository ships to.

Happy Reading!!
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121 comments:

  1. I would rather read than "go across the road and ask Mr. Across the Roadif we could borrow some butter" any day!

    From Stop in the Name of Pants! by Louise Rennison

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  2. "I would rather read than be stuck with a new werewolf in a garage with fresh meat any day!"

    Moon Called- Patricia Briggs!

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  4. LOL! From page 32 of Spell Bound:
    I would rather read than swat a fly any day!"

    http://flamingohouse.net/?p=4142

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  5. I would rather read than construct forts with old quilts and beg my mom to let me live in the garage with the chickens any day!

    From "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson

    Love the idea for a challenge!

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  6. "I would rather read than linger in restaurants - eating dessert and drinking coffee any day!"

    "Things I Want My Daughters To Know" by Elizabeth Noble.

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  7. My sentence, with the help of Jackie Morse Kessler's "Hunger": "I would rather read than make it through the diner test any day!"

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  8. This is a link to my funny sentence: http://abigailannreading.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/deweys-readathon-at-start-of-hour-4.html

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  9. "I would rather read than ________ any day!"

    "worry only about what was inside the Dollar Store and the neighboring abandoned shops"

    Okay so that's not quite so funny but it's all I had to work with. LOL

    From Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater

    Melissa C @ Must Read Faster

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  10. "I would rather read than stand at [the] window staring out any day!"

    pg 32 of 'My Name is Mina' by David Almond

    How weird is it that mine is nearly identical to yours? XD

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  11. I'm reading on the Kindle so I went to lcation 32 instead,

    "I would rather read than 'return to my aparemtn after a long night of studying at the university's library to find Gig had chewed through a wire or two' any day."

    A Plain Death by Amanda Flower

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  12. I would rather read than 'mix up everything you did today with everything you did yesterday and all the days before' any day!
    Courtesy of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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  13. "I would rather read than 'make tracks without so much as a fig leaf' any day!"

    I couldn't find a good one in the book I was reading (Sleeping Beauty, Indeed, ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft), so I turned to Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers.

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  14. Love this challenge! Here is my sentence

    "I would rather read than lie on a Turkish rag with a baby on my chest any day!"

    p 32 of 'Next to Love' by Ellen Feldman

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  15. "I would rather read than keep Blanche out till the party breaks up any day!"

    A Streetcar Named Desire

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  16. "I would rather read than RIDE A CAMEL ACROSS THE DESERT any day!"

    This is very true!!

    I am reading Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith.

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  17. I would rather read than "think much about dope unless it leads to someone being made dead" any day!

    From "Flesh and Blood" by Jonathan Kellerman

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  18. I would rather read than 'clean up the filling that had oozed out of the cakes onto the floor' any day.

    Page 32 of Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffman.

    Thanks for hosting this challenge/giveaway! And good luck with the rest of the thon :)

    Jen
    lratrandom@gmail.com

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  19. "I would rather read than ...dance through the emotions of fear and courage...any day!"

    Shadow of a Bull, p. 32

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  20. So fun!
    "I would rather read than "get asked to prom" any day!
    From Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulburg

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  21. "I would rather read than parachute jump any day!" From The Virgin Blue
    Fun mini-challenge!

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  22. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway! This is great!

    Besides myself there are three other staff bloggers for my blog doing the read-a-thon with me, so I'm posting sentences from all of us!

    Kim is reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Sentence: I would rather read than confirm the supposition of unrequited love any day.

    Todd is reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Sentence: I would rather read than work around the jack hammer moving away the pieces of rock after checking them for fossils any day.

    Adam is reading B'Way: The American Musical by Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon. Sentence: I would rather read than give my regards to Broadway any day.

    Jess is reading The Big Fun Sexy Sex Book by Lisa Rinna and Ian Kerner. Sentence: I would rather read than have mismatched libidos any day.

    HAHA this was so much fun!

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  23. This is soo cool!
    I would rather read than help him carry out his decision to die any day!

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  24. "I would rather read than 'let you live' any day"

    This is not true, don't worry

    Page 32 of Remember Me by Christopher Pike

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  26. I would rather read than have nothing to do with the with the death of Rex Fortescue
    from A pocket full of rye

    loved the challenge:)
    alone
    loneinheart@gmail.com

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  27. "I would rather read than LEAVE IT IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER any day!"

    I am reading "This Is Not An Audiobook", but because it has no page numbers, I picked up the closest paper book - "The Art of Arabic Cookeries" for the quote. And then had to flip one page to get away from a chapter heading.

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  28. "I would rather read than feel something profound swoop down on me any day!"

    From The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody

    Judith - jh303015 at gmaildotcom

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  29. I would rather read than "see the... bottom of the sea." Yikes! There is seriously nothing better than that.

