The days we have all longed for, are finally here. Honey bees are buzzing in the backyard, temperatures soaring to the uncomfortably hot range, birds are singing, barbeques are sizzling, campgrounds are full, lemonade on ice, school is out, vacations have started..... ahhhh ....summer.... my third favorite time of the year, won over only by autumn, which I believe to be the pinnacle season of every year, and of course Christmas... but we won't go there...just yet.
Back to summer! My holidays have started and I have lofty plans for the few days that I am off. I get to spend time with my family, which is always awesome. As some of you may know, my wife has been battling cancer for the last two years, and I am happy to say this story has a happy ending. She fought, and won the battle, so we are using this summer as a spring-board to the future. As you can well imagine, your life is put on hold, and nothing else matters when you are dealing with the likes of cancer. Moving forward, however is not easy. Slowly, baby steps, is the best way, and we are doing exactly that. Time with family and friends is the number one goal this summer, along with healthy choices, in all aspects of our life.
With that being said, I am going to also continue doing what grounds me and what has kept me sane through all of this. Reading. I find it is therapeutic and helps me find my down time when I need it most. This year I almost missed the High Summer Readathon
sign up, as work was crazy busy, but here I am, all signed up. High Summer Readathon is a relaxed readathon hosted my Michelle Miller who creates and maintains the Seasons of Reading Blog. There are readathons for all seasons, prizes, and some great people you will meet. If you have a chance you should head on over and check it out. The official dates are July 1 through July 31, starting at 12:00 am Sunday the 1st, and ending at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, the 31st. That's central time, but you can adjust your times according to your time zone.
Since I was able to join the readathon this year, I'm glad Michelle is not sticky on rules as I have not even created a TBR list. I am totally unprepared, but I won't let that stop me. :) My son has been bugging me to read the Maze Runner series by James Dashner ,as he is now reading the fourth book himself. I kept disregarding his suggestions, because I didn't think these books would actually keep me interested, least of all entertained. After all, I read at such a higher level than that! Guess what? I really don't :) I read the Maze Runner and was absolutely surprised at the plot and character development that went into this story. It is an easy read, which is nice, but now I am hooked on finishing this series , and hope to do it before my son does. (hehehehe)
During this readathon, Michelle has thrown in a Christmas in July spin for the final four days of the readathon. This of course is completely optional but really fun if you can pick the right book(s). I am always looking for that perfect Christmas in July book to read, and have never find the one that satisfies me. I started to look up some good books to try for the Christmas in July reading when Michelle posted a list of Christmas themed books for sale in the coming months. Hmmmmm. I wonder if this list comes out every year on her Christmas Blog? And so, I found a very long list of books published last year, that I can peruse along with a synopsis of the story, so that I don't have to "settle" on one and hope for the best. You can find that list here. I will be set for Christmas in July this year. Thanks Michelle!
With all of this going on, my other two favorite readathons are also happening in July.
The 24 in 48 Readathon is happening on July 21st, and Dewey's 24 hour readathon is happening July 28th! And for the first time ever, It is a reverse Readathon!!! Aaahhhhhhh! What to do!
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First, I need to ask permission from my wife ;) After all, life goes on when I am content, nose deep in books. Secondly, I need to contact my sister in the USA to see if she is on board with Dewey's (we did it together last time). And thirdly, decide if I want to commit to this much reading this summer. I love to read, but it can be a solitary thing to do. The timing is perfect as my holidays coincide with all of the dates. I really want to do this. It would be a perfect vacation getaway for me this summer. As you can tell I am somewhat easily appeased :)
Stay tuned for part two of this blog to see what the next part of July will bring me!