October Readathon

End of Event Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Well, I fell asleep at about 10pm EST, so…
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I didn’t have any ready this year, but I do like to read graphic novels during a readathon. The “Aya” series by Marguerite Abouet are a good go-to.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? Nope! I was a pretty casual participant this year, and I can’t think of anything I could add to the pros that put it together.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  5. How many books did you read? No entire books, but I finished one and made progress with three others.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? I finished “Ready Play One” on audio, started the audio of “The Maze Runner,” got over halfway through the ebook edition of “This is Where it Ends” and made progress with “Eileen” by Ottessa Moshfegh.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? “Eileen” is definitely the book that’s most “me.” I get most of my audiobooks and ebooks from the library, and a lot of the time they aren’t my first choice, but I read what’s available. That means that often I’m not in love with the books I get.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Probably “This is Where it Ends.” The depressing subject matter and jumping perspectives mean it’s not my favorite. Although I do often read pretty dark books. I don’t know. It’s just not really working for me. Though I will say it’s a pretty quick read.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’m sure I will participate again, probably as a reader and cheerleader. I did some cheering this time, but I didn’t sign up for it in an official capacity.

1pm Update:
Still listening to Ready Player One. I’m on Chapter 37 of 39, so I should have my first book completed soon. I am going to be taking a bit of a break to go for a walk with a friend soon, so we’ll see. I’ve also been doing a little bit of cheerleading, mostly on twitter.

Starting! Well, actually, I was already reading before 8am, as I had “Ready Player One” playing on my phone. I was supposed to be in yoga at 8:30, but it was cancelled. So I went to breakfast, where I downloaded “This is Where it Ends” by Marieke Nijkamp. It’s available from my library as the current Big Library Read. Now, I’m back home, putting up this blog post and listening to Ready Player One.

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? East Coast of Florida
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’d like to finish “The Professor and the Madman.”
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’ll probably be breaking into some Halloween candy. Oh well!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Lawyer, feminist, rescue-dog mama.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ve participated once before. I don’t know that I’ll do much different today. Read, listen, do some mini challenges. Breaks as necessary.


24 Hour Readathon

I’ll be cheerleading for sure, and doing a decent bit of reading. I do have a coureadathon1_lgple commitments tomorrow, but considering I am WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY behind on my reading goals for the year, I’m hoping to boost my “read” number a bit.

I’ll be updating periodically with my progress.

Check out 24 Hour Readathon to see who else is participating , and all the fun events that will be happenning for the full 24 hours.

Sunday Salon: Summer Lovin’ Wrap Up

Summer Lovin' ReadathonHappy Sunday! This week I’ve been participating in the Summer Lovin’ Readathon. I’ve done a pretty good job, although I wasn’t able to read for the 24 hour marathon time on Saturday. Saturdays are usually difficult for me – it’s pretty much the only day I see the hubby, so I try to spend time with him.

I read:

Jacob’s Room, Virginia Woolf
The Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler
The Girls of No Return, Erin Saldin

I’m very nearly done with Trapeze, by Simon Mawer. I have about and hour and a half to listen to.

I visited many blogs, and to commented on several.  I participated in Oh, Chrys’s book spine poetry challenge. I posted four participation  posts. Not too bad, if I say so myself 😀 In fact, goodreads says:


I’m 1 book ahead of schedule! Woot woot!

I need to keep up this pace to make my goal for the year. Seems doable, as long as I don’t keep getting bogged down in certain books. (Side-eyeing you, Mr. Wordymanoftheyear Henry James.)

Ok, off to see how everyone else has done!

The Sunday Salon
Ok, I’ve decided that I have to go ahead and sign up for the Estella Project Summer Read-a-long of “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” Which is one of my favorite books, ever. Yay!

Tears on My Pillow ~ Summer Lovin’ Day 4

Summer Lovin' Readathon

And Happy Independence Day!
Statue of Liberty with fireworks in background

Today’s prompt:

  • Share a quote from your current read or tell us about a book that really pulled on your heart strings. What was it about that book/quote that made you cry?

This week I’ve been reading Anne Tyler’s The Accidental Tourist. I picked it up on Sunday from one of those coffee shop bookshelves when I had dinner with some friends in Queens. I made my friend Eva promise to bring one back to the shop to make up for the one I took 🙂

I came across a sad little paragraph that certainly tugged on my heartstrings. For some background: the “he” is the main character, Macon. He’s back with his wife after a year separation. In that time he had moved in with Muriel, someone completely different than his wife or himself. When he left Muriel, she accused him of using her up, and going on his way. Now that he is back with his wife, he’s having second thoughts about his life.