    A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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  30. I'm reading The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan, and unfortunately on page 32 all it says is "better, adj. and adv. Will it ever get better? It better. Will it ever get better? It better. Will it ever get better? It better." It's a really cool book and page 32 is probably the only page where it is hard to finish that sentence! So my sentence would be: "I would rather read than worry about if it will get better over and over any day!" Great mini challenge!
    theoverstuffedbookcase [at] gmail [dot] com

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  31. I would rather read than "see the... bottom of the sea." Yikes! There is seriously nothing better than that.

    A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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  32. I would rather read than gape at the painted lamp-shade held up in Mrs Thatcham's hand any day! pg 32 of Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

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  33. I would rather read than "If mother knew you couldn't cook, she would be rolling in her grave any day."
    This is fun!

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  34. "I would rather read than give us your thoughts on the French nobility any day!" From page 32 of "Thirst: Human Urges. Fatal Consequences No. 1" by Christopher Pike.

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  35. I would rather read than carrying those buckets, full, for a mile any day!

    Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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  36. I would rather read than carrying those buckets, full, for a mile any day!

    Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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  37. I would rather read than EXPLAIN YOUR INAPPROPRIATE QUESTION any day!

    Kind of lame. I expected something more naughty since I'm reading Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James.

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  38. I would rather read than sit in his room in silence any day! :P
    Intelligent Life by Neil Arksey

    Haha this was fun! :D

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  39. Page 32 of the Cougar club by Susan McBride is

    "I would rather read than "Tell it like it is," any day!"

    I don't know I think I feel egually about reading and telling it like it is.

    jenceyg@gmail.com

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  40. I would rather read than [ape] the stance of a sixty-year-old weaver any day!

    (from The Marsh King's Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick)

    christina(dot)behe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I would rather read than "put your head out of the window and salute a friend who is walking on the street pavement below" any day. Awesome challenge! Mine comes from p 32 of Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin.

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  42. I would rather read than play the accordion in the air-raid shelter any day.

    From Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. I had to flip back to page 31 to find phrasing that worked, but I like what I got :)

    homebetweenpages(at)gmail.com

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  43. Hey you're doing a challenge! Tbis is a cute idea!

    "I would rather read than _hold the hilt of a knife, a knife that had apparently just been hurled at my head_ any day!"

    Spell bound - hex hall 3

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  44. I would rather read than be tried as an accessory before the fact any day!

    Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

    tiff.c.williams gmail

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  45. I would rather read than speaking in complication and big drama way any day!
    Well, the poor English in this book makes almost anything funny. Page 32 from A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo.

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  46. "I would rather read than dig his hands down his pockets any day!" From A Wrinkle in Time.

    Jennifer @ a.librarians.library@gmail.com

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  47. I would rather read than pour myself a glass of water and take a few sips any day!

    Delirium by Lauren Oliver, page 32

    @StephLrx
    stephanieleroux (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  48. So much fun!

    I would rather read than see them frantically speaking into their phones any day!

    The resistance by Gemma Malley
    cynni _ universe (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  49. Such a fun idea for a mini-challenge! Thanks for hosting it!

    I would rather read than "pay the lady at the counter thirty-seven yen" any day!

    From 'A Room Where the Star-spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard' by Levy Hideo.

    inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com

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  50. I would rather read than go to the beach... and I really want to go to the beach.

    I'm reading the Ghost and the Goth.

    realsteph at thefakesteph dot com

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  51. I would rather read than "see the winter houses full to bursting" any day!
    "Game of Thrones: A Song of ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

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  52. I would rather read than be able to relax in a car that drove itself with superhuman accuracy and skill any day!

    How fun, and too true. That would be scary.

    From "Physics of the Future" by Michio Kaku, page 32.
    sarahmay227(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. My sentence:
    "I would rather read than hunt with Tim any day!"

    can be found also on my blog:
    http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/readathon-april-2012.html

    My email:
    emerging DOT paradigm AT yahoo DOT com

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  54. I'm reading an e-book, so I turned to page 32 on my Reader

    "I would rather read than follow my father's example and purchase a comission in the Army"

    I'm reading One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare

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  55. "I would rather read than "close my eyes quickly, overwhelmed by the thoughts of my other, writing, any day" From Delirium by Lauren Oliver

    And that is 100% true *shivers*

    ~Sam @ Journey Through Pages

    journeythrupages at ymail dot com

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  56. I would rather read than being dosed with an aphrodisiac any day.


    Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

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  57. I would rather read than play the angel in the Nativity Play any day!

    From Cuban Heels by Emily Barr.

    Brilliant mini challenge :)

    Clare at bluearchipelagoreviews dot com

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  58. "I would rather read than carry heated bricks, wrapped in flannel, into the icy bedrooms any day!"

    you can find me at: shaunesay at gmail dot com

    Thanks for that challenge, that was cute!

