If you haven’t already seen my video or web page about it, I’ve co-created a readathon with the help of several people this year! If you don’t know what I’m talking about click this link: https://victoriarmendes.wordpress.com/autumn-essentials-readathon/
Since I made the video to go with that announcement my health has been lackluster to say the least and I really don’t think I’m going to get a TBR video out before September 1st at this rate … especially since I’m writing this post at 5pm EST on August 31st. I guess this blog post will just have to do in the meanwhile!
I should also let you know that I SUCK at sticking to TBR’s so my reading choices are very likely to change.
Since I’m a leader for #TeamPumpkinSpice this year, I guess I’d better start with it!
For the Pumpkin Spice prompt I’ll be re-reading the collected stories of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne via the unabridged full cast audio production including Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, et al. Wayyy back in the day, my grandmother gifted this to me on cassette along with the physical copy. This is going to be a nostalgia trip for me; it could also be used for other prompts such as Comfort Food, Wild Card, Stay Warm (I’m pretty sure Rabbit makes a cup of tea for Pooh), and/or Quick Bread.
For Jack-O-Lantern I’ll be reading The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell. This book will also count towards my read for the A Touch of Whimsy Readathon. I’ve never read it, but I know it’s a Middle Grade read that Gavin from over at How to Train Your Gavin is super excited about — so I’m hoping it will be a classic.
For Comfort Food I’ll be sharing my Pumpkin Spice Bread recipe … speaking of which I should really get around to typing that up already.
For Folk Tale/Music I’ll be re-reading Short and Shivery by Robert D. San Souci. Sometime while I was in middle school my grandmother sent this to me as another book on cassette. The narration was fantastic, but, unfortunately, that narration has not been reproduced in digital format. So this time I’ll be reading it via ebook since I was able to grab it for a really good price on Kindle. The two stories that still really stick out to me from this book are Tailypo and El Chupacabra, and I can’t wait to re-read them.
The Wild Card Prompt I’m leaving completely open.
For Crisp Air I’ll finally be completing The Snowy Road and Other Stories by Hyun-Jae Yee Sallee. It was originally part of my assigned reading back in undergrad. I know I’ve read at least two of the stories out of this anthology, but I don’t think I’ve read them all. If I recall correctly, the stories in this book were written during the Japanese Occupation which ran from 1910 to 1945 when Korean literature was being censored by the Japanese — so the stories in here are nuanced fiction stories used talk about the socio-political climate without getting censored.
For Stay Warm I’ll be fixing myself some form of warm beverage to be determined at a later date.
For Pumpkins I’ll be reading The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King by Savy Leiser. I’ve had this book on my radar specifically for this readathon for about a year now because I found out about it through watching Savy’s YouTube channel or Twitter (I’m not sure which anymore – it’s been a year). All I know is it’s a novella and it has a pumpkin on the cover, and that’s good enough for me.
Lastly, we have Quick Bread! Let’s be real — I’m totally eating my Pumpkin Spice Bread from the aforementioned recipe.
Eventually, I’ll post some TBR recommendations for the other two teams as well, but I’m not sure how long of a break I’m taking before having those ready to post. Stay tuned for more updates!
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