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April 2014 ReadaThing : What will you be reading?

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1LucindaLibri
Mar 31, 2014, 5:10pm Top

What will you be reading during the upcoming ReadaThing?

I'll be trying to read one of my Early Reviewer books that is long overdue to be reviewed.
I'll also be working on my Simone deBeauvoir project: the recent unabridged translation of The Second Sex.
I also am several cantos behind in the "Read a Canto a Week of Dante's Inferno" project that's been going on at the Paris Review.
See:
http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/03/31/recapping-dante-canto-23-or-hypocr...
for the latest, or
https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2013/09/30/fall-sweeps/
for the explanation of how this started.

2sharlenehsmith
Mar 31, 2014, 6:04pm Top

I signed up for the first time slot (very ambitious) so I wanted to read something motivating but I have so many other April challenges going on that I might just read something towards those...

Some potential books (if I haven't read them by the 6th) are:-
Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (Mind Games #2)
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey #4)
A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire (Beautiful #2.5)

3.Monkey.
Apr 1, 2014, 6:24am Top

That depends on what I finish before then, heh. I'm working on The Annotated Lolita as well as IBM and the Holocaust right now, and also just starting Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom. On my list of planned-for-the-near-future reads are One Day in Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Magic of Reality, and Stalin's Secret Pogrom. We shall see.

4crazy4reading
Apr 1, 2014, 7:56am Top

Right now I am reading My Water Path. If I finish that before the start of the Read A Thing I have my book club book to start too. Which is The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I also have some ER books I need to finish.

5sandstone78
Edited: Apr 1, 2014, 1:38pm Top

I'm going to try to use the occasion to step away from the convenience of ebooks and relax with a paper book... Probably one of the following:

Louise Cooper, Lord of No Time (reread)
Sharon Shinn, Jenna Starborn (recently acquired from wishlist)
Melisa Michaels, Far Harbor (recently acquired from wishlist)
Samuel Delany, The Ballad of Beta-2 (mount tbr)
Sheila Finch, The Garden of the Shaped (mount tbr)
Midori Snyder, Soulstring (mount tbr)
Valerie J. Freireich, Becoming Human (mount tbr)

Or, if my Abebooks order all full of books from my wishlist gets here in time, perhaps one of:

Beth Hilgartner, A Necklace of Fallen Stars
Delia Sherman, The Porcelain Dove
Peter Beagle, The Innkeeper's Song
Raphael Carter, The Fortunate Fall
Caroline Stevermer, The Serpent's Egg

I would love to read more than one if I get the time- many of these are nice and short!

6LucindaLibri
Apr 1, 2014, 1:51pm Top

WOW quite a variety . . . Will have to work to keep focused on my goals and not get distracted by other people's fascinating reading lists! :)

7jjmcgaffey
Apr 1, 2014, 7:12pm Top

Thanks, Lucinda - life got interesting and I just _now_ came to start this thread!

I have exactly no clue what I'll be reading. Lots still on my currently reading list, but I may have whittled it down by then -

CR:
Red Delicious by Kathleen Tierney
Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Robert T. Garcia
Under the Black Ensign (audiobook) by L. Ron Hubbard
A Red Heart of Memories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
On My Lady's Honor by Kate Silver

a couple library books:
The Hostage Prince by Jane Yolen
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker

and if I have a good chunk of time free:
Half-Off Armageddon by Seanan McGuire.
I've tried to read hers in normal chunks - I tend to find myself very short of sleep the next day. So that one only if I can start it reasonably early in the day.

8Peace2
Apr 1, 2014, 7:29pm Top

I guess it will in part depend on what I finish between now and then but I currently expect to be selecting from these...

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (if this isn't already finished)
Thud! by Terry Pratchett (as above with regards to finishing)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
The Heritage of Hastur by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Depending on progress through this list there are some others that tempt including the Gregor the Overlander series (The Underland Chronicles?) by Suzanne Collins as I've just been loaned the set by a friend and I don't want to hang on to them for too long before starting them for that reason.

9LucindaLibri
Apr 1, 2014, 7:44pm Top

>7 jjmcgaffey:
No worries jj . . . it takes a villiage to hold a ReadaThing :)

10kimallyn
Apr 1, 2014, 10:12pm Top

I am going to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. I have been saving it for a special occasion, because it is something I have intended to read for years and finally bought.

11Merryann
Apr 2, 2014, 1:35am Top

I have some books in unlabeled boxes, waiting patiently to be listed into LT and shelved properly. My plan is to choose a box, close my eyes, reach inside, and take out the seventh book down (just because seven seems like a nice number as I type this).

That will be the book I start with. If it's a short book, or it doesn't work out, I'll repeat the process for subsequent reading slots.

