A Winter’s Respite

So I signed up for this read-a-thon eagerly some time after Christmas. I then proceeded to lose the link to it in the midst of traveling and have been on and off searching for it ever since. Thank goodness the read-a-thon host, Michelle at The True Book Addict, was kind enough to come and check on me and remind me about it so I can participate! Thank you!

It has been a very sorry start of the year as far as reading goes. I hate winter, and cold, and grey and all of those things are in abundance and it’s had me down in the doldrums all month. I have not managed to finish one book yet this year, not one! I’m hoping this read-a-thon will change that.

My Goodreads profile is rather embarrassing, it says I am currently reading TEN books! How did I let this happen!? Well, no more. It’s time to put my nose to the grindstone, or in a book rather, and finish off some of these hanger-ons.

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

You know I’ve been told my reading is very skewed towards women writers, and now it’s out for all to see. Well, never mind. Time to press on and start reading! I think I will begin with an audio book of Anne of Green Gables while I work this afternoon and will pick up Cinder later this evening. I hope to finish both by tonight and then perhaps my reading progress will not be so pathetic.

Dream Library vs Real Library

My ideal dream library is very much a fantasy. I’ve come across this photo several times in the book blog sphere and would have to say this is the perfect library for me. My own little dream house with my books, lounge chairs to read in, and even a bed to curl up and read in before drifting off to sleep. It’s a depiction of absolute perfection and bliss!

My actual library doesn’t quite live up to those standards but I am glad that I have finally achieved my dream of having a library in my home, a room dedicated to reading books and occasionally entertaining company!

These are only my fiction books, I have a bookcase full of non-fiction upstairs in the office, a bookcase containing several children’s books in the basement, and a bookcase in the bedroom containing two shelves of To-Be-Read and another of To-Be-Reviewed books.

Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

This read-a-thon is drawing to a close and I must say starting out with a stack of ten books and facing a year where I had not managed to read one yet was daunting and depressing. I managed to polish off four of those books and am well on my way through the fifth. I managed to finish Anne of Green Gables, Cinder, Across the Universe and Frankenstein. I am also enjoying the progress I have made in The Foundling and look forward to finishing it quite soon!

I really enjoyed this read-a-thon, I was looking for something fun and book blogish to do during this dull, grey January and this fit the bill perfectly. I had a lot of fun and, more importantly, read a lot of books! I hope everyone else had fun too.

4 Responses to A Winter’s Respite

  1. Michelle @ The True Book Addict
    10:35 am on January 24th, 2012

    I’m glad I was able to remind you about the read-a-thon. Looks like you have some great reading lined up. I hope you enjoy the week!

    Be sure to stop by the blog and check out the mini-challenges, giveaways, and the prize page.

  2. JP @ Elle Lit
    8:33 pm on January 24th, 2012

    Wow! 10 books all at once? I’m good to balance a physical book and an e-book! Good luck getting through some of them… I hear great things about Cinder, and I love Frankenstein and P&P

  3. Michelle @ The True Book Addict
    10:24 pm on January 25th, 2012

    Just checking in to see if you’re still with us. Also, I have the mid-week read-a-thon mini-challenge posted. All the links to mini-challenges/giveaways are listed below the read-a-thon banner just above the post section (below the slide show). Stop on by!

  4. Michelle @ The True Book Addict
    11:44 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I absolutely love that little house idea! I would love to have something like that someday when I have my own house again. A little retreat that I could go to for reading and writing. Living in a small, two bedroom apartment with a family of four leaves a lot to be desired! I’ve even considered renting a very small, climate controlled storage space and using that for an office/retreat. Does that sound crazy?! Your library is very nice, Bitsy. It looks very cozy. We lost our house in late 2010 and I had a library there and I really miss it. 🙁 Someday I will have things the way I want them again. I guess that’s something we all strive for.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the read-a-thon and I’m glad it helped you get started on your 2012 reading. You did great! I host these read-a-thons every season so my next one will be in the Spring and I’ll be hosting it at my horror/speculative fiction blog, Castle Macabre (http://castlemacabre.blogspot.com/) I hope you’ll think about joining me again. It’s going to be scary themed, but you only have to read one scary book. Thanks again for joining me for A Winter’s Respite. 🙂

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