24 in 48 July 2017
I’ve participated in a few readathons, both Dewey’s 24 Hour and the 24 in 48 Readathon, I’ve written about them, I’ve extolled their virtues as a celebration for booklovers, but I’ve never actually met the prescribed challenge.
Admittedly, a lot of my life already feels a bit like a readathon, reading books for hours and hours at a time because I have the freedom to do so. I don’t say this to stoke ire and jealousy from those who already feel that don’t have enough hours in the day for all they need to do, much less read, but to explain why maybe I don’t feel the same compelling drive others might to get to spend that much time devoted to nothing but enjoying a good book.
I do love the camaraderie that comes from a community of people celebrating their love of reading and I love treating readathons like a holiday just for book nerds, which is why I continue to participate despite my constant inability to read for the 24 hours.
This weekend 24 in 48 is back!
For those who aren’t familia with the readathon, I recommend checking out their website, but the basics are: try to read for 24 out of 48 hours between midnight on Saturday and 11:59 pm on Sunday. Even with the extra 24 hour buffer to play with, I’m making my goal 16 hours, or hopefully 8 each day.
I have some moderate to big ticket items on my schedule that take priority over the readathon, and I’m doing my best to enjoy them as they are, and cram in the reading as I can, which often means enjoying an audiobook- this can be done in the car on your way to an event, in my case a local author event, a breakfast, and a birthday party, or while you’re walking (to another local event or just to stretch my legs) or while you’re doing those “must-do” weekend things like mowing the lawn or vacuuming the house.
I feel like whenever I decide I’m going to do a readathon my usually quiet weekends fill up with activities. But, instead of being frustrated about that, I’m reminding myself that it’s likely that 10 years from now I wouldn’t be mad about not reading for 24 hours that one weekend, but I that I would be mad if I missed taking the time to go on a date with my husband who has been traveling a lot, or taking the time to celebrate a family member’s 94th birthday.
This is the first time that instead of writing down each of my periods of time reading that I will be using a stopwatch, specifically the stopwatch on my watch so regardless of where I am or what kind of reading/listening I’m doing I can easily keep track of time.
The TBR Stack:
My stack is full of comics and graphic novels, partly because they’re short enough that it feels like you’re knocking out a bunch of reading material, like crossing items off a list on an otherwise long reading day. Plus sometimes even the best novels hit a slow spot and then it’s time to switch to something else to keep up the reading momentum.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1
Ms. Marvel Volume 1
Sex Criminals Volume 1
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Manners and Mutiny audiobook
For those who are also participating, good luck! And have fun.
I’ll be updating a little bit here on the blog, and then on Instagram and Litsy, caseyrosereads for both.