Are we all ready for another week? I managed to catch up on a bit of rest after finishing three books during Saturday’s Readathon and was able to wrap up the rest of Sara Levine’s Treasure Island!!!, too. I have a tiny bit of Brutal Youth left and then I’m jumping into Dr. Mutter’s Marvels and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, which is my book club’s pick for the month. It’s hard to believe we’re so far into October already, especially when we’re keep having an 80 degree day pop up, but I can’t complain about the Fall reading!
This is the final stretch, Readathoners! I think I have a challenge that will get your brain going just enough to keep you awake. I seems like I can’t open a website without catching news of the latest book to movie adaptation—they’re everywhere! This is your chance to imagine the perfect cast for one of the books you read during the Readathon. Pick a character (or two or three) and pair them up with the perfect actor to make your dream cast. You can leave your pairings (or a link to your blog with your list and maybe some pictures if you want to get fancy!) in the comments to enter. I’ll randomly choose one person to win their choice of $15 to Amazon, Book Depository or Book Outlet when the Readathon is up! (You do not have to create a Disqus account to comment – you can post as a guest with just your name and e-mail!)
Looking for an example? I recently interviewed Megan Abbott about The Fever and she chose Kiernan Shipka, Kyle Chandler and Tye Sheridan to star in her dream cast.
So, take your pick. Who would star in the film version of your book?
Thank you for participating – the giveaway is closed!
Happy Readathon Day! I’ll be updating this post every few hours throughout the day while reading and cheering with Team Austen on Twitter. Wondering about my reading plans? You can check out the stack I shared earlier this week. I used a great spreadsheet for the last two readathons that I plan to stick with this time, so here’s hoping it does its job of keeping me organized!
Hour 0: Intro Meme
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The lovely Richmond, Virginia!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I’ve heard so many great things about Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but I’m also excited to finally dig into Sara Levine’s Treasure Island!!!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I woke up early to get some turkey chili going in the crock pot and have an irresistible bowl of Halloween candy that I plan to dip into.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Let’s see…my Australian Shepherd will be my co-pilot for the day. Though she loves a good book-snuggle, she also gets demanding with her play time and just might force me to get her out of the house.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
My last readathon actually went pretty well, so I’m hoping to duplicate it! I’ve had migraines hit me in the past from too much eye strain, so I think taking breaks every once in a while is much needed.
So far, so good! I got a good chunk of Someone finished and switched over to Your Fathers, Where Are They? for a change of pace. It’s totally different, but I’m kind of surprised by how much I’m loving it. I did a bit of cheering and checking in on blogs in the rest of the three hours, but now I’m ready to jump back in!
Oh, as expected, I did have a pup to attend to.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 10/7/2014
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In 1892, the hidden romance of nineteen year-old Alice Mitchell and her seventeen year-old fiancee Freda Ward came to an abrupt end when their love letters were found and they were banned from seeing one another. Though Alice was determined to continue the affair, and the eventual plan to pass as a man in order to marry, Freda was quick to turn her back on her former flame. This was unacceptable for Alice, who slashed Freda’s throat with her father’s razor in a moment of heartbroken determination.
Alexis Coe, who stumbled upon Alice and Freda’s story in a scholarly journal, tells both the tale of the young love and the trial that unfolded in the weeks that followed. Though Alice and Freda’s relationship would hardly be a scandal today, the way Alice’s trial played out in the media feels eerily familiar. Her defense claimed her perverse relationship proved her insanity as competing newspapers attempted to paint different pictures of those involved depending on their agenda.
Coe’s fascinating account of Alice and Freda’s story is paired with drawings and handwritten letters, which help to make Alice + Freda Forever a perfect gateway to nonfiction. For anyone interested in history, psychology, media or just a good story, Alexis Coe’s new book will be a tough one to put down.
Published by Picador on 10/14/2014
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Katha Pollitt knows her audience. She knows she is unlikely to sway the opinions of abortion opponents, just as she knows the majority of Pro‘s readers will be pro-choice. But her aim is not to force-feed opinions to anti-choice readers. Instead, Pollitt hopes that Pro will take hold in the “muddled middle”; the space where the majority of Americans sit with hopes of restricting abortion rather than banning it.
“It’s as if we think motherhood is the default setting for a woman’s life from first period to menopause, and she needs a note from God not to say yes to every zygote that knocks on her door—even if, like most women who have abortions, including my mother, she already has children. There is deep contempt for women in that—and disregard for the seriousness of motherhood as well. “
At the center of Pollitt’s argument is the idea that both abortion defenders and opponents use language that describe the procedure as traumatic, tragic and difficult when it is often a clear decision for many women. Young teenage girls, students progressing in degree programs, and mothers unable to provide for a larger family might make the choice to have an abortion with little more than a second thought, like 3 out of 10 women who make the same choice before menopause. Pollitt uses pointed and intelligent discussion to pull together reasons why choosing abortion doesn’t have to be a tragedy, while smartly refuting points about birth control use and adoption as classist and sexist.
“If anti-abortion leaders were opposed only to abortion, why would they be so keen to stretch its definition to include the most effective and most popular methods of contraception? Why do they cling to the notion that the Pill causes abortion? Why don’t they welcome recent studies showing that emergency contraception prevents ovulation, not implantation? The fact that they grasp at straws suggests what they really object to is sex without a significant threat of pregnancy and the social changes connected to that.”
In sections that cover personhood, the role of women and motherhood as well as the potential for compromise on abortion, I found myself underlining full paragraphs. I picked up Pro from my place as a passionate liberal (my disgust over the Hobby Lobby decision and creepy love for James Madison didn’t give it away?) excited to read great arguments from a position I firmly believe in. I didn’t expect Pollitt to open my eyes to the pro-choice movement’s gray areas and have me seeking volunteer opportunities as soon as I finished. It’s that important. Even if you think I’m a little crazy and Katha Pollitt’s ideas are off the charts, this is the point where I chase after you and tell you to please read this book.
Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is this Saturday and this is one of the first times I don’t have any other plans for the day. I’m taking over co-hosting duties for a few hours, which means I’ll miss out on a bit of reading, but other than that I plan to snuggle up and read for as much of the day as I can.
I usually go fairly conservative with the size of my book stacks, but this time I tried to go with some variety…just all very short. I doubt I’ll get through all of these, but I’m hoping to make a decent dent.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine
See How Small by Scott Blackwood
Hold the Dark by William Giraldi
Someone by Alice McDermott
I have everything ready to throw together for some chili, but I still need to pick up some serious snacks on Friday before I feel really ready. Are you taking part in the readathon? Is this your first time? What do you plan to read?