Oct 3, 2009

Three things....

Dewey's Read-a-thon1) In case anyone missed the news, you can now sign-up for the next 24-hour Read-a-thon, which will happen on the weekend of the 24th-25th October. Go on: you know you want to! You most definitely don't have to stay up for the whole 24 hours, and it'll be a chance to catch up on your reading, have a TON of fun (guaranteed-or-your-money-back), raise money for charity if you choose to do so, and make new friends.

2) I wrote a guest post at Rebecca's blog in which I blab about fantasy yet again and give some recommendations to those who don't usually read the genre but are interested in giving it a try. If that's you, click over!

3) I've been making monthly piles of books I want to read lately, but I keep getting sidetracked and I never finish them, which makes me feel anxious and unaccomplished. So I decided to make a pile (er, or two) or everything I want to read in the near future, regardless of time limits. I'm not sure if this was such a good idea:

Books I want to read NOW

I bet I'll continue to get sidetracked and feel anxious, but at least this gave me a chance to proudly show off my lovely new Cthulhu and my new pumpkin head (which I named Mervyn, of course), both made by the awesome and very talented Debi.

Also, the pile is not necessarily ordered according to priority. Should I move anything up? (You can click the picture to enlarge it and see the titles more clearly.)

New Zealand Challenge4) I lied. It's four things after all: October is New Zealand literature month at Just Add Books! (And New Zealand cinema and music month too.) Hopefully this will give me the excuse I need to finally read Katherine Mansfield or Margaret Mahy.


  1. Love the collection of books you've got lined up there - a real mix.

    I think the idea of a 24-hour readathon is great, I hadn't come across this. I'd never be able to stay awake though as I associate reading with relaxing...and drifting off...

  2. Oh please use the NZ challenge as an opportunity to read Katherine Mansfield! I picked up the Persephone volume of her stories and this week and plan to read them over the coming week.

    I also have New Zealand novel (and Man Booker winner) The Bone People by Keri Hulme in my reading piles.

    From yours I also have The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor and The Virago Book of Short Stories - may we both enjoy them!

  3. I would move Cold Comfort Farm up the stacks! Wonderful book.

    Margaret Mahy is one of my favourite writers, The Door in the Air is still my favourite collection of short stories. I think it's been out of print for years, but there are copies floating around. I loved Memory too, that was one the teen reads that really stuck with me for ages. There's one description of the main character with the headband of his headphones around his neck that I've always remembered.

    I love your little Cthulhu!

  4. The New Zealand challenge sounds really good (especially for readers of your blog!). Some very wonderful material has come out of NZ and Australia. You've got an interesting pile of books there too. I love Pollitt for working up indignation, and I am waiting for Mieville's The City and The City to come out in paper. Magic for Beginners looks intriguing!!!

  5. There are a couple on your pile that I've been meaning to read, too. This is what I did for myself in August - made a pile and stuck with it. Of course, the pile wasn't nearly so big...when I tried to do the same thing for September, it didn't work out so well.

  6. I totally missed the last read-a-thon, and this time, I will be on a cruise with my high school buddies! I'm so looking forward to the very first girl's getaway I've ever done, but am really irked that I have yet again missed a read-a-thon! At some point, my daughter and I want to do this!

  7. Yay, you're in!! Oh - and you have to read Un Lun Dun. Like, NOW! Seriously. I love that book so. much. And yay! (It's 2am here. I'm loopy)

  8. I keep making stacks and getting sidetracked too! We've got to focus on our goals more. LOL

  9. Howard's End and The Turn of the Screw are both very good reads. I create similar piles but not quite so big. Lol. Always love looking at other people's too. :-)

    I adore that little Cthulhu. Debi is so clever.

  10. I just signed up to be a cheerleader!!

  11. I have my "books to read in the near future" pile on a chair by my desk. Sometimes it does make me anxious, but I try not to let it bother me too much. I just bought How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez, so I think you should move your Alvarez book up and let me know what you think of it so I know whether to move mine from the shelf over to the "read next" chair :)

  12. Well, River Boy is a good read, but given your liking for all things Arthurian, I'd recommend the Philip Reeve for an interesting twist on the tale.

