I wonder what it is about a read-a-thon that always makes my personal life go into interference mode? On Monday, I spent most of the day taking care of read-a-thon business; organizing the mini-challenge/giveaway post, visiting blogs to welcome, inform, and encourage, and making sure that everyone was signed-in properly (I also read a bit of The Widow of the South). All this is to be expected when hosting a read-a-thon and I don't mind it a bit because I love interacting with people. So, Monday was a success in a different way. =O) On Tuesday, I read Part III of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson for TuesBookTalk, but it still was a sad accomplishment. Constant distractions from my sons are ever present! Wednesday was the day that the personal stuff really came into play. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it yet, but I'm going on vacation next week. We--my mom, myself, and my sons--are headed up to Michigan to visit my sister for a week and a half and I will also be attending my 25 YEAR class reunion. My husband isn't going because of work so we are taking Mom's car...we thought! The air was not working in her car and she had the free-on recharged in it. A week later, it was out again. She called me yesterday to tell me that her mechanic told her the compressor was gone and it was going to take $800 to fix it. Long story short, Mom has put a lot of money into that car and she is finished doing it. So, guess what I was doing yesterday instead of reading? Yes, that's right...researching rental car rates and specials at local auto dealerships. It took me half the day! Mom has pretty much decided to buy a new car so that's what we will be doing on Saturday (part of the day). Yes, quite a read-a-thon sob story, I know. Anyway, here are my plans for the rest of today/tomorrow.
--Finish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
--Finish The Widow of the South
--Catch up on To the Lighthouse (for read-a-long)
--Start Vlad: The Last Confession tomorrow
Laura at Book Snob is hosting this fun mini-challenge. The task is to f
I have been alternating between The Widow of the South and Dragon Tattoo, but I decided to go with Widow for this challenge because it's historical, my favorite genre, and it has significance to where I've lived for the past 20 years. It has been interesting reading this book and imagining actual places I've visited and driven near in a town just a few miles from where I live in Nashville.
The Battle of Franklin (Tennessee) was fought on November 30, 1864. Historians have called the battle "the bloodiest five hours of the American Civil War." 2000 men were confirmed killed in the battle, with about 1750 of the dead being Confederate soldiers. Many more soldiers were wounded or lost/missing. All told, close to 9,000 casualties of war.
|Painting: The Battle of Franklin|
The title character of this haunting historical novel is Carrie McGavock, whose farmhouse was commandeered as a Confederate field hospital before the tragic battle at Franklin, Tennessee, in November 1864. That day, 9,000 soldiers perished. This tragic event turned McGavock into "the widow of the South." She spent the rest of her life mourning those lost, eventually reburying nearly 1,500 of them on her property. Robert Hicks's first historical novel captures the life-altering force that war exerts even on noncombatants.