Librarian, Reader, Cook, and Wine Lover


October 2017

Book Number 3!

I had a few interruptions: a fabulous phone conversation with my parents, and took my daughter to work.

Then I finished a favorite from 8th grade: The Alfred G. Graebner Memorial High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations, by Ellen Conford.  It was as much fun as I remembered.

The shorter reads are perfect for Readathons.  Very motivating.  But next up, I’m starting The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman.

Feeling pretty awake, but not sure how long I’ll stay awake. 🙂


#Readathonbuddy Photo Challenge

Fitz likes books

Mid-event Survey!

1. What are you reading right now? Handbook of Rules and Regulations, by Ellen Conford
2. How many books have you read so far? On my 3rd
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Don’t know!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? No unplanned interruptions.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I’ve always heard people say that shorter books are more motivating.  This year I’m finding that is true!

Book 2 is Finished!

You know, there are a great number of truly excellent juvenile fiction books out there, and I just read one of them – The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, by Karina Yan Glaser.  It’s the story of a family, living in part of an old brownstone in Harlem, and what happens when their landlord suddenly decides he won’t renew their lease.  And what the 5 kids in the family will do to change their landlord’s mind.

It was wonderful.  So sweet, and a wonderful, topsy-turvy family.  Highly recommend.

Now I need to decide on book 3!!!!

Book 1 Finished!

Just finished Origin, by Dan Brown.  There’s a picture of it in a previous post.  It was good, and an interesting premise.

Dan Brown is not the greatest writer in the world, but I do enjoy his stories and his ideas.  They more than make up for the canned dialogue and stilted prose.

Next book: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, by Karina Yan Glaser.

Is anyone else reading today?

Book and Beverage Challenge

Readathon Begins!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Iowa City, IA

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Finishing Origin, by Dan Brown

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Homemade pizza, maybe

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a mom, a librarian, and reader, a cat lover, and a foodie.

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 always try to read longer!!!!

Readathon is Tomorrow!

I love participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!  I think I started doing this two years ago, so this will be my 5th readathon?  Regardless, it seems that this blog ends up being used for readathon updates, and then I forget to post anything until the next readathon comes along.

This year I had my weekends messed up and until a few days ago I thought the readathon was next weekend.  Fortunately, I have more than enough books to choose from.  First up will be Origin, by Dan Brown.  I’ve been reading it for what seems weeks, since lately I’ve only had time to read when I go to bed.  I’m really enjoying it so far, even though Dan Brown’s dialogue writing is borderline cheesy.  Still, his books are good romps and I always end up learning quite a bit about art and religion.

I have a number of books waiting in the wings, so stay tuned to see what I read throughout the day tomorrow!


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