Good afternoon, folks! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and a relaxing Sunday so far.
Before I get into what’s going on in my reading world over the next few weeks, I’d like to take a minute and thank all of the wonderful people at Armchair BEA for a fantastic event last week. I had so many great people visit my blog, and I found so many great blogs to add to my reader. I had a lot of fun interacting with everyone, and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with all of you through our blogs and Twitter. Thank you to everyone who took the time to check out Between the Covers and leave comments–I appreciate every one of you.
On to my reading plans…
There are a lot of great events going on all over the blogosphere this month, three of which have caught my interest. I’m going to share the basic information here, in case anyone else is interested in joining, and then I’ll write more specific posts about them as they take place.
The Bloomsday Readalong
June 16th is Bloomsday, the day on which James Joyce’s Ulysses takes place. (It’s also my parents’ anniversary, so Mr. Joyce should feel very honored…even from his grave.) O of Délaissé is hosting a readalong of Ulysses in honor of Bloomsday, and participants can choose to read the whole book, part of the book, or a different book by Joyce (if they’re not ready to read Ulysses). This book has been sitting on my TBR bookcase since last year, and I keep making excuses to pass it over. No more! I’m not sure how far I will get, and I know for sure that I won’t be able to keep to the schedule for reading it in one day, but I’m going to do my best and get as much of it read as I can on the 16th. I should be able to finish it by the end of the month, at least. If you’re interested, you can get more information by clicking on the above picture of Joyce, or by clicking on the above link to O’s blog.
(button design: Michelle of The True Book Addict)
The High Summer Read-a-Thon
The High Summer Read-a-Thon is hosted by Michelle of The True Book Addict, and will take place
June 16-22 July 16-22 this year. I haven’t participated in one of Michelle’s read-a-thons in quite some time, so I promised her I would participate in this one. I don’t think I’m going to make a list of the books I plan to read–it puts too much pressure on something that’s supposed to be fun–but Ulysses will obviously be part of I end up reading. I don’t think Michelle has posted the details or a sign-up page yet (please correct me if I’m wrong, Michelle), but she should be doing that soon. If you’re interested in joining us for the read-a-thon, keep an eye on her blog over the next week for more information.
(I have since edited this post to reflect the ACTUAL dates of Michelle’s read-a-thon, because I apparently can’t read and thought it was taking place this month. It takes place in July.)
Puttin’ the Blog in Balrog, baby!
I haven’t read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series in many, many years (20?), but I put it on my Classics Club list because it’s a series that I’d really like to re-read and reacquaint myself with. Imagine my excitement when I found out that sj of Snobbery re-reads the series every year, and that she’s hosting a (re)readalong on her blog! SCORE! Needless to say, I’ll be joining sj on her epic Middle-earth journey. The quest will start on June 23rd with The Hobbit, and end on or near August 11th when we finish Return of the King. If you’re interested in joining us, you can get more information (including the reading schedule) by clicking on the Puttin’ the Blog in Balrog button above (designed by sj), or by clicking on the link to her blog that I’ve provided above.
So that’s what I have going on over the next few weeks, in addition to the other things I’m reading. I also have a ton of reviews to catch up on (I see some mini-reviews in my future). I CAN DO EET!
Do you have anything exciting going on this month? Are you participating in any cool bookish events?