Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Gooooood morning Readathoners! It’s a blustery day in my neighborhood, perfect for some reading.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Sunny, chilly, and windy North Carolina!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Maker of Swans by Padriac O’Donnell

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

COFFEE!!!!!! And Cheez Doodles with Dr. Pepper. It was my go-to reading snack when I was a kid. I get it every readathon now.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am seriously starving right now.

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?

I think I’ll probably do everything basically the same. My position is pretty much locked in! LOL

Off to co-host. I’ll be updating later!

Mid- Event Meme

1. What are you reading right now?

I’m between books at the moment. I’m trying to find my next one!

2. How many books have you read so far?

1 book, 1 comic volume, and 1 single issue comic

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Anything would be great!

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Of course. I’m a wife and mother and a co-host! My day is MADE of interruptions. I just deal with it and move on.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Nothing surprises me about the readathon anymore! LOL

Currently // Work work work

Right this minute | I am covertly blogging at work. Shhhhhhh!

Feeling | Purty good. Been busy, as you may have noticed. I never meant to go completely silent and then, next thing I knew it was a month later. Whoops.

Reading | Spotty. My September was short on quantity but long on quality – just the way I like it:

The Trees bu Ali Shaw, read by Ben Onwukwe
Giant Days, Issue 18 by John Allison
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, by Jon Lindstrom
No One Knows by JT Ellison
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Snow White by Matt Phelan

They were all fantastic. I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite. The only one I was disappointed in was No One Knows. I wanted to throw it at the wall.

Listening | I’ve been binging on podcasts. Recent additions to my subscriptions: Kind World, Heavyweight, All in the Mind, Accused, and The Alton Browncast.

Watching | I took EVERYONE’S advise and binged Stranger Things. SO GOOOOOD.

Blogging | Heh.

Promoting | Readathon is ON!

Loving | THE WEATHER. Fall is finally here and I am completely delighted.

Hating | Politics.

Eating | I want tacos. I seriously want tacos.

Anticipating | I took next Monday off. It’s Spring Break at the uni and I don’t have class. I’ll be working on my homework all day, but I will not be anywhere on campus! CANNOT WAIT.


Currently // Overload

Right this minute | I’m relaxing in my favorite chair for a bit before I have to get ready for church….AND I just realized I haven’t had any coffee yet. Must fix this.

Feeling | I don’t know…maybe a trifle overwhelmed? I know I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew, I’m just seeing things shift…in ways I’m not perhaps happy with. I haven’t read a bit in almost two weeks and I miss it. Yet, when I go to pick up a book, I…well, I can only say that it feels like I have no room in my head for it. Does that makes sense?

Reading | I’m listening to The Trees by Ali Shaw. I seem to be okay with audio.

Listening | See above yo!

Watching | Mary Doodles on YouTube! And other doodlers and illustrators and such. And lots of How to Use Illustrator videos.

Blogging | I’m trying!

Loving | The cooler weather! It’s still hot and humid, but not AS hot and humid.

Hating | I can’t really think of anything at the moment.

Eating | I had strawberry Cheerios for breakfast. They vaguely remind me of Frankenberry.

Anticipating | We’re having a cookout later and then, I hope, I get a nap!

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Labor Day!


Time to Imbibe Some Peril



Despite everything going on in my life at the moment, I refuse to miss out on RIP XI. Nope, it’s not going to happen. My list is shorter than years past, and I know I won’t read AS MUCH, but I will still do some reading. Well, mostly listening. I had a few extra credits laying around, so I bought a few perfect RIP reads. And I have a couple short novellas waiting in the wings as well.

My pool consists of:

On audio:

The Trees by Ali Shaw
The Hike by Drew Margary
The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
The Elementals by Michael McDowell

In print:

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Man in the Mirror by Susan Hill (I want to reread)
The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

and then who knows how many comics.

Plus, I’ll be watching Stranger Things on Netflix for sure. I just watched the first episode and I am completely hooked.

Monthly Wrap Up – August 2016

Monthly Wrap Up

Just as I suspected it would, my reading slowed drastically this month. Now that I am a college student (again!) and the kids are back in as well, time is at a premium. Still. I read some great things.

111. Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves
112. Giant Days, Issue 17 by John Allison
113. Queen & Country Volume 1: Broken Ground by Greg Rucka
114. The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
115. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
116. Lumberjanes, Issue 29 by Shannon Watters
117. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, read by Cary Elwes and additional cast

I completely adored Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves and I am hoping it wins all the awards. The Men Who Stare at Goats was just the best. So fun to read, as I told you here. The Soul of an Octopus made me fall in love with the shy, intelligent, and adorable mollusks. And As You Wish was a delight.

I don’t mind the reduced reading, when it is this fulfilling. I hope September brings more gems like these my way.

How was your August?

Currently // Whew!


Right this minute | I’m sitting on the couch. My family is still sleeping. It is lovely and quiet and peaceful. It won’t last, which is fine. It makes this moment all the more special.

