First off, I'm confessing my commitment to the High Summer Readathon hosted by The True Book Addict.
And as Michelle, the host, tells me that it's a relaxed affair with a number of optional challenges & give-aways, I'm creating my own commitment:
* Finish Roots, but break up the last few posts for Laura at Booksnob's Roots read-along.
* Read the next (200 page) section of Tolstoy to get ahead on my own War & Peace read-along.
* Read all of Deerskin, in honor of my pal, Dana.
* Finish the second half of Blessing of the Animals, written by local essayist/editor/professor/all around fabulous person, Brenda Miller.
* Read 3 graphic novels: Marvels, The Odyssey, and Dante's Divine Comedy.
Good gracious. That seems like plenty!
I'm figuring 3-6 hrs./day (at least) of just sitting here reading. But I gotta come clean: If the weather gets better, I know enough about life in the Pacific Northwest to just scrap the sittin' and start the strollin' with friends. And I am for sure committed to my training for the Bellingham Bay Marathon in September. Without those workouts, I couldn't really consider so much sitting!
It's not to late to join in; perhaps a weekend stay-cation traveling through books? (Laura at Booksnob hosting a challenge celebrating just that strategy...)
And, in case you missed it yesterday, I just joined the Fairy Tale Challenge over at Tif Talks Books, and I need your help:
Please tell me your favorite book and/or movie that features a modernized version of a fairy tale. (or even a classic one, if you please)
I'm especially interested in books and films appropriate for teens, as well as non-Western fairy tales, but any and all ideas for stellar books and films are most welcome and appreciated!
Have you reviewed a modern - or even a classic - fairy tale? Go ahead and leave the link in your comment; I'll be sure to visit.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions: I'm looking forward to catching up on this challenge!
To begin, I've already got two fine texts in the house:
Deerskin by Robin McKinley and the DVD version of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather.
What comes next? It's up to you!