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Readalongs and Readathons

Hello, all! I think it says something about my current state of mind that when I feel like blogging at the moment, it’s mostly just to chat. I don’t have anything particularly profound to say about books or the state of the world or anything other than my own naval. So be it–I may need to keep my focus inward for the next little while, and that feels okay.

I’m getting ready to participate in a couple of reading/blogging events that I thought I should mention. Besides Paris in July which is going on right now (I haven’t posted anything yet, but that should change this week), I’ve decided to participate in the Estella Society’s readalong of East of Eden by John Steinbeck, which officially starts on the 21st.  The only Steinbeck I’ve read is The Red Pony, which scarred me for life at the tender age of 12. Hopefully I’m mature enough to handle this one (ahem).

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Finally, I’m going to join in the High Summer Readathon from July 21st – 27th, as I will actually be home from work that week and should have some time to read. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to read for it, but probably a combination of my reading for the other two events and some fun, spur-of-the-moment stuff.

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But enough about me. How are you? 🙂 Are you enjoying your summer? Doing anything new and exciting? Reading anything so fabulous that you just have to tell the world all about it?

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March Wrap-Up and April Reads

jackson-squareMarch was a whirlwind, with my trip to the U.S. taking up most of the month. I read quite a bit but not exactly as I had planned, and my regular reading habits got a bit off-track. I was able to attend a great talk given by Chimamanda Adichie in Atlanta, and I marveled over the difficulty I had finding bookstores in the U.S.–crazy! Luckily my trusty favorite used book store was still there, and I scored some books for my daughters as well as one for myself.

During the month of March I read six books:

I LOVED both I Capture the Castle and Where’d You Go Bernadette, but there wasn’t much else to get excited about in there. I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk since finishing Bernadette and I really need something good to get me over it. Any suggestions?

Here’s what I’ve got lined up for April:

  1. The Quick by Lauren Owen – I’m looking forward to digging into this one, a sprawling debut novel set in Victorian London.
  2. And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass – This upcoming release picks up on characters from Glass’ first novel, Three Junes, which is one of my all-time favorites.
  3. When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon – This novel centers around the life of the daughter of Greek immigrants and her relationship to her homeland.
  4. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings – I was lucky enough to win this one in a giveaway recently, and I’m hoping to read it before I tackle Hemmings’ latest novel for review next month.

I’m participating in Carl’s Once Upon a Time reading event between now and June, and I will probably do some reading for that this month. There is also a Dewey’s coming up on the weekend of April 26th, so mark your calendars!

What are you reading this month? Do you have any other exciting plans for April?

The Classics Club Readathon

ccreadathon2Today I’m participating in the 2nd annual Classics Club readathon. I joined in the first one and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to once again spending the day with some great classic literature. This readathon comes at just the right time of the year for me, when it’s cold outside and I’m still lazy from the holidays and want nothing more than to settle down with a good book. Here’s what I’ve got lined up for today:

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins – I should be able to finish this one today, as I’ve already started it for Wilkie in Winter and it’s quite short. Update: FINISHED!

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins – I started this one for a readalong a few months back and the timing just wasn’t right. I’m hoping to make some progress on it today. Update: 28% done 

Collected Stories by Eudora Welty – Though I’m from the South and love its literary tradition, I will admit to having some gaping holes in my Southern reading pedigree. Welty is one of those which I hope to fill. Update: 5% done

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – This one is on my Classics Club list and represents yet another famous Southern writer whose work I have never read. For shame!

So it’s going to be a 50-50 split between Victorian thrills and Southern drama. Should make for a great readathon!

Are you joining in the readathon today? If so, what are you planning to read?

January Reads

In the past, I’ve tried to write weekly posts on what I’m reading, but now I have decided to change to one ‘preview’ post of the books I’ll be spending time with this month. I think this will work better for me as I often don’t finish books within a week.

I have a few books to read for review this month and I’ll be hosting a couple of book tour stops.  I’m also participating in Brooke’s Southern Literature Month, and I’ve decided to tie this in with my Classics Club and TBR reading for this month for Maximum Reading Efficiency! Here’s what I’ve got lined up for January:

1. The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley – This is a book from Kearsley’s backlist that is being re-released this month. I’ve read one Kearsley book previously and liked it, so I’m looking forward to digging into this historical mystery.

2. Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen – Another work of historical fiction, this time set in India in the 1950’s.

3. Our Love Could LIght the World by Anne Leigh Parrish – This is a self-published book of short stories that has gotten good reviews, centered on a dysfunctional family in upstate New York.

4. The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein – More historical fiction, this is a novel set in Japan during WWII. I’ve heard really good things about it.

5. Nowhere Else on Earth by Josephine Humphries. This book counts for my Southern Lit month reading as well as the TBR Challenge. It’s by one of my favorite authors and has been on my shelf for far too long. It’s a (guess what?) historical fiction novel set in North Carolina in the 1800’s.

