Make #timetoread

Today is National Readathon Day! If your Saturday is as rainy and bleak as mine is then that is a great excuse to make time to read. Think about all the books you’ve loved, all the books you have sitting on your shelf staring at you- waiting for you to read them! Read on! Being funemployed means I have ample time to read and have been taking advantage of that time as evident by my numerous recent posts on books.

Today I’m going to take some time out to read People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. I started it earlier this week and quickly found myself enthralled. I was delighted to find out that she’s married to Tony Horwitz who wrote one of my favorite non-fiction reads, Confederates in the Attic. If the novel is not your genre of choice and you have ever wondered why Southerns are still obsessed with the Civil War, just try this book. I think I’ve read it three times.

book confederates

I also cleaned out an old box of books from my mom’s attic recently and found some awesome gems. It was almost like looking through a scrapbook, remembering reading those books, where I was when I read them, how I felt about them. Here are a few that I was so excited to see.

sula heirs resblues mists middlesex

I highly recommend them all! But whatever you do make time to read.

Tweet, tweet

twitter-frustrate

I am not a huge Twitter person. I got into it halfheartedly until the hashtag #YesAllWomen came out and I realized what a social force Twitter could be. Now I’ve picked up a few favorite people that I follow:

@JoyceCarolOates

I don’t think I need to explain this. If you don’t get it, you don’t know me and you’ve never read my blog before.

@rgay

My crush on Roxanne Gay is mainly through her other works, not her tweets but she seems to be on Twitter constantly. She tweets a lot about Barefoot Contessa which is so silly and adorable. Gotta enjoy someone like that.

@Sherman_Alexie

Yes, my top three favorite Twitter accounts are all authors. Surely that’s not unusual..? Sherman Alexie is hilarious in both his writing and his tweets. I recommend following him if you like your humor heavy on the sarcasm.

Since I’m busy…

I have started three drafts of a blog post in the last week. Clearly none of them have made it very far. I won’t bore you with the topics that didn’t quite make the cut. Instead I’ll talk about other ridiculous things.

You know how when you plan something out of town, everything exciting that is ever going to occur happens at the same time? I’m going out of town for two weeks in October (to get married- Ah!) and so many awesome things are happening. I realize that my activity is better than all the other activities but I’m still annoyed at the timing. Here’s what I would do if I was going to be in town:

See Neil Patrick Harris at Bookpeople

In case you’re questioning my love for NPH please go here and here.

Check out Caroline Chocolate Drops at the Belmont

Go to Texas Book Festival

Last year I saw Sherman Alexie speak and it was one of those moments where everything you believe is reaffirmed. Like this guy that you’ve admired and followed is just as cool as you thought he’d be. It was like that.

Here’s an interview so that you can learn a little about him.

Watch An Evening with Lena Dunham (also if it wasn’t sold out)

She’s a young woman who has had so much acclaim and controversy so early. It absolutely fascinates me. Check out New York Times’ review of her book.

Oh, but then I would also go out of town and go to Black Pot Festival. Since I first came to Austin everyone has been telling me how cool it is. These guys told me about it:

So you should go. Cause I’m busy.