I haven’t done a readathon in awhile so when I saw Rachel from Book Riot was hosting one of her #24in48 readathons, I knew it was time. I know I won’t be able to do the whole thing. It’s my oldest son’s last soccer game of the season on Saturday and there is an event my husband and I want to do on Sunday (there’s wine involved, of course we’re going), but I think if I split it up, I can get a good amount done.
The most important part of the readathon is obviously the books. Rachel had a great post about it, so following her suggestions I put a preliminary book stack together. The first step is my physical book pile. That one is easier since I can walk over to my bookshelf and pull a few.
These are probably going to change. Some may stay, some may go, some may be swapped. My local library is having a book sale on Friday right before the readathon starts so who knows what I’ll pick up. Plus I have some holds from the library that will probably all come in right in time for the event. The majority of these have been sitting on my shelves for awhile and I need to clear them out. Others are ones I’ve been wanting to get to and needed an extra push. Mostly my strategy is just reading a lot of no hassle fun books. I enjoy literary fiction that makes me think. A readathon isn’t the place for it for me. This is the equivalent of other people’s “beach reads” for me (something I never really get to do because my kids would never let me sit that long at the beach). I only went with fiction for now for this same reason, unless I run across something that will grab me.
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
- Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
- Save the Date by Jen Doll
- The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray by Mitzi Szereto
- A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert
- The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
- Love Me Back by Merrit Tierce
- Inferno by Dan Brown
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith (I’m actually not sure how that one got in there. It’s a little heavier than I would usually pick, but we’ll let it stand for now. This is after all, the first draft).
- The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
- China Dolls by Lisa See
The digital list is going to be a bit harder. I buy books all too often, plus I have an Oyster subscription so that always is available. But here’s my first attempt.
- Sudden Backtrack by Kim Harrison
- Vintage by Susan Gloss
- A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
- Zeus is Dead by Michael G. Munz
- Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Are you doing #24in48? What books would you read if you are (or if you could)?