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Last night, around 9 p.m. I remembered that my friend Deb Nance, who is a blogging friend living in the same town as I, was hosting at the Dewey’s 24 Hour REVERSE Readathon. I had done Dewey’s 24 a few times, once staying up all 24 hours, with the exception of a three hour nap. This time instead of holding the Readathon from 7 a.m. one day until 7 a.m. the next day, Dewey’s did a reverse Readathon beginning at 7 p.m. 8/7, lasting until 7 p.m. 8/8. Debby always has fun things to do and great giveaways during her hosting hour. I spent from 9-10 p.m. reading, commenting on, and enjoying her post, plus scrolled back to catch a post or two I’d missed during the week. Posting and reading posts counts as “bookish” activity according to Dewey’s. Then, at ten, I began listening to shopping-1  a delightful audiobook which I soon became enamored of. Because I had the lights off, I fell asleep sometime around 10:45.

When I awoke it was 12:30, I found where I’d “left the book’s company” and began listening again. After an hour, I started a really engaging small, hardback some kind soul had left in my LFL (Little Free Library).31gfp4CxMvL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

At 2 a.m., I remembered I had read a bit of shopping  this book earlier in the day, and thought I’d wind my night-owl reading down with a few sections from it. (The book has lines separating sections, not chapters, very different, and would be hard to follow were it not for the family tree at the front of the book, which I kept the thumb of my left hand tucked into for quick reference as to who was who). After only 20 minutes, I knew I was going to nod off again, so I gave up, turned off the light and slept until 5:30 a.m. At that time, I  again listened to shopping-1 .

Still listening, I ate a cup of homemade soup for breakfast around 6 and listened until 8.

Wanting to be at the post office by 9, I showered and dressed, and off I went, taking care of two other errands as well, and stopping by to see Deb Nance of Readerbuzz and deliver a book I’d promised her the night before.

I took a break, ate lunch/brunch, and slept again from 11:30 until 12:50. From then until now (2:15 p.m. Saturday, the 8th) I listened and read from the same three books. Posting this is a “bookish” activity, and my participation in Reverse Readathon.png  the Readathon continues.

I plan to give an update on the end of my day and the progress made during the Readathon either later this evening or tomorrow. Stay tuned…and keep on reading!


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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