21 October 2011

Dewey's 24 hour Readathon 2011: I'm in!

Having missed last year's Readathon due to travel, I almost missed this year's 'thon due to inattentiveness.

Surprise, right, since I'm having trouble keeping my head on straight.  But!  I have signed up just in time (holy cats, there are over 400 readers!) and, by some miracle, I don't have a bookstore shift in the middle.  Yay!  I will have to run out for food tomorrow (advance planning = fail) but I did round up a stack of books to work through (advance planning = win):

Yikes!  Quite a stack, right?  You are thinking I am crazy, no?

Well, I tend to count my Readathons in total number of pages read, not just books, and I often take the opportunity to knock off half-finished things.  Also, there are MG/YA books in this stack due to my woefully neglected Newbery Project - they read mucho rapido.  Thirdly, I have the attention span of a gnat right now and I may have to jump around from book to book depending on interest.  I don't want to waste time staring at the 1000s of books in my house, trying to make up my mind.

Projected titles, top-to-bottom (not reading order, this is just so the stack wouldn't fall over):
  • All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (in progress)
  • Best American Short Stories 2011 edited by Geraldine Brooks (Best American Project)
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (galley I picked up from work that Pam loves TONS)
  • The Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (yeah, yeah, I got behind on my Percy Jackson reading)
  • Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov (because I want my store to adopt a penguin)
  • Spindle's End by Robin McKinley
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Newbery, but I have the cool HarperPerennial cover)
  • The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Newbery)
  • Crispin by Avi (Newbery)
  • The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsberg (Newbery)
  • I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño (Newbery)
  • Vintage-looking "Natural History of Birds" journal that I write all my Newbery Vocab in (I will not be reading this, obviously)
  • Second Reading by Jonathan Yardley (in progress)
  • Ulysses and Us by Declan Kiberd (in progress)
  • Needles and Pearls by Gil McNeil
  • McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes (because it has been hanging around the house too long)
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes (for the book, in progress)
  • Das Niebelungenlied translated by Burton Raffel (for the book, in progress)
  • The White Devil by Justin Evans (galley I requested ages ago - sorry)
  • Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson (galley I requested ages ago - sorry)
Something I will be trying very hard NOT to read: my dratted manuscript (mostly through draft version #6 - it will perhaps be ready for eyes other than mine by draft #10...perhaps not)


  1. Great choices! I'm really excited, and we've only got half an hour to go!

    My list is here if you're interested:

  2. Awesome pile! I love seeing book stacks. I hope you are having a fabulous time so far with the readathon!

  3. Have fun reading! Just chill!!

    PS: Please remove word verification, if you have it, for the duration of the readathon...

  4. If you're participating in the read-a-thon, I hope you're enjoying yourself. You may want to put a post to let cheerleaders know that you're participating so they can come and cheer you on.

  5. Holy wow, that's a large pile! Enjoy!

    Also: Death and the Penguin - highly recommended as a bizarre-yet-really-good book.