Sunday, October 10, 2010

TSS: Not exactly a read-a-thon...

Good morning! It's the day after. Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon is ending as I type, and the dedicated, hard-core readers are heading off to sleep. Being something of a literary lightweight, I have not participated in a read-a-thon. There always seems to be a conflicting family activity, and yesterday was no different.  However, I did manage to spend some time in Barnes & Noble with a pumpkin spice latte and my current book club selection.

The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald was published earlier this year, but has received little attention from book bloggers. Henry, born in 1946, is a "practice baby" in a home economics program at a prominent college. The book captured my attention from the opening sentence:
"By the time Henry House was four months old, a copy of his picture was being carried in the pocketbooks of seven different women, each of whom called him her son."
I'm afraid there won't be time for reading today though. It's a perfect fall day here in New York, and we will enjoy it in the Adirondack Mountains. I'll catch up with Henry House and the rest of you later tonight. Have a great Sunday!


  1. I had too much going on as well to dedicate a day to reading. Hope you are enjoying H.H. bookclub selection. It is a gorgeous day isn't it?

  2. I want to be there with you, reading! I have the same issue with read-a-thons...just too much going on. I did put in a few good hours of reading though, and feel good about my progress. I have heard of Henry House, and that it is an awesome book. Can't wait to hear about it!

  3. Spending time at B&N during the read-a-thon is perfect even is you didn't participate. Have a good Sunday!

  4. I could use one of those lattes right about now...and I didn't even pull a RAT all-nighter. Henry House sounds very interesting and I can see why the first sentence got you. Have a wonderful Sunday:)

  5. I most definitely do not consider you a "literary light weight" - and your Saturday reading excursion sounds perfect (I have yet to have my annual pumpkin latte)

    Have a great day in the mountains!

  6. I like your way of participating...that's kind of like my day, except I didn't have a pumpkin latte! And I live right around the corner from B & N!

    Maybe I'll do that today.

    I love fall, and I'm so envious of people living on the East Coast...I once spent an October weekend in Boston and have been in love with the falls there ever since.

    Probably not so much with the winter months, though. Not a fan of the idea of shoveling sidewalks, etc.

    Have a wonderful day, and your book looks enticing!

    Click my name for the link....

  7. Oh, how lovely to have a pumpkin spice latte with your book! I envy you completely. The read-a-thon was yet again a failed attempt for me; just when I think I have my schedule cleared...I don't. Still, it's fun to participate arounnd the edges.

    LOVE the autumn header you have! Your headers are always a breath of peace to me.

  8. ahh - fall is here marked by the arrival of the pumpkin spice latte - thanks for reminding me that I need to get one of those!

  9. The book sounds really interesting! And you are SO much further in Bleak House than I am! I am currently on page 214 (week two of the readalong). It's good to know there is another delinquent Bleak House reader out there!

  10. It's a beautiful day here so I can only imagine what it's like by you.

    I was wondering about the pumpkin spice latte, I guess it's good?! I'll have to try it next time I'm at B&N or Starbucks.

    The Irresistible Henry House sounds very interesting!

    ~ Amy

  11. We did the read-a-thon and had a blast--(my son and I )--I really needed a day to just veg out as our weekends have been crazy lately.
    Your book sounds fascinating and I look forward to your review--oh, and thanks! I need a pumpkin latte. ;)

  12. The university where I work has a Starbucks. When I went there on Friday they were having Nutella lattes! Apparently it's one of their rare flavors that they only offer occasionally. Didn't like it much, though - too sweet. It reminded me of the time Dunkin Donuts asked me if I wanted sugar in my latte and I regrettably said yes. What was I thinking?

  13. You're right, I haven't seen much about this one either. I did, however, see it on my library's New Books shelf, so I have it in my towering stack to pick up. It looks really good, doesn't it?

  14. I think I'm going to have to carve some time out for myself and make sure I get one of those pumpkin drinks!!! Your day in the mountains sounds wonderful and I love that opening sentence. I'm really excited to hear about this one when you're done!

