Friday, October 17, 2008

I won, I won, I won!

I really fell out of the blogging groove last week, partly because it was a really busy week for the kids, and partly because I was too busy obsessing over the upcoming election, and glued to the political blogs I've become addicted to. I'm not going to get (very) political here, but let's say I'm hoping this election brings big changes.

I was very happy to open the mail yesterday, because with it came a copy of UK poet Roger McGough's The Way Things Are that I WON in a giveaway at The Octogon. Leah also sent me a lovely magnetic calendar which I will put on my fridge come 2009. Thanks so much, Leah! I never win anything, so this really made my week!

As many of you already know, Dewey is hosting the semi-annual 24 Hour Read-a-thon again this weekend. I have always wanted to participate in this event, and I've never been able to, as my youngest is too young to foist on anyone for that long, and I'm chauffeuring my middle one and eldest to football games, swim meets, bar and bat mitzvah celebrations, etc. on the weekends. But I'm looking forward to the day I can read for 24 hours, as you might imagine. So I'll be sending my best wishes to all the readers who participate--go, team, go!


Matt said...

Looks like you'll be very busy! I won’t be participating since I’ll be running errands and attending a symphony concert in the evening. I do plan to read for a few hours–just started Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie and I’m loving it!

Have a great weekend!

Bybee said...

I should be napping...the "trouble" starts at 9 pm my time and I've been up all day. Sorry you can't participate, but when my brain is fried on both sides, I'll be thinking of you with envy.

Litlove said...

Yay! It's really exciting when you win something in the blog world. I've been meaning to email and say that Joshua Henkin inscribed such a nice message in the copy of Matrimony - I'm really looking forward to reading it. And I'll be an armchair spectator to the read-a-thon too, just because I love sleep as much as reading!

J.S. Peyton said...

Congrats on your book win! I'm never too lucky in those kinds of things, so I know the feeling. I'm not participating in this year's read-a-thon either, though I really, really wish I could. I'm going out of town for three weeks tomorrow and, unfortunately, I've got a lot of last minute things to do. Ah well, maybe next time.

Gentle Reader said...

matt--let me know what you think of Guernsey--I read it on vacation and it was perfect for that :)

bybee--good luck and hope it's fun!

litlove--I'm so glad you got your copy of Matrimony! Enjoy :)

j.s.--well, if you can't do the read-a-thon, I hope your trip is good--either relaxing or profitable, depending on what kind of trip it is :)

Matt said...

I finished Guernsey and posted the review. I liked it although the romance at the end is a bit silly. It's very enjoyable read with deeply human and believable characters. :)

Gentle Reader said...

matt--I agree with your assessment, and I have to say that it's definitely light reading, but it pulled me in emotionally :)