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20 Books of Summer 2022

20 Books of Summer logo

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting her annual 20 Books of Summer reading challenge. The “rules” are, between June 1st and September 1st (or so), read and blog about twenty books. Or ten books, or fifteen. Stick to your list, or swap books out. It’s a *very* flexible challenge.

I don’t think I’ve ever attempted the full 20 book challenge. I’ve had mixed results reading 10 and 15 books, so there is no reason I should be optimistic, but oddly, I am. I’ve picked 20 books, mostly from my backlog stacks.

A stack of 15 books the OP hopes to read in the summer of 2022, topped by a ceramic owl.
A physical TBR pile! Assisted by an owl.
  1. I See by My Outfit by Peter S. Beagle
  2. To Sir, With Love by E. R. Braithwaite
  3. Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock
  4. The Cormorant by Stephen Gregory
  5. The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles Finney
  6. Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas de Quincey
  7. Winter in Majorca by George Sand
  8. The Book of the Omaha edited by Paul A. Olson
  9. Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess
  10. A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess
  11. Infinity Dreams by Glen Hirshberg
  12. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  13. On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates
  14. Nightmare Fuel by Nina Nesseth – an ARC and the only non-“Beat the Backlog” book on this list.
  15. On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers – READ!
  16. ADDED 6/3/22 – The Devil and the Deep edited by Ellen Datlow (library)
  17. ADDED 6/3/22 – Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer (reread) – READ!
  18. ADDED 6/3/22 – Magic in Theory by Peter Lamont & Richard Wiseman (reread) – READ!
  19. ADDED 6/3/22 – Psychic Blues by Mark Edward (library) – READ!
  20. ADDED 6/20/22 – Persuasion by Jane Austen (library) – READ!

REMOVED 6/3/22 – My initial list didn’t make it a week! I decided I wanted to reread/read a few magic books due to the story I’m currently working on.

  • The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years edited by Michael Kurland
  • Teller of Tales by Daniel Stashower
  • The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr
  • Mockingbird by Watler Tevis

REMOVED 6/20/22 – How Magicians Think by Joshua Jay (library) (Added 6/3/22)
REMOVED 7/4/22 – Still Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton (library) – Had to go back library!

If I read a mere 60 55 pages a day (plus Daily Dracula and Deal Me In), I should be able to read the whole list!

Bout of Books 34

I didn’t get to fully participate in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon (I was off winning a spring league championship), but never fear, Bout of Books is here! My goal is to read 600 pages this week and make it to one of the chats.


Cover: Bloodlines by Janet Campbell Hale
Cover: Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker
Cover: Sundial by Catriona Ward
Cover: The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney
  • Finish Bloodlines by Janet Campbell Hale – This has been my morning reading. I have less than 100 pages left.
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – I’m following along via Dracula Daily, but reading from this phone book-sized annotated version.
  • Sundial by Catriona Ward – Ladies of Horror’s May selection, which just happen to come odd library hold last night.
  • The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney – Maybe.


Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Spring 2022

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Or, rather, the “Catch Up on Reading Before Going to Play Ultimate Frisbee Readathon”.

Once again, spring league finals for ultimate frisbee are on the same day as the readathon. It’s funny how often this happens, especially since both were scheduled rather late this year. Oh well. I can’t really complain when two activities I love end up on the same day.

So, I’m going to join in late—there’s no fooling with my sleep schedule—and read until about 5pm-ish, Arizona time. My team is probably going to play two games and finish up by 10pm. I’m not going to count on any reading afterward, but it could happen.


Want to join in? All the details for the April 30, 2022 readathon are HERE.

Halfway to Halloween 2022

You know what April is? It’s halfway to Halloween!

Last year, I celebrated with a horror movie A to Z. I’m not quite that ambitious this year, though I do intend to also keep up a series of horror-aspected Cinema Saturdays. In the works are trio of Texas Chainsaw movies and an Evil Dead/Army of Darkness post.

As I’ve said, my reading has been pretty free-range this year, but I think I can definitely get “seasonal” for Seasons of Reading’s Spring into Horror Readathon. My Classics Club Spin book turned out to be Curious, if True: Strange Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell, which is perfect for Spring into Horror. I’m also thinking about rereading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski and probably some other horror, mystery, thriller or gothic from off my shelves.

The next Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is April 30th, which might be a perfect way to end the month.

Classics Club Spin #29

Classics Club picture featuring a black and white illustration of a young woman reading by candlelight and worriedly looking into the shadows.