Or, I may change my mind entirely, and just keep reading my TBR stack. :)

12imyril
Apr 2, 2014, 5:36am Top

I think I will be dipping into my recent haul from Forbidden Planet: We are Here (although it's entirely possible I'll read and finish this before we get to ReadaThing), Foreigner (finally time for me to read some Cherryh!) and the gorgeous-looking Annihilation. I'm way behind on my non-fic and personal development reading goals for 2014, but I'm going to treat ReadaThing as an utterly indulgent favourite fiction week. Depending on how much reading my head and visitors let me do, I've got Ancillary Justice and The Rook tucked away too.

13Peace2
Apr 2, 2014, 7:16am Top

>12 imyril: I'm just coming to the end of an audio version of The rook and I'm pretty sure you're going to enjoy that one when you get to it - I know I have.

Just a thought/question (and I'm not sure if this is the place to ask - maybe I should head to see what other threads there are) - does listening to audio books for an hour count towards the ReadaThing? I've been sort of assuming it doesn't but if I can include my audio listening times, I might be able to read for a few more hours over the course of the week. Maybe I could even transfer something to my MP3 and listen while out as well.

14LucindaLibri
Apr 2, 2014, 3:17pm Top

>13 Peace2:
Yes Yes YES . . . audiobooks definitely count!!

15seongeona
Apr 2, 2014, 3:45pm Top

I'll be reading at random times during the event. I'll be reading I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

16jjmcgaffey
Apr 2, 2014, 9:18pm Top

Yep, paper books, ebooks, and audiobooks all count. Movies don't, even if they're based on books, unless you read the book along with the movie... :D

18casvelyn
Apr 2, 2014, 10:45pm Top

I'm going to be reading Rural Free by Rachel Peden and Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.

I'll also read one or more of the following, depending on what I can get from the library in time and what I feel like reading:

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel (I'm still 39th on the hold list (up from 100th!), so I'm not holding my breath)
Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Christmas After All by Kathryn Lasky (It's set in my hometown!)
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King (Because I recently watched Lawrence of Arabia)
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris
Missing by Karin Alvtegen
Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

19nrmay
Edited: Apr 10, 2014, 8:33pm Top

Beekeeper's Apprentice - one of my all-time favorites!
Intending to re-read and I don't re-read very many.

O Jerusalem is in that same Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series.
It's good to read them in order, Beekeeper's Apprentice being the 1st.

20aliciamay
Apr 3, 2014, 3:07pm Top

Glad to find this thread with a few days to spare! I'll be signing up as a no-timeline reader and then filling in the times when I do read.

I'll likely still be reading The Luminaries and Cockroaches at the beginning of the read-a-thon...then probably There But For The, Everything is Illuminated, and The Redbreast.

21Ameise1
Apr 5, 2014, 10:02am Top

I start my reading with In The Kitchen by Monica Ali.

22lorannen
Apr 5, 2014, 11:49am Top

I'm in the middle of Raising Steam and trying to get that finished by Wednesday, so that's what I'll be reading!

23jjmcgaffey
Apr 5, 2014, 12:42pm Top

I'll be posting the Logbook thread in a few hours - RaT coming up!

24imyril
Apr 5, 2014, 1:38pm Top

Woohoo! All ready and raring to go :)

25Megi53
Apr 5, 2014, 3:45pm Top

I'm going to read from 8 pm until 11 pm (ET / LT) tonight and try to finish several free Kindle self-help books I picked up last year in the heady days when there were hundreds and hundreds of free Kindle books offered daily. There's one on yoga, one on goal-setting, and maybe I'll tackle the one about the DASH diet.

26March-Hare
Apr 5, 2014, 5:16pm Top

I'm starting with Lectures on Literature then I will be moving on to The Rise of Western Christendom.

27ELiz_M
Edited: Apr 5, 2014, 5:25pm Top

I'll be doing a fair bit of reading on the flights for a work-trip to Baden-Baden. Naturally, one of the books I am taking is Summer in Baden-Baden. I may also read In Parenthesis, Southern Seas by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Jack Maggs, or Brideshead Revisited depending on my mood.

28Maya47Bob46
Apr 5, 2014, 5:28pm Top

I will probably be reading the new Donna Leon, By its Cover.

29tardis
Edited: Apr 5, 2014, 9:55pm Top

None of my holds have come in from the library yet, so I'm diving into the TBR pile, starting with Summertide by Charles Sheffield.

edited to add: no, I've changed my mind. Went to put away the last book I finished and discovered that I have the next in the series, and I've never read it (one of many inherited from my mum when she moved). New choice is The Cretan Counterfeit by Katharine Farrer. Will go back to Summertide later.

30LucindaLibri
Apr 5, 2014, 10:00pm Top

Just a reminder to everyone now that the ReadaThing has started: once you start reading during the ReadaThing post over on the LOG BOOK thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/172374

See you there!

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