Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2020

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First thing we do, we answer the survey!

Opening Survey!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?bgvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv-p

Also known as Maryland
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

See, okay, I’m not quite ready.   I didn’t get a stack together and I can’t decide what to read, but ,mmmmmmk, I will in the next 14 minutes.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?   Peanut butter and chocolate coated popcorn.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I never know what to say for things like this.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Already done!  I’m up and filling out the survey before 8:00!  But what to read?  Finish the current thing or something all new for the readathon?  9 minutes to decide!


Mid-Way and a bit!

So, what did I decide?  I started a new book, the second Anthony Bathurst mystery – The Case of the Black Twenty-Two.  A lawyer named Peter Delantry is asked to look at some items about to go on sale at auction which belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots.   A millionaire has asked his firm to buy these items.   It is an unusual request for this firm and a series of unusual events occurs including a robbery and two murders.   Enter that paragon of masculine virtues, Anthony Bathurst.

I’m afraid I haven’t gotten very far.   I have had calls from old friends, did some gardening and had to run to a restaurant for carryout and then, er, I may or may not have fallen asleep while reading.   I will keep on though and sad to say the little I’ve read today is more than I’ve managed the past couple times.   Or maybe happy to say I’ve improved.   I never do make it the full 24 hours, but I will do what I can…  line by line… page by page… book by book!


Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall?  Not great.   I really need to get into practice for October
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?  erm, not really, and yet no.    All I meant to do was read as much as I could, and I didn’t.
  3. What was your favorite snack?  Peanut butter and chocolate popcorn
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post!

I had a good day, talking with old friends, doing a bit of gardening and reading not much, but more than I have for a while, so maybe it’s the start of a new reading run.

World Book Day, Dewey’s, etc.

I hope you all are staying safe and well during this unbelievable pandemic.   And while coronavirus is probably uppermost on most peoples’ minds, I would like to remind us of a couple good things going on.   Today, the 23rd of April is World Book Day and if you hurry, at least in America, you can get a free Kindle book from Amazon from a group they’re offering.   I guess I’m too late for most of the world, but I don’t know if they were doing that everywhere or not.   They should, it being World Book Day, but who knows?

Next is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, which I have signed up for.   This Saturday, the 25th, we can spend the day reading with people around the world and while that may not be so different this year than how a lot of us have spent the last month or two, it is for a happier reason, more companionable, and hopefully, you can eat plenty of snacks.   Snacks are an important part of the day.   From 8 AM Eastern US time (it starts at the same time around the world and goes 24 hours), you read and snack and chat over social media about your reading, your snacking, and the mini-challenges.   Do as much or as little as you like.   Read 24 hours or 24 minutes.   Eat 24 snacks.   Read physical books, ebooks, or listen to audiobooks.   Join us!   Read!  Eat!   Chat!  You’ll probably be home anyway!


I have actually read a little since I last posted.  I read a Patricia Wentworth – The Clock Strikes Twelve.  Enjoyed it.    A very wealthy man who told his family at dinner on New Year’s Eve that one of them had betrayed him and that he would wait in his study until midnight for a confession.   Shortly after midnight, he’s dead.   The police don’t think he fell.   The whole family is under suspicion.  Miss Silver comes along after a while to solve the murder, solve romantic problems, and make all right with the world again.   It’s a nice read.

So, join me on Saturday, reading as much as we can!   Maybe I’ll even read two books this month!