my master post for Dewey’s Readathon April 2018…

Pregame:

–The Pool. As usual, it’s far larger than it has any need to be. But, options. And I’m thinking about approaching things a little differently. Instead of working my way through entire books, I may be a bit more of a dipper this go round. I *love* the “read a million pages” goal for this installment of Dewey’s Readathon! And I think Dewey would have loved this idea, which makes it sound even more special. And counting pages over counting books finished makes dipping sound all the more enticing.

  • The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier. Have this one on the go already, and would like to read the next-up chapter, the one on chemistry.
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin. While I’m not as terrified of classics as I once was, I know myself well enough to realize that I still tend to take them slowly. So I’d like to at least get a start on this one, with the hope that I will finish it up in May.
  • Pandemic by Sonia Shah. Another non-fiction selection, but one I haven’t yet started. I likely won’t read this entire book during the readathon, but I suppose it’s not out of the question. I’ve previously read Shah’s The Fever, and found her writing very accessible and compelling, so it’s possible I won’t want to put it down.
  • Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood. I currently have this checked out from the library. It’s a collection of short pieces, and should be perfect for slipping in between other books.
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinneli. Something about Dewey’s Readathon tends to make me crave middle grade and YA fiction. Should that craving strike, I’ll be prepared.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Rich and I are currently rereading this one on audiobook, so there’s a chance we could find some time for this. Since we have a physical copy, it will be easy enough to keep track of the number of pages.
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. I’m also listening to this on audiobook, and should I spend any time with it this readathon, I think I can figure out the page count by looking at the table of contents on Amazon.
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki. The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. Comics for the win. Of course.
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I threw this one in the pile because I get the impression that it is gripping reading, and thus may work well to keep me awake for a bit longer before giving in to that inevitable call of the slumber gods. Back during the first couple readathons with Dewey at the helm, I fought to actually read the entire time, but these days…yeah, just doesn’t happen.

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–Cozy clothes are set out. Including socks. And backup socks.

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–Foodstuffs. I don’t think it needs to be said that this is pretty much as important as the books. Variety is key as we want to make sure we’re prepared for any mood. Rich is running out in the morning to stock us up so no picture yet, but these are some of the possibles/probables:

  • fruit salad
  • donuts
  • cheese and crackers
  • chips, rotel dip, salsa
  • nuts
  • pizza
  • coffee
  • tea
  • pop
  • lots and lots of ice water

–My reading buddies this year include both Rich and Max. Yay Max! This is akin to a miracle, if we’re being honest here. And of the non-human variety, the most likely lap buddies include one wild hound, one needy cat, and one sweet/mischievous guinea pig (not all at once, as the wild hound considers all others “lunch”).

–And finally, I’ve got my bullet journal pages set up.

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Wrap up:

–Books read in full or part:

  • Finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban reread with Rich. But we only had one chapter left to finish…
  • Finished The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Was a little less than halfway through before readathon began.
  • Started and finished Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood. A short story collection.
  • Started and finished I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, and John Jennings. The best graphic novel I’ve read this year. I cried through much of it.
  • Read one small chapter of The Canon by Natalie Angier. Despite the fact that her writing is accessible and humorous, it was still incredibly slow reading for me. Not the best choice for readathon.
  • Started The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey.

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–Notes:

  • I am still and forever the slowest reader on the planet, clocking in only 648 pages, despite only sleeping for 4 hours (2:30-6:30am).
  • Unsurprisingly, I have fucked with the improvement I was starting to feel with this flare up. I knew it would happen, and I’m not going to stress about it. Also thinking I managed to catch the boys’ cold.
  • Loved having a fire for most of the day.

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  • And really loved having Rich and Max reading with me much of the time!

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  • I feel enormous amounts of gratitude to Andi and Heather for all the hard work they put into keeping Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon alive and thriving! And am grateful too, to all those who generously donate their time to help Andi and Heather. I don’t doubt for a second that Dewey would be proud of what it’s become.
  • And finally, my heart feels simultaneously full to the brim for having had Dewey as a dear friend and missing a vital piece in her absence. I will love you and miss you forever.

2 thoughts on “my master post for Dewey’s Readathon April 2018…

  1. Have fun tomorrow! I love the pages read goal too. I think it is less intimidating than books read.

    May all your books be excellent, your coffee strong, your clothes comfortable, and your snacks delicious! Happy readathon!

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