Apropos the book talk in my last post, Marilyn shared a link with me on Facebook recently for the 10-10-10 Reading Challenge. You choose (or rather, make up) 10 category/genres and the idea is to read 10 books within those 10 genres by October 10, 2010. Which sounds like fun, since some people have been very creative about their genres and made up things like "One Word Titles", "Books I Wouldn't Normally Read" and "Books With Food as a Central Theme" along with the usual "Classics", "Prize Winners", and "Historical Fiction".
I did a bit of thinking about the pile of books I have sitting waiting for me and the books I've ALREADY READ this year, and figured I could whip up 10 genres out of them in no time and I was right:
- Political Memoir/manifestos
- New-Age Crap My Mom Reads That I Would Normally Never Go Near
- Young Adult Fantasy Adventure
- European Folk Tales
- Contemporary Novels with "You" in the Title
- Classics I Managed to Escape Reading in College Despite Being an English Major
- Books That Are Better Off Being Used as Doorstops
- Illustrated Poetry
- Books From the Point of View of an Important Yet Peripheral Character in Beloved Children's Literature
- Books By Internet Friends
Tomorrow I will have been in Sweden for 13 years. The nephew who was born on January 10th, the day before I arrived, is a teenager now, as of today. Altogether, I have lived in Europe for 19 years. My mom just said that was nearly half my life and I started to write something about how if I was 29, it would ALREADY be more than half my life. Hee! Eventually, I probably WILL be here for more than half my life. I keep saying, when people ask, that we're here indefinitely. But it's starting to feel like I should be saying permanently instead.
Vacation is over tomorrow for everyone in the family...(except Mom) I'm back at work (though I've worked at least two days worth of my vacation this past week) and the kids both start school. Martin at his new one, and Karin for real this time. It's her second time in 5 days of going to the first day of school after vacation because I misread the paper that had the dates and sent her off to school on Thursday morning, bright and early, last week. And was surprised and dismayed and rather rumpled when she turned up again 15 minutes later, having gone to school only to find her classroom locked and the lights off and no teachers in evidence, though there WERE people there, and kids going into the daycare room.
I didn't EXACTLY misread the paper, it turned out...it DID say that the term started on January 7th. Only I didn't CONTINUE reading further down where it said that the first two days of the term were "planning days" that the kids had off. *sigh* I tried to blame it on being foreign and the paper being in Swedish, but Anders said it was more a case of being impatient. Drrrr...
Billowing Pillowing Snow-Blown But Belated Birthday Wishes to blueberrymoon and Marilyn!