Doing Dewey’s 2015 #readathon


Today, I’m participating in the infamous Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!  I plan to return to this post throughout the next 24-hours and make updates (as I feel like it), and also to update it at the end of the 24-hours.

I’ll give a note on my progress, take a look at how many total pages I read, where I stand in each my books, etc.  Very exciting!

Here’s our kick-off prompt and my responses:

Mini-Challenge 1: Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Chicago, Illinois, USA!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Almonds and cheese!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a college English instructor, nearing the completion of my PhD studies (and haven’t been able to participate in many events such as this in the last couple of years!)

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? The last read-a-thon I participated in was for the Classics Club, and I think it went pretty well. I think my only difference will be spending less time on social media and more time actually reading. ;)

Mini Challenge 2: Classic Words of Wisdom

“Don’t every tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

This is, of course, a famous line from J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I used to take this line, in all its cynical fashion, to heart when I was younger. I really thought that getting close to people couldn’t end great. Now, I have a new appreciation for the words. Instead of taking them at face value, and applying them broadly, I use these lines as a reminder to be selective with my time and friendships. In college, I wanted to know everybody and be there for everybody and, of course, have everybody like me. Now, I truly appreciate the few good friends that I have, and I feel my bond with them is strongest because we do know each other very well and can be there for each other in ways that past me, with mounds of friends, couldn’t really ever do. I also do take the cautious note – not everyone needs to know everything about your life! Share smartly. :)

Mini Challenge: Picture It

I’m currently about half-way into Half Wild by Sally Green. The story is about a young witch who is a “Half Code,” or half black witch, half white witch. He’s wrapped up in a journey to save the girl he loves, come to terms with his villainous father (whom everyone thinks/hopes he will kill), and maintain a trusting friendship with his best friend Gabriel, whose feelings for him happen to be more than just friendly.

This image by Martin Kohn, from his “Wizards of the Wild” series, really captures the power, mood, darkness and hope that my main character is dealing with now, as he learns to deal with and control his own talents.

Update 2: 12:12pm local time

We’re 6 hours in and I’ve made little progress – had to run some errands and do some cleaning around the house (isn’t that always the case). But I am enjoying my book & checking in on Twitter with other folks. I’ve been trying to participate in some of the challenges and such, too.

Update 1: 9:30am local time (Central US). 

I’m reading Half Wild by Sally Green – sequel to Half Bad. It’s a good YA fantasy series. 170 pages in!  I’m being distracted by the marathon that is happening literally right outside my window. Bah!

Book 1: Half Wild by Sally Green

Starting Page: 30 of 400

Ending Page:

Total Pages Read:

Checkpoint 4!: #TBR2015RBR


Welcome to the April Check-in for our 2015 TBR Pile Challenge! We’re 25% of the way done! 

Question of the Month: “April showers bring May flowers;” or, in other words, it’s Spring! At least, it is in this part of the world. Do you have any specific Spring reading plans? (Or, if you’re on the other side of the world, anything planned for autumn reading?)

My Progress: 4 of 12 Completed 

So far, I’ve read and reviewed 4 of my 12 books, which puts me exactly on pace. I’ve also started my 5th, John Rechy’s City of Night, but I probably won’t finish it for a few weeks. My completed books:

How are you doing?

If you read and review any challenge books this month, please link-up on the widget below. This Mr. Linky will be open until April 30, so any books that you complete this month (and post thoughts for), can be linked-up in this first checkpoint. 

Giveaway: There’s no giveaway this month, but I do have a giveaway for Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl happening this month. Another giveaway will go live on May 1st!

Keep up the great work and best of luck to you as we head rapidly toward May!

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March 2015: Month in Review

downloadHappy April! Happy Spring!

Things have finally started to warm up here in my little part of the world. The month of March was a weird mix of truly spring weather, often followed by bullyish days of “winter’s not over!” We had a week, there, when every day was 60-70 degrees and sunny. And, of course, immediately after that week – we dipped back into the 20s and got about 5 inches of snow! Ah, the Midwest. Love to hate it, or hate to love it?

This has been an interesting month, with a couple interesting postings here at RBR as well as a number of fun articles published at’s Classic Lit page. I’ve also been wrapped-up in my “Real Life.” I was sick with a bad cold/respiratory infection for a couple of weeks – I’m mostly recovered, now, but the cough still lingers. I made it through a conference presentation (somehow) last weekend, and despite being barely able to breathe/speak, it was quite a bit of fun and I received great feedback on my work. I’ve another conference coming-up in less than two weeks & hope to be in full good health for it!  I’m also working hard at finishing this semester of coursework (my last) and preparing my dissertation proposal, which I hope to defend soon. Busy and stressful times!

So, as we head into April, we’ve now finished three months of #TBR2015RBR and have presented the first three books in Roof Beam Reader’s Year of Giveaways, Here are some more of the month’s highlights:

Book Reviews & Guides




Roof Beam Reader Updates:

So, that’s my month. Now, what have YOU been up to lately?

The Year of Giveaways: April!

Hello, Readers!

In 2014, I was fortunate to have received dozens and dozens of books, from publishers, friends, authors, and contests. Among all of these acquisitions, however, were a number of duplicates.

So, in 2015, I’ve decided to feature one of these duplicate books each month, and offer that book as a giveaway to one of you! Yes, it’s The Year of Giveaways!

This month, the spotlight is on: Green Girl (ARC) by Kate Zambreno

18505840Description: Ruth is a young American in London, trying desperately to navigate a world in which she attracts the unwanted gaze of others while grappling with the uncertainty of her own self-regard. Haunted equally by self-doubt and by a morbid fascination with the beautiful, cruel, and empty people around her, Ruth darts quietly through the rainy sidewalks of her present trying to escape her future.

With the fierce emotional power of such classics as The Bell Jar, Bonjour Tristesse, and Chocolates for Breakfast, Green Girl is a provocative, sharply etched portrait of a young woman navigating the spectrum between anomie and epiphany.

If you would like to win a copy of this excellent book, here’s what you need to do:


  • Must be an e-mail or WordPress subscriber.
  • –Must be 13+ with parental permission if under 18.
  • –Winners must respond to e-mail within 48-hours or new winner selected.
  • –Winners chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.
  • -Giveaway ends at 11pm Central Time (USA) on the last day of the month.

Enter by Completing This Rafflecopter Form

Checkpoint 3: #TBR2015RBR


Welcome to the March Check-in for our 2015 TBR Pile Challenge!

I want to congratulate the winner of last month’s giveaway, Sarah of “Seriously, Sarah?” She has won a book of her choice from The Book Depository!

Question of the Month: March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day – in that vein, do you have a favorite Irish author or favorite book set in Ireland? 

My Progress: 4 of 12 Completed 

So far, I’ve read 4 of my 12 required books. I haven’t made any reading progress this month, but I did get my fourth review written & posted, so I’m all caught up and technically one month ahead of schedule! My reads:

How are you doing?

If you read and review any challenge books this month, please link-up on the widget below. This Mr. Linky will be open until March 31, so any books that you complete this month (and post thoughts for), can be linked-up in this first checkpoint. 

Giveaway: There’s no giveaway this month because I have two others happening at the moment, so do check them out! You could win either 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith and/or The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith!

Keep up the great work and best of luck to you as we head rapidly toward March!


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