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?
- Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (a collection of short stories I think I’ve owned since 2001 and still haven’t read)
- Emma by Jane Austen (only 4 chapters in …)
- The Night Is Darkening ‘Round Me by Emily Bronte (reading a few poems during the day)
- The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (audiobook – loving it!)
- 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)
- The Outsider by Stephen King (another horror that I need to devote more time to reading)
- 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)
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (the only non-fiction book I’ve picked up this month)
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (a fun contemporary book I just bought and am really enjoying)
- 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!