Aaah, the 24 in 48 readathon, the illusive readathon I will be attempting for the third time, and hope to finally complete and hit that 24 hour mark. I had a lot of problems during my July 2017 and July 2018 tries, but have learned so much that I was able to write a specific 24 in 48 tip post. Now, I’m hopefully equipped with enough experience and with a solid plan. Wish me luck!
My goal during these readathons has always been to read 12 hours on both Saturday and Sunday, and this time I had a plan. Specifically, the plan laid out below. In theory this looked like it would work and I was very curious to see if it would work.
- 7 AM to 9.30 AM: Read
- 9.30 AM to 9.45 AM: Break
- 9.45 AM to 12.15 PM: Read
- 12.15 PM to 1 PM: Lunch
- 1 PM to 3.30 PM: Read
- 3.30 PM to 3.45 PM: Break
- 3.45 PM to 6.15 PM: Read
- 6.15 PM to 7 PM: Dinner
- 7 PM to 9 PM: Read
On to the TBR, another important part of readathon-preparations. Thanks to my Bookly app, I now know I read about 70 pages per hour. If I take out my calculator, that means I need to foresee 1680 of pages in order to have enough to read. The books below amount to a total of 1775 pages which is a little over target, but I’ve learned it’s better to have a little wiggle room as you don’t want to run out and stare bleary-eyed at that shelf.
On Satuday at 7AM on the dot, I sat ready with a giant cup of coffee and my first book of the weekend. My plan was simple, read in blocks of 2.5 hours with highly necessary and strict breaks. Now, I’ve never focused on my book for such a long period (that I know of), so I was a little worried if I would make it. Spoiler alert: I did (*happy dance*).
Seriously though, this readathon is a beast. Reading 12 hours in a day? Two days in a row? I was absolutely exhausted by hour 17, but I ended up making it out of sheer stubbornness.
I did encounter one problem though; by the end of Saturday, I had almost finished my third book. I was reading way faster than I was anticipating and ended up with 1907 pages read in 24 hours and 1 minute. (Yeah that 1 minute is important.) Those are absolutely monstrous numbers and I realize that I just read more in one weekend than some people do in a year, or even 10 years. Isn’t that a depressing thought?
Anyway, I made it though! And now I’m possibly never going to do this one again, or at least not try to hit that 24-hour mark. I’ve proved to myself I can do it and basically, now I’m done. I know that sounds bad, but damn this is one difficult readathon.
Have you ever done a readathon and what was your experience? Where you more successful than me? Let me know in the comments!