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. 

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:

Fabulous Friday: 4-Day Weekend

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 on the left to be taken to Michelle’s blog.

What makes this a Fabulous Friday for me

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  1. Today: This post, catching up on a bit of blog reading and commenting, music listening, TV watching.
  2. Tomorrow: Reading, reading, reading, and…more READING!
  3. Sunday: Picnic with family.
  4. Monday: Picnic with friends.

So what makes this a Fabulous Friday for you?

All The Books! All The Life! June 2016

All The Books!

26073078Last book read: City of Jackals, the fifth in the Makana series by Parker Bilal, the pen name of British-Sudanese writer Jamal Mahjoub.

On hold: 

  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl: One of the books I want to read as part of my 47 Things I Want To Do In My 47th Year as is the next book I’ll mention…
  • When Breath Become Air by Paul Kalanithi: Recommended by Melissa Middleman Firman and one I want to include in my eight books before Labor Day, to bring my grand total of books to eight.
  • Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh: Because of the subject, drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, which is happening in the county where I live.

Checked out:

  • Volumes 3 and 4 of Ms. Marvel
  • Dead Man’s Float, a collection of poetry, by the late Jim Harrison
  • Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry

Rereads planned before Labor Day: The Hobbit and Invisible Man (the Ralph Ellison one, not H.G. Wells).

A lot of this are rehashes of previous posts, but I’m hoping to put a dent in my reading this coming weekend as I’ll have a four-day weekend for the Fourth of July. When I started this month, my goal for my birthday month was to reread several books, including those mentioned above, but I read none of them. I guess there is always July!

All The Life!

As for my goals for my birthday life in regards to life (l’chaim), I succeeded at all but one. That one was the 99 Days of Summer Blogging, which I bowed out of earlier this week. On the flip side, the successes were numerous:

  1. 20160625_140808A drinkalong with a groupline online on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) for my birthday on Saturday, June 11, at 9:30 p.m. ET. The movie was Smokey and the Bandit, one of my favorites.
  2. A cookout on my birthday, June 9, with neighbors. My wife made shish-kebobs on the grill.
  3. Went on a luncheon cruise on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in New York, for our neighbors Mike and Kathy’s 25th wedding anniversary. They invited a small group of family and friends, and we were honored to be among that group.
  4. Purchasing (finally) a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones that I hoped would help with my tinnitus and not hearing as much in our neighborhood. I don’t think they’ve helped with the tinnitus, except for masking it as well as most of the noises in the neighborhood, especially the big ones: a nearby factory and neighbors’ dogs.

I also survived our library’s book sale not once, but twice.

As for July, besides the books above and the four-day Fourth of July weekend (and being invited over to the neighbors for a picnic), I don’t think we have much else planned. I guess we’ll just play it by ear. Speaking of ear, I’ll leave you with my favorite album of the month:

So how was your June? Any good books, music, movies, TV to recommend? What’s on tap for your July?