I am so excited about this, it's not even funny. Like, it's all I can think about or talk about right now.
I was going to put up a post tomorrow as part of the A-Z challenge, since tomorrow is R, which is for Reada-a-thon, but I've pretty much failed at the alphabet thing at this point, and I'm too excited to wait. So hey, Q is for Quite Excited about the 24 hour read-a-thon!
Then I remembered that our son's friend had made noises about having him come over to play Saturday afternoon, and then spend the night. Score! Any time I don't have to referee sibling issues is time I can spend reading.
Next up, I remembered that my husband and I were invited to a wine drinking event Saturday night. As fun as that would be too, it's always hard to get a sitter (=my excuse to stay home), and if he's off having a good time, I don't have to feel bad about ignoring him all evening.
The final two pieces of the puzzle are that a) I have a midmorning coffee/walk date with a friend whose mom died a few weeks ago, meaning I have a built-in exercise and social break, and b) my daughter is coming off of a super busy birthday weekend, so neither of us will feel too bad if she spends most of her day on screens.
YES! I won't stay up all night, because I need my sleep in order to function and don't want to be too groggy Monday. (Yes, it takes me that long to recover.) I figure I can get 12 hours in easy, and may challenge myself to push it to 16 or 18.
Here's what I have on deck as potential material.
Books I've been meaning to get to--a combo of books I have out from the library and books I bought "for my classroom" but
can't wait to read feel a need to preview first.
- Kate Atkinson's A God in Ruins (I've listened to 1/3 of it on audiobook, but my headphones suck, so I'll just read the rest).
- Lauryn Miracle's Shine, which looks like it might be kind of intense and Speak-like.
- I Crawl Through It by A. S. King, whom I adore.
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfield, because my kid who read ONLY gang-related tough-guy stuff told me it's really good.
- Legend by Marie Lu because I haven't read any of her stuff yet.
- Walk This Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson because I loved her first trilogy and need to overcome my concern that this one looks weird.
- Rainbow Rowell's Carry On, which I suspect will be a fast read despite being the size of a small country. I know I have it somewhere.
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and whatever book I get from Uppercase this week, because I need to keep up on the monthly books coming in.
- No One Knows by J. T. Ellison because an adult thriller will probably be a good change of pace from all the YA.
- A steady stream of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series--I started book five last night.
- Stephanie Kuehn's Charm and Strange, which was sitting behind me while I took the picture. Duh.
Nonfiction which, let's be honest, will probably not get read. But just in case the mood strikes, I have available:
- In the Best Interest of Students by Kelly Gallagher, one of a half dozen teachers whose work totally inspires me while also making me feel vaguely guilty for not being as awesome as they are.
- Read, Write, Teach by Linda Rief, another professional book a colleague loaned me with great enthusiasm.
- The Forest for the Trees by Betsey Lerner, a book on editing and writing my in-laws gave me for Christmas, which indicates clearly that my husband gave his brother a hint. I love the way he tries to give me kicks in the butt about taking my writing more seriously.
- Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Drive World, by Arlene Pellicane and Gary D. Chapman. I won this from Nicole last summer and probably definitely need to read it, given that my childcare plan for the read-a-thon is "Stick kid in front of unlimited, unsupervised screens for the day."
- Mary Karr's famous memoir The Liar's Club, so then I can read her book about writing memoirs without feeling like I skipped the pre-req.
Graphic novels and Middle Grade novels for when I REALLY need a break, or if I feel like I need to mark a bunch of "finishes" off. I see that my graphic novels are more adult than YA, which I think will be good. Again, a change of pace without being overly tasking.
- Jenny L. Holm's latest MG novel, Turtle in Paradise and her previous work The Fourteenth Goldfish
- The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
- Not pictured: I've been meaning to read Fish in a Tree for a year now. Might do it
- Relish by Lucy Knisley
- A. D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
- If I can get my hands on some of Brian K Vaughn's Saga, that would be fun too.
- Random volumes of poetry. I have some by Marge Piercy and Ursula le Guin that I haven't re-read in a long time. I also plan to swing by the 800 section of my school library and pick up a few volumes of light verse and accessible classics.
Or who knows, maybe I'll spend the entire time reading David Copperfield. I used to love me some Dickens. Still do, in theory, but haven't read any new Dickens in twenty years. (Okay, so there IS no new Dickens, since he's been dead a long, long time, but in the same sense I would buy a new car from its second owner, David Copperfield would be a new book for me.)
Have you ever done a read-a-thon? Are you doing this one? Anything I should keep in mind? Have you done other "athons," whether mara-, joga-, or dancea-?