I love readathons. There is something precious and special about putting everything on hold and saying, “This is a time for just reading.” I find it sweet to be reading like this knowing plenty of others are doing it, too. And in the middle of the night, which probably reminds me of being 10 🙂
I have done Dewey twice, but this is my first 24in48. I don’t really have to read in the middle of the night, I guess…but don’t tell that to my 10-year old self.
Here are the basics: beginning at 12:01am (EST) on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like. You can read more about it here.
This is where I will track my hours and what I read and I will also be following @24in48readathon on Twitter.
What I will be reading:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-Betty Smith. I want to finish this up. I am starting it about 1/4 of the way through.
The Wonder-Emma Donogue. I hope to read it all.
Both of these are for challenges and I want to read them all the way through. If I have time left I will start on, Love, Loss and What We Ate-Padma Lakshmi
Ok it has begun!!
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
9:00p to 10:30p=1.5, 11:30p to 12:00a=.5
1:00p to 5:30p=4.5
Entry for hour 18-Rhythm and Rhymes
The Matriarch, Undine
Gone with the Wind To the Lighthouse, Where Angels Fear to Tread…And the Mountains Echoed Her Fearful Symmetry
ETA: I am not ashamed to admit I failed miserably at this. The structure did not work for me, unlike Dewey’s where you read straight for 24 hours. I found that when I took breaks, they were too long, I got distracted and felt I had “enough time to fit in more hours later.” Which, of course, they just slipped away.But because I enjoy giving myself reading jags, I may try this again in the summer.
Sometimes you have to try things to know if they are for you or not!