There are a lot of different reading challenges all over the book-blogging community. I once tried to participate in a read-along. It didn’t go well – I read, reread the book actually, but was too lazy, too reluctant to write. And it wasn’t really a read-along since I failed to share my thoughts with other fellow participants… Other time, I self-imposed a certain challenge. Didn’t go well either. Then I came to the conclusion that such things are not for me.
However, learning about Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon (thanks to Ana) I was very eager and even happy to rethink my conclusion… The more I’m thinking the more I like it, the more determined I am to join in. It seems tailored to suit me: a whole day dedicated to reading whatever one chooses and there’s no pressure on writing a review. Staying awake until the wee small hours will be tough for I tend to fall asleep very easily (I believe I would fall asleep even if my life would depend upon staying awake). But:
A challenge it is! and I cannot wait for the October 18th!
Of course, I made a small list of suitable books to choose from – somehow reading only one book during the whole readathon doesn’t sound much fun. Currently, the list is as follows:
- Death: The High Cost of Living, Death: The Time of Your Life, The Ocean at the End of a Lane. Neil Gaiman
- Moomins and the Great Flood. Tove Jansson
- The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Alexander McCall Smith
- Witches. Roald Dahl
- Charlotte’s Webb. E.B. White
- Around the World in 80 Days. Jules Verne
- The Wrong Box. R.L. Stevenson
- High Rising. Angela Thirkell
- Something Fresh, My Man Jeeves. P.G. Wodehouse
- Guards! Guards!/ Wyrd Sisters/ Equal Rites. Terry Pratchett
While I’m in such a good mood maybe I should give a more common type of a challenge a try – Read Scotland. Three reasons:
- I have already read one book that could be counted in and, Smith and Stevenson are on the list for readathon so, achieving a Highlander level (5-8 books) in seven months period should not be difficult.
- Being a sort of a Highlander sounds awesome.
- I’m trying to be an active member of book blogging community.
Here is the list:
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Muriel Spark
- Lord Jim. Joseph Conrad
- Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Orwell
- The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame
- Miss Buncle’s Book. D.E. Stevenson
- The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. James Hogg