Librarian, Reader, Cook, and Wine Lover


October 2015

Finished Book #3!

Just finished Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.

It’s now half way thru Hour 16 of Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon.

I wonder how much longer I can stay up?  Not tired at all, yet.  Time for Book #4.


Almost midway thru read-a-thon!

Mini survey for hour 12 of read-a-thon:

1. What are you reading right now? Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman
2. How many books have you read so far? On my third book.  But I didn’t start til 9am, two hours after the official beginning.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Not sure yet.  Maybe something spooky!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just a few self-imposed ones.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How fast the time is going!

Book #2 is for the Books!

Finished Book #2 – Troubling a Star, by Madeleine L’Engle.

Also watched the Iowa Hawkeyes win their 7th game of the season, against Northwestern, 40-10.  Go Hawks!

Cubs are on at 6pm.  Now, what to read next??????

First book down!

Mandy, by Julie Edwards (also known as Julie Andrews) is completed.  It was a favorite when I was 10 years old or so, and it was just as good, but it made me cry!

Now, on to Troubling a Star, by Madeleine L’Engle.

While I’m Waiting….

….for my coffee to brew and curl up with my first book, here are some introductory questions from Dewey’s 24 Hour Reading Marathon:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  I am in Iowa City, Iowa
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I am reread favorites, so that’s a very difficult question to answer!  Probably something by Madeleine L’Engle
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Pizza later?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a librarian, I love wine and I love to cook.  I love to read Dystopic fiction, WWII fiction, and anything to do with witches
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 very first read-a-thon, and I’m excited about knowing that I’m reading at the same time with people all over the world!

Getting Started!

Reading marathon started at 7am my time, but I’m just getting started.  Needed a little extra sleep.

I’ve decided to do a reread marathon, and my first title is:

Mandy, by Julie Edwards.  A wonderful pre-teen age book is a wonderful cozy read to begin a day of reading!

Prepping for Reading Marathon!

I am home from the Iowa Library Association Conference.  This was my fourteenth straight conference. I’ve gone every year since 2002.  As always, it is amazing to reconnect with librarians across the state, see friends, and make new ones.

This morning I was sitting in the final breakout session for the day with a friend from the Iowa City Public Library.  I saw a former coworker and friend who I haven’t seen since last year, and we hugged and stood and chatted furiously until the session started.  When I sat back down, my friend from Iowa City said, “Who don’t you know?”  And I chuckled to myself, remembering that’s how I used to feel when I’d only been going to these conferences for a couple of years.

It felt good.

Now I’m home and recuperating from a busy three days and a late night last night, hanging out with librarians and this morning’s keynote speaker.  Tonight I’ll relax, watch a little tv, and prep for tomorrow’s 24 hour readathon!  I’ve never done this before and I’m very excited.  I don’t expect to stay up a full 24 hours doing nothing but reading, but I’m definitely devoting my day to reading.  I need to choose the books for my readathon pile.  Should I read all new books?  Should I devote the day to the books I always want to reread but feel guilty doing so with all the new books out there begging to be read?  A mixture?

A delicious quandary.

Stay tuned for all things bookish and readingish!

Books and Libraries and Books! And, Baseball!

Today I’m heading to the Iowa Library Association’s Annual Conference.  Librarians from all over our wonderful state of Iowa get together for 3 days of learning, networking, laughter, and fun!  This year we are in Des Moines.

I always leave Conference even more excited about being a librarian than I already am.

Then I get to come home and get ready for the Readathon.  I think I need it to get myself back in my reading groove.  With cooler/cold weather approaching, I need to work on my reading mojo.

Of course, the fact that the CUBS beat the Cardinals and are headed to the NLCS means that there will also be some (lots) of baseball watching this weekend, too.

Happy October!

Reading Marathon!

I am going to participate in the October 17th, 24-hour reading marathon.  It’s official name is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and it sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday!

I’m not sure if I’ll make it the entire 24 hours, but it’s definitely going to be fun to try.

Stay tuned!

Oh, if you’re interested, here’s a link to the website with more information, including how to sign up!

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