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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon


I've been hearing about the Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon for at least a month now and I've been torn. It could help me knock a few books off my TBR shelf and it does sound like fun, but I'm certainly not one to lose sleep these days, I need to do marathon training on Saturday, and it sounds daunting. I was thinking that in the spirit of the Read-A-Thon I'd unofficially just try to read a lot on Saturday. But I find that I am caving in. In fact, I find I am joining. I don't have to be crazy - I can just do what I was already going to do and try to read a few shorter books (and I'll listen to an audiobook while training). If I love it, I might go crazy with the October event and maybe even lose sleep, but it's doubtful. (I am an excellent sleeper and I enjoy it very much.) So after perusing my bookshelves for short books, here's my tentative list:

Siegfried's Murder by Anonymous
The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love: A Novel by Elizabeth Cox
One Foot in Eden: A Novel by Ron Rash
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Persepolis 1: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Perfect, Once Removed: When Baseball Was All the World to Me by Phillip M. Hoose
Oranges by John McPhee
My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
True North: A Memoir by Jill Ker Conway
The Pleasure of My Company: A Novel by Steve Martin
Hotel Iris: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym

These are all short. But some I worry about. For instance, both Billy Budd and Candide are very short and they were both experiments in sheer torture. The Solzhenitsyn and Hesse worry me. I don't want to start a short book only to find out it will take me eons to read it. Any I should strike off my list?

The books in blue I'm pretty sure about. Those are among the shortest and appeal to me a great deal, plus the Zindel will finish off the Shelf Discovery Challenge, and start the YA challenge for me, and the Satrapi will start my Memoir challenge. Those are my only two Challenges (not counting 2 that haven't begun yet) where I've yet to start.

I will also start either The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein or Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhonda Janzen, as I have them both on audio, but they're both too long to finish on my training walk. I don't have any super-short audios.

8 comments:

avisannschild said...

I wanted to join too (or at least read a lot that day), but I have too many things going on already. I wish I'd known about the Readathon sooner! Oh well, I'll just have to do it in October.

Good luck with your pile! I really enjoyed Persepolis. Although it's heavy in parts, it should be a pretty quick read.

Carina said...

I agree with the above poster - Persepolis is a really quick read! It can get heavy in terms of content, but it never really gets *slow*.

Carin said...

The two previous graphic memoirs I've read were both very fast reads, which is a reason why Persepolis is not only on the list but also blue!

Christina T said...

I've read Persepolis and One of those hideous books where the mother dies and both should be quick reads. I liked the Sonya Sones book even though it is in verse.

I'm participating in this challenge too but I won't be reading 24 hours.

The Book Mole said...

I am so tempted to participate too, but I may have to pass this time around as there are too many things going on that day. I'll be better prepared for the October session.

kikiv68 said...

I am so happy you will be joining us! I can't wait! This will be my second one...Happy Reading!

Debbie said...

I should go sign up to cheerlead, right now!

The Book Mole said...

Carin, I also have a couple of awards for you at

http://bookmole.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-very-first-awards.html