We’ve finally made it to Thanksgiving week, and hopefully in a couple more days we’ll all be relaxing for some well-deserved vacation, indulging in delicious food and taking advantage of some of those great Black Friday deals.
If you’re a book blogger like me looking to get caught up on your reading goals for the year, this is your chance. On Wednesday, the Thanksgiving Readathon I’m hosting with Jackie from Death At Tsundoku officially starts!
Below are rules on how to participate, as well as a link to enter in our amazing Winter Reading Giveway to win a bunch of goodies that will set you up for some cozy winter reading. I’ve also included my personal plans for the readathon, so you can see what I’m hoping to read. I’ll be keeping track of everyone who joins either through their blog or on social media and can’t wait to see all of your progress. Let the reading begin!
Dates: Wednesday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 26th 2017
To take part in the Readathon:
- Read as many books as you can in those 5 days.
- Use the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon to share your participation and progress on Twitter and other social media sites.
- Publish a Sign-Up Post between Monday, November 20th and Wednesday, November 22nd with your readathon TBR and goals. Bonus: Share your families holiday traditions if you’d like.
- Publish a Wrap-Up Post on Monday, November 27th sharing your readathon victories. Bonus: Share what you are thankful for this year.
If you create a Sign-Up post, make sure to include a link to it in the comments below or on Jackie’s Sign-Up post to share your participation with us!
The giveaway is officially OPEN as of today and will run through Tuesday November 28th at midnight. There are multiple ways to enter, so make sure you take advantage of them. You get two extra entries for putting together a Sign-Up and Wrap-Up post for the Thanksgiving Readathon!
We’ve decided to limit the giveaway to U.S. and Canada only and the winner will receive the following six items:
- a hardcover copy of November 2017 release The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
- a cable-knit throw from Elle Decor with a fleece lining
- fuzzy knit sparkly green socks
- a snowflake patterned mug
- a peppermint snow scented candle
- Winter Wake Up tea from Trader Joe’s
I’m doing pretty well on my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 – I’ve read 100 of the 120 books I set out to read and am halfway done with 2 more. Having said that, I’d have to read more than my usual average of 10 books per month in December to finish on schedule, so this Thanksgiving Readathon is coming at the exact right time to save the day.
I have two primary categories of books I’d like to tackle during the readathon – the titles from my November 2017 Book Of The Month delivery and a several ARCs I received through Net Galley that I’d like to review asap.
I’ve listed them below in the likely order in which I’ll set out to read them, but as there are 7 books in the list and 5 days in the readathon, I’m not planning on getting to all of them. That would be pretty impressive but also unrealistic. I just wanted to give myself enough options that I can have some choice as to what I want to read next.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (BOTM)
Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser (ARC)
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (BOTM)
After The Eclipse by Sarah Perry (BOTM)
In The Midst Of Winter by Isabel Allende (ARC)
Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn (ARC)
Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
So obviously I’m from Italy, and therefore I don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving (aside from the controversy in general about the meaning of the holiday). I still get the vacation days though, which is pretty nice. Typically I’ll have Thanksgiving dinner with my best friend’s family, who live out here in Los Angeles.
The holiday that I’m really used to celebrating with family is Christmas. I fly home to Milan twice a year – once in the summer, and once for Christmas and New Years. This year is no different, and I can’t wait to be home with my family for a full two-week stretch, eating tons of Italian food as usual and taking it easy in my hometown.
Growing up, Christmas was definitely something we decorated for extensively at home. We traditionally waited until the day dedicated to Saint Ambrose (Sant’Ambrogio) – December 7th – to put up the tree. It was always a production, with American Christmas carols on the stereo and the usual untangling of meters and meters of lights.
And of course, this being Italy, there is also always tons of food for Christmas. For Christmas Eve we’d typically have a buffet with family that involved lots of fish (lobster, shrimp, smoked salmon), lots of cold cuts (prosciutto cotto and crudo, coppa, salame and lardo), delicacies like escargot and paté, and much more. Nowadays we have a similar menu but not quite as much fanfare since not everyone is usually available to attend.
On Christmas Day it’s usually time for pasta al forno made following my grandma’s recipe, with tiny meatballs that are breaded and deep fried. Let me tell you, it’s quite the treat. And for New Year’s it’s tradition in Italy to eat lentils with polenta. I have to say my mom makes the best lentil soup with sausage in it – I look forward to it every year.
Milan just has a better Christmas vibe overall than Los Angeles. It’s hard to pull off that holiday feeling when it’s supposed to be over 80 degrees for Thanksgiving, and probably still well above 60 by late December. I need that bite in the air that requires scarves and gloves to get into the spirit. Can’t wait to fly back in a month!