On a whim, I started looking for a readathon that coincided with my Summer vacation and to my own utter surprise I found one! The 24 in 48 readathon is as simple as it sounds, it encourages you to read a total of 24 hours in a 48 hour time span. And that’s just what I was looking for (don’t you love it when a plan comes together).
Officially it starts on July 22nd at 12:01AM ET and ends July 23rd at 11:59PM ET. If you’re an international reader like me, apparently you have the choice between either starting at the same time in your timezone, or doing it from midnight to midnight too. I chose to start at exactly the same time in my timezone (so from Saturday 6AM to Monday 6AM) so I would not feel so lonely.
This isn’t my first rodeo, but it is the first time I’m doing this particular readathon. As you should prove at the end that you’ve made it, you need to read with a stopwatch next to you. I’ve NEVER done this and it means I need to step away from my “normal” game plan where I set my alarm every hour so I can focus on reading and give myself a regular breather. (Eek.)
I’m a planner and a realist, so my idea was immediately to split my hours read between the two days. So 12 hours on Saturday and 12 hours on Sunday. (Sometimes life doesn’t need to be more difficult than it is.)
For my TBR, things are pretty meta. My 24 in 48 TBR is of course a part of my Summer TBR so it was really easy to pick out the books I wanted to read. 24 hours of reading, that means I should take about three full books. (Wait whut… is that correct?) I’m adding a graphic novel as something I can fly through. Anyway, here we go:
Okay so, there are some ways that are less than ideal to start a readathon. Starting it after solo-hosting a 10-people dinner party is DEFINITELY one of them. I was completely exhausted, and I had a lot of problems getting started and not falling asleep on Saturday. AND GOSHDARNIT I WAS OUT OF COFFEE. (*facepalm*) As this is a marathon and not sprint, I wasn’t overly worried and just tried my best. But I only ended up clocking 8 hours of reading, or 4 hours below my target. But hey, there was always Sunday to fix everything, right?
Waking up on Sunday, I got hit with the knowledge that I had to read for 16 hours and I immediately knew that was going to be very, VERY difficult. (One of my other hobbies besides reading is SLEEPING.) Even though reading was going a lot better this day, I started reading Nevernight and that book is not a quick read. In the time it took for me to finally finish the book, I had read two books the day before. Now, the goal of this readathon was clocking the hours and I realized this, but it was really difficult to stay motivated with a book where the pages passed by so very slowly.
Sooo, yeah… I didn’t read the full 24 hours. In the end, I clocked in 18 hours and 43 minutes, and 1272 pages. I could have finished it if I had powered through and did an all-nighter, but I didn’t want to force myself. I’ve done that with another readathon a couple of years back and ended up with a mayor reading slump for MONTHS. (Seriously, this is Olympian-level reading people and the end-results can be devastating.) And I was not going to that to myself AGAIN.
I did finish every book of my TBR, so at least I have that thought to comfort me at night. I’m not too bummed though. The end-goal of a readathon is to read as much as you can and put the rest of your life on hold for a little while and I definitely managed to do that. On to the next readathon!
Have you ever done a readathon and what was your experience? Where you more successful than me? Let me know in the comments!