Oct 23, 2009

Bump in the Road. . .


Some of you may have expected my review of Night of Flames by Douglas Jacobson for Pump Up Your Book Promotion, but the publisher didn't get the book to me with enough lead time, so I'll be posting on Tues. Oct. 27, 2009.

Ok, on to other business. . .

Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon is this Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at 8 AM EST

I'll be reading again this time around, and although I did post my list already, I wanted to give you an update about some books I added to the pile:

1.  Night of Flames by Douglas Jacobson, which I need to finished.
2.  More of Me Disappears by John Amen (poetry)

3.  At the Threshold of Alchemy by John Amen (poetry)

4.  Fair Creatures of an Hour by Lynn Levin (poetry)

5.  Carta Marina by Ann Fisher-Wirth (poetry)
6.  Vampire Haiku by Ryan Mecum (poetry, naturally)

I thought about my experience last read-a-thon and realized that many of the books I chose to read were large and required quite a lot of concentration.  I decided to add some poetry, which could be read aloud and be more fun--which is good when you need to wake yourself up after reading for long stretches.  This brings my total of books up to 13.  Wish me luck.

If you haven't joined yet, you should.  Here's a little incentive.

Additionally, I'll be reading for one cause. 

Poets.org, which is run by the Academy of American Poets; click here for the donation information.  I'm going to pledge to donate up to $5 per poetry book finished during the read-a-thon.  I hope that you will join me.

The Academy of American Poets does a lot of great things to spread the word about poetry and poets around the nation, sponsoring National Poetry Month events, providing resources for teachers, and offering online access to poetry and poets.   Here are some of the great things you can find on their Web site:  Poem-A-Day, Poem In Your Pocket Day, Free Verse Project, and the Poetry Read-a-Thon.

If anyone would like to join me, I would love to hear about it.  If you are going to read one poetry book during the read-a-thon, I will donate $2 more per book up to $25 to poets.org.


Later today, I'll be posting the Virtual Poetry Circle post instead of on Saturday like usual.  I hope you'll find time to participate even if you are preparing for 24-hour read-a-thon.

16 comments:

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

This is going to be my first time participating in the read-a-thon. I still need to make my reading list. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?

Julie P. said...

I wish you the best of luck! I love that you read so much poetry! I'm just not there yet! Hopefully some day I will gain an appreciation of it!

Sandy Nawrot said...

I hate it when that happens, and it DOES happen! I've gotten review books the day before the review is due! You have a great list of books for the weekend. And bravo to you for your cause - you have such a good heart!

Serena said...

Ruth: I did that last time. I was last minute woman.

Julie: Its like reading fiction, you just have to find poets you enjoy. I think a lot of it is that poetry is taught inappropriately in school...it made it seem like a chore and like only intellectuals could understand it, which is completely ridiculous.

Sandy: Thanks. Maybe I can convince some people to join me.

Kaye said...

God luck in the read-a-thon. I think you'll like the Night of Flames. I had a hard time putting it down.

Anna said...

I think the poetry will help when you need something different to read. I really hope you enjoy Night of Flames as much as I did. It's a pain when you get the book late, but at least they were okay with rescheduling.

I still haven't posted my reading list. My computer froze after I posted by Besty review, and I didn't want to deal with it. LOL

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Kaye: I've already started it and have enjoyed it so far.

Anna: You best get that list up today at lunch then!

bermudaonion said...

I hope you have a great time with Anna and The Girl. Good luck with your fund raising efforts!

Serena said...

Bermudaonion: Thank you for the well wishes. I hope you have a great time with your hubby.

Louise said...

I am also participating in the readathon - its a first for me - and I am looking much forward to it. Good luck - you have picked some interesting books.

Serena said...

Louise: Welcome to the readathon and have some fun.

Staci said...

Have fun this weekend...I can't wait!! Your list looks great!

stacybuckeye said...

I'll be reading with you. It's kind of silly how excited I am ;)

Trish said...

So glad you're participating again, Serena! And I agree that lighter books are definitely the way to go.

Serena said...

Staci, Stacy, and Trish: I cannot wait for read-a-thon and I am extremely excited this time.

Kailana said...

Enjoy your books for the read-a-thon! Happy reading!