Read-A-Thon Hours 23 – 24

With just one minute to spare I’ve finished Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan.  It was a perfect book for the latter portion of the read-a-thon – short, easy and without a lot of extraneous plot.  Straight to the point!


The last Mini-Challenge of the Read-A-Thon is brought to you by Roof Beam Reader:

Imagine we live in a bizarre, post-apocalyptic world, wherein only ONE copy of every book remains in existence, and the technology (electronic, print, or otherwise) to make copies has been destroyed. 

You are given the golden opportunity to select 5 books to build a Posterity Library, a small collection of treasured literary material that will remain in your family, passed down from generation to generation. 

Now, think carefully – only ONE copy of every book ever written still exists.  Be sure to provide the names of the books, author (if applicable) and your reason for choosing each book.  The winner will be the one who can best argue why the 5 books they have chosen are most important, valuable, or significant – either to themselves, their family, and/or future generations.

The winner will be announced here and will receive an e-mail notification.  He/She will have 48-hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. 


1. The Bible – I would choose this one because it is the cornerstone of my faith as a Christian.

2. Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury – I would choose this book as a warning as to what happens to the world when people stop caring about one another and only their own pleasure.

3. Second Nature by Jonathan Balcombe – This one is important because I am an animal lover and wish for future generations to be more in tune with the animal world.  Gahndi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  I believe that Balcombe shows us why animals deserve as much compassionate treatment as humans.

4. A Year By The Sea by Joan Anderson – Women from every time and location need to stop and refresh themselves from time to time.  This book inspires time away to rejuvenate and contemplate your place within your own life but without necessarily coming to the conclusion that you need to uproot yourself and leave your family for all eternity in order to be the person you want to be after that time of inner contemplation.

5. Beowulf – This story inspires heroism in the face of probable failure and death.  This world needs to know that putting yourself out there and overcoming the odds to do something great, not just for your own selfishness but for the good of others, is not only possible but necessary for the world to thrive.

*The book I would choose from the Depository is probably The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan simply because my son wants to read it but our library has somewhere in the neighborhood of 100+ holds on it.


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