Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mini-Challenge: Turn the Page

Hey Read-a-thoners!!  Have your warmed up and settled in yet?  Are you feeling the excitement?!  We've come so far, 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 20 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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  1. I would rather read than spend the morning injecting colored water into rear ends any day!

    ...unfortunately, I'm reading NON FICTION. Sorry to put that picture in your heads this late in the day...its from Charlatan by Pope Brock.


  2. "I would rather read than feel the anger coming off her any day!"

    A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

  3. I would rather read than dive for cover behind a nearby car as he fires anyday!

    --Zom-B City by Darren Shan


    Good challenge! =)

  4. I would rather read than bake blindfolded any day!

    from Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

    Which is totally awesome, by the way.

  5. "I would rather read than embroil [my]self in a revolution any day!" :P
    Georgette Heyer's The Talisman Ring

    And my mail is marenfuga [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. Here is my answer. Fun challenge! :)

    Happy Reading!

  7. "I would rather read than be an old man who has only one lung any day!"

    It's from Looking for Alaska by John Green -- there was a better sentence but it didn't fit in :(

  8. I would rather read than reclaim our heritage any day!

    From Briar Rose by Jane Yolen. Such an excellent book.

  9. I'm reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer...

    I would read than ease up from my crouch, my calves screaming in protest, but keep hunched at the waist, trying to be smaller than the bush any day.


  10. "I would rather read than get in good with his daughter and her friends so I'm invited over any day!"

    Book Title: Fox Forever

  11. "I would rather read than ruin the work of a lifetime any day!" The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells

  12. I would rather read than raise the axe as Brian throws open the lid any day!

    from: the Walking Dead Rise of the Governor

  13. I would rather read than slit my throat on her new carpet any day!

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. My sentence is a bit grim. o_o

  14. Here is the link to my book quote:

  15. I would rather read than see your mother in a bathing suit any day!

    Aww, the only one that fits for me is kind of mean. It's from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (hardcover). ruthrking @ gmail dot com

  16. "I would rather read than play pooh sticks any day!"

    "Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin


  17. I would rather read than fan myself with the doily any day!

    One of the books I'm currently reading is The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin.

    Thanks for the challenge!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  18. "I would rather read than see him play off the airs and graces of their neighbors any day!" Sorry, it either that or "die in childbirth". Yay, historical fiction! :-)
    Fool for Love by Eloisa James


    1. LOL, but I kind of like "die in childbirth"!

    2. I like the childbirth as well. Then your sentence would be quite true right?! Great job on both.

  19. "I would rather read than beg your hand to finish this set any day!" -- from The Birth of Blue Satan by Patricia Wynn. Not a lot of great choices on page 32 of this book, unfortunately! Love the challenge though. :)


  20. I would rather read than dislodge the question that for one and a half years had been wedged in her voice box any day!

    I'm reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Maara (fabulous book!)

  21. I would rather read than stand at the urinal stall and aim toward the zinc cake any day!

    Stay Awake by Dan Chaon


  22. I would rather read than practice spells with my witch coven any day!

    Life's a Witch - Brittany Geragotelis

  23. 'Dead Ever After' by Charlaine Harris, page 32:

    'I would rather read than having two babies at one time any day!'


  24. "I would rather read than _see an arrow impale her chest_ any day!"

    Reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson--I'm not quite to this point in the book yet, so I'll have to wonder about it until I get there!


  25. "I would rather read than, no sign of the spider."

    Mine comes from "This Book is Full of Spiders" page 32 AT

  26. I would rather read than "have my History of American Foreign Policy double lecture in the afternoon" any day.
    From Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo p.32


  27. "I would rather read than snatch a panicking bird any day!

    Once Upon a Flock by Lauren Scheuer

  28. I would rather read than go through the grave dangers of childbirth any day!

    The Birth House by Ami McKay

    Kbklibrary at gmail dot com

  29. I'm reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and my answer is I would rather read than sprout up like a giant mushroom any day.

