I set the alarm for “early”, so I’d have time to shower and wash my hair before breakfast and my 7:00 am start time. I barely made it, munching the last of my crunchy (added granola, walnuts, and raisins) oatmeal and swallowed it down with coffee, as the starting gun found me finishing the last fourth of Uncommon, a novel that will be reviewed on this blog shortly.
Before the first hour was up, I was into where I’d left off (dozed off) on No Ordinary Time, a historical account of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship/marriage on the Home Front in WWII. I found it engaging enough to continue for another hour and a half. I returned to this from time to time during my “Holiday of Reading,” and am currently on page 407 of 636 pages of text.
After a break to “go outside before it gets too hot and pull weeds,” I tackled the R.A.T. Pack Book Club’s selection due by this coming Wednesday, What the Wind Knows.” This novel closely parallels the Netflix version of The Outlier, which I’m going on the second season of. Both involve romance by a woman who time travels and brings outside influence and knowledge to bear on history being made. Although alike in many ways, they are two different stories, and so far, I haven’t confused them. I finished my break with a cup of coffee and some homemade cookies I’d baked the night before.
Next, I read and took notes on You Can Do Anything, a non-fiction discussion on the definite value of a Liberal Arts Degree in today’s techie world. My students in the fall may want to read this, and if they are not willing to tackle a whole book, I hope to have sections and notes to guide them to the ideas that are contained between its covers. This book is by far the best non-fiction read of my year.
At about 12:30 we broke for lunch, once again prepared the night before in preparation for my Read-A-Thon, and since My Better Half agreed to clear the table and clean up, I was back to reading within 20 minutes.
I swung back and forth between Eleanor’s (Roosevelt) plight and that of the heroine of What the Wind Knows for a full two hours and by then was thoroughly saturated with reading about women’s issues and interests, so I stopped and read The Houston Chronicle for both Wednesday and Thursday, the Fourth, almost cover to cover. While I was taking some time off from reading in print, I caught up on friends’blogs, commenting wherever I could, for, as a blogger, I know how encouraging comments can be.
By then, it was time to start supper, and we kept it light, a huge chef salad. When we stopped working full time, we began whenever possible to eat our largest or heaviest meal at noon or thereabouts, and our digestions and sleep quality have been very thankful.
After supper, I took the time to read articles and sections/chapters from books that will help me write and teach my new-focused Advanced Writing class in the fall. I read from You Can Do Anything, Writing with Power, Why They Can’t Write, as well as re-read Stephen King’s essay on what one needs to know about writing (which will take 10 minutes or less to read) and Kurt Vonnegut’s essay on Style. Calling a halt to “schoolwork,” I finished with “How to Write Nothing in 500 Words.” I found much I could incorporate into my course.
I had promised to finish by 10 pm, a promise I only missed by 40 minutes. Unfortunately, Eleanor and FDR were at a crucial point, meeting and dealing with Winston Churchill, and the book that had lulled me to sleep the night before, left my light burning until after the bedtime I’d designated.
In all, it was a successful, productive endeavor. I did not clear my TBR shelf, which has been a goal in other Read-A-Thons, but I did get two books ready to turn in to the library this afternoon, and two ready to review on PWR. I am way ahead on my course, and enjoying every minute of my reading time, so I would deem this Read-A-Thon a S*U*C*C*E*S*S* !