Weekend (Reading) Plans

My plans to participate in last weekend’s Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Readathon fizzled. My tinnitus kicked into full gear Friday night, no thanks to fans and window air conditioners we have to use to combat the heat and humidity. Then when I got to Saturday afternoon, after working at the library a good part of the day, I didn’t feel like reading. Instead, I started to watch the final season of Criminal Minds.

So, this weekend, I think I’ll give myself one goal: to read the next book in the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri I’ve been making my way slowly through since the start of the year. It is Treasure Hunt, the 16th in the series, and I’ve been talking about getting to it since early last month. So maybe by the end of this month, I’ll actually read it.

As for Criminal Minds, I still have five left to go of a shortened 10-episode season. I might hammer them out, although probably, to be honest, I will keep watching the final two seasons of CSI: Miami. Yes, it’s silly and stupid but sometimes, maybe especially now, I need silly and stupid.

What are you reading or planning to read this weekend?

I’m going in reverse this weekend…

…for Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Readathon.

The event starts tonight, Friday, Aug. 6 at 8pm EST and runs to Saturday, Aug. 7 at 8 pm EST. The reason it’s called “reverse” is because normally the event begins at 8 a.m.on a Saturday and runs until 8 p.m. that same Saturday. But in the summer to accommodate folks from around the world, the event is done with these adjusted hours.

I work tomorrow during most of the event, but I plan to make the most of the start tonight, from 8 p.m. to midnight, and the finish tomorrow night, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tonight I plan to listen to some of Jenny Lawson narrating her book, Broken, with my wife as we have been making our way slowly through it over the past few months. We have two and a half hours left. The goal will be for us to finish it tomorrow night before my wife leaves for work at 7 p.m.

I also might dip into some Ms. Marvel comics that I have checked out from the library and/or continue with the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri I’ve been making my way slowly through since the start of the year. Next up is The Treasure Hunt, the 16th in the series.

What are you reading or planning to read this weekend?

Update, Friday night: My tinnitus has decided to “turn up,” probably because of the fans and small window air conditioners are turned up too because of the heat outside. So, my morning plans are gone into the night reality. I am off work Sunday and Monday, so that’s probably when I will continue with my reading plans sans readathon.

Update, Sunday afternoon: I took all the Ms. Marvel volumes back to the library, after I decided that while I think the comics are well done, they’re not written for me, but for teenagers. Now I’m starting to watch the last season of Criminal Minds.

A little bit of this…

…and a little bit of that.

Last weekend, my goal was to keep it short; this weekend, my goal, to dip into a bit of this and that.

As for last weekend’s goal, my intent was to read:

  • short stories, specifically  short stories from The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois. A friend recommended collections by Dozois so I’m starting here.
  • graphic novels, specifically Ms. Marvel Vol. 5
  • and have to wait until that is returned before getting to 7.
  • Postcard Poems by Jeanne Griggs.

Sorry, John, but I couldn’t get into the science fiction collection. I think I’m not cut out for esoteric “classic” science fiction (but I loved Isaac Asimov when I was a teen). This weekend, I am trying science fiction again but continuing a series I have read a few in: The Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi. I am planning on at least starting the fifth in the series, Zoe’s Tale, although what I remember from the others, it should be a fairly quick read.

Last weekend, I did finish the other two books, Ms. Marvel Vol. 5 and Postcard Poems, the latter which was very good and the former which was good enough for me to continue on with the rest of the series. I have the next five checked out from the library where I work.

I also have the next in the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri lined up: The Treasure Hunt. However, I own this next one so I’ve had a hard time getting to it because I know it’ll be there whenever I want to get to it.

Reading isn’t the only thing that I have planned. I want to get out for a walk or walks as it’s going to be cooler than it has been. And tomorrow, I plan on being in The Chill Out Tent.

What are you up to this weekend? And the upcoming month?

Keeping it short this weekend…

…literally.

With short stories as my intent tomorrow is to read short stories from The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois. A friend recommended collections by Dozois so I’m starting here.

I’m also planning on reading Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous by writer G. Willow Wilson and illustrator Takeshi Miyazawa. I also have Vol. 7: Damage Per Second, but a patron at the library has Vol. 6: Civil War II, so I’ll have to wait until that is returned before getting to 7.

And last but not least, I bought a copy of Postcard Poems by Jeanne Griggs that I want to dig into. According to her biography on the publisher’s website, Griggs “is a reader, writer, traveler, and ailurophile. She directs the writing center at Kenyon College, plays violin in the Knox County Symphony, and reviews books at Necromancy Never Pays.” It is in that last context with which I’m familiar with and how I learned about her collection via Instagram.

So, what are you reading this weekend? Feel free to share in the comments or post a link to your latest post about your reading. This post is part of The Sunday Salon, hosted every weekend by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz.