Read-A-Thon Reads

deweys-readathonbutton1I’ve been salivating over other book blogger’s bookstacks for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon all week; so many books have been added to my To-Be-Read bookstack because of them.

Regardless of the fact I won’t be participating in this year’s read-a-thon {yeah prom!}, I thought I would share the books I would be reading if I was participating .

I know quite a few readers use the read-a-thon to knock out books on their TBR pile, but I would use it to read the remaining books I have left from March’s library loot. Since I need to finish it by Tuesday for school, I’d also pick up Heart of Darkness {Joseph Conrad}, and, since I’m almost to the end, I’d try to finish Love in the Time of Cholera {Gabriel Garcia Marquez} as well.

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  • Emma (Jane Austen) — Emma, raised to think well of herself, befriends Harriet Smith, a young woman of unknown parentage, and attempts to remake her in her own image. Ignoring the gaping difference in their respective fortunes and stations in life, Emma convinces herself and her friend that Harriet should look as high as Emma herself might for a husband — and she zeroes in on an ambitious vicar as the perfect match.
  • Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer) — A young Jewish American — who just happens to be called Jonathan Safran Foer — travels to the Ukraine in the hope of finding the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis.
  • Heart of Darkness (Joesph Conrad) — A recount of Marlow’s journey up to Congo River during the height of European colonization.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) — Florentino Ariza whittles away fifty-five years of his live, while maintaining his love for one woman, Fermina Daza, with 622 affairs.
  • Mr. Darcy’s Daughters (Elizabeth Aston) — “Mr Darcy and Elizabeth have gone to Constantinople, while their five daughters descend on the dangerous and dashing world of Regency London. The world is changing, but opportunities for women are limited, as intelligent, independent-minded Camilla soon discovers – and Society is unforgiving of those who transgress its rules. The sisters are assailed on all sides by the temptations of London, with its parties and balls, gossip and scandals, intrigues and schemes, not to mention the inevitable heartbreaks arising from proximity to so many eligible – and ineligible – men.”
  • Rhett Butler’s People (Donald McCaig) — A sequel/prequel to Gone with the Wind told from Rhett Butler’s point of view.
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7 thoughts on “Read-A-Thon Reads

  1. @ Claire: A friend warned me to stay away from Scarlett, so I’m hoping I won’t have to do the same for you with Rhett Butler’s People. It’s sounds promising, and I’m really tempted to flip to the end and see how the end ends.

    @ Vasilly: Thanks. I was looking for to the read-a-thon, but prom is only open to seniors at my high school and I couldn’t/wouldn’t miss it. I’ll probably get some reading done while sitting with rollers in my hair, though, and there’s always the one in October. Just because I’ve missed the last three doesn’t mean I won’t have better luck next year. I hope.

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  2. Love in the Time of Cholera and Everything is Illuminated are both magnificent! Even though we’re both not participating, we have such good stacks of books, that it’s really hard to resist.

    Happy cheerleading! 🙂

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  3. I feel that too, Christina. I thought that the movie wasn’t just made for popularity. It was very true to the book, which I appreciated. They work great together, the book and the movie.

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  4. @ lena: Pretty much. I was able to finish Love in the Time of Cholera while my mom pulled my hair up into to curlers, though.

    @ zawan: I think part of that’s to due with the fact that Harper Lee had such a hand in the making of the movie. When she was approached about them making the book into a movie, she reportedly said: “They said, ‘What story do you plan to tell for the film?’ I said, ‘Have you read the book?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘That’s the story.'”

    @ Trish: You’re more than welcome. It’s been fun commenting and seeing what everyone else is reading; I’ve added quite a few to my TBR pile and my ReRead pile. And cheerleading has really helped me to delurk and actually comment. It’s a win-win for everyone!

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