Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's Been a Long Time. I Shouldn't Have Left You...

...Without a dope beat to step to...just kidding.  It has been a very long time and once again it is summer vacation for yours truly.  I'm still putting in a few hours at work - but thought this might be a good time to recommit to this blog - I do truly love doing it.  So I'm easing back in with a (drumroll please) Reading Pledge inspired by the great (and newly found) Caiti Santa Maria.  She did this great post on reading pledges and libraries circa 1986 (for me) and it really resonated with me.  I for one was in love with the Book Mobile.  I loved the weekly visits to this mobile library near a park very close to my house - although then it seemed miles away.  I guess it's like those silly stories your parents tell about walking up hill for miles with no shoes both ways to get to school - but I digress.  So I've made a list - and I've checked it far more than twice and have come up with a pledge number - TEN.

TEN!  I know that seems like a lot but I'm the only person I have to answer to and this is a fun exercise not hard work.  I've read that many books in a summer before - so at least I know it's achievable. A friend reminded me I was making it harder than it needed to be when I started debating about the length of books and how I would get them done - so I made a command decision and cut one of the longer books from my list.  The good news...I already have two of the ten under my belt and I feel like I'm making okay progress.  My deadline is Labor Day Weekend which is actually after school starts but really who the eff cares?  If anyone comes knocking down the door because I finished after school started...frankly they're getting kicked in the there!  So - here it goes - my list.  Thank you Caiti for the inspiration.

1. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (completed)
2. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (completed)
3. Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (in process of reading now)
4. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
5. The Department of Lost and Found by Allison Winn Scotch
6.  Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
7. Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes by Roisin Meaney
8. The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation by Elizabeth Berg
9. This is Where we Live by Janelle Brown
10. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

So quick run down...there are no rules.  I have chosen books already living in my home or my nook.  This list might change at any time.  I've removed The Passage by Justin Cronin because it's so long and I just don't know if it'll interfere with my numbers - not that there aren't other books that are long as well - just saying.  There is one Pulitzer Prize winner on the list which is really enough in my opinion and some pretty fun reads as well.  There was one other I wanted to put on the list so it might be an alternate if any book gives me lots of trouble.  More on that if the time comes.  So that's it...I'll have some updates on what's been going on with me later in the week and will have cards to share (which is a minor miracle - more on that later).  I recently signed up for The Mother Load by Lain Ehmann on BPC - so I should have some updates coming from that as well.  I hope everyone has had a nice couple of months.  I for one have been spending the time with my father (the magic I needed from my previous post) and cleaning house.  It feels very good.  I hope everyone has had a lovely Tuesday.  Until then...

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