Saturday, October 18, 2014

Readathon Update

End of Event Update:
Pages Read: 549
Finished reading at: 1:00am
Started reading at: 5:30am
Took 3 naps
Made cinnamon rolls, gingerbread cookies and pasta
Drank chai tea and Pepsi
Read: 1 book and parts of 3 books
Visited 15 new to me blogs
Enjoyment level: I enjoyed the community feel of the event more than the personal pressure to read continuously.  The next day I went right back to reading all day so the pressure didn't deter my reading mojo.  Thank goodness.  Next year I may join as a cheerleader instead.

Hour 18 Update:
Pages Read: 460
Reading: Between Sisters - Kristin Hannah
Finished: Fly Away, 50 pages of Baby Proof and 10 pages of A Year of Pleasures before realizing I've already read them
Other things done: another nap, dinner and made cookies
New blogs to visit this hour:  Of Life and Lists, Eat Sleep and Read, What Sarah Read, Carol's Notebook, Gone with the Words, and Good Books and Good Wine

Hour 14 Update:
Pages Read: 400
Reading: just started Baby Proof by Emily Giffin (I may have read this though so I may switch)
Finished: Fly Away

Hour 12/halfway point Update:
Pages Read: 280
Still Reading: the same damn book. urgh
Finished: 0
Mini-Challenges: 0
Snacks:  simmering some pasta sauce for dinner
Drinking: Pepsi
Other things done: spending too long on computer
New blogs to visit this hour:  Dream of Reading, Ticket to Anywhere,  Between the Pages, Confessions of an Avid Reader, and Read Write Tell

Hour 8 Update:
Pages Read: 160
Still Reading: Fly Away 
Finished: 0
Mini-Challenges: 0
Snacks: making cinnamon rolls as we speak
Drinking: my ever present chai tea
Other things done: another nap (got up way too early and didn't fall asleep till 3 last night) and was called into work for 1 hr
New Blogs to visit this hour: On the Wings of Books, The Small Town Look Book, Dead Book Darling, Brona's Books

Hour 5 Update:
Pages Read:  90
Currently Reading: Fly Away - Kristin Hannah
Finished: 0
Mini-Challenges: 0
Snacks: half chocolate muffin
Drinking: chai tea
Other things done: 1 nap

Dewey's 24 Hr Readathon


It's finally here. The beginning.  And I overslept by an hour.  Oh well, time to start Reading!!!

Opening Meme:

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

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
warm gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
My first time participating in the readathon.  I'm on a reading roll for October with 10 books read already.  In two weeks I'll be traveling to Mexico before settling in Mt. Hood, Oregon for the winter.

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?
Seeing if I can read for 24 hours (oops 22 1/2 hrs now)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Library Loot #3

Today I decided to use these Library Loot posts to track how many times I visit the library for my last month in Alaska.  I didn't take a photo of the books from my first visit so I will add one at the end.  I also discovered the village I'm moving to for the winter does not have a library.  So sad.  I will have to go back to ordering books online.  Maybe there will be one in nearby village.  When I went to the library yesterday, one of the volunteers said "you read that stack already?"  Yup, sure did.  That's what happens when I only have one job. :)

Yesterday's haul includes:

  • Between Sisters - Kristin Hannah
  • Lost December - Richard Paul Evans
  • Barefoot - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Fly Away - Kristin Hannah
  • Baby Proof - Emily Giffin
  • The Year of Pleasures - Elizabeth Berg
  • MASH Season One - DVD
  • Northern Exposure Season Six - DVD
  • Two Weeks Notice - DVD
I hope these books last until my Sunday visit.  I do have 2, count them TWO, days off this week and one of those days is the Read-a-thon. Yikes. I do need to catch up on my travel blog emails.  That will take a day.  I should be ok. 

I also realized that I get more pleasure reading blog posts than Facebook.  I've been weaning myself off Facebook checking since everyone left in September.  I started by limiting how many times I could check. Then limited to when I could check.  After a comment exchange with Trisha at eclectic/eccentric, it got me to thinking about how much I miss reading a wide variety of blogs.  So I replaced the coveted front screen spot on my phone held by the Facebook with Bloglovin.  (I really miss Google Reader)  We'll see if it works.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dewey's Readathon


I am so excited to be able to participate in the Read-a-thon.  Finally.  Mark the date: October 18, Saturday.  Woohoo.  Usually I'm working because it's held on a weekend but not this year.  Now I must go to the library today to restock on books as I only have one left from last week's trip.  The downside to participating this year as opposed to other years, I'm in Alaska and the start time is 4am.

Anyone else participating?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Multiple Book Authors

At the library the other day, I was browsing.  I happened upon some of my favorite authors who have huge backlists.  Now I've kept a list of what I read for the last decade but always get confused when confronted by these backlists.  Did I read it? Did I not?  Did I pick it up and just read the back and said another day?  It's so aggravating.  To solve this problem, I'm creating this backlist list that will sit at the top of my blog so I can easily access it when I'm at the library or looking for an unread favorite author book.

