6 Perfect Picks for a Readathon
BOTM and Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon go together like 3am and a triple espresso
Book of the Month
This weekend, on April 23rd, over 2000 readers will gather on the Internet for the spring edition of Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon. That's right - twenty-four whole hours of non-stop reading. Sounds like heaven, doesn't it? If you're participating - or even if you're not (but really, why aren't you? It's so much fun!) - Book of the Month has six fantastic selections that make for perfect readathon material. "
Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker (Dec '15) - Broken up into short essays, Parker's collection of letters to men both real and imagined is the best cure for readathon blues. If you're reading something longer and need breaks, the letters make for good palate cleansers between chapters, or if you need a fast read and can't put it down, the whole book is less than 250 pages. Whether you consume it in bite-sized pieces or all at once, it's a great readathon choice.
Hammerhead: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin (April '15) - You might think that a memoir about a woman learning how to become a carpenter would be a snooze-fest, particularly when it's 1am and you're trying not doze off. Au contraire! MacLaughlin's journey is fascinating and funny, and when it's over, you'll be super sad there's not more to read.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Feb '16) - Short memoirs are a theme here, and for good reason. Kalanithi's posthumous book is an engaging, heart-felt look at a doctor's battle with mortality - both his own and his patients' - and it will completely suck you in, grab on and not let go. Plus, it's short enough that any feels you have will not subsume your whole readathon.
The Verdict by Nick Stone (Jan '16) - While short books are great for the readathon - you can get through them quickly and they tend not to drag - there are some edge-of-your-seat mysteries that can't be beat for their ability to generate sheer awakeness. The Verdict is one such book, and even at 512 pages, you'll be flipping pages so fast, the end will sneak up on you. Just watch out for paper cuts!
A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard (March '16) - What's the perfect book for that 4am push when you're sure you're going to fall asleep and you need something to prop your eyelids open? Hazzard's memoir about his decade as a paramedic in Atlanta's most notorious neighborhoods will have you gaping. Too-insane-to-be-real stories are the bread-and-butter of this fast-paced adrenaline thrillride. You'll want a seat belt on your armchair for this one!
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan (Dec '15) - As this domestic thriller ramps up, alternating chapters between the mother of a missing boy and the detective on the case, you'll be astounded at how white your knuckles can get. Macmillan's mystery is what Judge Kim Hubbard called "an up-til-3-am kind of read" -- perfect for a readathon!
Short books, long books, red books, green books. Let's be honest - they're all great for a 24-hour reading fest. If you're participating in the readathon, did you know that we're giving away a whole bunch of three-month memberships to Book of the Month? We totally are! So, what's on your readathon stack?