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Winter’s Respite Readathon 2014 #WintersRespite

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon

Yowza!! With 5-8 inches of snow in the forecast for us in NC tomorrow, it’s a great time to cuddle up with the kids, blankets and good books for the Winter’s Respite Read-a-thon hosted by Michelle from The True Book Addict and Seasons of Reading. I love read-a-thons, it gives us a chance to catch up on reading and discuss good books with other bloggers.

Here’s what the Winter’s Respite Read-a-thon is all about:

“…a week of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries.

Twitter chat schedule:
Thursday from 8:00 to 9:00pm CST
Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00pm CST
Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00pm CST””


My goal is to read A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian for The Book Wheel Blog and Love at First Book‘s Book Club. The title surprised me but they said it’s on the list of 1,001 Books to Read Before You Die List and it will be memorably entertaining. Here’s what Goodreads says the book is about:

“When their recently widowed father announces that he plans to remarry, sisters Vera and Nadezhda realize that they must learn to put aside a lifetime of bitter rivalry in order to save him. The new woman in his life is Valentina, a voluptuous gold-digger from Ukraine, fifty years his junior, with fabulous breasts and a proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, who will stop at nothing in her single-minded pursuit of the luxurious Western lifestyle she dreams of. But separating their addled and annoyingly lecherous dad from his new love will prove to be no easy feat-in terms of sheer cold-eyed ruthlessness, the two sisters swiftly realize that they are rank amateurs. As Hurricane Valentina turns the old family house upside down, all the old secrets come falling out, including the most deeply buried one of them all, from the war, the one that explains much about why Nadezhda and Vera are so different. In the meantime, oblivious to it all, their father carries on with the great work of his dotage-a grand history of the tractor and its role in human progress, giving due credit to the crucial Ukrainian contribution. The story carries us back to prerevolutionary Ukraine, through wartime Germany, to contemporary England, taking in love and suffering, tanks and tractors, bitchiness, sibling rivalry, and, above all, the joys of growing old disgracefully.”

If I finish this one, I’ll start with whatever Savvy Working Gal picks for her February Book Club non-fiction selection.

I hope to participate in 1 or 2 of the chats, I forgot how much I enjoy them.

Are you participating in the read-a-thon? What are your book club’s reading? What does your family like to do when your snowed in?

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    1. If only I could make a decent living reading books! I always feel like there is never enough time to read and/or I just can’t read fast enough! Hope you find ways to sneak in reading time 🙂 thanks for stopping by and hope you share your posts with my Small Victories Sunday linky that’s open all week!

  1. I just read Believing the Dream by Lauraine Snelling. It is second in a series. I really like it. The last fiction boom I read wad a YA novel called The Paladin Prophecy. I loved that one, most YA novels are easy reads and this one was but it also made me think.

  2. Thanks for joining me again, Tanya! Sorry for my late greeting. My week is already in tatters and it’s only Wednesday. Anyone who thinks working from home is easy better come talk to me. haha!

    Hope you get the reading in that you planned. Looking forward to seeing you at the chat(s).

    Happy reading!

  3. I haven’t done a readathon yet – always too much going on with kids around!

    I really wanted to read that novel when it first came out and had forgotten all about it – thanks for the reminder! I heard some good reviews at the time – plus my family is Ukrainian! I’m adding it to my TBR list – hope you enjoy it.


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    1. The first chapter of Short History of Tractors is funny, conversation between a daughter and her dad about why he’s marrying someone 50 years younger. I like readathons b/c usually the goal is to read more than you normally do. So in my case, I am sneaking reading time while exercising on our stationery bike 🙂 at least its keeping me motivated to exercise too!

  4. I’m participating too, and am reading all books from book clubs or readalongs … The Wednesday Sisters, The Woman in White (Wilkie in Winter), and Divergent!

    1. Is Divergent with Bookalicious Mama? I saw those book to movie readalongs and hope I can make some of them. Its a reread for me but I loved it.

  5. Yay! I’m participating in mine, of course, and Katie @ Words for Worms is doing one on The Rosie Project. It’s easy – you read the book and then on the assigned date, you go to her blog to chat about it. I’m excited 😀

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