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June 23, 2008

Repeat after me: I will not check out any more books for the Read-a-thon. Last year, I read 2,000 pages. So even if I just read books that have 200 pages, I’ll only get through ten books. There is no need to have a pile of seventeen books. But all of y’alls reading suggestions are too tempting!

Of course, not all the books I picked up today were for the read-a-thon. I’ve been trying to put a picture in for five minutes now, but I’ve given up. So you don’t get to see the pretty pile. :(
The Candle Cafe Cookbook: I’m a vegetarian, but lately I’ve been trying to increase my proportion of vegan eating. This seemed like a good vegan cookbook!
The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint: the next in the Newford series by one of my new favourite authors. With pictures by Brian Froud!
Rusalka by C.J. Cherryh: Nymeth reviewed this one, and how am I supposed to resist a story that combines fairy tales and Russia?
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter: I’ve heard of this more than once, but Andi’s review convinced me to press the ‘Hold’ button. :) It’s short, so I think it’ll be a good read-a-thon option.
Tamsin by Peter Beagle: Chris and Nymeth both did great reviews of this. Another read-a-thon selection (I might have to have three read-a-thons in a row to get through all the awesome books I’ve checked out!)
Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates: I can’t remember whose recent review I read of this, but it’s another short one for the read-a-thon.
Homicide My Own by Anne Argula: Janet recommended this when I solicited suggestions. One of the characters is named Odd, who becomes psychic during a murder investigation (sound like anything I’ve reviewed recently, lol?). Could I resist another Odd?
The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker: did you know he wrote a mummy book?! I didn’t, but Bluestocking suggested it for the read-a-thon.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2008 11:44 pm

    I should have read “Rusalka” on the plane! I listened to part of Orson Scott Card’s “Enchantment” (it’s 17 parts so I have lots left…) and though I find the reader a little annoying it’s been fun.

  2. June 24, 2008 4:00 am

    Oh, you are too funny! But I know just what you mean…both Annie and I have been piling up books as possible reads for the read-a-thon. My stack is at 14…if I choose all of the shortest ones, I could possibly read 3-4 of them. And while Annie reads much faster than I do, there’s still no way she’ll be getting through her stack of 30+ books! We just keep telling ourselves that a girl’s gotta have options. ;) Wouldn’t you agree?

    I can’t wait for it to start…I’m so anxious to see what everyone actually ends up picking to read…heck, I’m anxious to see what I decide to read. :)

  3. June 24, 2008 6:23 am

    I have the Bloody Chamber, but I keep finding it hard to get into. I personally wouldn’t try to read it on a timed challenge. I do really want to finish it though.

  4. verbivore permalink
    June 24, 2008 7:44 am

    What a great variety of different books – I’m sure you’re well set for the read-a-thon! I’ll belooking forward to read what you think about the Angela Carter.

  5. June 24, 2008 9:24 am

    I meant to ask, which version of the Jewel are you reading? The 1909 ( I believe) is the original ending which I think is pretty cool. The second edition is kinda lame. If you have the original version it will have the chapter Powers New and Old.

  6. June 24, 2008 11:12 am

    Melanie, doesn’t it suck when an audiobook reader is annoying? Usually though I get used to it eventually! So jealous of you being in Ukraine: since you have internet access, I’ll go add that to your blog too. :)

    Debi, there’s a good reason: options! I can’t wait for it to get started either. :)

    Lenore, good to know: I’ll save that for after the read-a-thon then. Thanks for giving me the heads up!

    Verbivore, yep: I went for variety.

    Bluestocking, ohhh-I’ll go check. If it’s not the right one, I’ll try to hunt down the 1909 edition.

  7. June 24, 2008 11:53 am

    LOL!! I am glad I am not the only one!! I have a pile of library books that go to my hip! :) There is no way I can read all of these for the read-a-thon. In fact I will be happy to read 10 books!! I am a much slower reader!! :) I can’t wait to see what you like!!

  8. June 24, 2008 2:16 pm

    I hope you don’t turn out to hate Rusalka :P I’ve come to realize that I’m in the minority when it comes to my enthusiasm about that one. But Tamsin! That one is hard not to love. And I found it unputdownable, so it’s perfect for the Read-a-thon. The Bloody Chamber is a great choice too. It’s one of my favourite books. I always tend to pair Angela Carter’s fairy tales with Byatt’s in my mind (even though Angela Carter is darker). I look forward to your thoughts on it!

  9. June 24, 2008 2:18 pm

    I’m still compiling the list for this weekend, but I cannot decide on several books that I’m not sure about. I have to drive away from the city and I’ll have to carry the whole pile with me. I need to choose more carefully and make sure I have enough to keep me occupied! :)

  10. June 24, 2008 9:50 pm

    Sadly my read-a-thon might be curtailed by the need to pack and sleep for an unexpected trip the next day, but I will still do as much reading as I can!! I am bummed but I’ll still do some reading and checking in with everyone. Maybe I’ll just read MOST of the day. :)

  11. June 27, 2008 7:03 pm

    Darcie, you’ve made me feel better! :)

    Nymeth, if I do I promise I won’t hold it against you. :D And if Carter’s half as good as Byatt, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it!

    Matthew, do you have a small car? I’d totally take them all with me. ;)

    Daphne, awww-that’s too bad. Good luck!

  12. July 21, 2008 4:25 pm

    I somehow missed this post when it came out. Do how did you like Homicide? Apart from the disgusting bits…

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