Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon 2012

by Orual

The date for the autumn read-a-thon has been announced — 13 October — and so it’s time to build an overly-ambitious to-read stack, which will probably end up untouched. My participation has been spotty in the past; in fact, I think I have only participated twice since my first in October 2009. And both of those years saw relatively pathetic attempts to read for the full 24 hours, not to mention even sadder attempts to blog about it.

But this year, I am wiser and have this book blog (which has actual updates in it!) to encourage fuller participation. I am more determined to complete it and plan to stock up on my favorite brand of liquid energy. And I have a better strategy for choosing books.

See, if I choose short, trashy books, I may get through several, but I will consider it wasted time. If I choose longer books — trash or otherwise — it makes it all the more difficult to keep up interest and momentum. So this year, I plan to read books that are both classics and relatively short. These are books that I already own, intend to read, and consider worth reading.

So far, I’m thinking these:

  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell – Read it 14 years ago, in 8th grade. Time to revisit.
  • The Pearl, by John Steinbeck – Same story, except it was 9th grade.
  • Hiroshima, by John Hersey
  • Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  • A Man For All Seasons, by Robert Bolt
  • Dubliners, by James Joyce
  • The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
  • The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane
  • The Tenants, by Bernard Malamud
  • Mouchette, by Georges Bernanos
  • Smith of Wooton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley
  • The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West

I doubt I’ll get through all of them — and I will likely deviate from the list — but I think it’s a good start.