The PWR Reading Marathon (W-Sun.  morning) and Rae’s Reading Race Sunday afternoon was a success and was the quarterly get together for the PWR’s.  It was hard to schedule a time when all could meet, and interestingly enough, one member of the group who could not attend said, “October is such a busy month.” With November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas) holidays coming up, we could not postpone the “event” any longer. (We were already overdue to meet.)

There were six in attendance and enough food to feed twelve or more, but we “made the best of it” by making returns to the food table.  Most of the guests brought books for Rae’s Little Free Library with promises of even more.  We piled all the books together, and some left with as many as four books to add to their TBR stacks. It was an informal, informative and down-right good time.

Personally, between Wednesday and Sunday, I whittled down my TBR stack as follows:

Started and Finished The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, a young adult novel, reviewed on this blog Sunday morning.

Started and almost finished a delightful cozy mystery, A Wee Murder in My Shop, which my husband’s cousin who is my  book buddy ,sent me.  It will be reviewed soon.

I had to work on something serious, so I managed (in between serious housecleaning and baking for the “party”) to read 24 pages of Train to Crystal City, my Third Tuesday Book Club assignment (due Tuesday–Yikes!) and 41 pages of The True American:Murder and Mayhem in Texas —a loan from a friend who should be getting antsy about its return, but he isn’t because he is a good, patient friend.

I find marathons a helpful way to whittle down that TBR stack and get reading done that wouldn’t have happened without a concentrated effort.  Dewey’s 24 Marathon is coming up next weekend, and I hope to participate in that. I am determined to MAKE TIME for reading, and marathons can make that happen.

What I’m reading now:  The three books mentioned above; the two non-fiction and the cozy mystery

What I’m looking forward to reading next: The Thoughtful Dresser: The Act of Adornment, the Pleasures of Shopping, and Why Clothes Matter   I checked it out from the Alvin Library, and I sure hope it automatically renews!

It’s been a happy week for reading, and although this week promises to be busy (handing back mid-term papers), I hope I can MAKE TIME FOR READING.


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

7 thoughts on “SUNDAY (EVENING) POST”

  1. I’m intrigued to note that you read several books at a time – have you always done so? And what determines when you’ve had enough of one and pick up another, instead? Do you ever read more than one book in a single sitting? (Other than something like a read-a-thon, of course…). Being the ultimate mono-tasker, I only ever read one book at a time, unless I’ve started a book by mistake, when I’ve muddled my reading schedule! I’m glad to hear it all went off so well and sounds like a really enjoyable event, Rae – have a great reading week:)

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    1. What fun questions! Better get a cuppa’ this may be a long reply.
      As a child I devoured a book at a time, usually a book a day, sometimes more. The teacher would allow me to go to the library 1st thing in the morning to turn in books taken home the night before and pick up a chapter book to get me through the free time in class. Then she’d allow me to get something or somethings to read at home that night after supper.
      When I grew up, I became busy, but always made time to read. Now that I have learned to manage time in fractions and sort of multi-task, it has spilled over into my reading habits as well, thus I read two or three books, putting down and picking up. I seem to be able to follow without much re-reading ok.
      Yes, there are can’t-put-downs I have read straight through exclusively, refusing to start or read on anything else until I’d reached the end of that special book.
      We had fun at my house yesterday and it is always fun to meet with friends who love books and reading as much as you do.
      Thanks for taking such an interest. I feel you and I are now “book-buddies.”


    1. I’m reading one book you brought already and have stocked the LFL with the Halloween ones you brought. The cookies you brought are all gone as well. They were delicious, but I can’t imagine where they went to…wink wink!


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