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  59. "I would rather read than be young again, and new to the Gift of Pleasure from the Great Earth Mother any day!" From The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel.

    -Lexi
    alexis dot rinehart at gmail dot com
    (I'm an Alexis, too!)

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  60. "I would rather read than feel sweat pricking up under my arms, on my scalp, and at the base of my neck any day!"

    Delirium by Lauren Oliver, page 32

    kathrynlouw (at) gmail (dot) com

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  61. I would rather read then,"have surely result in a beating if discovered..."

    From the Hunger Games! (By the way I LOVE IT!!!)

    I absolutely love this mini challenge!

    - The Perennial Reader found at http://perennialreader.blogspot.com/

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  62. Mine is from knocked out by my nunga- nungas by louise rennisin

    I would rather read than " be interested in stuff like cuckoo spit" :)

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  63. "I would rather read 'than lose someone prematurely'." Um, yes, depressing much? But true nontheless.

    From The Submission by Amy Waldman

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  64. "I would rather read than doing these robotic exercises in pink socks with the feet cut out any day!

    From Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

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  65. ""I would rather read than "have a kingdom here" any day!""

    -Shel
    s.j.kessel.writes (at) gmail dot com

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  66. "I would rather read than scald the dasher to get out the sour smell, any day!" from The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas.

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  67. This is from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver!

    I rather read than act like the world is one, big shiny present that you get to unwrap everyday.

    Lovely mini-challenge! Some of these are just hilarious.

    My email: anaeem98 AT yahoo DOT com

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  68. "I would rather read than free the ghosts again any day!"
    -Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane

    Yup, reading definitely falls above freeing the ghosts again on the list of things I want to do ;)

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  69. I would rather read than (be) "failing at my purpose" any day!

    from Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

    cullenstoclassics (at) gmail (dot) com

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  70. This is from Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver!

    I rather read than act like the world is one, big shiny present that you get to unwrap everyday.

    Lovely mini-challenge! Some of these are just hilarious.

    My email: anaeem98 AT yahoo DOT com

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  71. I would rather read than "put a knife in Yuki" any day.

    Page 32 of Destined by Aprilynne Pike
    apk1princess(at)live(dot)com

    Thanks for the great challenge and the quick reading distraction :)

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  72. I would rather read than "take over command of the ship" any day.

    Page 32 of "The Titanic Sinks" by Thomas Conkin

    email: meghan(dot)gates(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. "I would rather read than get an extreme chill in my joints any day!”

    Page 32 of The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
    jadaloves[at]gmail[dot]com

    Hope I'm on time!

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  74. I would rather read than "hear the rats whispering to each other" any day!

    Haha! That's from page 32 of Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

    Email: LianneLavoie -at- gmail -dot- com

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  75. From page 32 of THE HOUSE ON DURROW STREET by Galen Beckett:

    I would rather read than "hum a song as I work" any day.

    (It wasn't a particularly scandalous page, alas.)

    --Memory
    xicanti AT gmail.com

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  76. "I would rather read than be munching on my peers any day!"
    -Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

    email: ashmandabarATgmailDOTcom

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  77. I would rather read than take a coffee in the square in the early morning any day.
    The Sacred cut by David Hewson

    email: davendosATyahooDOTcom

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  78. "I would rather read than look like a full-blown nutcase any day!"

    Page 32 of The Chick and the Dead by Casey Daniels

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  79. I would rather read than filter silt out with a bed sheet before the gravity stop(s)any day!

    From "Sauerkraut Station" by Ferrett Steinmetz

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  80. I would rather read than make a warm, damp spot any day!

    From The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne

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  81. "I would rather read than know how to waltz any day!"

    From Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    4ahappierme@gmail.com

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  82. Oh how fun!!!

    "I would rather read than roll the ball and knock down the pins any day!"

    Whole Latte Life by Joanne Demaio

    journeythouthbooks@gmail.com

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  83. This is so awesome, and quick, which is probably the best kind of challenge during a read-a-thon!

    I would rather read than awaken and eat up the world any day!

    (From H. P. Lovecraft's The Shadow of Time!)

    priyadabak(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. "I would rather read than have any of Starblind's crappy habits any day!"

    --- from "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

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  85. I would rather read than "pace slowly down the spice and cereal aisle pushing a wide dust mop" any day!

    From Stay Awake by Dan Chaon.

    undermyappletree at gmail dot com

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  86. I would rather read than "having to lie in a small tent, alone in an inky wilderness, listening to a foraging bear outside, and wondering what its intentions were".

    from A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

    Great challenge, hope you have a lovely readathon!

