Dewey Redux

April 24, 2015

Logo for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

Here we go again! I’m participating in the Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon. You can check out my participation last year HERE.

Just like last time, I’ll be updating this post throughout the 24 hours. I’ll have a separate post up for any mini-challenges I’ve completed.

Want to compare what’s on my TBR list with what I’m actually reading? I have a Goodreads shelf just for this Readathon. I have 24 books listed ON MY SHELF, and no, that wasn’t deliberate. There are some novellas on there, and some shorter category books I’ve been meaning to get to, along with at least one advance copy of a book. Maybe more.

So wish me luck! The Readathon will begin at 5 a.m. my time (Los Angeles), and if you want to cheer me and all the others on, you can find us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Readathon.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Reading Machine


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Santa, dear, I’m in a hurry

December 8, 2014

Haul out the holly
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now

I think this year We Need a Little Christmas is going to be my holiday fight song. I’m looking forward to Christmas this year, especially getting to spend it with a dear friend, but it’s still a little hard for me. It also doesn’t help that Thanksgiving day it was 90 degrees. So I’m feeling at turns really excited and…really…meh. It would be easier if I could pick an emotion and stick with it.

For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet

Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry
But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry

I have fantastic friends who bring all sorts of happiness and laughter and support into my life. My dad and I are making more of an effort to see each other face to face instead of texting all the time (Yes, Dad texts. I know, right?!). My mom’s best friends from college have all adopted me into their group (I’m Nancy 2.0)  and are wonderful amazing women who have known me literally my entire life and love me anyway.

So climb down the chimney
Put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen
Slice up the fruitcake
It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough

I still miss mom every day, and I can’t really see that changing any time soon, but that’s okay. This past year I’ve started dealing with my feelings towards some family drama that has gone on since she died. And I’ll be honest. It hurts. A LOT, but I’ve made a few decisions about what I need to do and how I need to deal with it, and while I’m sad, I feel…lighter…after making those decisions.

For I’ve grown a little leaner, grown a little colder
Grown a little sadder, grown a little older
And I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder
I need a little Christmas now

I don’t say any of this for sympathy. I’m not looking for any nor do I want it, but I have no decorations up for Christmas for reasons, (I’ll fill you all in on why later). It doesn’t feel like Christmas here at Chez Guppy. And while I certainly haven’t grown any leaner, I’m pretty sure colder, sadder, and older are definitely checked off on my list this year. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either. To do what I needed to do for my own peace of mind and happiness I HAVE had to be a bit cold. So I think I need a little Christmas. Damn it.

Haul out the holly
Well, once I taught you all to live each living day
Fill up the stocking
But Auntie Mame, it’s one week past Thanksgiving Day now

I’m honestly in a good place overall. I’m starting to do some proofreading work and will hopefully eventually get into copy editing and proofreading full time. Honestly, work should not be this much fun. It’s stressful, because I want to do a good job, and meet the deadlines, not to mention I worry I miss stuff, but seriously? I LOVE it, and I think I’m good at it. I hope I’m good at it. 

So climb down the chimney
It’s been a long time since I felt good, neighborly
Slice up the fruitcake
It’s time we hung some tinsel on that mayberry bough

Everything’s pretty much great, but I have moments of sadness, too, and am not QUITE getting into the spirit of Christmas yet. So I’m gonna do what everyone does. Fake it till I make it. In the meantime….

We need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet

And we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
We need a little Christmas now

We need a little Christmas now
We need a little Christmas now

Lynda the Guppy
aka Grinchy Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

We Need A Little Christmas, Mame soundtrack
Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edward Lee
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman


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Mom Stopped By

October 24, 2014

Want to hear read something weird? All my life people who knew me, but didn’t know my mom’s name, would often call me Nancy. And people who knew mom, but didn’t know my name, would often call her Lynda. We have no idea why. It was one of those weird things that made us laugh, and it happened often enough that we would just respond without thinking.

I went to get my nails done early in the morning the other day. I’ve been going to my manicurist off and on for 7 years or so, and she KNOWS me. She does not know mom’s name. I walked in and Tracy looked up at me and said “Hi, Nancy!”

Want to hear read something even weirder?

It was dad’s birthday.

I suspect mom was stopping in to say HI, and also to remind me to call my dad. Don’t worry, mom. I didn’t forget, but thanks for the laugh.

And of course I miss you more than anything.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With The Silly Mom
aka The Fish With Sticks


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An Exhausted Guppy

October 19, 2014

Well, it’s over. Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon. I spent the better part of 24 hours doing nothing but reading. I realize I read fast, but sometimes it’s funny to see just HOW fast. I remember reading each of the Harry Potter books in a day. Even Order of the Phoenix which I think is the longest. I’m the third generation woman in my family to get kicked out of a speed reading class for reading TOO FAST. LOLOL.

