Reading! I am sure that many of you saw that I decided to join in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon this weekend, so I am excited to post about the results of those 24 hours! I didn't get to read as much as I had originally hoped for, but the trade-off was a good one. My family decided to go on a spontaneous mini-hike, which took up most of the morning hours. However, the afternoon and evening hit, and I hit the book! I stuck to just one book ... The Passage by Justin Cronin. I was hoping to get in a graphic novel, but I was drawn into Cronin's story and I had a hard time putting the book down. It is finally starting to pick up and the tale is growing on me! When all was said and done, I read a total of 71 pages. I know that this may not seem like a lot, but considering that I was previously approaching a reading rut, I'm calling this one successful .... especially considering that it was more in a 24 hour period than the previous week-long read-a-thon I participated in at 59 pages!! I am hoping this is a jump-start into more reading from this point forward!
I have been doing a bit of writing this past week, but not much that you will see here. I did journal a bit more and have been writing a number of letters. I am a bit old-fashioned in that I send all of my family little hand-written notes at least every few months, usually accompanied by pictures. I love the feeling of getting "fun" mail instead of bills and junk, so I try to spread a bit of this love myself! Once these are done, I am back to blog writing because my review stack is piling up!
Life. Not a lot to say here. I usually try to stay positive, but it has been hard lately. Life has proven to be challenging this year and it is really catching up to me. The journaling is helpful and cathartic, but it simply does not replace the fact that life can be overwhelming in so many ways. This is just one of those overwhelming times. Let's just leave it at that for now!
Tell me: Did you participate in the read-a-thon and/or have a good reading weekend? Do you still write letters to send via snail mail? How is life treating you?
I sometimes include short letters with Christmas cards or thank you notes.ReplyDelete
Because I work full time, I do housework on weekends so can read only in the evenings. But I'm considering hiring someone to come every other week and do some housework for me. Then I'll have more time for reading (but less money).
techeditor ... I dream of someone coming to my place to clean someday! Ugh! It is such a never-ending job, especially with little ones, and I would so much rather be reading! :)Delete
Well done with the read-a-thon! I usually do horribly with them, so tend not to join.ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear that you're going through tough times right now. Writing in a journal usually helps me too. And if nothing else, knowing that time will help if I can only get through one more day, one more hour, sometimes even one more minute. Sending happy thoughts your way! *hugs*
Alexia561 ... Thank you so much for your kind words and hugs!! Sometimes the biggest accomplishment is making it through another day, so I can completely relate to your comment! Thank you!Delete
In theory, I'd love to participate in a read-a-thon, but that's not where I'm at. I feel blessed to be able to listen to audio books. My time and energy is limited right now. Things might change later. For now, this is it!ReplyDelete
Amateur Novelist ... That's good that you can recognize that! I'm just now learning that I can't do it all without something else suffering. And, this is the reason for some changes!Delete