Dewey's 24 hour readathon!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Hey Everyone! 

It is the start of the readathon and this year we are getting a bingo card! Looks fun...

Will you be participating?

Happy Reading!

Bookish and (Not so) Bookish Thoughts

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hey Everyone,

Happy Thursday. Hope you are all doing well. Thought I would share a bit on here about some things that I enjoying lately on the media front.

Movies/TV Shows
Umbrella Academy -Season 2
Love Guaranteed

Where We Walk 
Inside HQ Podcast 
In the Dark-Interview with Curtis Flowers
Nice White Parents

New Smith & Myers-Vol. 1

Pokémon Go (Always)

What have you been enjoying?

Happy Reading!

Book Date: She Come By It Natural

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Happy Monday! 

Stopping by with a Book Date book for the week :) Here is mine...

Author: Sarah Smarsh
Summary from Amazon: The National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Heartland focuses her laser-sharp insights on a working-class icon and one of the most unifying figures in American culture: Dolly Parton.

Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular vulnerabilities—and strengths—of women in working poverty. Meanwhile, country songs by female artists played in the background, telling powerful stories about life, men, hard times, and surviving. In her family, she writes, “country music was foremost a language among women. It’s how we talked to each other in a place where feelings aren’t discussed.” And no one provided that language better than Dolly Parton.

Smarsh challenged a typically male vision of the rural working class with her first book, Heartland, starring the bold, hard-luck women who raised her. Now, in She Come By It Natural, originally published in a four-part series for The Journal of Roots MusicNo Depression, Smarsh explores the overlooked contributions to social progress by such women—including those averse to the term “feminism”—as exemplified by Dolly Parton’s life and art.

Far beyond the recently resurrected “Jolene” or quintessential “9 to 5,” Parton’s songs for decades have validated women who go unheard: the poor woman, the pregnant teenager, the struggling mother disparaged as “trailer trash.” Parton’s broader career—from singing on the front porch of her family’s cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains to achieving stardom in Nashville and Hollywood, from “girl singer” managed by powerful men to leader of a self-made business and philanthropy empire—offers a springboard to examining the intersections of gender, class, and culture.

Infused with Smarsh’s trademark insight, intelligence, and humanity, She Come By It Natural is a sympathetic tribute to the icon Dolly Parton and—call it whatever you like—the organic feminism she embodies.

Happy Reading!

Reading Recap

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hi Everyone! 

Just stopping by quickly with a couple of mini reviews of books I have been reading lately:

Christmas Shopaholic
This one was a fun read with a cliffhanger at the end! Thanks Sophie for bringing us back together to catch up on the latest here.

Trouble in Paradise
The final in this trilogy from Elin. We needed this! Glad to have had a chance to find out how it would all go.

The Book of Two Ways
Jodi Picoult's new one. I found this one very interesting. If you like Egypt this may be one for you! 

What are you reading? 


Happy Reading!


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Happy Reading!

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

Monday, October 12, 2020

Hi Everyone! 

Stopping by to share the First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. This meme is hosted by @I’d Rather Be at the Beach. 

Here is how it works:
Share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon.

"My calendar is full of dead people. When my phone alarm chimes, I fish it out from the pocket of my cargo pants. I've forgotten, with the time change, to turn off the reminder. I'm still groggy with sleep, but I open the date and read the names: Iris Vale. Eun Ae Kim. Alan Rosenfeldt. Marlon Jensen."

-Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult 

Happy Reading!

Dewey's Readathon Pre-Read Challenges

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Hey Everyone!

The Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon is coming up at the end of the month. They are do a pre-read event and there is a list of challenges! :) Wanna join in?

Read a “long” book (over 500 pages) – For readers under 13, page count over 250 pages. Can be multiple books

Read a “short” book (under 250 pages) – For readers under 13, page count under 100 pages. Can be multiple books

Pick 5 of your favorite genres and enter them in a randomizer. Read a book in that genre

Read a “spooky” book (your own definition of spooky is fine)

Read a book that is 75% one color on the cover.

Read a book that was published in the last 18 months

Read a book that was published more than 100 years ago – For readers under 13 years old, a book published more than 10 years ago.

Read a book set in the Fall or with a cover that looks like it is Fall (leaves changing, etc)Read a book set in the Spring or with a cover that looks like it is Spring (trees blooming, etc)

Read at least 75% of a book when it’s dark outside – For readers under 13, it must be read 75% after dinner, but doesn’t have to be when it’s dark outside.

Read at least 75% of a book outside (please social distance… a park or back patio will do fine)

Read a book with an animal (real or made up) on the cover

Read a book with a main character or author whose first name starts with the same letter as your first name.

Take five books you really want to read and put them in a randomizer and read whichever one is chosen.

Read a book that is set in a location you wish you could visit or live in. This location can be real or imaginary.


Happy Reading!