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Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Spectacular

You guys...I might...finally...FINALLY...be able to do the 24 hour readathon. 



And not in some lame "I'm traveling that day so I'll read for a few hours" way, but in an ACTUAL, PROPER way. Which has never happened before because I am always busy on the two damn dates they choose every year.

So what's awesome about the 24 hour readathon? It's themed. I like themed things. I'm immensely fond of them. Themes provide structure, and without structure, what is life? Aimless and boring. So there's the 24 hour thing (which, by the way, there's no way I'm staying awake for 24 hours, but I'll try for something slightly later than my usual rising/going to sleep times). Then there're snacks. Which I am ALREADY EXCITED FOR. I'm going to make a ridiculous amount of hummus. Ridiculous. And then eat it all. Do you know how many cans of garbanzo beans I have stored up? No, you do not, nor should you, but it is a lot.


Also getting one's reading pile together is the funnest, mainly because everyone likes pictures of stacks of books, and the readathon is the day EVERYONE has pictures of stacks of books.


It's in eleven days, and I don't have my books with me, but here're some preliminary ideas (note: I plan to finish zero of these, but I would like to read bits from all of them):

BUtterfield 8, John O'Hara. The 'BU' is not a typo, thank you very much.

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent. I started this in a suburban diner on Sunday when I was MUY sad, and it weirdly made me feel better. Weirdly because it's about an Icelandic murderess.

Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England, Elizabeth Reis. I picked this up at the library because it's called Damned Women. Yeah. Like I'm not gonna read that.

Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America, James Green. Yeah, it's a long title. But it's also really well-written and I want to actually finish it, because former Haymarket Square is THREE BLOCKS FROM MY APARTMENT. I am invested, damnit.

A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, Mary Walton. REMEMBER THIS BOOK? Yeah, so I loved it, then I lost it. Like Tennyson. But with something I checked out from the library and not my dead friend. I'm not sure where it is right now, but I'm sure I'll find it. Yeah.

Astray, Emma Donoghue. I love Emma Donoghue. More when she writes short stories, and more when she writes historical short stories, so I'm pretty damn psyched to finish this collection. Did you know the short story is currently an under-appreciated medium in America? Of course you do, because no one cares about them. Well, they're great.

THAT'S IT FOR NOW. But I'm sure I have things kicking around my apartment I've forgotten about. Oh, I am delighted. This'll be the funnest. You guys better be doing it. 

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