Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon {April 2016}


It’s been officially 3.5 years since I last participated in any of the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It might be silly to think that I’ll be able to participate tomorrow, what with the 20-month-old toddler and the husband who doesn’t understand why I’d want to read for 24 hours. But I’m going to try to do as much as I can. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get at least 12 hours among all the chaos.

I believe the start time for my time zone is 8am, but I’m going to get up at 7am and start early–that way, I’m already an hour ahead, if Madi or Nick cut into my reading time later in the day. I’ve got all caught up with my housework, but the dishes will have to go for a day without getting done 😉 Aww, shucks…

Here is my meager pile:

  • I Want My Epidural Back by Karen Alpert
    This is my comic relief book, for if I need a break from a more serious book. I loved her I Heart My Little A-Holes a year or two ago. Hers are quick reads, for me.
  • The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
    I’ve read all her stuff so far and I love it all. This will be my first book to start.
  • Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger
    Another authoress whose books I’ve always loved.
  • A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
    This is my current bookclub pick. Might as well use the readathon to get a jumpstart on it, right?

I’m a slow reader, so I’m sure I’ll probably only FINISH one book throughout the day, probably I Want My Epidural Back, in all honesty. But I’m hoping to finish one of the fiction by the end of the day.

I’ll try to update every hour or two, but I won’t post the actual reviews until the next few days come–unless I want a break from reading and stick with the blog for awhile. Wish me luck!!

January 2012 {monthly summary}

Books Read

Books Acquired

  • none
    (I did finish a book of my own collection, so I am allowed to buy a book, but I’m waiting until a book I’m eagerly awaiting is released in February)

Books Added to TBR List

  • Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka
  • A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead
  • Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor
  • Bunheads by Sophie Flack
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

2012 Resolution and Challenge Progress

  • 0 book towards my Copyright 2012 Resolution — 5 more to go
  • 1 book towards my Personal Collection Resolution — 9 more to go
  • 2 books towards my Years of Books Resolution — 3 more to go
  • 0 books towards my Inspirational Resolution — 5 more to go
  • 1 book from the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge — 11 more to go

more Pink Carnation cover art :o/

This is the cover of Lauren Willig’s next installment of the Pink Carnation series, The Garden Intrigue, due out in February. The past installment had a cover similar to this one, which was a great leap from the first seven books. I have to say that I’m pleased with the new cover, as much as can be possible considering how much I liked the first trend of cover art. But this time around I realize I don’t exactly care for the way the title is presented. The first books were titled thusly: The Secret History OF the Pink Carnation, The Masque OF the Black Tulip, you get it (the “Something OF the Something”). But the last book was The Orchid Affair and this is The Garden Intrigue. But I much prefer The Affair of the Orchid or The Intrigue of the Garden. Regardless of cover or title, I’m sure the book will be excellent. It only looks a little romance novel-y 🙂

Here are a few links to my posts about the previous cover(s) of this series and my feelings about them:


petition for cover change?

i am very unhappy about this cover :o(

My Books are Talking to Me…

Yesterday, both the books I’m reading referenced the same book. I’m reading Edenborn by Nick Sagan, a futuristic sci-fi and slightly dystopic novel I’m listening to on audiobook, and Bliss by OZ Livaneli, about a teenage girl in Turkey who is raped by her uncle and must suffer the consequences.

Both of these books referenced Gulliver’s Travels by Swift. Both wanted an example of a person caught out of their element.

I think my books are telling me to read Gulliver’s Travels 🙂

reading update

I started reading Push by Sapphire (aka Precious) today. Well, actually I’m listening to it on audiobook. And I’m very glad I’m reading it this way. Bahni Turpin is the narrator, and I think it is the way she reads that makes the story so interesting. I’m assuming the book is written in dialect. And, sure I enjoy reading that type of narration because it’s more descriptive of the time and place of the book. But having it read (I hate to say it this way) by an African American woman, plus the dialect from the book is making the story just amazing. And I only listened to about 30 minutes of it!

Oh, and I thought I’d go ahead and just add that Michelle at My Books. My Life. has made me want to read Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson with her review. I read a summary of it already, but was hesitant to read it. Her review has completely changed my mind 🙂

December 2010 in my reading world

Books Read in December 2010

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  • Miss Julie by August Strindberg
  • Jar of Fools by Eric A Kimmel
  • When Mindy Saved Christmas by Eric A Kimmel
  • K is for Kwanzaa by Juwanda G Ford
  • The Gifts of Kwanzaa by Synthia Saint James
  • Santa’s Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas
  • How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky
  • Santa Duck by David Milgrim
  • Santa’s Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki
  • Hershel and the Hanukka Goblins by Eric A Kimmel
  • Where Did They Hide My Presents? by Alan Katz
  • Hanna’s Christmas by Melissa Peterson
  • Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott and Porter Grand
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us by Allen Salkin

