Hour 6 (12:20 PM): Decided to sleep in today since I’m fasting, so I’m just now getting to the Readathon.
Hour 7 (1 PM): Well, I guess I spent the rest of that hour catching up on blog posts (disappointed to see they won’t be blogging every hour like normal on the main site!) and other readathon social media, trying to figure out what my passwords are to some of my old social media posts to see what old readathon friends are up to (only to realize no one’s posting!), and so I guess I’ll be starting my first book at 1.
Hour 8 (2 PM): Actually read for an hour straight! And finished my first book of the day (given, I only had an hour left of it): The Highwayman, and I absolutely loved it! I’m already feeling a little burnt out so I’m glad I give myself the first 10-15 minutes to catch up on other people’s posts, and I think it’s a good thing I planned to read a poetry book for this upcoming hour as a palate cleanser. I’m also getting really hungry, but only 5.5 more hours to go of my fast.
Hour 9 (3 PM): Finished another book! Although it was just a short collection of poetry: some things I still can’t tell you by Misha Collins. It was just okay. Not sure what I’m going to read for this next hour, but I’m kind of sleepy/bored (even though I just woke up 3 hours ago… oops).
Hour 10 (4 PM): Have you ever just felt an all-consuming love for a book? Where you are just loving every word the author writes? That’s me this hour with The Puzzler by AJ Jacobs. He’s one of my all-time favorite authors, and this book is just reminding me why. Each page fills me with awe and fascination and really gets my brain juices flowing and I love it!
Hour 13 (7:20 PM): I took a break from 4-6 to catch up on social media, watch all the instagram stories I didn’t watch in the last day, and to just give myself a break from reading because I was feeling burned out. And I also realized that part of the fun of the readathon for me is all the things I do outside of reading, as well. So then I went and visited my niece and nephew and spent time with them. Got back at 6 and read for the last hour and 20 minutes. I’ve been reading Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese, which I started last week, and it’s really good, but it just can’t compare to The Highwayman, I suppose because I still have a book hangover for it. So now it’s almost time to break my fast, and I’ll probably take an hour to an hour and a half off from reading, but hopefully continue after that? (I hope!)
Hour 16 (10 PM): Took a break until about 8:40 to have iftar (dinner) with my mom. Then got some boba, watched an episode of Impractical Jokers, and then I was ready to get back to the readathon. I read Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese, and I think I hit a lull with it. I think that may have been all the physical reading I did for the readathon.
Hour 17 (11:30 PM): For the past hour or so, I listened to Finding Me by Viola Davis until I fell asleep.
Hour 24 (6 AM): I started the last 30 minutes of Finding Me around 4:40 AM after having suhur (meal to start my fast), and then listened to Gone Too Deep by Kate Ruggle until about 6 when I fell back asleep, and that officially ends my readathon!
Hours read: a little over 8 hours!
Books read: The Highwayman (1 hour), The Puzzler (1 hour), Finding Me (1 hr 45 mins), some things I still can’t tell you (<1 hr), Only When It’s Us, Gone Too Deep.