This was a shocking amount of fun. I realize I was home alone with just me and the cat, but there was still a wonderful social aspect to this whole thing. There were mini-challenges I could do and blog updates to write and a Goodreads account to update. And there were over 900 people doing it with me, and a whole other group of people who were cheering us all on. Like I said. Shocking amount of fun.

Here are my personal totals:

What Was Read: 5 Books & 4 Short Stories. I have the full list of titles below.

Pages Read: 1,147 pages

Time Spent Reading: About 18 hours, probably. I started at 5:00 a.m. and finished at 4:30 a.m.. In between I took a 4 hour nap, plus did all the blog stuff and checked Twitter periodically, etc. So all in all I probably spent about 18 hours actually reading. That’s about 64 pages an hour. LOL Not too shabby.

Books Purchased Today: 2. (Well, 3 if you count a book I bought for tomorrow. LOL)

Blog Updates: 6 updates to my original post, and 2 Mini-Challenges.

Full List of Books (in the order I read them):

Jennifer Greene, Trouble in Paradise
Jennifer Greene, Quicksand
Anne Rainey, What She Wants
Anne Rainey, What She Craves
Anne Rainey, What She Needs
Victoria Dahl, Fanning the Flames
Cynthia Eden, Mine to Take
Cynthia Eden, Mine to Keep
Katie Reus, Breaking Her Rules

While I enjoyed all the books on this list, two books stand out as particular favorites. The first is Fanning the Flames by Victoria Dahl. That is one HOT fireman hero. VERY sexy. The second is Jennifer Greene’s Quicksand. It was nice to rediscover what was an old favorite. (Trigger warning: In Quicksand They do deal, in an offhand roundabout way, with a character’s past date rape. Nothing graphic and they don’t go into specifics, but there you go.)

While this WAS fun, It’s now 5:00 a.m. and I’m exhausted. So I’m going to get myself to bed. I’m scheduling this post to go up later in the morning, and hopefully by the time it does I’ll be fast asleep and dreaming dreams of hot firemen and librarians in pencil skirts, thanks to Victoria Dahl.

Lynda the Guppy
aka A Sleepy Guppy
aka A Fish With Sticks


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Dewey’s Read-A-Thon Mini-Challenges

October 18, 2014

I’ve decided to leave that other Read-A-Thon post for my book updates, and use this one strictly for any Mini-Challenges I participate in.

Opening Meme Mini-Challenge

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in Los Angeles, CA. The San Fernando Valley, to be more specific.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hmm.Tough choice. I’m not sure. I’m looking forward to reading a bunch of Jennifer Greene’s older categories. Also, I’ve got some holiday novellas on the list, and those are always a favorite. Not sure I can pick just one. I guess the first one, really, because OMG I WANT TO START. LOL.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I have none picked out. LOL.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I love reading romance and knitting, and thanks to audiobooks can sometimes do both at once. I’m addicted to Twitter and love talking about books. And knitting. It’s always a happy surprise when my book friends are also knitters. LOL.

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? It’s not my first, so the biggest change this time from last is I’ve chosen shorter books. LOL Last time I was in the middle of a long series and the books themselves were lengthy, so because of the book and family stuff, I ended up only reading part of one book.

Pet Parade Mini-Challenge

Here’s Rani, slightly annoyed I’m disturbing her to take her picture. LOL. She’s been with me pretty much all day, though. She LOVES it when I stay home and read. It means lots of Mom Cuddle Time.

Photo of Rani for the Pet Parade Meme

And just because I think she’s cute, here’s a pic of us as the Read-A-Thon was starting at 5 a.m. my time.

Rani, squinting at me

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? No one hour in particular was difficult. I knew I’d sleep from 9 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m., and that’s exactly what happened.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Pick books YOU love. Books you think you’re going to be excited to read, and be ready to toss them all out in favor of something new. LOL I put together a list of about 20 books as a Read-A-Thon TBR list, and it ended up with only half the books I read came from that list. 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Have a separate page that lists all the door prize winners. 
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think it all ran really well. 
  5. How many books did you read? 9 stories. Which was actually 5 books and 4 short stories (50-70 pages each)
  6. What were the names of the books you read? I have a full list going up in a few hours, complete with my random thoughts on this experience. Check back then! Or scroll through my Blog Post Updates.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Victoria Dahl’s Fanning the Flames and Jennifer Greene’s Quicksand.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? While I enjoyed them all, the books I’d probably be least likely to reread are the two Cynthia Eden books. Mine to Take and Mine to Keep.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? The Cheerleaders were awesome. Thank you!
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’ll absolutely be a reader again, schedule permitting. 

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