Dewey Readathon Participants and Cheerleaders—A Big Hello! from the Great State of Texas!
A bit late to starting the 2014 Dewey Readathon but am ready to read, so here’s my brief intro coming to you from the great state of Texas. I live in Houston and have lived here most of my life. In fact, I ended up becoming a Texas travel writers. This is a dog-friendly place, and around here we love to read to the dogs. (I have seven, all sizes and breeds, and you can see them at A Life with Dogs.) Below is my granddaughter who is reading one of my books to Teddy, my Shui Tsu. Yes, he does seem to enjoy young teen romances. Go figure. (Update: You’ll find the mid-event and final survey after my list of books below.)
A day of reading
I played it down with my official reading list this year. Tried to keep it doable. It’s a combination of short stories, a collection of short stories, a novel, and a spiritual memoir. If all goes well, I’ can ammend as the readathon continues.
Now that I’ve taken care of my initial errand, I’ll be able to settle in and read and participate on Twitter for the nest 20+ hours. That feels good. I’ve been looking forward to this day.
The Techonogists by Mathew Pearl has been staring at me for months, and I can’t wait to begin—but first, a few short stories to help me settle into the day. I’m going to use the crock pot so the house will be filled with a delicious aroma during the day. I’m indulging with a roast and new potatoes.
This is my third or fourth Dewey’s Readathon, so I don’t think I’ll be doing anything new. Last time I engaged more in the Twitter chatter and really enjoyed it. I do plan to continue to visit other sites to see what everyone else is doing. Makes for a nice break in the day. So that’s pretty much how I’m playing it today. What about you? Say hello and tell me about your plans.
And the clock strikes twelve (Mid-Event Survey)
Once I got through the first few hours I was able to settle in to the event. I started off with short stories and read Wharton’s Xingu and Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart. Xingu’s become a Dewey tradition as I discovered the book during my first readathon and have read it each time. Seems to be a timeless work for me. Poe is one of my absolute favorite short stories. I still remember my first reading when I was about twelve. Today I appreciate it all the more. The dogs, especially Charlie the Pug, did their best to push forward their favorite books.
I switched gears and found a free audio version of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery read by Maureen Stapleton. I seldom listen to audios but this worked out great. It seemed to highlight Jackson’s depiction of the ordinariness of evil. It’s been a long time since I had read the story, and I remember how shocking it was back then. I wonder, now, if it would have the same impact.
I’m now in the midst of reading Edith Wharton’s seven short stories in Wharton’s New England. So far so good. The big surprise so far is that I actually participated in two of the mini-challenges: Show it Off and Name a Readathon. I submitted a photo of the beautiful words penned by Irving Stone in my copy of The Agony and the Ecstasy. My Readathon title: The Tell Tale Lottery Readathon.
Other than the slow start, the first twelve hours have gone well. No phone calls or interruptions. Looking forward to finishing Wharton’s work and moving on to Matthew Pearl’s The Technologists.
Alas, the eyes have it
Things were moving along until I felt the early twinges of problems with my eyes. I’ve been having some issues the last six months with dry eye and it’s definitely impacting my time staring at a computer screen and my ability to read for long periods. Post-midnight became a problem, and so I had to pull out. The end result is that I made it through all the short stories and half-way through Wharton’s New England. I’m good with that because I’ve been wanting to take the time to read all those stories. Mission accomplished.
I did a few things different. Really enjoyed listening to the Maureen Stapleton audio of The Lottery. Definitely a different way to experience the story. Finally participated in mini-challenges like Cover Poetry, Cover Color, Pet Parade, Readathon Name and Show it Off. Those were quick and fun. Looks like I signed up too late to have a cheerleader but the Twitter posts kept me going through it all. Always nice to meet up with my Readathon friends. Will definitely participate in the Dewey Readathon in April 2015. Only regret: Had to pull out just as I started The Technologists.