October 20, 2009

My Book Stack for the Read-a-thon

I mentioned a bit ago that I'd be participating in this year's Read-a-Thon, albeit a bit creatively time-wise. In the past week, I've been collecting titles of books that I might read and this is what I've come up with:

Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

The Walk West by Peter and Barbara Jenkins

A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Betrayed! by Stan Telchin

Night by Elie Wiesel

A Light to My Path by Lynn Austin

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Vine of Desire by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Oath by Frank Peretti

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Hadassah: One Night with the King by Tommy Tenney

Enchanted by Orson Scott Card

I figured it out, and I think in 24 hours I could read the bottom 4 books, so obviously I won't even get through half of these. Still, it's nice to have a lot of different options.

So, what do you think? Have you read any of these?


  1. I haven;t read any of those. I did see the film of Persepolis and it was pretty good.

  2. That's actually the one I'm reading now and really enjoying. I love reading about other cultures, and it's certainly unique to be reading it presented in a graphic novel.

  3. I loved The House on Mango Street, and it's very lyrical, but a quick read. I think it will be great for the read-a-thon. I have Persepolis in my ridiculously large pile too!

  4. Enchanted is a quick, lightish read. I see you're reading Persepolis already. It's a quick read, and so interesting. I believe there's a 2nd graphic novel as well, though I haven't read it so I can't say if it's worth reading.

    Lost in a Good Book is highly entertaining! I'm assuming you've read The Eyre Affair (book 1 in the series), so you have the flavor of it already :)

  5. Nomadreader: I thought so, too. I read very few short books, so I had to find some that I really did want to read!

    What A Card: You actually had quite the influence over my list, since you first introduced me to Card and to graphic novels, huh? I'm really enjoying Persepolis...certainly seems to be enhanced by the format it's told in. I have read The Eyre Affair...Fforde is definitely right up my alley!

  6. I read A Walk Across America and really enjoyed it. What a great stack! I also enjoyed Franny and Zooey.

    I was a bit of a spaz the last time around. I spent a lot of time posting updates and blog hopping. I guess I was easily distracted by all the excitement! I only finished 3 books. This time, I am just counting pages as some of the books I really want to read are rather long.

    Good luck!

  7. yikes....hope you are a fast reader. that is a big stack. have fun.

  8. Ti: Yeah, A Walk Across America is my roommate's and she really enjoyed it.

    Diane: I am, but I know that I won't complete more than 1/4 of this stack...it's just great to be prepared!

  9. An interesting list! Salinger fans say that 'Franny and Zooey' is his best book, though I haven't read it yet. 'A Walk Across America' and 'The House on Mango street' look quite interesting. (Mango is my favourite fruit!)'Lost in a good book' is a lovely title! It was wonderful to see 'Persepolis' in your list! I loved 'Persepolis' when I read it the first time! I have recommended it to many of my friends since and all of them have wonderful things to say about it! I haven't seen the movie version yet, though. Hope you enjoy reading it!

    All the best for your read-a-thon!

  10. I liked the subtitle of your blog too :) 'Life is too short to read bad books' - I wouldn't have agreed with it when I was in school, but now, I think it is true.

  11. I love that your pile is so big. I loved Persepolis.

  12. Good to see your list Ronnica. I liked 'The Oath' in particular. I have seen the movie 'Persepolis' and I loved it !

    Wishing you a fun weekend ahead :)

  13. I think options are necessary for the read-a-thon. At 3 a.m., you definitely don't want to trying to read something that's just not tripping your trigger.

  14. The House on Mango Street is a nice quick read. So is the first Persepolis. Night might be a little too deep for the readathon though. Happy reading! I'll be cheering you on.

  15. Wow, what a stack!

    I've read Night; it's quick to get through if you're looking to read fast, but I'd definitely go back someday and read slower (if you end up getting to it during the readathon that is!).

  16. I've read Night, Franny and Zooey and House on Mango Street. Thanks for reminding me about The Mysterious Benedict Society, I keep meaning to read it.


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