What I Read For Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Tin Man

I accidentally stumbled upon the beginning of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon the other day, and thought I’d sign myself up as a latecomer.

What is Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon?

The ten-year-old read-a-thon is for book nerds online:

For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day.

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

I dipped into the read-a-thon here and there over the 24 hour period, between work and dining out.  Somehow I managed to focus enough to finish Tin Man by Sarah Winman.  It’s the first time in ages I’ve picked up an adult fiction book and zoomed through it in a day, and I don’t think it was due to read-a-thon motivation alone.

The story follows Ellis, who as an adult finds himself unhappy and alone.  He reminisces on the relationships of his past – his mother, his abusive father, his wife Annie, and Michael, his best friend – and the events leading up to his loneliness in the present day.

The book centres mostly around Ellis and Michael’s confused friendship, but I felt that it was so much more than that – it is a book about relationships in general, and how they aren’t always black and white but can still be beautiful and healthy.  It moved me (almost) to tears, grateful for the relationships I have in my life now.

Pick up a copy at The Book Depository.

The Dieter by Susan Sussman

My copy of this book is falling apart, being a recommendation from my Mum’s bookshelf that found its way onto my TBR many years ago.  I managed to read a good few pages before the end of the read-a-thon, and my Mum is thrilled that I’ve finally made a start on a book that she loves.

It’s still early days, so I’ve yet to get a real sense of the plot, but so far, after losing her friend to cancer and giving up smoking as a result, Barbara has begun to put on weight.  As her waistline grows bigger, her life, marriage and career all see change too…

This book is old, first published in the 80s (ok not that old, but it does now seem to be out of print).  I’m particularly interested to see another era’s take on weight and body confidence (even in a fictional setting), especially as I’m following a lot of inspiring bloggers at the moment who really care about body positivity.

I have already penned in April’s read-a-thon – it was a great opportunity to connect with some amazing bookworms, and also prioritise reading!

Did anyone else take part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon?

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