Saturday, June 26, 2010

Do Nothing But Read Day - tomorrow!

Sunday June 27 is Do Nothing But Read Day. This is good timing, as the rest of my weekend is fairly full, and yet I really want to read two books this weekend:

Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s by Margaret Sartor

A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and other Adventurers in Early America by Tony Horwitz

About a month ago I picked up The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Read 80 pages, and then got stuck. I managed to squeeze in a book here and there but this book was like a curse. Even after I decided to give up on it, it was oozing bad juju into my home. I've finally gotten it out of my house, and I am trying to reverse the curse. That means recently I have completely indulged my natural tendency to read nothing but nonfiction, particularly memoirs and history. I do hope to get back to fiction, but have to make sure the bad vibes are 100% gone first. Can't risk another week where I only catch up on back issues of Newsweek. (Plus, only have one of those now, since I caught up during the Hedgehog-induced malaise.)

Also, at work we have a year-long reading contest going on. I am currently #16. If I read 2 books this weekend (and I also have only 30 pages left in my current read so I will in fact have completed 3 books by Monday morning), I should be able to leapfrog up to #14. Provided those other women (only 1 man in the top 20) spend the weekend doing other things. (I'd have to read 6 MORE books to catch up with #13, so I think 14 is by best goal for now.) I am also happy to report that I am currently at 50 books for the year at the end of June. Although I didn't (yet) sign up for the 100+ Books Challenge, since the Southern Reading Challenge is not around this year, I think I will pick that one up. I'm trying to not start new Challenges, but this one just a quantity, not any particular types of books to read, so that I can work well with. And the 3 more books I'll have finished before July will put me in a comfortable position to feel like I can read another Chunkster without falling too behind.

It's blazing hot here. Today it's only supposed to get to 93, after 3 straight days of 98 (two of them setting new records) so sitting inside reading sounds just marvelous. But I really need to get some sun on my feet as all my walking is starting to give me quite a sock mark at my ankle. Either that, or invest in a lot more ankle-strap shoes.


Bailey said...

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Unknown said...

Found you through the hop. This sounds like a really great idea! I'm a new follower.

Emidy @ Une Parole said...

Aw, that sounds like such a good time! I'd love to have a day where I just read. Enjoy it!

Kathleen said...

Thank you SO much for bringing this to my attention. I immediately signed up and posted about it. I can't believe I didn't know about it!

Annah said...

I wanna have a do nothing but read day! :) Hmmmm Think I'm going to have to implement that once a month at least.