March Madness Starter Post


“Have I gone mad?
I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 So, clearly, because I haven’t set myself a ridiculous enough challenge with my blog as a whole, I have been persuaded to take part in March Madness by the lovely Juliana at Cedar Station! As part of the month-long readathon beginning this Saturday, I have set myself the goal of reading a minimum of 10 books during March. As I am averaging 4 -5 a month at the moment, 10 will be hard work to get through, but the temptation to get the 746 down into the 720s in a matter of weeks is too good to resist!

So here are the books I hope to read, in no particular order:

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

The Seven Days of Peter Crumb by Johnny Glynn

Race by David Mamet

Posh by Laura Wade

The Scattering by Christopher Reid

Run by Ann Patchett

This is Water by David Foster Wallace

The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg

Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa

If you look closely you’ll see that there are two plays, a volume of poetry and well, a speech in there, so I have been selective in the length of books I’ve chosen. Yet they are all in the 746 and would have to be read at some point, so I’m going to give myself a break! I’ve also made the effort to support the Read Women 2014 initiative so 50% of these books are written by women.

My posts during the month will obviously be much shorter – can’t take up too much precious reading time – but they will be more frequent so it all balances out.

If you are taking part in March Madness, please do link up to your own starter post below, I like to see what other people are reading and I’m going to need all the support I can get!

I really am mad, but let’s do this….


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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

48 Comments Leave a comment

  1. This is an interesting mix of books. Can’t wait to read about them! Run is the only one I’ve read, and I thought it was good, so hopefully you will too. Good luck and have fun!


  2. Yay! I’ll link this up on my blog, too. Great choices. That Tampa cover is just, like, all up in your face about it, huh? 😉

    So glad you’re joining in!


  3. Hi! Just stopping by to say that This is Water is just unbelievably good. I still have to read it each time I feel like I’m being too complacent about my life. I snap out of it right away 🙂

    By the way, there’s the audio of that speech out there. I’m pretty sure it was published in at some point. Not as good in quality as a real audiobook, but it’s pretty good too.

    Good luck!


  4. Good luck! I hope you enjoy all the books you mentioned. I’ve note read Yoko Ogawa’s Hotel Iris yet but I’ve read The Diving Pool. I’ve heard of Tampa before and I’ll be interested to know what you think about it. Have a great time reading in March and the rest of the year 🙂


  5. Wow, 746 books. It takes my breath away thinking about owning so many unread books. Staggering. I’ve relieved myself of so many books over the last 2 years. It’s refreshing. I feel like it’s ok to visit the library now. lol. Good luck with your reading. Any little bit can be rewarding.


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