Not too much longer now until Dewey's Read-a-thon for April 2009 kicks off. Last October I joined the Read-a-thon for the first time, and learned a few things about what types of books to read for it, for me at least. Here are a few guidelines I considered when putting together my stack for this read-a-thon.
1. Nothing too dense, or long, or hard to read.
Last time I was about halfway through Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino before the read-a-thon, and struggling with it, but I decided to use the read-a-thon as a way to push through it to the end. I did in fact finish it but it was a challenge, and not all that enjoyable.
2. No short story collections.
I really enjoyed the stories in The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy, which I read during the last read-a-thon, but by reading them back to back in a short time they did meld together in my mind somewhat. I've come to realize that I much prefer reading short stories one here, one there and then allowing myself time to muse on them, to let them properly sink in.
3. Pictures are good!
I actually had a bad headache during the last read-a-thon which certainly didn't help matters, but reading a graphic novel last October when I was sleepy and couldn't really concentrate on much else was perfect. And reading only text for a long time is tiring. Or is that just me?
So here are the books I've collected together this time. Some graphic novels and a manga, a mystery, chick lit, plus a few YA, fantasy type books that should be quite easy to read and fun to get lost in for a few hours.
The Delicate Storm - Giles Blunt
Emma, vol. 8 - Kaoru Mori
Embroideries - Marjane Satrapi
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
The Character of Rain - Amélie Nothomb
French Milk - Lucy Knisley
Austenland - Shannon Hale
Shakespeare Wrote For Money - Nick Hornby
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 - David Petersen
Skim - Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
I won't get to all of these and I of course have plenty of other books around the house if these just don't quite fit my mood at the time.
Like I mentioned on Sunday, since it starts at 9PM Japan time, my plan is to sleep for a few hours (6 max.) during the read-a-thon so my target is to join for 18 hours. I'll probably update here every 3 or 4 hours, and I might check in to the main site every hour or two to see what's going on, but I'm going to try to keep my computer off otherwise because I think it would be all too easy to start blogging and twittering and not get much reading done. I'll keep my camera out though and will try to post some photos to include in the updates. And I will also try to do a little cheerleading here and there when I take breaks. I've already stocked up on some snacks and drinks so I think I'm pretty much all set. And just a reminder that I'll be reading for the Book Wish Foundation. I'll be donating $5 for each book I complete during the read-a-thon.
I'm getting really excited about it all and I'm hoping for an even more enjoyable read-a-thon this time around. See you tomorrow!
What are you reading this weekend?