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>I Am So There


“Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride, I’m running and I won’t touch ground

Oh no, I’ve got to keep on moving…”

I’ve been wondering if I would be able to fully participate in the upcoming Dewey’s Readathon (October 24-25) and today, I know for sure: YES. I signed up to read and cheer, but I don’t know how I’ll divide my duties yet. In the past, read 8/cheer 8/read 8 has worked well.


What to read? I’ve been saving back some things. I’ve got plans dancing in my head like sugarplums, except the noise they make is like the crackle of pages turning fast enough to self-ignite:

  • Finally finish Toji
  • Read Maus and Maus 2
  • Read Persepolis 2
  • Finally finish Seabiscuit, which I abandoned midway sometime in 2004 because I was stressed.
  • Beg & grovel until Alex from my Cracked Spinz book group lets me borrow his audiobook of Hugh Laurie reading Three Men In A Boat. That’ll keep me awake because my heart will be racing like crazy.
  • Read my library loot
  • Read When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park, which is a glimpse into a sad part of Korea’s history from a young brother and sister’s perspective.
  • Select something from my humor section that I haven’t read yet
  • Read one of those D-K YA biographies that I haven’t gotten to yet.
  • Read Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life In France by Julia Child.

What to eat? This time, I resolve to eat at least one healthy thing. Suggestions? Sugar, salt and caffeine are wonderful things, but not for the long haul. Speaking of snacks, that’s the beauty part of cheerleading — often readers will discuss what they’re noshing on, some in loving detail with photos.

What to wear? My softest and most comfortable pair of pajama pants and one of my St. Louis Cardinal t-shirts, since they should still be in the playoffs and well on their way to the World Series by then.

The downside is that I’ll miss the meeting with Talya‘s book group. Talya, I’m sorry…as my students often say, “Please understand my mind!”


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