24in48 Readathon

Last Thursday I stumbled across a post in a Facebook group I’m part of that has an interest in reading. The poster was talking about this challenge called 24in48 and asking who was going to take part in it. A quick Google search led me to their website where I learned that 24in48 is a Readathon where you aim to read for 24 hours in a 48 hour period. As someone who has a goal to read 52 books in 2019 I loved this idea.

I’ll skip right to the part where I admit that while I did take part I was just under six hours short of 24 hours. For jumping into a challenge at the last minute and not being overly prepared I was pretty happy with my results. Obviously I would have liked to have reached the 24 hour goal but I’m already looking ahead to their next Readathon (July 20-21!) and I plan to KILL it.

What I think worked well for me:

  1. Stopwatch. I used the stopwatch on my phone to keep track of my time. I saw some suggestions to screenshot your time any time you stop just in case something happens and you reset your timer.
  2. Audiobooks. As I’m in the middle of training for my 30K and marathon I had a long run scheduled. Luckily they count audiobooks towards the 24 hours so I listened to a book while I ran for 2+ hours. I also listened to an audiobook while grabbing groceries and driving to my massage therapy appointment
  3. Selection. I already like to have three books on the go (a physical book, an audiobook, and an e-book) so if I got bored of one I could switch to something else. I also had a stack of books I had recently purchased that I was eager to get through.

What didn’t:

  1. Prior commitments. I had committed to a friend’s party on Saturday night and had a massage therapy appointment booked on Sunday afternoon. Between these two events I lost 4-5 hours just in time being away from reading. I would argue that because I was out on Saturday night I also slept in longer than I would have liked to on Sunday morning and lost time there as well. I feel like here was the six hours I needed.
  2. Poor planning. 24in48 suggests having snacks and whatnot ready to go. I really didn’t have time to get groceries and whatnot ahead of time. I think next time I’ll make sure that not only I go ahead of time, but I might pre-cook a couple of meals so I can cut down on time there as well.
  3. The running. This goes back to the first point, but after completing my 18K long run I was wiped. Along with going out on Saturday night, the Sunday morning sleep-in felt essential to my recovery process. Next time I’ll try to schedule my training around the weekend, maybe making it an “off-weekend.”

What I read:

  1. Lord of the Flies – William Golding. I had already started this book so I finished it up on Saturday.
  2. Let Your Mind Run – Deena Kastor. I had also previously started this audiobook so I finished it up on my run.
  3. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris. I started this audiobook next, finishing it up while completing tasks like doing laundry, grocery shopping, and meal-prepping.
  4. The Woman in the Window – AJ Finn. I read this entire thing on Saturday. I was so enthralled by it and couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend.
  5. My Sister the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite. Another one I loved. It was a pretty quick but really interesting read. The premise was really creative and having a sister myself I found I could relate to the relationship (despite my sister not being a serial killer).

What I started but haven’t finished:

  1. Becoming – Michelle Obama. This is a seriously beautiful memoir.
  2. When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris. I really like listening to him in audiobook format and this one had been suggested to me by someone on Instagram that has read all of his books.

Will I do it again? Absolutely! I woke up on Monday feeling refreshed and mentally alert. I was able to get through lots of books and am ending January with 9/52 books read, putting me ahead of my goal for the year. I’m also doing the PopSugar book challenge this year so I was able to fulfill some of the challenge prompts. I also have another bookworm for a friend that was interested in the challenge so we’ve already started making plans for the next one – a cottage weekend where we can chill on her dock or visit a winery with our books in hand!


Have you participated in any challenges or readathons?
Are there any books you suggest?

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