Readathon! Fall 2016


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.

Goals: Read as many of these poetry titles as I can, maybe finish The Fiery Cross, read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because I’m paying a $0.10 fine for keeping it today. Yeah, yeah.

Pages read: 320
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 1

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – on page 840 at start (140pgs–FINISHED)
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (180pgs)


7:00am – Getting started bright and early after a good night of sleep. This might be a Readathon first for me as far as the sleep goes. I’ve made some tea and I’m cozied up on my couch, reading a little of The Fiery Cross to start the day. 

7:25 – Umm, too cold. Back under the covers, listening to The Fiery Cross.

10:20 – Dozed a bit here and there after breakfast and listening to more of The Fiery Cross. Think I’m going to get into Harry Potter or one of the poetry books to break things up a little.

4:00pm – Finished The Fiery Cross instead of moving on to something else. Glad to have that completed. I think I’ll check out some mini-challenges and then get back to another book.

6:00 – My brother was in town so I went to see him and his wife and kids for a bit and now I’m back home. Taking a break for a while because I feel like it 🙂

8:00 – Listening to Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? because why not?

12:00pm – Still reading because I went to bed at a decent hour last night. I’ve let this be a two day event in the past. I’ll update later with what I’ve accomplished. Almost done with Why Not Me?

Opening Meme

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? My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? It’s the Truffle Pig again. It has become my Readathon treat.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am a ghostwriter and I have written 18 novels.
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? This is my 15th readathon and all I’m doing this time around is reading. Giving myself a chance to take a nap if I need it. Possibly meeting my brother for dinner? We’ll see about that. Just going to get up and do some things around the house to keep things fresh and not get bored. And I am committing to doing some yoga during the day.

Readathon Stack

Curious about Readathon? There’s still time to join!

readathon stack


These are the books I’m choosing from this time around. Mostly poetry, with a little fiction, and there maybe a few other things I turn to on my Kindle if I get bored. See you all around tomorrow!

Sunday Morning Coffee


I started this post a few weeks ago, when it was Sunday and I had been home for 36 hours, drinking my first cup of coffee in about a month. I was still working on it the following Monday after a thunderstorm blew through overnight. My garden was dripping and my dog was snoring, the kind of start I like to a day. It’s a few weeks later now. I am listening to an audio book, finishing up this list, and enjoying a cup of Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw in one of my new Highland stoneware mugs. Still processing my trip and kind of resigned to the fact that it will be memoir/personal essay material and probably not something I’ll write a lot about here. Thinking about doing a series of posts that are nothing but photos.

Things I’m Enjoying:

  • Road Tripping While Female: “When I was planning a 16-day, 5,000-mile motorcycle road trip across the country in the company of my friend Emily, the first ever what-the-hell trip for either of us, friends and family expressed deep concern. One male friend asked if we were “packing heat,” with the obvious implication that we were asking for trouble. The idea of two women on the road seemed to alarm just about everyone.”
  • Roads & Kingdoms is one of my new favorite things. Travel and food, I love it.
  • In Praise of the ‘Great British Baking Show’ — I don’t understand why the name was changed for American viewers on Netflix. We know what a bake off is over here. I love this show though. That ice cream cake moment…you know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen it.
  • George R. R. Martin’s original plan for the A Song of Ice and Fire series, as shared by him with his publisher, Harper Collins, before the first book.
  • You Should Care About My Life: “Of course there are limits to the power of the first-person pronoun, but sometimes I is not just trivial, it’s essential. When we dismiss confessional writing, we are really asking to be unburdened by another’s request for empathy. Not engaging with a writer’s autobiographical identity might make readers more comfortable, but it doesn’t make for more worthwhile critical discourse.”
  • Bringing back forgotten women writers.
  • Harper Books hosted a writing workshop with Simon Van Booy.
  • Edited to add SCOTT WARS 😍