But for me, it's Read-a-thon hour 1. Invariably, I am unable to begin when it officially begins. And, I certainly never last until it officially ends. However, for the hours in which I am able to participate, I am immeasurably glad.
My mother and I went to Oakbrook Center this morning. It was a grey and drizzling day, the perfect day to stay in bed with your book. Or, to go shopping with your mother while avoiding crowds. We don't have much time during the week with my teaching schedule, so we took time from the Read-a-thon. We went into all our favorite stores: Paradise Pen where I actually held the new Carlo Collodi Mont Blanc pen which sells for $1,010.00; Macy's to smell the new, but quite ordinary, Coco Noir from Chanel; Baisi Thai for a yummy lunch.
And now, in the cool of a rainy autumn afternoon, I am sitting to finish my reread of Anna Karenina, on page 671 of 817 total. I'm leading a discussion on it this Wednesday for our book club, and I don't even care if someone complains that it's too long. A good Russian novel and a Read-a-thon? What could be better than this?!
I'll be back when I finish it, with news of what book I open next.