Preliminary Read-athon Book List

So I ‘ve been seeing everyone else’s book lists of what they will be reading for the Read-athon this weekend, and I realized that I need to figure out what I’m going to read!  I’ll put together my ‘final’ book pile tomorrow night since I have book club on Friday, but here’s what I’m thinking right now, based on some review books, library books, and my TBR pile.

Review books:

You have to be careful during the Read-athon with books you ‘have’ to read, it can take the fun out of it.  HoweverI’m going to put on my pile some of the review books that I REALLY want to read NOW.  I’ll try to keep towards the ones coming out sooner, but no promises.  I figure “Tunneling to the Center of the Earth” will be a must-read as it is short stories, I’ll at least use some of them as breaks from longer pieces.


Library Books:

I have a whole bunch of library books, but I don’t want to completely overwhelm myself with too huge of a pile, so here’s what I’ll put out for my reading pleasure.  I intend to start “The Last Days of the Romanovs” today or tomorrow, so it might be done before the Read-athon, but if it isn’t, I should probably work on it a bit at least.


TBR Pile:

Some things that I have been meaning to get to, but haven’t yet.



Thank you SO much to Ali of Worducopia for reminding me about audiobooks!  Unfortunately the fact that going to work pregnant wears me out means that I can’t have a weekend day where I don’t do any chores around the house (especially because Sunday will be busy).  Because of that, I will need audiobooks to listen to when I can’t be reading.  Here’s what I’m thinking, keeping in mind that I may or may not finish The Help before then:


Clearly there is no way I can actually read all of these books, particularly since I won’t be staying up all night to read (my church is giving me a baby shower after the service on Sunday, and I don’t think it would be very polite to fall asleep in the middle of it).  I’m just going to put my pile next to me and pick up whatever moves me.

Are you participating in the Read-athon?  How are you selecting what to read? Do you already know what you’re reading? Aren’t you excited?!?

28 comments to Preliminary Read-athon Book List

  • I know I’m excited! Shanghai Girls is on my periphery list. Well, every book I have is, really – if I see you like it, maybe I’ll start it too, LOL! I think The Witch’s Trinity is a good choice. It goes quickly and you’ll want to know what happens!

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  • Nice list! I forgot to add the ARCs I need to read to my list. Shanghai Girls is one of them.

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  • I’m not showing my list till the day as I’ll undoubtedly change my mind. I do have a pile that I sat and picked out the other day though, it includes 6 short books (all under 230 pages), two short story collections to dip into, a graphic novel and a couple of picture books.
    I’m certainly not aiming to read all of these and I’ve got to go and work in a pub for 5 or 6 hours in the evening so that cuts a massive chunk of time out.

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  • I’m so jealous that you have LITTLE BEE – I’m still on the waiting list at my library and I can’t wait to read it. Have fun this weekend!

  • Meghan – Glad to hear that Witch’s Trinity is quick, that might give it a boost up my Read-athon list. I know my review of Shanghai Girls won’t be up for awhile – even if I do read it Saturday – but I’m sure I’ll be discussing it in my posts, and I’ll make sure to let you know what I think.

    Jenn – Definitely add some ARCs, but only ones you’re really excited about, you don’t want to bog yourself down during the Read-athon

    Katrina – I don’t blame you, that was originally my plan too. I was just going to post a bookpile in my initial post for the Read-athon. Then I realized I had book club Friday night and wouldn’t be home until late and that I might forget to MAKE my list if I didn’t do it now, so I figured I might as well share. My list may still change too, if I have time to think about it, if I get any more ARCs this week, or if something on my shelves catches my eye.

    – I’m fairly annoyed with myself that I haven’t read it yet. I got an ARC before it came out, but I didn’t get it as a review copy and just sort of picked it up by accident, it looked interesting even though I didn’t know anything about it. Now I’ve been hearing all this great buzz and have realized I’m way behind the curve and could have experienced what is supposed to be so great unawares, which is way more fun.

  • Ali

    I’m still working on my list, but I downloaded a couple of audiobooks last night (Oscar Wao, and Unaccustomed Earth) so I’ll probably start out with one of them.

