New Years Day, with nothing planned, I attempted my first ever private Read-A-Thon, hoping to read for hours without interruption.
Unfortunately, I woke up at 9:30 AM disappointed because I read so much better when I am the only one up, even before the sun. Nonetheless, after breakfast, preparing three loads of laundry, and overseeing four of the kids' morning routines, I started my Read-A-Thon at 12 noon and gave myself six hours to read. I even put a note on the door warning anyone not to enter and to "check with Dad first." He would be having his own "Netflix-A-Thon," in the living room, he said.
These are the books I read from:
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, which counts towards: The Well-Educated Mind, The Classics Club, and Mount TBR;
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, which counts towards: The Classics Club and Mount TBR;
and The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto, which I think I will add to Mount TBR.
After numerous interruptions, including making dinner, sending my girls off to the movies with their aunt, and finishing the laundry, I was only able to read one chapter from One Hundred Years, one chapter from Underground History, and one and a half chapters from Gone With the Wind.
So much for marathon reading.
About my three reads: I am oddly enjoying One Hundred Years. It was a strange start, and I was initially disappointed because it was not keeping my attention; but five chapters later, I am hooked. At first it was like a really bad Spanish soap opera, and in a way, it is still like a soap opera, detailing the development of a community and all of the connections between people and their relationships to one another. But it is growing intriguing, and I am captivated.
Gone With the Wind was instant connection. I am loving this read and wondering why I ever thought I would never be able to touch this book. I may have only read two chapters, but tonight, after everyone goes to bed, GWTW will be the book I end my day with.
Underground History is a very easy read, describing one teacher's experience within the education system. The author makes the case that schools are not places to put your children, and teachers are not treated any better.
I do have one question: regarding One Hundred Years of Solitude, published in 1967: does anyone know if it can be considered a classic? As I am getting into the more modern works on The Well-Educated Mind list, I am not sure if I can include these on my Classics Club list? I am curious if anyone has any opinion, or how I can find out. Thanks!