17 April 2016

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon TBR Pile

Next week on the 23rd April, starting at 13:00, I will be taking part in my first ever Readathon - Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon!  I've picked out the six books above to make up my planned reading for the day.  I'm aiming to take part for the full 24 hours which is quite ambitious for the first time I've joined in but I thought I might as well go for it!  I can always cut back on how many hours I read for next time if I need to.

I've read a few blog posts and discussions in the readathon Goodreads group and lots of people have recommended sticking to shorter, easier reads such as short story collections and children's books.  I've tried to keep that in mind when choosing my readathon books.  I've picked three short story collections: Little Tales of Misogyny by Patricia Highsmith, St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, also by Karen Russell.  I thought these would be easy to dip in and out of, if for whatever reason I'm not up to finishing them all at once.  I don't see this being an issue though!  I'm particularly looking forward to the Karen Russell collections as they've been on my shelves for a while and sound wonderful.

I've supplemented these with two children's books, Dreaming The Bear by Mimi Thebo and Perjiee & Me by Ross Montgomery.  I'm really looking forward to them both too!  I know some people use the readathon to get rid of some things on their TBR piles that they maybe wouldn't get around to normally, but since it's my first one I've chosen books that I'm really excited to read so hopefully it's fun!  The one exception to this is probably The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark which I've included as I thought it would be the perfect time to get April's 2016 Classics Challenge read out of the way.  I'll probably start with this one followed by the Patricia Highsmith collection.

So they're all the books I'm hoping to read across 24 hours next weekend.  I've got no idea whether this is really ambitious or if I might run out of things to read by the end, but if that happens, I've got plenty more books waiting for their turn on my shelves!  I'll be updating throughout here on the blog and also on Twitter using the #readathon hashtag, if you want to see how I get on!

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