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Readathon? More like ReadaFUN, amirite?

Readathon? Readathon. This Saturday. Very exciting. I HAVE BOOKS I WILL FINISH. Because I like piles of things and lists, here are the things I'm contemplating working on:

Lamb, Christopher Moore
Half-Blood Prince, Rowling
The Drood Murder Case, No Idea Who Wrote It
How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill
Passions Between Women, Emma Donoghue
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan


THAT'S DOABLE RIGHT? Given that the last readathon I participated in, when I was visiting my parents and therefore BUSY eating things I didn't have to pay for, I read Winnie the Pooh annnnd that's it.



But it's not like I'm actually gonna read all of those. I just like options. When I take a bath, I bring like three books with me. Because what if. What if. But if I don't finish Lamb this week, I'll kick my own ass. I have like 100 pages left. I also just renewed The Drood Murder Case at the library, but it was the kind of renewal where I had to bring it in and they were like "Have you tried renewing it?" and I had to be like "Yeah, I renewed it all the times, and then the computer said 'WE CAN'T JUST LET YOU HAVE IT FOREVER YOU KNOW' and now you have to check it back in and let me check it out again, unless someone else requested this book of essay theories from the 1950s concerning a half-finished Dickens novel."

(they didn't)


And now I have this whole thing about trying to read the mainstays of feminist literature, hence Vindication, because Mary Wollstonecraft was smart and awesome and all those things. And basically 5000% ahead of her time. I'm actually reading Fear of Flying by Erica Jong right now, which is ALSO considered feministy, but more in a 1970s, trashy/sexytimes kind of way. I assumed the whole book would be kind of gross and free lovey, but the opening has been awesome and surprisingly funny. So DO NOT PRE-JUDGE ERICA JONG.


Current plan is to go to the Chicago Cultural Center and read, because it is beauteous and used to be our library (but then it was too small), and then I shall eat things. So. Pretty psyched about that.


What? Oh, that's just our former library's TIFFANY DOME

I've had How the Irish Saved Civilization on my Goodreads currently-reading list for over a year now. So it'd be nice to finish it. Especially since I REALLY liked it; I am just easily distracted by anything ever. SO current plan: finish a couple books, eat some things, comment hilariously on other people's blogs, don't stay up too late because I Am An Adult Damnit and a good readathon to be had by all.

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