Currently and Around Here

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog silence to bring you the next round of READ-A-THON. (insert whistles and wild round of applause!!!)

If you judge by this blog you’d think it really was just yesterday that the last readathon occurred. Alas, life goes on even when there’s nothing important to say and no motivation to talk about it anyway. But Readathon comes twice a year, and no matter where I am on the proverbial roller coaster that is my life, I always take time to participate.

This year’s book stack is taller than past events, but that’s simply an indication of my current phrenetic state of mind. (See what I did there? Heh.) I’m preparing for all possible scenarios in this Fall Readathon, and I’m also choosing titles from my all-too-lengthy TBR list. If a dedicated 24 hours is not the time to catch up on past reading wishes, I just don’t think there is a time!

Readathon Fall 2014

I learned early on that it’s best to begin with shorter titles in the early hours, just so I can finish one or two books before I begin to feel tired. I love YA and middle grade lit for this phase, and I’ve chosen some titles that never quite made it to my Presently page.

When the excitement of the early hours settles and distractions can finally be limited, I like to dive deep into a novel and ride the wave as far as I can. My moods have been finicky lately, so I chose a few options in case my plans go awry.

  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang — Just last week I read the first chapter and was thrilled to find it available at my library. It’s heavy subject matter, dealing with teen suicide, but it’s written in a similar tone to Th1rteen R3asons Why, which I loved for its beautiful handling of the issues. Falling Into Place drew me in immediately, and I think it will be a quick enough read to complete before the night hours draw me into a somber mood. This book is actually one of my most anticipated titles for this Readathon.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern — Another title I’ve been intending to read for months, this one challenges me a bit. I’m intrigued, but I’m also unsure. There’s something about the summary that unsettles me, though I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews, so I’m going to make an effort to read this one. It remains to be seen whether it will be today or months from now.
  • I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak — This author also wrote The Book Thief, which I adore, so this book is a definite for me. I like having a sure-thing option in my readathon stack in case my first choices don’t pan out.
  • The Racketeer and Sycamore Row by John Grisham — He’s my go-to author, Grisham is, so I always include the titles that I’ve yet to read. Though I know that Grisham will be comfort food for me, I’m not always in the mood during Readathon. Still, it’s good to have a comfortable place to land if all other reading plans fall through.

During the last readathon I stayed awake till dawn’s early light and joined in congratulating others on the event’s conclusion. I do my best reading between “bedtime” and early morning, so I expect this time will be no different. In the past I’ve not planned well for these hours, despite knowing my tendencies, so I chose a sure thing for this round: author Rainbow Rowell.

  • Fangirl, because, obviously, I can relate, and because it’s the book that most Rowell fans keep talking about. I adored Eleanor & Park, and I loved reading it via audiobook, so I’ve taken the same route with Fangirl. I’ll start with audio during the hours that my eyes become tired, but I have the print version in case the audio causes me to drift off into a sleepy state. It happens, ya know.
  • Attachments is a back-up choice in case I complete Fangirl or in the (highly doubtful) event that I don’t latch onto it. I’ll eventually read all of Rainbow Rowell’s books, but I don’t expect this readathon will allow for more than a dip into the pond with these two titles.

So that’s the plan for this weekend. A nice stack of titles for the choosing, and some great menu items on tap for the snacking. I’ve planned well this time around, and I’m looking forward to enjoying nice weather — Come on Texas, you can do it! You can begin the Autumn already! — for the glorious hours of communal reading.

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Posted on 17 October 2014, in Lists I Keep, What I Read and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m so glad I’m not the only readathon-is-my-reason-for-a-blog blogger 🙂 I also don’t know how I was subscribed to your blog, but not following you on Twitter. Fixed.
    If you hadn’t said that Mixed-Up Files was near the beginning, I’d have suggested it – you’ll fly through, and it’s so, so good. I didn’t read it until my late 20s, but I know it would have been one of my favorites if I’d run across it when I was a kid.
    The Night Circus was one of two books I’ve read in the last few months that honestly ruined me for the 3 or more titles I was in the middle of reading – nearly every sentence is like a delectable bite of something you can’t quite describe, but wish you could share with all your most intimate loved ones who appreciate good words. I can’t wait to hear what you think.
    I Am the Messenger – I thought this would be a much speedier read than it was. Not that it was drudgery or anything of the sort, but it was not a fly-through, page-turner, much more of a thinky type of book. I also loved The Book Thief, so I was desperate for more Zusak.
    I wish I owned Fangirl, it’s on my short list of unowned-as-of-yet TBR!
    I haven’t compiled a book list yet, but here’s my “Okay yeah, I guess I’m doing Readathon” post.


  2. Wow, thanks for the insight on some of these books! I look forward to checking in with you once I take a stab at them. I’m feeling much better about The Night Circus now, so especially thanks for that!


  3. This is a Real Life Thing That Happened To Me:
    *comment about The Night Circus in a Skype chat with my boss*
    I say, “That’s been on my TBR for ages, but I’ve not gotten to it yet”
    Boss says, “Kirsten. Drop everything and read The Night Circus. NOW. It will be at your house in two days.”
    *boss does online magic and The Night Circus arrives in my mailbox 36 hours later*
    *I read The Night Circus and wish I could read it for the first time, over and over*


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