So as you might have seen here, I hit 12 hours of reading in the 24in48 Readathon, at approximately 11:47pm last night. So I only had 12 more hours of reading to do today. Here’s how it went down:
7:23am – Woke up and decided it was too cold to take my hands out from underneath the covers and read. Laid with the covers over my head until 7:49 when I eventually gave myself a pep talk, resulting in my picking up Rilke and finishing his Sonnets to Orpheus (that took about 45mins). It was so lovely; but it definitely needs a second read when I’m less sleep deprived.
9:25am – After wasting precious reading time on doing adult things like showering, going outside to get a coffee, feeding my bird children and putting some clothes in the washing machine, I put my pj’s back on and settled in to read Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings. Because if you’re going to spend all day reading on a Sunday, you do it in your pj’s. Also, I really like the title of this book. It’ll be the first time I’ve read Goethe, so I’m a bit excited.
10:50am – Just finished Goethe. Wow. I get the distinct impression that he would have hated to be alive in the world as it is today.
11:13am – After some more adulting (hanging out washing), I’m about to start Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith. At 543 pages, this should put me on the threshold of 24 hours.
1pm – Break for lunch and download a copy of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells to read on my ipad while I’m eating. Surprisingly I’ve never read this before. Prepared to have my head spun by time travel stuff (I actually didn’t get to read enough of this to get my mind blown).
2:25pm – Back on Agent 6. NEED SUGAR. Eat snakes.
7:30pm – Still reading Agent 6. Change into fresh pjs.
10:25pm – Finally finish Agent 6. Incredibly disappointed in the ending. Wish I’d picked a better book to read in a day. Only 45mins until I reach 24hrs, so I finish the challenge off with Femme Fatale by Guy du Maupassant.
11:11pm – CHALLENGE COMPLETE (ok, at 24hrs 06mins I’m a little over but meh).
Here is my full list of reads:
- A few pages from Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye
- Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
- How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are
- The Meek One
- A Man of Some Repute
- Sonnets to Orpheus
- Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings
- Agent 6
- Femme Fatale
- A few pages from The Time Machine
Here’s how much I read:
- 8 complete books (although 4 of them were really small), plus a few pages from a couple of extra books;
- That’s a grand total of 1648 pages (for scale, I think that’s a bit longer than War & Peace – so it is possible to read that book in a weekend) (but don’t because life) (and it’s probably not really possible because the font in that book is so tiny) (CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!);
- For an average of 68.7 pages/hour.
Towards the end, I went a little bit loopy; I think a combination of extreme tiredness and too much sugar will do that to a person. But I had a really great weekend, snuggled up under a blanket and just reading. Sure I ran out of comfortable positions in which to sit in my chair, and sure I’ll probably fall asleep at my desk tomorrow, but I did manage to whittle down my TBR tower by a considerable amount. Enough that I can buy more books and start building it up again (joking! I have no money to spend on books because I spent it all on books).