Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon this weekend had a blast! I know I did. I spent a lot of my time visiting blogs and cheering but I did fit a little reading in as well. I read the novella, The Following Story by Dutch author Cees Nooteboom, which Dutch blogger Gnoe of Graasland also read during the read-a-thon. Yes, we planned that! I struggled a little bit with the book at first, especially as I was quite sleepy and the narrator did go on and on a bit. But the ending was perfect and it has made me want to go back to reread some of the earlier parts now with a better understanding.
I also read most of the stories in Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis. The read-a-thon officially ended at 9PM Sunday, Japan time, so after a late dinner, dishes and other stuff, I couldn't bring myself to get back on the computer so I headed to bed with it and have now finished off the last couple stories. I know not everyone likes short stories but if you even remotely do, try these! These were all truly wonderful stories. I'm going to work on getting a review up this week.
On a more personal note, it felt really great to be commenting on blogs again, something I haven't been doing very much of these last few months. (And I apologize again for that!) I've really missed it. Even though Book Blogger Appreciation Week made me want to reconnect with everyone, I kind of felt out of practice. Signing up as a cheerleader for the read-a-thon was just what I needed to jump back in. Of course it also reminded me how annoying the different commenting systems are. There is no perfect system but because of the way I like to interact with blogs, and their authors (I like to get follow up comments by email, and comment on the blogs from within Google Reader) so Wordpress.com free blogs, and Blogger's embedded comment form have to be the most annoying. Sigh. And don't get me started on those darn captcha word verifications. Don't worry though, I won't let it put me off.
The read-a-thon is such a fun event, and a wonderful memorial to Dewey, blogger extraordinaire. I'm sure she'd be thrilled to see how big it has grown. I'd just like to say thanks again to all the organisers of the read-a-thon, as well as to Jill of Fizzy Thoughts, who organized all us cheerleaders and is herself the Queen of the Pom-poms! I'm already looking forward to the next one.
So now that I've finished the book of short stories, I'll continue reading The Handbook of Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone, which I read the first couple of chapters of during the read-a-thon as well. Plus I really need to start reading the new translation of Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert for Frances' Madame Bovary read-along this month.
So that's what my reading looks like for the next few days.
What are YOU reading this week?
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