My First Readathon: 24 in 48

My First Readathon: 24 in 48

Rather than trying to accomplish a specific reading challenge in 2017, I decided to stick with my traditional goal of reading 50 books. I'm tracking over on Goodreads. I do want to find ways to push that number, though.

Readathons and reading events seem like the perfect motivators to boost my time and commitment to reading.

And since joining Litsy, a fabulously 100% bookish community, I've seen people referring to many different kinds of bookish events.

This weekend I'm giving the #24in48 Readathon a try. Basically, from 12:01 Saturday morning until 11:59 Sunday night, I have to clock myself reading. Within those 48 hours, I need to rack up 24 hours worth of reading.

How much do I love this idea?

A lot!

Some readers on Litsy referred to an event last October: Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. I can't even pretend to like that concept. I need my sleep.

Reading for 24 hours within a weekend? That seems achievable to this middle-aged nerd.

And there are prizes, so why not give it a go?

I'm starting with Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad since I know that he'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books in March. After that book, who knows where I'll go.

I have decided to listen to the Young Reader's audiobook edition of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. It's seven and half hours long, so I know I can listen to it as I'm cleaning and performing various life tasks.

I have several Ms. Marvel comics ready to go. I have a short story and novella from James S.A. Corey on my pile. And I have another Tucson Festival of Books pick: A Hundred Thousand Worlds, which seems like a quick and fun read that could help break up my pace.

One of my goals is to write quick reviews of each book as I finish, assuming that I do finish more than one book.

I'm also trying out a new app with this readathon: BookOut. The app has several features, but the one I like the most for this readathon is the real time tracking. I enter my book title into the app, hit start, and read. I can stop and start my progress and BookOut will track my total time. When I finish the book, BookOut creates a simple infographic of my reading stats.

Looking forward to seeing how much reading I can accomplish.

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