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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Lord of the Flies – William Golding. I had already started this book so I finished it up on Saturday.
- Let Your Mind Run – Deena Kastor. I had also previously started this audiobook so I finished it up on my run.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Becoming – Michelle Obama. This is a seriously beautiful memoir.
- 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?