The Aftereffects of a 24-Hour Reading Jag

I still cannot believe I read (on and off, but mostly on) for 24 hours. I now know that there is a change of light in the night sky at 4 am…thanks to my dog and that coffee plus Lucci’s Walnut Divinity cookies are an energy-boosting powerhouse!

The Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon began last Saturday at 8am EST and continued for 24 hours. My start time in California was 5am. As a second-shifter type, admittedly, that was just not going to happen. So I decided to make my time 8am to 8am. Slightly, but not by much, more civilized 🙂

Little Women was my first book. It just enraptured me and I probably could have read it all day if the print wasn’t so small. Because I have seen film versions (Katharine Hepburn is the better Jo, imo), I thought I knew the story, but as usual when a book becomes a movie so much is left out. I can’t wait to get back to it.

Then started the mishaps. Not serious though and quickly remedied. The day before the Readathon I was happy to find LM Montgomery’s, The Story Girl and JK Rowlings, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at my favorite used bookstore. However, when I opened the cover, I discovered the Montgomery book was a short children’s adaptation and the Harry Potter book reeked with fragrance.  Thanks to my Kindle, I was able to download the unabridged edition of Montgomery’s book, but I had to put the Rowling book outside. I have a frustrating case of chemical sensitivity thaIMG_3755t turns into head and throat pain with just a few whiffs of perfume, cologne, cleaning products, and so on. Poor Harry and the gang are still on the patio airing out. So I just carried on with my Kindle for the rest of the night.

But the wonderful feeling that I allowed myself to read undisturbed for so many hours, without guilt or feeling like, “I should be doing something productive,” has made a big impact. I think I am going to do this for a day once in a while. The calming, relaxing feeling of having just been to a spa or meditated or doing something that took my mind off my troubles lingered into Monday and now I find just a thought of it has the same effect. Its value cannot be measured.

So, yes, October 22nd (because it is bi-yearly) can’t get here soon enough!

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10 thoughts on “The Aftereffects of a 24-Hour Reading Jag

  1. Well done on 24 hours! I wasn’t able to take part in the end (and the sign-up form not loading previously turned out just as well!) and missed it. Such a lot of fun. That’s very strange your book smells of perfume so much, and I can’t say I blame you for putting it outside. Here’s hoping that works. It sounds like you’d likely remember the smell more than the written contents.

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    • I think next time I will do it differently. I was interested in all the Facebook/Goodreads/Twitter postings to see what everyone was up to and I admit that was fun. But in October, I think I will read more and social media less. I loved reading in the middle of the night!

      I kept the book outside for a week and that did the trick. I was very surprised as well at the fragrance. Usually this happens in a New Age bookstore where there is incense going all the time, so I can’t buy much and usually can’t stay long, I am that sensitive. But this book very much smelled like perfume or men’s cologne and I really can’t figure that out…

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  2. I know my eyes couldn’t hold up for that long but I second that feeling of peace and harmony after reading. It’s like you feel after swimming or when you’ve had a wonderful glass of wine. Reading has a great way of putting my head in order and soothing my heart. Congratulations on your marathon! Great book choices.

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  3. I was so impressed when I saw you participating in this! I love a good reading day, but man, 24 hours is a long time. Still, you’ve inspired me to try in October!

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  4. I can never participate in these anymore because I’ve got so much going on offline (school & work!) I read Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho for one of these once, & then The Help another year. SO MUCH FUN.

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    • Hey, your school books count! The work? yeah…that’s a problem, although some people said they could listen to audio books at work. But that depends of the kind of work. Next time I am definitely going for an audio book or two to help with the eyes! But, yes, it was SO MUCH FUN!!!

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