Morning! How’s your weekend going? Bloggiesta started Friday and I’ve been working my butt off. I’ve accomplished a lot and still have a few tasks left to do such as writing two more reviews and coming up with a few more blogging ideas for next month.
Tomorrow is the first day of October and there are a few events that I’m looking forward to such as:
Banned Books Week. Today is the start of Banned Books Week! Readers all over the United States will be celebrating our freedom to read. Did you know that not only has John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men has been banned and challenged in several states throughout the country but it’s also been banned in Ireland? Or that Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen, a children’s book, has been banned because of nudity? To celebrate the week, I started re-reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, a book that is still required reading in some schools around here. I ended up staying up the rest of the night to finish it. It’s a classic for a good reason. To find discussions going on about banned books during the week, the Twitter hashtag is #bannedbooksweek
Carl (Stainless Steel Droppings) is hosting The Graveyard Book read-along as part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (R.I.P. VII) Challenge. The read-along starts tomorrow and ends on the 21st. Everyone’s welcome to join. The Graveyard Book is a story that I’ve liked but didn’t love. There’s something about it that makes me want to read it again though so I’m participating.
Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon! October 13th, the lovely ladies over at Estella’s Society (Andi and Heather) will be hosting the latest read-a-thon. For those who don’t know, the event is one huge celebration dedicated to reading. Often, we don’t have enough time to read what we want to when we want to. The event is a day that participants dedicate to mostly reading. There are a lot of fun mini-challenges and food is often a huge topic. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve participated but I’ve only missed two read-a-thons so far. There’s still time to sign-up to participate or even work behind the scenes.
Lu (Regular Rumination) is hosting a dual read-along of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. She’s calling the read-along The Wicked Circus. The read-along goes on throughout October and wraps up the last week of the month. Twitter hashtag: #wickedcircus
Book-buying and library-borrowing ban along with The Book Monsters Review Copy Wipeout. One of the resolutions I made back in January was to read as many review copies as possible by the end of the year. I’ve been doing okay but October is pretty much here and I still have 27 review copies left on my Nook and bookshelves. 27!! I would shame myself and show you my overstuffed bookcases as proof but my camera’s batteries are dead. 18 of my review copies are from this year and the rest are from last year. I’ve already read six of them, now I just need to review them. That’s about seven books a month to read. I think it’s doable. To keep me going with this, I’ve decided to join The Book Monsters Review Copy Wipeout since they have the same goal only dedicated to their 2012 review copies.
Last event but definitely not the least, Halloween! I love Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays, tied only with Thanksgiving because I love to eat. This year is slightly different though. For my Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion class, my fellow classmates and I are required to wear costumes! I haven’t worn a Halloween costume in years. I have no idea what I want to dress up as. Any suggestions?
In other news: Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe blog tour was a success! More than 90 people participated and 106 reviews were posted. If you haven’t checked out the tour, I think you should. I’ve added many new bloggers to my feed reader and my tbr list has grown a lot in the past week.
Also: I have a reader survey up. I would love it if you took a minute or two to give me your thoughts on this blog and what I can do to improve it.
Whew! This is a long post. I’m off to read and continue Bloggiesta. How are you spending this weekend? What are you looking forward to in October?