#Readathon Books Five, Six & Seven: All Non-Fiction

First, the cookbook My Two Souths that Sassymonkey told me about. I liked it. TW was not as impressed with it, which is troubling since we thought she’d really like it. I really want the tomato pie/tart. That would be yummy right about now.

Next, Gardens of South Florida was fine. An over-sized book full of fancy gardens. If you like fancy tropical gardens, this is your book.

Last, but not least, The Art Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained. To be honest, I’ve been reading this book for awhile. I just leave it open on the breakfast bar and read a couple of pages while I eat dinner or lunch or whatever. And then I finished off my readathon by reading the rest straight through. It’s a great book and I’m interested in the other books in the series. I’ll probably get some of those in the future. I might even like to own a few.

And that’s a wrap… seven books, mostly non-fiction, 17 hours of reading and a $50 donation to the #readathon charity. No great snacks and I have a messy kitchen and I didn’t take part in a single mini-challenge (except the opening survey), which was weird. I just wasn’t feeling it. BUT, I very much enjoyed my #readathon and am looking forward to the fall event. (I hope it’s not GHC/birthday weekend… gah.)

#Readathon Book Four: The Abyss Surrounds Us

Liz Henry talked about The Abyss Surrounds us a few weeks ago on Facebook and I decided we needed to read it. It was excellent! Totally awesome for #readathon. Trained killer sea creatures, a female pirate captain, a couple of lesbians. Really excellent. And, even better — it ended perfectly. I like that.

It’s getting late, I’m getting tired and since I don’t have a bunch of picture books and early readers this time around, it’s time to move to the world of cookbooks and over-sized coffee table books to carry me through the next couple of hours.

#Readathon Book Three: Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story

I bought Fire!! when I was in DC in February and saved it specially for #readathon. It was very good but it felt … rushed, maybe? I mean it’s hard to tell someone’s life story in the span of one relatively short graphic novel, I get that. But Hurston’s story is so… interesting. I almost felt let down. Almost. It’s still a great graphic novel and I highly recommend it. I just wanted MORE.

#Readathon Book Two: I Hate Everyone, Except You

I had to read I Hate Everyone, Except You because how could I not, with a title like that. Also, Clinton Kelly (WNTW), right?

And, it totally amused me. The first chapter horrified me and amused me, both at the same time. Many of the chapters horrified and amused me. It was awesome. lol

Also, do you think you can you outrun a raccoon?

Good morning and happy #readathon

Hah. I can tell I haven’t done this in awhile, I usually pre-write my answers (or most of them) to the opening survey. LOL. Not this year. I had almost forgotten that there was an opening survey. Gah. I hope to never miss two #readathons in a row, again. Ever.


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
— I’m quite happy to be reading from Keystone Heights, FL and NOT from Chicagoland. Finally.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
— Hard to say. Doodle Revolution? Or Book Jumper? Oh wait. FIRE! (a graphic novel about the life of Zora Neale Hurston.)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
— Well. I’m not sure. We deviated from the norm this year and just bought our snacks at Publix. So, there’s nothing really exotic or unusual happening. That’s going to be something I regret. I guarantee it. Maybe the cream horns. I LOVE CREAM HORNS.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
— I am starting off tired. No idea why, since I slept well. You care about this, right?

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 did not participate in the last readathon but I’ve participated in a lot of them … today…I’m going to be reading outside a bit, particularly in the morning while it’s cool. That will be a big change for me. We’ll see how that goes.

Onward to the books (and the coffee!)

#readathon…. 16 hours and out…

Alrighty, I’m calling it a night.

I finished 2 non-fiction and 1 fiction/short story (the most recent was Herotica 2 and it was fine, not the best but not bad, either) and 7 children’s fiction. I’m 2/3 of the way through an ebook and my eyes are too tired to finish tonight.

Total page count… 1,621. Not bad, all things considered. And, it was a very nice day. I’m looking forward to spring, now.

15 hours in, 7 more books (#readathon)

I finished seven children’s books (from the Cybils shortlist) while listening to the Cubs lose. (wah!) 777 pages…

The best of the bunch was Knock, Knock: MY Dad’s Dream for Me — heartbreaker.

I liked Here Comes the Easter Cat a lot more than I expected to. Totally fun. JMP needs this book.

Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door was super cut.

Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake was pretty cute. I enjoyed it.

I’m a big Violet Mackerel fan so Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend was terrific. I love Violet and her family.

I was most disappointed by The Lion Who Stole My Arm. It was fine but I expected more.

I did not particularly love Lulu’s Mysterious Mission. It was fine. Just not great.

#readathon mid-event survey

1. I’m currently reading No Wind of Blame (on Kindle) and Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake

2. I’ve finished 2 non-fiction and 2 children’s fiction books.

3. I’m most looking forward to Herotica 2.

4. I haven’t had a lot of interruptions but the Cubs game is starting right now so I’ll be listening to it and reading — which will be hard.

5. I’m more tired this #readathon than ever before. I’m not sure that’s a surprise, considering my recent sleeping habits, but it’s definitely a change from previous events. Hopefully, I’ll get a second wind after the game and can really focus and finish a few more books.

Another Book Down #readathon

I finished Art Before Breakfast – 159 pages. I’ve been saving this specifically for #readathon and I’m glad I did. I didn’t love it but it did remind me that I should go back to making time for art. And, it gave me an idea or two about how to do that.

#readathon – 9 hours in

I finally finished a book … 288 page Patrick Macnee biography, Blind In One Ear. It was pretty good though 1/3 of the darn book takes place before he’s 20 years old. That was a little much…

I’ve also finished about 100 pages of an ebook, so that’s not so bad.

And, I took a 20 minute nap.