Saturday, June 6, 2009

Read-a-thon, Marleen's answers

Kathrin asked some interesting questions in her blog today, and since I'm one of the two organizers of this Read-A-Thon, I decided that I should probably be (one of the first) to answer them. And, I have to say, I found that harder than I thought I would. But, I did my best, and underneath here you can find my responses. If anyone would like to know anything else, just ask the question, and I'll try to answer it.

What books do you want to read during this read-a-thon?
I didn't actually decide on specific books during these 24 hours. Obviously they are going to be mysteries and thrillers, but I've got so many of them at home, both from the library and on my own shelves, that I will just pick them up as the mood strikes me. The way I usually pick my books, in fact.
I have decided on the first one though. It is SEEKING THE DEAD by Kate Ellis. This is the first book in a new series by her, featuring Joe Plantagenet.

How many books do you hope to finish?
That's very much going to depend on how big the books I end up picking are. I'd be disappointed though if I didn't finish at least 2. I would also be very surprised if I managed to read 4 or more.

What (if any) breaks do you intend to take?
Since I've decided to take 36 rather than 24 hours to squeeze my 12 reading hours into I'm going to have to take breaks for sleeping and eating. Tonight I have to show my face at a neighbours birthday party, although I don't intend to stay long. Tomorrow I hope to spend most of my time reading though. The only thing that will require a break from reading then is a good walk with the dog.

Do you generally read lots of mysteries and thrillers or are the one of the many genres you like?
I do like most genres of fiction, or rather there aren't many I actively dislike. However, I do seem to read more mysteries and thrillers than anything else.

What are some of your favorite authors?
Michael Connelly
Harlan Coben
Kate Ellis
J.D. Robb
Stephen Booth,
to name just a few. I know there must be a lot more, but these are the authors that jumped into my mind as I read the question.

If you could make us all read one mystery or thriller for this read-a-thon, which one would it be and why?
Now that is a really hard question, and I'm not sure I can answer it. For myself though, I brought THE SCARECROW by Michael Connelly home from the library yesterday and am really looking forward to reading that book.

Do you prefer series or stand alones?
In general I like both and don't really have a preference. But, with some authors I know I prefer the series over any stand-alones. This is especially true for Michael Connelly. I love all his books, but I'm always a bit disappointed when Harry Bosch doesn't feature in the book I happen to be reading.


  1. Marleen, I really like your answers.
    I totally agree with Harlan Coben and J.D. Robb - and I have a few of the other authors you mentioned on my TBR list. :-)
    Happy reading!

  2. My answers are posted on Tutu's Two Cents

    Do I need to do anything else. Or just start reading? I already Mr. Linky'd

  3. tutu, just read and have fun! And, of course, check back later for more memes and to at the end tell us how you did :-)

  4. Those questions were harder to answer than I thought, too. My answers are on my blog: Today I'll browse other folks blogs to find out who's reading what. Maybe add some books to my TBR list. Happy reading, y'all!

  5. Cool answers. I am so new to this genre that any recommendations are really appreciated. I may have to have abreak tonight as I am due to go out and it will depend on how much I feel like dressing up! If I do I will finish up either when I get in depending on how late it is or tomorrow after work.

  6. Rhinoa, glad to be able to provide you with a few ideas. Enjoy your reading and your night out. It's going to be a busy time for you.