Jul 14, 2013

My Glorious Day of Reading Starts in 3..2..1

Book pile: The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe, Forest Born by Shannon Hale, Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan, Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow, Binny for Short by Hilary McKay, Disturbed by Her Song by Tanith Lee, Was… by Geoff Ryman, Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel, Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk
The weather lately has been absolutely glorious. This is my third summer in the UK, and never before had I seen an uninterrupted spell of good weather quite like this. Naturally I feel compelled to make the most of it while it lasts, so all plans to stay indoors and finish the various half-written post drafts I have laying around are currently on hold.

Yesterday was a day for taking to the river and having a picnic to celebrate my good news; today will be devoted to uninterrupted reading in the garden. I don’t expect to get through the book pile pictured above, of course, but it’s lovely to have so many possibilities. Some of those are recent acquisitions or books I borrowed from the library on impulse, and I kind of like not really knowing which one is going to grab me first. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I should start? (If you hover over the picture you will see a complete list of titles.)

To my fellow Northern Hemisphere dwellers, how is summer treating you so far? And to everyone, do you have any reading plans for today? Whatever you’re doing, have a wonderful Sunday!

18 comments:

  1. Enjoy your day of reading, Ana! It sounds quite wonderful and you've earned it.

    I look forward to your review of Pirates. The movie was pretty cute so I've been wanting to check out the book.

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  2. aw I'm glad summer is treating you well! We had a few cooler days last week that were so awesome. I plan to read a lot, today, too, and I have a pile (some digital tho) to choose from as well.

    Enjoy your day friend! I'm so happy things are looking up for you.

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  3. We must have swapped weather - it's rained here almost every day since the beginning of June. We can barely remember what the sun looks like.

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  4. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a real stretch of good weather in the UK -- but then I've never really been there for a very long time. Reading in an English garden is just about my Platonic ideal of bliss, though.

    I have been getting outside the last couple of days to read too: it has been quite beautiful here, and even a bit TOO hot and sunny, so I've been moving chairs around to find shade. Yesterday I read the last 300 or so pages of Tana French's In the Woods -- if you like that kind of thing, meaning psychologically intense police procedurals involving horrible things happening to kids (which I only sort of do), then it's a really good book for you! It is gripping and well written, for sure.

    And today I finished up a reread of Chandler's The Big Sleep -- pre-reading for a fall course.

    I haven't read a single one of the books in your pile! So I'll have to wait for your reports rather than making any recommendations.

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  5. Haven't read any of those books so can't give you a recommendation but I'll be waiting for your reviews :)

    Enjoy your stack of books!

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  6. We've had a few nice, cool days, but the next few are going to be hot hot hot. Michael and I went to the botanical gardens in Queens today, though, and while we mostly walked around, I did get to enjoy the shade, a bench, and a good book for about half an hour today. It was amazing!

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  7. Hurray for reading days! I suppose I'm too late to weigh in and today's options, but that reading stack does look mighty nice.

    I had a reading day too, though I did most of it indoors because my e-reader's screen doesn't like bright sunlight. We've had a good, hot summer with thunderstorms at regular intervals--just the way I like it.

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  8. I need to schedule a reading day, I think! The weather has been great here, too. I need to take more advantage of it.

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  9. Boy, you know how to celebrate good news! And what an excellent pile of books!

    I started Yellowcake; I need to get back to that. I hope you enjoyed your day!

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  10. Yesterday was the last performance of The Music Man and my plan for the afternoon is to take a book and go out to the lake, because the forecast is for my favorite kind of weather--sunny and 90 degrees F!

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  11. I spent our very hot Sunday here in the UK at the Goodwood festival! I'm hoping for my more relaxing weekend this week. I love your pile of books. They're a really colourful collection. I hope you had a lovely relaxing reading day.

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  12. The weather's fantastic isn't it? I've been reading a lot and not blogging much (computer plus hot weather, not good). How many books did you get through?

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  13. I hope it was a wonderful day of reading, Ana!

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  14. I dislike this heat and hate reading in it. :(All I can think of is cooling down and my book gets sweaty.

    Well done on your job, by the way! :)

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  15. Hope you had a super day reading. We went from torrential rains to dangerously oppressive heat. I can't seem to get a weather break.

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  16. A day of reading in the garden, what a treat! I'm in Poland right now and th weather is ok but not great. My three year old wont let me read much anyway though!

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  17. OMG how amazing is this weather. Poor Mr RWT is finding it very difficult, being Scottish and thus melting in anything over 15 degrees, but my little Australian heart is jumping for joy with these 30+ days. Except for when I get on the Tube in rush hour #lessfun. Hope you had a great weekend reading!!

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  18. Thanks to everyone who shared their reading plans! I had a thoroughly lovely Sunday, and I've been using the time I have left until I begin my full-time position to repeat the experience for a few hours in the early evening as often as possible. So far, so wonderful! For the curious, the books I got through were Pirates! (overall fun but the sexist jokes put me off), Binny for Short (wonderful in every way) and the beginning of Bachelor Girl and Pirate Cinema.

    I'm not surprised to hear not everyone in the UK is getting on with the heat, but I'm with Yvann - I grew up somewhere with hot summers, so this feels like home to me! And I'm sorry to hear some of you are having less than cooperative weather - fingers crossed it gets better.

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