Wow! This summer could not have come fast enough. It is my first summer as a teacher and although I still have plenty to do for next year, I am so excited to finally have some dedicated time for reading and writing. There are a lot of things going on this summer – potentially moving, trying to do some courses, lesson planning for next year, visiting family, painting a new house, etc – which mean that ultimately, I actually have an extremely busy time ahead, but I need to fill it with all the most relaxing things possible.
The best thing about July so far, is that I have found readathons which last from the 14th July (pretty much straight after I go on holiday) until the 29th July! So July is just one massive readathon! I have every intention of taking part in all of the readathons, though whether I manage to finish them all successfully is debatable. Wayne is also going to get involved in some of the readathons, which I’m really excited about.
July 14th – July 20th – Summer Biannual Bibliothon
July 21st – July 22nd – 24 in 48
July 23rd – July 29th – 7 in 7 readathon
July 28th – Dewey’s 24 hour readathon
Wayne has promised to get involved with a couple, and he said I just have to let him know which ones, but as he’s just graduated from Uni and needs a bit of a break himself, I think i’m going to be kind. I want him to do the 24 in 48 with me, and then we are going to do the 7 in 7 as a pair (reading 7 books between us).
I think July is going to be my big reading time, because August is probably going to be filled with playing games, visits and then being back to work. I will still read in August, but not with as much dedication as the end of July… probably.
I also am desperate to get back to writing over the summer. So I am planning on writing more blog posts and reviews, and on getting back to some solid creative writing. I want to do some planning in July/August, as I have signed up to a creative writing course in September. It does mean i’m starting a course at one of the busiest points of the year for me, but I don’t think that it is a bad thing at all to dedicate 3 hours entirely to myself and writing – something that was a main source of relaxation for me in the past, but which I haven’t done for a long time.
Well, that is my summer plans, and I have already started them. I will post an update post later today with the beginning of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. But for now…It is time to get reading!