Monday, November 29, 2010

Thankfully Reading Weekend Recap

This year's Thankfully Reading Weekend event is officially over for another year.  This  was such a relaxing and decadent weekend.  Before our regularly scheduled weekday chaos Monday kicks into full swing, I thought I would recap my progress over these past couple of days.  

I started and finished A Mango-Shaped Space, which is Wendy Mass's debut young adult novel.   I've been wanting to read this for awhile (and have checked it out of the library two or three times), so I'm really glad that this event allowed me to finally read this one - which I really enjoyed.  (218 pages)

I read four stories ("Fiction," "Wenlock Edge," "Deep-Holes," and "Free Radicals") in Alice Munro's latest short story collection, Too Much Happiness. When I wrote my Sunday Salon post this morning, I was a little unsure about this collection.  That was before I read "Free Radicals."  Holy cow ... now that, my friends, is a short story!  It's my favorite thus far, and if Ms. Munro has more like that one in store for me, I'm now a fan.  (105 pages read)

My current audiobook (What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures, by Malcolm Gladwell) was already in progress when the Thankfully Reading Weekend started, but I was able to listen to an hour of this today.  (The equivalent of 33 pages in the print version.)

And I'm ending the weekend with a middle-grade novel, Saving Sky by Diane Stanley. This is downright frightening, mainly because it is so damn realistic.  (It is set in a not-so-distant future where the country is under frequent terrorist attacks and things like food rationing and gas shortages are commonplace.)  Right now, I'm up to page 49.  The book jacket says this is for ages 10 and up, but there's a good chance this is going to be keeping me up at night .... assuming "Free Radicals" doesn't do me in first. (Our local police apparently have a manhunt underway for an attempted murderer, and that's hitting a bit too close to home tonight after reading that short story earlier today.)

Total pages read:  405

I also wrote a review and two additional posts, along with two updates.  (And, while it doesn't count for Thankfully Reading, I also spent part of the weekend scrapbooking 5 pages in the kids' baby album - it's only been a mere 9 years since the blessed event - and watching 4 episodes of "Rescue Me" and 3 episodes of "Mad Men.")  All in all, a fun and relaxing weekend doing the things I love most.

Many thanks to Jenn (Jenn's Bookshelves), Beth Fish Reads, and Jen (Devourer of Books) for hosting this event once again and for all the time and hard work you put into making it such a success!

copyright 2010, Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy, The Betty and Boo Chronicles) If you are reading this on a blog or website other than The Betty and Boo Chronicles or via a feedreader, this content has been stolen and used without permission.

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