Wrapping up 2019 #ThankfullyReading Weekend

So the best laid plans…

In my initial post announcing that I was in for this year’s Thankfully Reading Weekend, hosted again by Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves, I had grand plans to read three books over the five days (Nov. 27 to today):

  • The Lord God Made Them All, the fourth book in the All Creatures Great and Small series, by James Herriot.
  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (a reread)
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle.

I got home early from work Wednesday night as the library closed early at 5 p.m. but didn’t get any reading in that day. Thursday, I only got a little reading in in the morning. Then my wife and I celebrated Thanksgiving with all the fixings. We watched our traditional Thanksgiving movies Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Pieces of April, AND Home for the Holidays, one of my wife’s favorite Thanksgiving movies.

Friday, I was off from work, but instead of reading Good Omens as I had planned, I started in on another book: The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch. Then unfortunately, after getting about halfway through, a lot of it skimming, I decided to DNF it.

Saturday, I worked only from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., but as we were getting ready for a book sale that was scheduled to start today, I was beat by the end of the day. When I got home, I had no energy to read and actually ended up taking a short nap before getting up later to watch a few episodes of Cold Case which I recently rediscovered on The Roku Channel. So much for reading.

And on this the last day, it is almost 2 p.m. and even though I have been up since 8 a.m., six hours later, I have not read any of The Lord God Made Them All, which I wanted to continue today and maybe even finish. But it doesn’t look like, even though I might read some of it, that I’m going to finish it. I don’t have any excuse not to read either as we’re in the middle of a freezing rain, sleet, ice, and snowstorm that is expected to go into tomorrow. I even put up this photo on Instagram earlier:

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A good day to be inside #thankfullyreading

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False advertising.

Then I told Deb at Readerbuzz that I would participate in her Thankfully Reading Weekend Tic-Tac-Toe Game she created especially for Jenn’s event even though I wouldn’t enter the contest. Deb has been gracious enough to send me one book earlier in the year and now she is sending me another so I figured I already have two books from her, it’s not fair to try for yet one more. Now I am entering, but only because I don’t have tic-tac-toe in any direction and now have no chance of getting as I might not even read anymore.

I’m not going to eat a healthy snack, read more than 1 book, read for a total of 8 hours, read before breakfast (since this is the last day), post a bok review, read a recipe, wear something bookish, take a break and do some stretches, read outside (see about weather earlier), recommend a book to someone, read 200 pages (since I am past that point in the book and have less than that left), and/or write down a quote from a book. So I’m out.

And with that, I’m also out of this year’s Thankfully Reading Weekend. 🙂

It was fun, though, as I connected, and reconnected, with some fellow bloggers, including Heather at Froodian Slip, who also works at a library here in Pennsylvania and is working toward getting a librarian degree. It was good to get reacquainted with her.

2019 #ThankfullyReading Weekend: Day 3 Report

After not getting any reading in Wednesday for the extended Thankfully Reading Weekend, and getting a little reading in toward the end of the day yesterday with The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot, earlier today I started in on another book: The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch. Unfortunately, after getting about halfway through, a lot of it skimming, I decided to DNF it.

However, I did get this photo out of it:

If I added up all the half-finished DNFs this year, I’d probably add another dozen books to my reading numbers. Why did I did DNF this one? In short, from the start, I felt I couldn’t relate to the author. However, I skimmed ahead in hope that it would get better and for a bit it did, but I also didn’t like the repetition of statistical analysis about how happy people get after 50 in various countries. Okay, I get it, there’s a lot of statistical analysis out there, from upper class white people, that shows that almost everyone – with no mention of race, period, and a small mention of socioeconomic status (people in Peru) – gets happy again after 50.

I realize now that I should have just stuck with my plan to start a reread of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. So now as my day is ending, I think I’ll return to England, with Alf Wight (aka Herriot). At this rate, since I work part of the day tomorrow, I might not get to Good Omens or Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle as I initially had planned this weekend. But that’s okay. I’ll gladly take whatever reading I can get out of the weekend and be thankful for it.

