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Our Big Summer Readathon: Truman Capote

Summers are perfect for reading great swathes of books, and what could be better than focusing upon a writer whom everyone has heard of, but whom nobody really seems to read?  I am sure that a lot of you will be familiar with Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, but have you read any of Truman Capote’s short stories before?  Are you familiar with his other novella, The Grass Harp?  Do you know what his recently discovered novel, Summer Crossing, is about?

Whether you answered no to any of the above questions, or if you squealed a ‘yes’ and are excited about what may be coming next, we would love you to join us with our Big Summer Readathon.  Lizzi from theselittlewords and I have decided to read through a lot of American author Truman Capote’s work over the next two months, and will be scheduling posts with our reviews on the last two days of both July and August.  Both of us are using the fabulous A Capote Reader as our starting point, and shall be reading Summer Crossing as an accompanying volume (the review for this will be posted in mid-August).

Our Big Summer Readathon schedule is as follows:

July:
Novella – The Grass Harp
Short stories – ‘Miriam’, ‘My Side of the Matter’, ‘A Tree of Night’, ‘Jug of Silver’, ‘The Headless Hawk’, ‘Shut a Final Door’

August:
Novella – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Short stories – ‘Master Misery’, ‘Children on Their Birthdays’, ‘A Diamond Guitar’, ‘House of Flowers’, ‘Among the Paths to Eden’, ‘Mojave’
Novel – Summer Crossing

 

If you would like any more information about our readathon, please visit Lizzi’s wonderful introductory post.  If you are planning to join us, please do let us know!  Our aim is to get as many people to read Capote’s fabulous work as we can, and we would love to hear if you want to get involved with our project.

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Readathon Wrap-Up: Day Five, Six and Seven

I apologise that I did not update my reading total each day as I said I would, but I thought that gathering the totals for the last three days of the readathon would suffice.

Day four is by far the best readathon total I expect to get to this week, and it was reached mainly by catching up on a stack of review books.

Day Five: (21st February 2014)
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou – 30pp (read for review)
Territorial Rights by Muriel Spark – 220pp (read for review)
Love Stories, edited by Diana Secker-Tesdell – 206pp (finished)
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman – 18pp

Total pages: 474
Daily target of 100 pages beaten by 374 pages

Day four is by far the best readathon total I expect to get to this week, and it was reached mainly by catching up on a stack of review books.

Day Six: (22nd February 2014)
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman – 193pp (finished)
Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy – 55pp (finished)
Moomin: The Complete Comic Strip (Volume Three) by Tove Jansson – 105pp (finished)
The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry – 17pp

Total pages: 370
Daily target of 100 pages beaten by 270 pages

Day four is by far the best readathon total I expect to get to this week, and it was reached mainly by catching up on a stack of review books.

Day Seven: (23rd February 2014)
The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry – 75pp (finished)
Secret Seven Fireworks by Enid Blyton – 136pp (finished)
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie – 334pp (finished)
A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy – 128pp (finished)
The Lesson of the Master by Henry James – 4pp

Total pages: 617
Daily target of 100 pages beaten by 517 pages

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Readathon Wrap Up: Day Four

Day four is by far the best readathon total I expect to get to this week, and it was reached mainly by catching up on a stack of review books.

Day Four: (20th February 2014)
Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon – 200pp (read for review)
The Unknown Bridesmaid by Margaret Forster – 361pp (read for review)
The Public Image by Muriel Spark – 156pp (read for review)
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou – 8pp (read for review)
Love Stories – edited by Diana Secker Tesdell – 108pp (in progress)
The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West – 221pp (finished)

Total pages: 1054
Daily target of 100 pages beaten by 954 pages

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Readathon Wrap-Up: Days Two and Three

I had no chance whatsoever to add my day two reading yesterday, as I spent the entire day in London, so I am making up for it with a double post.

Day Two: (18th February 2014)
Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds – 89pp (read in its entirety)
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – 38pp (abandoned)
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley – 128pp (read in its entirety)
Puzzle for the Secret Seven by Enid Blyton – 83pp

Total pages: 338
Daily target of 100 pages beaten by 238 pages

Day Three:
Puzzle for the Secret Seven by Enid Blyton – 54 pp (completed)
Love Stories, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell – 78 pp (in progress)
The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West – 128 pp (in progress)

Total pages: 260
Daily target of 100 pages beaten by 160 pages

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Readathon Wrap-Up: Day One

Each morning during our readathon, I shall be reporting upon the total number of pages and books which I got through during the previous day.

Day One: (17th February 2014)
A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick – 320pp (read in its entirety)
Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville – 50pp (abandoned)
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – 47pp (still in progress)
Unsaid Things: Our Story by McFly – 275pp (begun on Sunday and finished yesterday)

Total pages: 692
Daily target of 100 pages beaten by 592 pages

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Our Readathon Begins Tomorrow!

Our first Literary Sisters readathon begins at the stroke of midnight and runs until midnight on Sunday the 23rd.  April and I are aiming to read one hundred pages each per day, and will be posting daily updates wherever possible.  We would love to hear from anyone who is joining in with us, be it for a single day or the entire week.  Please do comment with your own updates if you are taking part!

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Readathon: More Details Announced

For our February readathon, April and I have challenged ourselves to read one hundred pages each day, amounting to seven hundred over the course of the week.  As our readathon will take place over half term, this seems like a reasonable goal for us both.  We will be reading a wide variety of books, all of which will be announced in due course.

Do you want to challenge yourself to read more?  Would you like to see if you can reach the target of one hundred pages per day?  If so, we would love you to join our readathon!  Do let us know if you are planning to join in.