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Read-a-thon 2016: Update Post

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Hour 15 update: Still going strong. Mind you, I started the Readathon at Hour 7 and have had several interruptions (grocery shopping, making dinner) along the way but I’m pleased with how this is going. Almost halfway through Love Warrior, which is a great Readathon book — it’s a fast read.

Currently Reading:


Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Books Read: 1


You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, by Arisa White. It’s a poetry collection that I’ll be reviewing on the blog this Monday.

Short Stories: 2
“To the Moon and Back” by Etgar Keret
“Two Men Arrive in a Village” by Zadie Smith

Both of these were from The New Yorker podcast “The Author’s Voice” which features authors reading their short stories from that week’s issue.

Pages Read183

Time Spent Reading: 4.5 hours

Social Media: Twitter. That’s where most of my cheerleading seems to be happening. As usual, I’m going to need several days to go back and discover the new-to-me blogs and add them to my Feedly.

Food Consumption:
Breakfast – Toast, Strawberry/Banana Yogurt
Lunch – Hummus, tortilla chips and cheese stick
Dinner – Tomato Lentil Soup
Snacks – Dark Chocolate Square; Trail Mix
Beverages – Water, Coffee

Are you participating in the Readathon? How’s it going for you?


Ready for the Readathon! (Kick Off Post)

Readathon - Day and Night

Today is one of my favorite days of the year — Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon, an online community celebration of reading and connecting with others who love books. To quote the event description, “for 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Tumblrs, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.”

Needless to say, I love everything about the Read-a-thon. I love discovering new-to-me blogs, seeing what other people are reading (and adding those books to my Goodreads), sharing bookish conversation on Twitter and (new for me this year) Instagram and Litsy, and cheering on others who are among the hundreds (thousands?) of readers engaged in the love of all things literary.

Most of all, I love that it honors Dewey, a beloved book blogger who passed away in fall of 2008.  She was passionate about books and connecting people.  She  was (and still is) very special to many of us in the book blogging community. It’s a gift to be able to carry her legacy on and celebrate her life through things like the Read-a-thon, which she started and which was one of the ways I was first introduced to the book blogging world back when I started blogging eight years ago in August 2008, shortly before Dewey passed away.

Read-a-Thon, Fall 2016 Edition
I’m getting a late start on participating today; as I write this, the Read-a-thon is heading into Hour 6 and besides this post, I’ve done nothing but sleep in a bit (storing up energy for the later hours), eat breakfast and read the newspaper (that counts as Read-a-thon reading, right?) and check in with Read-a-thon happenings online.

Weather-wise, it’s cloudy and cooler than usual here in Pittsburgh, a perfect day to be curled up inside reading. At some point today I’ll need to take a break to do this week’s meal planning and grocery shopping.  (There are much more organized Read-a-thoners who get that sort of nonsense out of the way days before Read-a-thon.  I’m not one of those people and most likely never will be.)

So, without further ado, here’s my smallish pile of books that I plan to read from during today’s festivities:



You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, by Arisa White (not pictured, as this is an online poetry collection I’m reviewing)

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, by Nancy Jo Sales (I’m on page 187 of this; I’d like to finish it today)

A Want of Kindness, by Joanne Limburg (may not get to this as this is a book I’m reviewing and I typically don’t read review books during Read-a-thons, but this one has a looming deadline so it might be a necessity ….)

Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton

Springtime, by Michelle De Kretser

Shut Up and Run, by Robin Arzon

I’ll do another post later today that will serve as a one-stop for updates, etc.

Happy Read-a-thoning to all who are participating!


Sunday Salon/Currently … September Recap

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October started with a busy weekend — a work event on Friday night, spending Saturday taking The Girl to two of her activities. While she was there, I hung out at the library and finished two of the three freelance book reviews that I have due. Today was rather low-key with not much of anything going on.  I slept in a little, went for a run, did the usual grocery shopping and now it’s 11:00 p.m. and the weekend is over.

I’m really tired tonight, so this will be a quick Salon post.

In September, I finally hit 30 books read for the year. I’ve revised my Goodreads 2016 Challenge Goal down to 50 (from my original 55). Because I’m listening to a lot more music and podcasts in the car, my audiobook count is next to nothing (two for the year so far) which is bringing down my total number of books read. So, that 50 is going to be a huge stretch, but I tend to read more in the fall and winter months, especially around the holidays. Plus, there’s also Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon coming up on October 22!  (Have you signed up yet? I love, love, love the Readathon and so far, the day looks clear for me to participate.)

I read four books in September:

Three of those are review books so I can’t say too much about them yet.

born-to-runI’m starting October off with Bruce Springsteen’s memoir Born to Run. I’ve been very excited about this one, and debated holding off for the audiobook in hopes that Bruce will be the as-yet-to-be-announced narrator. The audio isn’t out until December 6, though, and given my track record with audiobooks as previously discussed, I’m probably better off reading this one.

And with that, I’m off to bed.


Read-a-thon Mid Event Survey

Readathon - Day and Night

We’re into Hour 12 of the Read-a-thon, which means it’s time for the Mid-Event Survey.

1. What are you reading right now?

The Edible WomanThe Edible Woman, by Margaret Atwood. Really enjoying this one.  I cannot believe this was Margaret Atwood’s first book AND that it was written in 1969. Aside from some cultural and societal references (mimeo machines, the absence of discrimination laws in the workplace), this easily could be set in the current day. There are some similar themes as The Handmaid’s Tale.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Haven’t completed any yet. I started with The Edible Woman and am only on page 86.  Not my best Read-a-thon, but the night is still young! (It’s 8 p.m. here in my time zone.)

