Friday, April 17, 2009

Read-a-Thon: The Book Stack

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?


  1. What a great stack of books you have there! Good luck with the readathon. I'm just cheerleading this time around (but that's an important role too, I keep telling myself!).

    I'll make sure to come and visit you :D

  2. Your list looks great. Good luck!

  3. Those are some good guidelines!

    I think I may finally read the Chobits manga, since I watched the show and bought the books but never read them.

    My list is here

    Oh and whenever you mention Japan, I get extremely jealous!!! I bet your snacks and drinks are a lot better then mine! ;)

  4. Hmmm I hadn't heard of French Milk. I wonder if my library has it...

  5. Looks like a great pile! I hope you have fun!

  6. Your list looks great. The Graveyard Book is an engaging read. Good luck tomorrow!

  7. You are going to have so much fun tomorrow :) Have a great time and good luck with the fundraising.

  8. Good luck nat, I will not participate, but will visit you :)
    Some good books there

  9. I have Absolutely True Diary and Skim on my list too! Cool :D Good luck tomorrow Nat!

  10. I have a graphic novel in my stack for tomorrow, but I'm worried that pouring over the wonderful pictures will actually slow me down. Guess we'll just have to see. Can't wait until tomorrow!

  11. My daughter and I will be participating together. It starts at 8 am for me. We've both pulled out a stack of books to choose from in the morning, and I'm trying to clear out Google Reader a bit before the posts start coming in. This is my first read-a-thon and I can't wait! Good luck and have fun!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  12. Lena - Thanks. And cheerleaders are very important!! :)

    Vasilly - Thanks! I'm looking forward to finally reading The Graveyard Book.

    jessica.marie - I think manga is a good idea. I've only got one on hand but I'm looking forward to it.
    I'll try to post some pics of my snacks, just to make you more jealous. ;P

    sassymonkey - I first heard of it from Iliana. It sounds great!

    Kailana - Thanks!

    Jodie - Thanks. It should be a lot of fun!

    Sylvie - Thanks, it'll be nice to have you stop by to cheer me on. I don't plan to stay up the whole time but we'll see what I can manage.

    Chris - I planned on Skim but you reminded me of Absolutely True Diary, so thanks. Good luck to you too!

    Trish - Hmm, I hadn't thought of that. Although last time it was the pictures that kept me awake where I'm pretty sure just text would have put me to sleep.

    Anna - That's fun that you and your daughter will be participating together. My Google Reader is ridiculously full right now. I'll try to catch up next week, after the read-a-thon mania is over. Good luck to both of you!

  13. Good luck, Nat! Your choices are pretty much perfect :D

  14. I am oing to do as much as I can but did not register officially. Next year I will do the read-a-thon for charity.

    So good luck Nat :D

  15. Love your list and I do have some Graphic novels to read...makes sense that text will put you to sleep so I'm keeping those on the sidelines until later tonight. I'm getting ready to go back outside to read my next book which is True Diary of a Part-Time Indian!!! We both have good taste in books :)

  16. Nymeth - LOL. You've probably read quite a lot of them. :)

    Sylvie - Thanks. And sure, you should read along unofficially as much as you want. :)

    Staci - Yay for good taste in books! :P
    Not sure yet if I'll actually get to True Diary during the read-a-thon but maybe you'll convince me.

  17. tanabata, I definitely have to bookmark this post for the next read-a-thon! I think I picked a few far too long and dense books.

  18. Kathrin - I purposely chose short, quick reads this time around, and it worked really well.

  19. That sounds like a great thing to do. The shorter the book, the sooner you see some progress, after all!

  20. Kathrin - Exactly! Even if the page count is the same you feel like you've accomplished more with a few books completed. At least I do. :)


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