Let the Countdown Begin!
Just about 24 hours left before the Readathon! I spent yesterday choosing my go-to pile of books. Inadvertently, I seem to have chosen a color theme:
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster: I’ve never read this childhood classic! It’ll go quickly, plus it has pictures. And then I won’t get any more “You haven’t read The Phantom Tollbooth??” comments.
The Reader by Bernard Schlink: This one’s denser fiction, but it’s short, with not a lot of text on each page. Plus, I’ve been meaning to read it forever.
A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis: This newish YA title has been waiting for me since I picked up an advance copy through work a year ago. From what I’ve heard, it’s quick historical fiction with some magic and romance mixed in.
The Report by Jessica Francis Kane: Fresh from the library, this new historical fiction title was so highly recommended by Jen from Devourer of Books that I must read it soon!
Something Missing by Matthew Dicks: A recommendation from trusted coworkers at my old bookstore job, this novel follows an OCD criminal who only steals little things from his clients (like, a few Advil and a can of soup) that no one will notice are missing. It sounds light and fun, which I think are probably good when you’re reading for 16+ hours straight!
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri: I’ve been wanting to read this collection of short stories ever since I read Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth. And I’m thinking short stories will be a nice break.
Housekeeping vs. the Dirt by Nick Hornby: I read and absolutely adored The Polysyllabic Spree (seriously…adored), and this is the next in the series of Hornby’s compiled Believer articles. I found Housekeeping vs. the Dirt at Half Price Books last weekend and just about yelped with glee. The articles are short, intelligent, and witty. I will be taking breaks as needed for a good dose of Nick Hornby.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green: This is another YA novel, but more contemporary. Another quicker read, without the fantsy / magic / etc. elements of my other two YA-ish novels.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: I needed a book set in Afghanistan for October’s World Party Reading Challenge theme. Since I just picked this one up at a fantastic library sale, I thought I’d give it a go.
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (audiobook): This one isn’t pictured above, but ironically, its cover is also blue. If I need a break from reading, I’ll be listening to this. I’m already halfway through it, though, so if I need another audiobook, I’ll be turning to…
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (audiobook): I’ve meant to read this classic forever, so when Sheila at Book Journey recommended the audio version read by Christopher Hurt, I immediately requested it from the library. If I don’t get to this one during the Readathon, I’ll be listening to it soon after. (If you’re wondering, it’s box is black plastic, but the label is all red and orange. Good thing it’s not pictured, because it would totally throw off my color scheme.)
Whew! So that’s it. There’s no way I’ll get through even half of those, but I’d rather have options than be underprepared. Have you read any of these? Are they good choices? Should I make last-minute emergency switches?
I’ll be posting short updates throughout the day, though I haven’t figured out yet at what interval. Probably when I need breaks! I’ll also be cheering others on as part of Team Hyperbole for at least an hour. Blogs named “I…” thru “Jenn…” — I’ll be seeing extra of you on Saturday! I’ve already written you a limerick, heh heh heh…
Have fun everyone…I’m looking forward to readathon-ing with you!