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24 HOUR READATHON!

IT'S THE 24 HOUR READATHON, which means I will read for approximately 3 hours today, but I will TRY to read more. I'm just not that good at committing to these things, you guys. But I keep trying. Yep.

5:40 P.M. Sunday

SO. Busy weekend. Saw an amazing play called Miss Holmes at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre. Oh man. So great. Sherlock Holmes as a lady and infused with 19th century feminist issues, plus references to both Jack the Ripper minutiae and The Yellow Wallpaper

I finished The Lunch Witch, which it turns out was more for like 8 year olds, and my taste in children's fiction runs to middle grade, so more like 10-12 year olds. It was fine. THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS. Maybe more if I were eight.

I read about half of a book of Shirley Jackson short stories, which wasn't even on my LIST, but matched my theme of #Hallowreads. I've always felt like I was one step away from liking Shirley Jackson. I tried with We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House. I don't DISlike them, but my thought at the end is usually like "Wait....that's it?" Like there's one thing missing. I've felt that way about a lot of the short stories, but I'm definitely liking them more than the books, and she does some excellent things for #feminism and in commenting on racism. So now I'm liking her more in general. Excellent job, Shirley Jackson.

Read some of Master and Margarita, which was fitting because Satan's Ball was this week, and I'm nearing the end of Jamaica Inn, which has an excellent female lead character. I also started The Beauty volume 1, which is super-interesting, so good job, Jenny (90% sure) for recommending it.

MUCH READING ACCOMPLISHED. Maybe next year I'll finally be able to focus on it for a full day.


9:46 A.M. Saturday


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Chicago, IL
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

The Lunch Witch, which I got at Book Expo America back in...May? June? I don't remember when things were anymore.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Sharp white cheddar and some crackers. And caramelized onion hummus. ALL EXCELLENT.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

My name's Alice, I write and do internet-things for a living, I sing opera, and I love giant animals from the past.
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?

I...have no expectations of myself here.

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