Kristin Hannah
  • The Nightingale
  • Fly Away
  • Home Front
  • Night Road
  • Winter Garden
  • True Colors
  • Firefly Lane
  • Magic Hour
  • Comfort and Joy
  • The Things We Do for Love
  • Distant Shores
  • Between Sisters
  • Summer Island
  • Angel Falls
  • On Mystc Lake
  • Home Again
  • Waiting for the Moon
  • When Lightning Strikes
  • If You Believe
  • Once in Every Life
  • The Enchantment
  • A Handful of Heaven
Elin Hilderbrand
  • Winter Street
  • The Matchmaker
  • The Tailgate: short story
  • Beautiful Day
  • The Surfing Lesson: short story
  • Summerland
  • Silver Girl
  • The Island
  • The Castaways
  • A Summer Affair
  • Barefoot
  • The Love Season
  • The Blue Bistro
  • Summer People
  • Nantucket Nights
  • The Beach Club
Debbie Macomber
  • Blossom Street Series
    • Blossom Street Brides
    • Starting Now
    • A Turn in the Road
    • The Twenty-First Wish
    • Hannah's List
    • Summer on Blossom Street
    • Twenty Wishes
    • Christmas Wishes
    • Back on Blossom Street
    • Christmas Letters
    • Susannah's Garden
    • A Good Yarn
    • The Shop on Blossom Street
Nora Roberts
(too many books on backlist so I'll list them as I read them)
  • Whiskey Beach
  • Key of Valor
  • Key of Knowledge
  • Key of Light
  • Birthright
  • Three Fates
Elizabeth Berg
  • Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted
  • Pull of the Moon
  • Open House
Wendy Markham
Richard Paul Evans
  • The Christmas List
  • The Christmas Box
  • Finding Noel
  • The Gift
Mike Gayle
  • My Legendary Girlfriend
  • Mr. Commitment
  • Turning Thirty
  • Dinner for Two
  • His n Hers
  • Brand New Friend
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Life and Soul of the Party
  • The To Do List
  • The Importance of Being a Bachelor
  • The Stag and Hen Weekend
  • Turning Forty
  • Seeing Other People
Emily Giffin
  • Something Borrowed
  • Something Blue
  • Baby Proof
  • Love the One Your With
  • Heart of the Matter
  • Where We Belong
  • The One and Only

Monday, October 13, 2014

I Found It


Here's what I found.....My Favorite Book of the Year.

I know its only October but I already know this book is the one.  I read this yesterday.  Could not put it down even after I told myself repeatedly to stop.  I'm in my 40s and have been reading for a really long time.  I have never cried my way through a whole book.  In a good way.  And I mean sobbed at times.  Hence the reason, I tried to not read the book while I was at work but I couldn't stop.

If you decide to read this book, get some tissues ready.  I kept thinking, "Am I in a super emotional state? Why is this book affecting me so much?  Why am I crying at every moment?"  I couldn't think of anything.  I'm not hormonal.  I'm not emotional right now.  I'm not under stress.  It has to be the writing.  The book itself.

I love Hannah's books but this one blows me away.

Try it.  If you decide to read it, let me know if it got to you.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Library Loot #2

This is what happens when you live by yourself, only work one job and are almost completely alone in the middle of nowhere...You get to read as much as you want to!!!

I went to the library twice this week.  One because I read the majority of my books from the first trip and two, I'm not sure if I'll be able to make my weekly trek next week because of funky library hours and new work schedule. :(

I went the second time on Wednesday. Today is Saturday. I only have 1 book left to read from my first stack (The House on Hill Street) and 4 books left from Wednesday visit. I may have to sneak out next Wednesday and restock. Shhh don't tell anyone.   Today is only the 11th of the month and I have already finished 8 books.  I think this is a record for me.  I hope this wonderful reading streak continues for the rest of the month.  My crocheting which I took up this month as well is going very good.  I even bought another skein just in case I finish off my first one.   The only thing lacking is the online class I wanted to finish while I'm here.  But I'm not going to let that get me down since everything else is so perfect...reading, tv watching, cooking, crocheting, back to blog writing and reading.  Life is good.
Oh, that reminds me.  'Life is good' is the saying used in the latest book I read by Elin Hilderbrand, The Island.  I like it.  My reading theme this week appears to be overachieving women who get fired/laid off/quit their high pressure jobs and realize there is more to life.  I had this happen to me and am so grateful.  I'm naturally drawn to books of this nature.  If you in the mood for this type of book, try any or all of the following:
  • The Island - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Starting Now - Debbie Macomber
  • The Opposite of Me - Sarah Pekkanen
I loved each of them.  If you have any recommendations like these, let me know.
 
Life is good.