  13. I was trying to make piles too and suffered anxiety also. I'm trying not to look at the stack of books waiting for me!! Can't wait for the Read-a-Thon!!

  14. Nice stacks, Nymeth. I would urge you to move "Never Let Me Go" to the top...and 20th Century Ghosts.

    I'm going to sign-up for the read-a-thon, even though I have a workshop to attend that Saturday I will spend the rest of my time reading if I can.

    Stop by my blog, there is a surprise for you here.

  15. Oh Cold Comfort Farm :) I love your piles of books. I'm trying to just read from my tbr at the moment (as opposed to going out and buying a new book and reading that straight away). Oh but it's such a challenge.

  16. I think I should make "Does My Head Look Big in This?" my next relaxation read, just so I can say I've read it before you. ^-~

    (Speaking of the Readathon, did my email to the address provided ever arrive? I'm assuming you're all swamped in emails, but I'm a little nervous it hasn't arrived now.) *needed the reminder to sign up, though*

    Kiwi month sounds fun. ^-^ (And puts me in the mind to organise a Dutchie month challenge myself, but I'd be a horrible failure at hosting it...)

  17. Sidetracking is always a problem for me, too. Good luck!


  18. Eek! It's a teeny tiny Cthulu! I have that crochet pattern, but I haven't made it yet. Soon, I hope. No household should be without their own Cthulu. :)

  19. Wow, these are a lot of books! Happy reading:)

  20. I keep seeing these crocheted pumpkins around and I am thinking that perhaps Debi has been busy making them. Would I be right?

    I have a pile of books like that which I hope to finish by the end of the year. I don't want to put them in any order, just read them as I need to.

  21. *bumps up Never Let Me Go in Ana's pile and innocently walks away like he didn't do it*

    So hey Ana! How goes it? I can't wait for the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon :D I'm off of work that weekend and I even scheduled the Monday after off of work so I can have just a whole day to catch up on sleep and whatever else. So excited!! I can't believe this will be my fourth one!!

    That is one huge pile of books!! I really want to read Ash too..I'm thinking that it may be one of my Read-a-Thon books.

    That freaking Cthulhu is the cutest damn thing!!! I absolutely adore my pumpkin :) I never get sick of it :)

    And of course, I'm going to take this opportunity to recommend that you read The Bone People by Keri Hulme as part of the New Zealand Challenge ;) I have to recommend that book whenever the opportunity presents itself!

  22. Your Cthulu is so cute! I love your stack of books - I see a few in there that are in mine, too. I just got a copy of Cold Comfort Farm from Bookmooch. I'm going to need to get a copy of the MiƩville, too - I loved The City and The City so much.

    I wish I could do the read-a-thon - I never tend to know what I'm doing on any given day until that day arrives though, so it's usually a disaster when I sign up for things like that.

  23. Yay read-a-thon! I'll be there and reading and cheering! Of course. :)

    Love Debi's little creatures.

    Howard's End? Gag. Replace it with Dickens. No, I'm not going to let it die. Oooh, but I do see Lady Audley's Secret! I have Just Listen coming to me and am really excited for it. Good luck with the stacks. I don't do well with them either--kind of like challenges.

  24. Howards End. Not possessive. Not sure why I did that when I cringe a little seeing it Howard's End. :)

  25. I want to do the readathon every year, but I never seem to be able to do it. Maybe this year! It would certainly help me get my stack down! I have a HUGE stack of TBRs and not enough time...

  26. Yay for readathon and you shoudl move Cold Comfort Farm up right now and Never Let Me Go as soon as you can.

  27. I'm very excited for the Read-a-thon! It was so much fun last time. I make piles of books sometimes, but I never seem to finish reading them. I think your idea is a good one. And I love your little pumpkin and Cthulhu! I need to get back into making things like that.

  28. You have some interesting ones there! Kazuo Ishiguro.. can't wait to read Never let me go! And Banana Yoshimoto - never heard of Asleep but I love Kitchen. I didn't know Louisa May Alcott wrote a sequel to Little Women! So excited... I love love with absolute hearts Little Women. And Un Lun Dun sounds so very interesting. And I see there's a Sarah Dessen book in your pile - she's one I read when I'm in the mood for something to make me feel better about life and romance. And what have you read by Margaret Mahy? The last one I read by her was The Tricksters which was such a surreal, wonderful experience. I love her writing.


