Category Archives: Reading

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – Opening Meme

I’m a little late getting started this morning. but I want to make sure to do something now because my day is pretty full of things other than reading. I’m hoping to plan better for the next readathon in October.

Opening Meme

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

I live in a northern suburb in the Twin Cities area, Minnesota.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

This is tough! I’ve had a lot of comments about Illuminae, so that’s one I have a bit higher expectations for.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Cookie dough (don’t worry – no eggs!).

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Reading was my first hobby and will always be my favorite. I enjoy a lot of other things, like knitting, crocheting, creating handstamped cards, genealogy, but reading is the only thing I do every single day.

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 first. I’m looking forward to setting aside some time for reading that I don’t normally. I just wish I could set aside more! But I will be checking in with the Facebook group as much as I can. The social aspect is an unexpected part of the fun.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

The other day I got wind of an upcoming readathon on April 23. Take the time to read for 24 hours straight? Count me in!

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Of course I won’t actually read for the entire 24 hours. For me, the readathon will run from 7 AM Saturday to 7 AM Sunday. I have a couple of engagements Saturday afternoon and evening, and I will have to sleep for at least a while overnight. But other than that, no TV or movies, just books! And snacks. And beverages.

I will likely spend some time listening to an audiobook so I can get stuff like laundry done and maybe knit for a while.

Watch this space for more updates during the readathon!

I Should Be Packing

This morning I did some packing, taking all the stuff I had in my parents’ kitchen cabinets out while Mom packed the stuff up. I had two bottles of wine I had completely forgotten about in there. I have a feeling that I’m going to have a lot of little discoveries like that. Hey, look! I have an espresso machine!

This afternoon and this evening we went through a bunch of household goods that have been stored in my parents’ basement. I still don’t know where my plates, bowls, or silverware are, but wow, I have a lot of Pampered Chef products. I was a consultant for PC for a couple of years in the late 90s, and I accumulated quite a bit in that short time. I have more stoneware than you can shake a stick at.

If I can wrangle up enough boxes, I’m hoping to work on boxing up mystery books tomorrow evening. They’re currently in two bookcases, most in one that’s pretty large, with the overflow in a smaller one. I’d like to repurpose the smaller one to house my sci-fi/fantasy books, which currently don’t have a home at all, though I don’t think they’ll all fit. However, I’m weeding out certain books as I go if I can get them on Kindle instead, so that should help all around. And, I’d certainly love to have the books I’m keeping ready for when I’ll have some help moving them.

The total stitches for my NaKnitMo practice day was 2,697, despite having to frog about 500 stitches. I’m making a circle blanket that has an increase round followed by four rounds of straight knitting, but I did the increase round a round early. Whoops. I took it out, did the row properly, and then did the increase row in the first real hour of NaKnitMo.

Throughout the day today I was able to fit in another four rounds on the blanket, so my total for today is 2,520. Below are a couple of photos, one from the top view, and another from the side. Right now it’s all squooshy on the needles, but when it grows up, it’ll be blocked and stretched out to a nice, large circle.

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I think this is going to look fabulous hanging out on one of my new sofas. (I ordered two because it was only $20 more to get a second sofa instead of a loveseat, but I can switch if the second one doesn’t fit well.) And yes, power recliners on both sides. I can’t wait to sit and knit there!

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Just to talk about something other than my move or knitting, I’m currently reading Busted Flush, edited by George R.R. Martin. I learned about the first book of what is at least a trilogy (the third is due out this winter) within the Wild Cards universe because a friend of mine from high school is one of the authors. If you’re curious about how I tracked down that friend or about the books, I wrote about it here.

Series Challenge Season 2

I love the series challenge that is being hosted by Kathrin, because I can be really horrible about not keeping up with series. I start lots of new ones, but end up neglecting ones I’ve already started in the process. I didn’t participate in the first season (it’s entirely possible I just didn’t know about it early enough), but I have a few series that I’d like to reconnect with in the next few months so might as well hop on board.