Books Purchased/Received in December 2010






Books Purchased


  • History: The Definitive Visual Guide
  • Audrey Hepburn in the Movies by Timothy Knight (a Christmas gift from my sister)
  • The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
  • The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
  • Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin
  • Potiki by Patricia Grace
  • Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine
  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • the Kirsten American Girl series (boxed set of 6 books)
  • Audrey Hepburn: A in Pictures
  • MY KINDLE!! I have about 75 free books on it already 🙂

More Books Purchased

*This one has its own picture because I got them after I’d already put the rest away. Plus, the book with the Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo on the cover is actually a journal. I am going to try to write in a book journal more often while I read, which should help me write better reviews on here.  So I thought buying a nice one would entice me to write in it more. (Can you tell I love Audrey Hepburn?! 😀 )

Books Added to my TBR List

  • The Last Ember by Daniel Levin (Coffee and a Book Chick’s post)
  • Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (reading currently!)
  • Medea and Her Children by Ludmila Ulitskaya
  • Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
  • Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna
  • Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier (all previous from Eva’s Library Loot post)
  • The Mitford Sisters by Mary S Lowell (Willa loves the Mitfords and I asked her which biography of them to read and she recommended this one)
  • The Bad Girl by Maria Vargas Llosa (Willa’s post)
  • The Maid by Yasutaka Tsutsui (Shannon’s post)
  • Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella (Shannon’s post)
  • When the Emperor Was Devine by Julie Otsuka
  • Forget Sorrow by Belle Yang
  • The Seige by Ismail Kadare (this and previous two from Eva’s library loot post)
  • Frederica by Georgette Heyer (Willa’s post)

November 2010 in Books

Books Read in November (not very many grown up books 😦 )

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  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket
  • Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
  • Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Medearis
  • Festival of Lights by Maida Silverman
  • The Miracle of the First Poinsettia by Joanne Oppenheim
  • Moishe’s Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed

Books Acquired in November

none 😥

Books Added to by TBR List in November (LOTS 🙂 )

  • Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James (Isa)
  • In the Footsteps of Gavrilo Princip by Tony Fabijancic (Amy Reads’ review)
  • The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick (Jennifer at Mrs. Q: Book Addict’s review)
  • The Explosionist (and Invisible Things) by Jenny Davidson (Charlotte’s Library’s review)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys (Coffee and a Book Chick’s review) (PS- This comes out in March 2011)
  • By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan (Coffee and a Book Chick’s review)
  • Obasan by Joy Kagawa (Shannon at Giraffe Days’ review)
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner’s review)
  • Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  • Purge by Sofi Oksanen
  • Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (Sandra at Fresh Ink Book’s review) (PS- This comes out January 4, 2011)
  • The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai (’s page)
  • Daphne Du Maurier’s Classics of Macabre (Coffee and a Book Chick’s review)

October 2010 in Books

Books Read in October

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  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe

Books Acquired in October

  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • Tess of d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Books Added to TBR List

  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Jinny’s review at SkyInk)

September 2010 Wrap-Up

Books Read in September

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  • The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Changeless by Gail Carriger
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger

Books Acquired in September

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • The Concubine’s Children by Denise Chong
  • Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
  • Lost in Translations by Nicole Mones
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Pygmalion and (adapted) My Fair Lady by Bernard Shaw
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost by Ben Stahl (already read, but would love to have on hand for a rainy day)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (again, already read, but LOVE IT)
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Blameless by Gail Carriger

Books Added to TBR List in September

  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (Bina’s review at If You Can Read This)
  • Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte and Sherri Browning Erwin (summary)
  • Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael (summary)
  • After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson (Bina’s review)
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (I really want to read this, after having read The Year of the Flood)
  • Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay (Alayne’s review at The Crowded Leaf)
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (review at Bookishly Fabulous)
  • Captive Queen by Alison Weir
  • King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

library booksale = very happy Kristie

Every so often–about twice a year, actually–my old library (the one I used to work at) has a book sale. It’s not exactly the library, but an organization from the library called Friends of the Library, that sets up and runs the book sale. But the books are from the library 🙂

Anyways, I had major success today. 13 books for $10 = a very happy Kristie 😀 😀 😀

Here’s a list of what I got (also seen in the photo above):

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • The Concubine’s Children by Denise Chong
  • Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
  • Lost in Translations by Nicole Mones
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Pygmalion and (adapted) My Fair Lady by Bernard Shaw
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost by Ben Stahl (already read, but would love to have on hand for a rainy day)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (again, already read, but LOVE IT)
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Hopefully I can find some room on my bookshelves for these 😕 Most of them have been on my TBR list for a long time. The Ursula Le Guin was totally impetuous–I just know she’s highly liked in the sci-fi community, and I wanted to try some more sci-fi…so I just went with it haha