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:
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:
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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