Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
For the last 6 years, Thanksgiving has been an extremely subdued holiday. There have been years in fact where we didn’t even eat a proper Thanksgiving meal. Danny’s parents are not up to the cooking much any more and ordering a catered meal has become our modus operandi. Earlier in our marriage Danny and I traveled to Michigan to celebrate with my family. That lost its luster the year that we were in Detroit and Emma came down with pneumonia. All’s well that ends well, but we’ve kept to home since then.
This year is no different except for the proper Thanksgiving dinner. The girls are getting to the age where they know what is happening and I want them to have some Thanksgiving memories. Theirs might not be surrounded by their cousins, but it will include turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, rolls, and a great desert. Danny’s parents are coming over this year and I’m hoping for a relaxing but grand family meal complete with china. The girls might not survive the shock.
The advantage of staying home during the Thanksgiving holiday is having four days in which I can relax as much as possible. What could enhance relaxation more than reading? I see you’re all with me on that. So, when Jenn from Devourer of Books, Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves, and Beth from Beth Fish Reads announced Thankfully Reading Weekend with no rules and the most adorable graphic, I knew this was for me. So here are my plans:
There are many parts of my house that need to be organized. There are two areas I’d like to tackle this weekend – my walk-in closet/stamping area and the bar area downstairs (more crafting things). I may not finish the bar downstairs, but my walk-in closet will get finished. What does this have to do with Thankfully Reading Weeekend? My main type of reading will be audiobooks. I have several audiobooks that I’ve been wanting to get to. They go rather slow for me to because I generally only have my drives to and from work. I don’t mind that speed at all generally, but I’ll make in roads into my Audible TBR list this weekend. I will be finishing up the last 3 and a half hours of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and then diving in to my backlog:
The Other by David Guterson
I’m not sure what the order will be, but The Help will definitely be next up on my MP3 player. I also have another Audible credit available that I might cash in this weekend. I’m not sure what I will pick up. If any one has an audio book suggestions, please let me know. Beth from Beth Fish Reads gave me a suggestion on Twitter saying that Simon Vance’s narration on Patrick O’Brian’s novels is incredible. Simon Vance is, for me, the equivalent of a rock star, so I’m very tempted. I’m still open to more suggestions though.
What about when I’m not working around the house (and that will be relaxing in that I won’t have to think about it once it’s done), I am starting Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel this weekend. I have so been looking forward to this novel! It’s going to be such a treat. I’ll also be checking in with the Book Blog Social Club for updates from other thankful readers. I hope to see you all there!