#24in48 Update: 1 & 1/2 in 6 & 1/2

Yesterday and today, I’m participating in the 24in48 Readathon. Yesterday, I finished Charcoal Joe, the 14th Easy Rawlins mystery, by Walter Mosley and then I began a re-read of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I plan on finishing that here later this morning, and after that, we’ll see. So far, I’ve read 6 1/2 hours and while I won’t get 24 hours in 48, if I’m lucky, I might get to 12 hours, and even if I don’t, I’m happy with what I’ve gotten read.

I’ll be honest that I’m not remembering Invisible Man. I think that for some reason, I had it mixed up with Native Son by Richard Wright. That doesn’t mean that I’m not liking it; it’s just not the book I remember.

So far here are my favorite sections…

…first from Charcoal Joe:

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…and then from Invisible Man:

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To be honest, I love the entire prologue, but it’s a bit long to quote in its entirety here.

As you can see in the featured image above (if you’re in a feed reader, you might have to go to the blog to see), I probably could have read more if my wife and I hadn’t started watching Stranger Things on Netflix on Friday night and then we had to finish it last night. If you have Netflix, I encourage you to see it, especially if you are a fan of Stephen King and of the 1980s. It was amazing, and now we can’t wait for Season 2.

Here’s the first eight minutes shared by Netflix on YouTube, if you’re not sure:

Are you participating in the readathon this weekend? If so, how have you done? If not, what are you reading anyway? Either way, anything good worth mentioning? If you’ve seen Stranger Things, what did you think?

Today’s Fabulous Friday brought to you by the number 24

Fabulous-Friday-680x680Each and every Friday, Michelle of the blog That’s What She Read shares what makes that Friday a Fabulous Friday for her and has a Mister Linky where you can share your own post of what makes your own Friday fabulous. Click on the image at right to be taken to this week’s post from Michelle.

What makes this a Fabulous Friday for me

THE NUMBER 24

  1. readathon124in48: I’ve signed up for the 24in48 Readathon starting tomorrow, Saturday, July 23 and running through Sunday, July 24. According to Rachel, the founder of the readathon, the basic gist is reading for 24 hours out of 48 hours, split up however you like. I still haven’t decided yet how I’ll split the time up, just that I plan on reading at least two books: Charcoal Joe, the 14th Easy Rawlins, by Walter Mosley, and Kill Switch, the eighth Joe Ledger, by Jonathan Maberry.  I’ll be sharing my progress during the readathon on my Instagram account.
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    Jeff Gordon at the 2015 Toyota/Save Mart at Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California.
    Sarah Stierch (CC BY 4.0)

    24in88: Jeff Gordon, who used to drive the No. 24 in NASCAR, will be back on the track in the No. 88 car starting this Sunday as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is sitting out the next two races at Indianapolis and Pocono because of concussion-like symptoms. As Gordon was my favorite driver over the last umpteen years, I’m glad to see him back, even though I hope Junior will be able to get back into his car before the end of the year. I wouldn’t like to see Jeff return for longer than two races because I know when he retired, he had a bad back and I’m sure getting back (no pun intended) in the car for more than two races won’t help that.

So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?

Oh, just noticed that Jeff’s return race will be on the 24th. Apropos, of course.

Signing up and signing off

Signing up

readathon1I’m signing up for the 24in48 Readathon this coming weekend Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 (actually I already have). According to Rachel, the founder of the readathon, the basic gist is this:

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.

I haven’t decided yet how I’ll split the time up, just that I am glad that it’s not 24 hours straight. I did Dewey’s once (and might again), but I’d rather be more laid-back…or at least somewhat laid-back.

I have a few books in mind, including Charcoal Joe, the 14th Easy Rawlins, by Walter Mosley, and Kill Switch, the eighth Joe Ledger, by Jonathan Maberry. Other than those two, we’ll see where the spirit takes me.

I’ll be sharing my progress during the readathon on my Instagram account, but I won’t be on other social media platforms, which leads me to…

Signing off

Twitter breakI’m signing off most social media, especially Twitter, for the next couple of weeks as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are occurring. Why Twitter specifically? One word: Moments. I can/but can’t/won’t look away from them, especially on my phone, and I really, really need to – for my own sanity. Plus this weekend, I want to read (see above).

Facebook? I’ll be there but only on Messenger with my sister and my wife and then on “regular” Facebook on The Sunday Salon group on Sunday. Otherwise, you won’t see me there either. To be honest, though, I don’t follow anybody there that offends me politically (otherwise, sometimes people do, but politically, I don’t follow those whose opinions are far removed from mine). The most divisive thing on Twitter lately on my wall was slightly overcooked steak (no, really).

So how about you? Are you in for 24in48? If not, consider joining in this weekend. 

Fabulous Friday: Off again today

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Each and every Friday, Michelle of the blog That’s What She Read shares what makes that Friday a Fabulous Friday for her and has a Mister Linky where you can share your own post of what makes your own Friday fabulous. Click on the image above to be taken to this week’s post from Michelle.

What makes this a Fabulous Friday for me

  1. I’m off today. I work one Saturday a month at the library and have the Friday off before that Saturday. This Saturday is the one I work this month.  So today’s plans? Reading, wings, Solitaire, listening to new music, binge-watching something on Netflix, and not necessarily in that order.
  2. I don’t often speak about work here on the blog, but I’ve been working on a long overdue (no pun intended) project there and it’s feeling good to get something accomplished.
  3. Reading: As I mentioned on Sunday, I’ve been keeping it short with my reading, and that didn’t change earlier this week as I read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a short memoir. I read it, mainly on the recommendation of Melissa Firman and she was right. As with her, it probably will be my favorite book read this year.

Speaking of Melissa, I’ll leave you with the piece she did for this year’s Listen to Your Mother in Pittsburgh. I only know Melissa online and it was great to hear her voice and her story. I hope you enjoy it and give a listen to the others in the playlist (I’m going to give a listen this afternoon to them as well).

In her comment below, Melissa recommends watching the presentations in the order they appeared. Hers was fifth in the playlist.

So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?

Still keeping my reading short

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about keeping it short with my reading. I’m still doing that as last week I finished:

  1. 51YlflLiN4L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Dead Man’s Float, a collection of poetry, by the late Jim Harrison.
  2. The Introvert’s Guide to Drinking Alone by Tasha Brandstatter.
  3. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyagawa, and Marguerite Sauvage.
  4. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson, Dan Slott, Adrian Alphona, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Kris Anka.

All were under 160 pages, one not even 100 and one not far over 100. And all were really good, each in its own way. The highlight was Tasha’s book not only because I’m friends online with her but also because it is a good book about drinking…alone or otherwise.

Then this past week, I finished a reread of The Hobbit, under 300 pages. I enjoyed it very much and later this year, I intend to reread The Lord of the Rings.

27068670I have a few books on hold, including Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, at The Free Library of Philadelphia and I have two checked out from our library: Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters and Charcoal Joe, the 14th in the Easy Rawlins series, by Walter Mosley. Out of the two, I’m more likely to get to the latest Easy Rawlins because I like the character so much even though I wasn’t in love with the last few entries in the series and I thought Mosley might be retiring the detective.

What are you reading lately or planning on reading? What do you recommend?

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the “events” (to put it extremely mildly) of this past week and so will leave you with this: