On Saturday, Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon begins! This will be my second year participating and hopefully I not only read more, but I’ll be a little more organized blogging and tweeting this time. Back in the Fall, I read 1.5 books (not including a stack of kids books) and listened to almost 3 hours of audio. I know I can do better!
How am I going to do it with two very active young boys who demand my attention, you ask? I have no idea, but I’m just going to wing it like I always do. Or hide in a corner with my book.
Besides listening to audio, my new strategy is to read super-short books because I think actually finishing something will keep me motivated. Here are some of the articles I found inspirational for reading short books:
MY READING LIST
When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid (2014) (176 pages) – The controversial winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature and runner-up in the 2015 Canada Reads competition. A struggling high school student uses his imagination to turn his life into a movie.
The Lost City of Z by David Grann (2009) (non-fiction audio book and I’ve already completed 3/10 hours) – In 1925, British explorer Percy Fawcett entered the Amazon in search of the Lost City of Z and disappeared. This is probably a bad choice for the read-a-thon because it’s very detailed and I lose track of where I am easily, but oh well.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892) (70 pages for the read-a-thon read-along) – The secret journal of a woman forced into a “country rest cure” by her husband and physician that details her slow decline into madness.
Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes (75 pages) – A prequel to The Gift You Left Behind, this novella combines two love stories set in Paris: a provincial girl and artist during the First World War and a newly married couple a century later.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (2014) (96 pages in BIG type) – I didn’t love the first Murakami book I read, but I’m willing to try his other work. The cover and format of this book is very unique.
I can’t wait to get started! Are you participating in Dewey’s Read-a-thon? Visit my blog on Saturday, April 25th for all of my read-a-thon updates.