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#24in48 Readathon: 20 Minutes to Start...

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I'm absurdly excited for this year's 24in48 Readathon -- I've got a big ole stack of books prepped, some audiobooks in the queue (Welcome to Lagos as well as another non-fiction book about the Civil War as background research for my novel), plus a knitting project I'm dying to start. Iced coffee, dark chocolate, and three sleepy cats. I'm determined to clock in 24 hours this year, too.

Are you participating? What are you planning on reading if so?

July 2018 #24in48 Readathon Commitment Post!

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I love readathons and I occasionally sign up and I almost never, EVER, never hit any goals (other than, like, an hour of reading and two or three hours of cheering). But much like NaNoWriMo, I can't stop trying.

So here I am, once again, signing up for the #24in48 Readathon! It's a simple premise -- try to read for 24 hours in a 48 hour period. For this month, it'll be July 21-22, and even though I've got a busy Sunday, I'm still going to try. Who knows, maybe I'll make 12 hours of reading happen!

Will you be participating? If so, share a link where I can check in on you and cheer you along! I'll most likely be updating on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy (@unabridgedchick).

Book Review: Basic Black with Pearls by Helen Weinzweig

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First line: Night comes as a surprise in the tropics.

It took me less than a month, but more than two weeks, to read this brief novel; it's incredibly interior-oriented, which isn't a bad thing, but it didn't allow for lazy, quick reading. Our narrator, Shirley, is clever, and you can't be sloppy to keep up with her.

The feel of this novel is Erica Jong meets Kate Chopin. Shirley is a smart, passionate 40-something housewife who travels the world meeting her spy lover.

But their latest tryst takes her back to Toronto, where she grew up and still lives, and as we watch Shirley attempt to untangle the clues that will connect her with her lover, we start to wonder just how much of this might be real.

And yet, that's not precisely the point of this novel. In her pursuit of her lover, we're exposed to Shirley's entire life -- her childhood, her marriage, her anxieties and hopes -- and a complicated-but-familiar portrait emerges. By the end, I found myself wantin…

Weekend reads, or what I'm not reading...

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Here's the stack of books I'm presently not reading.

Serious book rut.

Not helped by the 100 degree weather here which makes focusing on anything but ice impossible.

How's your summer going? Reading anything good?