My reading this year has been mostly “free range,” so I am a little hesitant to commit myself to reading any specific thing, but I’m also still willing to keep at my Classics Club list. Well, my rejiggered Classics Club list. Earlier in the year, I moved a few titles off the list and replaced them with backlog books—books I own but haven’t read. I’d like to kill as many birds with the fewest number of stones possible.

Anyway: Classics Club Spin is an occasional event put on by the Classics Club blog. I take my list and pick twenty books I haven’t read yet. On Sunday (March 20th), CC picks a number between 1 and 20. I read the corresponding book by April 20th.

So, here’s my list:

  1. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  3. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson
  4. The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham
  5. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
  6. In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn
  7. The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by Catherine Louisa Pirkis
  8. King Solomon’s Mines by Henry Rider Haggard
  9. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
  10. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  11. Curious, if True Strange Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
  12. Piazza Tales by Herman Melville
  13. Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  14. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  15. Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  16. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  17. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  18. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  19. The Monk by M. G. Lewis
  20. The Mummy! by Jane Webb Loudon

TrekAThon: Starfleet Academy Graduation

Woo Hoo! Felicia Kendricks graduated! (And a skosh early too, which is more than I can say about any part of *my* college education.) Tricorder and hypospray in hand, she’s ready to take on anything!

Things didn’t go quite as planned. Year 2 was a toss-up and Felicia settled for a course that wasn’t quite her style (like that time I took a Victorian Poetry class), and there was some debating about Year 4. Year 4 was long and seemed even longer!

Science Specialty: Read a piece of nonfiction.

What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery by Francis Crick

I didn’t blog about What Mad Pursuit. It falls in a weird category that isn’t quite biography and isn’t quite popular science. If you’re looking to learn about DNA, there are probably better, more up-to-date options. If you want to learn about the strange path toward a grand scientific discovery, this is an okay book for it.

First Year: Read a book with a strong friendship or found family.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Blogged about it! And aside from the friendships and family in the book, the story just feels like an old friend to me.

Second Year: Read a book that’s not your usual genre.

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

Gave The Matzah Ball a quick review in a Monday post. Probably not the best-of-show in a genre I’m leery of in the first place.

Third Year: Read a book you think you already know the ending to (e.g. a reread, a film adaption, something you know through pop culture).

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

AKA: Blade Runner. Gave this one a pretty long post comparing the movie to the book.

Fourth Year: Read a thick book.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

I had originally planned The Alienist by Caleb Carr, but when the time came, I wasn’t in the mood. I toyed with A Feast for Crows, but I don’t want to outpace George R. R. Martin’s writing with my reading. *cough* In the end I went for an old-school King chunkster: Pet Sematary. I’ll probably have more to say on it later in the week, but from the 60% mark to the 95% mark, this book felt like a long book all in itself.

Big thanks to Foxes and Fairy Tales for hosting! This was sure a lot of fun!

TrekAThon: Starfleet Academy

Cadet Felicia Kendricks is an Earth girl ready for some off-world adventure. She’s also passionate about helping people and looks forward to being a part of Starfleet’s medical corps!

TrekAThon Round 2 is hosted by Foxes and Fairy Tales. If you’re interested in joining, check that link for all the details.

A large info-graphic showing Katherine's TBR stack for the TrekAThon.

Science Specialty: Read a piece of nonfiction.

I’m going to read from my own shelves when I can. My first book for the readathon will be What a Mad Pursuit: A Personal View on Scientific Discovery by Francis Crick, a book I picked up from a library sale ages ago.

First Year: Read a book with a strong friendship or found family.

I’m going to reread The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. It kind of counts as a book to “clear” from my shelves. I’m going to read the newer copy I own, which I bought and then never read in favor of the old, falling apart edition.

Second Year: Read a book that’s not your usual genre.

I don’t what I’m going to read yet! I’m figuring on something romantic/racy since that’s not my usual. I had a book in mind, but alas, it’s all checked out at the library and I never do well with Hold Roulette. I am open to recommendations.

Third Year: Read a book you think you already know the ending to (e.g. a reread, a film adaption, something you know through pop culture).

My choice is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, aka. Blade Runner. I know this book is very much not like the movie, but it’s a movie I’m pretty familiar with. I don’t remember when I bought my copy of Blade Runner. Was it in college? Quite possibly.

Fourth Year: Read a thick book.

Okay, so I’m going to read three books that have been made into movies/TV series . . . My thick books will be The Alienist by Caleb Carr. It’s a big, fat 600 page mass-market paperback. I haven’t watched the TV series beyond the first few episodes, so I’m coming to this fresh as well as late. I think I bought this at the library’s book shop.