I love autumn – the cold, crisp mornings and bright blue skies, the leaves swirling in the wind, and Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon – a great excuse to do nothing but read, blog, munch on snacks and burrow under a warm quilt. This weekend is the Read-a-thon and I am starting to stack up some books in anticipation.
Have you participated before? If not, I highly, highly recommend that you try it out sometime. Not only can you make a substantial dent in your TBR pile, but the socializing and connecting with other bloggers is wonderful.
Not into staying up all night? That’s okay – many readers (including myself) don’t make the full 24 hours. I usually try to pick a time goal that I think is reasonable and just go for that. This year I will shoot for 20 hours which means I need to start at 5:00 am (PST) and stay awake until 1:00 am the following day. Very do-able! Unlike a lot of participants, I don’t take naps during the Read-a-thon because if I did, it would be all over. Want more information about the event? Check out the FAQ post.
I have many books to be read this month and I always try to have more in my Read-a-thon stack than I can reasonably read so that I have choices. What I have learned in the past is to choose books which are short and stimulating. Short stories are great. So are thrillers or women’s fiction. If I am going to read literary fiction, I try to do it early on when I am the most rested because by hour twelve or so, my brain starts to get befuddled.
So, are you curious which books I am considering? Here is the stack (so far):
- The Marriage Artist by Andrew Winer (I expect to be part-way into this one before the Read-a-thon begins)
- We the Animals by Justin Torres
- Men in the Making by Bruce Marchart (which JUST arrived and is a collection of short stories by an author I adore)
- Little America by Diane Simmons
- Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors
- Love at First Bark by Julie Klam
- The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson (gothic fiction)
- Iron House by John Hart (suspense-thriller)
- Summer in the South by Cathy Holton (women’s fiction)
- Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason (suspense-thriller)
This stack could change – but I like the diversity in it and most of the books are short which is essential during this event.
As in past years, I intend to only update my blog every two hours to allow myself longer stretches of reading time. Although I have usually sponsored a charity, I won’t be doing that this year although I hope to offer up some books for giveaway to participants through the official blog.
Let me know if you’ll be reading along this weekend so I can stop by and give you some encouragement!