My Very First Readathon // 3 Books in 24 Hours

Hi, my name is Brittany and I’m obsessed with watching/listening/reading about others doing readathons but have been terrified to do one myself. I have a tendency to get restless if I’ve been reading for too long and I truly felt like trying to commit to a readathon would be setting myself up for failure.

So, since I’ve been really wanting to do one but wanted to try it out on my own first (instead of participating in already created ones that may have rules or other people participating), I decided that on Friday night (04/19/19), I would start one and read through Saturday. My initial plan was to start at midnight like most of the other readathons I’ve seen people do, but I decided that I needed to start earlier so that Saturday night I would have time for other things!

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I started my readathon at 10 PM and kicked it off with a book I’d been reading called Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas. This was an eARC I’d received from NetGalley that I had already been reading. I was on pg. 208 at the start of the readathon.

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One hour in, I was on pg. 261 and had to make some coffee because I had an inkling that it was about to be a long night! Surprisingly enough, my boyfriend, who usually goes to sleep way earlier than I, was still awake. If you look closely, you can see in this picture that he was playing video games while I was reading. It was an interesting mix.

12:00 AM

At midnight, I had finished my cup of coffee and was on pg. 320 of Wild and Crooked. Only 96 pages to go before finishing!

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I finished my first book! Well, technically, I completed the second half of it, but that counts… right? It does to me, anyways. At this point I was feeling really great about my progress and wanted to dive right into another read. I didn’t really set a TBR up for this, but I knew that I wanted a physical book to give my eyes a break from the Kindle.

IMG_8649.jpegSo, I went to my bookshelves and decided on The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is one of my favorite books and I believe that this was my 4th time reading it. I read until about 1:57 AM until I started to reach that point of tired where I stop comprehending what I’m reading. I was on pg. 54 when I stopped!

 

2:00 – 2:20 AM (approximately)

I’m not the type of person who can immediately go to sleep when I lay down so I spent a little while watching Supernatural until I fell asleep!

2:20 – 8:30 AM (approximately)

Yay for 6 whole hours of sleep.

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Watching videos on my phone (which mostly consisted of Booktube, if I’m being honest).

9: 00 – 10:17 AM

Back to reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I got to page 104 before taking a break!

10:17 – 10:31 AM

Said “break” actually just consisted of me cleaning my kitchen and finally making myself some coffee. Ugh, adulting.

10:32 AM

Back to reading!

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Officially done with my second book! Even though I know exactly what to expect from this read, I still cry every. single. time.

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After finishing the book, I absolutely had to watch the movie of the hundredth time. It was also a great time for lunch, so I finished off my Taco Bell leftovers and had my heart broken once again by the film adaption. It took me an extra 15 minutes or so to finish the movie because I had to keep pausing it to collect myself. I’m not even kidding.

2:42 PM

After wrapping up the movie, I decided to start on my next read, List of 13 by E.A. Comiskey. This was an ebook that I had been sent by the author a while back and needed to go ahead and read. I figured this was the perfect time to cross it off my list. I also forgot to take anymore pictures from this point on because really, I can’t have my stuff that much together.

3:00 – 6:00 PM

During this time frame, I napped and read off and on. I managed to get to pg. 96 in the book during this process, which isn’t very good for a three hour time span, but it is what it is.

6:00 – 7:37 PM

At this point, I had to stop reading/napping to cook dinner. I cooked, we ate, and then we watched a little bit of TV (Josh and I love watching stand-up comedy on Netflix).

7:38 – 9:21 PM

I finished the book! It took me way longer than it should have to read 234 pages but I got it done nonetheless.

At this point, there was only 40 minutes left to my readathon and it seemed pretty pointless to try to finish anything else (because who can finish a book in 40 minutes? Not me).

At the end of this, I had completed 3 books in 24 hours! I’m actually pretty impressed with it and so excited for my next readathon!

Have you ever done a readathon? If so, did you enjoy it? Talk to me (:

 

 

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “My Very First Readathon // 3 Books in 24 Hours

  1. Congratulation on the progress! I’ve never done a reading marathon, but I suspect if I do it would have to be well planned out. The books to be read, the page count, fatigue breaks, food breaks…lol. No, I’m not ready yet but you get a big high five from me.

