Tomorrow is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, and I’ve been excited about this for weeks. I decided to read only my own books tomorrow even though I have a loooong list of review books for April that I am making almost no progress on. I want to just be able to relax and not have to think to much about taking notes or what I might say reviewing the books. Plus, I have a lot of books on my shelf that I’m anxious to get to, and this seems like a good excuse.
Since I’m at home in Madison for this Read-a-Thon, I had the luxury of putting together two truly absurd piles of books for consideration. This first pile is all of the fiction and nonfiction I’m thinking about, and the second is the pile of graphic novels I checked out from the library this week.
- The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, a loosely connected set of stories about a newspaper staff in Rome which is also my book club pick for this month.
- Love Drugged by James Klise, a YA fiction book about a young man who gets to choose whether to take a drug that would “cure” his homosexuality.
- Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart, a memoir set in New York in 1946 at Tiffany & Co that looks utterly charming (and quickly readable).
- I’m Sorry You Feel That Way by Diana Joseph, a memoir “about what it’s like to be a modern, smart woman making her way in the world.” I picked this one because it’s been on my shelf forever, and it’s pretty short.
- Complications by Atul Gawande, a narrative look at the life of a surgeon I got for Christmas from my mom. I’m not sure if this one will be high on my list, but it’s at least available.
- Nothing Left to Burn by Jay Varner, a memoir about a family connected by fire that has gotten a couple of rave reviews mentioning its readability.
- Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield, a memoir in songs about young man growing up in the 198s. The best part about having this book on the list is a suggestion I got from Cass (Bonjour, Cass!) — an ‘80s playlist of all the songs he mentions in the book! I anticipate rocking out to some Depeche Mode and the Go-Gos in the late hours of Saturday night (if I make it that far).
I snagged a bunch of Fables collected paperbacks from the library: Sons of Empire (#9), The Good Prince (#10), War and Pieces (#11), and The Dark Ages (#12). I think I’ve read #9 before, but ended up losing track of the series sometime last year and want to get back into it. I think these will be my very, very late night reads.
I also reserved the first three collections of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman — Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll’s House, and Dream Country. NPR’s MonkeySee blog is doing a read-a-long of Dream Country, and I didn’t want to pick that one up without trying the first two. I’m sort of OCD in that way. I’m not sure I’ll get to these, but they’re here.
And the last one — possibly the one I’m most excited about — is a graphic novel version of The Odyssey, which Vasilly (1330v) mentioned on her blog a few weeks ago. Since I actually read Homer’s The Odyssey last year, I thought the graphic novel would be fun.
The snacks! I went to the grocery store this week and got some of my favorite foods (and some healthy stuff too) — strawberries, Craisins, Wheat Thins, cheese, cheddar rice cakes, bananas, broccoli, pizza, chocolate, and tea. I am well-stocked. Plus, my good friend Erin might be come over for part of the day to do her own Homework-a-Thon while I’m reading.
So that’s my plan so far. Are you excited about the Read-a-Thon tomorrow? What are your big plans?