I often say books are my friends. To be honest, that’s not just a phrase– it really represents day-to-day life for me. I have wonderful people-friends, but we are scattered all over the world and have our own lives. So, when I feel lonely, happy, bored, anxious, overwhelmed, playful, excited, disillusioned, scared, hopeful, vulnerable, insecure, liberated, or [insert any and all other emotions here], I turn to literature.
Books never disappoint (okay, Girl on the Train did disappoint). There is a story for every state of mind or matter of the heart. Imagine how I felt when I found out about Dewey’s readathon – an entire 24 hours dedicated to reading and it comes along with an entire community of like-minded, equally book-obsessed, virtual people-friends! Every positive adjective in the Oxford dictionary would not be enough to describe my feelings toward this day and these people – I would probably have to borrow from other languages.
I love the planning of snacks, making of anticipatory blog posts, sifting through my Mt. TBR, and chitchats with everyone on social media about it all. I never met Dewey, but I imagine her to be like my favorite book – a safe haven, an adventure, at times hilarious but also irritating, full of wisdom and anecdotes, and above all a feeling like you’re coming home.
I’ve only participated in a few Dewey’s readathons, nonetheless I know that this is just the beginning to a wonderful tradition for years to come. I am looking forward to many more hours of chocolate indulgences, graphic novel scares, pushing through sleepiness because I don’t want to lose a minute to some ZZZs, out-of-my-comfort-zone poetry, social media updates, and coffee, coffee, coffee. So here’s to book-friends, people-friends, and a cozy blanket. Have a great readathon!
A ginormous thank you to Juliane for this amazing post.