There is so much to love about Dewey’s readathon. The community, the books, the challenges, and the prizes?? It’s a book nerd’s dream come true. But there’s something else that I’ve always loved about it. That it is an event carried on in memory of a book blogger named Dewey by friends who loved and respected her. And it’s an opportunity to get to know somebody that I unfortunately missed out on while they were with us in this confusing, exciting world. When you tell someone who isn’t in the book blogging community about the book blogging community, it’s hard to emphasize how much love there is. Dewey’s readathon epitomizes that love.
For this reason, I’d like you to meet, or remember, a woman named Heather Croxon. She was a great friend to me and many other readers. She blogged at Bits & Books. A few months ago Heather was in a random, tragic accident and she passed away at only 31 years old.
Her positivity was infectious. The sweet Aussie was always down to help with any project. Like many of us, she was funny and a little bit snarky. What I loved best about Heather was how welcoming she was to everybody. And she had that magical gift of being able to make perfect recommendations. It was very clear that she really listened, was interested in learning about a person’s interests, and would think of you when she read or saw something that would totally be your jam. Thank you, Heather, for The Kettering Incident, the most me TV show there ever was.
It’s strange mourning in the age of the internet. Especially when the person you are mourning had such an internet presence. All of Heather’s social media accounts are still there. Her blog is still there. Instead of over the years slowly forgetting the specifics of a person we loved, we can revisit their thoughts as if they were speaking to you right then and there. And her blog is a wealth of bookish delight that everyone should check out.
This readathon, I want to ask you to do two things. The first thing is to remember Heather Croxon and any other bloggers and readers we may have lost this year. Please share your memories of them in the comments below, so we can learn a little bit more about our community. The second thing is to check out this list of some of Heather’s favorite books this readathon. Let’s keep the memory of our friends alive through the things they loved most!
The Night Manager by John le Carre (or most anything by him)
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
Messages from a Lost World: Europe on the Brink by Stefan Zweig
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
Inside the Head of Bruno Shulz by Maxim Biller
The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
The Wonder Lover by Malcolm Knox
Airmail by Marieke Hardy
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Dear Reader by Paul Journal
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
Thank you so very much to Julianne for this remembrance and for getting to the heart of what we hope to do here, twice a year, to honor Dewey and our book community. You can find Julianne on Twitter at @outlandishlit or her blog.