Saturday, October 21, 2017

Readathon Update #5

CURRENTLY READING: The Fever by Megan Abbott

THOUGHTS?: This book started out as just okay... then I read 86 pages without even realizing it. I guess that shows my enjoyment.

SNACKS AND STUFF: Started my evening with an Octoberfest with sports on in the background. (Go Notre Dame! Go Washington Capitals!)


Then The Husband made us an excellent surf and turf dinner.


There was a salad in there somewhere, too.

PAGES READ SINCE LAST CHECK-IN: 86
PAGES READ TOTAL: 775

Readathon Update #4

CURRENTLY READING: I am about to start The Fever by Megan Abbott.

THOUGHTS?: I finished The Night World (great illustrations) and The Geometry of Pasta (by Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy). The pasta book was fantastic. While I don't think it works that well as a cookbook (lacking in pictures and direction), it was a wonderful compendium about the different pasta shapes, their history, and what foods work best with each type.


SNACKS AND STUFF: I put away the lunch spread. The Husband will be making dinner in the near future. We're going to have surf and turf!

PAGES READ SINCE LAST CHECK-IN: 328
PAGES READ TOTAL: 689

Readathon Update #3

CURRENTLY READING: I finally finished The Story of a New Name. I am now going to start The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein


THOUGHTS?: The Story of a New Name took me a lot longer to finish than I thought it would. It was a bit dense at times, but I can't wait to start the third book in the series.

SNACKS AND STUFF: Still munching on the lunch spread.

PAGES READ SINCE LAST CHECK-IN: 144
PAGES READ TOTAL: 361

Readathon Update #2

CURRENTLY READING: Still working on The Story of a New Name

THOUGHTS?: Still good but man am I a slow reader today.

SNACKS AND STUFF: I just laid out our lunch spread. Noms.


PAGES READ SINCE LAST CHECK-IN: 83
PAGES READ TOTAL: 217

Readathon Update #1

CURRENTLY READING: I'm about halfway through The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante.

THOUGHTS?: I read the first book in the series while we were on vacation in Italy. I started this one as soon as we got back. I now see why everyone raves about these stories. They have an addictive quality. I can't put my finger on just what it is, but I am enjoying this book immensely.

SNACKS AND STUFF: The Husband and I dined on breakfast. I made a banana bread baked oatmeal. There was also more coffee.


My coffee is guarded by a dragon. Her name is Bubbles.


PAGES READ SINCE LAST CHECK-IN: 134
PAGES READ TOTAL: 134

It is on!

Good morning! It's readathon time and I could not be more excited. The coffee just finished brewing so I am about to fuel up and kick of this glorious day. Nothing says relaxing Saturday to my like a great excuse to stay in my jammies, curl up on the couch, and read all day. All day!

Before I get to the reading, here are my answers to the opening meme.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Washington, DC... where the weather happens to be perfect. I may need to head up to our roof deck to enjoy the weather as I read.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Geometry of Pasta. It's a cookbook that has been on my TBR since it was published.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? The smorgasbord I put out for lunch. There is cheese. Mmmmm.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm a librarian, food lover, and fan of exploring interesting things.

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 can't even remember how many readathons I have participated in, but I now like I how I do them. I read what I want to read. Eat what I want to eat. And update when and where I feel like it. I call it my chill method.
Now, I've got my kick-off snack, cup o' joe, and my first book.


Let's do this!*

Check back here or on my Instagram feed throughout the day for updates.


*If you're wondering what the heck this readathon thing is, you can see all the details here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Friday Find: Cozy Socks

Readathon is tomorrow and I am very excited. One of the side benefits of readathon is that it's a great excuse to stay in your pajamas all day. Part of my PJs are my beloved slipper socks. I love slipper socks because they are warm, fuzzy, and some of them even come infused with lotion to make your feet feel like your're at the spa.

These slipper socks are not only shea butter infused but they are also lavendar scented. Excuse me while I buy myself a pair... or two. They are the perfect thing to keep your fee comfy during a marathon reading session.

You can find these on Amazon.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Links and Stuff: October 19, 2017


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Three Day Countdown

Readathon is on Saturday. We've got three days to go and I am almost ready.

On Monday, I put in my holds requests at the library. Since all of the books I requested had no wait list, I was sure they'd be waiting for me in 36 hours. Yeah.... no. I just got the pick-up notice on two of them today. Fingers crossed the rest of the titles come in before I head to the library tomorrow after work. If they don't, I might be trolling my own shelves for readathon appropriate books. That's going to be a hard task because I seem to have only non-fiction items left and I prefer to read fiction during readathon.

Snacks wise (and let's be honest, the food is just as important), we're sticking to the tried-and-true meal plan I've followed during past readathons. I'll have a kick-off snack, breakfast will be a hot dish (I'm thinking this banana break baked oatmeal from one of my favorite food blogs), lunch is a smorgasbord of vegetables and cheeses, and dinner will either be delivery or whatever The Husband whips up.

As has been working for me lately, I'm going to take the chill track on readathon itself. I'll post when I wanna post (both here and on my Instagram), eat when I wanna eat, and sleep when I wanna sleep. Even though The Husband and I got back from our vacation not too long ago, I am super-excited for a day a home devoted to nothing but reading.... and a little watching for sports as both my Notre Dame Irish and Washington Capitals have games scheduled... at the same time. The Husband will be flipping back and forth between the games for me.

Is it Saturday yet?