Book review: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

How to Walk AwayHow to Walk Away by Katherine Center
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars.

ARC from the publisher, thank you very much St. Martin’s Press for this early edition; also to Shelf Awareness for the opportunity.

This first person narrative is lovely and real. If I were ever to write fiction, this is a style and voice that would appeal to me.

I *knew* I shouldn’t start this after dinner. As much as I wanted to sleep, “One more chapter, please?” If you start in the morning with an open day, you might be able to tuck this away in one sitting. I’d recommend that, if possible.

Being chronically ill for the last nine years, using a cane or wheelchair for all outings and being in almost constant pain, this book hit home. Life can change overnight (or in an instant) and one has to appreciate the good and live in the moment as much as possible.

From the publisher letter:
“Life can change in the blink of an eye.
But strength is found in weakness.
Laughter lives in the darkest moments.
And love shows up when you learn to move on.”

I can attest to the truth of this.

This book made me laugh out loud, cry more than once (and I rarely cry), and smile wistfully while my heart sang.

Thank you Katherine Center, for a difficult, but beautiful, book.

Read: 3/8-3/9/2018

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#24in48 finale January 2018

#24in48 finale. I didn’t read for 24 hours, but I did find out my reading pace is approximately .54 pages per minute. I’m not unhappy with that.

Next #24in48 challenge is July 21 & 22; I wonder if I’ll be crazy enough to try it again…? 


#24in48 12 hour questionย 

Hour 12: What is the best first line from the books on your 24in48 stack?

โ€‹It’s a tie…
“The starting point is a question.” from The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
“The artist is the creator of beautiful things.” from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, in the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, Collins edition.


#24in48 readathonย 

Tomorrow, Saturday, is my birthday; I’ll be one year away from 50. 

To celebrate, I’m participating in the #24in48 readathon. I am going to try to avoid social media and stick to reading from Saturday midnight to Monday midnight. The exception will be checking in to update my progress. 

Wish me luck! I’ll be back in touch or sound asleep on Monday!

Getting ready:


Prizes for #24in48 !

#24in48 via Prizes

See the prizes for participants!


24 in 48 readathon




24 in 48 readathon: January 27 and 28
Read Harderโ€™s own Rachel Manwill is shepherding this online event again. The idea is to get in twenty-four hours of reading across one full weekend (which is actually kind of super inconvenient for me because Iโ€™d rather have a solid day to ignore all obligations but whatever some people like the flexibility of being able to take breaks for sleep and personal hygiene). You can sign-up for a chance at fabulous prizes, or just follow the hashtag #24in48 on your preferred social media platform(s).