I’m not going to go crazy and think I’m going to catch up with J.D. Robb’s In Death series or anything (at the moment I’ve read 13 of the 27 full-length novels), but instead will focus on a few series where I have just a few books remaining to catch up. I’m also not including those series where I only have one left to catch up, since I’m already trying to keep up with those. Here’s my list:

1. Madelyn Alt – Maggie O’Neill

  • #2, A Charmed Death
  • #3, Hex Marks the Spot

2. Monica Ferris – Betsy Devonshire

  • #9, Embroidered Truths
  • #10, Sins and Needles
  • #11, Knitting Bones

3. Linda O. Johnston – Kendra Ballantyne

  • #2, Nothing to Fear but Ferrets
  • #3, Fine-Feathered Death
  • #4, Meow is for Murder
  • #5, Fright of the Iguana

4. Victoria Laurie – Abby Cooper

  • #4, Killer Insight
  • #5, Crime Seen

5. Emilie Richards – Aggie Sloan-Wilcox

  • #2, Let There Be Suspects
  • #3, Beware False Profits

6. Ayelet Waldman – Juliet Applebaum

  • #6, The Cradle Robbers
  • #7, Bye-Bye, Black Sheep

I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew! Two to three books a month doesn’t seem unreasonable and still leaves me time to read other books, so I might actually be able to finish this challenge unless something unexpected happens.

Some Like It Hot-Buttered

Over the last year or two, I’ve really tried to slim down my book-buying budget, taking advantage of the library as much as I can. But I still browse the new releases shelves in Barnes & Noble’s mystery section on a regular basis, and sometimes a title just grabs me and demands I take the book home with me. This was the case with Jeffrey Cohen’s Some Like It Hot-Buttered. The bucket of popcorn on the cover didn’t hurt either. Excuse me for a moment while I pop up a bag of Act II’s new Buttery Cinnamon

Like a lot of the lighter mysteries I enjoy reading, this isn’t a phenomonal piece of literature, but it is different in featuring a male protagonist and it is infused with just the type of dry humor I love. The comedy-only movie theatre setting was intriguing, and who knows, perhaps I’ll watch Young Frankenstein one of these days.

I’ll be watching for It Happened One Knife, scheduled to be released July 1.

The Disappeared

The reading time is decreasing even more this month (I can’t wait for summer!), but as I’m finally nearing the end of my second book, I wanted to say a little something about the first, The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Any fiction involves the author’s vision of the world their characters live in, but I’ve always had a bit of an affinity for reading an author’s vision of what the future might be like. In this case, the story is set quite a bit in the future, when humans are not only living on the moon, but also in colonies on the planets of other sentient beings.

And those other sentient beings? Might not have the same sense of justice as humans. So, now and then, when a human who has broken an alien law can afford to, he or she might Disappear to avoid the harsh consequences.

I was intrigued by both the world Rusch creates here and the premise that begins the Retrieval Artist series.

The Rest of February

Since it is now March and I’ve already finished a book this month, I’m just going to roll the rest of my February reads into one last post.

No Time for Goodbye – Linwood Barclay. Basic plot: Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge’s parents and brother disappear one night, and wondering what happened to them has haunted her for 25 years. After her story is profiled on a TV show, she starts getting some clues.

I really enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. At points I started figuring some things out, but how the truth comes out made for a pretty compelling resolution.

Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii – Lee Goldberg. The second in the series based on the TV show characters. If you’re a fan of the show, I definitely recommend these.

The Cold Dish – Craig Johnson. It takes me forever to listen to audiobooks the length of this one since I mostly only listen during my commutes to and from work (around an hour a day, when I’m not more in a mood for some good music), but I never lost interest, which is saying something for me and audio. I think my favorite part of what was otherwise an interesting mystery was the little bits of humor sprinkled in. I’ve already purchased the next in this series and look forward to visiting Sheriff Walt Longmire in Wyoming sometime in the near future.

Written in Bone – Simon Beckett. I’m loving this series featuring Dr. David Hunter, a forensic anthropologist. Absolute page-turners, and the only problem is waiting for the third installment.