TSS: Bloggers, Bloggers Everywhere

In my first two years of blogging, I only had two opportunities to meet other bloggers. There are so many bloggers that I talk to on a regular basis that I’ve never met in real life, but this week I’m changing that!

I started off the weekend by meeting the fabulous Michelle from Michelle’s Masterful Musings who is in town for the weekend. We met at my favorite bookstore, The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn (I’m not sure that book bloggers are capable of meeting somewhere that doesn’t revolve around books). My favorite booksellers Margie and Sue were nice enough to come in on their day off to help us pick out some books and go to lunch with us.

And, of course, this coming week is BEA! Lots of bloggers are already in New York, but I’m not leaving until Tuesday night – hard to leave a cutie like Daniel for too long! I’m really looking forward to my time away in New York, though. I’ve done a lot of prep work to figure out what sort of stuff I want to be doing while I’m there, and I actually posted some of the ideas for any of you whose schedules aren’t finalized. I have posts about the panels and BEA events, author signings, and outside events that book bloggers are excited about.

Last Sunday I was sort of stressing out about how many books I was trying to get finished before I leave for BEA. Amazingly, I actually finished everything on my schedule already and think I’ll finish 1 or 2 more before I leave (I’m already halfway through one).

Here’s what I finished last week, but before you freak out, remember that I didn’t read all of “Wolf Hall” last week, I only finished the last section.

All five of these are scheduled for review in the next two weeks, so keep a look out.

Speaking of reviews, here’s what I reviewed last week:

Oh, and Beth Hoffman, author of “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” wrote a guest post about friendship, that has a giveaway attached, if you missed it!

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TSS: In Which I Attempt To Read Like a Million Pages and Fail

Okay, before I get into my likely long and drawn out apologia of both my attempt to read so much and my failure to do so, I want to spotlight a couple of things from last week, and one thing coming up on Devourer of Books.

First of all, I asked you all for your BEA Plans almost 2 weeks ago (by the way, if you have anything to add, you can still do so!). Early this week I am planning to make my own schedule and I will try to post a composite of my schedule and everything mentioned by all of my fabulous commenters by Thursday. If you need information before that, check out hte comments, there is some great stuff in there.

Secondly, I posted earlier this week about what I think is a very interesting topic: the different things readers do with author descriptions of characters. Basically, it all boiled down to whether or not you need to see what you read. Well, that whole discussion was brought up by Kristy Kiernan’s recent book “Between Friends” (which I really enjoyed). Kristy found the discussion so interesting and pertinent to her craft that she was moved to write a response, which I think brings up a lot of interesting questions about writing and reading.

Okay, so now the reason for the drama-filled title.

Thanks to an idea from Nicole, I have created a Reading Schedule for the summer. When I did it, I realized that I had waaay too many books I needed to finish before BEA, so I’ve been in a mad rush to read them. Basically, in the last 2 weeks I’m supposed to have finished:

The Threadbare Heart by Jennie Nash
Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwen
The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver
Sections 5&6 of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The last 180 pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The first 300 pages of Mattherhorn by Karl Malantes

Yes, that adds up to about 3,500 pages (give or take) in two weeks. Yes, my schedule for next week is almost just as insane. No, I did NOT manage to read all of those books.

The first full week of the month my reading got a bit distracted when my husband and I discovered “Twin Peaks.” We got both seasons and the movie from the library and watched the entire thing in about 8 days – probably at least 25 hours worth of television. You can see how I might have been behind from the very beginning. Not to mention the author event I went to that week, and the company we had over for dinner one night.

Still, I did pretty well, and out of those first 5 books I was supposed to read that week, I only missed reading “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult, and I finished that this Monday night. That did put me a good day behind, though, and of the books after “House Rules” on that list, at this point I’ve only finished “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” (which, incidentally, is a fabulous book to read when you’re having a very bad day), “Queen of Palmyra,” and the 5th section of “Wolf Hall.”

I’m half-way through “The Post-Birthday World,” about 100 pages into “Matterhorn” and haven’t touched section 6 of “Wolf Hall,” so that means that, unless I happen to read over 500 pages today, I’m going into next week already behind, and I’m trying to read 1300+ pages next week before BEA. Oh, and getting my house, family, and self ready for me to leave for 4 nights.

Sleep is overrated, right?

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