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Read-a-thon day-before prep!

October 17, 2008
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I woke up in the middle of the night last night, looked at my watch, and thought “Oh, goodie, only three more hours ’till the read-a-thon starts!” And then I realized that it was only Friday, not Saturday yet. And then I was sad. And then I went back to sleep and dreamed of knitting baby blankets for Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters. (Yeah, I don’t know either.)

This being my first read-a-thon, I’m not entirely sure what to expect about my own abilities to read for that long uninterrupted. I’m not really planning much in advance – I’ve got a fair spread of snacks, beverages, and frozen pizza; I checked some graphic novels out of the library for the wee hours; and my TBR stack is ready to go!

I can’t really do a proper book list, because I think that I’m just going to grab whatever catches my eye next whenever I finish a book or just decide I need a change. However, what’s catching my eye as of this morning:


The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams (I’m already about 1/3 of the way into this, and will almost certainly finish it up on Saturday.)
Abarat by Clive Barker
The Children’s War by Monique Charlesworth
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Headless Males Make Great Lovers: And Other Unusual Natural Histories by Marty Crump
Austenland by Shannon Hale


The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (good for Carl’s R.I.P. Mini-Challenge, if I’m still awake and able to focus on things with words.)
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

I also have Paper Towns by John Green and The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman waiting for me at the library, but I’d really like to use the read-a-thon to cut into my own TBR pile as much as possible. I probably should pick shorter books – none of the ones listed above are huge tomes, but most are not particularly short, either – and maybe I will… these are just the books that have been calling my name for the past few days.

Any thoughts on my books? Advice? Last-minute bets on the likelihood of me passing out in my narcolepsy-inducing green squishy reading chair and sleeping through most of the read-a-thon?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2008 9:09 am

    Oh good! Another Read-a-thon newbie. This is my first time too and I’m not sure what I’m capable of either…or how much I am going to be able to do with my husband/football going on. I’m thinking of checking out coffee shops/libraries/book stores and just chilling and reading here and there. I have a whole bookshelf of to-be-read books so I might just grab a handful of the smallest ones since I might have more motivation if I actually finish a book or two :)

  2. October 17, 2008 10:05 am

    I will highly recommend the lost diary of don juan and Austenland. I loved those books!

  3. October 17, 2008 11:26 am

    Oh wow, what a great pile o’ books! I haven’t read any of them, but want to read several of them. I do much better with shorter books for the read-a-thon, but that’s just me. I’m a horrendously slow reader, so shorter books just make me feel more like I’m accomplishing something.

  4. Dave permalink
    October 17, 2008 11:49 am

    Ok, now it’s a challenge. I must finish Abarat before you do. Shouldn’t be too hard – I don’t have a whole lot left to read.

    Also, it’s a pretty “light” read, so you can save it for a wee-hours I-need-something-that-doesn’t-require-brainpower times.

    Woo Clive Cussler Owen Barker!

  5. October 17, 2008 12:37 pm

    Amanda – One of the things I’ve been toying with is the idea of going out to my favorite tea-and-lunch spot and reading over lunch. Good news is that I can sit and read and drink tea for as long as I want, plus I don’t have to make myself lunch; bad news is that I lose some time driving, plus the ever-present (and nearby) temptation of the library booksale…

    Serena – I’m definitely enjoying Lost Diary of Don Juan so far… depending on how much time I have to read tonight, there might not be much left of it to read tomorrow!

    Debi – We’ll see when tomorrow comes, but I have a feeling that my attention span (or lack thereof) is either going to require short books, or a lot of switching back and forth, which is not something I do normally.

    Dave – Hey, who knew you were reading my blog? Actually, the reason Abarat‘s on the “caught my eye” list is because I knew you were reading it. Plus it’s got pictures! :) (also, shaddup, you. :P )

  6. October 17, 2008 3:49 pm

    Heretic’s Daughter is great, but it’s not really and read-a-thon book. Middle Grade and YA are great picks… and something thrilling (not necessarily a thriller, but something that is hard to put down). This is NOT the time for quiet, literary tomes :)

  7. October 17, 2008 4:31 pm

    lol, that sounds like an interesting dream :P

    I loved The Book of Lost Things and I’ve wanted to read Abarat for years.

    Happy reading!

  8. October 17, 2008 6:48 pm

    Alcatraz is a really fun, quick read! I whipped through it in no time flat.

  9. October 17, 2008 6:53 pm

    This is my first time reading for the ‘thon, too, although I was a cheerleader last year. Good luck with getting through your list! You have a few on there I want to read as well (Austenland and The Book of Lost Things); I look forward to reading your reviews. :)

  10. October 17, 2008 6:59 pm

    When I was getting ready this morning I longingly looked at my bed thinking–I’ll see you in a few days–and then realized also that I still had one more night of sleeping bliss. :)

    I have a stack of books but it isn’t set in stone–last time I had a period where I picked up and put down several books before finding the right one. Still need to hit the grocery for snacks!

    My advice is to get into a rhythm, especially if you’ll be doing mini challenges (which are fun but time consuming). I also make a template for my hourly/bihourly updates that I can just cut and paste into new posts so I don’t have to think too hard early in the morning.

    Yay!!!

  11. October 18, 2008 1:40 am

    Have fun!!!!!!

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