#Readathon: Mini-Reviews and Plans


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (audio) — I’ve read this book several times and truly enjoyed this audio version. It was chilling. I’ll be reviewing this book in more detail later this week.

Dark Horse Book of Hauntings – This is a compilation of haunting stories told in comic book style. It includes a standalone Mike Mignola Hellboy story. Each of the eight stories were tremendously creepy and beautifully executed.

The New Ghost by Robert Hunter – I loved this illustrations in this short graphic novel. A new ghost is nervous on the job and gets help from an unexpected friend.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – I adored this collection. The illustrations are stunning and the stories are evocative of Angela Carter. Thumbs way up!

In progress:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- I started this one and didn’t get to read as much as I wanted. I gulped down the first 100 pages; I can tell I’m really going to like it!

Five Victorian Ghost Novels – I’ve only read the first novella, “The Uninhabited House” by Mrs. J.H. Riddell. It was creepy, but ends with a Scooby-Doo twist!

Next Read-a-thon:
The next read-a-thon will be on April 23rd. I’m going to try to do things a bit differently and change my schedule to fit in more reading. I tend to co-host around hour 5, so I usually spend my morning cheering, read a bit, co-host, mini-challenge and then pickup reading when the kids go to bed.

Instead I’m going to work on knocking out 5 solid hours of reading in the morning with a sprinkle of mini-challenge participating, co-host, and then cheer up until the mid-way survey. After the mid-way survey more reading and then mini-challenge hosting towards the end of the event (I already have my challenge planned and it will work best at the end). I love the social media aspect of read-a-thon, but I need to maximize my reading time too!

#Readathon: Hour 24 and Closing Survey


Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 16; I had to finally throw in the towel and go to bed
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods was a quick, beautiful, haunting and engaging read.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope. Andi and Heather have it down to a science.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Twitter and Instagram are where its at.
How many books did you read? I finished 4 and have 2 in progress (Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Five Victorian Ghost Stories). 539 pages completed.
What were the names of the books you read? I finished an audio or Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle and three graphic novels (The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, and Rob Hunter’s The New Ghost)
Which book did you enjoy most? I’m really digging the Ransom Riggs book, but Emily Carroll’s was pretty awesome as well (shades of Angela Carter)
Which did you enjoy least? Truly I enjoyed everything I read.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I have a system down for my Instagram cheering. I hit everyone who signed up at least once. Then I use #readathon and cheer for the people in my feed. I fine that often there are folks who didn’t sign-up for readathon or decided to join in at the last minute who love the cheering and it encourages other people to join in. If you signed up to get cheered for on Instagram and you aren’t readathoning on instagram then tough titties. He who participates reaps the rewards!
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will totally be participating next year! Cheering and co-hosting as well. I may not do a mini-challenge as they seem to piss random people off or I may do a mini-challenge that forces someone to be nice. Like, if you find anyway to bitch about this you are most likely a despicable person.

Mini-Challenge: Pumpkin Spice or Naw


I’ll admit it; I love pumpkin spice. Not everything pumpkin spice; I’m cool with skipping on the gum, convenience food, and sausage, but give me pumpkin spice in a latte or home-baked treat and I’m a happy camper. I won’t wax poetic on the joys of pumpkin spice as I’ve blogged it before, but let me say that I am secure in my pumpkin spice adoration. Haters gonna hate, pumpkin spice lovers are going to autumn-it-up like some mofos.

If you don’t like pumpkin spice that’s cool too, maybe you’re a gingerbread or apple cider lover? Or you like something else? I’d be interested in knowing how many readathoners are #TeamPumpkinSpice and how many of you are #PumpkinSpiceHaters.

Let’s have a contest. Take a selfie with smiles and a thumbs up for team Pumpkin Spice or with a frown and thumbs down for Pumpkin Spice haters. Leave me a link to your blog post/Instagram/Tweet/Tumble in the comments (keep in mind your privacy settings will need to allow me to see said post).

thumbsupYes! Pumpkin Spice!

thumbsdownNo Pumpkin Spice!

I will draw one winner from the winning team. In other words, if readathoners overwhelmingly love pumpkin spice then one of you lovers will get the prize. If pumpkin spice is vanquished, then the pumpkin spice haters will have a winner.

The winner will win a $15 Starbucks Gift Card; spend it on a pumpkin spice latte or naw.

I’ll announce a winner by midnight, EST.

#Readathon: Hour 5 Update


Update time! Don’t forget you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and GoodReads!

Pages Read: 112 pages and 35 minutes of audio

What I’ve read: “The Uninhabited House” by Mrs. J.H. Riddell and I’m listening to We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Currently Reading: Dipping into Five Victorian Ghost Novels

Books Finished: —-

What’s Up Next: Ransom Riggs and more audiobooks!

Snacks Eaten: Chicken biscuit for breakfast (quiche wasn’t done before I left to hide at the library), coffee, water, York Peppermint patty, pumpkin tortilla chips with spinach artichoke dip.

Mini-challenges completed? 2 (Opening Meme, Readathon Kids)

Miscellaneous info and oddities: Time to cheer for a bit and then I’m getting ready to co-host for a few hours, find me over at!

