Happy Sunday everyone! Mr. Nomadreader had yesterday off (a very rare occasion), and we had a lovely day of eating, drinking and celebrating with friends. The only downside is I managed to read just 22 pages of Lauren Groff's new novel Arcadia. I'm already enchanted by the characters and setting, and I'm hoping to finish it today.
I have a big reading week ahead of me too. One of the perks of having twice as much vacation time as Mr. Nomadreader is the luxury of reading staycations. It's Spring Break this week, so I took the whole week off and hope to read all day almost everyday. My focus is still the Orange Prize longlist. I've read seven of the twenty books so far and am really enjoying my reading. I'm waiting on four to arrive from the UK, but I have the rest ready to read this week in case they don't arrive yet. I'm hoping this week will help me meet my ambitious goal of reading all twenty before the shortlist is announced next month. Even if I don't, having nine days off of work (counting the weekends) is a wonderful luxury!
Also coming up this week: the announcement of the Indie Lit Award winners! Look for the announcements Tuesday. I'm thrilled with the winner and runner-up we chose in the Fiction category and cannot wait to share the good news. I'll be posting my reviews of the shortlisted titles in the coming weeks too. I've had a wonderful time being a judge this year. As wonderful as it has been to discuss these five titles in depth with my fellow judges, I'm eager to discuss them with all of you soon too!
Around the book blogosphere, there are two major upcoming events to take note of: Dewey's Read-a-thon and Armchair BEA. I've enjoyed participating in both events in the past. This spring's Dewey's read-a-thon will be Saturday, April 21st. I'm sad I won't be able to participate, as I'll be throwing a baby shower for one of my best friends and spending the weekend with my college friends who all live too far away! If you'd like to volunteer for the read-a-thon, you may sign up here. Sign ups for readers will come in the next few weeks. The dynamite folks behind Armchair BEA, which I prefer to attending BEA, are hoping to make this year the biggest year yet and are already spreading the word about activities. All the details are here. I attended BEA and the first Book Blogger Con in 2010. It was a wonderful experience, but it was a very expensive week. I don't think I'll be attending again anytime soon, unless the rumors of a Chicago BEA become true.
Now tell me: what are you up to on this beautiful Sunday? What book is currently rocking your reading world?
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