June 17, 2009

Summer of Chris

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Does anyone remember the Seinfeld Episode where George declares a Summer of George where he'll do whatever he wants? Well, I'm not going to play frolf but George does inspire me to have my own Summer of Chris.

I've been part of book blog tours, had deadlines for reviews too, over the past year but this summer I'm limiting all that. I've only signed onto 2 blog tours for the summer- ones I really wanted to be a part of- and resisted several others. While I have a buttload of books on the shelves, many of them newer ones, I have many books I've been dying to read for months but there was always another book to be read instead.

So for my Summer of Chris, I'm going to throw schedules out the window. I'm going to throw caution to the wind. Whatever grabs my attention at the moment will be read and if I can't get into it, I will put it aside. I even hesitate to write down what I'm thinking about reading because it's subject to change.

So, come July I'll put on my velvet sweats (though that sounds a bit hot), eat a block of cheese (maybe not) and read willy-nilly!

Who's with me?

23 comments :

  1. lol! I remember all right. I miss Seinfeld. In fact, I think my summer should include a Seinfeld marathon.

    Anyway, that's an excellent idea. I've been following my reading whims more this year, and I'm enjoying it a lot.

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  2. I miss it too. When I see it now, Elaine's hair always surprises me. It was BIG!

    I really have to follow my whims more instead of reading something because I should.

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  3. This is a great idea. I have several commitments for the summer, so maybe I'll have a Fall of Kathy.

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  4. I'm right there with you, Chris. I reviewed some great books this year, but so many of them were pre-scheduled and for publicist/author requests that I didn't knock out many on my personal TBRs. I started planning for a summer of "free reading" a few months ago, and I'm loving it so far. Will post my last promised review for the summer later this week and do 1 blog tour in July. The rest is all me. Gotta love that.

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  5. Sounds fabulous, what a great plan. I am also cutting down on reading commitments and getting back to my own stacks. And stacks.

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  6. Heh. I wrote the same kind of post this morning--although with me it's the swearing off of library books and due dates so that I can focus on the books I actually cared enough about to purchase.

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  7. Oh, what a good idea! I can totally relate: on one hand, it's so nice to be involved in the tours, requested reviews, etc. On the other, what happened to MY OWN CHOICES?! I think I'll have to follow suit, once I learn to say, "No." I hear the inital consonant is n... ;)

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  8. Good for you, Chris. Enjoy your summer! I tend to be a selfish blogger and usually have the Year of Cathy. :o)

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  9. Good for you! Enjoy the lack of deadlines and commitments. I've really focused on that in 2009. After over-commiting myself to challenges for a couple of years I went into challenge and reading commitment avoidance mode. I've only done a handful of challenges and for one of those I chose an entire list of 'the next book' in a bunch of the series I've started.

    I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed the return of spontaneity to my reading. If something looks interesting, I either request it from the library or buy it.

    Enjoy your summer!

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  10. Wasn't that a great Seinfeld episode. I'm totally on board with you on this. I feel like I've been swamped with due dates for blog tours, ARCs, book groups, etc. It's all fun but now I want to spend time with all my shelf-sitters!

    So hope your summer of Chris is fabulous and with lots of great reads :)

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  11. Ah, old school reading. Yes! Enjoy.

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  12. Sounds like a good plan to me! I try not to over-commit, but sometimes it all gets away from me. Maybe I'll follow Kathy's lead and have the Fall of Florinda, though :-).

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  13. I'm definitely in!
    Although, I can't think of a summer I haven't made The Summer of Me, but I like the idea of making it official.

    I miss Seinfeld. Still so funny. It's the show we quote the most around here.

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  14. God, that sounds so great! I'm definitely in! I'll make mine the Year of Vasilly. I signed up for too many challenges and now I'm feeling so pressured, I want to drop them all. It's my own fault, but I plan on fixing this mess.

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  15. Around here it's the Summer of Softdrink. And the Fall of Softdrink (maybe I should say Autumn?) and the Winter of Softdrink and the Spring of Softdrink. It's pretty much all me, all the time. :-D So welcome to the fun!!

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  16. Can't wait to hear how Summer of Chris is going! I've kind of been doing that all year except for a few guidances from challenges. By the way--velvet sweats makes me break out into an immediate sweat. It's almost 10 pm and still 85 degrees outside. Ick!

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  17. Yay! I did that over Christmas and ended up barely reading anything. Which was weird. But I read a few leisure books a month. Enjoy!

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  18. Summer of Chris! Yeah, you rock!!!

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  19. Hey, thanks all! We'll see how it all turns out. Saying no is sometimes hard.

    Good luck to all of you who plan on joining me!

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  20. I'm definitely scaling back. Maybe I can have a half summer of Nicole.

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  21. I envy you. Almost as soon as I started the blog I realized that writing about books meant I didn't have time to actually READ books. Oh, for a warm day, a hammock, a good book -- and no deadlines.

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  22. Love it!! I'd be with you, but I want to wait until I can take time off work as well, otherwise it'll only be A Couple of Hours in the Summer Evenings of Tammy.

    In my mind's eye, I see me on a beach with stacks of books piled up in my beach cottage/condo, with a frozen cocktail with an umbrella next to me, for the whole summer. If only.

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