24 Hour Read-a-thon

Sunday Salon: Sitting With A Simple Scone…


and a cup of coffee as my husband prepares for church. I am simply too tired this morning, to stand as a greeter in the main door facing the crush of people and loud music emanating from the sanctuary. I need a Sabbath in every sense of the word; namely a day of rest.

There was a minor catastrophe with technology earlier this week as I tried to clean up my Google+ account. Ever looking for Organization, I thought I would just discard whole albums of pictures which seemed to be cluttering up my space. When I opened my blog a day later, all that sat where a picture should be was a gray rectangle.

“Fine,” I thought, “I’ll just give up blogging altogether. I’m sick of these template changes, platform changes, picture disappearances (all brought about from my own quest for Perfection) and this is it, I’m done.” But, my husband reminded me that Google backs up everything, and sure enough, there they were when I dug them out of the proverbial trash. So, I’ll carry on as usual. With my familiar reclining lady and no more changes.

October 18 brings us Dewey’s Read-a-thon…I cannot wait for that. Perhaps in one long weekend I can help make up for the lack of reading time I’ve enjoyed this September.

And, November brings us German Lit Month hosted by Lizzy and Caroline. Stu mentioned finding books by Joseph Roth in his local library, but clearly I need to move to his town; we have nothing but a plethora of American authors in our library. Perhaps the library has a volume by Thomas Mann I can dust off, but what I’m really looking forward to reading is Stefan Zweig’s Letter From an Unknown Woman sent to me a few months ago by Pushkin Press. Have you any other suggestions for a German author you enjoy?

Soon I will post about an American book in the short list for the Man Booker Prize. It has given me quite a lot to think about, and I’m anxious to discuss it with you. Until then, may your reading be rich and your days of autumn golden.

The 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Update #2

My dear friend, Carol, appeared an hour ago with sliders from White Castle…
and the book I’d given her from World Book Night (Code Name Verity).
We read together until she had to leave. Her husband awaits, while mine is having a frustrating day at work overseeing the IT department and yet another transition.
If only he could read like us.
I have finished my second book of the day, The Quickening by Michelle Hoover (see review below). I’m not a terribly fast reader, but there is no sense rushing through one’s passion. And, some books are just meant to be read slowly.
Now to begin the third book of the ‘thon, The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. It was just sent to me by Penguin this week, and it looks more thrilling than I can say.
Are you happy with your day?

The 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Update #1

Book I’m reading now:

Snack I’m eating now:


Place I’m sitting now:

How I’m feeling now:

So thrilled my son and his new friend Jazmine are reading with me. They’re each in a book of George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Ice series; my son is beginning A Game of Thrones, Jazmine is in The Clash of Kings, and I’m reading a book club book before I start one I’m super excited to begin. I’ll tell you what it is soon.

Books I’ve read by now:

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

The 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Begins

Book I’m reading now:

I’m finishing The Other Typist, the review of which was to be up yesterday for the blog tour I’m participating in. Check back for my thoughts and the give-away.

Snack I’m eating now:

Scones, as soon as I make them.

Place I’m reading now:

Just lept out of this cozy bed, by which the book is close at hand.

How I’m feeling now:

So excited to begin. The house is quiet, my husband is at work, the kitties are drifting around while our dog continues to snooze. Off to make some coffee to go with the scones for a proper start.

Page I’ve read by now:

None, it’s just the beginning.

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon…and so it begins

The very first thing I read this morning is the recipe for a pumpkin cake, which is baking in the oven as I type. Because who doesn’t need a piece of cake with a cup of tea later in the day?
Now I am sitting down, with a fluffy kitty on my lap whom I would have named Gandalf if she wasn’t a girl. She is a Norwegian Forest Cat: grey, fluffy and long haired with a serious attitude. But today she feels like reading with me.
We’re beginning The Keys of The Kingdom by A. J. Cronin for my mother’s book club. The New York Times says it’s, “A magnificent story of the great adventure of individual goodness.”
Just the kind of novel I like to read.
Shall be discussing it later this day…

24 Hour Read-a-thon: October 12, 2013

If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon here. So far there are 296 participants eager to read for 24 hours.

Personally? I have never lasted the full 24 hours. Invariably, something comes up which prevents non-interrupted reading time, and I doubt I could read that many hours straight without seeing stars. Or, falling asleep. So, you may have to make the “24 hour” thing custom fit your needs.

