I’m almost on time out of sheer luck. I just happened to wake up around 8:00. Then the cat pointed out his box had not been cleaned so I was delayed, but I’m here now and all ready to start.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Maryland. No longer Maryland, My Maryland
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I didn’t exactly make a stack. Never needed a stack. I’m reading Books, Baguettes, & Bedbugs : The Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Going to have a cheese and cider break with a friend later. So that.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I have hardly read all year except I … no that really covers it.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I pretty much always do the same. Read a bit. Then end up doing other things because my schedule is not clear or I fall asleep. But some reading almost always gets done and it’s one of my favorite traditions.
I read a whole page and the Lawn Guy is here. Excuse me.
Okay, sorry! Not a lot of progress. Bit of a nap. Zoom call. Breakfast. Not in that order, I have these Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookies which are not good. Very sad. The book is entertaining, a memoir by Jeremy Mercer of his time in Paris at the Shakespeare & Co. store which is a resurrection of Sylvia Beach’s original store which the Nazis closed in 1941. A guy named George opened his own store in 1951 and then later renamed it Shakespeare & Co. He offered free beds to poor writers and helped them out with tea on Sundays and I’m sure other stuff. So, I don’t think it’s a cheat the way some people did. So, I’m enjoying the book, but haven’t gotten very far and now, I think I’ll have a chicken sandwich. Also have some plants that should be put in the ground. You can see how this is going. 😀
11:22 – I read some more and planted a plant and my friend came over and left and I had Swiss cheese for dinner. Between the plant and dinner I fell asleep. Not sure when, so I ought to be wakeful, but I’m sleepy, so I will got to bed and read myself to sleep. I am enjoying Bedbugs as I think of it, because Books is too vague. Baguettes would be more appropriate. I am, though, only a third of the way. And feeling like a change. It was a busy day for a pandemic. Tomorrow I think there’s nothing on the schedule. Maybe I’ll extend my readathon a bit. I didn’t tweet anything. Usually I tweet something. My semi-annual tweet.
Thursday – Well, I didn’t finish the book, but I enjoyed what I read. Mercer does a good job of telling the story of the second incarnation of Shakespeare & Co., some of the people who stayed there, its eccentric owner, George, and his own story. I don’t know if it gets any clearer why he made the choices he did. Winding up homeless in Paris having fled his home city in Canada is quite a dramatic and precipitous change in circumstances which is explained as far as external circumstances go, but not internal. Maybe he didn’t know, maybe it will be revealed later in the book, which I haven’t finished yet. Maybe he was destined to write this book, who knows? I do recommend it though if you enjoy bookstores or eccentrics.