  29. As soon as I saw that picture, I was like, "Is that a Cthulhu? o_O" How cool!

  30. I have only read Never Let Me Go from your pile and liked it. Go get! :)

  31. Oooh, I'm just drooling over your book piles! What is it about a pile of books that sets the salivary glands a-going anyway?!! I haven't read a single one of those books...not one. Just out of curiosity--how long do you think it will take you to read those? You could probably do it in a month if no other books came in to distract you, couldn't you?

    I'm so excited to put together a little reading pile for the read-a-thon...I decided to take a break for the day from my commitment to finish all the books I have started before starting new ones. NO WAY can I stay awake for 24 hours reading dense non-fiction. I kind of want to read TA&TA, but I'm afraid it will affect me the same way as TKONLG and I'll be a blubbering, shaking mess and not be able to do anything else at all after that.

    Oops, I'm sort of babbling here, aren't I? Sorry. :D

  32. I love seeing that pile of books, Ana!

  33. I'd fail miserably at a read-a-thon, but have fun.

    I know what you mean about selecting books to read and then not reading them. I cleared one shelf on my bookcase that was eye level from my comfy reading chair, and placed all the books I do want to read soon, hoping that will help LOL.

  34. Great books you got there! I hope you enjoy reading Does My Head Look Big in This like I did. It's definitely a fun and also eye-opening read. Looking forward to your review of it.

  35. Good luck with your pile of books! If I plan it out, I never end up reading them, so it just doesn't work for me!

  36. Aaargh I want to read "Ash" too! After "Ember" I've been going a bit crazy about Cinderella retellings. But I've always loved fairytale retellings all the same. And I also loved Louisa May Alcott a lot, growing up. I lost count of how many times I read and re-read Little Women and Good Wives. Another favourite of mine was "An Old-fashioned Girl". I had a huge crush on Tom Shaw.

  37. Great stuff going on! I'm always excited about the Read-a-Thon and was TOOOOTALLY disappointed that I was out of commission for the last one. I'm in this time as a reader and cheerleader!

  38. Verity: I'm actually the same - I drift off when I'm reading VERY often, even when I'm enjoying the book. The atmosphere of the read-a-thon can be quite energizing, though!

    Claire: The Bone People is another book I've been meaning to read for years! The library doesn't have it, though, but it does have Bliss and other Stories, so I think I'll read that. And yes, may we both enjoy those two books!

    Stormfilled: I recently mooched The Haunting, so that's the first Mahy I'll be reading. I'll add Memory and The Door in the Air to my wishlist, though!

    Jill: I went ahead and started Magic for Beginners - loving it so far!

    Amanda: Let's hope it works for me. I really really want to read these books. The problem is, I also really want to read many others :P

    Sandy: I'm so sorry you'll have to miss it again! Fingers crossed that next April you and your daughter will be able to participate.

    Maree: lol! *moves it up*

    Kathy: We do. Or maybe we just need to be less hard on ourselves :P

    Cath: She really is :D

    Lenore: yay!

    Kim: I actually read Garcia Girls last year, so I can tell you to move it up right away! It's an unusual novel - it moves backwards in time rather than forward - but the structure really worked and the writing was excellent. I enjoyed it a lot!

    Bart: Sigh. I want to read them ALL right now :P

    Staci: There's no helping the anxiety, I guess. But it's good to have a chance to catch up!

    Gavin: I'm so glad you'll be participating in the read-a-thon anyway! Thank you for the recommendations, and thank you once again for the lovely award!

    Bella: I haven't been buying any, but Bookmooch is just as bad. I need to stop books from entering the house, period :P

    Shanra: You should read it and tell me how you like it! And I've e-mailed you back about your question! Also, let's make a deal: if you do a Dutch month I'll do a Portuguese one. How does that sound? :P

    Lezlie, thanks!

    Memory: Isn't it the cutest tentacled horrible overlord you've ever seen? :D

    Andreea, thank you!