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Seeing what happens in the next 224 pages of The Edible Woman. This is a little longer than my typical Read-a-thon book; I’m OK if this is the only book I finish tonight. (Of course, there is tomorrow, too.  I always unofficially extend my Read-a-thons into Sunday.)

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Not too many.  The daughter and I ran out to do some quick errands. We went to the post office to mail some packages and to drop off six large bags of clothes to Goodwill (took me awhile but I’ve finally jumped onto the Konmari bandwagon). Twitter is proving to be a distraction this time around and I’m catching up on some blogs. Trying not to stress about any of this because all that matters is having fun. Which I certainly am.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

The fact that we’re halfway done already.  Other than that, no surprises.

Are you participating in the Read-a-Thon? If so, how are things going for you?


Ready for the Readathon (and Margaret)!

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It’s Readathon day, baby!  Whooo!  I love this event. LOVE. IT. A day spent reading and chatting online with other readers? Bring it!

If you’re not familiar with this event, all the details are here, including how to sign up.  Last I saw on Twitter this morning, there are more than 1,900 readers participating!  It is a huge, all-volunteer effort on the part of many dedicated bloggers.

I’ll occasionally participate in other readathons, but one thing to note (especially if you’re joining us for the first time or if you’re otherwise new to this event) is that this is the original. The Real Deal.  You can read the backstory of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon here and I encourage everyone to take a few moments today and do exactly that. Dewey was special to all of us in the blogging community — she is one of the reasons why I started blogging in the first place — and I’m so thrilled to see how her little event has grown.  I didn’t know her well, but I’d like to think she’s reading along with all of us while smiling with pride.

This is both my official sign-up post AND my kick off post (I’m getting a bit of a late start, as the Readathon is already approaching Hour 4).  Nonetheless, here’s the obligatory photo of my stack of Readathon books.

Readathon - October 2015

Yes, this incarnation of the Readathon is, for me, The Margaret Atwood Readathon. That’s because I have tickets to see her on Wednesday night (I know, right??!!)  She’s appearing at the library for a talk and a book signing and I want to read as much of her work as possible before then because I’ve only read The Handmaid’s Tale  – which is freakin’ amazing and one of my favorite books ever. (See, look, I’m already incoherent, which is how I will be on Wednesday evening.) Ideally, I would love a solid two weeks or more of readathoning to get through all of her oeurve, but what can you do? Bills need to be paid, kids need to eat, etc., so I’ll take the gift of this Readathon to read as much Margaret Atwood as I possibly can.

In addition to these, I have Wilderness Tips, Moral Disorder, and Alias Grace on my Kindle, checked out from the library.

(I do have a few other books waiting in the wings in case I need to mix this up but for today, it’s all Margaret, all the time.)

Any recommendations for what I should read first? I’m thinking of getting this feast of books started with The Edible Woman. 


we now return to the 24 hour read-a-thon, currently in progress

Readathon - Day and Night

We’re in the middle of … what, Hour 11? Hour 10? … of the spring edition of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. (As stupid as it sounds, I never know how to keep track of the time for this event. I mean, is Hour 1 when we first start reading or is it after we’ve completed our first hour?)

I swear, after more than a few go-arounds with this, I should know this by now.  Whatever.

Had to work for a few hours this morning, so I joined this Read-a-thon while it was already in progress. (OK, truth be told, I started last night because it had been a stressful day.)

Here’s my Hour 11 update (at 6:15 p.m. EST)

Stash of books I started with:

Readathon - Spring 2015

TOTALS (I’ll continue to update this post throughout the rest of the Read-a-thon. Maybe.)

Pages Read:  360 (updated, Hour 13)
this total is misleading, as Acorn is 216 pages but is a very small book with sometimes only a few words per page

Time Spent Reading: 5.5 hours (updated, Hour 13)

Books Finished: 4 (updated, Hour 13)
Deep Lane, by Mark Doty
My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh
Acorn, by Yoko Ono
We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Now … what to read next? 

Ready … Set … READ-A-THON!

Readathon - Day and Night

Friends, it has been A. DAY.

I mean, for real.

If there is any possible way that a Friday could feel like a Monday, today was IT.

This, in a week when yesterday included getting two crowns at the dentist.

And snow.

On April 23.

When the crowns are among the highlight of your week, you know it is time for serious measures.

Hence, an executive decision.

My participation in the spring Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon begins ….


(Hey, it’s the start of Readathon somewhere, isn’t it?)

In reality, all I’m going to do tonight is read the book I’m currently reading, and that doesn’t really a Readathon make. But it will make me feel better, and that’s all that matters.

I also have to work tomorrow morning, so I’m thinking the time will somehow even itself out.

Here are the books I’ve rounded up for this year’s Readathon.

Readathon - Spring 2015

Acorn, by Yoko Ono
Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott (in progress)
We Are All Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tampa, by Alissa Nutting
Deep Lane, Poems by Mark Doty (in progress)
Happy are the Happy, by Yasmina Reza
Looking for the Gulf Motel, Poems by Richard Blanco
Letters to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries, by Ander Monson
My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh (in progress)

Others not pictured: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng; My Mistake, by Daniel Menaker, and a pile of cookbooks.

A few Read-a-thons ago, Florinda had a great idea: use these 24 hours to finish books already started. I love that, so I’ve started incorporating some unfinished books into my Read-a-thons. I also like to use this time to make a dent in the books that I already own.  This year is a combination of both of these as well as a few library books.  (I really need to start restraining myself from checking a book or two out every single day. I wish I was exaggerating; I’m not. Such are the occupational hazards of my job.)

Of course, I’m not going to read all of these … but it will be fun trying.

Happy Read-a-thoning, everybody!