Readathon Ready

The house is clean. The apples have been picked. The stack of books lie in wait. Tomorrow is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, a blogging event I took part of at its inception, now faithfully carried on by Andi and others.

Included in the stack above, from the bottom up, are:

Doorways of Paris by Raquel Puig

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Behind the Eyes We Meet by Melissa Verreault

Dance By The Canal by Kerstin Hensel

Melville, a novel by Jean Giono

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Sweet Potato by Kim Tongin

Buenos Aires Noir edited by Ernesto Mallo

Not once have I read for the full twenty-four hours, and I’m sure I won’t tomorrow. For one thing, it is my husband’s birthday, and my parents are coming to help us celebrate. So at some point in the day I will need to make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.

But, all the time before, and all the time after, I will be exacerbating the pain in my tailbone by reading as much as I possibly can. When I must lie down, it will be with the audio version of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day, to which I am listening as I drive to school each day. It is remarkable.

And you? How will you be spending the weekend?

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19 thoughts on “Readathon Ready”

  1. Have fun. I just started listening to Great Expectations as my car book. Got three chapters finished today taking dogs around the dog parks. If weather nice tomorrow (Sunday) a motorbike group ride is on through the countryside so no reading.

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    1. I think listening to Dickens is a great idea! I love Great Expectations, but it surely took me awhile to plow through. I also loved the PBS series on Bleak House several years ago. That was unforgettable. Have fun on your bike ride! What a perfect season for a group ride.

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  2. I love these Readathons and I know we all never get enough time to actually read for 24hrs straight, because….well life does happen outside of books! Lol! I may have a Ken Follet join my TBR as well; I am on part II of his The century Trilogy – The Winter of the World! Hope you have fun both celebrating with your family and then getting to read as much as possible! Happy Readathoning! 😉

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    1. I have never read his century Trilogy, only the Pillars of the Earth and now hopefully this one. I love medieval times. Life does get in the way of a day solely dedicated to reading. I hope you enjoy what you can fit in!

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  3. I’m afraid I haven’t read any of these! But as I’m acquainted with the war of Hiromi Kawakami I am sure curious about this “new” one 🙂 Enjoy!

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    1. I began it, but laid it down as I wasn’t as entranced as I was with her earlier novel, The Briefcase. I hope to pick up The Nakano Thrift Shop again soon.

      As for The Remains of the Day, I’d like to see the film again, but I can’t imagine how the nuances of Mr. Stevens’ thoughts can be accurately conveyed. It’s a faacinating novel.

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  4. Today would be a perfect day to curl up with a book, as it’s windy and pouring buckets. However, we’re heading south to Bandon tomorrow morning, so I’m busy getting things ready to load in the trailer, but maybe I’ll fit in some reading time. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts on the new Ken Follett book. I loved Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, both of which I listened to on audio. I never did get into his more recent trilogy, though.

    I’m sorry your tailbone is bothering you! 😦

    Happy, happy birthday to your hubby. Your dinner sounds yummy!

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    1. You are having so many marvelous adventures! I love seeing your pottery coffee mug in front of some fantastic scene. Rain gives me permission to read, somehow, but not when there are tasks lying in wait. As for the spaghetti dinner, he claims mine is bettee than Maggiano’s restaurant, but that’s just a testimony to a good recipe made over and over and over til I know it like the back of my hand. Have a safe trip!

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    1. Let’s do it next year, Lisbeth! I didn’t last very long last night, I am too concerned about the work week ahead and not being exhausted for it. I’m glad to hear you liked Picnic at Hanging Rock; it seems a book I will quite enjoy as well.

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