Impulsively Saturday morning, I decided to participate in a readathon. Honestly, my relationship with most readathons is exactly this – I see it a little after the readathon starts and decide “that sounds like a good plan”. I do this with NaNoWriMo, too. It’s… not always a good plan.
In doing my morningly Instagram scroll, I stumbled across this post:
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Because the official #24in48 readathon in January was cancelled, @inge.isreading, @jenniferdewolf and I planned our own for this weekend. Feel free to join us! We have no challenges or prizes, and no official starting time. Just start your timer and try to read for 24 hours in the next 48 hours. Use #ourown24in48readathon for your updates! . Earlier this week @24in48 announced their Social Distancing Readathon for next weekend, so either we are a week early, or they are a week late, but with all this staying in some extra readathons never hurt anyone! . Also, yes, I totally color coordinated my stack 🙈 Not pictured are Chosen ones by @vrothbooks (netgalley arc on my kindle) and Head over Heels (Geek Girl) by Holly Smale (audiobook). . . . #bookstagram #bookstagramnl #dutchbookstagram #ourown24in48readathon #readathon #24in48readathon #nevernotreading #bookstack #bookphotography #purplebooks #booksandplants #plantsandbooks #readersofinstagram #readersofig
This sounded great. I’ve seen the 24-in-48 readathons around and about forever… but I’ve never participated in them before. There’s a reason for this – frankly, 50% of a weekend is a lot of time for me. 50% of the waking time of a weekend is one thing, but there’s 3 sections of sleep in that time: midnight Saturday morning until I wake, all of Saturday night’s sleep, and whenever I go to bed on Monday. And yeah, I know, for a lot of people this probably isn’t a big deal? But I’m not a night owl – I almost never stay up until midnight.
I know, whine whine whine.
So I thought maybe this “Our Own 24-in-48 Readathon” would be fun! It would be a good opportunity for me to try and read for as many hours as possible in a weekend.
I always have a running hardcopy TBR, and I’d been struggling with An Ember in the Ashes audiobook, so I was basically all read to go… all I needed to do was read! … A lot. I needed to read a lot.
Here’s what I ultimately read.
What I learned from this readathon is that… I’m not big on time-requirement readathons. I feel better when I have benchmarks and goals to reach. A certain number of books, a certain kind of book, stuff like that. Or the really long, general readathons like #StartOnYourShelfathon that build more of a long-term supportive community around reading and beating large-scale personal goals.
However, I know that everyone has different tastes, so while I will most likely never be joining in on the read 24-in-48 Readathons, that doesn’t mean you won’t love them! In fact, they’re hosting one this upcoming weekend.
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As we’re all trying to be cautious about our interactions with others and the stress of the world and COVID-19 is closing in on us, books are perfect companions. They don’t get sick, they shouldn’t make us fearful, and they offer a portal into another world where we can feel safe and among friends.
Happy reading, my beautiful monsters.
How are you practicing social distancing? While I am still going into work, I am isolating myself at home on the weekends for now. I’m grateful to be in good health and not in the age range at greatest risk, but we still need to be socially responsible. Tell me all about your plans for maximum social responsibility in the comments!