About Me/Projects and Clubs

I am a voracious reader who loves to talk about books. This site is devoted to reviews of books I have just finished reading or have read in the past. A few years ago, I moved from Austin, Texas, to the countryside of Southwest Washington.

I have a Masters in English Literature from the University of Michigan, but really, I just like to read for fun.

To read about my struggles in moving to Washington with a hoarder husband and getting settled in an entirely new environment, see my other blog Moving to Washington.

To read my brand new blog about hiking trails in Southern Washington and Northern Washington, written for hikers who are out of shape, see The Fat Girl’s Guide to Hiking.

27 thoughts on “About Me/Projects and Clubs

  1. Steve Schimmelman February 15, 2012 / 2:45 pm

    Looks good Kay! 🙂

  2. David Palmer January 14, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    Hi Kay!!! Blast from the past. John and I are having dinner in NYC and talking about – BOOKS!!

    Put me on your email list!!

    — David

    • whatmeread January 15, 2013 / 7:35 am

      Hey, David, I was wondering what was going on with you just a little while ago. Do you live in New York now? I have an email list that I send out once a week, or you can go on my page and Follow me, and get email every time I write an entry. I don’t have your email address to send you the weekly update, but if that’s what you want, I can get it from John. Nice to hear from you!

      • David Palmer January 15, 2013 / 8:31 am

        John and I were both here for a conference. I live in Southern California – since 1976! Now managing a performing arts center at Soka University.

      • whatmeread January 15, 2013 / 8:33 am

        That’s very cool. I’ve got your email address now, and I’ll put you on my weekly message list!

  3. David Palmer January 15, 2013 / 9:01 am

    If you take suggestions, try Red Water by Judith Freeman.

    • whatmeread January 15, 2013 / 9:04 am

      It looks interesting. Just looked it up on Amazon. I’ll write you an email in a minute, since all this gets posted on my blog.

  4. malvikajaswal October 11, 2013 / 10:08 am

    would you believe I found you when I went to complain about the inactive goodreads blurb on my site 🙂 yours seems to be working fine now. How??

    • whatmeread October 11, 2013 / 10:17 am

      Well, it isn’t really. It just looks like it is. I tried coffeespew’s code, but it looks like it doesn’t update, so I’m probably going to remove it. I tried pretending I wasn’t reading The Lowlands anymore, and it didn’t take the book off my list. When I look at the code, instead of something that will go retried my newest book information, it seems to be hard-coded. So, I’m probably going to remove it. I was just playing with it now to see if I could get it to work.

      • malvikajaswal October 11, 2013 / 10:19 am

        Thanks! I have done a lot of tweaking myself and will be removing that widget myself. tough 😦

      • whatmeread October 11, 2013 / 10:21 am

        Yes, it was nice while it worked. WordPress is aware of the problem, but I have also told Goodreads that it looks like most bloggers who were using their widget have the same problem, so it must be something they did. I’m hoping that will make them pay attention, as so far I understand that they have just been telling people to talk to their blog sites.

  5. literaryvittles February 12, 2014 / 11:43 am

    Didn’t know you were from Austin! I love Austin. My family lives in San Antonio and I try to visit Austin each time I’m home in Texas.

    • whatmeread February 12, 2014 / 11:44 am

      Yes, I’ve lived here since 1993 and will for a couple more years. Then I’ll be moving to Washington state! Where are you?

      • literaryvittles February 12, 2014 / 11:46 am

        Washintgon state from Austin! What’s prompting you to go there?

        I’m in Chicago at the moment. Went to school here and got a little stuck after graduation. 🙂 But hoping to move somewhere warmer soon.

      • whatmeread February 12, 2014 / 11:48 am

        Ah, see, I’m doing the opposite. I moved down to Texas from Michigan for work more than 30 years ago, and I’ve always hated the heat, especially the last few summers, which have been horrendous. In either two or three years, I’m retiring, and we’re moving to Washington. Yippee!

    • whatmeread July 15, 2014 / 11:09 am

      Thanks so much! I’ll see what I have to do.

  6. Jay Tolbert October 6, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    Steve (the one you know!) put me on to this since I’m always going on about my latest books. Happy to find you.

    • whatmeread October 7, 2015 / 7:29 am

      Thanks! Nice to have you check it out.

  7. Jay Tolbert October 6, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Unusual coincidence that my sister, an author and voracious reader, is also named Kay. Both of us have lived in the Lone Star State and have been in Washington for too many years. Ready for a return to dry heat.

    • whatmeread October 7, 2015 / 7:30 am

      Ah, I have lived in the heat too long. I’m a cold weather person. I’m sick of Texas. I’ve been here since 1981.

  8. emiliosalgari December 26, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    Hi Kay,

    I saw your excellent Classics Club post on Emilio Salgari from December 2018. Just wanted to bring our latest translation to your attention: Captain Tempesta, a historical adventure with a strong female protagonist.

    Best wishes for the holidays and a fabulous 2020!

  9. 100LICK February 24, 2020 / 11:37 pm

    Hi Kay. I was wondering if you take review requests. Please let me know.

    • whatmeread February 25, 2020 / 12:03 am

      Do you mean read a book on request? It depends.

      • 100LICK February 25, 2020 / 12:20 am

        Yes, I do. A request for a book review. I was wondering if I could just send you the synopsis/details in an email so that you could take a look at decide if it interested you. Please let me know..

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