Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - October 2018 TBR
It feels like the only time I return to blogging at the moment is when there is a readathon on.
Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and the 24in48 are the two readathons that I really like and try to participate whenever I don’t have anything else planned.
What I really do love about Dewey’s it that it was started by a passionate book blogger who has since died but her friends continue the readathon in her memory. It is a sad but timely reminder that life should be enjoyed doing what you love, regardless of what anyone thinks.
For further information on Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, click here.
My Readathon TBR:
Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
I will be starting my reading off at 10pm my time and I thought I would start with this novel about sisters and family secrets. I know it is historical fiction with the sisters being born in Hawaii and it spans New York City and something to do with WWII in Japan. The synopsis keeps things pretty vague and to be honest, that is how I like to jump into most of the books I read. My plan is to get at least half way through before giving in to sleep but let’s see how I go.
Under Your Wings by Tiffany Tsao
Another books about sisters and family secrets? Don’t mind if I do. Like Shadow Child, I picked this one off a display at the library. One sister is left in a coma after her sister attempted to poison the whole family. This sounds crazy and I NEED to know what happened. Though I might try to squeeze another book in between this one and Shadow Child so I don’t read too many books about sisters in a row.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
This was supposed to a book club pick but I never got to in time for book club but I still had it out from the library and I am still super interested. It is the first in a new series and I think it involved court politics and intrigue. I love fantasy books that focus more on the outsmarting and outmaneuvering your opponent using your wits so I am hoping this book will be a winner for me. Bonus for having a YA fantasy as a pick, it seems to be a good choice for me each time I participate so I thought I would continue the tradition.
Go Went Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck; translated by Susan Bernofsky
This was also a book on display at the library when I went in to pick up a hold (it seems like I can’t resist a good display section!). I have been trying to read more works in translation this year and this book is about refugees which is a topic that I am interested in reading more about. I haven’t read anything by this author and I haven’t heard much about this book, so not sure how this reading experience will go but I am hoping I get something out of it, even if it breaks my heart and it is just under 300 pages, a good size for a readathon.
I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel
I am fan of the podcast ‘What Should I Read Next’ and I do like Anne’s blog, Modern Mrs Darcy, in particular, the Summer Reading Guides (even though it is always winter here when they come out). This is a collection of essays on the reading life that I preordered and finally received more than a month after the book was released. This will be a good read in between the other books listed above.
The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson
This year, more than any other year, I have been noticing everyone I follow on blogs or Goodreads, reading a Shirley Jackson novel for October. My bookclub has been trying to read a classic a month as well as two other books, and our monthly classic is The Haunting of Hill House. I haven’t been able to track down a copy from the libraries I am a member of as yet but at least I can dive into Shirley Jackson’s writing for the first time through this little collection of short stories. It contains three: The Missing Girl, Journey with a Lady and Nightmare. I have been randomly collecting a few of these little penguin editions from authors I am interested in, not only to sample writing of new to me authors or to check out some short stories or essays but also for readathons.
My life had stood a loaded gun by Emily Dickinson
I remember including some poetry from a previous readathon and I really enjoyed the break up of different formats. I remember vaguely studying a few of Emily Dickinson’s poems in high school but this collection will be a great introduction into her work again.
Back up reads:
I am going to aim to get through the above as best as I can and I doubt I will have any extra time left over but if I do, I still have a few hours left on my audiobook of Educated by Tara Westover and I have the audio version of Coraline by Neil Gaiman lined up in Libby for reread as Coraline is my other bookclub book for this month.
Lastly, I have my third bookclub pick: Toil and Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe AND I also have Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett that I am supposed to be reading for a buddy read in October and November and I haven’t started yet.
Are you participating in Dewey’s this time round? Or have you read any of the books I mentioned above? I would love to know. Link your TBR post below or book review post below in the comments and I will check it out.