April 21, 2021

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

The Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is this Saturday, April 24! This readathon was begun in 2007 by a woman who went by Dewey on social media. She has since passed away, but her readathon live on! It happens twice a year, in April and October. I am usually working on the day the readathon happens. Not this time, though! I am actually off work the day of the 'thon and I have a clear schedule!

Disclaimer: I will not be reading for 24 hours. I need sleep. I also have a family that requires upkeep. Granted, the most talkative member of my family will be out of town, but the others like to eat and seem to think I'm the provider of food. But I will be spending as much of my time while I'm conscious with my books.

Now we get to the good stuff. What do I plan to read?

The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel - I had planned to have this finished last weekend. Alas, that did not happen. So first I will be finishing this up.

Hell in the Heartland by Jax Miller - I have managed to finish NONE of the books on my April TBR, so it might be good to get this one going.

Jane Austen's Names by Margaret Doody - I'm hoping to get some read in this one this weekend, too. I've already read almost half of it. It's pretty dense.

A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen - This is one I need to read for the award. It shouldn't take too much effort. It's a YA romance.

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes - This is a small book and it has illustrations, so it should go pretty quickly.

The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson - I'd like to be able to start this one, too. I realize I'm starting a bunch of books and not planning to finish them. My hope is that I can start them and get rolling, and then work on each one next week to finish them up. This one has been on my award shelf the longest.

Yesterday, I removed 150 books from my to-read shelf on Goodreads. I feel like a burden is lifted. I removed books I'm no longer interested in reading, and books I couldn't even remember why I put them on the list. If I change my mind later, I'll put them back on. But it's nice to see that number under 750 instead of crowding 900. I'm not going to promise that I'll be less profligate in my adding of books to that list, but I can easily do another cull. It's a good feeling.

Wish me luck on my readathon! I hope I don't wake up with a migraine like one several years ago. I hope a car doesn't break down unexpectedly like has happened one year. I hope it's a nice, quiet, calm, day. Some rain would be an excellent addition if I could stay awake through it.