Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Read-a-thon Begins

Good Morning, Readers!  I'm actually out of bed and set to read 30 minutes ahead of schedule....which probably means I'll fall asleep in the middle of the afternoon.   I'm reading solo, at least for the first eight hours, as Dave had to go to work.  

My reading list today includes:  
  • A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams
  • A Piggly Wiggly Wedding by Robert Dalby
  • Gunn's Golden Rules by Tim Gunn
  • Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop, edited by Otto Penzler
  • The Prostitutes' Ball by Stephen J. Cannell
  • Snow Day by Billy Coffey
My participation in today's read-a-thon is in memory of my best friend, Wanda, who passed away six years ago after a long bout with leukemia.  Wanda loved to read and always carried a book in her massive suitcase of a purse.  Reading racy romances got her through many, many chemo treatments.  She would have adored the read-a-thon with a cup of tea or a glass of blackberry merlot.  So in her honor, I have my favorite coffee cup which was a gift from her - it's all pink and flowery and says "Friends Are Special People" - my breakfast, and a stack of books and I'm retiring to the couch for my first hour of read-a-thon fun.


  1. Sounds like you've got a good plan. Happy reading!

  2. Sounds like you are set for a great reading day. I love the tribute to your good friend. That's a lovely idea. Happy reading today.

  3. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Joseph Addison
    Have a great workout today :)

  4. Just popping in to cheer you on! Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop looks like a great book!

  5. Enjoy your choices! I love that you're doing this with your friend in mind, lovely.

  6. Hope your reading day is as lovely in Nebraska as it is here in Kansas. Have fun :)

  7. (Non)traditional Buddhist readathon blessing:

    Just as the books fill the shelves,
    Pile together on the floor and stack up on the table
    So may the joy of the readathon
    Flow forth to brighten your day and lift your spirit.
    Books already read, books in progress and books yet to be read.

    By the power of every word on the page
    May your book be delightful,
    As scary as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu
    Or as sweet as a box of See’s candy.

    Let the power of the images evoked by words
    Keep you stay awake long through the night
    May no obstacle impede
    Your day filled with books.

    For all of those who are reading today
    Who follow in the path of Dewey
    May your day be filled with the four blessings
    Of fabulous books, tasty snacks, comfy chairs and joy.

  8. Cheers to you!! Be reading, Be Reading, it makes you feel good! Yeah, Book Lovers!

    Hope your progress is fast and furious. Enjoy.
    Official cheerleader for the Readathon.

  9. Don't let the late hour
    Make you dour:
    Just get up and stretch,
    You'll feel the best!

  10. What a lovely tribute to your friend!

    I hope you enjoyed your readathon experience.

  11. Hey sis - catching up on your posts - the readathon sounds really fun - I have some questions - and will have to get with you! I'd like to try this sometime! Heading to pack my bag and get some sleep before the trip to Houston - I have prayed for safe travel and no scam artists please! Leave me alone!

    Love ya - Teri