Hahahaha. Remember when I made it seem like I’d be updating all throughout the weekend? WHOOPS. *hangs head in shame*
BUT, in exchange for the forgotten updates, I’ll just round everything up right here instead.
Saturday I only managed to read 11 and a half hours. I woke up early and read a bunch, then spent the afternoon with B having delicious lunch, perusing two different bookstores, and drinking iced coffee. I got pumpkin spice in my coffee and B gawked at me because “IT IS JULY, WOMAN!” and I said “I will drink Pumpkin all year long because it is ALWAYS delicious.” So there.
I managed to squeeze in another 45 ish minutes of reading before jetting off to a wedding on Waneta Lake where I grew up. The wedding was gorgeous (and brief, my favorite kind) and then I did a few extra hours of reading when I got home and waited for Husband to get out of work. We attended the reception (which was happily right down the road) and were home by 9:30.
More reading? Almost. Best pal came over with an incredible new game (SuperFight–think Cards Against Humanity meets…I don’t know…War? Whatever, it’s awesome) and while both boys tried to convince me that “reading the cards totally counts”, I stopped my timer.
When Husband and Best Pal switched to video games, I switched to reading, and managed to get another hour in before bed.
I slept a little longer on Sunday than I meant to, but I was still in my reading chair by 8 AM. And then the real marathon reading began. I had basically JUST enough time to get in the remaining hours (a little less than 14) before midnight. We were supposed to go to dinner with A&A that evening, but A texted to say other A was sick, so I suddenly had a free and clear schedule dedicated to JUST reading.
And I did it. If I was up and moving/driving, I had my audiobook playing (Kiss of Deception).
When I felt antsy sitting at home, I drove to visit Husband at his winery and sat on the deck while I read.
And the rest of the time, I had a book in my face. I actually read so much that at one point I had to put on the reading glasses I never use because my nook screen was looking a little blurry. (I read Nimona on my nook and the words were a little smaller than I was used to).
At 11:45 last night, I hit “stop” on my timer and sighed with relief and satisfaction. I did it. I read 24 hours inside of 48 hours. And I feel pretty darn amazing about it. And also exhausted. Did you know that reading for 24 hours is EXHAUSTING? Especially when you do 14 of those hours in a row.
So, the final tally, for anyone who’s interested (I assume just our fearless leader Rachel, but whatever)
I read 6 and a half books, plus 5 hours of an audio book (that is 13 hours long). (To be fair, I was about 2/3 of the way through with the first book I completed.)
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby (started this before #24in48) *** (library book)
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton *** (library book)
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han ***** (library book)
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han***** (nook) (purchased)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson **** (nook) (graphic novel) (purchased)
The Walking Dead vol. 23 (Whispers into Screams) **** (graphic novel) (purchased)
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (audio book) (audible subscription)
If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins (nook) (egalley from Edelweiss)
Print Pages: 966
E-reader pages: 724
Young Adult pages: 1156
Romance pages: 200
Graphic Novel Pages: 334
Audio Book: 5 hours
So, in summation, I had a pretty amazing weekend. I fell in love with Jenny Han’s books. I found out that the Lumberjanes author/artist that I loved wrote a full length graphic novel and I devoured it. I started reading my favorite romance author’s newest book. And even though I was thoroughly exhausted by the end, and I almost gave up once or twice (thank you, Husband, for pushing me to finish my goal!), I am so proud and happy that I participated. And do you know what’s really great? I woke up this morning and picked up my Kirstan Higgins book so I could get right back to reading. Guys, I legitimately never get tired of reading.
Thank you, Rachel, for creating this event. It pulled me out of a bit of a reading slump and gave me a fabulous reason to attack my TBR stack that I’d been hoarding at the library.