So apparently this blog is now just a place for me to park my posts about the twice-yearly Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. And that’s okay. Maybe someday I will start blogging again, but for now, my lack of blogging is not the end of the world.
Tomorrow is my favorite bookish Internet event, the 24 Hour Readathon. It’s my eleventh readathon, which I’ve been told makes me a pro (I say not so much. I’m more an experienced amateur), and I think I’m more excited for this readathon than I have been for readathons in awhile. I’ve got good books lined up, an empty apartment for most of the day, and one of my oldest Internet buddies is participating for the first time (side note: you should all go say hi to my friend Mary on Twitter at @peacewillfollow and cheer her on. I know she’s been assigned to an official team of cheerleaders, but I really want her first readathon to rock).
Stacks o’ Books
For the first time ever, I am readathoning with an ereader. I finally broke down last year and bought a Nook during Barnes and Noble’s Black Friday sale, and since then most of my reading has been ebooks, as opposed to physical books. So I have two book “stack” pictures for you guys this year: a physical stack of books and a picture of my “Readathon Possibilities” shelf on my Nook.
- Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
- Dear Life by Alice Munro
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
- The Secret Scriptures by Sebastian Barry
- Dare Me by Megan Abbott
- The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Vining
- Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
- Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
(If some of those look familiar, it’s because they’ve been on my readathon stacks for a million years. Seriously).
My ebook shelf came together kind of last minute, but I’m excited about these books as well:
- The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
- The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
- Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
- Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
- Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
- The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
I have a few goals this readathon, but the main one is this: both The House at Riverton and Admission (and Maine, too, come to that) have been on my stacks for at least two previous readathons each. It’s time to read them. So I seriously want to finish those books tomorrow. My first book will probably be either Eleanor and Park or Love Letters to the Dead, depending on which little cover I push after I do my first post. As far as updates go, I think I will try to update every two to three hours or so. They will have their own posts (I tried to do one running post once and absolutely hated it).
I will also be tweeting at @shootingstarr7 if you’d prefer to keep up with me that way.
Okay, with that accomplished, I think I am ready to call it a night and start fresh in the morning. See you all at the start.