Readathon Prep: A To-Do List

Go to the eye doctor (happening this afternoon). I cannot see crap. Obviously this hinders read-a-thoning. Fingers crossed I can get my glasses quickly.

eye doctorMake sure to locate my phone charger and put them in the bag the night before so I can Tweet, Instagram, and blow-up the blog with reading updates. A dead phone will only lead to nerd rage.


Round up my TBR with back-ups. That means actually getting the items together and not just making a list. There will be no time for book-gathering on Saturday.

therealtbrMake sure coffee is available.


LOTSOFCOFFEEand I need to make sure I have plenty of water so my kidneys don’t croak


chipsPlenty of sleep the night before is a must,

sleepbecause there won’t be much sleep while I’m read-a-thoning.

nosleepI’m excited. Really, really excited:


Readerly Rambles: Two Books

readerly ramblesTo Let is the last installment of John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga detailing the drama-filled life of the wealthy Forsyte family. Galsworthy would go on to write two more three-book episodes concerning this changing family through the generations. To Let is the story of Soame’s daughter, Fleur, and Irene’s son, Jon, falling in love and the stress it brings on those two hurting families. It is also about the trouble that arises when one keeps family secrets from the young and doesn’t encourage open communication.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler is narrated by struggling college student, Rosemary Cooke. Rosemary’s brother left home as a teenager and her sister, Fern, has been missing since she was Rosemary was five years-old. It is very difficult to write about this book without spoilers, but I can tell you that this book is also about the trouble that arises when one keeps family secrets from the young and doesn’t encourage open communication.

Yes. Wildly different plots and characters, but — oddly — similar Truths in these novels I adored them both, but I absolutely wept during the Fowler book. SO GOOD.

~~~ Stats ~~~

To Let by John Galsworthy

Started: 7 April 2015

Finished: 13 April 2015

Pages: 230


Owned/Borrowed/Library: owned

Stars: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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We Are All Simply Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Started: 14 April 2015

Finished: 19 April 2015

Pages: 310


Owned/Borrowed/Library: library

Stars: 5 out of 5 stars


Since I’ve Been Gone…

Well lookie there, I disappeared for a week. I had planned to write something each and every day last week and just didn’t feel the call to blog. So it goes….

My week was very full with making appointments, filing state taxes, stressing over bills, and being a mommy, wife, and employee. This isn’t to say that I didn’t have time to myself. Nope, I had pockets of time alone or when the kids were sleeping. I could have blogged, but instead I decided to selfishly keep that time to myself. As a result I’m nearly done with a terrific book, I’m making fair progress with a knitted project for the DIY/Swap, I’ve worked on some creative writing, and I’ve spent loads of time prepping and anticipating next week’s Read-a-thon.

If I get my shit together this is what I have planned for Fig and Thistle next week:

  • Another peek into my journal with a Sunday Scribbles
  • A review of two books about families keeping secrets from young people
  • A top ten list of Read-a-thon essentials (also expect a warm-up post on the official Dewey’s 24-Read-a-thon blog)
  • A glimpse at my current projects and my progress on the DIY/Local Swap
  • A post about how having a teen daughter has made me view myself in a radically different and healthy way
  • An introduction to my goal for my 35th year. It involves body-image, self-care, bras, make-up, tweezers, and the color black. Hopefully I will find an actual “thesis” statement before writing an actual post.
  • Read-a-thon. A whole helluva lot of reading.

Any of those posts sound good to you all? Which are you most excited marginally interested in? Lemme know in the comments!

Snapshot Saturday: 11 April 2015



The only picture without my husband’s large feet and pajama-ed leg.

snap4We decorated Easter Eggs! We didn’t do laundry, as evidenced by that pile in the picture.

snap5Sam and I had a date night. We ate Thai food and hung out at a Starbucks. We were very meta and read a book about coffee in a coffeeshop while drinking coffee.

snap6My next hair adventure. Next month this is happening.

snap1Sam presented at the university’s research symposium. He was all gussied up.

snap2Hope was at her grandparents’ house most of the week. All of us were super happy to have her back at the end of the week.

Other noteworthy events: Old van died and I bought a new van. Pictures soon, promise.

Mr. Fortune’s Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner

viragomoderns_fleur_finalTimothy Fortune is called to the ministry. He leaves behind his profession in banking and embarks on the noble task of saving souls. His quiet ministry doesn’t quench his thirst for preaching and he embarks on a mission to the volcanic island of Fauna. The people of Fauna are welcoming and foreign to Mr. Fortune. Our kind, but flawed, missionary is not successful in his mission and only converts one person, a young man named Lueli. After a devastating volcanic eruption, Mr. Fortune must wrestle with his belief in God, his relation to the islanders, and his patronizing treatment of Lueli.

I loved this slim book. I think what I enjoyed most is that Mr Fortune is not villainous. He is type of person who usually wants to do good, but goes about it in a flawed way. Once he is able to view the islanders as people rather than Other, his philosophy of life is radically changed.

Sylvia Townsend Warner’s preface to the book is amazing. She talks about waking up from a dream and furiously writing a large portion of the book. Warner also discusses being inspired from a book of letters from an island missionary and she attests that the lush descriptions of the island inspired her immensely.

This slim book will be one that I revisit on occasion as I feel like I will learn something new each time I read it.

~~~ Stats ~~~

Started: 31 March 2015

Finished: 06 April 2015

Pages: 227

Challenges: Virago Project / TBR Challenge / Back to the Classics – Classic by a woman

Owned/Borrowed/Library: owned

Stars: 4.5 out of 5 stars