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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankfully Reading Weekend

Thankfully Reading Weekend (hosted by Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves) starts Friday, November 25th and runs through Sunday, November 27th. This is a readathon without rules (an appealing quality). The idea is simply read as much as possible over the holiday weekend, posting or not posting as your whim dictates. Over seventy people had signed up when I checked late Thursday night.

So, what will I be reading? I started reading on Thanksgiving day, picking up Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, a book famous for it's brutality and violence, and equally well-known for the beauty of McCarthy's prose. I know I could have chosen something lighter, but there you have it--that's what I'm reading.

When I finish reading Blood Meridian, I will probably finish reading In a Cafe: Selected Stories by Mary Lavin. I only have about two or three stories left to read in that collection.  Then I'll just see what I feel like reading. I have a short story collection by John Fulton called The Animal Girl, The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King, and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood stacked up. No Way will I finish all of those, but I will choose one of them for the readathon.

I hope everyone had a peaceful, restful Thanksgiving. Will you join us in Thankfully Reading?

9 comments:

Howard said...

I've got Cormac McCarthy's The Road on my TBR pile. I was thinking of putting that on my Thankfully Reading list but I knew that'd be nothing more than wishful thinking!

Good luck to both of us!

Howard Sherman
http://www.howardsherman.net

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Blood Meridian is *such* a great book. Brutal to be sure. But a marvel of prose.

Bev Hankins said...

I'm starting off with a good ol' murder mystery. Good luck to you on the McCarthy book!

leeswammes said...

Have a great read-a-thon. Looks like you're organised well.

unfinishedperson2.com said...

So you're taking up some light reading for Thankfully Reading Weekend? ;) Like you, I'm going to be a little bit into the violent...as I'm reading crime noir fiction for the next few days.

bermudaonion said...

I hope you're finding lots of time to read!

Lisa said...

Hope you're having a relaxing, reading-filled weekend. Save those grades for next week!

bibliophiliac said...

@Howard-The Road is one of those books you will finish in one day-because it is so engrossing.
@As the Crowe Flies-Blood Meridian is simply stunning. Sticky notes all over my book!
@Bev-enjoy your Thankful reading!
@leewammes-I can't wait to see how your readathon goes!

bibliophiliac said...

@unfinished person-I have a whole list of noir fiction I'm going to get to-but saving much of it for the Dead End Follies Smooth Criminals challenge.
@bermuda onion-I'm making progress...
@Lisa-I'm staring right at those papers now...