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Thankfully Reading mini-challenge #1

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The first mini-challenge of the Thankfully Reading readathon asks what book we’re most thankful for, and why.
I’ve read so many influential books in my life, but the first one that came to mind was Les Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues. It was my inauguration into the world in which I am now deeply and lovingly ensconced, the world I didn’t know was mine until I discovered it within the pages of this book. Every time I read it, I find myself relating to it in new and different ways, learning more about my community of friends, my relationships with my lovers, my own innermost self.

What book are you most grateful for?

Thankfully Reading 2010

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Thanks to Jenn for hosting Thankfully Reading, a readathon designed to get the most bookish goodness out of the post-Thanksgiving weekend.

My Thankfully Reading weekend has had a bit of a twist thrown in, as extenuating circumstances required that I bring my little brother home with me from Thanksgiving dinner, and he’ll be hanging with me until Sunday night. While I could just read and let him play video games and watch TV and movies all weekend (which would make us both happy!), I’m trying to be the responsible kid here. So, it means cooking real meals instead of typical readathon snackish fare, playing some games together, and making at least one extremely badly timed but necessary trip out into the retail world for some musts for the lil man. Once he wakes up, I may try to find some titles in my children’s/YA collection that would appeal to him and see if he’d be interested in doing the readathon with me – maybe let him set up his own blog or Tumblr account for it, make it a bro-sis bonding thing. We shall see how it works out.

So, on to the actual reading bit! I’m nearly through my ARC of Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters, and it’s very difficult to withhold any commentary. The book isn’t scheduled for release until January, however, and I’d rather wait until we’re a bit closer and I can add my teasers to the hype I’m sure this book will get.

Additionally, I’m in the middle of Sarah Waters’s Tipping the Velvet, a book club re-read, and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I don’t know that I’ll return to either of these this weekend, as I prefer dedicated group reading time to consist of new-to-me titles. I think Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist might be next on the list. What are you reading this weekend?