Quick Thoughts: Read-a-Thon Books

I read 5.5 books for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon on Saturday/Sunday. Here are my quick thoughts about 5 of them:

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

  • I felt as if I was reading my own story.
  • You could quote from this book all day long.
  • A tiny gem of a book full of bookish tidbits.

 Push by Sapphire

  • Powerful, disturbing, hopeful, devastating.
  • I wanted to bring Precious home with me and treat her right!
  • I’m so glad I finally got around to reading this. Next? The movie.
  • Was I the last person in the world to read this? 
  • Do I think everyone in the world should read this? Yup.
  • Teenagers can be total asshats.

 The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada

  • Short, sad and lovely
  • Good for Read-a-Thon because it’s short. Bad for Read-a-Thon because holy cats what a downer!
  • I love reading about this period in history and this was no exception.
  • My very first graphic novel, yay me!
  • Wintry, sweet, sad, honest, Wisconsiny, yay me!
  • One of the best first-love stories I’ve ever read. (Yay me again!)
I hope you all enjoyed your Read-a-Thon books as much as I enjoyed mine. And hey, do you have any good graphic novel recommendations? I’d love to hear about them! 

26 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: Read-a-Thon Books

  1. Cheater, cheater pumpkin eater! ;)So, I'm not sure if there are any differences between Push and Precious. But, I read Push earlier this year and it tore me apart with how raw it was. The movie was incredible, too! Chocolate War: I STILL have not read this! (how is that possible? ugh.)I've also not really read graphic novels before, maybe I will check Blankets out 🙂


  2. Graphic novel recs: Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. Maus (depressing, though). French Milk. To Timbuktu (more like a heavily illustrated living abroad adventure).


  3. Loved reading your thoughts! Congrats again on the Read-a-thon. I just started my first graphic novel, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, and am hoping to read Blankets sometime soon. Also, I saw the movie Precious, and it was so powerful. Mo'Nique definitely deserved that Oscar!


  4. Blankets looks adorable. And perfect for reading when it is snowing outside. (I am a very seasonal person, reading too lol) I will also have to read the Anna Quindlen!I am still in awe of your accomplishment – way to go you! 🙂


  5. I will have to read the Anna Quindlen book, and Blankets, too, since I've been thinking about graphic novels more. That one looks like something that might appeal to me. I must plan a Read A Thon Weekend for myself- it sounds like heaven!


  6. I'll admit that I've never read a graphic novel, and really haven't ever had the urge to, but I saw Blankets a while back and thought it seemed interesting. Your review makes me think I should give it a go, especially since you're a graphic newbie also. I'll have to consider the readathon in the future because it seems like so much fun. And it looks like you did great – completing 5! Way to go!


  7. I know, right?! 😉 I think Push and Precious are the same thing and they changed the name for the movie? Don't quote me though, I'm not positive. I didn't know a thing about The Chocolate War until it was all over the place during Banned Book Week, I'm so glad I read it.


  8. You should Beth, the art was great and the story was wonderful. I never really even thought of reading a graphic novel before I saw Blankets on a few blogs during Banned Book Week. I'm glad I decided to give it a try.Thanks, and yes you should do it! 😉


  9. Nope, haven't read The Chocolate War, but then again, it may not be a book that I'd grab off the shelves without someone recommending it to me first 😉 *Checks GR* ok, it does appear to be an impactful book! Ugh, I hate bullies and high school psychological warfare… reminds me of back in the day.How Reading Changed my Life sounds like the perfect gift for any reader 🙂


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