What I didn’t tell you last week…

…when I said I would be signing up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this coming weekend and reading mostly books that I owned on my Kindle is this:

Those nine books mentioned there aren’t the only ones I own that are still unread on my Kindle.



Here are the rest:

  1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  2. Bandwidth (An Analog Novel Book 1) by Eliot Peper
  3. Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton
  4. Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg
  5. Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  6. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  7. Dracula (Kindle in Motion) by Bram Stoker
  8. H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald
  9. John Adams by David McCullough
  10. A Killer’s Mind (Zoe Bentley Mystery Book 1) by Mike Omer
  11. The King of Tides (Lancaster & Daniels Book 1) by James Swain
  12. Lady Kopp Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
  13. The Last Town (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 3) by Blake Crouch
  14. Live It! Achieve Success by Living with Purpose by Jairek Robbins
  15. Lord Foul’s Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever Book 1) by Stephen R. Donaldson (a reread)
  16. Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World by Walker Percy (another reread)
  17. A Man With One of Those Faces (The Dublin Trilogy Book 1) by Caimh McConnell
  18. Meet Me in Malmö: The first Inspector Anita Sundström mystery by Torquil MacLeod
  19. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart
  20. Neighborly: A Novel by Ellie Monago
  21. Punishment (Detective Barnes Series Book 1) by Scott J. Holliday
  22. The Quiet Game (Penn Cage Book 1) by Greg Iles
  23. River Bodies (Northampton County Book 1) by Karen Katchur
  24. Sacred Games (A Novel) by Vikram Chandra
  25. The Speed of Sound (Speed of Sound Thrillers Book 1) by Eric Bernt
  26. Spiritual Direction by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  27. Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  28. The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum
  29. Turning My Mourning into Dancing: Finding Hope in Hard Times by Henri Nouwen
  30. Wayward (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 2) by Blake Crouch
  31. We Were Mothers: A Novel by Katie Sise
  32. We’re All Damaged by Matthew Norman
  33. Whisper Me This: A Novel by Kerry Anne King
  34. Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life by Wayne W. Dwyer

So in actuality, I have almost 50, counting the ones that are part of a trilogy that I didn’t list here but mentioned last week.


I admit it: I’m a sucker for deals and for Amazon First Reads. I also have Prime Reading and got pulled into a four-month free subscription to Kindle Unlimited. That’s how I’ve discovered many of these.

For the record, I’ve given up on the Chernow book and Don Quixote, at least for the foreseeable future (the next decade at least) so don’t try to convince me to finish those. However, have you heard of any of the others? Which ones would you read first?

Do you buy too many books, e- or otherwise? How do you decide what to read among them?

Signed up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon October 2018


In January and July, I participated in the 24in48 Readathon, then in April, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and in July, the 24in48 again and Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon. To date, readathons have accounted for 19 of my 30 books read this year. Now on Oct. 20, I will be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon . For the two readathons in July, I chose to read diversely and also focus on crime fiction. This time around, my potential list is all from books I already own, most via Kindle. Here are the candidates from which I will select:

  1. All Creatures Bight and Beautiful by James Herriot (part of a trilogy I own)
  2. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (both on ebook and audio)
  4. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (print)
  5. Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first Amelia Peabody mystery, by Elizabeth Peters
  6. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (part of a trilogy I own)
  7. John Adams by David McCullough
  8. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
  9. She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
  10. We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (print)
  11. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie

As for this weekend, I took Monday off to give myself another three-day weekend. The plan is for Kim and I to get together with our neighbor Sam(antha) to binge-watch (and drink along with) mine and Kim’s favorite episodes of Drunk History late Monday afternoon and night.

So are you going to be joining in on the upcoming readathon? If so, what are you planning on reading? Even if not, reading anything good or plans to?

My Dewey’s Reverse Summer Readathon 2018

julyreadaton1.jpg Last Saturday and Sunday, I participated in the 24 in 48 readathon. Tonight, starting at 8 p.m., to tomorrow night at 8 p.m., I’ll be participating in the reverse Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and will be posting updates here and on Instagram throughout the night and day. My initial intention was to read diversely for both readathons, but this past Monday, I looked at books I have checked out or on hold and decided that I’m going to read crime fiction instead. I do have the genders represented almost equally: male, six books; female, eight books.

The List

My new potential list (in alphabetical order) is:

  1. Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel by Attica Locke
  2. Crocodile on the Sandbank: An Amelia Peabody Mystery by Elizabeth Peters
  3. The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
  4. Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
  5. Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
  6. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
  7. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart
  8. Queenpin: A Novel by Megan Abbott
  9. Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source)
  10. Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source)
  11. Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source)
  12. Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source)
  13. She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
  14. Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

I won’t read all of these, of course. I just would be happy to read half, and considering four are graphic novels, I think I should be able to attain that number. Likewise, I don’t plan to read for the full 24 hours; again, I just will be happy if I can read half the time. To that end, I have broken down the 24 hours into a schedule. Initially, I was planning to start at 8 p.m., but then I was given a free ticket to a classical music concert that is part of a local music festival tonight and I couldn’t pass that up. So now I plan to start at 11 p.m.

My planned schedule is as follows:

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. – Concert
11 p.m. to 2 a.m. – Read
2 a.m. to 8 a.m. – Sleep
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Breakfast/Online for readathon
9 a.m. to noon – Read
Noon to 1 p.m. – Lunch/Online for readathon
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Read
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Dinner/Online for readathon
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Read

That will allow for 12 hours of reading, which seems doable, considering for last weekend’s 24 in 48 Readathon, I read 12 and a half hours.

