Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – The Summing Up

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?   That would be either the 20th when I gave up and went to sleep or the 22nd when after waking up and reading a bit more I went to sleep again.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  I read The Bookman’s Tale which if you like academic mysteries, I think you’ll enjoy.   Maybe a bit long for this event.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?   More readathons!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  I think the whole thing is really well organized.  Thanks to all the hosts and cheerleaders and everyone!
  5. How many books did you read?  Almost 1.   .96 books
  6. What were the names of the books you read?The Bookman’s Tale
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?The Bookman’s Tale
  8. Which did you enjoy least?The Bookman’s Tale
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn’t, but they were swell
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  Very likely as a reader.

So, sadly I didn’t even finish the one book The Bookman’s Tale.   Sooooo close.    Finished it this afternoon and enjoyed it.   Our hero is dumb as a box of rocks at one point, but the story is pretty clever and an enjoyable read.   A total fantasy, but I don’t really mind that.    Who might like this?   If you enjoy academic stories full of libraries, manuscripts, bookbinding, forgery and the investigation of it, stories which take place across centuries, then it should be on your list.

The story follows Peter Byerly as a young widower, as a student and also follows a particular manuscript through the years.   Byerly suffers from social anxiety and grief at the loss of his wife.  We meet him in England trying to follow his doctor’s orders for getting his life back together.  He’s a bookseller and he’s going into a bookstore for the first time since she died.   He’s in Hay-on-Wye, a real town, really full of bookstores.   He pulls a book about Shakespeare forger William Henry Ireland off the shelf and out of it comes a watercolor — a watercolor of his dead wife.   Or that’s what it looks like, but it’s a hundred plus years too old to be his wife.   (Now, what are the odds?   Told you this was a fantasy.)   This sets off a chain of events as he tries to find out who the woman in the painting was.   As mysteries go, Lovett is no Agatha Christie and Byerly more of a Hastings than a Poirot, but the story is interesting, the idea is fun and despite moments of idiocy, Peter’s a likable enough guy to stick with.   I definitely recommend this to anyone into academic mysteries or the whole Shakespeare authorship controversy.

Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and everyone who ran this readathon!   It’s always fun even if I can’t stay up 24 hours.   Or finish a book.

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