To all of you who celebrate, Happy Easter! When I was little, Easter was my favorite holiday. According to my mom, I wouldn’t leave the mall until I’d seen the Easter bunny – every time! I’m used to Easters away from my family, though, because my undergrad university, Brandeis, had vacations mainly for Jewish holidays, so I always had Passover off, but spent Easter weekend at school since we rarely had more than Good Friday off. This year is no different; instead I’m spending the day with my fiance and a library copy of Tournaments in England from 1100-1400 by Juliet Barker. Exciting stuff, isn’t it? =)
Actually, what I’m really excited about is next weekend’s 24 hour Read-a-Thon. I never got involved while Dewey was alive and I regret that, so I’m throwing myself into this one with quite a bit of excitement. I’ve always been good at marathon reading – I used to pride myself on the numbers of books I could read when home sick – and I’m hoping I can both knock a few titles off my TBR pile and have a lot of fun. I’ll have quite a bit of work to do this week to free up those 24 hours, but I bet it will be worth it! My fiance has made me a spreadsheet so I can keep track of my time, books and pages read without much effort and I’ve got a neat little stack of books waiting. I’ll probably only add to it as this week goes on just to give myself more choices, though. At the moment, I have:
- Ender’s Shadow, Orson Scott Card
- It Happened One Autumn, Lisa Kleypas
- Oakleaf Bearers, John Flanagan
- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Julia Quinn
- Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
- Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
- And Only to Deceive, Tasha Alexander
- Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Well of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde
So far, I’ve attempted to pick books that aren’t serious and aren’t too deep or that I’m very, very excited about reading, with lots of choices in case one doesn’t grab me. I’d have more YA, but don’t have much with me, so I think a trip to the library may be in order before Saturday. I haven’t included any review copies since I think they require more attention than I’ll be able to give them while sleep-deprived and with several books going around in my brain at once.
Are you taking part in the Read-a-Thon? Any exciting books on your list or advice for a first-timer?