Thinking back on that conversation now, he began to believe that people could, in fact, be used up – could use each other up, could be of no further help to each other and maybe even do harm to each other. He began to think that who you are when you’re with somebody may matter more than whether you love her.

I just found that so sad. Who does he love? Who does he think he loves? What is love, anyway? Is it just selfishness to think about who makes you your better self? If so, then why do we talk about other people “completing us” or bringing out the best in us? If it is selfish to think this way, is there anything inherently bad about that?

This is a lovely, quiet book about family and tragedy and life change and all that good stuff. I’m really, really glad I found it.

What book is tugging on your heartstrings lately?


Now a little book spine poetry for Oh Chrys’s challenge

poetry The North of God
By Night in Chile
The Road
Shadow Tag
The Girls of No Return

Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee

Summer Lovin' Readathon

Or rather, May Welland.

Today’s Summer Lovin’ Readathon prompt is to talk about our favorite female character. Now, I hate picking favorites. How is it even possible? Back in April of last year I wrote about some of my favorite characters, many of which are some kick-ass ladies. You should go check some of them out, too.

Today, though, I want to sing the praises of May Welland, from Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.

Age of Innocence is arguably Newland Archer’s story, following him around as he figure out what he wants from life – the expected and the predicted, or the unknown. His fiancee, May, represents the former, while her cousin, the Countess Olenska, represents the latter.

As I said in my review of the book:

Winona Ryder as May Newland

Not as innocent as she looks

“Enough about [Archer]. I want to talk about May. She is pretty badass. I mean, everyone kinda shuffles her aside and doesn’t pay her much attention, but she is using her time off stage to pull some major strings. She knows the dangers to a young woman in her position – the scandal it would cause should she be jilted. The only way for her to keep her place in society is to marry well. She’s not going down without a fight.”

Some have pointed out that Archer was also a victim of his time. While that is certainly true, I think that Wharton recognized that within this vastly flawed society, which harmed both men and women, men still had significant relative advantage. Should May have been jilted, she’d be seen as damaged goods, and would have likely had a much more difficult time securing a subsequent match. Certainly she was conniving and manipulative, because that was what society required. She had to use approved means (ie, invisible means) to keep Archer. If she lost her position, she might literally not survive, suffering a similar fate to Lily Bart (the main character of Edith Wharton’s brilliant House of Mirth). So while yes, both genders are suffering, the risks to the women are far greater.

Here’s to May!

You’re the One that I Want/June in Review

Olivia Newton John as Sandy in Grease

Oh yeah, très sexy

I’m participating in the Summer Lovin’ Readathon this week, and today we’re to share some favorite summer reads.

In my review of August Heat, which I read in June, I pointed out that it would make a good summer read. It certainly mentions it being hot enough!

Typically “summer reads” seem to be lighter, less serious books. Like you can’t read something heavy when you’re on the beach. But plenty of people enjoy ice cream when it’s hot outside, which is pretty heavy for my tastes. Why not heavier books? I know for some people summer is a good time to read that 800 page chunkster, because they actually have time to be absorbed into it.

Looking back at the books I read in June, they don’t seem to be different than those I read in any other month.

I think N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon would be a good summer book. It’s the first in her fantasy Dreamblood series, and if you like it the second one is already published. My library has them both, and I plan on picking up #2 later this week when I stop in. The book draws on elements of ancient Egyptian culture, but is in a world completely its own.

What else did I read in June? Well, TEN others, for a total of twelve books! I’m finally “on track” with my 100 book goal for the year. Now I have to focus on not falling behind, and this readathon is sure to help give me an edge. Happy Reading!

Total books: 12
10 Fiction:                  83%
2 Non-fiction:           17%
9 Women Authors:   75%
1 Translated:              8%

Summer Lovin’ Readathon

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers: (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th.

I figured that since I was doing so much reading today anyway, between two flights and an unexpected delay at the airport. And since I’m only signing up today, I’m using this as my “Class Orientation” participation post, too!

I will have ended up reading in three states this week – New Jersey, North Carolina, and Florida (home).  I read all types of books, as I’m sure will be evident from those I read this week.

