Last year, I started looking for a readathon to do during my summer vacation, and found the 24 in 48 readathon. As I’m taking exactly the same days off as last year, I can celebrate my summer break once again by participating in this awesome readathon! (So excite, much wow.)
The 24 in 48 readathon runs from July 21st, 12:01 AM ET to July 22nd, 11:59 PM ET. As I’m personally not in the ET time region this means that I have two options: either starting at the same time in my timezone, or doing it from midnight to midnight too. Just like last year, I chose to start at exactly the same time in my timezone (so from Saturday 6 AM to Monday 6 AM) so I would be able to cheer on other participants. (And to be honest, it’s not like I would be reading before 6 AM anyway…)
With this specific readathon, the big goal is to prove at the end of the weekend that you indeed read a total of over 24 hours. Practically this means that you keep a stopwatch at hand that you keep running every time you read. To reach my hours, I split my needed hours read over the two days. So my goal becomes to read 12 hours on Saturday and 12 hours on Sunday.
On to my TBR. I know I roughly read 60 pages an hour on average, so if I do some complicated maths, that mean I need to foresee at least 1440 pages of reading. Yikes. That amounts to one giant pile of books I have here…
So how did the readathon go? The first day started perfectly and even though I forgot to get anything for lunch and lost some time heading out to get something, I still ended up hitting that 12 hour mark right before bed. Day two started even better and I read the whole morning away without tiring. It even went so swimmingly actually that I ran out of books somewhere around the 18.45 hours mark. Oops.
I did pick up another book and kept reading, but by 19.36 hours I called it a day. I had read 5 books, and really needed to stretch my legs.
Just like last year, I didn’t manage to read the full 24 hours, but read all the books on my TBR. So was it a success? Well not in the traditional sense of the word, but I did manage to read a lot over those two days. The absolute best part is that I finally managed to focus on my book in my own home, something I’ve been struggling with for months. I’ve even managed to get a lot of reading hours in during the last two days. And I’m absolutely over the moon about that.
Have you ever done a readathon and what was your experience? Where you more successful than me? Let me know in the comments!