While in the process of joining reading challenges and just being bookish on twitter, I came across the 24 in 48 readathon, which I’d read about last year but had been unable to join. For this readathon, which is put on multiple times a year, participants make an attempt to read for 24 hours out of a 48 hour timeframe. They can do it however they wish; audiobooks, in small batches between midnight and midnight, or for one giant long reading session. I did something in-between: I set a few goals for myself, and then had breaks once I reached them on both days.
Goal Number One: Get the library books out of the way!
I’d started reading Gail Carriger’s Manners & Mutiny earlier this week, so my first benchmark was to finish reading that. It was the final book in the series and super satisfying, so I had to take a mini break to recover before I moved on to Star Wars: Before the Awakening. That was a quick, easy read, but I had made the mistake of putting on the movie Across the Universe while I was reading, because it had been too quiet in the house after hubs left for work. But I’d forgotten how strange that movie was, and began to get easily distracted. It was over by the time I got around to reading Suffrajitsu, but I just wasn’t in the right mindset for a graphic novel—interesting, considering the last readathon I did was almost completely comics—and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I might have some other time.
But Suffrajitsu had been the last of my library books, so I’d hit that mark with plenty of time left in the evening!
And it was around this time that I broke to eat and plot my next move:
Goal Number Two: #CleanYourReader
Since it had already been a goal of mine to get through my Nook books this year, I saw no harm in joining the Clean Your Reader reading challenge for the first quarter of the year. With that in mind, I made one Nook book my second readathon goal. I still hadn’t made much progress in Masque of the Red Death, so that made for an easy choice. And it was gripping enough that I didn’t pay much attention to the sportsball that was on my tv during hubs’ split-shift waiting period.
And then it was time for him to leave and I wanted to make sure there would be noise (because I am particularly suspicious of the nighttime without sound). So I did what any discerning person of the book would do: I put on Pride & Prejudice. I’d started out with the 2005 movie version because I was lazy and it was on Netflix. But the changes in dialogue for pacing’s sake were more distracting than anything else, so I ended up putting on the DVD of the 1995 BBC/A&E version. AKA, the Essential Pride & Prejudice. Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, my first OTP.
Masque of the Red Death turned out not to be a standalone as I’d expected it to be, but it ended in a good spot and I did not end up going in search of the next book at midnight. So that was good. It was just as compelling as it had started out to be, but I feel no need to acquire the others just yet.
Day Two was a late start. I woke up pretty early but was feeling some indecision. I posted a photo of my to-read corner in distress. What was I to read? A friend had a solution:
@jessisreading Third column from the left, fifth book down. Go!
— Kylo Wen (@nightxade) January 17, 2016
When I finished that, I made another expedition to the to-read corner and pulled out a couple of things for the home stretch. The first was Missed Connections, which is a quick, adorable read, and then In It to Win It, a baseball player/sportscaster second-chance romance I bought at the Dreamers’ Tent at the Tucson Festival of Books in March of 2015. That one was a little more dense than I’d expected, so it carried me right on through to the end.
All in all, I had a successful readathon. I read a few of my Own Damn Books; I got all of my library books read for return on Tuesday, and I read cross-format, which is not always something I remember to do (even though I have a million books in both formats). I hope I am able to participate in the next one, if it is on another three-day weekend.
Cause now, I have tomorrow to do all the stuff I didn’t do this weekend. Uy.