Signed up for the October 2019 Readathon

I’ve signed up for the October 26, 2019 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. At first, I wasn’t sure that I’d have the Saturday off from work, but on Thursday, I found out that I’ll be having arthroscopic surgery on my left knee for a degenerative meniscus only a few days before the event on October 22. So now I’m definitely in, and I already have begun thinking about what books I might read as I start my convalescence.

Topping the list are two books apropos for a weekend so close to Halloween:

  • The Unforeseen by Dorothy McCardle
  • The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb.

The first is a recommendation from a friend, who also recommended to me I read McCardle’s The Uninvited, her first novel, which I did and enjoyed. Now I’m going to give her second novel a go. The second is the basis for one of my wife’s favorite movies of the same name, starting Robert Mitchum, and one of my favorite scenes in two movies:

A third very strong possibility is a Halloween tradition reread: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which a patron at the library where I work got me started doing a few years ago. I might mix it up like I did one year and read the graphic novel adaptation by writer P. Craig Russell; illustrators David Lefuente, Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan, Tony Harris, Jill Thompson, Stephen B. Scott, and Galen Showman; and colorist Lovern Kindzierski.

Beyond that, I might throw in a dash of poetry, but as always, we’ll see.

As for what I’m doing this weekend, I’m…


  • The Mummy Case, the third in the Amelia Peabody mystery series, by Elizabeth Peters after reading The Curse of the Pharaohs, the second in the series, earlier this week.


  • Friday Night Dinner, a British comedy, now available on Hulu, with my wife.

Listening To

Are you going to participate in the October readathon? If so, what are you planning on reading? Either way, what are you up to this weekend? Whatchya reading, watching, listening to, doing this weekend?

15 thoughts on “Signed up for the October 2019 Readathon

  1. I’m probably going to try out Dewey’s readathon, too. In fact, I think I’m going to try to squeeze in a readathon at the last weekend of every month. Because I totally deserve the break sometimes. Once a month isn’t too shabby.


  2. Every day is a readathon for me 🙂

    Its actually Australian Reading Hour this week. I’ll be reading Where The Light Enters by Sara Donati but at nearly 700 pages I’ll need more than the government sanctioned hour to finish it.

    This weekend my husband has an Archery event, so he will be MIA with the car all weekend and I’ll be at home with whichever teenagers don’t have somewhere better to be.

    Have a great reading week.


  3. I will definitely be joining in. I don’t think I’ve ever missed a readathon completely, though I have sometimes only read for a couple of hours because of other conflicts. I don’t know yet what I will be reading, but I like themed ‘thons, so I may try to do that. I’m planning to do a novel again in November for NaNoWriMo, and the readathon would be a good time to do some more research reading. I will also have a zillion picture books to read for the Cybils, so who knows?

    Today I hope to read more in The Testaments, and visit blogs. We have our Sunday Movie Night with my sister and her husband tonight. Last week we had Casablanca, and the week before that we had Raiders of the Lost Ark, so I can’t wait to see what shows up tonight.

    If you haven’t read The Never-Open Desert Diner, I think you should add it to your list. I found it on Hoopla at our library.

    I hope you have a great week.


  4. I don’t usually do the readathons but I might try it this time around. We will see. I’m doing nothing this weekend, except taking some food supplies to mom and dad tomorrow. Oh and editing photos for stock photography and chasing the cat and feeding the children and … well, maybe some day I’ll get a day to do nothing


  5. Yes, I’m in for the October readathon. It never works for me to plan my reading so it will be whatever ebook the library automatically checks out to me from my Holds list.

    As for what I’m up to this weekend, right now I’m eating a bowl of the chili I just made, commenting on blogs, and watching Dexter.


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