June 2024
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Eat to Read mini-challenge

I’m getting tired already, so I’m having another break with a cup of tea and an answer to the mini-challenge hosted over at Beth Fish Reads!  I’d just love one of her gorgeous lace bookmarks.  I just wrote about what I ate – a rice krispie treat, a hamburger, and some Doritos – but I also have some more treats.  Crackers and cheese, tortilla chips and salsa, and kiwi are all awaiting me later on.  I also have some Reese’s peanut butter cups, but they’re special so I’m not sure I’m going to eat them yet.  I’ve been drinking Coke and now am having some tea.  I do wish I had some popcorn, but I haven’t found a kind I like here yet.

What foods are giving you energy as the Read-a-Thon continues?


Read-a-Thon Hour 6 update

deweys-readathonbuttonJust spent half an hour checking out how everyone else is doing.  It looks like we’re doing well!  I think I’ve actually missed the cut-off for Darren’s mini-challenge, but it sounded like fun, so I’m attaching my picture anyway.IMG_1786[A] Scandal in spring compromised the King of Attolia

And here is my progress:

Number of Books 2 Books Read
Pages Read 661 Hunting Ground
Time Spent Reading 4:42 The Lightning Thief
Time Spent Blogging #########

So far I’ve consumed a rice krispie treat, some Doritos, and a burger! I didn’t manage to eat breakfast this morning, although I did eat lunch, so I got hungry early. Things are going well, I’ve completed two books, and have no idea which of my stack I want to read next. My eyes are already tired, though, so I don’t want to take too long to decide. Keith is stressing me out a little every time he dies in his game (sudden ARGHS!), which has really only started this hour, but overall we are progressing well! I hope everyone else is too.


Middle of Hour 3 & Intro Meme

deweys-readathonbuttonI didn’t do the intro meme yet!  Not so good.  Anyway, I have finished my first book, Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs, and I have read so far for 2 hours and 31 minutes.  Here’s my neat little graph:

Number of Books 1 Books Read
Pages Read 286 Hunting Ground
Time Spent Reading 2:31
Time Spent Blogging #########

Keith is on level six of the first Tomb Raider and has been playing for the same amount of time as I’ve been reading.

And for the intro meme …

Where are you reading from today?

I’m currently at home in Wolverhampton, England.

3 facts about me …

1. I have been married exactly one week today!

2. I wrote a dissertation about Anthony Woodville this summer for an MA in Medieval Studies.

3. I like baking and I wish I’d thought to bake some delicious treats for today!

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

I have fifteen left.  I know I’m not going to read them all, though.

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?

I’d like to read more than 6 books and stay up later than 3 am (a tough one for me).

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?

This is only my second read-a-thon, but so far the advice others have given me has been great: read short, fun books and make sure you have food nearby.  And don’t get too distracted by the internet!

I’m off to see how everyone else is doing briefly before I continue with book 2.  I think that will actually be The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  The words are huge, so I’m hoping to get through it very quickly.


It’s Time to Start the Read-a-Thon!

Final update before I begin!  Here is the final stack, plus some snacks.

IMG_1784And the titles:

  • Carry On, Jeeves, P.J. Wodehouse – Always wanted to try one of these and I just got it from the library this morning, so I figured I’d toss it in!
  • Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman – I like Neil Gaiman and I didn’t have any short stories, so this is another library pick.
  • Magic Bites, Ilona Andrews – This is supposed to be great urban fantasy, never enough of that.
  • Scandal in Spring, Lisa Kleypas – Last in the Wallflower quartet – not the best, but entertaining enough.
  • Hunting Ground, Patricia Briggs – Next in the Alpha and Omega series, I believe I am starting with this!
  • The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, & The Titan’s Curse, all by Rick Riordan, light YA that I’m hoping will speed by.
  • The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, & The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner – I am so excited for these YA fantasies and I know I’d like to read them all in a row, so we’ll see if I fit them in.
  • Heart’s Blood, Juliet Marillier – adult fantasy that I know will completely absorb me, essential in the read-a-thon.
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris – humor.  I think I’m saving this for the early hours, if I read it.
  • Compromised, Kate Noble – Another romance, something I know will absorb me and help me stay up later.
  • Much Ado About You, Eloisa James – see above.
  • Dead as a Doornail, Charlaine Harris – this might be number two, if I think I can switch urban fantasy worlds.

