Sunday Morning Coffee

I’m waking up early again, thanks to my new schedule (more on that tomorrow) and thanks to that, sleeping in on the weekends looks more like 7am than 10am these days. Let’s face it, I could never sleep very late. So here I am, coffee in hand — Sprouts Mexican dark roast, listening to a romance novel (When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James), putting together a list. It’s been a little while so I’ve got a few things I think you’ll enjoy.

Readathon – April 2017


It’s time for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon! I’m keeping track of my progress here and posting on Twitter and maybe a little on Instagram whenever there is an update.

Scroll down for mini-challenges.

Here’s the physical stack. I’ve got a few more on my Kindle and a couple of audiobooks.

Goals: 1000 pages. I had a LOT of holds waiting for me at the library, many of which I’d been waiting months for. A lot of them are new or popular so I won’t be able to renew and it would be great to finish a couple of those.

Pages read: 617
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 2

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (252pgs – Finished)
Beast by Brie Spangler (305pgs – Finished)
Fables #1 (60pgs)


7:00am – Stayed in bed a little longer this morning, but started listening to an audiobook around 6:45, as soon as my alarm went off. I’ve got hosting duties in a few hours so it’ll probably be audio only this morning 👍

10:00 – Hosting and listening to TSoaNN 😊

11:19 – Hosting duties are done for the day! I’ve got a mini-challenge later and a few things to take care of before that happens, but I think I’m going to start another book soon just to mix it up a little.

1:00pm – Finished listening to a chunk of TSoaNN and found a good place to stop so I can move on to something else for a bit. Starting History of Wolves. I just picked it up off the shelf at the library yesterday because I liked the cover, and then the description sounded great. Starting it now.

4:30 – I lied. Haven’t started History of Wolves. Finished TSoaNN instead. WOW, that’s a book. If you haven’t jumped on the Neapolitan quartet, seriously, do it now!

1:30am – Headache derailed my plans a bit today so most of my reading was listening. Still worked out okay. Beast is pretty good, but I sort of wish I hadn’t known the twist going in. Also read a little of Fables #1 and I’m going to take that to bed. This is my last update for the night.

Mini Challenges

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Norman, Oklahoma
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The one I’m reading now is pretty good, but probably History of Wolves.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I’ve got the makings of a great cheese and fruit plate.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I ghostwrite romances.
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? How many readathons is this for me? A lot. Today I’m just enjoying the reading while taking care of hosting and mini-challenge duties.

Sunday Morning Coffee

Every Monday morning I wake up and realize that I didn’t do a list the day before. So here you go, the first one in 5 months. So much has happened in that span of time, but maybe I’ll get around to it later. For now here are some things I have read and enjoyed or that have made me think. (This morning I’m drinking a Mexican dark roast I picked up at Sprouts.)

Things I’m Enjoying:

  • We Were Made For These Times: “When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Roxane Gay: By the Book — If you do nothing else today, take the time to listen to Roxane read her story “North Country.” It is one of my favorites.
  • The best overlooked books of 2016, according to booksellers
  • Peaches, fiction by Georgia Jackson
  • Our Own Dolly Lama: “So I tell them, this life is a tough row for any girl. You may as well tease your hair and wear something shiny.” – Allison Glock
  • Leaving a Religion and a Marriage, and Gaining a Chicken Soup by Talia Levin — I’ve been really into soup lately (most recently made this one) and when this popped up in my email from The New Yorker I clicked on it, expecting a good soup recipe. There’s so much more here.
  • Resistance: the Mythos and the Logos

    This is another way of resistance, and it’s a resistance based on mythos. For those of us who live this way, it’s almost always based on a sense of individual calling, on a need to follow our own integrity and authenticity, on an inability to pretend to be what we are not. It might be a quieter form of resistance – though yes, from time to time we’ll come out of the forest and join the marches and add our voices to the voices of our brothers and sisters who have different skills and gifts.

    But here is our gift to the world: when the battle is finished and the enemies are quietened but the placards are broken and the houses have burned to the ground – we are the ones who will show you, stone by sharp-edged stone, how to build them up again from the foundations. We are the keepers of wisdom, the carriers of stories, the apprentices of the old crafts. When the blackbirds gather, we know what they are saying. It’s what we do; it’s who we are. We carry the resistance forward in our hearts and in our hands.