High Summer Readathon and Just One Paragraph

high summer ratThe High Summer Read-a-thon officially started last night but I decided to wait until this morning to begin my stack of books. My reading isn’t going very well so hopefully this week-long read-a-thon is what I need to make a dent in ARCs and library books before August gets here. August is my birthday month and I want to spend it re-reading some of my favorite books. Below is my stack of potential reads for this week. You can click on the titles to learn more about them.


Bleeder by Shelby Smoak. I picked this up last week at the library. In Bleeder, Smoak talks about his life as a hemophiliac and getting HIV as a child because of a tainted blood product that saved his life.

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Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick. This is a reread of the life of Richard P. Feynman. He’s such a fascinating person to read about.


The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. I think Carrie (Books and Movies) loved this one.

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Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan. I love Lanagan’s previous works so I can’t wait to read (and finish) this one.


A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff. I’ve heard whispers about this book as a potential Newbery winner next year, so I’m adding it to my tbr list now.


Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. I’ve been waiting years for this book. Literally. No library in my area had it and graphic novels are expensive. Now that a local library has it, I can finally read it. I can’t wait.


When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. I love The Buddha in the Attic, Otsuka’s last novel, so I can’t wait to read this. I might even add Buddha to my stack too.


Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. I try to read this book every year in August because it’s a seasonal read and also because of the first sentence, “The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.” I love that line. But there’s nothing wrong with reading comfort reads now.


How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark (ARC). I think this book is coming at a perfect time when so many people are writing online.

I doubt I will get this entire stack read but it’s nice to look at.


The lovely Bryan (Still Unfinished) told me about an informal 30-day blogging challenge that starts today. It’s called Just One Paragraph and the challenge is just to post a paragraph every day for thirty days. It doesn’t matter what you post. I’m joining the challenge in hopes of getting my blogging mojo back.

So, will you join me for either event? What are you reading this week?


14 thoughts on “High Summer Readathon and Just One Paragraph

  1. I’m so tempted to join in on the High Summer Readathon. I don’t know if I can do another one though after last week. lol The 30 Days/30 Posts challenge sounds like a lot of fun. I think I might be in on that one.

  2. I have NEVER read Tuck Everlasting. I think maybe we were supposed to for a classroom read once, but I never did. I haven’t seen the movie, either! This seems wrong and incorrect and wrong. Bah!

  3. Ohhhhh. Tuck Everlasting. Summer reading. Absolutely perfect. WIsh I could join in this week, but the timing is off for me. Enjoy your voluminous stack!

  4. Have fun with the High Summer Read-a-Thon! Skim was really good so I hope you enjoy it. Looking forward to hearing more about Bleeder – that sounds very interesting.

  5. Enjoy the readathon! Hopefully the 30-day challenge will also help you get your mojo back. If not, just enjoy the readathon and your August rereads and check back in when the month is over. We’ll still be here for you!

    BTW, Bleeder sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see what you have to say about it.

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