Readathon, Third Update

*pats full belly* I might have taken an hour off, but in a sense it was still to do with books. Lunch was a breakfast burrito recipe from a review cookbook (the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook) that I’m working on, and the bread we’re making is from a cookbook we already reviewed (Whole Grain Breads). The burritos were awesome, by the way. Now I have my second cup of coffee of the day and I’m ready to dig in for the afternoon.

Hour Five of Dewey’s readathon:

Pages read: 43
Total pages read so far: 266
Time spent reading: 45 minutes
Total time so far: 3 hours 15 minutes
Book read: Bill James, Girls, uncorrected proof
Total number of books so far: 1.5+

Manse’s mother used to tell him that ‘a word is enough to the wise’, a well-known saying from Latin or her uncle Les who worked in London for the BBC or W.H. Smith.

I just spent an entire chapter inside the head of a sort-of British gangster who wants to think he has class, as he interior monologued in most outrageous and hysterical fashion about everything from Pre-Raphaelite paintings to the morality of a morning shag in the living room with the curtains open. I couldn’t stop laughing the whole way through. Rarely have I enjoyed a piece of writing in which so little happened and yet I was so wrapped up and entertained.

The bread is now in the oven and baking, and oh it looks lovely! It’s made with whole wheat flour, but a white wheat strain, which is less prone to bitterness and strong flavor than the more common red wheat strain. It also has a certain amount of a “harvest blend” of grains and seeds in it. Since we used Reinhart’s techniques, though, it’s coming out fluffy, airy, and wonderful!

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6 comments on “Readathon, Third Update
  1. Lissa says:

    wow, it sounds like you are having a pretty productive day! I’m only reading blogs (not reading along) and i’m having trouble getting anything else done 😉

  2. sarahdillon says:

    hi there, just stopped by to see how you were doing with the read-a-thon – well done, sounds like you’re getting lots done! But then with your coffee, oatmeal cookies and yummy yummy bread, I not surprised – now I know where I went wrong 😉 Have fun!

  3. BookGal says:

    Sounds like you’re having a wonderful day. I can almost smell the bread baking. Enjoy your book!

  4. 3m says:

    I enjoy your updates! Just taking a break from Lisey’s Story.

  5. Eva says:

    I love baking bread! Since we moved to Colorado, though, I haven’t really figured out the baking at high elevation thing. Frustrating! Your book sounds great. 🙂

  6. heather says:

    Lissa: It is oddly productive. I wish all days were like this. I hope you’re having fun reading the blogs!

    sarahdillon: *grin* yeah, cooking gives me energy, I find, although I’m weird that way. 😉

    BookGal: bread is sliced and in the fridge, waiting for transport tomorrow. but happily, the house will smell of bread baking for some time yet!

    3m: thanks! I hope you’re enjoying your readathon day!

    Eva: ouch, that would drive me nuts. have you tried checking out the king arthur flour company website? they have a group called the baking circle that’s been sharing baking tips for years. if those guys can’t help you out, no one can!

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