2019 #ThankfullyReading Weekend: Day 2 Report

After not getting any reading in yesterday for this extended weekend’s Thankfully Reading Weekend, today I did get a little in toward the end of the day. I continued reading The Lord God Made Them All, the fourth book in the All Creatures Great and Small series (at least in the order here in the U.S.), which I started a couple of months ago but haven’t finished yet. I slowly am making my way through the series (the first couple a reread, the rest new to me) that I started last year.

Most of the day, though, was spent with my my wife celebrating Thanksgiving here at home since she is going back to work tonight (midnight shift into Friday morning) after being off from work since last week. We had turkey and all the fixings. Well, I did anyway. Since she is a vegan, she didn’t have turkey but a “Tofurkey” ham, but all our fixings were the same: sweet potato and green bean casseroles, and pumpkin pie.

As planned, we watched our traditional Thanksgiving movies Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Pieces of April. We also watched Home for the Holidays, one of my wife’s favorite Thanksgiving movies.

After she went to sleep for a few hours, I finally was able to settle down and read:

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A little kneading before #thankfullyreading

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Tomorrow, I still plan to start a reread of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. However, I might not get to reading Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle as I initially had planned this weekend. For now, I just plan to go back and forth between The Lord God Made Them All and Good Omens. We’ll see how that goes.

Stay tuned. I’ll be back to report on my progress tomorrow night, Saturday and Sunday nights too.

Thankfully Reading For The Next Few Weeks

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Earlier this month, I announced that I was joining Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves for Thankfully Reading Weekend Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. However, in light of this past week and for the next two upcoming weeks that I have two days off each week from my usual five-day work week, I have decided to extend the “weekend” to three weeks. Today I am starting the event unofficially and continuing it through Dec. 5, the last of two days that I will have off from my usual five-day work week until Christmas.

Today, I plan to read, or at least begin reading, The Lord God Made Them All, the fourth book in the All Creatures Great and Small series (at least in the order here in the US), by James Herriot. I slowly am making my way through the series (the first couple a reread, the rest new to me) that I started last year.

Then on Thanksgiving Day here in the US and this coming Friday also known as Black Friday, again for those of us here in the US, I plan a reread of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I just watched the adaptation on Amazon and I felt it was/is time for a reread since it’s been so long since I have read the book.

For the final two days of my own version of the Thankfully Reading Weekend, I plan to read Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle. I bought it via a Kindle deal last year but haven’t read it yet.

So how about you? Wherever you are in the world, no matter whether you have time off from work in the near future for holidays or not, what have you read, are reading or plan to read that is, or you think might be, good?


In other news:

  • For the past month, I have been joining in with other book bloggers for an event called Nonfiction November. The first week, Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, I looked back at my year in nonfiction. The second week, Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, I paired a nonfiction book with a fiction book. The third week, Nov. 11 to Nov. 15, I shared a list of books on a topic that I’d like to read or “become the expert,” as host for the week Katie from the blog Doing Dewey explained the prompt. Last week, Nov. 18 to Nov. 22, I talked about what makes a nonfiction book I’ve read one of my favorites. This coming final week, Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, I will share what books I am adding to my TBR as a result of the reading others’ posts during the event.
  • In December, I will be joining hosts Tanya and Kim along with other bloggers for the event A Month of Faves. I already have started a note in Evernote that includes ideas for the days and topics in which I will be participating.
  • Yesterday, Nov. 23, my wife Kim and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary anniversary. She is in the middle of a vacation that began Tuesday and lasts through Thanksgiving night when she returns to work, and, as I mentioned above, I had two days off from work. We didn’t do anything special as we both are on the mend from various medical issues (me, a successful arthroscopic surgery on my left knee last month; and her, too complex to explain here, but don’t worry, she’s getting better day by day).
  • But from Wednesday through Friday, we enjoyed an impromptu binge-watch of an Australian show called Upper Middle Bogan (titled Bess of Both Worlds on Hulu here in the US). It was really good. I’ve added the (NSFW) trailer below. We also watched Brittany Runs A Marathon at my sister’s suggestion and it was excellent. We ended the night with watching/rewatching a few episodes of Gavin and Stacey, which is one of our favorite TV shows ever.