The weather has finally turned to Spring here in Kansas and it is (supposed to be) a lovely Easter Sunday morning! The sun is shining, the temperature is in the high 60s, the day is filled with hope and thanksgiving, and I am looking forward to having a leisurely dinner with the family. I hope that you too are enjoying the rejuvenation of this Easter day!
I simply cannot tell you how excited I am for this 24 hour read-athon! This will be my third time to participate, and I think I am looking forward to this one most. My first read-athon was last spring and I truly had no idea what to expect. I learned that 24 hours does not necessarily translate to “I can read several books in a weekend” — it just means that I can read several pages in a weekend. I also realized that I hadn’t adequately planned for meals (for myself or other members of the family) and that ate up (pardon the pun) a rather large chunk of my reading time.
Last fall I was a bit more realistic with my reading goals, and I communicated better with the fam (I know that I cannot stay up for a full 24 hours, so my plan for all three events has been to read for about 8 hours on Saturday and another 4 hours on Sunday for a total of 12 hours over the course of the weekend). I selected fewer books and even included some YA titles that are no less enjoyable, although sometimes a bit less complicated. I had a difficult time, however, coordinating the number of hours I would read vs twitter vs post on my blog. Consequently, I still did not accomplish all that I had hoped, but had another great time.
Now I figure “third time’s a charm” — my family is well aware of my weekend plans; I will definitely have meals and snacks ready to go; I will try to post 3 times on Saturday (a start post – a middle post – and an ending post) and a summary post on Sunday; I will not try to follow all the tweets, but rather pop in and out as I need a break. I would like to be more purposeful in my reading, that is, try to read books that I will enjoy (eg – not for teaching or summer school), but that will also fulfill a challenge obligation (I did not complete nearly as many challenges as I had hoped last year, so I want to try to do better in 2010). While I do not have a complete list ready to post, I will tell you which books I am considering:
- Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton (for the Mystery Read Cafe challenge – author’s last name begins with “B”)
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (for the Once Upon a Time challenge that I have yet to sign up for because I am afraid I will not have a chance to read a book in time)
- Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (also for the Mystery Read Cafe challenge – the first in a series)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (for the Our Mutual Read challenge) Some students in my English 1 class selected this as a book to read in literature circles. OH MY – did this create quite the uproar with some conservative parents. I want to read the book myself to see why it received such negative attention.
- Why My Third Husband will be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline. This will not fulfill any challenges, but it looks like a light, hysterical, fun read that will be a welcomed diversion when my eyes become bleary.
- The Flaneur by Edmund White. Again, this will not fulfill a reading challenge that I know of, but it is a short book with the subtitle “A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris.” and it came highly recommended by CB (see his review here).