Today’s post is just a quick update on what I’m planning to read this weekend for the 24 in 48 Readathon! I think you still have time to sign up if you’re interested in winning one of the prize packs.
For those who aren’t familiar with this readathon, the goal is to get 24 hours’ worth of reading done in a 48 hour time period. It will start at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. I’m highly skeptical that I will actually read for 24 hours, but it’ll be fun to see how close I make it!
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
I just started reading an advanced copy of A Princess in Theory that I received from the publisher and might finish this yet today, but assuming I don’t it will definitely be the first book I finish during the readathon. So far, this book is really cute. It’s a contemporary in which the heroine is the lost betrothed to an African prince but doesn’t know it until the prince tracks her down and disrupts her life.
There’s this whole bit at the beginning about the prince’s staff trying to contact the heroine through an aggressive email campaign. Only they email her like it’s one of those really scammy emails promising that you’ve inherited millions of dollars and you can have it right away if you wire them a few grand, so of course she deletes it. It’s so funny, and I can’t wait to watch this story unfold because it’s shaping up to be really good.
Grant by Ron Chernow
I started reading Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant last weekend, and I’m hoping to keep making progress on it this weekend. It’s a 1,000-page biography and, while it’s really interesting, it’s pretty slow going, so I have no intention of reading the whole thing straight through. Instead, I’ll be totally happy if I make it through another 100 pages or so of Grant.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
I finally got my hands on a copy of Iron Gold!! I would have preordered it, but I saw that Brown was stopping in New York to do a book signing, so I waited to get a copy at the signing (stay tuned for a giveaway I’m planning with a second copy I got signed!). Hearing him talk about it only made me even more excited to start reading this book, plus other audience members said it’s great, so this will definitely be my main read this weekend.
It’s a pretty good sized book, clocking in at 596 pages. Ideally I’d like to finish it this weekend, but it just depends on how much I decide to actually interact with the world and go out and do stuff. We’ll see!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
If I do happen to get through the books I’ve listed so far and still have time for more, I’d like to reread A Wrinkle in Time. I know I said in my January TBR that I wanted to reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this month, but I changed my mind. Plus the new trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time looks awesome, so I think this is going to be my reread of the month. It’s pretty short, so I’m sure once I start this book, I’ll get through it quickly. I remember really liking it when I was in middle school, but I haven’t read it since, so I have no idea what to expect.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice
I think it’s very unlikely that I will make it to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, but it’s my book club’s pick for February, so I have to read it by next weekend. If I don’t make it to this during the readathon, I’ll definitely be reading it soon. The copy says “Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey…there was Anne Rice’s New York Times best seller The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty,” so we’ll see how this book goes.
March by John Lewis
I know it seems crazy to slip another book in this list when I’ve already said there’s a good chance I won’t get to the previous two I mentioned, but I actually think this will make for a good break between some of the other books I’m planning to read this week. It’s is the first volume in John Lewis’ three-part graphic memoir, called March, about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement and marching with Martin Luther King Jr. I think it’s going to be a really good read and I’m excited to check it out. Definitely something I should be able to finish over the weekend.
So yeah, there’s pretty much no way I can finish all of these books this weekend, but we’ll see how far I make it. I’ll be tweeting updates on my reading progress throughout the weekend, so make sure to check out my Twitter account to see what I actually wind up reading this weekend and how many hours I read for the 24 in 48 Readathon.
What books are you planning to read this weekend? Let me know in the comments!