This happens to be one of my favorite weekends of the year … that of the biannual Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Named for a beloved book blogger who initiated it several years back and who has since passed away, this event brings bloggers together one weekend in April and another weekend in October for exactly what it sounds like – a fun-filled 24 hours of reading. The idea is to dedicate an entire day to reading to our heart’s content.
Of course, you don’t have to be a book blogger to participate and you certainly don’t have to read for the entire 24 hours. I never do (I think my record is something like 8 or 10 hours, and that’s not consecutive). I’m usually doing the Read-a-Thon around errands and other domestic drudgery.
Part of the Read-a-Thon fun is making piles of books to choose from. I like to focus my Read-a-Thon time on books that I own because it gives me an extra sense of accomplishment if the book/s I’ve completed come from my own shelves. Here’s what’s in my pile for tomorrow (in no specific order):
1. The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, by Marion Winik
2. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
3. Zenobia, The Curious Book of Business: A Tale of Triumph Over Yes-Men, Cynics, Hedgers, and Other Corporate Killjoys, by Matthew Emmens and Beth Kephart
4. Mother Love, poems by Elizabeth Cohen
5. Echolalia, poems by Dan Waber
6. H, by Elizabeth Shepard
7. Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan
8. The Comfort of Strangers, by Ian McEwan
9. Something Inside of Me, by Chitoka Webb
10. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, by Caroline Preston
That’s just one of my piles, however. I have several library books that I wouldn’t mind getting to, including some gardening books. They include (again, in no particular order):
11. Blue Nights, by Joan Didion
12. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
13. Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
14. Walking to Martha’s Vineyard, poems by Franz Wright
15. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
16. Steampunk Poe (this one “imagines a marriage between Edgar Allan Poe and Steampunk”)
And then the gardening books, for my crash course in all things horticulture:
17. Grow Organic: Over 250 Tips and Ideas for Growing Flowers, Veggies, Lawns and More for First Timers and Old-Timers Alike, by Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser
18. The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow and Enjoy, by Charles W.G. Smith
19. The Weekend Gardener: Simple Weekend Projects for a Great Garden, by Susanna Longley
20. The No-Work Garden, by Bob Flowerdew (what a perfect name for an author of a gardening book!)
21. The New Gardener, by The National Home Gardening Club
21 books … that’s almost one for each hour of the Read-a-Thon. Well, a girl can dream, right?
If this kind of craziness sounds like your kind of fun, it’s not too late to sign up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. You also might like Sassymonkey Reads’ post “Have a Happy Read-a-Thon” for some tips on enjoying the day.
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