I think I am a genius, and at times I thank myself for being the organized, amazing person that I am when I listed a bunch of readathons that will be happening in 2018 in the beginning of the year and added their dates to my calendar. Because last week I got an email notification and a calendar reminder of an upcoming event: the 24 in 48 Readathon!
You are all probably familiar with this readathon: inspired by the 24-hour-long Dewey’s Readathon, this one takes place for over two days, where we try our best to read for half of those two days. It’s a challenging and definitely intriguing concept for me, and if you are my friend on Goodreads you probably know that I haven’t been reading that much these past few months.
Of course I can list all the reasons why I haven’t read the amount of books I usually read in June and July here, but why bore you out? Instead let’s just focus on the future! I am excited to join the 24-in-48 readathon in the weekend of the 21st to the 22nd July, and I am super duper ready to read a bunch of books!
Here are the books I plan on reading for the readathon:
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
I mentioned that I was currently reading this audiobook in my May Wrap Up post, and I am not ashamed to say that I’m still listening to it. I’m two-thirds into it, but in my defense, it’s an extremely long book. I plan on listening to this whenever I’m not sitting down to read, like if I’m cycling or traveling, or just preparing my breakfast or getting ready to sleep (if I’m going to sleep at all *wink*)
Girl in the Mist by S.T. Young
This is one of the final e-ARCs I have in my NetGalley shelf that has actually been published (oops!), and I’ve only read a few pages of it and it doesn’t really seem that interesting! However since this is more of a action, mystery novel, I think I’ll be able to fly through it during the weekend.
Aquarium by David Vann
A novel I bought quite a while ago in Amsterdam when I saw it was discounted, it was written by David Vann whom I actually met once in Ubud, talking about his life and his inspiration for writing. I read his other novel called Caribou Island and his writing is phenomenally beautiful, and I expect a similarly atmospheric and gorgeous story with lots of lovely writing in this novel. It’s about a girl who goes to the aquarium everyday and befriends and old man, and I’ve read two chapters from it and it has adorable illustrations of the fishes they were talking about. I personally love fishes, snorkeling, the beach, swimming and anything related to water, so definitely something I will enjoy and hopefully fly through!
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
It has been months since I last read a classical novel, and though I’m not 100% sure if the decision of reading this particular classic in this readathon is a good idea. However I just want to keep this ebook in my Kindle just in case I get bored of my other ebook, The Girl in the Mist, and want to switch things up. And this is a book that I’ve been wanting to read for such a long time anyways, ever since I went to Paris in May.
Picasso, My Grandfather by Marina Picasso
I picked up this tiny little memoir written by Picasso’s daughter in the Picasso Museum when I visited it last month in Barcelona. I figured after strolling through the museum and knowing so much about the paintings, the techniques used and Picasso’s art, I knew very little about the artists himself. I was torn between this novel and another memoir written by his girlfriend, but this appealed to me more because of its short length. I am not convinced I will start or finish this one for the readathon, since I already have a lot in my TBR. But it’s definitely a book I’m looking forward to read in the very near future!
So here are my plans for the readathon:
- I decided that I will not follow the time zone of the host and start the readathon on Saturday, 21st July at 00:01 am and end at Sunday, 22nd July at 11:59 pm my time, which is GMT +2 (Amsterdam time)
- For Saturday I have nothing scheduled, so I’m planning to
- Wake up early in the morning, at around 7 am (because I still need my beauty sleep) and immediately start reading
- Read my physical books and ebooks for 6 hours with 4 half-hour breaks for breakfast and lunch, so ending at 3 pm
- If the weather is nice, take a bike ride to a park near my house (around a 10 minute ride, during which I can listen to my audiobook), bring a blanket and lie under the sun while listening to the audiobook and drinking iced tea
- After reading or after the picnic, take a one to two hour long break by watching a movie, or writing a blog post, etc, and have dinner with my housemates at around 7 pm
- Then continue again after dinner from 8 pm until I get too sleepy to understand anything, which I hope will be at more than midnight. Also I’ll definitely take fifteen-minute breaks once in a while.
- Overall on Saturday I’ll have to read in total 12 hours
- Sunday is more tricky because I also have nothing planned but I might be so tired of all the readathoning the day before that my spirits will be low, but here’s my plan:
- Depending at what time I slept the night before, I’ll try and adjust the alarm before I sleep to wake up as early as humanly possible. Note: the sun will rise at around 5 am, so technically I will be able to read in daylight from 6-ish.
- Immediately start reading throughout the morning, but I’ll have to stop at around 10 because I have to get ready for church, which will take place at around 10:30 am to 1 pm.
- Afterwards, I will probably go straight home and read in my bed. If I’m in the mood, I might go to the park again straight after church and listen to my audiobook for a couple of hours. In any case I’ll try and read as much as I can until dinner.
- Again, dinner at around 7 to 8, might even be longer because my housemates would probably want to watch a movie or play some board games. I can always excuse myself and go to bed alone, but we’ll see the overall situation and my mood.
- Try and read more at night before going to sleep after midnight when the readathon ends.
- Overall on Sunday I should read for at least 10 hours.
- Snacks for the readathon: haven’t bought anything yet, and I’m trying to watch my weight so it will definitely be something healthy, like fruits or at the very worst candies. Tea and at times coffee is something I’ll definitely be having throughout the weekend!
- I was thinking of tracking my time using a stopwatch or downloading an app for it, but we’ll see.
- I’m also probably going to post random updates throughout the weekend in my Instagram story with the hashtag #24in48, just to keep up the hype and excitement! I will post reading updates on my Goodreads as well.
I don’t think I’ve ever planned out a readathon so thoroughly and been so excited to read for 24 hours before! Wish me luck, and definitely let me know in the comments if you’re joining on the readathon as well.