And that’s a grand total of 16 books!  No way I can read all of them, but I’ll have plenty of choice.  Keith is starting his game-a-thon with Tomb Raider, in case anyone is interested, and he wants to get all the way through TRI and start II.  I don’t know if we’re going to stay up 24 hours.  We’re going to try though!  We have all our snacks ready and have had lunch, so we are all set to go.

Good luck everyone!!


Blog Tour Book Spotlight: Secrets to Happiness, Sarah Dunn

9780316040310_154x233I’d just like to apologize; I forgot that I was in on this blog tour and I can’t find the book!  It isn’t in my normal pile of due-date-sorted ARCs.  So when I do find it, I will review it ASAP.  Meanwhile here’s a summary from the publisher:

Holly Frick has just endured the worst kind of breakup: the kind where you’re still in love with the person leaving you. While her wounds are still dangerously close to the surface, her happily married best friend confesses over a bottle of wine that she is this close to having an affair. And another woman comes to Holly for advice about her love life–with Holly’s ex!

Holly decides that if everyone around her can take pleasure wherever they find it, so will she. As any self-respecting 30ish New York woman would do, she brings two males into her life: a flawed but endearing dog, and a good natured, much younger lover. She’s soon entangled in a web of emails, chance meetings, and misguided good intentions and must forge an entirely new path to Nirvana.

From the author of The Big Love, Secrets to Happiness is a big-hearted, knife-sharp, and hilariously entertaining story about the perils of love and friendship, sex and betrayal–and a thoroughly modern take on our struggle to be happy.

And the people who are more on task than I am with their reviews:







Read-a-Thon Hour 23

deweys-readathonbuttonNo secret that I fell asleep there, and for a long time.  I only made it to about 3.  I got up at 10, and finished the book I was reading.  I tried to get up earlier, but it was hard. I admire everyone who has stayed up so long!

Number of Books 5 Books Read Old Man’s War
Pages Read 1576 Dead Until Dark
Time Spent Reading 10:43 The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
Time Spent Blogging 3:08 Living Dead in Dallas
Oakleaf Bearers

I’m not sure what I will read next.  There are still a couple of hours left, though, so I will start something new!  I think I’ll go with And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander.  I know I won’t finish it before the 24 hours are up, but maybe later.  Yes, I still feel like reading – I didn’t when I first got up, but I sure do now!


Read-a-Thon Hour 14 & Half-way Survey


Number of Books 5 Books Read Old Man’s War
Pages Read 1399 Dead Until Dark
Time Spent Reading 9:21 The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
Time Spent Blogging 2:53 Living Dead in Dallas

1. What are you reading right now?

Halfway through Oakleaf Bearers by John Flanagan.  I think this has a different name outside the UK.  It’s the fourth in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

2. How many books have you read so far?

4 total.  This is my fifth.

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

I’m not sure I’m going to get through another book!  I don’t know which one I’ll pick, either.  I just stood in front of my bookshelves for a while, having shunned my pile, before I chose this one.  I might go for the short stories in Tea and Other Ayama Na Tales next if I haven’t fallen asleep when I finish this book.  I’m sure I’ll be up before 1 tomorrow, though, and I’m not sure what I’ll choose then.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Not really.  I just had to do extra work ahead of time.  Keith wasn’t meant to visit this weekend anyway.

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

My parents called a couple of times, but that’s it.  I’ve been hiding in my room all day.