Opening Survey

  1.  What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Pennsylvania. Northcentral Pennsylvania.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Queenpin. I love myself some good noir.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Utz’s Crab Cheese Balls. Photo later.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I listen to what my wife likes to call “machine music.” Samples later.
  5.  This is our VERY first Reverse Readathon! How does it feel in your time zone? Humid, but that’s only because I just got back from a concert, but the windows are open and it should be cooling down here soon as I start up my readathon at 11 p.m. on the East Coast of the U.S.

3 a.m. Check In

It’s 3 a.m. and just under two hours of reading in. As noted earlier, I wanted to have three hours of reading in, but it’s doubtful I’ll be able to stay up another hour, plus I’m cutting into sleep (and reading) time. Oh, well, it’s not like it’s a contest. I just want to have fun reading, so probably will check in after a bit of shuteye.

(A Bit Past) Mid-Event Survey

  1. What are you reading right now? I have only been about half an hour here. It’s almost 9 a.m. and I haven’t had my coffee yet, but I plan on continuing with the Parker graphic novels with the last one in that series Slayground. I enjoyed the first two, and the third was okay (I took a star off for the excessive use of the color yellow, no, really), so now I’m heading on to the fourth one.
  2. How many books have you read so far? Three.
  3.  What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Still Queenpin.
  4.  Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? The main interruption was sleep. I dealt with it by sleeping through it.
  5.  What surprises you most about the Reverse Readathon so far? Nothing. I knew I wouldn’t keep to my schedule and I haven’t. So no shock there. However, that’s okay as I still have a whole day before 8 p.m. and plenty of time to read (not catch up, but still read and have fun doing it! Yay? Yes, yay!



It’s actually 12:30 as I start to type this and I’ve now finished four books: the Parker graphic novels and am midway through my fifth book, Queenpin by Megan Abbott. I’m enjoying it thus far. I was going to take a nap but couldn’t sleep so I’m going to grab some lunch and then go visit a friend who has a 1965 Mustang at a car show in our town. I’m not sure how long I’ll be, but I’ll post photos from there too.

By now I had planned on getting six hours of reading in, but actually I’m at about 3 hours and 19 minutes, minus about four seconds. The last readathon I did back in April, I finished just under 7 hours at 6 hours and 48 minutes. I’m thinking maybe now I can equal that, but I’m not really worried about it. I’m still having fun and have visited some bloggs and Instagram accounts, so it’s all good. To me, it’s not about the numbers, but just that I’m reading, period. Factoring in last weekend’s 24 in 48 readathon, I’ll still have read more books this month than I’ve probably read in one month all year.

4:30 p.m.

I’m done, but I’m going to cheer on a few more folks that are still “in the game.” I’ll have my own post-game analysis later tonight or tomorrow morning…not at all what I planned, but sometimes the best laid plans…

Closing Survey!

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 3 a.m. because I should have stuck to my initial schedule and gone to bed at 2 a.m. instead of pushing on and trying to play catchup when a little bit behind.
  2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Queenpin: A Novel by Megan Abbott and Richard Stark’s Parker: The HunterRichard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit; Richard Stark’s Parker: The ScoreRichard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Daqrwyn Cooke (author/illustrator), Richard Stark (source).
  3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Queenpin.
  4. How did you feel about this first-ever Reverse Readathon? Should we do it again? I’ll be honest I prefer the regular readathon because at least I can get sleep the night before to start it. However, I know that’s because the “regular” readathons are geared toward those of us on the East Coast of the U.S. Personally, I think with two readathons a year usually (one in April and one in October), one should be geared toward international readers; the other towards those in the U.S., but still invite everyone to participate, maybe have one group cheer on the other?
  5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep in October? I will be participating again, probably in October if I’m not working that weekend. I would be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep. Just let me know, ladies.

I do have other thoughts on readathons in general, but I’ll save that for another post sometime.  For now, I’ll just finish this post…

So for those of you who did participate in the readathon? How did you do? What was your favorite book? For those who didn’t, read anything good this past week? Share in the comments.

Back-to-back Summer Readathons still on the radar

Sunday Salon July 8, 2018Like I mentioned last week, I’ve signed up for back-to-back summer readathons for the last two weekends this month. The first is the 24 in 48 Readathon from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, until 11:59 a.m. Sunday, July 22 (reading for 24 out of any of the 48 hours); the second, a reverse Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, from 8 p.m. Friday night, July 27, until Saturday night, July 28, at 8 p.m.

I added one more book to the potential list for both readathons that I announced last week: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue after seeing Tanya  of the blog mention it as her best book she’s read so far this year in her and her co-blogger Kim’s post The 2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag [2018 Girlxoxo Edition]. The rest of the list (again) is as follows:

  1. We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  3. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
  4. Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel by Attica Locke
  5. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  6. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  7. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli.

In their post, Tanya also gave a shout-out to Children of Blood and Bone and I believe she is one of the bloggers I saw mentioning it that made me want to check it out.

As for what I’m reading before the two readathons or in between them, today I’m going to work on a recommendation from a patron at our library: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve had mixed success with her books. I think I liked Pigs in Heaven but I absolutely hated The Poisonwood Bible (sorry for all of you that loved it, but I just couldn’t get into it — at all). The patron mentioned he didn’t like that one either, but did like her first novel, so I thought maybe I won’t hate it and might actually like it. We’ll see. I also have the next Chief Inspector Armand Gamache book, The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny. Even though in the first two, we didn’t meet Gamache until a good 30 or 40 pages into the book, and I’m not usually a fan of multiple points of view, I really enjoy Penny’s writing.

Are you planning on participating in either or both readathons? Have you read either Louise Penny or Barbara Kingsolver? What do you think of their work, if you have? If no to the aforementioned questions, what are you reading this week?