Right now the sun is behind clouds and it is gloomy and cold. I love these kind of days, perfect for reading a book at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee next to me.
Dewey has just made my day by posting the sign-up sheet for October's 24 Hour Read-a-thon. The Read-a-thon is a 24 hour challenge where readers read as much as they can while cheerleaders cheer them on, and there are prize giveaways and mini-challenges almost every hour. You also end up meeting great bloggers who share your passion for books. I'm already eyeing what books I'm going to give away. It's one of my favorite challenges.
This week's theme for Weekly Geeks is to "catch up." So I've decided to catch up on reducing my TBR pile and challenges list and to also catch up on my homework. I've missed a lot in my classes because I'm sick with the flu. I also want to catch up on my magazine reading and journal writing.
I reduced my challenges from 31 to only 4. The challenges I'm keeping are: The 24 Hour Read-a-thon and Kate's Short Story Challenge that has been going on since January and ends in December. I'm also keeping the Classics Challenge and R.I.P. since I only have one book left for both to read. I'm also going to have a personal challenge to read at least ten of the books on my TBR bookcase in the next five months. This week has been pretty slow for reading. I've read Gloom Cookie by Serena Valentino and The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, based on the movie by the same title. Both could have been better and both were read for R.I.P. I also read Just who will you be by Maria Shriver. It's a short book based on a commencement speech she gave about knowing who you are. I was expecting more, but . . . Currently I'm reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Both are great reads so far and I will post reviews on both later this week. Have a happy Sunday.