Friday, 4 April 2014

Joining the #24in48 readathon

I can think of few things I enjoy more than weekends with no plans. I like waking up on the early side of a Saturday with nothing but hours and hours ahead of me which I can fill with reading and snoozing and grazing and possibly a long bath and then some more reading and definitely some more grazing. And mini-eggs. 'Tis the season and all that.

I'm a pretty busy lady, so weekends like this are few and far between but I'm eagerly about to head into one with a few big books on my pile and the desire to get a whole lot of reading done. So I was pretty excited to hear about a readathon challenge to read for 24 hours within a 48 period. The readathon was started by Rachel Manwill from Home Between Pages, and I was even more excited to discover that it happens this weekend. Perfect timing! 

The readathon starts at 12:01am on Saturday 5 April and finishes at 11:59pm on Sunday 6 April. It's up to participants to choose how they divide up the time, but I think I'm going to aim for 12 hours per day and will probably stay up late tonight to get an hour or two in before bed.

Here's what I hope to achieve:
  • Finish The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (currently about 10% in)
  • Read one book from the Penguin Great Food collection (nice and short!)
  • Read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Obsessed with this author after reading Fangirl last week)
  • Read the May issue of Red cover to cover (I'm not 100% sure if magazines are allowed but I'm going to include it anyway)
  • Start The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton and make some serious progress (this is my book club's choice for April)
The closer it gets, the crazier this challenge seems, but I'm pretty determined. I plan to stock up on healthy snacks and tasty treats to keep cooking time to a minimum, turn off my computer and reduce my social media time over the weekend which will really help make this a doable challenge. I've got an exercise bike at home so if I feel antsy I can always cycle (gently!) and read at the same time, or I might even head to the park if the sun comes out.

What do you think? Is this nuts? Will I actually manage 24 hours of reading in 48 hours? Have you ever done a readathon? Will you bring me snacks?


  1. It's totally doable! I haven't done a proper readathon yet, but I did try and do my own last Labor Day Weekend. Distraction is my main problem, but you've got some good ideas to combat that!

    I'm doing 24in48 to prepare, sort of, for Dewey's 24 hour readathon on 4/26.

    Have fun!

  2. Magazines totally count! Glad you'll be joining :)

  3. Sounds like a good plan! I really loved The Signature of all Things and once you get into the grit of it, it ends up being a pretty quick read. Eleanor & Park is fantastic (and fast), too!

  4. It's totally nuts! I'm doing it too. Eleanor & Park is one of the best things I've read in a while. I'm really looking forward to Fangirl (one of these days).

  5. I have several of the Penguin Great Food books on my own stacks. Great idea! Good luck with the readathon!