Another Quarterly Read My Own Damn Books-A-Thon!

As I sit here on a Sunday morning, sipping my hot chocolate, watching Paw Patrol with the kids, and waiting to take my oldest to a birthday party, I’m thinking about how much I’m looking forward to this afternoon – and the next 5 days.

My husband’s brother is coming up to visit us and him and my husband and their other brother are all going camping for 5 days which means I get a LOT of reading time. Normally at night I read for about an hour to an hour and a half before bed, and during the majority of my kids’ quiet time during the day, but with just me and the kids in the house for 5 days (and 5 nights) that means that I can get even MORE reading time in.

Since I don’t have to cook any big dinners or really clean anything (except clean up the kids’ messes) I can just relax and read this week – when I get up, during the kids quiet time, and after they go to bed. I might even try and work in a little reading when they play together and ignore me. This upcoming week I am making reading a BIG priority and hope to knock off lots of books from my reading list – so I thought it might be time for another Quarterly Read My Own Damn Books A Thon!

Currently I’m reading … get ready for it … 10 BOOKS. I know, right?

  1. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (a collection of short stories I think I’ve owned since 2001 and still haven’t read)
  2. Emma by Jane Austen (only 4 chapters in …)
  3. The Night Is Darkening ‘Round Me by Emily Bronte (reading a few poems during the day)
  4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (audiobook – loving it!)
  5. The Hunger by Alma Katsu (a horror book I’m not totally sold on, but haven’t given myself enough time to really get into it)
  6. The Outsider by Stephen King (another horror that I need to devote more time to reading)
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (a reread – I’d like to finish it so I can read My Plain Jane and watch the movie for Jane Eyre)
  8. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (the only non-fiction book I’ve picked up this month)
  9. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (a fun contemporary book I just bought and am really enjoying)
  10. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (an 800+ page classic I’m supposed to be reading for a read-along and am woefully behind on)

I would really like to keep working on these books – maybe finish a handful of them – and I’d like to pick up some newer books! So far I have my eye on some more Little Black Classics, as well as a Kelley Armstrong trilogy I haven’t read, an audiobook or two, and maybe another book from my 2009-2014 unread book pile (which has become a bit of a priority to read).

When can I read? Well, I’m hoping to get up early – my internal alarm clock gets me up at 5am everyday. That paired with the cat means I should be up bright and early. The kids have a few hours of quiet time in the afternoon (which helps them to not be completely crazy come dinnertime) so I hope to only read during that time, AND the kids are in bed by 7:30 so I’m hoping to read for 2-3 hours or so after they’re in bed. If I also work in a little bit of reading when the kids are playing with each other and ignore me, that means I could possibly read for 8 hours a day!

I’ll let you all know how I do next weekend!


4 thoughts on “Another Quarterly Read My Own Damn Books-A-Thon!”

  1. Yay for more reading time! 😃
    I usually wake up quite early too and used to read a lot in the morning. Since i started going to gym again, it changed and I don’t have that much time. I feel a bit chaotic with this new schedule…

    1. Ha ha … my littlest is hit and miss with when she gets up so I try to get in *some* reading before she’s up. Though my husband is off work right now which makes it hard to get up so early!

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