Hello fellow bookworms 📚 If you don’t know, Zoe @ readbyzoe started making these 24 Hours Readathons last year and they have become a thing! I love the idea of focusing on reading for 24 Hours and getting as much reading as possible done – it’s a challenge that really excites me! I was able to participate in her Readathons (that happen every few months) two times before (the Festive and Halloween editions) and wanted to do so again! This is round 5 and it was perfect, as I don’t have any classes until April and had lots of time for reading. The Readathon took place on Saturday, March 3rd – always from Midnight in YOUR timezone to 11:59pm!
I also want to give a shout out to the lovely fellow bloggers Swetlana and Jackie, who also participated in the Readathon! We had a group chat on Twitter for motivating each other and it was really nice to have some reading buddies! 💕
Midnight – 1am 📚 READATHON TIME! I got everything ready and immediately started out with some sprints with my readathon buddies Jackie and Swetlana, which was a good way to start this Readathon! I knew that I would not stay up the entire 24 Hours, because I need my sleep and cannot function without, so I planned to read for an hour and then go to sleep. My first read was A Darker Shade of Magic, because I have been wanting to read a Schwab book forever, since she’s such a popular author and because I liked the premise of the book! I got about 70ish pages done! Sadly, I couldn’t fall asleep and spent the night tossing and turning, which was quite frustrating.
9am 📚 I actually crawled out of bed before 10am for once (yes I’m terrible at getting up, but I’m able to because I don’t have classes until April), even though I didn’t sleep well at all. But it’s reading time, so I kicked myself and got up! Of course my morning started with having some coffee while continuing my current read, because I had some time until lunch, I also ate a cookie, because I felt like it. I was very happy that I got a lot of reading done and I realized how much I can actually get done if I get up early for once 😅 It was definitely a nice way to start my day, especially as I huddled up with a blanket and stayed at our kitchen table the entire time! I also tried out tabbing my book, because taking notes doesn’t work for me, it worked amazing!!!
12pm 📚 Time for some lunch! Since I’m currently home, I was fortunate enough to have my grandmother nearby who cooked, so I didn’t have to and could keep reading! Of course, I interrupted my reading to eat some delicious homemade tarte flambée which was really good and provided me with enough energy to continue reading. I literally darted from the table the moment I was finished to get back to reading! I haven’t mentioned it, but since it snowed yesterday, there was lots of snow to fulfill my aesthetic of reading and being cozy inside! I grabbed a blanket and built a cozy reading space on our couch, which has a nook perfect for snuggling up and reading for hours!
3pm 📚 I finished my first book!! I really liked A Darker Shade of Magic, it was a solid 4.5 star rating – the world building hooked me in, I LOVED Holland, but there was that special spark missing that completely immerses me in a world and gets a 5 star rating. However, I can definitely say that I will buy the next two books and continue on with the Series, as I appreciate having some New Adult Fantasy books! After my first accomplishment for the Readathon I took a short break to drink some coffee and eat a delicious cinnamon croissant – it tasted so delicious! I did read a bit of my second book as I made coffee, but I spent a some time to relax and protect my eyes, so that I would be ready for some more reading!
4pm 📚 I got back to reading and picked up my second book Shadow and Bone! I’ve been wanting to read the Grisha Trilogy for years and it sat untouched on my shelves for over a year, as I got it for Christmas in 2016! Now was the perfect time to finally tackle the Series, because I wanted to read it in order to get to Six of Crows! Shortly after starting the book I got into the bath, thanks to Zoe herself, who is a huge bath reader and introduced me to it too! I take a bath once a week because it calms me and it’s truly the perfect place to read, as it’s free of distractions. You can make it look nice with candles and some bath bombs! Don’t ask me how I haven’t dropped my book in the water (I haven’t invested in those cool tablets), but I usually grip it tight and keep a towel ready!
6pm 📚 I got out of the bath (don’t worry, I didn’t actually spend 2 hours in the bath, but I didn’t keep track either) after having done a good chunk of reading! At the time I think I was on page 100 and determined to get even more reading done as there was still a lot of time! I got back to my previous reading spot on the couch and made myself comfortable. I think I spent a lot of time just sitting there, reading, because I couldn’t tear my eyes from the pages to make dinner. That showed how much I liked the book and how I could not stop reading – I was so determined to finish this book and then do a little bit of reading in a third book!
8pm 📚 Now it was finally Dinner Time after I put off eating because I couldn’t make myself get up. I made myself some sandwiches and of course a HUGE mug of tea, because you can never have enough tea and it was a bit late for coffee! I literally used the biggest mug we own and for those of you who are curious I drank some rooibos vanilla tea, my second favorite type of tea after peppermint! I had a bit of calm, as my parents were gone in the evening, so that made for more uninterrupted reading time! I basically ate while I read (without smearing anything on my book), because I didn’t want to stop reading the book to eat – multitasking ftw!
9:55pm 📚 I finally finished my second book and I was so happy about that! I really wanted to read two books entirely and was glad when I managed to do so! Shadow and Bone was really, really good – so much better than I expected, as everyone says it’s not as good as Six of Crows. That kind of lowered my expectations, so the book managed to sweep me off my feed and get me addicted! Of course I had to give it 5 stars and add it to my favorites of the year shelf, because it was a fantastic read! I’m glad that I read two books that I ended up loving, because it made my reading experience so much better!
10pm 📚 I started my last book, knowing that I of course wouldn’t finish it, as I only had two hours left! Originally I planned to start The Fifth Wave, as I checked out the entire Trilogy from my library, but I changed plans. I didn’t really feel like starting another new-to-me book and instead settled on rereading a short favorite of mine from last year: Under Rose-Tainted Skies! I had been wanting to read it again for some time, so now was the perfect time to immerse myself in a story I already knew – a good end to the Readathon for me!
11:59pm 📚 THE READATHON IS FINISHED and I’m very sad because I had so much fun and this could have lasted so much longer! I cannot even think about having to wait a few months for the last one, but if I want to I can do my own 24 Hours of Reading Challenge in private! However, I had so much fun with this one, because there was so much interaction on twitter! Not only in the group chat I mentioned, but also within the #ReadathonByZoe hashtag, which totally added to the overall reading experience. Nothing is better than seeing a lot of other bookworms join the challenge and post updates, it did wonders to further motivate me! Overall, I was very happy with my reading, I read exactly how much I wanted to unlike the last few times I participated!
What I read
- A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E. Schwab) 📚 385 pages
- Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo) 📚 358 pages
The Fifth WaveUnder Rose-Tainted Skies (Louise Gornall) 📚 88 pages
Total pages read 📚 830
Did you participate in the Readathon? Would you like to spent 24 Hrs just reading? 📚