My reading has suffered much this year. Sometimes it feels like an uphill battle finding time to read--or finding the energy to do so. I love those days when I can settle in with a book, uninterrupted. I try and fit them in now and then when possible. Days like that are an opportunity for me to relax and take it easy, letting go of those outside obligations, at least for a little while. The read-a-thon always sounds like so much fun--but also very intense. When I heard about the Thankfully Reading Weekend, I worried that it would be just as demanding. While I know the read-a-thon is what you make it--as laid back or as busy as I want it to be--following the progress of those who participate, I always feel so exhausted at the end. And that's not having been a participant myself.
Jen from Devourer of Books, one of the hosts, assured me, however, that the Thankfully Reading Weekend will be a much more relaxed setting. I do not have to try and read as much as I can within a set time period.
Starting November 27th and ending on Sunday, November 29th, participants are setting aside time to devote to reading, whether it be a day, half a day, the entire weekend or what have you. Readers can work towards meeting some of their reading goals for the year or just settle in with a book and read. There is no pressure. Participants can post updates as they go or just write a wrap up post on the final day (or leave a comment if you don't have a blog). I am sure the hosts of the read-a-thons would stress that they share the same flexibility, which, of course, is true. Somehow though, this feels like its different, less intense--and less intimidating.
I am in no way knocking the read-a-thons. The excitement and enthusiasm surrounding them is contagious. It's impossible not to want to share in that. They really do sound like a lot of fun and perhaps one of these days I'll be up to participating.
Many Americans will be busy the weekend after Thanksgiving (November 26th), busy with family or hitting the sales. I am looking forward to a long quiet weekend, however. What better way to spend it than with a good book or two? I will not be reading the entire weekend. There may be a movie to see or some other activity I won't be able to resist. But I like the idea of committing to reading a good portion of the time, freeing my mind and setting my feet in someone else's shoes for just a little while. Heck, I may start early. I have no big plans for Thanksgiving Day.
The Thankfully Reading Weekend is open to everyone world wide. Be sure and drop by the Book Blog Social Club to sign up. Care to come read with me?
Hosted by: Jenn's Bookshelves, Devourer of Books & Beth Fish Reads
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