  39. Ughh, I want to stay up for the 24 hours, but I've already made plans for that whole weekend! :( I think I might have to do a belated read-a-thon!

    I received The Ask and the Answer! Ahh! I was so excited when I saw it on the doorstep. Thank you once again!

  40. I'd like to do the read-a-thon again but I think I'll wait a bit and see how the dog does. Is there a set date I'd have to sign up?

  41. Sadly, I'm not able to join the read-a-thon until my little one is three so at least that's the time she won't need so much of my attention! :P However, I'd like to take this opportunity to cheer for everyone who's participating and have loads of fun!!

    Awww...Mervyn and that little pumpkin is so cute! I agree Debi is creative and so talented! :D

    You've a lovely haul there, Nymeth! Happy reading and I can't wait to read your reviews on them soon!

  42. I want one! Or ten... they are both SO cute (the pumpkin is only slightly cuter)! Hope you won't get too sidetracked this month :)

    Move Ash and 20th Century Ghosts up please! I'd love to know what you think before I try them.

  43. I'm totally counting on the read-a-thon to help me catch up on my reading! Must go over and sign up right away.

    I don't actually have a copy yet but I really want to read Never Let Me Go. I've heard such great things about it.

  44. UnLunDun: my favorite book for readers since Chabon's Summerland.

  45. Great book pile and cute crocheted critters! I enjoyed 20th Century Ghosts.

  46. Vivienne: You would, yep! :D

    Chris: lol! You know, I got that book after you reviewed it and I was determined to read it right away, only it took longer than usual to arrive and then it got buried under all the other books :S I'll read it before the end of the year for sure, though! Also, I started Ash and I'm loving it so far! The world-building is just fabulous, as is the fairy tale atmosphere. I really want to read The Bone People! The library doesn't have it, though :(

    Belle: I'm so looking forward to reading Cold Comfort Farm! Argh, the problem is that this is true of them all :P

    Trish: Not a Forster fan, I take it? :P I actually have high hopes for Howards End...for some reason it sounds like my kind of classic :P

    Daphne: I really hope you'll be able to join!

    Jodie: Will do!

    Meghan: I need to learn to crochet! I'd love to be able to make them myself.

    Sharry: I want to read Kitchen too, especially because I loved Goodbye Tsugumi. I think that Good Wives is normally published as part of Little Women in the US, but they tend to be separated in UK editions! I haven't read any Mahy yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so!

    heidenkind: Isn't it awesome? :D

    Mee: I wiiiiiiiiiill! Eventually :P

    Debi: lol! I don't know, but it's true. Considering that I'm not Becky or Kailana, I don't think I could read it in a month, no :P Especially as there are quite a few classics in there, and those always take me longer to read. If I don't stray too much, maybe two? The last thing I want to do is discourage you from reading TA&TA, but I think you're right to be worried: it IS just as affecting as the first book, if not more. Also: "blab" anytime :D

    Alice: So do I :D

    Diane: No such thing as failing! And lol, hopefully your trick will work :P

  47. Josette: I definitely think it will be eye-opening, and it sounds fun too!

    Kelly: It doesn't seem to work for me either, but I stubbornly keep doing it :P

    Alessandra: I somehow grew up without ever having read Little Women! I always meant to, but never got around to it for some reason.

    Andi: Hooray! I'm glad you're in :D

    She: I'm glad it made it safely! Enjoy :D And there's always the next Read-a-thon, which will be in April-

    Dar: Not at all! You can sign up even on the day itself. Fingers crossed that Buddy will be doing better.

    Melody: I completely understand! You can cheerlead for only a couple of hours at your convenience, though!

    Ladytink: Debi should open her own etsy shop! And good news: I'm reading Ash already, so you'll know soon :P

    tanabata: So have I! Really looking forward to it.

    Jeanne: I really enjoyed Summerland!

    Naida: I need to learn to crochet and then get that book you got last year!

  48. I see that you have Un Lun Dun in your pile. I love Mieville, and haven't yet read that book, so I will be interested to hear what you think of it.

  49. Awww your little Cthulhu is just ♥adorable♥

    I'd say you should move Un Lun Dun up to the top! (for purely selfish reasons, I haven't read it but I'm dying to hear your thoughts on it.)


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