Thursday, December 1, 2011

What I'm Reading for the Readathon

I will be participating in my first Readathon Saturday!  Well, I'm excited about it. 

I am currently in the middle of three books:  Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan, The Table Comes First:  Family, France, and the Meaning of Food by Adam Gopnik, and Bleak House by Charles Dickens.  Bleak House will not be finished anytime soon, but I wonder if I should finish the other two before pursuing any other books.  Readathon veterans, what do you think?

I've had a look at my shelves and without too much thought (thinking would require the decision process to take too long) I have selected these books as my additional readathon material:

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote (my book club's Christmas party is Monday and this is what we'll be discussing)

The Disappearance at Pere Lachaise by Claude Izner

Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel:  Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman by Karen Karbo

       The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

These aren't in any particular order so I'll let my mood dictate what to read.

Now I have to think of my snacks ......


  1. Nice! I forgot about the read-a-thon (I did one last weekend though). I may join in, but I'm not sure yet.

    I'm a veteran, did several. I think you are fine just finishing your other books first, but... read-a-thons are all about a feeling of achievement. Will it make you feel good to have finished those books? Or do you want to be able to say, that you read (e.g.,) 2 complete books during the read-a-thon?

    I think you have a good list there - you don't want to get stuck into something heavy and then stop reading because it's getting too much.

    Another tip: make sure that you have a nice and easy book for the small hours when you've been reading for a long time. I tend to read an easy thriller or a chick-lit.

  2. Thanks for the advice Judith. I'm still not sure which way I want to go with the books I'm currently reading, because they are all on the "heavier" side and like you said I want to be able to complete books during the readathon.

  3. Lots of great books for the readathon! I do hope that you get the chance to read Domestic Violets. It's a fast read, and really, really fun. I am also envious that you will be reading some Dickens, as I just finished a biography of him last night and loved it! Good luck with all the reading!

  4. Whew--your current reads are heavy! ;) I've been wanting to read Bleak House for a long time but that length... For the readathon I'd focus on shorter and fun books. Hope you have a great time!


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