DEWEY’s 24 HR READATHON: 9:00 p.m. Check In


Freesia’s getting tired. It’s been a looooong day.
Saturday Morning for Kids on Saturday night

Swing It Sunny by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, a graphic novel. I will not review this thanks to spending time at Dewey’s, but it deals with Sunny’s summer before middle school begins and how she misses her brother, Dale, who has been sent to Military School after troubles with drugs and unsavory friends. Can Sunny remain sunny-side up?



DEWEY’S 24 HR. READATHON: 4:30 P.M. Check In

I took a break for lunch and a quick trip to the post office. When I arrived downtown, I realized it was Frontier Day, sponsored by the Rotary, and National Oak Park was full of vendors. I had to park about a quarter of a mile away, then walked through the many rows of booths. (Ok, so I made a couple of purchases!) It was over 85 degrees. Thank goodness I had my walking stick and the Living Stones Church was handing out free bottles of water. (I spent all the cash I had in my wallet except for $1.50 in quarters.) When I arrived home around three-ish, I was exhausted and very warm.

What better way than to sit down under a fan and rest than reading a book? I finished the first book, of this year’s Read-a-thon:

Useful but not a lot “new”

I have marked several places to copy for “future use,” and I will place it in my Little Free Library this evening when people are out walking after supper.

In answering messages, my friend (former student) in Boston sent an image created by her artistic daughter to help me celebrate the Read-a-thon. Unfortunately it is not re-printable for “security reasons” (whatever that means). Their intentions were good, so thanks Jian and Juliana for the good thoughts.

WhenI checked my Literary Calendar this morning, I discovered that today is National Independent Bookstore day.

We have no indecent bookstore here in Alvin, no bookstore at all. It is my dream and a goal I hope to accomplish before my 80th birthday to own and open one.

Brazos Bookstore in Houston is my favorite independent bookstore. They have amazing Zoom events by well-known authors that are feee to anyone who cares to watch. I have been to the bookstore once (It was on my bucket-list after years of reading about it in the Houston Chronicle.) and did my part to support independent bookstores financially. LOL

I read for a while on this novel,

and am enjoying it immensely. I hope to finish it before I quit reading for the day.

My Better Half has taken a break from reading to accomplish something on his Honey-Do List, plant a large plant that spreads in a spot where we had to remove a pittosporum the Big Freeze took out. I plan to give him a really nice supper as a reward.



It’s 6:30 a.m. Time to “set up”

I didn’t have to set an alarm to wake up this morning, April 24, 2021; it is the day of the READATHON.

It is raining this morning, so I think I’ll wear this shirt:

Next order of business is to select some books to read:

Most of these I have started, so I will tackle them first; after all, my primary goal is to finish books currently “in progress.”



Tomorrow is the big day! It’s time for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a thon. I have only participated in two others (and the read-a-thon was established in 2007), so I am really getting serious about tomorrow.

It’s important to have books on hand, snacks and made ahead-meals, and maybe some goals.

My challenges to myself

I hope to finish the several books that are “in progress.”

I also want to read any library books around the house that need to be returned to the library.

Finally, I want to at least begin the Secret Garden, which was the slip I chose from the bowl for the Classic Club; I need to finish the book before April is over.

April’s selection was The Secret Garden, a young people’s classic.

TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY! I can hardly wait!

Every-Other-Sunday (Evening) Post/Readathon Update

I have a meme on my phone that I should learn to send out here.  It has an adorable puppy on his back, paws up, saying, “Help! I’m running out of weekend!” Well, it is Sunday after 6 p.m., and I have run out of weekend.

My Better Half and I decided to run 12 hours of the 24 hr. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I set aside 13 hours, so I could include 1/2 hour each to heat up and eat lunch and supper.  We started promptly at seven, broke for lunch (although we snacked while reading, mostly trail mix and chocolate) around noon, put the dishes on to soak, and I started chicken marsella in the slow cooker.  Amid delicious smells we spent a rainy, warm afternoon reading relaxing either on the bed, propped up by pillows or in comfortable reading/rocking chairs in the living room. Around sixish, we had a pleasant supper and quit reading at eight to give ourselves the Dr.Oz recommended hour’s rest from screen time before turning in. Since I was subbing for our Sunday School teacher on Sunday, I had to put the “finishing touches” on the lesson, and we slept the best we had in a long time, probably because we had had such a stress-free, relaxing day reading.

My progress report:

I finished The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, which gave insights into the inner life and general life of an author in novel form (to be reviewed here soon). I had read approximately 1/3 of it going in, and since it was on my computer Kindle app, I read other things (like Friday’s and Saturday’s Houston Chronicle) to rest my eyes from the computer screen. I read about seven chapters from The Grouchy Grammarian, which I hope to give to a grammar-grouch like myself who teaches English in Lake Jackson, Texas.  I have approximately 24 chapters to finish, but they are mercifully short. I skimmed How to Write Haiku and Other Short Poems, looking for material to use in a lecture on poetry theory Thursday, but I should have been alerted by the Scholastic publisher’s label.  It is aimed at younger readers than college level. The basics are there, however, and I am keeping it as a reference book on the “basics” should I ever get to do my dream of teaching a poetry workshop. I began Jeanette Walls memoir, Half Broke Horses (I had read The Glass Castle) and ended on page 113 before quitting. All in all, I had a productive, most enjoyable day, and felt renewed and refreshed when I awoke around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Today was a busy day, teaching in Sunday School, meeting a student for lunch at Starbuck’s to help with a poorly written do-over paper, attending a meeting of the Alvin Museum Society which featured the head of the Brazoria County Museum Society who brought artifacts and reproductions and discussed what the “usual” doughboys took with them into WWI. Much of the material was new to me, and the speaker was generous enough to let us handle the “souvenirs” of the Great War and ask him questions. Our Alvin Museum is doing a temporary display of items from WWI, and I plan to go see them next weekend.

After doing a set of papers and reading the Sunday edition of The Houston Chronicle, filled with the good news of our beloved Astros, managed by a home-town Alvin boy, Reid Ryan, I prepared supper (leftovers) and am seeing what I’ve missed in the blogging world in the past two days.  It has been a very good weekend! 


Tomorrow is the big day.  We are not required to read for 24 hours but to read as much as we can IN 24 hours.  I plan to set my alarm and start reading by 7:00 a.m. CST. My main objective is to whittle down my TBR stack and at the same time to come near to completing my “Color Coded Challenge.” I made a big pan of Italian Baked Beans, laced generously with rosemary and have some quick fixes like frozen burritos and frozen pizza to pare cooking time down to almost nothing.  Snacks are very important, so I went to the local Aldi’s and made trail mix from a variety of nuts, dried fruits, and yes, I threw in some raisins and chocolate chips.  I hope I don’t get the book pages sticky!

Who would like to join me and thousands of others around the world in the readathon?  It doesn’t have to be official, just let me know we’ll be reading together, and we’ll check on and update each other on our progress.  Updates will be posted here irregularly and spasmodically from time to time tomorrow.

Let’s read!