April 23, 2015

Readathon Prep: The Books

It's time to make a giant stack of books. It's time to plan an elaborate meal/snack/beverage menu. It's time for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon!

Yesterday I talked about my fancy readathon menu. Ha ha, no. It's going to be pizza and chocolate this time around.


Now, it's time to talk BOOKS! The most important part of any readathon is that lovely stack of potential. I craft my list with care. I only stack books that deserve to be called readathon books. I have a strategy that hasn't failed me yet: Graphic novels and short books are my jam. 

The Short Books:


I'll be reading The Yellow Wallpaper as part of the very first readathon readalong. (I love saying that.)

I'll be reading Citizen for an upcoming chat on The Socratic Salon


I'm hoping to have time to start The Argonauts as well. 

The Graphic Novels:


I've been holding onto volumes 2, 3, and 4 of Saga for months in anticipation of the readathon...


...and I cannot wait to dig into Lumberjanes, Sex Criminals, and Ms. Marvel Volume 2

The Bonus Books: 


I might read some of Pioneer Girl. I've been hoarding that book as if it's the last chocolate bar on earth. (Probably because it's so hard to get.)


And Tango Makes Three has consistently been on every list of banned books since it came out in 2005. I don't have little kids to read it to. SO WHAT. I'm looking forward to seeing what the fuss is all about and then I'll pass the book on to my young nephew.

Banned books. I'm such a rebel.




What is on your readathon stack?

46 comments:

  1. I'm unfortunately not able to participate in the Readathon (some day, I swear!), but I love seeing everyone's choices. And - I just heard about the penguin book on a Book Riot podcast earlier this week. I didn't pay as much attention to book news back in 2005, so this whole thing was new to me. Have fun this weekend!

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    1. I hope you're able to play along another time. Maybe in October? I'm looking forward to that book most of all, even thought it's kid lit :D

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  2. I'm hoping to sneak in 6 hours or so by convincing the grandma she needs to spend time with the kids on a Saturday. :)

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    1. Ha ha, perfect idea :D I hope Grandma goes for it!

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  3. While I'm not participating this time, I'll be cheering all of you on! Ugh, I've been on a wait list at amazon for the Laura Ingalls Wilder book for months! I'm happy to see that it actually does exist, and that someone has a copy, I'll have to read vicariously through you :)

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    1. The cheers will be most welcome! I lucked out on getting that copy. It came into the bookstore where I work on a day I happened to be there. I whooped with joy and bought it right that second, lol.

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  4. Sex Criminals is in my readathon book stack as well! So curious about it. Heading to the library this afternoon to pick out a few more books for my stack. :)

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    1. I flipped through a few pages. Scandalous! ;) Lol

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  5. Ooooh Sex Criminals! I keep meaning to grab volume 2 of that one.

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    1. I've heard that it's crazy and fascinating, can't wait! :D

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  6. Jennifer, I just posted my list on the blog today; I love that you are hoarding your copy of Pioneer Girl!! That is awesome! I'm excited to hear what you think about it. I'm looking forward to Saturday; I need to get a meal plan in place - ha!

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    1. How did the meal planning go? That's one of my favorite parts, no lie! :D This will be the first time in a long time that I don't cook something for dinner. I do have a breakfast bake ready to go in the morn, mmm.

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  7. Ha! I love the gifs, and everything on this post. Citizen is just... something. I still don't know how to explain it, but it does things to people. I mean this in a positive kind of way. Ugh. And I need to start reading graphic novels like yesterday. Have fun with your reads!

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    1. I'm so looking forward to read it. Nervous too, to be honest. You too, have a great readathon!

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  8. MORIARTY!!! Now I feel the urge to watch the entire Sherlock series yet again even though it has nothing to do with reading. Damn you, woman! ;)

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    1. Hehehe. Wanna hear something funny? I've never watched it, just liked the gif!

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  9. Oh, such a lovely stack! I'm excited for Saturday like a child for Christmas, and I've just finished my own stack :) The only thing missing is the Volume 1 "Saga" hardcover that should be arriving tomorrow - I'm so hooked on that series, and can't wait to further explore it!
    Have a great time, I can't wait to read, and follow and cheer all 24 hours :)

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    1. I hope your copy of Saga came :D I'm insanely excited too! Wheeeee! Can't wait!

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  10. Love. Love love love love love. LOVELOVELOVE. :D

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    1. And this is me, Heather, and it's also Google, being stupid.

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  11. And Tango Makes Three is THE BEST. I love this book so so so much. I almost cried when the man penguins tried to hatch a rock. Ooooh my heart!

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    1. I cannot wait to read it. Seriously. I'm going to try to hold off and not read it right off the bat! :D

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  12. Hey, reading twin! We're sharing the first three books this go-round :)

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  13. Woo, good books! I'm so excited for the readathon readalong (even though I can't say "readathon readalong" without some major tongue twisting).

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    1. Do you know how many millions of times I've typed READATHONG? lol

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  14. Ok, all your books look great, but how about that GIF??? Moriarty!!!! --Andi

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  15. And nevermind me signing myself off. I thought I was still logged into the Dewey account and it does weird things to blogger. Sigh.

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    1. LOL, you and Heather are both having some issues here today ;)

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  16. Have ever so much fun tomorrow!!! (I know, quite possibly the most unneeded words ever written, like you could possibly not have fun.)

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    1. Ha ha, truer words! It's going to be epic!

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  17. You're officially winning my completely unofficial and 100% made up BEST GIF USAGE award this time around... so far. :P

    I'm reading The Yellow Wall-Paper too, hopefully, and Sex Criminals vol. 1 is on my maybe-TBR heap. Along with quite a lot of other things, BUT IT IS THE ONLY ONE WITH PICTURES which will definitely help its chances come 4am. :)

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    1. Well I'll take that very unofficial award ;)

      Cool! I think there will be quite a lot of people reading Wallpaper. I guess I'd been living under a rock because I'd never heard of it before.

      Oh, I need pictures when it gets late like that. Or I'd pass out from tired eyes/brain. ;)

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  18. I'm excited!! I haven't planned too much really, besides just read when I'm home during the day. I have some errands to run in the morning and a concert to attend in the evening, so I need to keep it loose. Looking forward to seeing your progress by the end!

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    1. Loosey goosey is the way to go sometimes. :D Enjoy the concert!

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  19. Love your choices! Yellow Wallpaper is amazing. I neeeed to read Sex Criminals. And unfortunately Citizen hasn't gotten into the library for me yet. So sad. But I'm going for short books too! And I haven't read a graphic novel in a while, but I picked up Ghost World. Going to give it a shot tomorrow!

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    1. I love to read graphic novels, especially on readathon day! Can you believe that I'd never even heard of Yellow Wallpaper?? What the hell kind of reader am I? ;)

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  20. Yay to The Yellow Wallpaper! That's such a good one. Enjoy it! And the Claudia Rankine book as well -- it's also extremely wonderful.

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    1. I have the feeling that I'll join the rest of the world in wondering why in the world Rankine didn't win the Pulitzer. I'm so looking forward to reading that book.

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  21. Great choices! I've got Sex Criminals on the stack, but volume two, and then also vol 2 of Ms. Marvel. And a smattering of YA contemporary to choose from.
    Best of luck/fun!

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    1. Whooo hoooo Ms. Marvel! Oh my word, love that gal! :D Have a great one, Casey!

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