My Read-a-Thon Stack

Remember, Read-a-Thon isn’t about finishing all the books in your stack (though some people do aspire to such heights), but about enjoying the time you can devote to reading. And a massive stack is about having lots of options for any mood that may strike. In my stack this go-round…

(RR) indicates a re-read

Country Matters by Michael Korda — Been on my “to read” shelf for a long time and I want to get to it.
Minotaur by Benjamin Tammuz (RR) — This book is one of my most treasured possessions. When I was in 10th grade I saw the film on TV and the story stuck with me. I had to seek out the novel by Israeli author Benjamin Tammuz. This story means more that I can possibly tell. Putting it in the stack so I can travel back to the point in my life when I first read it, if just for a moment.
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary (RR) — One of my favorite reads from childhood. It’s there for when I get tuckered out.
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (RR) — A verse novel set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. It’s a quick and easy read, but poignant.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer — Started, but never finished. Hoping to make it all the way through this one.
(not pictured) Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer — Started this already and loving it. I’ll be surprised if I don’t finish this one on Saturday.
(not pictured) Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay — The next book I have to read in the Dexter series. This will be a quick read.
Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan — There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this as apparently the author stated it was inspired by actual events that happened to her, but when confronted by the Aboriginal people that she wrote about she admitted that the entire thing was made up. Interested to see what it’s all about.
Salt by Isabel Zuber — Been on the TR shelf for over a year now and I’m anxious to get to this story.
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (RR) — Long-time favorite of mine. It’s been years since I’ve read this story and if time permits I would like to go through it again.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater — Clearly, I’m starting with this one. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series. Hopefully I will make it to Forever before the next Read-a-Thon.
Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski — When everyone else in my English classes wanted to marry Chuck Klosterman because of Sex, Drugs, & Cocoa Puffs, I was way out in left field pining after this guy. I can’t explain it. It’s weird.
The Complete Poems of E. E. Cummings — My all-time favorite poet. This is a very special book to me, given by a friend. Can’t wait to dive in again.

And if that’s not enough, I may, at some point, pick up Sarum. Again. That behemoth.

I have a handful of books on my Kindle that I have already been reading and will probably finish on Saturday. They include:

The Heart of Memory by Alison Strobel
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

I’m ready for Saturday!

18 Replies to “My Read-a-Thon Stack”

  1. Definitely interested to see how you like the rest of Into the Wild and Under the Banner of Heaven—I want/need to read the second one. Loved the first one.

  2. There is a Read-a-thon this Saturday? How exciting, best of luck with your stack… I really like your reason to RR Minotaur, I think reading is the only form of nostalgia I enjoy.

      1. Thank you so much for letting me know about this (I guess I must have been living under a rock or something). I am tempted to sign up to read, although I don’t have many books lined up. I will consider it over the next day or two. I will sign up to cheer though if nothing else 🙂

  3. I loooove e.e.cummings. He’s one of my favorite poets. I haven’t read anything is SO long. I wish I were more diligent to pick something up in my spare time, but with two little ones I find myself thoroughly unmotivated. Maybe when the kids are a bit older I’ll be more inspired. I remember my Mom reading the entire Little House series to me when I was about 5, and then I read them a million times on my own. Looking forward to those times…

    1. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of my mom reading. Whether it was to us or in front of us, it really sparked my interest in reading. I don’t know how my love for reading is going to survive once we have a child, but I hope I can find some way to keep it alive. I’ll have to ask my mom how she did it!

      And e.e. cummings is the best. Love him.

  4. Looks like a great stack! I’m still trying to decide what to read. I’m the middle of an 800 page book and doubt I’ll finish before read-a-thon so I’ll probably start with that.

  5. I have Under the Banner of Heaven on my TBR Pile. Not sure if I’m going to be able to join in on this read-a-thon.

  6. Sounds like you have a good plan. My Readathon will look different this year, as I’ll be reading primarily non-fiction, since that’s what I have on my TBR shelf.

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