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    1. Thank you so much! I think planning would be a great way to do it, but for me personally, I think planning it out would’ve added pressure to it. I know that some people have the readathons that have specific reading categories and page counts, etc. but I wanted my first one to be on my own terms so that I wouldn’t feel too stressed out about it all! I kinda just read as I felt like it, and I actually was super motivated throughout because I was getting so much reading done!

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      1. It’s SUCH a heartbreaking read. I cried during the book AND movie. If I didn’t read something else immediately afterward, I would’ve laid in bed upset about it all for the remainder of the weekend 😅 It’s so heart wrenching. I truly think I could read it 100 times and still cry.

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  2. Congratulations, and 3 books in 24 hours is amazing! ESPECIALLY because you watched a movie, slept, and did some other things as well. I’ve participated in one 24in48 readathon and while it was a lot of fun I found it really stressful. I wound up reading Contagion during that time and the book wowed me so much, I didn’t like feeling like I had to jump right into another read when I just wanted to sit with that masterpiece for awhile.

    I am glad you had a good time! Do you think you’ll do another one in the future?

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    1. Thank you! The 24in48 readathons sound super fun but I also think that, like you said, they would end up feeling super stressful. Reading is too important and I hate stressing myself out over it because that completely takes away the fun of it. I think reading Contagion and sitting with that for a while it still really great! Honestly, I think the importance of readathons is just to be reading. I’ve seen booktubers read 5 books in their readathons and while I think that is great, I know there’s no way I could do that! To me (and you, I can tell), it’s more about reading and enjoying the experience than getting a ton of books finished! Honestly, apart from the first book, my reads in this were pretty short (I think List of 13 was like 240 pages or so), so it was pretty easy to get them done.

      I’m not sure yet when I’m going to have another one! I definitely have to think ahead because sometimes my weekends are packed and then sometimes, like last weekend, I have absolutely no plans. That’s really the only time I can do a readathon, so I’ll just have to see when I get another chance, honestly! I’d like to participate in someone else’s, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that pressure yet. I really wanted to do the OWLs readathon (have you heard of that one??) but I had to pass because I knew it would be stressful and since I’m a mood reader, it’s hard to follow reading topics. /:

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  3. Fantastic! I have never done a Readathon and just like you mentioned – I feel restless..if I read for longer hours ( anything about 1 hour :D). The first thought that crossed my mind when I read the title of your post was – what!! When will she eat..or sleep or just get up!! 24 hours is a long time!!
    So happy that you could complete your Readathon!:)

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    1. Aw, thank you! Honestly, mostly of these reads weren’t too big (200-300 pages) so it wasn’t too bad! I honestly surprised myself by being able to get all 3 done and still do things I needed to do (sleeping, cleaning, cooking, etc.). It was really fun though. It is really easy to get restless, like you said, so I think it’s best to just kind of go at your own pace and not put to much pressure on the whole thing! That way it’s far more enjoyable. (:

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  4. So true, it’s absolutely important to have fun while reading and not be stressed! I am so glad you had fun during your Readathon. I am taking inspiration from you and slowly and steadily pushing my “non- restless” time. (:
    Look forward to more updates on your reading journey!:)

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  5. AHHH Brittany!!!!! I’m so proud of you, readathons are so great! When you said you forgot to take pictures after a certain time I felt that, half of the time when I’m doing a readathon I’ll forget until I’m halfway through something and pause whatever I’m doing to take a picture before I forget. I’m glad you had a good time and didn’t stress about it, the two marks of a good readathon.

    I’m planning a readathon for this weekend in order to actually read something before I go into hyper productive mode (more so than I already am) for the next three weeks of final essays and then actual finals (yikes). This post provided me with some motivation for it, so thank you so much!!

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    1. Thank you so much Arin!!! You’re such a huge influence on me finally trying out a readathon. Your posts about them are always my favorite and I really wanted to try my hand at them for once! I hope your readathon over the weekend went well! I know I’ve been reading a ton to get my mind off of all this school work too haha. The end of the semester is always the worst (I can’t even recall how many papers I currently have due right now). I hope they go well!! If you ever want a readathon buddy, I’d love to do one with another person! ☺

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