DEWEY’S 24 HOUR READATHON 2020: A quick summary

2020 brings Dewey’s Readathon back again.

I started the Readathon an hour late because I had stayed up quite late preparing for it. Baking cookies and muffins…

I was ready. I made my first cup of coffee and off I went.

I used my favorite cat mug and souvenir mugs students had brought me from Belize, Hawaii, and The Big Apple, NYC.
I was dressed for the occasion in my Half-Price Books shirt.

I spent the majority of my time reading, reading, reading. I finished two books I had started, one from the library, one from my TBR pile. I started two other books as well. (I finished both of these Sunday afternoon.) I spent some time visiting other blogs and posting on Powerful Women Readers. I enjoyed a lot of cartoons. I read the Saturday Houston Chronicle from cover to cover, thoroughly catching up on news of the election and the Coronavirus. The comics were especially good. Saturday’s Chronicle features in its “Zest” section both bird-watching “news” and a gardening feature, two columns I have learned a great deal from over the years. When we first moved to Houston, we had two Houston papers and were thrown one in the morning, one in the afternoon. it is sad to witness the decline of print newspapers; we are one of two homes on our cul de sac that receive the paper daily. Most just buy the weekend edition when they’re out or watch the news on TV.

I caught up to date on my devotional book, Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Someone donated this lovely book to my LFL when they were through with it, so I have been reading January’s and October’s devotionals daily; then I will be in February and November, etc. I found myself copying many sayings down in my Quotes Notebook.

I read a total of nine hours, then followed up by dedicating all of Sunday afternoon (while My Better Half watched the Texans play) to finishing up what I’d started.

It made for a wonderful reading weekend.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 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."

8 thoughts on “DEWEY’S 24 HOUR READATHON 2020: A quick summary”

  1. I love that shirt Rae. This sounds like a wonderful way to spend a weekend. So glad you got so much reading in. I love that you baked for your Readathon.


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