Friday 21 October 2011

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: The Pre-Game

So at the last readathon, people were posting pictures of luscious stacks of books, and I felt all sad and pouty that I wasn't joining in, and because I was unprepared, I didn't read things. Also because it was my birthday, but that's another matter entirely! So, this is my preparation this time, to give me good luck for staying awake for a whole 24 hours and reading lots of useful and wonderful things.

Behold! A big pile of books!
Isn't it wonderful? I've actually had it ready for, I swear, about three weeks, and I was thinking about it before I made it, so basically this is the part where you tell me how cool I am! Now, I understand that I'm not going to be able to read all of these in 24 hours (I'm not quite that magical) but I think it's good to have choices, and I'm going to have a good go at attacking this glorious pile. In case you can't see, from top to bottom they are:

Pet Semetary by Stephen King
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster
Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Election by Tom Perotta
Stir-Fry by Emma Donoghue
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
Timbuktu by Paul Auster
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
A Life in Letters by George Orwell
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Burton on Burton
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

Now that I've typed that out, it seems like an even more insane pile of books, and I think we all know I'm not going to read them all. If I'm going to bet on which ones I'm most likely to read, I'd probably say A Streetcar Named Desire (because it's a play and therefore easy), Pet Semetary (because I miss my King!), The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (because I've been waiting for so long to read it), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (because I read it in like 3 hours without stopping once) and actually, right now I'm really feeling Election. This could, of course, all be crap because I don't know how I'm going to feel tomorrow, so we'll see! I'm fully prepared on the snack front too- I've got my big bag of Doritos (previously good fuel to write essays until the early hours), marshmallows (because, yum!) and a nice big bottle of coke that I can but hope will see me through the night!
Other exciting things that happened this week are that people won some books! So, congratulations to Adam, Katie, Kristi and Virginie, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy your books! Here, for the satisfaction of the masses, is the grand hat draw of '11:
Yeah, I'm cool- I put names in hats when there are all sorts of computery things to do that can pick out names. Dontcha just love me?!


  1. I'm skipping out on the readathon because the whole thing sounds very daunting but that stack of books looks amazing. Also I totally do the slips of paper in a hat thing instead of using computery stuff.

  2. I read The Hunger Games during a previous readathon and thought it was a great choice! Good luck staying up the whole 24 hours. I am not going to even attempt it!

  3. @Red- down with computers, up with old-school bits of paper and fun hats :). I kind of doubt that I'll be able to do a full 24 hours, but we'll see... I'm very excited though!

    @Lola- Thanks! I feel like The Hunger Games is a good choice because it sounds kind of awesome and it's YA so shouldn't be too difficult to read. I have no idea which of the million I've posted about I'm going to read though, and I might just be contrary tomorrow and read completely different books, who knows?!

  4. Wow, that's quite the stack. I'm coveting Burton on Burton. I'm going to try to get through Outlander tomorrow. It's quite a long book. Perhaps if I finish it, I will start on my reread of Snow Flower and Secret Fan for the book club.

    Good luck!!

  5. Ooooooo pretty stack! I hope you have fun :-) I'm so excited!!!

  6. It's way early in the morning for you, British one, and I'm about to doze off, but GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS, MADAM.

    Also, just sayin', Burton's my last name, so that title's weird to me.


  7. @Jenn- you have to read more than one book or you won't feel all acheivementy! Re-reads sound like a good idea though :)

    @Sarah- I honestly couldn't be more excited! I expect. Although I'm sure I probably could. But still, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    @Alice- Burton on Burton? I guess I can see how that would be weird for you... *shudders in sympathy* Ta for the luck, I'll remember it when my eyes are falling out at hour 20!! Also, READATHONNNNNNNN!