my readaton 2010

I m taking part in my first readaton tomorrow ,I m starting on saturday morning and reading through the day and night luckily .I m on one of my night shifts so have to stay awake all night here are my choices ,for tomorrow .


current read -the bad girl by Mario Vargas Llosa  ,the new Nobel laureates latest novel ,a retelling of sorts of madame Bovary story  ,I m 50 pages in and am enjoying him ,I had already intend to read this a some point before end of year ,it has been over ten years since I read him ,I remember how I liked his style in other books I ve read .


I ve two short African Novellas ,travellers to the east by  Thomas Mofolo ,considered the first African novel by the writer from Lesotho follows a mans pilgrimage ,So long the letter by Mariama ba follows women as she writes a letter on how she dealt with her husband taking a second wife .

Tobias wolff ‘s old school is first of two novels follows schoolchildren in 1960 at a private school as a Hemingway is due to visit the school competion and turmoil crop up .

The weekend Bernhard Schlink a novel that follows a group meeting after 20years one of them has been in prison for there involvement in the red army faction in germany ,secrets are revealed and memories stirred .

I hope to visit some blogs tomorrow and get as much as I can read and do some short post through the day .



12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Richard
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 23:08:29

    Good luck with your readathon, Stu–sounds like some interesting reads as usual! I have Vargas Llosa’s first novel, La ciudad y los perros, coming up soon (of course, I’ve been telling myself that for months now), and the Non-Structured gang and I are going to be reading his Conversation in the Cathedral as a group read next year. What else have you read by him? Do you know any Spanish? P.S. I broke down and bought Hadrian the Seventh a night or two ago. Now just need to find some time to read it!


    • winstonsdad
      Oct 08, 2010 @ 23:13:35

      aunt Julia ,the end of the world ,both about 10 years ago ,really should got back to him before now will join in next year .No Spanish ,only other language I can just about read in bar english is German as I lived there and can read fairly well in it ,good on Hadrian the seventh hop you like it as much as me ,all the best stu


  2. Kelly
    Oct 08, 2010 @ 23:11:14

    Good luck with the readathon! I love the doggy in your photo 😉

    I’m interested in seeing how you like the Bernhard Schlink book. I’m in the middle of The Reader (in French though).


    • winstonsdad
      Oct 08, 2010 @ 23:17:11

      I loved the reader and feel of this book meant be the same ,he is uk at moment but I am unable to see him ,hope you like the end of the reader ,all the best stu


  3. Kinna
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 01:07:20

    Good luck with the readathon tomorrow, Stu. Your selection looks good. I’m yet to read a book by the new laureate.


  4. Emily Jane
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 02:01:30

    Good luck tomorrow Stu! I will not be participating, but I’m excited to see how everyone does.


  5. Valerie
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 02:40:22

    Hello to your Winston! You have a good selection there! I have to admit I haven’t read any of your choices (yet). Now that Vargas Llosa is on the radar, I’m wanting to check him out. Have heard good things about Tobias Wolff, would like to try him out sometime soon, too.

    As for surviving 24 hours? Lots of caffeine :-). also I have to take breaks here and there because of the kids, so it isn’t 24 solid hours anyway for me.


    • winstonsdad
      Oct 09, 2010 @ 10:20:43

      I d check llosa out wish I hadn’t left it so long before i read him ,I ve got work buut on night shift so be staying up all night I ll have finish early due to another night shift sunday but aiming to read for 20 hours and trying to get at least 8 hours in them 320 hours ,all the best stu


  6. amymckie
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 14:52:04

    Great book choices Stu! I actually just read So Long a Letter this morning – I highly recommend it 🙂 A great short little read!


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