    I haven’t read Wild Things, but I have to recommend Stephen Biddulph’s books. Of all the ones I’ve read, Raising Boys was the one that really impacted my parenting plan with my guys.

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  • I love your list.Tunneling to the Center of the Earth looks great. I posted my list but I keep reading books off of it, so I’ll probably post another list today or tomorrow.

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  • The Uglies books are awesome, and would make great Read-a-Thon picks!

    I’ve decided to try and whittle my TBR pile down a tiny bit. I’ve chosen a couple of shorter, less intense books that I know I can whip on through, plus a nonfiction piece I want to polish off and a short fiction collection for those times when I start to feel bogged down.

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  • Ali – Well you’ve been a super big help here. First of all, because you reminded me that I forgot to include audiobooks. I went back and added those in. Second of all, because I definitely could use recommendations about books about parenting boys, since it was just me and my sister and my husband is determined to be a mischievous influence.

    Vasilly – I think that may be a problem for me, too. I have book club Friday night that is close to my work and very far from my house, which means I sit in the office until about 7:45 and mostly just read. That may knock a couple of books from my pile.

    Bibliomom – Even if you can’t participate fully, we’d love to have you either stopping by or participating as much as you can!

    Memory – I’m really HOPING that the Uglies books will be good. I have Specials out from the library now too, if I really get on a roll.

  • Bibliomom

    I keep hearing about this Read – aThon and I’m intrigued but I’m not sure if I can participate fully. I’m definitely going to follow it this weekend. Reading and commenting.

    You’ve got a great list going. Have fun!

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  • I’m completely jealous of this read-a-thon! My weekends are insane, with few moments to myself! Maybe when I retire, I will be able to do this!!!!

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  • I will be participating. I need to go through my books and make a plan. :)
    Good Luck!

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  • MJ

    How did I not know it was this weekend? UGH!

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  • Kathy

    Wow! At least you’ll have lots of choices at hand. Good luck with the read-a-thon.

  • Oh, I love your list and don’t you wish you could squirrel away and read them all? The Blue Notebook and the Book Thief are also on my list. I’m hoping to post mine tonight. I sneaked a peak at the first chapter of The Blue Notebook and it seems good.

    I can’t wait to participate with you, even if we aren’t on the same time schedule. Enjoy your shower, too! It will be so much fun!

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  • I tend to be a moody reader, so I’m going to have a HUGE pile set out. I’ve already started to list them, but I don’t think I’ll post them until Friday. Fun stuff! I’m excited!

  • You’ve got a great pile of books there!!! I’m excited too and I have my stack of YA to plow through!!

    Staci’s last blog post..Library Loot- April 15

  • Hey Jen…I will be with you during the read-a-thon. I haven’t listed the books yet. I guess I better do that.

    I know two or three will be review books….at least. :)

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  • I just saw you will be reading Cutting for Stone…Maybe I’ll read that and we can cheer for each other. LOL

    Wisteria’s last blog post..Review-Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

  • Ti

    I’m still on the fence. I know. I have to get off the fence soon. Real soon. Especially after seeing your list and everyone else’s.

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  • Great choices! I have a goal of 3 books…one from the review pile, one for a challenge, and one just for fun. Everything else is icing on the cake!

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  • Great list! Mine is much more geared towards lighter books.

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  • Great list. I should get my list ready too. I’m going to concentrate on things I need to have read. The Witch’s Trinity is a good choice-a bit smaller of a read which is probably a good idea. Hmmm, choices, choices.

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  • The only ones I’ve read are the Westerfeld books and The Book Thief, either of which would be excellent for the read-a-thon… fast reading and 100% absorbing. I’ve been thinking about putting together a pile, but I’m running a little late… maybe tomorrow? Ah, well, if I don’t have a pile I can still hit the bookshelves easily.

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  • Linda

    Mary Ghan just told me that she had listened to The Help and loved it. She wondered if you had read it – I see it’s on your list.

  • I love all things Romanov and hadn’t heard of this one, so thanks for mentioning it. I also think The Blue Notebook looks wonderful!

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  • The Uglies series is so much fun. You can plow through that VERY quickly.

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  • Great list! I am looking forward to see what you think of Shanghai Girls, The Blue Notebook and The Help. I’ve heard such great things about these books!!

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