Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon

Sometimes I get itchy for a readathon. Just a little excuse to carve out time in my day to finish books I might not otherwise get to. About a month ago I was searching Goodreads for reading events and the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon popped up. I had never heard of it before, but it sounded great to me.

Have you seen my to-be-read shelf? It’s intimidating.

Tackle Your TBR 2015

I’ve been meaning to make a post for the event for several days now, but am just now getting around to it. Allergies have had me down for a few days this week, coming and going as they please, but it’s given me a chance to curl up on my couch with a few books.

Goals: Finish 4 titles and read 500 pages

Pages read: 504
Titles finished during Read-a-Thon: 2

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (FINISHED – 376 pgs)
Or to Begin Again by Ann Lauterbach (FINISHED – 128 pgs)



Friday, September 18

Finished the first book I set out to complete. Lady Chatterley’s Lover has been on my shelf forever and I thought it was time I finally got around to it. Not bad at all, but parts of the story felt very rushed to me and I didn’t enjoy that.

Sunday, September 27

Finished a collection of poetry that had been sitting on the shelf since July. I put it aside then because I had a difficult time getting into it and the second go-round didn’t prove much better. The writing is abstract and not in a way that I enjoy. Some of it seems inaccessible, like I couldn’t latch on and find something in it for me. But it’s finished now and off my shelf and I am one title closer to my goal for the year.

Since I reached my page goal, I’m going to call this a success. I might pick up another book during the day and I’ll add it later if I do.

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Sunday Morning Coffee


Added a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger (basically homemade pumpkin pie spice) to the basket of the coffee maker this morning. There have been a few mornings in the past week that felt like fall. I’m ready for the cooler weather to make its way here.

Things I’m Enjoying:

  • Dominion House Lit published a piece of my fiction. It’s called Kindling.

    My tomatoes were burned up. There wasn’t any amount of watering that would bring them back. I pulled them up and set aside the last fruits for canning. It was too hot, but they needed to be put up in jars.

  • Shared this playlist last night. The idea for this writing project came to me when I was trying to meet a deadline for actual work (of course)rom com playlist writing project
  • This web series–Kissing in the Rain. Yeah, so what if I was looking for Anne and Gilbert fan vids. I had to pause what I was doing and watch the whole thing. It’s sweet. This is episode 2 and it doesn’t make any difference if you watch it first, but if you like it you should go back and watch it all. (And yes, I know, she’s in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Everyone and their great-aunt Gertrude have told me to watch it. Maybe I’ll get around to it someday.)
  • 10 Tech Tools for Writers
  • I’ve started looking for a good online screenwriting course and found this–10 universities offering free writing courses online.
  • From Marisa10 Ways to Be a Better Blogger
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What I’m Reading — Summer 2015

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It’s been a while since the last one of these, so the list is long. Good news is there were a lot of good books between March and September and even though my reading was slower than usual (I just finished writing my second romance trilogy and that took up considerable time) I found quite a few books that I enjoyed. (Amazon affiliate links have been used in this post.)

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain — I loved this. I haven’t read Kitchen Confidential, but I am familiar with his shows and after years of refusing to watch them because I found his demeanor off-putting I finally started watching. When the travel bug bites you do what you must to scratch that itch. I could listen to him describe food all day long. And I did, because this was an audiobook. He really likes meat, too, and makes no apologies for it. I appreciate that.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 21: All Out War Part 2 and The Walking Dead, Vol. 22: A New Beginning — Both fine. The latter better because they really needed to shake things up. It had become this monotonous trek through each issue, with the survivors encountering some of the same obstacles over and over again. I won’t spoil A New Beginning, but the big change was a good move and I hope the story picks up from here.

A Thousand Mornings and New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1 by Mary Oliver — Both of these were great and while I gave the first one 3 stars and the second 4 stars, I would recommend picking up both of them if you enjoy any of her work. I like it when she wanders down paths she doesn’t often take in her poetry (i.e., anything other than nature). I’ve mentioned it before, but now we’re only about a month away from the release of her latest collection, Felicity. I am so excited to read those.

Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon — Took me long enough. If I had known what I was going to run into on page…I don’t know, 330-something, I would have pushed myself there long ago. I feel like I’m in the minority, but I enjoyed this one so much more than Dragonfly in Amber.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins — Finally picked this one up and zoomed through it. Made myself put it down so I could meet a writing deadline, but after that I told everyone to leave me alone so I could go to my room and finish it. A fun, thrilling read.

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) by George R.R. Martin — Finally finished it. My least favorite of the series. It plods along and follows characters I don’t much care about (Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen…yeah, yeah, I know. But I now subscribe to the POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT theory that they are twins, so maybe I’ll find them interesting at some point), other than Tyrion, who has my heart and always will. Now I wait like everyone else.

Easy by Marie Ponsot — What a delicious collection of poems. I picked it up at the library because it looked good and while it took me a bit to get to a poem that I really loved, once I did I was sold.


Over the rootspread of woods, words, turf we walk, talking, through the blue hour.
In each of us, the rootspreads outline a universe at its origin.

We reach the lakeshore.
We row out into the dark.
We fish all night, no nets. Sometimes
we weight or bait each other’s hooks,
testing what our lines can catch.

May the lakelife prosper.
May the hooks we remove
do minimal damage.

May the lines hold good.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems by Gail Carson Levine
Lighthead by Terrance Hayes

Currently reading: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

What are you reading?

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