Sunday, April 22, 2012
I loved it. It is so nice to sit back and just read for a full day. I had prepared ahead of time and did as many of my typical Saturday chores on Friday. So when Saturday came around, I didn't have that background stress of "oh, I need to clean xxx" or "I have so much laundry to do". While those chores could have been great excuses for breaks - I was instead able to use my breaks to play with my kids. I was the adult in charge for the day - my husband had classes (finals even) and then went to the Red Sox/Yankees game (debacle). So while my kids are fairly independent, and play well together - I still need and want to play too. Food is a great break too!
I had thrown together a little pile of books from the TBR Bookcase as possibilities to read. The pile was YA heavy, but also short classics and had one review book. I figured they would be easy to get through quickly, or to drop off if they weren't working. Even with this pile, I still strayed and chose my last book (not finished) from elsewhere in the bookcase. It was nice to have a guideline of sorts, but I still needed to branch out by the end.
I read pretty much continuously from 8am until 10pm. I really tried to make it until at least 11, but I just couldn't do it. So I went to sleep at about my normal time... but woke up at 3:30am. I felt wide awake, and almost went back to my living room reading nest and picked up again. But then I thought about how much I would probably regret that when one of my kids woke up - just a couple hours later - and so I went back to sleep.
I hope I can participate again in October, but seeing as how I will be midway through my first semester in Grad School - that seems pretty unlikely. I'll keep my fingers crossed though!
Many thanks to the organizers, the cheerleaders, and to the spirit of Dewey herself. I didn't know her, she was before my blogging days started, but she came up with a great event and I think it is wonderful that people keep it going.
Now - I have to write up reviews of the books I read before I forget!
Books read cover to cover:
(actually, I only read The Yellow Wallpaper, but I will read the other stories at some point, as I enjoyed this quite a bit)
Books started but not finished: