Y’all. I. Am. Exhausted. Even for someone who loves reading, who loves escaping into different stories and characters, reading for 24 hours within in the span of one weekend is exhausting. But! I’m here to say that I successfully completed my first attempt at the #24in48Readathon!
“Over the course of 48 hours, you challenge yourself to read for 24 of those hours. This can mean reading 12 hours each day, 20 hours one day and 4 hours the next, or 24 hours straight. However the scheduling works best for you!” -24in48 FAQ
I had always wanted to try participating in this readathon before–I think I even signed up once, just to get the emails!–but weekend plans, life or other things got in the way of me making a serious attempt. However, I just moved to a new state, started a new job, and am still trying to figure out a new social life and routine, so I figured now would be the perfect time to try! I also figured this would be a great way to knock out a few books and finally get ahead on regularly scheduling reviews in advance. And I’m not even going to lie, I thought it would be easy…
However, no one tells you how exhausting reading for that long can be! No one tells you how your body will physically start to ache because you haven’t moved from your cozy spot on the couch for four hours. No one tells you that your mind will literally start wandering and thinking about anything and everything…except the book in your hands!
But, no one also tells you how supportive and amazing the book blogging/reading community is. No one tells you it will help build relationships between you and other participants (oh hey, Kaleena!). No one tells you have inspirational the hosts of #24in48 are for starting an amazing program, keeping everyone engaged on social media, and cheering all the participants on! Throughout the weekend, I even participated in all the hourly challenges via my Twitter account.
Miraculously, I managed to read for 24 hours and finish five books! Over the course of the weekend, I read:
- In the Country We Love: My Family Divided By Diane Guerrero
- Sold by Patricia McCormick
- Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (pub date is tomorrow!)
- Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin (pub date is August 7)
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
During the last few hours, I also started switching back and forth between Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover and The Affair by Sheryl Browne (pub date is August 10)–just to give my mind some variety! Overall, I read 1,800+ pages in those 24 hours…and now I have several reviews sitting in my drafts waiting to be shared with all of you! And, as an added bonus…I even won a prize for participating; I don’t know what I’m receiving yet, as I can to submit three preferences, but my first choice was Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin. We’ll see what happens when I get book mail though!
Ultimately, am I glad I participated? For sure! It was a blast interacting with other book bloggers on Twitter all weekend and I made a small dent in my Netgalley TBR list! Plus, it was just a good distraction from the stress and worries of the day-to-day.
Would I participate again? Definitely, but I may not be so strict on myself to reach the 24 hour goal! The whole point of this readathon is to just set aside time to read and to enjoy it! The 24 hour goal stressed me out a bit–but I’m definitely happy to say that I accomplished it on my first try! In the future, I think I would just be a little more relaxed, knowing that the joy of reading is enough! (Plus, less pressure to hit 24 hours, means more time on Twitter interacting with other participants!)
Interested in learning more about #24in48? Check them out here!
Did you participate this weekend? How did it go? If not, what other readathons have you done? (I’m definitely interested to see what other challenges are out there!) Let me know in the comments below!