After a solid two weeks without talking about books (pat on the back), I’m now doing a wrap-up of my first 24 hours readathon. So this year, I discovered that readathons were a thing and once I saw how people were coming together for it, got me excited. So I participated in the next readathon I heard about: the BookTube-a-thon. It was a complete fail. I had to cut short my experience and blah blah blah… I have an entire post dedicated to it if you want to read it.
Bottom line, I enjoyed it but reading for a week is not that same as packing it in one day. So when Zoe Herdt from the YouTube channel Readbyzoe announced she was going to do a readathon in October, it was the perfect opportunity. I instantaneously signed up for it not minding on what day it was going to fall in. I was going to participate even if I only read one page on that day, it would count, and I was going to be happy about it – just a side note, this is actually my inner conversations to remind myself to stay positive.
Once the 14 of October was announced for the Halloween Edition readathon, I was already starting to planning what my TBR was going to be. Since it was one day I knew for sure that read The Shining by Stephen King wasn’t going to be possible – at least not the entire book. I have to be realistic, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to read a book with 500 pages in one day. Maybe one day I will be able to but right now is too much. So I planned to get as many pages down instead of the number of books.
My TBR changed the moment I knew that there was going to be a week-long readathon called the Spookathon right after ( from the 16th to the 22nd). I don’t own that much of spooky/creepy books, so I ended up to gather all of them to this readathon which left me without books for Saturday’s. So my idea was to clear up my currently reading shelf and to pick one cozy book perfect for this time of the year.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Footprints by Margeret Fishback Powers have been sitting on my bedside table since July, and I just needed to take them out of the way for good. And The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking is one that I was meant to pick up ages ago to do a blog post about it, and I was just expecting for the right moment to come and read it.
Since The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes are quite a few, my book only features four, and I already read the first two, which left me with The Adventure of the Crooked Man and The Reigate Squires to read during the readathon.
Something came up. I swear the world doesn’t want me to participate in this things. My mother decided that 14th was a good day for shopping. Although, I decided to embrace the change of plans as a challenge for the day, so instead of having the 24 hours to plan as I wanted to I actually would have less. And to be honest, it wasn’t going to be that bad I would still have the afternoon and the night. And then a lot of things happened, and I ended up spending most of the afternoon busy. *sigh*
In conclusion, I managed to read from 7:45 pm to 8:30 before dinner the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Crooked Man and then from 9:45 to 11:59 The Little Book of Hygge. I also read in the very begging of the day from 12 am to 12:50 The Reigate Squires. I was hoping to read much more, but Saturday was a productive day, and I don’t mind that I didn’t spend much time reading. It still is more then I do on a daily basis, so it’s a win.
In the end, I didn’t touch on the Footprints – it’s still halfway done – but the other two I finished. It was already past midnight when I ended The Little Book of Hygge, so I’m only counting until were I was when the midnight strike which was more than halfway in. And better, I’ve read every single Sherlock Holmes story I own so now I can go shopping for more. *happy dance*
To wrap everything up
Total books read: 1 and half
Total pages read: 211
Total time reading: 3 hours and 50 minutes
Favourite book: Little Book of Hygge (it was cosy, nostalgic and left me really happy)
Teacups count: 2
Since I don’t drink coffee but love to read while sipping a hot beverage, I thought it was a funny idea to keep track of how many cups of tea I would drink. Turn out it was one per book.
Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to participate in any Twitter sprints this time, which is the best part since you get to see an entire community really coming together. Reading can be a lonely experience but readathons like this either if they last 24 hours or a week are great and makes me excited to read. Plus, I actually got the opportunity to connect with other people. So thank you, Zoe, for hosting this readathon, and I can’t wait for the next one.