At first I wasn’t going to take part in the inaugural Thanksgiving Readathon but the more I thought I about it, the more I realized I needed to participate. And for several reasons. One, its co-hosts Ottavia from Novels and Nonfiction and Jackie B. from Death by Tsundoku are simply adorable and if my taking part in the Readathon promotes their blogs in any way I’m all for it. Two, by doing the Readathon perhaps I can expose my blog to a new reader or two. Three, just like Nonfiction November this is great opportunity for me to discover new book blogs. Four, if I publicly commit to reading a few selected books who knows, maybe I’ll make some significant reading progress.
Currently, it feels like there’s a mountain of books I want to finish before the end of the year. Making this worse is my nasty little habit of adding additional books to this tower, either from the pubic library or my personal collection. I’m also going to be distracted over the long holiday weekend. Not only will I be partaking in my family’s annual Thanksgiving Feast of Epic Proportions but I’ll also be enjoying a busy social calendar consisting of an evening of post-Thanksgiving adult beverages with wonderful friends, more adult beverages with friends at a local English-style pub and college football on Saturday hopefully watching my alma mater’s beat-down of our in-state rival.
Below are the six books I’ll be reading for the Readathon. Trust me, if I’m able to achieve any reading progress, let alone finish one or two of these books considering my many distractions it’ll be a major miracle. Wish me luck! I’ll need it.
The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End by Robert Gerwarth – To feed my addiction to 20th century history.
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers by Simon Winchester – I love Simon Winchester. This one has been on my list to read for at least a year.
In Europe’s Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond by Robert D. Kaplan – Kaplan’s 2010 book Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power is huge favorite of mine, easily making my year-end Best Nonfiction List in 2011. This one is for Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge.
Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra – In order to explain today’s religious-based violence and far-right extremism Mishra looks to the past, specifically the 19th century for answers.
Fatelessness by Imre Kertesz – One of two novels on this list. Another one for the European Reading Challenge.
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova – The other novel on my list. This one is also for the European Reading Challenge.