24 Hour (Reverse) Read-a-thon Coming Soon

What a lovely idea for Summer! When our time is perhaps more available, or at least flexible, and we can enjoy our books on a Summer night into the following day. For me, it will be a much needed opportunity to indulge in reading for Paris in July (hosted by Tamara) and Spanish Lit Month (hosted by Stu and Richard).

How does it work?

It’s simple! For our lovely participants around the world, we’ll start this readathon at 8:00 PM Friday, July 27 and run through July 28 at 8pm, Eastern Standard time, where we normally start at 8:00 AM Saturday. Still 24 hours

Sign up here: http://www.24hourreadathon.com

Or, simply read along with us as you can.

Readathon Ready

The house is clean. The apples have been picked. The stack of books lie in wait. Tomorrow is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, a blogging event I took part of at its inception, now faithfully carried on by Andi and others.

Included in the stack above, from the bottom up, are:

Doorways of Paris by Raquel Puig

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Behind the Eyes We Meet by Melissa Verreault

Dance By The Canal by Kerstin Hensel

Melville, a novel by Jean Giono

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Sweet Potato by Kim Tongin

Buenos Aires Noir edited by Ernesto Mallo

Not once have I read for the full twenty-four hours, and I’m sure I won’t tomorrow. For one thing, it is my husband’s birthday, and my parents are coming to help us celebrate. So at some point in the day I will need to make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.

But, all the time before, and all the time after, I will be exacerbating the pain in my tailbone by reading as much as I possibly can. When I must lie down, it will be with the audio version of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day, to which I am listening as I drive to school each day. It is remarkable.

And you? How will you be spending the weekend?

Anticipating Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Coming Soon


I posted this photograph of a most spectacular coffee, enjoyed with my mother in Toronto, in response to #30daysofreadathon on Instagram. Not because it’s banner worthy, such as one I made several years ago, but because coffee will be required to read for 24 hours on October 21.

That’s my husband’s birthday, of course. There will be no 24 hours of reading for me, because my attention will be required elsewhere. In consuming birthday cake, for example, or walking through autumnal leaves with him and our dog, Humphrey. But, when he no longer needs me by his side, for that day at least, I will turn to such a stack of books as I have been hoarding since school began August 28.

The stack is yet to be fully revealed. For now, some of the titles include:

Should you wish to partake in this reading extravaganza, for any amount of time you are able, the sign-ups are here. It has been a time honored event for ten years, one I haven’t missed…ever.

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. 🙂