Monday, October 4, 2010

Read-A-Thon Plans.

I'm sure that many of you already know about the 24-hour read-at-hon taking place this Saturday. If not, here is the site that can give you more information, and here is the post to sign up.

I missed the first read-a-thon that took place since beginning my blog, but I did participate in the one that took place in April. And I loved it! It was a great excuse to spend a lot of time on the couch reading, and making progress towards my goal.

One of the best parts was going to the site every hour to look at challenges and find some inspiration from the other participants. I added quite a few bloggers to my own feed that day and had a lot of visitors.

Anyway, in April I finished three books, as well as getting large portions of reading done in other novels I was starting (My wrap-up post is here). I hope I can be as successful this time around and have already started pulling together a list of books that I might grab. The pile includes the following:
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (If I don't finish before then)
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles (see above)
  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens (in short spurts only or I'll go batty)
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Little Prince by Antonie Du Saint-Exupery
  • The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
  • Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert (I need to get through 60 pages for a read-along)
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
That's a big list and I know I won't get through all of it (that WOULD be amazing, wouldn't it?) but I want to have a lot of options. I also don't want to stick myself with one long book, so a bunch of smaller things might be easier to push through. :)

The main goal is to get through at least THREE more titles completely, as well as catch up and read my commitments for my two current read-a-longs (Bleak House and Madame Bovary). We'll see how it goes. My college has a big game this weekend-it is rivalry week against that dratted University of Michigan, but I know my Spartans are going to win. That game, depending on how it goes, might mean a few more hours taken out of my day!

Let me know if you are participating in the read-a-thon, and check in that day. I MAY/MOST LIKELY will be hosting a giveaway during the day, so make sure to keep your eyes out for it. :)

Happy Reading!


  1. Up front: this is not a criticism! An honest question - I know that there is no way I could read Eliot or Flaubert or Nabokov well under Read-a-thon conditions. Stoker, maybe. Eh, probably not. I need to be at my best for these books, my most alert. The last 60 pages of Madame Bovary - that's intense, concentrated, complex language.

    How do you think that will work for you? Do you have strategies in mind?

    Regardless, it's a great list. Best of luck!

  2. Woo, boy! (Excuse my Okie-ism) That is quite a list. Good luck with it! This time around I'm mixing mine up a little to try and keep myself interested. Around Hour 8 I'm usually pretty tuckered out.

    I'll be hosting a mini-challenge this time around. Hope you can make it by!

    (Found your blog searching for Read-A-Thon posts!)

  3. I really need to make a readathon list...are you doing the full 24 hours?

  4. I am with Amanda, I need to make my readathon list too.

    That's a fairly heavy list you have there! Best of luck.

  5. I'm glad you get to join in the fun! The Little Prince is on my list of possibilities too.
    Go Spartans! (I have absolutely no idea what college that is but I just thought I'd give a shout out.)

  6. The red badge of courage is short but I found it quite differcult to read. I also need to read part one of Madame Bovery when my copy arrives. Dracula I think would make a good read.

  7. This will be my first Readathon and I'm so excited. I, too, am compiling my list of reads and making a rough schedule (because I'm OCD like that).

    Happy Reading!

  8. I cannot believe the books that you have listed for the RaT. LOL, I always stick to YA or shorts just so I feel accomplished and motivated. (It's all a mind thing, lol).

  9. You have got quite the list for the readathon!! I admit my list is a bit juvenile in comparison. :) I find that if something takes too much brainpower I have to ditch it for something much much lighter.

    Good luck!!

  10. Have fun tomorrow! You've compiled a great list of classics.

  11. I wanted to drop in and wish you fun -- and good luck!