Okay, so maybe it’s not the most succinct name I’ve ever come up with. It doesn’t even make a good acronym. IOWHLTMH? I don’t even know how I’d begin to pronounce that.
Anyway, I thought that I should put this extra time of mine to good use, and use it to drown myself in all the reading I want to do but previously didn’t have as much time for because I was working for 42.5 hours a week. And my roommate is coming back here between June 20 and July 6, so if I haven’t found a new job by then, I won’t have as many empty hours to fill because I’ll have companyagain.
So for the next 2 weeks, consider me on a long readathon. I aim to spend at least 4 full hours a day reading (which will likely turn into 6 or more, but I don’t want to set my goals too high because I do have other things to do during this period), and that gives me more reading time than I’ve had in a while.
So, my To Read list for this event is as follows:
~ finally finish Jo Walton’s What Makes This Book So Great
~ read Julia Mary Gibson’s Copper Magic
~ read Eliza Crewe’s Crushed
~ read Lisa Ann O’Kane’s Essence
~ read A M Dellamonica’s Child of a Hidden Sea
~ read Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman’s Unwept
~ read Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory’s The House of the Four Winds
~ read issues 60 and 61 of Apex Magazine
6 and a half books (since I’m partly finished What Makes This Book So Great) and 2 magazines between now and when I come back from my trip to Winnipeg on June 22. I’m counting the trip since I’ll have a free evening in the hotel with nothing to do, plus the flight there (when I’ll end up at the airport 2 hours before my flight) and the flight back (in which I have a 2 hour layover in Toronto), so I’ll have a fair bit of reading time even though I’ll also be spending time with family and going to a concert. I think that’s a doable set of goals. it should carry me through pretty well, but in case I end up finishing that list and still having more time left before my challenge ends, well, it’s not like I don’t have other books that need to be read!
One of the best things about doing readathons is that I end up feeling very productive. Not only am getting a lot of reading done (which means more material for reviews and content here), but with the exception of the Jo Walton book and the 2 magazines, all of those books are review copies, so I get to check them off the list and feel like I’m making progress getting through my backlog. I love being able to go to open the spreadsheet of all my review books and to mark more of them as Read instead of To Read. It’s a satisfying feeling!
So, anyone else finding themselves with more time of their hands (hopefully not from the loss of a job) and want to join me on getting some hardcore reading done over these next 2 weeks? I’d love the company!