  30. I would rather read than crash to ground in a naked tangle of arms, legs, and terry cloth.

    From Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill


  31. I would rather read than "gain a new appreciation for the automobile" any day!

    From page 32 of Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons

    Create With Joy

  32. Here is my post! I love this challenge and by the way....You rocked the 15th Hour Challenge.

  33. "I would rather read than smell bacon frying"

    "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" by David Sedaris


  34. I would rather read than be mistaken for a crazed scientist for college professor any day!

    World War Z by Max Brooks

    Kim.ukura at gmail dot com

  35. I would rather read than be mistaken for a crazed scientist for college professor any day!

    World War Z by Max Brooks

    Kim.ukura at gmail dot com

  36. Forgot to leave my e-mail address for Create With Joy:

    createwithjoy (at) gmail (dot) com

  37. I would rather read than behave normally any day.

    Reading The Red Pyramid (Graphic Novel ) by Rick Riordan.

    dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

  38. I would rather read than be asked "to go meet him at the school for a basketball game."

    From: School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins. 40%

    ReadRinseRepeatBlog (at) gmail (dot) com

  39. "I would rather read than __catch my breath__ any day!"
    From Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

  40. I would rather read than disappear into the books again, forever.

    Listening to mostly audiobooks, but that was from the graphic novel Drama by Raine Telgemeir.

  41. I would rather read than walk into Fox today and sell a movie about a restaurant that serves baked monkey balls any day!

    Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

  42. I would rather read than search for phantom cats that will last weeks if not months any day.

    -- The Moonlit Mind by Dean Koontz

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  44. "I would rather read than go on a long voyage without forgetting something any day!" - From Swallows and Amazons.

  45. I used The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan and created...... 'I would rather read than have a firm circle of snooty friends any day!'

    My email is

  46. "I would rather read than sit motionless observing the Madonna any day!"

    That's from page 33 of Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat. You can see it illustrated on my blog:

    My email address: emerging DOT paradigm AT yahoo DOT com

  47. I would rather read than ladle tortellini in brado into a bowl any day!

    - 7th Heaven by James Patterson

    Margaret -

  48. I would rather read than ladle tortellini in brado into a bowl any day!

    - 7th Heaven by James Patterson

  49. I would rather read than know for a fact the taxes were due any day! (from 4% - my ebook doesn't have page numbers)

    Ladd Springs by Dianne Venetta

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  50. I would rather read than note the framed degrees rising vertically up her bone-colored wall.
    Vanity Fare - Megan Caldwell
    books.etc.blogger AT gmail DOT com
    Fun challenge!

  51. I would rather read than lick the juice from the bottom of the pot any day!

    Reading Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson, page 32.

    This is such a good mini challenge, they're hilarious!

  52. Fun challenge (and doesn't take too much brain power...)

    I would rather read than chew like a starved rhinoceros any day!
    ~~ 26a by Diana Evans

    azukibc at gmail

  53. Currently I am reading The Morganville Vampires: Carpe Corpus. There wasn't really anything I could use on that page so I went with what made more sense than the rest.

    "I would rather read than feeling fury erupt like a volcano any day!"

    Thanks for hosting this challenge!!

  54. "I would rather read than spent the entire evening at a tea, a bloody faculty tea any day!"

    The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty


    Thanks for the mini-challenge!

  55. "I would rather read than "wear pointy shoes" any day!"

    Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

    contact via @_eHope

  56. "I would rather read than speak the most basic restaurant French any day!"

    Mission to Paris by Alan Furst

  57. "I would rather read than have someone "micromanage me for 7000 miles away" any day!"

    -Rescue My Heart by Jill Shavis

  58. I would rather read than wail because of anxiety they pick up from their mothers any day!

    -The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

  59. I would rather read than sneak a look to see what he was fiddling around with on my chiffonier any day!

    Ok, I’m done. XD (Funny thing is that in the book, he was actually reading and making sure he was NOT looking up from his book. =’) “With a guy like Ackley, if you looked up from your book you were a goner. [..] He just wanted me to quit reading and enjoying myself.”)
    Especially funny after my quote-challenge entry. =')

  60. This uses a phrase from The White Forest by Adam McOmber.
    "I would rather read than become a primitive dressed in the guise of a nineteenth century girl any day!"

  61. "I would rather read than perceive sensations such as bitterness more acutely any day!"

    Wine for Dummies by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan


  62. Alexis...I almost thought I was going to have a sentence that made no sense!!! But this came for me at the end of the page!

    My sentence would read: “I would rather read than sit on the bulwarks any day!


