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[Saturday Reads] Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – 28 April 2018: A Pledge, An Impulse Decision (#BlameLitsy), A Reading Game Plan

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Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – An Impulse Decision

It was back in 2011 when we first learned (and joined) the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It was an ok experience (pre-Litsy, pre-Facebook-Page days) but not enough to compel me to continue doing it the following years.

A few people in Litsy, however, (if you haven’t heard of this bookish social media app yet and you are an avid reader, get on it stat – see my posts here), shared that they will be joining the #Readathon, so I thought about it this morning, and decided – hmm, it doesn’t have to be extremely demanding – and it will be exciting to meet new Readathoners (if there is such a word), so ok, let’s give it a go.

I signed up just a few minutes ago, and here’s my stack.

The book on top is for my #1001BookSwap (#SEAReaders Southeast Asian Readers edition) and is meant to be a secret (shh). It is quite the chunkster and a pretty heavy-going read that I have to come up for air every now and again. Here is a little widget I created for our book swap (also learned through Litsy) – there are four of us in the #SEAReaders group – two from Singapore, two from Malaysia.

The second one on the stack is for my Facebook Book Club (I have been tagged by our Moderator to pick the book for May/June, so here it is):

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. Honestly, I am not very sure whether I’d get to this one, since I have a more pressing deadline for the first **secret** novel.

The rest are graphic novel memoirs for our current reading theme on Biographies/Memoirs/First-Person-Narratives til end of June.

I am a little clear-eyed in the fact that I won’t be able to finish the two novels I stacked herebut I also want to feel a sense of satisfaction/ fulfilment that I was at least able to complete a few books for this #readathon, hence the graphic novels: Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell; I Live Here by Mia Kirschner, J. B. Mackinnon, Paul Shoebridges and Michael Simons (four books in all); and Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart.

If you still want to join and sign up, here is the link. And so, let the reading begin.

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