It’s Read-a-Thon Time!

For several weeks now I have been lamenting about my inability to participate in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon tomorrow. (I even posted my regrets this morning.) This biannual event encourages readers around the world to spend 24 hours (or as much time as they can) immersed in books, and everyone always seems to have a good time. Even if they are a little sleep deprived in the morning.

I thought tomorrow was a campus-wide day of community service at my university. But a clerical error had me all messed up and I am pleased to announce that I will be participating is a reader in tomorrow’s read-a-thon! Yay!

I still plan to participate as a cheerleader for part of the event. Cheerleaders are assigned a block of participants and then  spend some time reading their updates and cheering them on. This is the first year I am officially signing up to be a cheerleader, and I am really excited about! I always love cheering on those bloggers who I follow that are participating and I am looking forward to meeting some new book bloggers as I cheer them on.

So what books will be reading tomorrow? I tried to keep the suggestions Vasilly of 1330v posted in mind when selecting books. But I was limited both by the books I have on hand in my dorm room and the leisure reading section of the library on campus. Being a first time participant I have no idea how many of these I will actually get to read especially since I still plan on sleeping some, but I wanted to have a good variety at hand.

  • An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum) — My first Persephone is the diary of a young Jewish woman from Amsterdam written before her deportation to Auschwitz.
  • War on the Margins (Libby Cone) — Another book set during World War II. This one has been on my TBR list for a while, and I was excited to receive a copy from PaperBackSwap back in January.
  • Refuge in Hell (Daniel B. Silver) — I’m been stalled on this book about the Jewish hospital in Berlin during the Holocaust for a while. Maybe tomorrow I can make some headway.
  • Beatrice and Virgil (Yann Martel) — I adored Life of Pi and although I haven’t heard great things about this novel, I still want to read it.
  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) — A graphic novel selected primarily because Vasilly suggested mixing up the formats of what I read.
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (Gayle Tzemach Lemon) — A book off my TBR list I was glad to find a copy of at the library.
  • The Order Hass Been Carried Out (Alessandro Portelli) — This is actually a book I need to read for class hence it’s edition to the stack.
  • Saving Fish from Drowning (Amy Tan) — I’ve enjoyed all of the novels by Tan I have read in the past.
  • A Cup of Friendship (Deborah Rodriguez) — Another book off my TBR list I was glad to find a copy of at the library.
  • House Rules (Jodi Picoult) — Although this book is rather thick and long, I find Picoult’s book to be gripping and easy to read even when I’m tired.

I am excited to participate in my first read-a-thon! For those of you participating, I wish you the best of luck tomorrow!

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