    1. Limiting everyone to the same page makes this one more challenging than it first appears.

  63. I would rather read than burn holes into St. Clair's head any day!

    Anna and the French Kiss

  64. "I would rather read than be taken forcibly to the psycho ward and be subdued with Thorazine, Compazine, Stelazine, and whatever else anyone could think of.

    Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

  65. I would rather read than trip over and skin one's knee.
    (From Y by Marjorie Celona)

  66. I would rather read than do almost anything else any day!

    Lamb:The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend, by Christopher Moore

  67. I would rather read than recite poetry on firelight evenings any day!

    Possession by A.S. Byatt


  68. "I would rather read than drink a lot of sherry to feel like getting into bed with an old man of sixty any day!"

    From "Servants' Hall" by Margaret Powell

    Laura, at

  69. " I would rather read than live a martian year !"

  70. "I would rather read than screw our parents any day"

    -Hate List by Jennifer Brown

    Jessie at

  71. I would rather read than look at her husband, waiting for him to explain, any day!
    -- from "Murder at Astor Place" by Victoria Thompson

    As you can see, page 32 is a lame piece of the story. And how can anyone top the answer of Allison from The Allure of Books? Hahaha! Great challenge!


  72. I'm going to have to changed the verb form for this to make any sense at all.

    I would rather read than look at other fig candles, noting what other frangrances they used any day.

    Family Pictures by Jane Green.

    Donna Jo at

  73. "I would rather read than flounce over in skinny jeans any day!" ~ "Mila 2.0" by Debra Driza

    Love the challenge...great idea!

    Stiletto Storytime

  74. I would rather read than "turn the piles of torn, creased, sweat-and rain-blotched maps we'd annotated and redrawn enroute into presentable topographic diagrams" any day! -James Lasdun, Give Me Everything You Have

    hawthornescarlet at gmail dot com

  75. How fun! I love this challenge. I just finished up Bomb by Steve Sheinkin:

    I would rather read than "start a sudden dive toward the harbor, where most of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet was docked" any day.

    Boy, wouldn't most of us :)

  76. I would rather read than "extend the life of the scandal" any day.

    Best I could come up with. From Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander

    jessica_h706 at

  77. I would rather read than "try to track down 24 missing caskets" any day.

    Two For The Dough - Janet Evanovich

  78. I would rather read than "follow her like bees" any day!

    Pg 32 - Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

  79. I would rather read than "understand the stealing of the vodka" any day!

    From 'Care of Wooden Floors' by Will Wiles. I've always been more of a book girl than a booze one! ;)

  80. I would rather read than serve that the human species may survive any day.

    The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa

  81. This challenge is a real interesting one. Mine is here

  82. I would rather read than marry the girl next door an day!
    From "The Fate of Mercy Alban" by Wendy Webb

    Fun challenge. Thank you for hosting.

  83. I would rather read than take over the government, since it would certainly see nothing but failure ahead.

    From "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon" by Rebecca West

  84. I would rather read than.... find the means to isolate the problem in order to eliminate subtractive surgery entirely.

    ...because well, that sounds awful. Haha. From "The Resurrectionist" by EB Hudspeth --- page 32 is the end of a chapter with only a paragraph from a personal letter.


  85. "I would rather read than struck a mighty blow at the establishment any day!"

    -John Grisham, The Runaway Jury

  86. "I would rather read than remove every single recollection of her failed first marriage any day!"

    From "Something Rotten" by Jasper Fforde.

    Thanks for the fun challenge :-)

  87. I would rather read than dig in the cold forest loam for night-blooming phosphors any day.

    -- Tiffany Trent, The Unnaturalists

    joehrlein (at) gmail

  88. I'm reading Doctor Who: Devil in the Smoke by Justin Richards.

    My sentence: "I would rather read than disappear into the shadowy limits of the roof space any day!"

    This was the only one that made a little bit of sense ;) at gmail dot com

  89. Wow, I am intrigued by some of these responses--great challenge!

    From The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011:

    I would rather read than savor rotten caribou and seal any day! LOL-so true!

    ginger dot mallard at gmail dot com

  90. I am reading COURAGE Alan Littell. It is a sea novel.

    I would rather read than search shipping columns any day.

    literarymafia [at] gmail [dot] com



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