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 😍

Readathon! Spring 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.

Jolene and I are planning on recording a sort of Readathon themed episode of Pickled Okra today, so be on the lookout for that.

Here are the two stacks I’m working from. Not pictured are a few books on my Kindle that I might end up reading.

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Scroll down for mini-challenges.

Goals: Finish some of the travel titles in preparation for my upcoming trip to Scotland and residency at The Open Book. I’d also like to finish Drums of Autumn today and read 600 pages.

Pages read: 1081
Titles finished during Read-A-Thon: 5

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (Finished – 353pgs)
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart (Finished – 261pgs)
Edith Wharton: Selected Poems (Finished – 169pgs)
Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy (Finished – 112pgs)
In Scotland Again by H. V. Morton (10pgs)
Russian Olive to Red King by Kathryn Immonen (Finished – 176pgs)


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