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Readathon Book Stack

This entry is part 27 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

Readathon Book Stack for Dewey’s Readathon


Readathon book selection, gathering, and stacking is an important pre-readathon objective if one is to be ready at the stroke of the reading hour. The result is the “readathon stack.” This becomes an image that is propagated on social media so that all will know what books will be read during the next 24-hour period.

My Readathon Stack

Readathon Book stack for Dewey's 24-hour readathon 2015

The Why of My Readathon Books

As I Lay Dying: Meditations Upon Returning

by Richard John Neuhaus


I began this book during Lent and am about half-way through, so I want to finish the read. I’ve always enjoyed reading Fr. Neuhaus and so far he hasn’t disappointed me. I look at this as a lead-in to the main readathon books.

The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout

by Jill Abramson


So, I could say the dogs made me add this one to my stack of readathon books ¬†and wouldn’t be that far off, but I do love reading about dogs. With six dogs voting, it was a hands-down winner. Yes, they do expecta at least a portion of this to be read during their Saturday story time. It will be a read-aloud session. If you’d like to see the dogs, visit A Life with Dogs. For those of you who have been before, we lost our beloved Sam, the giant stretch cadillac of Pyrs (Great Pyrenees) a few days before Christmas. Max, the young Pyr, Riley, Teddy, Freddie, Charlie, and Honeybunn are still alive and well. That would be a Great Pyrenees, a Cocker Spaniel, a Shih Tsu, a Maltese, a Pug, and a little 3.5 lb Mi-Ki. (Did you really think I’d get through this without mentioning the dogs??

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

by Colleen Carroll Campbell


This is clearly one of my designated “readathon books.” I’ve had this one on my shelf for some time and have intended to read it during the last couple of readathon sessions but never made it happen. I have always enjoyed reading nonfiction, especially biographies and memoirs, and this promises to be a wonderful read. There is a lovely interweaving of the author’s spiritual journey with that of of six women saints: Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Faustina of Poland, Edith Stein of Germany, mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Mary of Nazareth. I am really looking forward to having this space of time filled with the words of these women saints. and learn of their influence on the author.

Stay Close

by Harlan Coben

Who better than master mystery writer Harlan Coben to provide a good change of pace? I’ve been reading Harlan Coben’s works since his first book of the Myron Bolitar series and have enjoyed each and every book. I’ve fallen a bit behind over the last few years so this is a good chance to play a bit of catch-up. I know I can’t go wrong with a Coben book.

The Amish Way: Faith in a Perilous World

by Donald B. Kraybill

I’ve been dipping in and out of this book for a little over a month, and now I want to sit still and really take it in. In part, I’m reading because I’m a writer and am seeking to understand the world of the Amish. In part because I’ve always been naturally curious about the various religions in the world. We live in a world in tumult and the Amish have found a way to slow life down and focus on what’s important in life. From what I’ve read so far, the author has delved deeply into the Amish Way, so I’m eager to sink into what he has to say.

House Rules

by Jodi Picoult

Once again, this is another readathon book that has been staring at me for some time. I find Picoult to be an interesting storyteller. I like the way she picks up the headline threads of today and weaves them into a woven story that addresses some pretty deep contemporary questions. Here she combines mystery with Asperger’s syndrome. I’ve no doubt this will be a thoughtful exploration of the many questions raised by Asperger’s syndrome, as well as a darn good read.

So there you go: my book stack for the April 2015 Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. If I get through half of these, I will be one happy reader. How about you? What’s in your stack today?


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  • http://leeswammes.wordpress.com/ Judith (Leeswammes)

    Have fun! My stack is also ready … can’t wait to get started.

  • http://www.downthewriterspath.com/ Vikk Simmons

    Thanks, Judith. Starting the process. :) You have fun, too.