My Readathon Book Stack + Overall Game Plan

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Here we are! My official picks for Saturday's 24 hour readathon! My strategy for the readathon is to read books that are less than 300 pages (if not less than 100). I also wanted to pick books that are a bit more light-hearted, or "fun" to read.While I don't think I'll go through and finish ALL of these, I wanted to have various options.

I thought about adding Ariel by Sylvia Plath, but I thought it might put me on a somber mood, so after thinking and debating, here's my official book stack.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
229 pages. Fiction - Classics
  • My "challenge" book. I have a reader confession: I have never read this classic, which I know is a little shameful and embarrassing for a reader and English teacher like me, but I want to fix that. I am not sure how fast-paced this book is, so I will see on readathon day if I can get through it! 
 The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
78 pages. Fiction - Children's Classics
  • This one will be a re-read, but I haven't read it since I was a tween, so I'm excited for this! I read the first two chapters while teaching my 7th grade English class, and fell in love all over again.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
236 pages. Fiction - Contemporary Young Adult 
  • This has been in my TBR list for a while now, so when else will I read it than now? I picked this because I tend to fly through Contemporary Young Adult. It's also supposed to be adorable and cute, so I thought it'd be perfect as it's an easy read. 
Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod 
250 pages. Memoir - Travel
  • I picked this one because if you guys didn't know already, I'm a bit of a Francophile. I've never been to Paris or France though, and I have only fallen in love with the city and country through listening to French music, reading French literature, and watching French films. This memoir sounds charming, so I will live vicariously through the author's stories. 
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
120 pages. Fiction - Fantasy
  • I love fairy tale retellings, and Angela Carter is apparently one of the best. I picked this one because it's a collection of easy short story retellings. 
Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Graphic Novel Adaptation by Tim Hamilton
149 pages. Fiction Adaptation: Graphic Novel
  • This one is the graphic novel version of a wonderful book by Ray Bradbury! I am incredibly excited for this one the most. I love the fact that there's an introduction by Ray Bradbury, and was 'authorized' by him. 
As far as the overall plan of the day....
  • My start time (I'm in California) is 5am. I have to wake up at 6:30am to come in to work to get stuff done at 7:45am-11:45am. It's a short shift, so I'll be home by noon. I might nap for two hours, then the reading will begin. 
  • Fuel: I will go to Trader Joes (aka my favorite grocery store) and get my favorite trail mix, ice cream, and chips and salsa. I will also get ready-to-eat salads so that will serve as lunch, and for dinner, possibly another salad, soup, and a sandwich? Sounds good to me. 
  • COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE throughout the day, and some English Breakfast tea. 
  • I am a night owl and stay up very late, so I might stay up until 5am on Sunday :) 
Alright, tell me what's in your reading stack and share what's your overall game plan for the day! Link me to whatever readathon-related post you have. And tweet tweet tweet. 


  1. Great stack! I think the shorter and more lighthearted books are definitely the way to go!

  2. Great picks. I loved The Bloody Chamber, hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  3. Nice selection of books you have. I hope you have fun on the read-a-thon, we'll pop over and see how you're getting along.

  4. I love your stack! I've been really wanting to read The Bloody Chamber...I hope it turns out to be as good as it sounds!

  5. I think Dorian Gray's a pretty good classics choice - it's quite a page-turner, and witty and gothic to boot, which is always a bonus. It was the first classic I ever bought for myself and I loved it, it's one of my all-time favourites! Statistical Probability's a great choice for tired-eyes-tired-brain moments in the read-a-thon, it's so quick and light to read. I'm off on a snack run this morning - pizza may be involved, probably some chocolate of some description, maybe a ham and egg sandwich to settle my stomach if it goes a bit funny in the middle of the night. The chips 'n' salsa idea's a good one, I have some here somewhere so I'll dig them out too! I tend to try to stay off coffee during the night, but I have ginger and apple juice, and an espresso milkshake for around 5am when I need a caffeine boost. Off to maybe do a TBR post myself, so I'm not overdoing it at the start of Dewey! I CAN'T WAIT! :D

    1. You should do a tbr post :) And thank you for telling me a bit about those two books!! I kinda wish all book bloggers can go on a snack run and book run together, haha. That would be fun.

  6. I haven't read Dorian Gray either, so don't worry.
    And Farenheit 451 has been on my list since forever, hope to read both soon (but not for this readathon, because I have chosen other books, haha).
    Good luck!

  7. I see you have picked your books strategically :) I actually also considered Dorian Gray (though it would be a re-read), but then I took Northanger Abbey as a classic pic because it's just been on my shelf so much longer. I'm a huge Bradbury fangirl, that version of Fahrenheit seems very interesting - I hope you will get to that one.

    Also, 5 am - that is a proper early start. Good luck, Jillian :)

  8. Game plan looks good! Sometimes I wish we had Trader Joe's where I live, those sound like some good snacks... I'm pretty sure I have the exact same copy of The Bloody Chamber, right down to the crease in the middle of the spine and the orange used sticker :P I read it for a university course on fairy tales and culture, good choice :)