I’m taking a night away with my husband this weekend and he knows me well enough to build in ample reading time whenever we have these rare opportunities away from the kids. So, the timing of this Readathon is really perfect.
Here’s the plan: we’re driving about 3 hours to Rhode Island on Saturday morning (he will be driving, I will be reading), we’ll have lunch at the resort (no reading), then spend some time in the relaxation room of the hotel’s spa (more reading!) before getting a late afternoon pedicure (me, not him) before dinner. On Sunday, we’ll have a relaxing morning and a leisurely breakfast (breakfast reading is my favorite!) before driving home on Sunday afternoon. This is way more reading time than I would ever get during a weekend at home, but I’m fairly confident it will still be far less than most other participants. And, I’m totally OK with that…but, I’m not going to set any specific goals other than enjoy the weekend and the books!
Given the combination weekend away/Readathon, I’ll be focusing on the reading part of this event rather than the social media side. I’ll check in occasionally, but don’t really want to be on the Internet too much.
I’m sort of a one-book-at-a-time person, so I’m confident I won’t get to all of these. Let’s call them options:
Youngblood by Matt Gallagher (February 2, Atria Books)
This Iraq war debut was next on my “list”, but I’m having a mini-hangover from Only Love Can Break Your Heart (it’s great, you should read it if you haven’t already!), so I might need to start out with something lighter instead…
Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (January 26, Delacorte Press)
Like this juicy novel based on Truman Capote and his “swans” (aka NYC socialites like Babe Paley). Plus, my reading twin (Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books) said I had to read it NOW!
Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore (February 9, Hogarth)
I was super excited for this debut, but have recently heard some pretty scathing feedback on this one. I’m going to give it a shot just to see for myself, but I’m not too confident.
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon (February 23, Doubleday)
I highly doubt I’ll make it to this one during the Readathon, but I’ll definitely be reading it before its release date regardless…since Ariel Lawhon’s debut (The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress) was my favorite debut of 2014!