Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Last year I began my preparation post with “now that my busiest semester EVER is over…”. This year I can happily write “now that my last full semester of university is over…”! I finished writing my last exam a few hours ago and now I once again looking forward to participating in the April edition of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon.  This is the pile of books I’m going to be picking through – my goal is to complete three books and read 100 pages of The Lord of the Rings. All of these books have been on my TBR for sometime, most for over a year. I’ve included a note as to why I’ve selected each book (if there’s no note, I can’t remember how I found the book – I just remember it sounded like a good book ;P). Titles link to GoodReads.

  • My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
    • A birthday gift from a friend a few years ago
  • Justice by Rhiannon Paille
    • This was one of my reading options for last April’s Read-a-thon – I will definitely get to it this time! I recently reread the first book, Surrender, and the ebook prequel, so I’m ready to go.
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
    • Purchased on release date in February. Even though the first book was just alright, I really like the use of photographs so I’m going to read the sequel.
  •  Stuck in the Middle by Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott
    • Purchased shortly after release last November, I meant to read this over Christmas break (was that really four months ago?!)
  • The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
    • Spotted this at the library awhile back – the cover’s not my taste but it sounds like an interesting story!
  • The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Lehamn
  • The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver
    • I wanted to read more Tolkien books early this year, but I find it distracting to read books about his work while reading his works (I reread The Lord of the Rings at the start of each year). Hence why I’ve chosen this book!
  • Hikikkomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus
  • The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany 
    • After reading so much about this in other books and then editing a few students’ papers on the story, I figure I should check it out myself.
  • No Way to Treat a First Lady by Christopher Buckley
    • Found during library browsing. Not sure why I picked it up
  • The Great Reset by Richard Florida
    • I bought this in 2009 during an angry book buying spree – I’m hoping it will still be relevant.
  • Torture Team by Phillippe Sands
    • Found during library browsing.
  •  Dynamics of Faith by Paul Tillich
    • Another reading option from last April’s Read-a-thon
  • How to Paint a Dead Man by Sarah Hall
    • Found during library browsing. I really like the book design… Also on last year’s April Read-a-Thon list – I will give it one more shot.

I will participate in the morning, then I will have to break for kendo practice (which will take me away from reading from ~11:00AM-3:00PMCST). Some vigorous exercise should hopefully help me push through the rest of the day! Afterwards I will be joined again by the same friend who participated last year. You can find him on Twitter. I will be participating on these platforms:

I hope everyone reads some great books this Saturday!

  • You have pretty good picks over here, and I think Cavendish will be a pretty fast-paced read.
    Btw, I am a new follower following readathon participants before Saturday! 🙂
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  • Welcome! It's great to meet people who are excited for the Readathon. I will cheer for you on Twitter 🙂

  • Great picks! The end of Miss Peregrine is in my stack. This is my first readathon, and my stack is pretty small. I get the feeling I'm gonna be picking through my bookshelves when the time actually comes. Enjoy!

  • Thanks! I hope you have a blast this weekend. I like to make my pile over-big because I can never anticipate what I'll be in the mood to read. Having a bookshelf nearby works also 🙂