I came home exhausted, but thrilled to be so far ahead in the Christmas preparations. I am hopeful that we can decorate the tree and the house this weekend, but if that doesn't happen, I won't sweat it. It seems that it is the perfect time to sit back, relax, and take part - at least in some way - in the Thankfully Reading Weekend, hosted by Book Blog Social Club. This is a no stress, no rules challenge: just what I need! I have several library books that will be due tomorrow and while I know that I cannot finish them in a day's time, I do plan to skim through them to see if they are something that I would like to renew at another time (unfortunately there are holds for them, so I do not have the option at this time). Those books include:
Who the Hell is Pansy O'Hara? The Fascinating stories behind 50 of the world's best-loved books by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy
Beowulf on the Beach:What to love and what to skip in literature's 50 greatest hits by Jack Murnighan
From Baghdad, with Love: a marine, the war, and a dog named Lava by Jay KopelmanAfter I finish skimming these books, I may either try to finish Crossing Washington Square by Joanne Rennell (I started this book about a week ago and while it is mildly entertaining, I find it difficult to stay interested for long periods of time) or I may try to begin The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt, although I would have to read it rather quickly as it is due at the library on Tuesday.
At any rate, I will plan to spend some time reading and catching up on the blog entries I have missed these past couple of weeks. I have read where many of you have already started to sign up for 2010 reading challenges and I must admit that I am tempted to check some of those out. There is a part of me that hesitates to join any challenges next year, as I have not done well in 2009. But I think this requires some contemplative thought before I make any hasty decisions.
For those who are relaxing with this easy going reading challenge, I look forward to reading your posts. For those who are braving the shopping crowds, I wish you much bargain hunting success and safe travels.