“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” ~ Mortimer J. Adler. The perfect mantra for the Dewey 24 hour Readathon

This weekend I am participating for the first time in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – a worldwide event where participants read books and post thoughts, updates, snack information etc via their blogs and social media platforms. I have seen this taking place in previous years and thought it would be fun to have a go.

I should emphasise that it is not necessary literally to read for 24 hours! It’s just that this is the set time period in which everyone can take the opportunity to feel part of an international reading community, visiting each other across the ether to share this most essential of hobbies.

The 24 hour period starts for me at 1pm today and I am excited to get going. First off, I will be finishing Justin Cronin’s beautiful story about the lives of Mary, O’Neil and their families. I am currently half way through and very keen to finish it. I came to this book via Kate’s blog, BooksAreMyFavouriteAndBest – she describes it as ‘unexpectedly wonderful’ and indeed it is.


Next, I’ll be catching up on my participation with Liz Dexter’s Iris Murdoch Readalong. I was doing quite well with a title a month until all the busyness of the summer kicked in. So I’ll be aiming to get as far as possible through The Italian GirlThe Red and the GreenThe Time of Angels, The Nice and the Good, and Bruno’s Dream.  As you can see from this screenshot of my ‘Iris’ collection on my Kindle, I am building up quite a digital library. I had never read any of her work before embarking on Liz’s project and have been very much enjoying the journey so far. So it will be good to get back to it.


Nevertheless, I suspect it will be hard to take all that Murdoch in one go, so I am also planning to treat myself to two new titles that I have been looking forward to: Patrick Gale’s Take Nothing With You and Kate Atkinson’s Transcription.

I have no idea how far I get with all of this, but spending a weekend of reading sounds like heaven! And of course it will be fascinating to learn what everyone else is doing. See you on the other side. 🙂

12 thoughts on ““Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” ~ Mortimer J. Adler. The perfect mantra for the Dewey 24 hour Readathon

  1. I was glad you clarified! I think my eyes would fall out my head if I read for 24 hours. Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea pops into my head regularly, I really enjoyed it. I should definitely read more of her.

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    1. I have had The Sea, The Sea on my shelf unread for about 100 years – I think it was the main reason I decided to do the readalong, so I could finally crack it open! Not long to go… 🤪

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    1. It was great thanks! Some participants did not seem to be reading that much, but they still had time to be online – a busy life doesn’t even allow that. I hope you find some rest and relaxation time soon. 😀💕

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