Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #92

I just realized this is my 777th post. There seems to be something magical about that number. I've always loved the number 7 for some reason. And I especially love numbers that show up as twins, triplets, etc.

OK enough off topic rambling.

This week I'm repeating the theme from my last week's TT. It's another list of the books I've stocked up on for Saturday's 24 Hour Read-a-thon. And this doesn't even exhaust them. I could just about make a third TT list. Can you tell I'm excited about it? Excited? Obsessed!

There is no way I'm expected to read 26+ books in 24 hours. I just wanted a really good selection and the Read-a-thon came up just as I was feeling drawn to a fiction binge. I'm planning to continue the binge in the weeks to come.

I was hoping to knock off 5 or 6 though. That's why I included so many really short ones and so many YA and children's books. But I learned last night that we're expecting a heatwave to move through here Saturday. Temps in the triple digits. Hopefully just a nudge over 100 degrees. There is one triplet digit I'd hate to see: 111 degrees. Shudder. Heat makes me drowsy!! And sweat gets in my eyes.! Ugh!

Haven't heard of the 24 Hour Read-a-thon? Get on over and check it out! You don't have to commit to the whole 24 hours. Or you could be a cheerleader instead of a reader. Or donate prizes for the contests, mini-challenges and drawings. Or sponsor one or more of the readers who are reading for the charity Reading is Fundamental.

In case you missed it, there are links to the Read-a-thon info scatter throughout this post. The TT header itself is one.

If you do sign up let Dewey know you heard it from me. That will give me an extra entry in a major drawing she is holding. Of course you could also enter the drawing. What drawing? Well you'll just have to head on over and check it out. Can't miss it.



13 More Books in My Read-a-thon Pool

1. The Reader by Bernard Schlink--218p
2. Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie--243p
3. Into the Green by Charles de Lint--249p
4. The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense--229p
5. More than Allies by Sandra Schofield--174p. This is a local author and some of the story takes place here in Southern Oregon. I just pulled this off the library shelf Monday.
6. Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman--225p
7. Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman--275p
8. Green Angel by Alie Hoffman--116p
9. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie--302p. I sent for this one because I read a review on a WG participant's post last weekend. I forgot to save the link to the review. Whoever you are, I'm grateful. I may start with either this one or Alice Hoffman's Ice Queen which was on last week's list and which I also discovered through a WG blogger's review the previous week. I have that review to thank for sending me straight to the library's online catalog were I noticed how many of Hoffman's novels were under 250 pages and got the idea to dedicate the Read-a-thon this time to short novels, short stories and children''s stories. And then went nuts ordering them.
10. Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard--307p
11. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold--328p
12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory--155p & Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator--165p by Roald Dahl. These two are in a single volume. The first would be a re-read for me. They are both highly illustrated also as is:
13. The Roald Dahl Treasury--444p This book contains 'complete stories, extracts from longer fiction, rhymes, and memoirs, as well as unpublished poetry and letters.' (from the jacket blurb) These last two items are intended for the homestretch--the last three to six hour when I may need lighter weight but still highly engaging material. Plus the fonts are quite readable!!! And the pictures are charming.

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14 tell me a story:

Becky 6/25/2008 3:36 PM  

It should be a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to it!

SJ Reidhead 6/25/2008 4:09 PM  

I wish I could find something good to read. I'm in a vile reading mood!

The Pink Flamingo 6/25/2008 4:23 PM  

I've only read three of those, but you MUST read them! 11, 12 and 13! So great! Alice Sebold is a wonderful author, and that book is probably one of my favorites!

Good luck with it! I'm sure it will be wonderful!

Happy TT!

kay 6/25/2008 6:41 PM  

I have Lovely Bones in my library--enjoyed it

Susan Helene Gottfried 6/25/2008 7:22 PM  

I really liked The Reader; I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on it.

Lori 6/25/2008 7:59 PM  

Good luck and Happy TT:)

Carol 6/25/2008 8:37 PM  

So many books! So little time!

artpredator 6/25/2008 9:54 PM  

i too love numbers like that!

happy #777! i'm impressed--but then i'm impressed that i just posted my 200 today! so impressed that i'm workign ona favorites page!

imagine how it feels to have 1000! (i wrote a post when i go to 108 as well...)

also, sorry i inadevertantly added my name to th 13 which i don't do...

Angie 6/26/2008 1:04 AM  

Lucky 777! Cool!
That's one ambitious list there. At least you'll have several good choices to pick from.
Good luck with your read-a-thon.

Equal Goes It 6/26/2008 2:48 AM  

I have not heard of this! But now I want to go check it out, ooooooooooooo reading.

Lori 6/26/2008 9:05 AM  

Sounds like fun! I am on vacation and have a pile of about 15 books with me, so I may just check out what this read-a-thon is all about! Thanks for sharing. :-)

amy 6/26/2008 9:51 AM  

This souns fun! Love the books. Cant wait to hear your progress

Mines up as well!
Hubbys having a give away at his blog at

Hope you will visit us both!

bernieg1 6/26/2008 1:23 PM  

Interesting 13. Mine is Eat, Drink and be Merry - 13 Last Words, Excerpt: Judaism instructs us to enjoy the simple gifts that God gives in the present world. Eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy this life, on this Earth, in this time. I have collected for your enjoyment the last words of some of our more famous fellow human beings involving food or drink before they died.

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