24 in 48 Readathon July 2018

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…)

The preparations

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…

Starflight by Melissa Landers The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan

The readathon

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.

The result

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.

Talk to me

Have you ever done a readathon and what was your experience? Where you more successful than me? Let me know in the comments!

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