So, Andi and Heather who host the Dewey 24 hour readathon wanted to have a readathon they can actually read during. And really, who can blame them? Dewey is great, but it’s a little intense: prizes, snacking, tweeting, snacking, activities, snacking… it really cuts into the readings. So I signed up for this, mellow, no prizes, just reading more during the weekend. Hope you’re out there reading, too!
I’ll report it all in one post as I don’t think there’ll be a heckuva lot to report. Friday, 9/18 – Started the Monk for the Monkalong. Maybe a little early as I’ve done half the reading and it’s not due until 10/1! So, I can’t talk about that, you’ll have to wait.
I also read a bit of Wylder’s Hand, Le Fanu’s forgotten classic. It was getting nicely creepy with a possible ghost who might not be a ghost when it got creepy in the men behaving disgustingly kind of way. Rachel’s brother, skank #1 apparently tried to blackmail skank #2 who outmaneuvered him and now Rachel has to spend the weekend with skank #2. I can’t decide which of them is worse. Both appalling human beings whom I hope get tossed in a tarn by the end. The book is weird in that it starts with a narrator and then switches to third person omniscient for scenes with Rachel and her brother. Strange and not a good device. I don’t mind changing viewpoints, but they should all be limited or not at all, I think.
Thirdly, I picked up Hillary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety and read the beginning. I should not be doing this. I’m in the middle of 12 things and the last thing I need is to be in the middle of another 700 page book. More news as the weekend goes by.
Meanwhile, enjoy this stolen picture of a cute doggie: