Sapphic Saturday Readathon Recap // Reading 3 Books in 24 Hours… Again

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As many of you know, Arin and I commenced the first ever Sapphic Saturday Readathon last Saturday (the 7th), and it went spectacularly! This post is just a recap of my own readathon results, but I’d love to check out posts from anyone else who participated!

My original TBR for this readathon was included in my Sapphic Saturday Announcement post as follows:

I know many of you will be shocked to hear this (or most likely, not) but I did not stick to this TBR. I know, I know, how out of character of me. I did read two of these books though, and I decided to hold off on These Witches Don’t Burn for multiple reasons (one may or may not be that Scribd wouldn’t let me listen to it until my month renewed). So, I actually ended up reading:

Let’s get to it!

12:00 AM – I kicked off the readathon with Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I was already on pg. 66 before midnight came around, so I didn’t start this at midnight. Arin was running some sprints on our Sapphic Saturdays twitter account so I participated in those as well. I admittedly spent quite a bit of time on Twitter during this first hour and did get nearly as far as I could have, but I did get to check out who was participating and have some fun online.

1:00 AM – By the time the first hour was up, I’d only gotten to pg. 102. I decided at 1:40 AM to wrap up the chapter I was on at pg. 139 and take a break from this one. I don’t know what it was about Girls of Paper and Fire but I just had a really hard time reading quickly with this one. At this time, I decided to go ahead and get a small start on my next read: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden.

2:00 AM – At 2:01, I stopped reading after having only gotten 17 pages in. In my defense, my eyes were extremely tired and I was having trouble actually taking in what I was reading. I typed up some quick notes on both books in my phone, brushed my teeth, and headed for bed. Also,  I forget to take a picture with the timestamp when I first started reading Annie on My Mind and so I had to take one on Sunday, which is the one you’re seeing now. This kind of happened multiple times but I promise I noted all the correct time stamps in my phone.

3:00 to 7:59 AM – Sleep!! Wonderful, wonderful sleep.

8:00 AM – I woke up around 8:40 AM and had a small panic attack while still barely conscious because I forgot it was Saturday and I thought that I was late for work. After realizing that I was not in fact due at my job within the next 20 minutes, I got up, ate breakfast, watched a little TV, and brushed my teeth.

9:00 AM

At 9:30 I started some reading sprints on Twitter. I went ahead and went back to Annie on My Mind since it was a shorter read and I felt like I might be able to finish it faster than Girls of Paper and Fire.

10:00 AM – By 10:00 I was on page 44, but the sprints lasted until 10:30 so we all kept reading! I got to pg. 61 by 10:30 and then read for about 10 more minutes after wrapping up the sprints before stopping at pg. 71 for a break.

11:00 AM to 1:59 PM – At 11:22 I picked Annie on My Mind back up and read for a couple of hours!

2:00 PM – I wrapped up my first Sapphic Saturday read at 2:26 PM! It was… not that great of a read if I’m being totally honest, but my expectations were super high because 1) this book has been on my TBR for years, and 2) this was my first finished Sapphic Saturday read. Since I’d been reading for the past couple of hours with only small breaks, I decided to take a bit of a longer break of 30 minutes to, ya know, interact with people and move from my chair.

3:00 PM – I decided to go back to Girls of Paper and Fire at this time and try to get a little further. I knew that this one was going to take up the bulk of the remaining 9 hours I had left (and boy did it) so I wanted to either finish it or get most of the way through before figuring out what to read next. At 3:10 PM, Arin started another set of reading sprints on Twitter which I once again participated in! I got a little bit of a late start though and missed the first 10 minutes.

4:00 to 4:59 PM – Reading!

5:00 PM – I stopped reading at pg. 214 at this time to make & eat dinner!

6:00 – 7:59 PM – Back to reading! I ran some more reading sprints on the Sapphic Saturday Twitter account during this time as well.

8:00 PM – At about 8:45, I finally finished reading Girls of Paper and Fire, making it my second finished book of the readathon! Even though this was without a doubt my favorite read of the whole readathon, it took me a ton of time to get through! I really enjoyed it overall and am still contemplating whether or not I’m going to continue with the series. The last page pictured here had some spoilers, so I blacked out anything that might ruin the ending for anyone planning to read it!

9:00 PM– I actually started reading Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel at 8:50 because I had absolutely no time to lose! I had only a few hours left in the readathon and was determined to make the most of it! This book was a last minute choice after seeing Brianna (@brithebookworm) read it earlier that day for the readathon!

10:00 to 10:59 PM – Hurriedly reading!

11:00 PM – I miraculously finished reading Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel at 11:14 PM. I was super worried that I was not going to be able to finish before 11:59 rolled around, but luckily for me, the Scridb digital copy of this book actually ends at 80% with the last 20% being the author’s note & discussion questions (20% worth of discussion questions is wayyy too much for me but to each their own). I didn’t frankly see a point in starting another book at this time with barely over 40 minutes to go, so I decided to be happy with my total of 3 books! Arin also ran some more reading sprints on Twitter in this last hour to bring the readathon to an end!

12:00 AM

So, to recap, I read 3 books across a total of 938 pages (according to Goodreads)! I had such a fun time hosting & participating in this readathon and am so excited for the next. Would you believe me if I told you I was texting Arin about plans for the next readathon before this one even ended? Stay tuned for that announcement (;

Did you participate?! Did you blog about your reading experience during this readathon? Let me know! (:

13 thoughts on “Sapphic Saturday Readathon Recap // Reading 3 Books in 24 Hours… Again

    1. Thank you! And I definitely get that! Trust me, I needed quite a break from f/f stories after this readathon 😂 If you ever want to participate though, know that the readathon is just a time to get some f/f reading in! You don’t have to read 3 books, or even finish 1! So long as you take a little time during the 24 hours to read about a sapphic book, then the readathon is a success!! Arin and I both get super competitive with our past readathon successes (for instance, I read 3 in the last readathon I did, so I felt like I had to read at least 3 this time, too), which is honestly why we end up reading so much. There were quite a few participants who told us that they didn’t get to read a whole book book but got some reading in nonetheless!

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  1. CONGRATS on a successful first Sapphic Saturday, Brittany!! You and Arin did such a wonderful job hosting this readathon, and I’m so sad that I didn’t finish a book during Saturday. Oh well, I am a slow reader, and I don’t think any readathon can change that. I’m so excited for the next round!

    Ahh, I’m having a hard time deciding whether I want to read GOSAS too. I found GOPAF to be pretty average already, and people who absolutely adored it were disappointed with the sequel. 🤷‍♀️

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    1. Thank you so much Caitlin!! It was such a fun readathon and I’m even more excited for October’s! Definitely don’t feel bad about not finishing a book; the goal for the readathon is just to have some dedicated time to reading about f/f romance! So long as you do that, you can consider your participation in the readathon a success! ♥

      I actually really enjoyed GOPAF but I haven’t fully decided on whether or not I’m going to continue with the series! I think if the ending had been done just a little differently, this could’ve been a stand alone and I’d have been super happy with it! With the cliff hanger at the end, I kind of feel like I HAVE to read GOSAS, but we will see!!

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