Weekend readathons are fun. This one, rather than a 24-hour reading marathon, allows for 24 hours of reading within a 48-hour time span. Yes, you do get to sleep. I’m in. However, I will be attending the Gregorian Chant School at St. Thomas University for most of Saturday, not to mention trying to carve out time for a little NaNoWriMo. I’ll have to be a wee bit creative. You can find most of my updates on Twitter (@vikksimmons), but I will do an update here, too.
Weekend Readathon Reading List
So, I’ve come up with a quick list of books that I’d like to tackle. Some I’ll do a portion, while others I plan to read from page one to the end.
City of God by Saint Augustine
I will continue to read Saint Augustine’s City of God. I’ve been participating in the Reading City of God Facebook group. This is a year-long reading project. I’m running a bit behind so I hope to play catch-up. I’m about halfway through right now. I’ve been surprised at how relevant Saint Augustine’s work is today, and how much I’m enjoying the book. Another book, like Moby Dick, that I wish I had read earlier. I’m glad I came across this project and decided to participate. In fact, I’ve enjoyed this read-a-book-in-a-year concept so much, I plan to choose a book for 2015. Maybe Dante’s Inferno?
The End of Your Life Book Club
This is a book by Will Schwalbe that I’ve been considering since 2012 when it was first released. At the time, though, I was going through the last year’s with my mom, and I just couldn’t pick it up. I think now is the time. The End of Your Life Book Club is a lovely concept where a book club of two people is formed who then read and engage in deep conversation about the book and where it takes them. In this case, the book details the story of Will Schwalbe and his mother. He, too, was accompanying his mother through her last phase of life’s journey.
The Life and Revelations of Saint Gertrude the Great
I’ve only recently come to know of Saint Gertrude and her revelations, so I decided to pick up a copy The Life and Revelations of Saint Gertrude the Great and read it during the month of November. In addition to my 5-year reading plan spurred on by The Classics Club, I also have a 5-year spiritual reading plan. As you can tell, I like to incorporate books from these reading lists when I participate in readathons.
She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories
I am also an avid short story lover, so I plan to read Ron Hansen’s short story collection, She Loves Me Not. Yes, I do have a short story reading list. In fact, I encourage you to read short stories and participate in my Short Works Reading Challenge. This is a perfect reading challenge if you enjoy short stories and novellas or short nonfiction work like essays. I would love for you to join me in this journey.
Ready to join in the weekend readathon?
I think these books will definitely get me through the 24in48 Weekend Readathon. Why not join me for a weekend of reading and books. What do you think about my selections? What would you read? If you’re participating, please share your thoughts, book choices, and reading recommendations in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.