Spring Into Summer Read-a-Thon

June 17, 2011

This weekend, Enna Isilee is hosting the Spring Into Summer Read-a-thon over at Squeaky Books. The read-a-thon is running from Friday June 17th at 8am MST (11am EST) to Saturday June 18th at 8pm MST (11pm EST). Thirty-six hours of non-stop reading and fun!

I’m going to be participating as much as possible, in between a massive weather-related headache, a really cool event tomorrow called Art As Safe Ground?, and heading out of the city after that to spend some time with my dad for an early Father’s Day. On the other hand, though, I have a ton of reading to get done in the next few weeks, what with the move coming up (and me not wanting to take any paper books with me, but wanting to get through a giant stack of things first before I pack them all up). So I’m taking advantage of every “extra” reading moment (and motivation) I can get!

The first book I’m going to be reading is Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam by Asra Q. Nomani. I’ve been slowly working on this one for a while, and I just want to sit down for a good chunk of time and finish it off! Then I’m going to be moving on to The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls (also needs to be finished ASAP), and then – hopefully – I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim edited by Maria M. Ebrahimji and Zahra T. Suratwala. During times when I’ll be listening to an audiobook instead of reading a dead tree book, I’ll be working on Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West by Benazir Bhutto.

Wondering about my choice of books? Yes, three out of the four books I’m hoping to read are about Islam in some way. That’s because I’m working ahead on reading books and preparing reviews for the 2nd annual Ramadan Reading held here on my blog! Ramadan starts on August 1st this year, just before I prepare to move to the UAE, so I’m trying to get all of my ducks in a row to avoid some of the inevitable stressiness.

Are you participating in the read-a-thon? Drop me a line and I’ll try to stop by your blog tonight or tomorrow!


Updates:

Friday @ 11pm: Finished reading Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.

Saturday @ 11am: Leaving the house for the event I mentioned above. After that, I’ll be mostly listening to the audiobook of Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West since I’ll be driving a car for about an hour or more.

4 Comments

  • Shelley June 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I hope you enjoy your reading! I’ll have to mark my calendar to do some Islamic-themed reading in August. What a great opportunity to go to the UAE!

  • Amy June 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Wow, I hope you had some time for reading in what with everything else going on! Glad you still came to the event with me 😀

  • Fadoua June 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Interesting book list! I wonder why did you pick books by female writers. Coincidence?

    I am nicely surprised to learn that there is Ramadan Reading challenge. I am looking forward to be part of it next Ramadan.

    • Carina June 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Partly coincidence, and partly that I generally tend to read a lot of books by (and about) women!

      It’s not so much of a reading challenge as an event that I did last year on my blog, and have decided to do again this year. But I’m definitely up for people joining in on it!

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