This morning started out very leisurely as I spent the morning finishing Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult outside in the hammock. I was planning be very lazy today and spend the rest of today outside curled up with a, hopefully, good book with a possible stop at the library.

I did make it to the library — and out with seven books — but on the way home, my mother and I received a call from the realtor saying someone wanted to see our house. Right now. Running around like crazy people, we managed to shove my stack of books (and my mom’s)  into drawers and get the house spic-and-span before going for a long, hot walk in the neighborhood. Now, onto books…

In case you missed it, the aptly named Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon has been set for Saturday, April 18th, which is the same night as my prom. And while I could be a cheerleader, I’m afraid I’m going to be a bit to busy getting ready for “the best night of my life.” I had hoped to participate this year, but I guess it wasn’t in the cards for me. Bummer.

The Orange Prize for Fiction’s longlist was announced just this past week, and I’m proud to say I at least own one of the bo0ks on the list — American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield. Good thing it’s on my list for the Spring Reading Thing — a challenge I wasn’t originally planning on joining, but one I’m making good progress on.

I had a wonderful time in Tampa and Naples, Florida. The beach was great; I was able to get in a lot of good nature shots on long walks on the beach. My favorite part, though, had to be playing tug-o-war with a tiger at Busch Gardens.

The Sunday Salon:

The Sunday Salon.com The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on each other’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.