Late to the party (Catherine’s stack)

Well, there’s no turning back now.

After finding out about Bookstravaganza in the fall and toying with the idea for a fleeting moment or two in the months following, I took the plunge today and said I would participate. The scariest part is that even though I’m an avid reader and I have the bookshelves to prove it, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump since August.

OK, “bit of” is an understatement. I’ve been in a really big reading slump since August, finally finishing my latest book in mid-November, which I started during the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. It’s not that I haven’t been reading in between — I do a lot of research and editing for my day job, so if you want to read a really cool longform piece about the seven unicorn tapestries or know about the history and intricacies of bullfighting, I’m your girl — it’s just I’ve currently lost the ability and will to carve out the time to read.

IMG_1170So after being laughed at the other night for reading my current book while brushing my teeth, I decided to find that time again. I thought about creating two stacks — a stack of five that I am absolutely determined to finish, and another stack that I’d start picking away at should the Fates be on my side, but I’m setting the bar low for my first year and just sticking with five. There’s plenty more where those came from, though. So many, in fact — of the five books, three of them are from the regular EPL book sales (the other two were gifts), so it’s fitting that the money raised from participating in Bookstravaganza will be used for EPL’s Literacy Vans program.

Here we go.

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