Summer is coming to a close for me…much too quickly. I’m already in the midst of creating curriculum and dealing with pre-semester administrative tasks. And I haven’t read all of the books I wanted to before school is back in session. So, I thought this weekend would be a perfect time for me to try something I’ve always wanted to do: a readathon.
Specifically, I’ve decided to participate in the 24 in 48 online readathon. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 23rd and ending Sunday, July 24th at 11:59 p.m., participants vow to read for 24 hours within the 48-hour period of time. I like the idea and practicality of this readathon. It allows for breaks for things like sleeping, eating, running errands, or even watching a little t.v. I’m not sure if I will meet the goal (or even come close to it), but I don’t think I will be kicked off the internet or that my “I-call-myself-a-reader” membership card will be revoked–at least I hope not.
I will be keeping track of my progress here on the blog, on twitter @kelli_m_sellers, and on Litsy @Kmmsellers. Oh, and if you’re unfamiliar with Litsy, it’s a new instagram-meets-goodreads app for IOS where book lovers share what they are reading and discuss books. It’s awesome!
Here are the books that are on my TBR list for the readathon. I also have a trip to the library planned for tomorrow, so I will add more books then.
- American Housewife by Helen Ellis: I’ve already read some of the stories in this collection and have been wanting to finish the rest. I think a short story collection will be perfect for a readathon because well….they’re short, and I’m less likely to get too tired while reading. And these are spit-out-your-coffee hilarious.
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante: The first book in the Neapolitan series has been on my radar and TBR list for a while. I’m really excited about reading this one, especially since so many people I know love it. The first novel takes place in 1950s Naples and is a story of friendship. From what I’ve heard, the novel deals with issues like womanhood, family, class, poverty, and politics, to name a few.
- The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams: If you’ve never read anything by Terry Tempest Williams, do yourself a favor and run (I said run!) to the bookstore or amazon and get one of her books. Her writing is poignant and lyrical, and she has the ability to make every topic interesting and worthwhile. I’ve already read the introduction to this book, and it’s amazing.
- Sleeping Giants by Sylvan Neuvel: I received this book in my Book of the Month Club box this month. I’ve already started it, and it is so much fun. The story opens on Rose Franklin, an eleven-year-old girl who falls into a giant underground hole. When rescuers find her, they realize that she landed in the palm of a gigantic, metal hand. This novel is written as collections of interview transcripts, new stories, and journal entries. It is also genre-bending, which I love. I’ve already started this one, so if I don’t finish it before, I definitely will this weekend.
- Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee: I also just started listening to Queen of the Night on audio. It is a sweeping novel about opera soprano, Lilliet Berne. The reader learns about Lilliet’s journey from circus performer to courtesan to world-renowned soprano. So far, this book is magical. The settings and details are as decadent and extravagant as the novel’s subject matter.
That’s the line-up so far, and I promise I’ll update as it changes. Even if I come no where near 24 hours this weekend, it will be nice to set aside some designated time and get caught up on reading. If you’d like to sign up for the readathon, there’s still time! Just follow the link here: 24 in 48. Happy reading!