Saturday, April 10, 2010


Here we go! This is my first official Read-a-Thon. Click on the picture above to go to the main read-a-thon site.

The plan? I'll read starting at 9am going for as long as I can. I'll update every six hours or so, and take time to visit participating blogs every couple of hours.

Here's the stash:

I'll be digging into my short story anthologies; I'm going to read at least two stories or essays from each book and more if I want to, and I reserve the right to pick more anthologies from my TBR stacks if the mood strikes, because I know there are more around that I'd like to read. I've read some things from some of these books already but I promise not to cheat!

The list:
The Best American NonRequired Reading 2009, various
Love Begins in Winter, by Simon van Booy
The New York Stories of Edith Wharton, by Edith Wharton
This is Not Chick Lit, various
Good Evening Mrs. Craven, by Mollie Panter-Downes
Israeli Stories, various
Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia, various
The New Weird, various
German for Travelers: A Novel in 15 Lessons, by Norah Labiner
Best European Fiction 2010, various
Bitchfest, various

Other possibilities include
Paris Stories, by Mavis Gallant,
Moral Disorder, by Margaret Atwood,
Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, by Maxim Shrayer
Birds of America, by Lorrie Moore
Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge, various
Prizes: The Selected Stories of Janet Frame, by Janet Frame
Bride from Odessa, by Edgardo Cozarinsky

Whatever I do, I'm shooting for two stories per volume at a minimum. I think I have a great day of reading ahead. What are you reading for the readathon? If you're not doing the readathon, what are you doing with this great day?


Meghan said...

I like the idea of reading short stories and essays for the Read-a-Thon but I have a feeling that I'd get a little antsy. I tend to prefer novels. I'll be interested to see how many stories you get through!

Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm

Lenore Appelhans said...

Best of luck! My pile is made up of mostly short novels.

Anna said...

Looks like a great assortment. Have fun!

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

I like that you chose short volumes with short stories. That's a great idea! Have a great time for your first read-a-thon. This will be the first time I will be cheering and reading.

JoAnn said...

Have fun, Marie! I'm taking my daughter to the ACT exam, then we have my nephew's confirmation and party later ... no reading for me today.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you have a great pile to read - have fun today!

Miss K said...

I'm one of your cheerleaders and wanted to be the first to wish you good luck, but plenty beat me to it! You have a serious stack there, bravo!

Shanyn said...

Great starting list and lots of backups! Hope you are able to read lots of pages! GO GO GO!

bermudaonion said...

Happy reading! Have a great day!

Kathleen said...

I have to know more about a book called, This is not Chick Lit! Happy raeding!

Library Cat said...

Quite a list. Good luck.

We will be doing yard work and getting ready for a birthday party on Sunday afternoon.

Anonymous said...

I would do the same, read short stories and essays. Good luck, dear Marie!