Thankfully Reading Weekend

thankfully-reading-weekendHappy 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
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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!

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  • At 2009.11.26 10:09, rhapsodyinbooks said:

    I am so impressed that you are planning to combine reading with housework! I will be participating in Thankfully Reading but in my favorite mode as a Couch Potato.

    Your Thanksgiving meal sounds wonderful. Hope you have a great day!

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    • At 2009.11.26 11:16, Kathy R (Bermudaonion) said:

      Our Thanksgiving will be quiet too. Vance is home and our nephew is coming today and “the boys” always have fun together. I have Thanksgiving dishes, so that’s what we eat off of.

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      • At 2009.11.26 11:17, Kathy R (Bermudaonion) said:

        I forgot to say Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family!

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        • At 2009.11.26 11:20, Amy @ Passages to the Past said:

          Happy Thanksgiving to you too Jennifer!! Gobble, gobble!

          • At 2009.11.26 11:56, Michelle said:

            YAY! I’m excited you’re going to get the chance to experience The Hunger Games. I hope you enjoy it.

            Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family 🙂

            • At 2009.11.26 15:08, Alyce said:

              I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy your reading time!

              • At 2009.11.26 15:32, Sandy said:

                The Help and Hunger Games are so good. Actually, my hapless, trash-reading book club just selected The Hunger Games for next month, which is kinda surpising. The kids and I listened to it on audio and loved it. I have Catching Fire on audio, sitting and waiting for us to finish HP Goblet of Fire!

                • At 2009.11.26 17:08, Melissa (Betty and Boo Chronicles) said:

                  We’re having the same type of Thanksgiving here, too. Very quiet, very low key. Hope you enjoy the weekend!

                  • At 2009.11.26 20:22, Veens said:

                    It is great that you are doing the dinner! I now do what we used to do at my home on festivals – they always remain with you!

                    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! and Happy Reading too!

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                    • At 2009.11.27 21:36, Cam (epibloguer) said:

                      I’ve been trying to get to Peace Like a River for the longest time! I’m interested to see if you like it! =)

                      • At 2009.11.27 23:01, Literary Feline said:

                        Your Thanksgiving sounds like it was a good one, Jennifer. It was just my husband and I again this year as neither of us wanted to travel. We had dinner out at a restaurant as we always do if it’s just the two of us. No cooking and clean up–I can’t complain about that. 🙂

                        Listening to audio books while cleaning sounds like a good plan! I personally wouldn’t be able to do it, but if you are able to–then I think that’s wonderful. Enjoy your weekend of cleaning and books!

                        • At 2009.11.28 09:14, Beth F said:

                          Nothing makes housework, cooking, and organizing more more than listening to a book. Hope you have many hours of books this weekend.

                          • At 2009.11.28 12:28, unfinishedperson said:

                            Wow. I’ve actually heard of four of the five books you’re looking to read. Amazing. 🙂 Most of the time, different book bloggers mention books and I go, “Huh?” Not this time. Wooooo.

                            Anyway, hope you and your family had a good Thanksgiving.

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                            • At 2009.12.03 12:53, Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) said:

                              I participated in this too, but only read 2 books. sad, i know.

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                              • At 2009.12.04 11:30, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

                                Reading *while* getting organized before the hectic Christmas season? You are one smart cookie!

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