It’s over! The 24 in 48 readathon was a blast, and I had a great time spending long hours in my bed being immersed in books. It’s my first time participating in this particular readathon and knowing that in the weekend I will be generally free, I signed up. I’m so glad I joined the readathon! With a great atmosphere on social media and great weather in The Hague, I finally finished my readathon. Check out my TBR post here.
The readathon started at 6 am my time. My alarm rang at 6, immediately silenced and ignored by me. Though I slept at 11 pm, I needed my beauty sleep. I only woke up at 7, one hour after the start of the worldwide readathon.
7.00 – Woke up, made tea, and settled right into reading.
7.20 – 8.20 – Read a little less than 100 pages of Aquarium by David Vann. Then proceeded to have breakfast: yogurt with banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
8.40 – 9.40 – Continued reading Aquarium, and finished it (a total of 200 pages) in an hour! Took a small break while watching Youtube.
10.00 – 11.45 – Started Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, the second book of the Farseer trilogy that has a whopping 600 pages. Hoped to get immersed in the world despite the fact that I didn’t love the first book that much. I read around 90 pages of the book, which had way smaller text and narrower margins than my previous book, but it still felt like a victory after reading for almost two hours. Then I had lunch: croissant that I warmed up on the oven, filled with butter, cheese, slices of turkey, and arugula.
13.00 – 13.30 – After lunch and lazying around for half an hour, I left the house and rode my bike to the park. While cycling there I put on my audiobook for The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling that I had been reading for over a month now.
13.30 – 14.30 – Found a nice spot under the shades of the trees right next to a tiny lake, and continued listening to The Casual Vacancy while enjoying the sun. Stopped as well for a few minutes to eat another croissant and read Royal Assassin.
14.30 – 15.30 – Cycled back to my house (it was roughly a 20 minute ride back) while continuing to listen to The Casual Vacancy again. Took another Youtube break when I arrived home.
15.45 – 16.00 – Started reading Royal Assassin again, but then I fell asleep!
16.00 – 19.30 – Decided to take a nap, stupidly without making an alarm. As a result I woke up in the evening, well-rested but feeling like I could’ve read so much more.
19.30 – 21.15 – Started reading Picasso, My Grandfather by Marina Picasso, a lighter read that I hope won’t make me sleepy, while sipping iced water because it is HOT. Finished the 135-page book a little over 9 pm, the fifteen hour mark.
22.00 – 00.15 – Continued reading Royal Assassin, which this time around was much more interesting and didn’t make me sleepy at all. I also made myself a cup of hazelnut latte to boost myself awake sometime before 10 pm.
Decided to go to bed afterwards while listening to The Casual Vacancy with a sleep timer of 15 minutes.
Time spent reading: 10 hrs 45 min
Total pages read: 598 pgs
6.30 – 7.00 – Woke up, had breakfast (yogurt with granola, bananas, honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of chia seeds).
7.00 – 7.30 – Listened to The Casual Vacancy.
7.30 – 9.30 – Read Royal Assassin again, feeling very very immersed in the world and completely enjoying it.
9.30 – 10.30 – Yoga, shower, and getting ready for church.
10.30 – 13.30 – Church, lunch with church friends and chatting.
13.30 – 14.00 – Read Royal Assassin.
14.00 – 16.30 – Got super sleepy, as usual, and took a long long nap.
16.30 – 17.30 – Listened to The Casual Vacancy again while sleepily lying around the bed.
17.30 – 18.10 – Read Royal Assassin in bed with a snack I randomly bought at the supermarket.
18.10 – 20.20 – Dinner, socializing with the boyfriend, etc.
20.20 – 21.20 – Continued reading Royal Assassin for a while.
Afterwards I didn’t have the energy or took the effort to continue reading. I went to bed early and didn’t wake up until 7, which meant that the readathon has passed!
Time spent reading: 16 hrs 25 minutes
Total pages read: 783 pages
I won’t get into detail of my thoughts on the books I read, but I did finish two whole books and reached the midpoint of another book! It’s a huge thing to be able to read over 700 pages in 2 days. The books I chose to read turned out to be quite different from the books I chose for my TBR. I alternated between four different books, which felt like a lot, but I did finish two of them fairly quickly because of the large text and small amount of pages. Additionally the other one was an audiobook, which I thought was a smart move because I get to read when I’m doing other stuff where I physically cannot hold a book, like when I was cycling to the park.
Since also the readathon focuses more on the amount of time spent reading, 16 hours in 48 hours doesn’t really seem a lot. It was definitely far from the goal of reading 24 hours. But I felt like I haven’t binge read the way I did this weekend in so long, and it felt so good! Just to be able to focus on reading for a weekend felt really nice. Unfortunately on Sunday I barely read that much because of all the social obligations I had to do, and I realised that by the second day I sort of had lower stamina and enthusiasm to read compared to the first day. Oh well, at least I did a good job!
Again, huge thanks for the people at 24 in 48 that really made everything possible. Your readathon did not only have a great idea, but was so much fun and very well organized. Keep your eyes out for my monthly wrap up post to hear my thoughts on the books I finished in the readathon!
Did you participate in the 24 in 48 readathon? Do you have any suggestions for future readathons? Let me know in the comments below!