#24in48: How I Did

24in48Ugh…I feel like I failed miserably at this readathon. Originally I planned on having a pretty open weekend, but things don’t always work out the way you think they will, and I’m not going to complain because I actually had a pretty fun weekend despite not being able to commit half the time to reading.

On Saturday I started off the morning reading on the beach while my husband did some Cross Fit. It was a super hot, super sunny day, though, and pregnant me didn’t enjoy being out there so long!

Beach

I did get to finish The Martian that afternoon! Such a good book :) That night we threw an impromptu birthday party for a friend, so reading was put on hold.

Sunday is one of our busiest days of the week, and I took a much needed nap that afternoon. But I did get some more reading in!

24in48 Readathon Results:

Reading Time: ~6 hours
Books Finished: The Martian by Andy Weir, Sailor Moon #1 by Naoko Takeu

At least I finished two books!

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#24in48: What I’m Reading

24in48I was just thinking about how I haven’t participated in a reading event in a long time (and I really miss the blogosphere camaraderie) when I discovered that the #24in48 Readathon is happening this weekend!

The goal of the readathon is to read for 24 hours during a 48-hour time span. The readathon begins Saturday morning, July 11, just after midnight and officially ends Sunday night, July 12, at midnight. 

Since Matt is dragging me to the beach tomorrow morning because his Cross Fit gym is having a beach workout followed by a BBQ, I figured that would give me a few hours of uninterrupted reading time (because I will not be swimming along the coast of North Carolina for a while *cue Jaws theme*).

So here’s what I plan to read this weekend:

The Martian Wives and Daughters Sailor Moon

The Martian by Andy Weir (paperback) – I have a little over 100 pages left in this book and I’m determined to finish it this weekend.
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (Kindle and audiobook) – I just started this classic last week, so I definitely don’t intend to finish it. It’s a little daunting so far, so if I need something light I have Option 3…
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi (paperback) – I’ve been slacking on this one for book club, but our chats keep getting rescheduled so I keep putting it off every time. Plus, I’m running out of library renewals.

Are you participating in #24in48? If not, it’s not too late to join in!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Wrap Up!

readathonYesterday I participated in my first 24 hour read-a-thon! I didn’t get to start reading until 7 hours after the official start time, but I ended up reading for about 10 hours straight, so I felt satisfied with that :)

End of Event Meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 18. That’s when I decided to call it a night. I got to that place where I kept having to refocus my eyes and my thoughts kept wandering :/ Next time I may drink some coffee or do some jumping jacks.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Anything fast-paced or action packed. My husband, who rarely reads, starting reading The Maze Runner yesterday and he was up as late as I was because he couldn’t put it down. Next year I’ll try reading something more suspenseful.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, not really. I didn’t do any of the mini challenges or tweet much with anyone online, so I can’t really give any input in that area. I’m sure everything was great though :)
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The advertising and preparation leading up to the big day.
  5. How many books did you read? I finished the second half of one book, read the first half of another, and read the first several chapters of a third.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Lola and the Boy Next Door (finished), Peter Pan (read the first half), and Isla and the Happily Ever After (started).
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed them all, really.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? ^^
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I saw lots of praise for the cheerleaders so that’s good :) I only blogged once during the read-a-thon so I didn’t really hear much from any cheerleaders. If I had blogged more I’m sure that would have been different.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? 100% likely! The next read-a-thon in April will probably be easier for me…Saturdays in autumn are usually filled with football games, and yesterday was a big game day for my Alma Mater FSU :)

Did you participate in the Read-a-Thon? I’m so happy I did! The next one is in April and I’m already excited about it :)