Friday, October 23, 2009

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon! The Pre-Post...

The Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon is drawing near, and I just can't stop adding to my pile! I got off of work at 3:30 today, so Chuck and I picked up Rocketgirl, ran some errands, and ended up at the library. Rocketgirl has decided to participate in the Read-a-Thon with me, so we both added to our piles at the library. I'll be posting about her pile in the morning.

To your left, you'll see that Chuck got pretty excited when I asked him to photograph my reading stack. He took some goodies from around the house and tarted it up with some Halloween flavor. I left the file pretty large, so you can click to see a bigger version.

The stack of books I mentioned in an earlier post is still there, and today's library stack focuses mostly on graphic novels and essay collections with a little YA thrown in for good measure. Today I added...

Graphic Novels:

  • Epileptic, by David B.
  • Little Nothings, by Lewis Trondheim
  • George Sprott, by Seth
  • Hall of Best Knowledge, by Ray Fenwick
  • Britten and Brulightly, by Hannah Berry (not pictured)


  • Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
  • Take the Cannoli, by Sarah Vowell
  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman
  • Slouching Toward Bethlehem, by Joan Didion
  • Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro (short stories)

Young Adult:

  • Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin

In other words, I have way more book than I could possibly finish tomorrow, but I have such a heaping stack of reading adventures that I am SO EXCITED about, I don't even care! I'll dip into the ones that snatch me by the nosehairs, and I'll read the others after the Read-a-Thon is over. I'm falling back on some favorite authors from last October's Read-a-Thon like Sarah Vowell and Gabrielle Zevin because they kept me awake and alert during the late hours. I hope they can do it again!

I want to take a minute to remember Dewey before all the craziness of the day really kicks in. She started this Read-a-Thon business, and the blogosphere has embraced her community building to a degree that she probably never imagined. She was truly an avid reader and a wonderful person. She opened my eyes to all kinds of new titles, and she sent me pictures from her life, and we had wonderful conversations, and I miss her. I really do. It's an honor to read for 24 hours not only in celebration of books, but in celebration of her life as well.

I'll see you all in the morning. Sleep well...while you can!

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