Over the weekend I participated in the 24 in 48 Readathon – my first ever!
I’ve never been a speed reader or skimmer / scanner, preferring to read at a leisurely pace, soaking up all the goodness on offer from a book’s text. So it was never about number of pages or titles read for me this weekend, just the act of setting aside a very large amount of time for a much loved hobby and seeing where it took me.
So, did I actually read for 24 hours within the 48 hour period?
Surprisingly, the answer is YES.
Admittedly those 24 hours did include an audio book plus a few hours reading in front of the television (actually a common occurrence for me – multi-tasking), but it all counts.
The key to my success?
A variety of genre and formats in my ‘reading buffet’, and in particular the inclusion of two great contemporary thrillers which really held my interest.
Realistically, I think the cold snap we’re having on the east coast of Australia right now (particularly the wind chill factor) acting as a deterrent to going outside, also played a large part in my achieving this goal.
All the Little Pieces by Jilliane Hoffman (paperback) – COMPLETE, chunky but compelling mystery thriller
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, narrated by Simon Vance & Vanessa Benjamin (audio) – COMPLETE, great narration, unusual 3 level narrative framework and leaves lots to ponder
The Port Fairy Murders by Robert Gott (paperback) – only title I did not get around to picking up, looking forward to reading it next
Darkness and Day by Ivy Compton-Burnett (ebook) – ALMOST COMPLETE, had a few dips in and out of this, a story made up of dialogue, a mix of witty, sardonic, oblique references and circular debates made this a much slower read
Superposition by David Walton (paperback) – COMPLETE, top read this weekend, original premise and very well constructed mystery and narrative framework, a real page turner
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (ebook) – COMPLETE, great humour/wit and depth of underlying meaning, beautiful illustrations, am so glad I finally made time to read this
What now? Really enjoyed indulging in my love of reading this weekend, but now it’s back to normal programming, plus lots of book reviews to catch up on over the coming weeks.
Did you achieve your reading goal?
If not this time, is the 24 in 48 hours concept you would consider in the future?
Share your experiences with us in the comments below.