Readathon: Opening Meme!


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?  Georgia!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Jo Walton’s Among Others
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Spinach dip and tortilla chips
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!  I’m married to a literal saint. I am readathoning all day and he is taking the kids to a birthday party at one of those loud, obnoxious birthday party places.
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 have it down to a formula now: HAVE FUN. Read when I want to and stop when I’m done. FREE RANGE READING, Y’ALL!

Snapshot Saturday (On a Sunday)

snapshotsaturdaysnapshot_monstersThis weekend was rad. Giant book sale, but showed great restraint and only bought $7 worth of books. Out with my good friend Catherine for thrifting, Ikea dinner, Of Monsters and Men, and coffee. Atticus played Readathon this weekend. He piled his books in the tent and then handed them to me with a cup of coffee.

On to a new week!

Goodbye, September and Hello, October

looking to October

Goodbye, September!

Highlights: This has been such a full month. The university was busy with students starting projects and papers. I love the library best when it is like this, busy… but busy in a fulfilling way.

I had so many events this month. The Decatur book festival and chance to hangout with Shannon and meet the ever-dapper Thomas in person, a date day with Sam in celebration of his birthday, Purity Ring concert with my friend Natasha, the first official meeting of the Young Democrats, lunches with friends and nights with knitters, and this past weekend a wonderful Welcome Autumn dinner with some good friends. At times I’ve felt so busy that I can hardly catch my breath, but it is a good busy. Yes, I am an introvert and I have been craving some peaceful time to write letters and read, but all of my busy days were filled with people close to my heart. You can’t get much better than that.

It wasn’t all hustle and bustle and excitement. Sam and I have been having regular dates on Friday and Saturday nights; these dates involve ice cream and watching an episode or two of Twin Peaks. I’ve taken to hiding on my lunch breaks to read. We’ve had loads of one-on-one time with the kids at the park or just watching them play at home. On the whole it has been really nice.

What I read: Well this is embarrassing. I only read one book in September. ONE BOOK. Of course that book was East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It was a chunkster and I had to take a break of about a week after reading it because no other book could quite live up to it. I am now five book behind in my GoodReads Challenge. Perhaps #15in31 and Readathon will help with that this month.

What I made: I spent a little more time in the kitchen this month, although not as much as I wanted. The first pumpkin spice baked good was made and consumed and I brought along some pumpkin baked beans to a dinner. I finished one baby blanket and I’m still working on my letter dishcloths.

Family Updates: Sam is busy with teaching and taking classes and tomorrow he takes the first two of his teacher exams. Hope has a new boyfriend and he is very nice. We had the dress code fallout that cost me a blog reader (cry me a bucket). After a dismissive email from the principal I wrote a letter to the superintendent. Still haven’t heard back. Atticus had only one minor blip, he told me didn’t want to do ballet after school. He wants to do ballet, but he said after school he wants to “put on jammies and play.” Oh my little introvert needs a recharge! We’ve moved him to an earlier afternoon class that he will start this week. His current hobbies include building forts and constructing elaborate fights between dragons, super heroes, and monsters. Persy Jane is suddenly busting out with complex sentences and a stubborn little will that is frustrating, amusing, and empowering all at once.

Hello, October!

Anticipating: I hadn’t anticipated that we would be starting the month out with a projectile vomiting toddler; we’re on day three and let’s hope it isn’t a nine-day stomach bug like last time.

I am anticipating quite a few things this month. First of all my work schedule changed. I’m back working every weekend, but on Sundays. I have the morning with the family and then go in later. This means that I have Fridays off to run errands (or read!) while the kids are in school. Also, Atticus won’t have to do afterschool which will save money and preserve family time. Oh yes, and there is a blissful regularity to my days.

October will also hold some fun events: a giant charity book sale, a day with my friend Catherine that includes seeing Of Monsters and Men, a date with Sam to watch the first Democratic debate with other liberals, a few days off for fall break, watching Crimson Peak with my friend Melissa, Readathon, an Art in the Park Bernie Sanders event, Atticus’s birthday, and Halloween. I’m also declaring October, Frocktober and plan to wear dresses as much as possible. Oh yes, and reading. Loads of reading plans.

My October TBR is ambitious (as usual), but I like to dream big:

  • In progress: The Quick by Lauren Owen, The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Tales by HP Lovecraft, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (audio).
  • Virago Project: Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
  • From my stacks: The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
  • More audio: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  • YA Series: Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City
  • Classic: The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
  • Contemporary: Among Others by Jo Walton
  • Graphic Novels: The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde / Dark Horse Book of Hauntings / Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • On my Kindle: This House is Haunted by John Boyne
  • Non-Fiction: Will Storr Vs. the Supernatural by Will Storr
  • A Re-read: The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield

Upcoming projects: Planning Atticus’s birthday party. We are going to do something different this year, but I’m saving that for another post. Halloween costumes. I really want to dress the kids as special agent Dale Cooper and the Log Lady from Twin Peaks, but they want to be Batman and a princess. Sigh. Also, I want to get from F to R on my alphabet washcloths. I have other things to knit and these are really so easy. I need to just do it.

Okay, October… I’m ready for you!