WHEW. I don’t know about all of you, but I have been BUSY lately. Normally work slows down this time of year. Not a whole lot of people are planning travel in the winter: they’re travelling, or spending time with family and friends for the rapid-fire holiday schedule that is Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Chrismahanukwanzakah (that’s Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza, for those of you who never caught that episode of The O.C.). But for some reason people are still coming in full tilt, wanting to see if there are still places in Hawaii available for Christmas, or booking early for that river cruise or tour to Italy next year. Add to that the fact that I’ve moved to a new apartment recently, and you get a whole lot of STUFF.
I was very much looking forward to spending an entire weekend reading and snacking and curling up in my reading chair at my new place for the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon tomorrow. And I still am. But sometimes life schedules things in your way…
First a birthday popped up. A good friend of mine is having a dinner party. This will actually work out great, I thought. It will give me a nice break from reading all day long and I can get out and socialize! So that went on the calendar. THEN a coworker, having seen the pictures of the Harry Potter-themed Christmas party I threw last year (my post about it here), asked to hire me to do a Harry Potter-themed birthday party for his wife….the same Saturday.
And of course I’m not going to turn down a chance to express my nerdy love for Harry Potter! Plus, it justifies me keeping all of the decorations from my Christmas party!
So I’ve been running around like crazy this week, getting together things for the party and going to two different work events this week alone. I will still be participating in the Readathon, but I will not be reading as constantly as I would like L
I will be participating in as many mini challenges that I can, so keep your eyes on this space, because I will be posting more than usual! I am even hosting a mini challenge in Hour 8 (12:00 PM PST), so stay tuned for that as well!!
Here are some books I have set aside for the readathon (and aren’t my bookends awesome?!):
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis
Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
I tried to get a good mix of shorter novels and short story collections. I Wrote This For You is actually photography and short poetry. Hopefully it’s a good enough mix that if I get tired of reading a novel, I can switch to a short story collection (Children of the New World) or poetry to liven things up. I highly doubt that I will get to all of these by the readathon’s end (especially because I’ll actually be around to read for only about 12 hours of the 24 hour event). But I’m excited to get started!
First up will probably be Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the super-highly-anticipated (at least by me) sequel to Illuminae (my review here). I have been gobbling up pages every chance I get, but I don’t see myself finishing the 620+ pages by tomorrow! I think it’s a great series for the readathon too, because despite each installment’s length, the pages go by quickly due its epistolary form and the non-stop action.
Now excuse me while I continue baking Mandrake cupcakes and hanging up floating candles for this weekend…