Have you heard about Dewey’s 24-Hour-Read-A-Thon on October 24th? (If not, head on over here to find out more. And if you don’t want to read, you can be a cheerleader or a mini challenge host.)
Well, I really really wanted to do it as I don’t get nearly enough time (in my opinion) to read uninterrupted. I broached the subject with Mr. Jenners carefully—prepared for long and hard negotiations because if I am to read for an extended period, someone needs to take care of the Little One. I thought my chances were about 30% before talking to Mr. Jenners. I was prepared to offer all types of things—including increased frequency in marital relations, a giving up of material Christmas gifts, and so forth.
But he said OK pretty easily and quickly. It makes me a bit suspicious actually. What does he want? What is he going to ask for in the near future and use the Read-A-Thon as ammunition? But, they say not to look a gift horse in the mouth so I won’t.
So here is my list of books that I hope to read during the Read-A-Thon (though, for me, I’m sure it will more like a 12-Hour Read-A-Thon as I don’t do well with little or no sleep.) Taking everyone’s advice, I’m choosing shorter books and mixing books with lighter topics with my “need to read for a challenge” books.
- State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, 50 Writers On 50 States—this is a book of essays by 50 different writers writing about the 50 different states. I figure this would be a good book to dip into when I need a change of pace. The first states I’ll read will be ones where I’ve lived for an extended time, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Montana.
- Candy Girl by Diablo Cody—I wrote about Candy Girl before, and it seems like a quick, fun book—plus it is one I’ve been saving for myself as a little treat
- Big Ball of Blame: User’s Guide by Miriam Zellnick—This is a book for my Take A Chance Challenge and I think I’ll be able to knock it off in about 20 minutes tops as it is only 57 pages long!
- Esquire Presents: What It Feels Like To: Walk on the Moon; To Be Gored By A Bull—Another short book with different essays written by different people about what a variety of different experiences feel like. I figure this will be great for when I need a quick break. Another little treat I’ve been saving for myself.
- The Chosen by Chaim Potok—The most serious and longest book I’ve chosen for the Read-A-Thon. This is for my Take A Chance Challenge—my birth year book.
- Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien—A longer book but not excessively so about a girl who thinks she is the last person left on Earth. This is my Z book for the A to Z Challenge.
I’m so excited about doing this. How about you? Are you going to participate in some way?