|Roscoe, Les Miserable|
"Every bird that flies carries a shred of the infinite in its claws." Victor Hugo
I wasn't a legitimate Readathon participant in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, as I can't do anything for 24 hours straight, and I also can't skip sleep, but I did read and drop in and out on Twitter as much as possible yesterday. I decided to use the day to survey some of the books I've had on my shelves forever and have never gotten around to reading.
In Hour One, I dipped into Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. I read these books as a teenager and enjoyed them. The first few chapters grabbed my attention, but when I tried to go back to it in Hour Fifteen, I became impatient with the odd "dialogue" between Creb and Iza. Just fatigue? I'm not sure.
In Hour Two, after some homemade biscuits and jam and a bit of yoga to stretch, I read the prologue of Spiral by Koji Suzuki. I've had three of his books on my shelf for years and don't know anything about either him or the books. I can't even remember how I came to have them. I do think, however, after that quick look, that I will go back to this one.
The beginning of Hour Three was interrupted by these visitors:
Anna was supposed to be with her dad today, but as she was dog-sitting for a friend, she thought I might like some puppy time. Roscoe is a Boxer/Catahoula mix and is briefly delightful. I'm too old for puppies long-term.
After settling down a bit, I used Hour Three to read a few chapters of Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather. Last year, I decided that I wanted to try to read all of Cather's novels in order, so this is what I hope will be the beginning of that project.
In Hour Four, after more yoga, more Roscoe, and pizza for lunch, I dipped briefly into The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. I really want to read this one, but I'm afraid it may send me into despair. I already spend too much time worrying about our impact on the planet.
The bubble bath, candles, and Anthony Trollope novel I chose for Hour Five led to a major nap in Hours Six and Seven. This combination was not a good choice for a Readathon.
Hour Eight was my hour to read in Les Miserable. I have been working my way through this one for years. Luckily, I was at an interesting part. If you haven't read the description of the garden at the house Jean Valjean rents upon leaving the convent, find it and read it! Truly fabulous stuff! I'm going to keep plugging away at this one I'm sure for many more months.
Hours 9-11 were given over to life and a lovely steak dinner.
Hour 12 was Ken's and my hour to read aloud from To Kill A Mockinbird by Harper Lee. I love this book every time I read it, and it's so much fun to read and share aloud.
Hours 13 and 14 belonged to Ken.
Hour 15 I went back to Alexander's Bridge. I think I'm going to like this one!
And that was it for me. Hours 16-24 + belonged to The Sandman. I require a lot of sleep. I loved being able to give myself an excuse to read all day! I do this a lot anyway, but yesterday, I had a reason for it. No guilt! Yay! Definitely something I'll dip into again in the future!