Readathon book list results in dog fight
Around here, any time I have to come up with a readathon book list or any other book list bedlam occurs. You see, I have seven dogs and each one thinks he’s more literate than all the others. This is a particular problem with Charlie the Pug and Riley the Cocker Spaniel rock hound. You should have been around when I was putting together this year’s reading list.
An aside: As if knowing about Marley will somehow keep Charlie out of the dog house. He’s such a little instigator. (Read about Charlie the Pug here and Riley the Cocker Spaniel here. ) Anyway, you get my drift.
Waving Hello from Texas!
I hail from the Great State of Texas — H-Town or Houston to be exact. I’ve participated in Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-Thon a few times before but always at the last minute. This year I had time to think, plan, and even write several posts. I feel a little more in control. I even did a readathon grocery list and snack menu. When it comes to food, I’m salivating for the bruschetta. As for books, I’m pretty eager to read all the books on my list, but I guess Tim Moore’s travel book teases me with its potential for humor.
Dealing with death, loss, and writing
I’m in a bit of a funny patch right now. I’m coming out of 10+ years as the primary caregiver for both my parents who were in their 90s. My dad died in 2008 and I lost my mom barely two months ago in August. (She died on her 70th wedding anniversary at the age of 98.) I wrote about my mom’s death and its impact on me and my writing. This readathon is one way for me to try and break out of the isolation and get my head back into books and writing.
Living with dogs and blogging
On a lighter note I’ve started a blog about dogs and one that will be drawing from my years as Texas travel writer called Houston Angle. You can meet Charlie, Riley and the rest of the canine crew over at A Life with Dogs. Of course, my main blogging happens here at my 13-year-old blog Down the Writer’s Path. The talk is all about books, writing, and publishing. Now, back to the matter at hand.
Start-up readathon book list for Dewey’s Read-a-Thon
Today’s the day. I’ve pared and whittled my readathon book list down to a reasonable size and am ready to go. The first group has a few titles from The Classics Club list and a couple of works from my Short Works Challenge list.
While it could be iffy, I’ve also included an audio book. Anytime I try to listen to a book, I’m constantly having to hit rewind because my right brain has taken off and left the voice far behind. Maybe I’ll have better luck today. So here’s my initial readathon book list. Wish me luck, say hello, and share your thoughts below.
For the final wrap-up, visit my Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon reading log.
Books done the old-fashioned way
The Tell-Tale Heartby Edgar Allan Poe – Short story from Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination collection. (Completed 10/12/13!) Moby Dickby Herman Mellville – Pick up at the end where I left off from the Moby Dick Big Read earlier this year and finish the book. Listed in my Classics Club list. (Completed 10/12/13!) The Man Without a Countryby Edward Everett Hale – Another classics club selection: A short novel that I read as a teenager and have been eager to read again. (Completed 10/12/13!)
- She Loves Me Not by Ron Hansen – Short story collection by a writer I’ve heard a lot about but haven’t read before. I also have this on my Short Works Challenge list. (Reading now)
- My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell – I’ve been eyeing for way too long. Good read for Sunday.
- Runaway by Alice Munro – Short story collection from my Short Works Challenge list and because, well, she won the Nobel prize. Need to check her out. I’m long overdue.
- Travels with my donkey: One Man and His Ass on a Pilgrimage to Santiago by Tim Moore – It will be a fun read. I’m also reading it because I read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes written several hundred years ago and that was the book Tim Moore used as his inspiration.
- My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientists’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D (audio)– Another one languishing on the shelf for years.
Books from the digital age (Kindle)
Survival Lessonsby Alice Hoffman – A short memoir about what she’s learned from loss and cancer and released in the last few months. (Completed 10/13/13)
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – A fast-paced historical adventure story that is 1300+ pages. I’m reading it as part of The Count of Monte Cristo Read-Along during October/November. I’ll probably read 2-4 chapters. This is also on my Classics Club book list.