So far, I’ve finished Jacob’s Room, by Virginia Woolf. For some reason it took me for-ev-er to read this, even though I really did like it. I also read about half of Anne Tyler’s The Accidental Tourist. On audio I’m listening to Trapeze  by Simon Mawer. I want to at least finish those two that I have in progress. I’ve also been reading The Golden Bowl by Henry James. I made some good progress over the weekend, but I’ve still got well over 200 pages left. If I could finish all of those, anything extra would be icing on the cake!

#Readathon Time!


Update 9:35
So this break was a little longer than I anticipated, but all the budget reading was time well spent because I got a call that our offer on a house was accepted! Holy crap, it doesn’t even seem real. I was convinced the deal was going to fall through. I mean, it still could, but this is one step closer. Good thing I like to use the library, because the hubby did not put a book buying line in the budget, and things are going to be *tight*.

But on to the books: Just So Stories is finished. A glass of wine has been poured. I’ve getting ready to immerse myself in Magdalena Tulli’s In Red.

Update 5:51

Finished my first book! Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall. Very good.

Just So Stories is playing in the background as I update this post. Then I need to do some boring reading, reviewing a budget the hubby has proposed for us. We’re talking about buying a house, so we’re going to have to really watch what we’re spending.

Update 3:36
I’ve been listening on and off to Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. (talk about problematic!) I’m mixing it up with a little 1990s Canadian lesbianism courtesy of Zoe Whittall’s Bottle Rocket Hearts.

I participated in two photo challenges so far.

Here’s my entry for Book Spine Poetry:

And here’s my readathon self portrait:

Self portrait with book

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Gorgeous South Florida – I will have to read from somewhere outside at some time today.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Nikky Finney’s Head Off and Split
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Um, I haven’t planned snacks. I know.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I watch Game of Thrones, but have no interest in reading the books. Heresy!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I’ve never full-on participated in the readathon. I’m more of a dipper-inner. This morning I had to work, and I have another commitment until about 1:30. I guess I hope to devote more time than before? I’m looking forward to knocking out a few books, since I’m behind pace to meet my yearly goal.

NYE Readathon

Picky Girl's NYE read-a-thon
Picky Girl’s NYE Readathon

My lovely boss decided to close the office today,
and I tend to lay low on New Year’s Eve, so I had planned to get some end of the year reading in today.

When I saw that Jenn over that The Picky Girl was hosting a NYE Readathon, and the relaxed rules meant I could join in at will, I figured, why not?

I’ve already finished one book today – Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed. I had wanted to read some Butler this year. My first book by her was Kindred, back in October. Her books aren’t what I’d usually read, but they are compelling in their own way. I’m sure I’ll be reading more from her in the future.

I’ll be updating this post throughout the day as I continue to read. And join in if you’re so inclined!

1:13 Update: I’ve been trying to knock out a chunk of Midnight’s Children. I took a break for lunch, and now to go to the grocery store.

2:36 Update: Back from the store, groceries put away, about to start reading again, this time on the porch (perks of living in Florida). Also. Jenn’s got a mini questionnaire that fits right in with my update break: Continue reading

Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Yesterday I participated in my first read-a-thon, and it was a lot of fun. It was the perfect time for me to do something like this, because my bar results come out tomorrow, and I’m kinda stressing about them. The ability to ignore what’s going on in my head and just concentrating on some fun books was really, really nice.

I didn’t stay up all night, or read for the entire day, but I did get some serious reading done. Here’s my end of event wrap-up survey.
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 24? Not that I stayed up all night, but I planned on waking up and reading for the final hour, so I could say I’d read in both hour 1 and 24. I didn’t end up waking until after the end of the read-a-thon, but I did wake up and finish the book I was working on when I went to bed last night.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I really liked reading Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series. I’d think any of her books would be good choices.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I thought it was very well run.
  5. How many books did you read? Two entire books, plus parts of two more, including one I finished this morning after the readathon.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Completed: Emperor Mage, Tamora Pierce; Aya of Yop City, Marguerite Abouet. Worked on: Maps, Nuruddin Farah; The Realm of the Gods, Tamora Pierce (now complete)
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Realm of the Gods
  8. Which did you enjoy least? I enjoyed them all! although I was disappointed that Aya ended on such a cliffhanger, and I don’t know if I can get the third book 😦
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was not a Cheerleader
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’d definitely participate again. Certainly as a reader, and possibly as an official cheerleader or a mini-challenge host.

I’ll probably read a bit more today. I’ve got another graphic novel checked out from the library, Americus, by MK Reed, that I planned to get to during the read-a-thon. Plus, I still want to finish Maps, and I’ve only got about 50 pages left.

What are your reading plans for today? Or are you wiped out from too much yesterday?