6. Classics Club reading to be determined: I’m still working on Wilkie Collins’ The Frozen Deep and The Moonstone, and I will probably read some classic Southern Lit as well if I have time–I’ve got Carson McCuller’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter on my list and I recently bought a collection of Eudora Welty short stories. There’s a Classics Club readathon coming up this weekend, so I hope to get some good reading done then.

What are you reading this month?

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon

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Oh, this week. It’s been a hard one. I don’t really want to go into the gory details, but it’s safe to say I’ll be glad when it’s behind me.

At least it’s the weekend, and I cleared some work hurdles, and now it’s almost time for Dewey’s. I’ve been really looking forward to my first head cheerleading gig (go Team Tiger!), but it turns out that I’m going to have to leave town unexpectedly and I will miss the part that happens on Sunday for me.

But in the meantime, I’ll be cheering on those of you who are reading during this fabulous 24 hours of books, books and more books. I didn’t officially sign up to read since I’m not a good multi-tasker, although I’m hoping to sneak some reading time in on the sly  (shhh…).

So for all of you who are reading, have a great time, and for those of you who aren’t–you should be! 🙂

UPDATES –

Hour 1: Time for the traditional opening hour questionnaire!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m reading a bit and cheering a lot from the very chilly French Alps.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I don’t really have a stack per se (unofficial reader, here) but I’m looking forward to dipping into my Alice Munro short story collection in honor of her recent Nobel prize win.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Cheering is hard work, so I’ll need some protein. Peanut butter on toast, maybe?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m an American expat who has lived abroad for almost ten years, but I’m looking forward to a trip back to the U.S. next year–New Orleans, baby!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I’ve realized from past readathons that I need to focus on one thing and do it well. So, I’ll be mostly cheering (and tweeting) throughout the readathon.

Hope everyone has had a great first hour!

HOURS 2-forever?: Cheering, cheering, and more cheering. This is serious work! May need a snack and a quick reading break. Go #TeamTiger

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The September Wrap-Up

septemberSeptember was a hectic month for me. I didn’t get very much reading done, what with back-to-school and multiple deadlines at work, but I enjoyed everything that I did read. So there’s that.

In September, I finished four books:

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

I’m hoping things will slow down a bit in October, but honestly I kind of doubt it. At any rate, I have some good stuff coming up this month. There’s my continued R.I.P. reading (I’m about 20% into The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins), and I’ll be tackling Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon next.

If you’re looking for a R.I.P.-themed reading event this month, I saw that Unputdownables is hosting a readalong of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I’m afraid to commit to it at this point because I have a lot of scheduled reviews to prepare, but it looks like a lot of fun. There’s also a great book blogging event coming up mid-month which I will definitely be taking part in–Dewey’s Read-a-thon! This is on October 12th, so if you’ve never done Dewey’s before I encourage you to check it out. It’s awesome.

How was your month of September? Do you have anything special planned for October?

The May Wrap-Up

MyCloudTomorrow is the first of June, and we’ve yet to have anything resembling a spring in my part of the world. Meanwhile, I know some of you are dealing with heatwaves and crazy up and down weather. If anyone still doubted that climate change is real, they only have to look at the state of the planet at the moment to get a clue.

Anyway. I’m trying to stay positive, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to have much of a summer, either. A colleague of mine told me that there’s an old expression in French–“Les deux hivers se touchent“–which basically means that the two winters meet in the middle, with no other season in between. That’s what this year feels like so far.

But it’s almost June, and regardless of the cold and rain (and snow, a little higher up), it will mean the official start of summer, and we have lots of fun things planned for June. We’ll be going to a wedding and a concert, and the latter will mean a weekend away for me and my husband (in Italy!)

On the reading/blogging front, it’s been a quiet month. I’ve been very busy at work since what feels like forever, but part of that has been preparing for an audit that took place this past week, so things should be slowing down a bit. It’s meant that I haven’t had a lot of free time, and what I’ve had has been spent mostly off-line. I am reading, though, and this month I finished five books and hope to finish two more over the weekend.

In May, I read:

Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker

Deadly Games by Lindsay Buroker

Conspiracy by Lindsay Buroker

Blood and Betrayal by Lindsay Buroker

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (review coming soon!)

You may notice a theme there. I think because of all the work-related stress, I really needed to read something for pure entertainment, and the Buroker’s ‘Emperor’s Edge’ fantasy series definitely fit the bill. I’ve downloaded the latest one, which just came out this past month, but I’m determined to finish up a few other books before I read it (although I really, really want to know what happens with Amarynth and Sicarius).

I also hosted my first ever readalong this month, of Charlotte Brontë’s Villette. This will be finishing up in the next few days, and it’s been great. It’s also inspired me to read more Brontë books–I’m planning to start The Tenant of Wildfell Hall soon.

I participated in Trish’s Pin It and Do It challenge for the month of May, but that pesky lack of free time meant I didn’t get much done. I think I made a new recipe or two, but that’s about it. And #Estellagram didn’t really happen this month, either. Oh, well.

I’ve got some great books coming up for review in the month of June, so be on the lookout for those. And I hope wherever you are that the month of June is one full of fun and (at least a little) sun.