Hey all, Dani here.
Okay, so as you all may know, a few days ago I learned about the 24 Hourathon, a quarterly readathon dedicated to reading as much as possible in 24 hours, and I decided to join in.
With only a day to prepare, I knew I had to make the most of my time. So I did my laundry, took a nap to get a little extra sleep in, and made sure that I was stocked up on caffeine and snacks.
Finding a stack of potential books to read was actually probably the easiest part. There are so many books I’ve been wanting to read but put them aside because of the books I needed to read for review. Now, between this 24 Hourathon and the Summer 2017 Biannual Bibliothon, I have an excuse to try and squeeze a few more books into my reading schedule.
One of the other great things about deciding to participate in this readathon is that I wake up with my boyfriend at 6am every morning and he’s out the door headed to work by 6:30am. Since I don’t start my shift until 2:55pm, usually I go back to bed for a few hours. But not for readathon! No, I decided to just down some coffee and get reading.
What I didn’t remember in my excitement to join in on this event is that my 1st shift counterpart had the day off, so I actually had to be in to work at 10:55am instead of 2:55pm. But it’s okay. That’s still plenty of reading time before work, and I’m lucky enough to be able to do quite a bit of reading at work as well.
So, yeah, I woke up at 5:30 am and could not get back to sleep. So I did what any sensible readathon participant would do…I rolled out of bed, grabbed a book, and started reading. On Thursday night I had started reading Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz and had made it halfway through the book so it only made sense to keep reading it.
I finished that book by 7:30 am and was feeling pretty good, especially since I absolutely loved the book. It was beautiful. Absolutely a 5 star read!
I decided to pick up a quick contemporary book, No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista, because I really wanted to finish the trilogy. At 196 pages in length, I knew it would not take me long to get through the book, and thankfully it did not disappoint. By 8:45 am I had finished my second book, and again I gave it 5 stars. It was a nice cute second chance YA romance story.
Then, unable to decide on what to read next, I left it to the dice gods and rolled to see what my next book would be. That ended up being Rook by Sharon Cameron, and I made it 38 pages in before I had to set it down. Don’t get me wrong; the story is good and pretty interesting, but I felt my mind wander a few times, which is not what you want for a readathon book.
Looking at the clock I realized I only had about 20 minutes until I had to get ready for work. I really didn’t like the idea of starting to get into a book and having to pause to pack my lunch and head out the door. This led me to pick up The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, which is a short story collection prequel to the Witcher books. I read 32 pages before it was time to go to work.
For my potential 12 hour long work shift, I decided to bring two books with me, just in case I could squeeze in some nice reading time. Those books were Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
Now, I’ll admit that two hours into my shift I hadn’t read anything. In fact, part of me wanted to just waste away the rest of my time watching YouTube videos. But I’ve also been slightly complaining about not having a lot of time for pleasure reading because of my review schedule and this readathon is an opportunity to do just that. So I poured my…fourth?…cup of coffee for the day and got to reading.
I made it a few chapters into Ash and Quill, which is seriously one of my most highly anticipated book releases, but again, the focus issue was a problem. Chatting with my boyfriend made it clear that my mind just wanted to focus on something else. He was working on fleshing out an NPC for one of our RPG campaigns and it made me really want to do that too. But I still wanted to read more.
Enter the awesomeness that is the Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting book written by Matthew Mercer, the Dungeon Master for Critical Role. Now, I quickly skimmed this book when I first downloaded the PDF on Monday, but feeling a need to be geeky, I decided to just go ahead and read it. It was 144 pages of amazingness.
And basically that’s it for my 24 Hourathon. I decided to stop reading around 9:00 pm so I could start going through my shutdown/closing procedures at work. Which gave me just a little bit of time to finish writing on this blog post and publishing it for all of you.
All in all it was a pretty great day. I finished 3 books and read some in a few other books. Doing the math on my page count, I read 645 pages in about 16 hours, with a few hours of time being wasted on social media and YouTube.
Oh, and I ended up drinking an entire jug of coffee too.