Thursday, June 17, 2010

Do Nothing But Read Day: June 2010

So, I haven't managed to hit a Readathon yet. But this doesn't mean I can't have my blog-related reading days... such as Do Nothing But Read Day, which I've just signed up for. It's a little more low-key than Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. The website suggests that cats are optional. I may have to borrow some. It comes at a perfect time for me -- the summer is so busy at the library, and the day after DNBRD is actually the first official day of the summer reading programs. I don't know what I'll be reading on Sunday, June 27, but I'm sure going to enjoy having a day where I have given myself permission to slack the hell off. It's possible I might have some soccer games playing in the background. And I may eat some stuff. But mostly, I will be reading.

I haven't settled on a list yet, but here are some of the things I'm thinking may make the list:

Keeping the Bees by Laurence Packer
Nonfiction. About bees! And the problems they face and some of the things we can do to help them. I heard Packer being interviewed on the radio and I was quite taken with his outlook. I'm hoping that he's got some good news and solutions. I may find this a bit heavy going for a full day of reading, though, so we'll see if I make it through or whether or not I just dabble in a chapter here and there.

Playing with Fire by Derek Landy.
Kids' fantasy action. Second of the Skulduggery Pleasant books. I am going to enjoy this one so very hard.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Graphic novel memoir. After recommending my library purchase this one as a book club set, I thought I'd better actually sit down and read it cover to cover. I've skimmed through it before and read some really excellent reviews, so I'm looking forward to it.

Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
Historical fantasy. I didn't actually mean to buy this, but I went to see Kay speak and read from his newest novel, Under Heaven, and found myself purchasing this one and standing in line to get it signed. So, um. Now it is signed, and now I am going to read it.

The Great Cow Race and maybe even Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith
Graphic novel epic fantasy. The blog hasn't heard about this yet, but I've actually started reading Bone. Finally. I am loving it, and drawing it out as far as I can because I'm not going to want it to be finished. So, I am saving the second and third books of the series for DNBRD.

Eric by Terry Pratchett
Fantasy. Discworld. I don't really need to explain the inclusion of this on my list, do I?

There will probably be others that make the final day list, and some on this list that get bumped. I mean, it's only one day, and it's not even a crazy read-a-thon kind of day. Even on my craziest reading day in recent memory I only managed three books. But I'm happy with this list so far, and I'm looking forward to my self-imposed reading geek-out.


Vasilly said...

Great list! I went over to the DNBRD site and signed up! I can't wait. After reading your list I just had to go and check out volumes 1-4 of the Bone series. I'm due for another reread. Happy reading!

Unknown said...

Hooray! It should be a lovely day, I think. And something like Bone is such a perfect choice for a low-key reading day! Happy reading to you too!

Nan said...

Did you happen to see the movie Persepolis? It was really excellent.

Unknown said...

Nan, I haven't seen it yet, though it was part of the reason I recommended it as a book club set; I thought that, having been turned into a critically acclaimed movie, people who wouldn't normally be interested in graphic novels might go for Persepolis.