The Read-a-Thon is almost here! I absolutely LOVE this event that happens twice a year, once in April and once in October. If you don't know what Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon is, then get thee to the official website and find out about it! This is the original online read-a-thon started by Dewey in 2007 (read about the history) that has turned into an international event. This is such a fun event that stands as a tribute to a woman who loved this community and really helped to build it into what it is today.
Part of the read-a-thon fun is picking out the stack of books to choose from as you read your way through 24 hours (or however long you can last!). Here is my stack for this Saturday:
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
A very short book about creative process and sharing. It is a combination of words and drawings that I can probably read in about an hour.
The London Scene by Virginia Woolf
Six essays on London life. Kind of a walking tour with Virginia. See comment about essays in the next entry.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
Essays by one of my favorite non-fiction writers. Essays are nice since you can pick and choose shorter works out of the whole. Same thing goes with short story collections.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
A YA (young adult) novel that has been on my TBR (to be read) since it came out (what is wrong with me!). I thought read-a-thon might be a good time to pick it up. YA books are generally fast and easy reads. This can be important when you start getting tired or just need to get "sucked in" to a story.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
I've already started reading this fairly long novel but will probably still be reading it by Saturday. Maybe I'll even finish this one. It is a lovely story so far.
Fables (several volumes) by Bill Willingham
Graphic novels are awesome for read-a-thon. Again, they are especially good if you are getting tired or just need to mix it up a little.
I'm not a high volume reader so I will not be reading and/or finishing ALL of these books, but I like to have options.
The other fun part of read-a-thon is picking out SNACKS!!! I have no idea what will be in my snack cupboard yet, but will photographically share some of my food choices on Saturday.
See you Saturday!