Good morning, fellow book lovers! This post links up with the It's Monday meme, hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. I haven't posted on It's Monday for a while, but I do have a few things to update, so . . . .
Last week I posted a new discussion topic for book bloggers and other book lovers: Do Literary Prizes Influence Your Reading Choices? I started thinking about this issue last week when the winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2014 was announced. Please make a comment if you have any thoughts!
I posted reviews of these books last week . . .
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is Karen Joy Fowler's moving and powerful novel from 2013 about family, memory, and what it means to be human. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize--the first novel by an American woman to have that honor. You can read my review here. And I also reviewed Jane Smiley's latest novel Some Luck, a multi-generational family saga of an Iowa farm family. You can read my review of Smiley's novel, which I found unexpectedly riveting, here.
I also posted some Mini Reviews of Fall Reads--just a few thoughts I had on reading Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. I have learned that sometimes I have to post mini reviews rather than lengthy full reviews; otherwise I will get so behind in reviews that I will never catch up!
On Saturday, for the first time, I participated in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon! It was fun; a day to celebrate reading is always a good thing. I didn't keep a page count, but I read most of two full books and a good chunk of a third. That was fine--I hadn't set any specific goals for myself, other than enjoy myself and see what the read-a-thon was all about. There are a few things I'd do differently next time:
1. Plan out the food, and make sure the spouse is in town to handle all the parenthood responsibilities!
2. Use the read-a-thon to catch up on some lighter books, YA, or graphic novels! I was trying to read a very deep, intense literary novel much of the day, and that just clearly doesn't work best for a long haul reading session.
3. I want to come up with a good way to link my read-a-thon to raising money or collecting books for a literacy charity, maybe for a Head Start center or an underfunded school library in my area.
The coolest thing, for me, about this whole experience was that my 12-year-old son said he wanted to join me in the next read-a-thon! Of course, I won't let him stay up all night. But a middle schooler wants to spend his Saturday sharing his love of reading with me? That's awesome. :)
I wish everyone a great week in reading!