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

Hmm, I’m not sure.  It’s about how I’d expected it to be.  I think I was expecting to go on twitter more, and I’m finding myself too tired to focus on it.  I know, I’m a little wimpy, it’s only 2:30 am!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope, it’s going pretty well so far I think.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

We’ll be married by the next time, if one is held in October, and I think what I will like is having someone else prepare and buy me food!  Assuming he is willing.

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Oh, you’d better believe it.  I’m not a late night person these days.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

Not really!  I’ve picked books that for the most part are very absorbing, so I’m not having all that much trouble focusing on them, just keeping my eyes open for it.

Thanks again for the support, everyone.  I’m too tired to check up on people at this stage, but I’ll either get a second wind or be back to see how everyone’s doing after a nap.


Read-a-Thon, halfway through Hour 12

deweys-readathonbuttonOh, I am getting tired.  It’s nearly half past midnight.  I really want to finish Living Dead in Dallas, though.  I kept meaning to take a break, but it’s so addicting!  I really hope the library has number 3 so I can read it sometime next week.

My stats at this point, nearly halfway through:

Number of Books 4 Books Read Old Man’s War
Pages Read 1170 Dead Until Dark
Time Spent Reading 7:55 The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
Time Spent Blogging 2:26

The first two were so far much better than the last.  Usually I love Julia Quinn, but I just kept being annoyed by that book.  The romance was unbelievable and I’m sure if I had been involved with the male character that I would have smacked him repeatedly rather than succumb to his advances.  I guess they can’t all be wonderful and funny and distracting!  At least Living Dead in Dallas is helping make up for it.

I want to thank everyone who has been commenting once again for all of your encouragement!  I have had so many new people visit today and I just want to let everyone know that I will be checking out your blogs tomorrow if I haven’t already.  You are all great cheerleaders, and those of you who are readers, I hope you are fulfilling all of your expectations!


Read-a-Thon Hour 9 & Local Library Mini-Challenge


Number of Books 3 Books Read Old Man’s War
Pages Read 789 Dead Until Dark
Time Spent Reading 6:14
Time Spent Blogging 1:44

So far I’m not liking The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever as much as Quinn’s other works. It’s going by very quickly, but it’s not as much fun as the best of her books.  In fact, I’m even noticing the bad writing, which is generally a bad sign.  Too many paragraphs starting with “and” or “but”.  Oh well.  It’s still decent, just not as good.

And for the mini-challenge:

  1. What is the name of your local library? What city is it located in?
  2. York Central Library and it’s right in the center of York, next to a museum and the medieval walls.

  3. How often do you go to the library? If you’re a regular, do the staff know you?
  4. Maybe once a week? The staff don’t know me, but I’ve applied for a job there, so they might in future.

  5. Do you browse while you’re there or just pick up items you have placed on reserve?
  6. I browse if I have time! I haven’t been too successful there lately though. I think more people are using it as a result of the recession.

  7. What is your favorite thing about your local library?
  8. Well, honestly, free books. I love that I can get lots of non-fiction and craft books there too, which are normally more expensive than fiction, and I can justify checking out books I wouldn’t necessarily want to buy.

And, back I go! Hope it’s going well for everyone else. I’m off to check!


Read-a-Thon End of Hour 7 & A Walk mini-challenge

deweys-readathonbuttonI’ve now completed my 2nd book.  I really enjoyed Dead Until Dark! Here’s how I’m doing now:

Number of Books 2 Books Read Old Man’s War
Pages Read 597 Dead Until Dark
Time Spent Reading 5:05
Time Spent Blogging 1:29

I’m pleased!  And I went for a walk, so I feel a little recharged.  It’s cold out there, being nearly 8 pm here in lovely Yorkshire.  I took a couple of pictures of the fields behind my dorm and a nearby street with a few lovely English houses.


My brain is starting to get a little tired, as I nearly just posted the same picture twice, so I’m going to go with The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn next.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to recharge, but at least I want to keep reading!