Feeling | I’m not going to say I’ve bitten off more than I can chew; I can do all of this because I have the support of my awesome husband and family, but whew. I went to bed at 6:30 Friday night and slept until 7 Saturday morning, with only the shortest of wake-ups in-between. This girl was BEAT.

Reading | I have not read a word I wanted to read all week. It’s like college all over again. *short*

Listening | I AM listening. Now that I’ve finished my Tanis binge (next episode please!) I have moved onto listening to As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and it is just lovely. I am loving learning more about the product of what is probably my favorite movie of all time.

Watching | I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials and Skillshare classes on Adobe Illustrator. I know InDesign and Photoshop, so of course we’re using Illustrator in class. I have some catching up to do!

Blogging | Sporadically. May be a bunch of Currently posts between now and December!

Loving | Life! School starts tomorrow for the kiddos, I have class, our new kitten is growing and crazy. Life is pretty good.

Hating | That my nature makes me “wait” for the other shoe to drop. So to speak.

Eating | Y’all. Candy corn is out.

Anticipating | Class tomorrow! Now, I’m going to go work on my HOMEWORK! lol

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

It’s a Life – So, I’ve Been Thinking…


So, sometime on Monday, I became a college student again. I applied to my alma mater (and employer) back in the spring to take a few graphic design classes, now that I am being called on to do more and more design work here in my office. I was accepted, again!, and then had a HELL of a time getting into the class I wanted to take. Employees get to take (three) classes for free (woot!) a year and I wanted to skip a couple prerequisites I didn’t really need. The class I wanted to take was full, so I emailed the professor. I never heard anything so I emailed around (admin, assistant director, director, and so on) some more. To cut a very summer long story short…

…Monday. I showed up to class with an add sheet and dude let me IN. I AM A COLLEGE STUDENT AGAIN.

And I feel so old. Everyone is half my age and twice my height in this class. Hopefully I will kick all their butts. Ha!

So, anywayyyyy, I write this to say I may be a very sporatic until December. Between my school, the kids school, work, and life (plus readathon in October) I am going to be short on time. So, don’t LEAVE ME, but know I may be quiet.

Top Ten Tuesday – Shame Walk

Walk of SHAME

I have been blogging for over (hold on, have to check…) 11 years now and this is going to be so embarrassing. I have so many books I haven’t read, that I have OWNED since before that time. I am so serious. So come along. Join me on this walk of shame, will you?

The Cider House Rules by John Irving – I read A Widow for One Year right before I started blogging and swore I’d read all the Irving. It hasn’t happened yet, obviously.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I went on a classics kick when I was a teenager. I never quite made it to Steinbeck before it was over. Still have only read East of Eden. Which I loved. When will I ever learn?

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – I remember when everyone and their mother (on Yahoo! Groups) was reading, and loving this book. So I grabbed it when I found it in a used book store. Never got to it. Still there. On the shelf. I feel like I can say that for every book on this list.

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb – Everyone loved it – I had to have it.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – Everyone loved it – I had to have it.

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor – I ADORE FLANNERY. Why haven’t I read everything yet?

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway – I thought it sounded good. Paris. Food. Ex-pats. Papa. I’ve tried to read it. Can’t.

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – Laziness. It’s my only excuse. It’s just so BIG. (I have them all in one hardback.)

Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint – I went through a fantasy phase.

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay – See above.

How about you? What’s been on your shelves forever or before you started blogging?


Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. More HERE.

It’s Monday, August 22nd! What are you reading?

The Trees

You see that book? That book right there? It’s the only book I am really and truly reading. My Goodreads says I’m reading 3 other books, but it’s lying. I’m really not. This book has captured my mind and soul and I can’t read anything else until I finish it. BECAUSE I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS VOODOO MAGIC.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // Pumpkin Spice the World


Right this minute | Pumpkin Spice is the new Christmas. I found pumpkin spice coffee in the store Friday and I had to get some. I am enjoying a cup right now. It’s heavenly.

Feeling | Content. I have my coffee, my books…my family is still asleep and all is quiet. I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.

Reading | I’m reading too many things at once, as usual. I’m going to concentrate on The Trees by Ali Shaw today because the writing is beautiful and I need more.

Listening | I have binged on the podcast Tanis for the past 3 days. IT IS SO GOOD.

Watching | Bullet journal videos mostly. I have a new hobby!

Blogging | I haven’t been feeling it much, obviously, and am having serious thoughts about it. But more on that later. I did update my header.  Redecorating always seems to help.

Promoting | Nothing yet, but the October Readathon is on the horizon. I’ve already started a few tentative workings on it.

Loving | The quiet! Did I mention the quiet??? Also that my fellow alumnus Paul Chelimo won SILVER in the 5000 meters in Rio! Go Spartans!!!

Hating | Humidity. Can it just be autumn already?

Eating | I’m still working on this gorgeous coffee.

Anticipating | Autumn. Without a doubt, autumn.

Have a magical Sunday!