The Word On The Street: Toronto 2010
events , thoughts / September 29, 2010

This past Sunday, I went to The Word On the Street for the first time, in Toronto. I had myself a full schedule worked out so that I could hear a lot of interesting authors read in some and learn interesting and helpful bits in others. In the end, I didn’t make it to everything that I had planned on getting to, but I still managed to see, hear, and learn quite a bit, and am definitely looking forward to going again next year! I had a little mishap with my bank over the weekend, which meant that I had absolutely no access to money for this event; one good thing about this meant that I didn’t buy a single book, which would have been a very sad thing to do right near the end of September’s book buying ban! I also somehow managed to forget to charge my camera batteries, so the first batch of photographs are great, but after that I had to switch to my iPhone, which means that the later photographs are much poorer in quality (particularly in terms of inability to zoom in). Throughout this post, you can see any of the photos at full-size…

Fall Catch-Up Read-A-Thon: Count me in!
events , thoughts / September 20, 2010

Michelle over at The True Book Addict is hosting a week-long read-a-thon from September 20th – September 26th. Given that almost all I read for about half of my summer was books for the Ramadan Reading event, I’ve gotten way behind on my other reading! Right now, I’m also on a self-imposed book buying ban, so I think this is a great time for me to really hunker down and get caught up on reading through some of my absolutely teetering TBR piles. Books that I already own will account for most of my list. Here’s a tentative list of what I’m going to try to get through this week. I’ll be updating this post as I go along, and will post something at the end of the week letting you know how I did! Lost on Planet China: One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation by J. Maarten Troost – finished on Saturday Lucy Unstrung by Carole Lazar – finished on Friday Yes You Can! Your Guide to Becoming an Activist by Jane Drake and Ann Love – in progress Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill – in progress girlSpoken: from pen, brush, and tongue edited by Jessica…