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  87. "I would rather read than travel in groups or carry a contagious pathogen any day!"

    (Page 32 of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Zombies by Matt Mogyk)

    kiltgirl1@yahoo.com

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  88. Brought to you by page 32 of Dante's "Inferno" and its reader Georgia:

    I would rather read than remember the happy times in misery; your master knows that any day.

    gzoyg001@fiu.edu

    Happy readings :)

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  89. I'd rather read than "send my thanks back to your queen" anyday!

    From Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

    reviews@shaynagier.com

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  90. "I would rather read than prove those papers a forgery any day!" Aisling Book One: Guardian by Carole Cummings.

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  91. I would rather read than sling my backpack any day! (From THIRTEEN REASONS WHY)

    Ronnica@ignoranthistorian.com

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  92. I would rather read than stumble into her embrace any day.

    From Reel Life by Jackie Townsend

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  93. I would rather read than take holidays at any of the great metropolitan centers of the universe any day!.

    Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn

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  94. "I would rather read than seen you promenading through town all covered with the stuff."
    -- from Emily and the Dark Angel by Jo Beverly

    Keep going, everyone!
    Dee, cheering from e-Volving Books[Team Puck]

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  95. I'd rather read than set fire to three tons of undeliverable mail outside the post office any day!

    From "Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde

    pardontheinterruption78@gmail.com

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  96. "I would rather read than swing from the ceiling rafters and hop from table to table any day!"

    From Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

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  97. "I would rather read flatten Neil Lewis any day!"

    from The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

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  98. "I would rather read than ask cook to bake you a little cake any day!."

    Well not very funny, but it was the only thing I could find that would fit on page 32 of Jane Eyre!

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  99. I would rather read than come into fog at Margaretsville as it streams off the bay and up the slope at my back.

    From page 32 of THE REST IS SILENCE by Scott Fotheringham. :D

    Zara Alexis
    zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. I would rather read than argue over what's real and what isn't any day.

    From 11/22/63 by Stephen King

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  101. "I would rather read than be a servant bearing trays of cups any day!"

    Emperor Mage, Tamora Pierce

    Fun idea!

    stackwanderer at gmail dot com.

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  102. I would rather read than dismember your Ricky Martin doll any day.

    From Casey Barnes Eponymous

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  103. I would rather read than hear the drone of her voice any day!

    Dark Lover by JR Ward

    bookslikebreathing(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. I would rather read than spend the summer gallivanting around, demonstrating minuets any day.

    From PAST PERFECT by Leila Sales

    PolarisGreen at gmail dot com

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  105. I would rather read than "spend time with some of my family members" any day"

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  106. Jenny Lawson's "Let's Pretend This Never Happened":
    "I would rather read than [feel] around the deep freeze for the Popsicles and instead [pull] out an enormous frozen rattlesnake that Charles had thrown in while it was still alive any day!"
    Super fun idea; thanks for hosting!
    kirsten@femmeflavor.com

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  107. I would rather read than "slice their throat before putting them in the river" any day!

    From Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

    bitsy at exlibrisbitsy dot com

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  108. I would rather read than "call me Tank" any day!

    Diana Palmer, Wyoming Tough.

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  109. I would rather read than "max put her arm around Claire and said, "his loss, honeypie" any day!

    From Love Walked In by Marisa delos Santos

    elladsm2002 at yahoo dot com

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  110. I would rather read than "pack him off to the looney bin."

    From Titanic 2012 by Bill Walker

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

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  111. I would rather read than "be Great Britain's first play-writing prime minister" any day!

    From The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

    amyliz2008 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  112. "I would rather read than own the goddamn city any day!"

    Sorry about the cursing, but I had precious little to go on here (: It's from Wither by Lauren DeStefano.

    Celine ~ Nyx Book Reviews
    nyxbookreviews(at)gmail.com

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  113. Alexis, thank you so much for hosting this fun challenge. I had a good number of laughs as I went through the entries!

    I'm not officially read-a-thon-ing today, but I thought I'd share my entry anyway:

    I would rather read that retire to our respective bridal chambers any day! SHANGHAI GIRLS, by Lisa See

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  114. I would rather read than dance with the King...who danced like a brick any day!

    Entwined by Heather Dixon

    bookgeekdiaries [at] gmail [dot] com

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  115. I would rather read than "put together the British transarctic expedition, a sledge-hauling crossing of the Arctic icecap by way of the North Pole" any day! A Voyage For Madmen by Peter Nichols

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  116. I would rather read than "fail to notice these strange signs of agitation" any day!

    (From Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde)

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  117. I just came back and read these...

    CRACKED ME UP :)

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  118. I would rather read than start my life in Winter by stealing someone else's boyfriend any day.

    (A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton)

    caitlinblakeley (a) gmail.com

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