But, I do manage to read considerably more than I usually do on a given weekend, and let’s face it, that would be a lot of time devoted to reading. Not cleaning. Not cooking. Not laundering. No, as much time as possibly on Saturday will be spent on simply reading.

I’m looking forward to several books. For one thing, I have Wally Lamb’s latest book, We Are Water which I’ve promised to review November 14. Also, Arti of Ripple Effects and I are reading Proust’s Within a Budding Grove this fall with a final post at the end of November so surely I should begin it this weekend.

Those are the two main things I’ll concentrate on reading. Yet, it’s always nice to break up some heavy books with some children’s literature. Or, I might try some poetry as Parrish Lantern relishes. I could even open up a book of Japanese short stories for my own Japanese Literature Challenge which has lain all but forgotten since school began in August.

So, the best laid plans…are you signed up to read? Do you have big stacks lying in wait for the big day? I’m ready to cheer you on!

Dewey’s Read a Thon #4

Finished! I was actually caught up in the ending, curious as to the arrival of Diana and Matthew in their time travel excursion to Elizabethan England.
Wondering what to read next. Swann’s Way might prove too pedantic. I’m craving a children’s book such as Charlotte’s Web, or an old favorite such as Possession…off to peruse the house, the shelves, the stacks of books lying in wait.

p.s. I’ve decided on beginning The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker, one of the finalists in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The winner will be announced May 20, and I don’t have a prayer of getting the short list read by then. But, perhaps I will finish this one book tonight, and then the likes of Gary from Parrish Lantern, and Tony from Tony’s Reading List, and Stu from Winston’s Dad will be proud of me. 🙂

Read-a-Thon: Mid-Event Survey

How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? Hmmm, your eyes can’t be that tired if you’ve only been reading a few hours in between making dinner, kissing your son before he goes to work, and checking your email.
What have you finished reading? I have just finished Anna Karenina for about the sixth time in my life. One of the things that interests me is how the reading of a book is so greatly effected by the age in which one reads the novel. Now, with thirty years between this finishing, and the first time I finished it in high school, I come away with completely different thoughts. Which, once I’ve sorted, will come out in my review later this month.
What is your favorite read so far? Yeah. That would be the one book I’ve read since beginning earlier this afternoon.
What about your favorite snacks? Halloween candy that we opened early? Italian table wine? Bowls of kettle corn? Health, thy name is Bellezza.
Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! Friends, it’s all I can do to get around to those blogs I already know and love.
Now for my next read…I promised my friends at school I’d re-read The Little Stranger with them, which we plan to discuss on Thursday, but it isn’t calling the loudest. I have a sneaking suspicion I will open an arrival in my mailbox from earlier this week: Indiscretion.
After all, I often like to alternate my classics with thrillers. Especially if they’re allegedly sexy.

For Some, It’s Read-a-Thon Hour 8

But for me, it’s Read-a-thon hour 1. Invariably, I am unable to begin when it officially begins. And, I certainly never last until it officially ends. However, for the hours in which I am able to participate, I am immeasurably glad.

My mother and I went to Oakbrook Center this morning. It was a grey and drizzling day, the perfect day to stay in bed with your book. Or, to go shopping with your mother while avoiding crowds. We don’t have much time during the week with my teaching schedule, so we took time from the Read-a-thon. We went into all our favorite stores: Paradise Pen where I actually held the new Carlo Collodi Mont Blanc pen which sells for $1,010.00; Macy’s to smell the new, but quite ordinary, Coco Noir from Chanel; Baisi Thai for a yummy lunch.
And now, in the cool of a rainy autumn afternoon, I am sitting to finish my reread of Anna Karenina, on page 671 of 817 total. I’m leading a discussion on it this Wednesday for our book club, and I don’t even care if someone complains that it’s too long. A good Russian novel and a Read-a-thon? What could be better than this?!
I’ll be back when I finish it, with news of what book I open next.

Read-A-Thon Update #3

As the sun slowly sets outside our picture window, and the company for luncheon has finally departed, I am ready to resume my reading.

My goals have changed.

Instead of hoping to read 9,352 pages today, I’m hoping to finish The Brothers Karamazov. I’m hoping to start Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino. I’m hoping to have at least the next four hours of SSR: Sustained Silent Reading for those of you who don’t teach elementary school.

Or, as my son used to call it when he was in first grade: Sit down, Shut up, and Read.