Friday, July 26, 2013

Coming Soon: The Dog Days of Summer Read-a-Thon


The lovely gals at The Estella Society are hosting a read-a-thon in a couple of weeks --
We wanted to take a weekend to just kick back and read the books we are so nostalgic for. ... So, here, I humbly introduce The Dog Days of Summer Readathon. A whole weekend devoted to reading. No challenges. No prizes. No cheerleading (unless you feel so inclined). Just a weekend of reading fun, fluffy, nostalgic books.
So on August 17 and 18, I will be kicking back with some fun books (and likely some tasty, nostalgic snacks -- rice krispie treats, anyone?). First, I have decided to make a super-fun-reread stack including

adorable cover by fourblackbirds on deviantart
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (and possibly its sequels),

and from lerms on deviantart
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett,

a beautiful imagining by Arturangga on deviantart
and Un Lun Dun by China MiĆ©ville.

I'm also going to be checking out a couple of first-read Discworld books from the library, probably Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad and maybe Soul Music. This would be a great time to move forward in the series.

So, head on over and sign-up if you're interested in joining for some pressure-free fun and/or nostalgic reading on what will hopefully be a warm and lazy summer weekend (or winter weekend for you Aussies)!

Thinking about stacking and snacking,
K

12 comments:

  1. Yay! Thanks for spreading the word. And your stack is absolutely luscious. I have all of these books on my TBR. I'm going to read some Roald Dahl, and perhaps I'll throw Hitchhiker onto the stack.

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    1. I don't know how many I'll get through but the Pratchett and the Adams are all pretty quick reading. Roald Dahl is awesome! The Witches is one of my fall readalong books. :)

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  2. I'm very excited about this, too - I haven't' narrowed down my list yet, but possibilities include VC Andrews and Christopher Pike - all the YA classics I've never read.

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    1. Luckily I went through VC Andrews when I was young and will never have to do it again. ;) But this is a great time to do just that -- get through books you know you should have read but never did. Have fun!

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  3. Those are great covers! And I think they're a great bunch of books for the summer. I greatly desire to do a weekend readalong, but I fear I will be out of town doing things that weekend.

    (Also, I have read all of my nostalgic books too recently! This is the problem with not having all my books in one place at one time -- the nostalgic books that are here right now have all been read by me extremely recently. I need more nostalgic books to be shipped up to me stat.)

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    1. Dude ... I can sit on deviantart for hours looking at fan art and book covers! I so wish I was artistic. And it sounds like you definitely need some books shipped to you! I can't wait to get my TBR a bit smaller and then I can spend more time on nostalgic rereads. (Just checked the spreadsheet and I only have 9 rereads this year so far. Looks like this readathon is a good thing for me right now!)

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  4. Woo hoo!! Excellent list! I'm still working on mine, but I know there will be some Christopher Pike on it. Am also tempted to get my hands on a Sweet Valley High!

    I LOVE the art. deviantart is such a pleasure, I need to find more time to peruse it.

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    1. You know, I think I maybe only read one Sweet Valley High ever. It just wasn't my thing. I was too busy reading Jane Eyre and Gone With the Wind over and over. :)

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  5. I'd love to join but I'm not sure what that weekend is going to look like for me. Also, I tend to see these readalongs and then go yay! but forget about the actual dates. Hopefully I will be better this time as this looks like a lot of fun with lots of bloggers I should comment on more often.

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    1. It definitely helps me to write a participation post (and to put the dates in my phone calendar!). If I commit in an obvious way, it helps cement the event in my head. Something may still come up (as it frequently does as a wife and mother) but it gives me the best shot at making it work.

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  6. I signed up for this one too!!! I am really looking forward to some relaxing reading time!!

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    1. I'm hoping for some nice weather so I can sit in the sun with some iced tea and bust through a couple of books. :) I hope you have a successful weekend too!

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