It’s been almost a week since the awesome readathon, 24 in 48 ended, and here I am, always late with a post to tell you about how well I did in that weekend. Let’s jump straight into the books, and if you’re interested in the books I planned on reading, don’t forget to check out my TBR post here.
Hour 1 (7.00)
The readathon began at 6.00 am in my time zone, and I allowed myself to wake up at whatever time I wanted just because I wasn’t very eager to wake up too early on a weekend. It turned out I woke up at 7.30 and began listening to The Girls by Emma Cline for around an hour while I laze around in bed.
Hour 3 (9.00) – Hours read: 1 hour 30 minutes
After I got the energy to get up and open a real, book, I picked up my Kindle and continued the book I was already reading, which was Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss. It’s a very short book and relatively readable, so I had a very immersive and great reading and was able to finish the book in one sitting.
Hour 5 (11.00) – Hours read: 3 hours
I had instant noodles for breakfast while listening to The Girls again, and then decided to not follow my TBR and picked up A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I immediately was sucked into the story – I loved the author’s writing style, and it was nice to slowly get to know our four main characters.
Hour 7 (13.00) – Hours read: 4 hours 38 minutes
Had a small break from A Little Life for lunch. I didn’t eat while reading, instead I watched TV just for a little break from reading. After around an hour I got back into my room and started reading again. The weather was perfect for a day in – it was raining intermittently, cold breeze coming in from the window and so I was under my blankets with a warm mug of tea and a depressing book. Perfection.
Hour 9 (15.00) – Hours read: 5 hours 30 minutes
After short breaks and going back and forth between the thick, hefty A Little Life and listening to The Girls on audio, I paused for a while to chat with my boyfriend. Afterwards I took a super short nap because for some reason I was tired from all the lying around in bed and reading???
Hour 11 (17.00) – Hours read: 6 hours 27 minutes
After my short nap, I had a mug of coffee and decided to pick up another book, this time one that was in my TBR and super short. It was The Stranger by Albert Camus, which I bought over a year ago and have always eyed in my bookshelf but never picked up. It turned out to be another quick, super readable book, which was great for the readathon. In the end I finished it also in one sitting. Overall I didn’t love the book, I didn’t see anything that was worth recommending about, the writing was bland, and the character, though interesting, was such an emotionless skeleton that I had no connection to him whatsoever. Will definitely write a review of it in the future.
Afterwards I had dinner, relaxed a bit by watching some Youtube, playing on my phone, etc. But then at around 19.00 I continued reading A Little Life because I became so invested in these characters and just wanting to know more.
Hour 16 (22.00) – Hours read: 7 hours 30 minutes
After a long stretch of time just reading A Little Life, I finally realised that the sky is beginning to darken and that it’s getting late. It had been so long since I read a book that was so engrossing and engaging that I didn’t want to stop and was able to stay in the same position, continuing reading the book for hours and hours without thinking about food, or taking a break, or talking to other people. It is indeed a very emotionally draining book – there are a lot of disturbing scenes and themes in the book, the characters are all troubled and mentally ill in one way or another, and the book made me cry in more than one scene, and not just a small tear, but the kind of crying where you sobbed and had to blow out your nose on countless tissues. It’s such a thoroughly written book, and the writing wasn’t flowery or grand, so it’s so much more digestible. Within one day I was able to read almost half of the 800-page book, which I don’t think I have ever done before.
Hour 19 (01.00) – Hours read: 10 hours 30 minutes
As you can probably count, after the small break at 10 pm I continued reading and didn’t stop much. In the end I read until a little over 1 am, at which I was so emotionally drained and almost physically hurting from all the mental abuse I was reading about, that I decided it’s better that I stop for the day. Also my eyes were starting to get quite tired (either from all the reading or the crying – or both), although overall I wasn’t very sleepy. However it was a very productive and successful first day of the readathon!
Hour 26 (08.00) – Hours read: 10 hours 30 minutes
I woke up a little over 8 am and didn’t get to read anything because I had to get ready for church. I managed to listen to around 20 minutes of The Girls audiobook on my way to church, but afterwards I had church and then lunch with friends, so didn’t get much time to read. On the way back I also turned on my audiobook again for another 20 minutes while I was cycling home.
Hour 32 (14.00) – Hours read: 11 hours
Once I got home I tidied up a little bit and did my Dutch lessons homework. For some reason I wasn’t feeling very pulled to read. But finally I set aside my laptop and opened A Little Life and was immediately sucked in again to the story and the characters. By this point I was already more than halfway through – somewhere in the third part of the book – and I started to feel a little tired of reading about Jude and Willem. Not really bored or exhausted, but sort of the feeling where I feel like the book was just a little too long, too detailed, and too disturbing to be consumed in such a short period of time. However I continued reading for a while.
Hour 35 (17.00) – Hours read: 12 hours 30 minutes
Had a short break in the afternoon for Youtube and other things, but felt happy that I’ve read so much overall. Although I always see in previous readathons that the last days or are always where I don’t have any more stamina.
Hour 41 (23.30) – Hours read: 14 hours 30 minutes
After dinner I tried to read an extra 2 hours and managed to reach PAGE SEVEN HUNDRED AND TWELVE of A Little Life before I got really sleepy and went to bed. And that concludes my 24 in 48 readathon!!!
Let’s take a look at my plans in my TBR post
- Finish at least two books ✔️
- Improve my Goodreads reading challenge so that it’s at least 2 books ahead of schedule ✔️
- Spend a total of at least 20 hours reading ✖️
- Track my hourly progress with an app ✔️
- Go through the list of participants and check out what they are reading, their progress, and their TBRs and generally interact with the other readathoners ✔️
Further statistics on my readathon:
- Total pages read: 712 + 123 + 80 + 50 = 965
- Total books read: finished Ghost Wall, finished The Stranger, read a small chunk of The Girls, and read three-quarters of A Little Life.
- Total hours spent reading: 14 hours 30 minutes
Overall it was a great readathon. I went off track and only focused on one book after finishing one book, but it was so worth it because it’s such an amazing book that tore me to pieces. If you joined the readathon, definitely send me a link of your updates/wrap up, I would love to check out how you did. Until next time!