  15. The premise of the book sounds really intriguing! I hope you're enjoying it :)

  16. How those dedicated readers manage it, I have no idea!

    Enjoy the colours this weekend, it must be stunning over at yours, JoAnn!

  17. I hope you had a wonderful day outside in that fresh air. "Henry House" sounds like a fascinating read. I can't wait for your review. Have a great week, JoAnn.

  18. I'mnot really a readathon joiner, either. I love the look of your latte though! Going to B&N for a coffee and a read is always fun :-)

  19. One of these years you'll have a chance to devote 24 hours to reading, or a good chunk of time. You have other things on your plate right now.

    I'm interested in hearing your's and your gtroup's reaction to the Henry House book. It is strange that it hasn't received much attention from book bloggers. I've heard of it but haven't read it.

  20. Diane - I've finished half of Henry House and am loving it! Today was just beautiful..a little past peak in the mountains, but it didn't matter!

    Sandy - One of these times, I'll get to be involved in a readathon. For now, just too much happening at home! Just love Henry House so far!

    Stephanie - My hour and a half at B&N was a highlight of the day!

    Stacy - I'm loving Henry House, but ever expected to. When I'm finished, will have to research just how much of this stuff actually happened!

    Molly - Thank you! I guess not having the stamina (or concentration) for reading that long makes me a light weight, but I don't really mind. It was a beautiful day today, even though a little past peak.

    Laurel-Rain Snow - You MUST try a pumpkin spice latte before the season is over - it is my favorite! I think this is the best time of the year here in central NY but I know I won't be happy come February :-(

    Bellezza - I'm so happy to hear that!! Peace and tranquility are exactly what I try to convey with my headers.

  21. Booksnyc - Pumpkin spice lattes are my favorite fall treat!

    Read the Book - LOL! It's nice to have company ... I know I'll never catch up with Bleak House, but I'm still enjoying it.

    Amy - Go try the pumpkin spice latte!! Let me know what you think.

    Kim - I just love that you and your son do the readathon together!

    EL Fay - Nutella Lattes sound so good! Wish I would wander in one day when they have those... definitely no sugar though.

  22. Melissa - I'm about 3/4 done with Henry House and I really like it... just know my book club is going to have a field day with this!!

    Staci - Henry House has such a fascinating premise and, so far, the book is great. Not sure why it hasn't received more attention.

    Iris - I am enjoying it quite a bit!

    Darlene - Even if I could somehow clear the schedule, I don't think I have enough stamina for the readathon! The pumpkin spice lattes do help though.

    Gavin - The Adirondacks were a little past peak color, but it didn't matter one bit. Such a gorgeous day!

    Marie - Coffee and reading at B&N is such a treat. I should really indulge more often!

    Margot - Like I said to Darlene, even if I had the time, not sure I could ever last that long! Henry House is very good, and I can already tell the discussion will be a good one!

  23. I haven't heard about this book, so will be looking for your thoughts on this. And I do plan to join the next read-a-thon!

  24. Coffee and a Book Chic - Hope to finish the book today. It's been my biggest surprise of the year! Maybe I'll give the spring readathon a shot.

  25. I don't know why the name Lisa Grunwald means anything to me - I don't recognize that I've read any of her books, yet... anyway. The book sounds very interesting. Happy Fall!

  26. Care - Funny, because I had the same reaction. Have checked and rechecked her list of previous novels and I haven't read them, but Grunwald's name still seems so familiar...

  27. Love the new header, JoAnn. Stunning.

    I'm glad you were able to enjoy your own brand of readathon. And Pumpkin Spice Latte? My favorite...until the Peppermint Mocha comes out. ;)

  28. Trish - As I was ordering my first Peppermint Mocha of the season at Starbuck's last year, the barista let me in on a little secret. You can actually get them all year long! Just ask for a peppermint shot in your mocha. Who knew??

  29. Now this is truly a teaser! I want to go grab the book now and find out how he's the son of seven women.

  30. Trish - Glad to help out ;-)

    Matt - It's 1946 and Henry is a 'practice baby' for a college home economics program. I really liked this book a lot!


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