Eat. Sleep. Read. Repeat. Sounds like a Readathon mantra to me!
I had a great time during the October Readathon, in which I read several novellas and a graphic novel. However, I kept thinking about how great it would be if real life didn't get in the way -- cooking dinner, letting the dog out, et cetera. I have always had fantasies about being locked in a library or a bookstore, as long as there were plenty of snacks and squashy couches.
But it also occurred to met that a hotel room would be much more comfortable, though it would have less books. But it would have a pool! And room service! And didn't I already own, oh, about two hundred unread books on my own bookshelves, just waiting to be finished??
So I jokingly remarked to my good friend Amanda from The Zen Leaf about how fun it would be to get a hotel room for Readathon. And she immediately thought it was a great idea, so we've booked a hotel room for the weekend and are having a Readathon Retreat! We'll check in on Friday, have dinner, and then we're planning on going to see the new Jane Eyre movie (adapted from one of my all-time favorite books, so that's book-related, right?). Saturday, we have our classics book group, then the rest of the day is basically, read with no distractions other than eating, blogging, and the occasional break in the pool or the exercise room if we're feeling too sedentary. It's going to be about 95 degrees here in San Antonio this weekend, so indoor exercise might be a good thing. And we might take a side trip to the Half-Price Books nearby. . . if we run out of things to read!
I've already set aside a stack of books as possible reads -- I know I can't possibly finish all of them, but I hope to complete a couple of novellas, some short stories and essays, and one Persephone book which is an Interlibrary Loan and needs to be returned next week. Here's a photo of my tentative stack:
From top to bottom:
- Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico
- The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
- The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
- Doreen by Barbara Noble
- The Complete Stories by Saki
- The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Jane Austen and Crime by Susannah Fullerton
- One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
- My Misspent Youth: Essays by Meghan Dowd
Of course, I may ending adding or subtracting books at the last minute, but I think I have a good mix of genres and styles. I have novellas, short stories, essays, and nonfiction, so there should be something to keep me amused the entire time. Plus, all but one of these are books from my unread shelves, so I'll make some progress on that Owned-and-Unread Challenge. If you want to see what Amanda's bringing, you can read her post here.
What are you doing for Readathon?