This weekend I’m booked: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon 2019

Woohoo, it’s time for the autumn Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon, which celebrates all things bookish, and where participants “read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online”.  What better way could there be to spend time at the weekend!

Of course, it is not necessary literally to read for 24 hours.  You can just read for 5 minutes if you want to.  But from all the posts I have seen so far, it looks as if many folks have crazily high To Be Read piles and why not.  We all know that putting together lists and piles of books to read is one of the great pleasures of being an avid reader!

As you can see from the picture above, I have a modest pile in terms of number of volumes, but an ambitious one vis à vis number of pages.  Ducks, Newburyport is famously nearly 1,000 pages long, with only a handful of full stops.  But everything I have seen about it suggests that it is a wonderful read.  I have been saving it for this weekend because I think it will be worth having some dedicated reading time to get in to it properly.

And if I need a change or fancy a distraction, I have several great library books to continue reading.  I have not yet started Praise Song For The Butterflies, but am part-way through the other three, and enjoying all of them.  I am not expecting to read all of these books all the way through in 24 hours – I may be a reading fanatic but nothing gets in the way of watching Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday evening.  But it will be great to be spending plenty of time between the pages.

The 24-hour period kicks off today (26 October) at 8am Eastern Time, which is a very civilised 1pm for me here in Scotland.

I am looking forward to checking out what everyone else is doing on the various social media platforms, as well as my own reading of course.  And most importantly, there will be snacks.  Oh yes – one’s choice of reading snack is almost as important as the books to read during the Readathon.  Along with copious amounts of tea, natch.

So I’m ready to go – roll on 1pm! 🙂

Six Degrees of Separation: From Three Women to The Braid

It’s time for another Six Degrees of Separation post. This is a fun monthly meme hosted by Kate, who picks a starting book from which we can each plot our own unique paths using six more books.

October’s starting place is Three Women by Lisa Taddeo…..

 

Once upon a time, there were Three Women.  But which three could they be?  Were they the aristocratic yet tragic Three Sisters suffering a decline in circumstances in pre-revolutionary Russia, trapped in an endless longing for Moscow?

Perhaps there was some confusion about which high-born women were related – it was certainly the case that Three Sisters, Three Queens were often spoken of as a group, though only two (Margaret and Mary) were kinswomen, albeit kindred spirits with Katharine of Aaragon in their mutual quest for power.

Enmity can forge curiously close relationships, just as friendship can bind through thick and thin, as the Three Daughters of Eve found out when one of them took desperate action to save herself.  And yet a story of betrayal and survival such as this is sadly one for the ages, as the Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China found to their cost across the generations.

Those beautiful swans each lived in different times yet their stories were profoundly linked.  The same can be said of the three women who passed The Hours in their respectively varying ways, each possessing an unknown affinity for the other through their laments for lost beauty in all its forms.

Suffering loss with dignity and hope requires great courage, as the three women linked by The Braid were destined to discover.  They join all the heroines of this tale in deserving our attention across the pages.  Though we cannot necessarily say that they all lived happily ever after, I nevertheless commend them to you. 💜

 

Tune in next month, when we forge our six degrees chains with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as our starting point. 🙂