Third Dewey Readathon Post: I Finished Reading One Book!

Button used with permission given on Dewey Readathon website
Button used with permission given on Dewey Readathon website

I just finished reading one whole book!

It’s around 3:30pm Indiana (USA) time. I am participating in a very relaxed way in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon, which officially started at 7am here. Some 1700 people are doing the #Readathon from all over the planet, including some people who are reading in languages other than English. I blogged about my prep yesterday and about my beginning this morning and now I am blogging about completing my first book. (Yay!)

I had intended to read a bunch of novels that were written for an audience of 11-14-year-olds because I earn my living as a Young Adult Services librarian and I wanted to beef up my experience with recently published books for the younger end of my target age range.  I read a lot of YA/children’s lit just for the pleasure of it, too.

However, I also had a short, new-ish (2014) book in my TBR pile that was published for adults.  I think I put it on hold for myself at my public library a few months ago based on a review but (lol) don’t ask me to remember where I read the review or what it said.

Anyway, the book is called Dear Committee Members: a novel by Julie Schumacher.  Here is what the cover looks like:

Dear Committee Members book cover from Amazon.
Dear Committee Members book cover from Amazon.

The porcupine on the cover is perfect!  The novel is totally in the form of LORs (letters of recommendation) and other letters written by a crotchety (yet brilliant, yet very human) old English professor. At times it made me laugh out loud. The ending was a surprise and moved me to tears.

Th epistolary style made me want to re-read one of my favorites from years ago, called A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey.  Here is a cover of that:

Woman of Independent Means cover from Amazon.
Woman of Independent Means cover from Amazon.

It has a completely different plot and different characters, and takes place over many years rather than just a few months, but you get a similarly satisfying feeling from reading between the lines of the one-sided conversations and a similar satisfaction at seeing the letter writer grow and change.

Ahhh… (Big sigh of contentment from my completion high.)

What shall I read next?

By the way, I love the permission a 24-hour readathon gives me. Normally if I finished reading a whole book in basically one sitting, I would stand up, stretch, and tell myself I needed to get busy with household chores or errand-running or the other never-ending life maintenance activities. But since I’m doing the Read-a-thon, I am free to blog a bit, stretch a bit, maybe take a shower…but then sink right back into reading another book.


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7 thoughts on “Third Dewey Readathon Post: I Finished Reading One Book!”

    1. Thank you, Amy! I started reading Next by Kevin Waltman for my next (heh) Readathon book. I’m not sure I’ll finish it before I fall asleep, though. We’ll see. (lol)

  1. Readathon is magical! The Hubs did all the housework today and tonight, and I didn’t have to feel guilty at all because he knows that twice a year this is what I do. Although I did go to Baltimore (from Virginia) to go to Avon KissCon book event, which is the only reason I skipped half of Readathon.

    A pile of books,
    standing tall,
    Read one at a time,
    until you’ve read them all!


  2. Grab a snack, dance a jig, it’s Hour 18! You can do it! I know this hour gets difficult (for me, at least). Hope you’re having a great time with your books! #TeamPopper

  3. The readathon has been great so far. Love the porcupine.

    It is really quiet now. I can hear my cat snoring as I finish up my last pages. We are in the homestretch. Don’t forget to move around a bit. Best of luck in achieving your read-a-thon goals. Happy reading! #TeamMrPopper

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