I'm having a little bit of a splurge this week. My long three day holiday weekend is actually four days. Two day weekends are never enough, are they? Three day weekends are better but four day weekends really are the best. If I plan well enough I can get all the necessary things that have to be done out of the way and the fourth day can be an indulgence.
And that is exactly what it is going to be for me today. Buried in Print and I have often toyed with the idea of doing our own mini-Read-a-thon, and we finally set a date and here it is. I could never manage a full fledged twenty-four hour read-a-thon as appealing as such a long stretch of reading might be. Aside from the fact that I don't think I could keep my eyes open for so many hours, I don't think I could focus on books for that long either. Shocking as it sounds!
So we are going to have an abbreviated all-day read session and chat about our progress over the course of the day. The photo above (and it was a difficult choice which books to choose so out of control has my in progress reading stack become!) is my official dipping into stack.
We both decided to choose a "fresh" book to read today, though in my case and ever indecisive I could only narrow it down to a very few (will see which of these in the end I try to read in total today). One will hopefully be the book I start and finish today, and then there is a longer book that I will just start today and hopefully finish reading in a timely (famous last words) manner.
And this is the 'languishing' pile (much like the Richard Mabey book I finally got around to finishing yesterday). I am not sure if I will get to either of these, but they are books I really do want to get back to and finish reading.
So, I'll be back over the course of the day to drop in and let you know how my reading is progressing. I do have one errand to take care of early on and then it will be all books all day!
What better way to spend an extra day off from work, don't you think?
A.M. Update: Since I had to do an early morning errand I thought I might as well stop for a cup of coffee and as I was a little early had time to sit and read a bit of Charles Palliser's The Quincunx. While I was struggling with it before, I am actually starting to really get into the story. Things are moving along now at a better clip, though every bad thing that can happen to the characters seems to be happening still! I am officially just past the halfway mark. Cause for celebration! I'll likely revisit it later today.
I always walk for at least an hour every day and since I mostly walk on the treadmill have gotten quite adept at reading while walking. I decided to start Susan Hill's The Man in the Picture, which is novella-length and I hope to be able to finish it over the course of the day as it is less than 150 pages. It is very much in the vein of an M.R. James story--academic setting, ghost story told before a roaring fire. I like it so far!
I've also been reading Mary Stewart's Airs Above Ground, which I think may well end up being my favorite of her books (but then I've liked everything by her I've read so far). It helps that it has an Austrian setting.
And now I am reading from Jane Gardam's Crusoe's Daughter, which I had started recently but think I need to spend more time with to get fully into the story. I have read her before and like her very much, and the seaside setting of this one is very inviting, too.
Afternoon Update: Well, you can't really tell from this picture, but imagine a nice breeze blowing, wafting the curtains in and out. Our beautiful weather is coming to and end today and will be once again the upper 90s(F) as the week progresses. At least I have enjoyed a seasonably comfortable weekend. Yesterday I was actually raking leaves! At first I was a little surprised there were so many, but then Autumn is not far off (officially that is).
My reading continues apace. It has been completely leisurely. I have lots of books to choose from as you can see and will likely only be dipping into perhaps half of them. Lunch was accompanied by Clare Chambers In a Good Light, which is a third reread for me. I love her work.
I continued on with Angela Thirkell's Wild Strawberries (thanks Liz for the great suggestion), which is just the book that fills that desire I was having. Thanks, too, for all the other suggestions, as they have been duly noted for later!
Now I am beginning Rosamund Pilcher's September, which is another perfect, (also very seasonable), comfort read. It is set in Scotland and the story opens in May with the idea of a dance, a big one with tents on the lawn and live music an no doubt an extensive menu. It is to be for a young woman just turning twenty-one and given by her parents. The story is going to be one of the lavish, full cast stories with lots of plotlines. So far I have been introduced to three characters as well as a few secondary village characters. I think it is going to put me even more in the mood for cool weather.
I will read a little more of The Quincunx and then will have to decide whether to spend the res of my reading time trying to finish the Susan Hill novella or continue dipping into other books.
Depending on where my reading takes me there might be one more update, otherwise I'll be back tomorrow to let you know how my reading day went! I hope you've had lots of good reading time over the long holiday weekend (and into the work week) as well.