Readathon!! I'm so looking forward to this, I've already started collecting piles of books and making lists.
Unfortunately, I am not actually going to be able to participate in the entire 24 hours. I am leading back-to-back book groups that morning -- sorry, I just can't miss the discussion of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!! So I'll miss about three hours. And I honestly don't think I can stay up all night reading, I'd be completely zonked the next day. I'll probably end up reading about 15 or 16 hours, which is still a lot.
Since this is my first Readathon, I have no idea how many books or pages I'll be reading, so I don't have any particular goals other than to get through as many as possible. I'm guessing I can get through at least three or four books. I will be donating to charity based on my results. I've never done this before, but I was thinking a penny a page, plus $5 for every book completed. I'll be donating to the Humane Society of San Antonio. And my nine-year-old daughter is participating also! She's going to donate a penny a page to SNIPSA, another pet charity, and I told her I'd pay half so she doesn't deplete her savings account. (She's a fast reader!)
I tried to take most of my Readathon list off of my to-read bookshelf, which is getting bigger and bigger! I really shouldn't even check out more library books, but I volunteer twice a week, and I can't help myself. (So many good things -- it's like being in a candy store!)
So, here is a list of my potential reads:
1. Blankets by Craig Thompson. I've heard it's a good idea to have a graphic novel for Readathon, and I've heard so many things about this one. It's a must-read.
2. One juvenile book by Diana Wynne Jones, either The Pinhoe Egg or Homeward Bounders, both on my to-read shelf.
3. One Persephone, as they're starting to pile up. I have two that I just checked out from the library (thank you, Interlibrary Loan!): The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield, and An Interrupted Life: The Letters of Etty Hillesum. I also have a nice stack from my owned-and-unread bookcase. Mariana was the earliest unread purchase, so that's possible, but Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is nice and short.
4. Something creepy for RIP. Probably We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, or The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.
5. Something by Joan Aiken, author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, one of my favorite childhood books. She wrote a lot of short gothic novels for adults also, so that would satisfy RIP. I definitely want a lot of short books to choose from!
6. The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery. Because I loved Anne of Green Gables.
8. Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float by Sarah Schmelling. A humorous-looking book -- what if literary characters were alive today and all joined a social networking group? Literary and timely!
9. Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling -- a new biography, been on the library's wait list for this for months. I really loved The Good Earth, and last year I was lucky enough to visit her home
10. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett -- it's the November selection for my IRL classics book group, and I'll be picking it up that day.
Other possible reads:
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson.
The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes
Plus I have lots of books of short stories -- always a good choice, since you can read them in bits and pieces to break up the longer books.
Anyone else participating in Readathon? What are you reading? And do I have too many books on my list? This will be so fun!