#24in48: Final Thoughts

Greetings, readers!

It’s the Monday after the #24in48 Readathon! My plan was to post something yesterday marking the end of the marathon and the 24 hours of reading. Unfortunately, my best friend and I burned out at around hour 19-20. The break between the first day and the second sucked out all our energy. Having said this, I don’t regret participating, even for a second! It was a fun way to get some solid reading done.

I read Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel José Older, which is the sequel to his Half-Resurrection Blues. It was light, fun reading that took me longer to read than I expected it too. Because I read so much, I tend to think I read faster than I do. I’m always kind of surprised when I remember that I actually read pretty slowly!

I also read Palacio by Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón, a Puerto Rican author who happens to be my best friend’s brother. We’ve been friends for about four years and the book had already been published by the time we met. Every time it came up that I still hadn’t read it there’d be a whole “shame on you” moment. Because he’s her brother sure, but also because he’s an excellent writer. And, really, shame on me for having waited so long! It was a good book with interesting imagery and unexpected metaphors.

My third book for the marathon was actually a play, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. I didn’t know it was a play when I picked it up, so that was a bit of a surprise. I hadn’t read a play in so long that for a few minutes I wasn’t even sure how to go about it. Things clicked as I kept reading and it turned out to be a really gratifying experience! This is actually my pick for Omaha, so I’ll be writing a more in depth post about it later.

Part of the reason I burned out was that after the play, I wasn’t quite sure what to read. I tried a few books, but I couldn’t get into any of them and it drained my reading energy even more. After an extended break though, I picked up Sergio’s second novel Dicen que los dormidos about a guy who gets shot multiple times “by accident” which lands him in a coma and the fallout of it all. It’s an exploration of violence in Puerto Rico. I’m about halfway through and enjoying myself. I’ll probably finish it today, actually!

There are things I’d do differently if I were to participate again. I chose to read many small books, rather than sticking with one large book for the duration. The truth is, having to settle into a new story every few hours was distracting and contributed to my burning out. Had I stuck to one large book, I think the consistent plot line would’ve had a better chance of keeping me on until then end. If, for some reason, short books is all I have to read then meticulously curating the list will be a must.

Also, I think I’d rather try my hand at reading continuously for a full 24 hours, rather than breaking it up into two days. I thought I’d appreciate the chance to sleep and feel relaxed, but that actually worked against me. I think the energy needed to keep reading from midnight to midnight would keep me more excited and centered on the challenge.

It was still a good experience, though. My best friend and I loaded up on snacks, shared things that were happening in our books that surprised, scared, or grossed us out. Plus, I’m honestly really happy with the reading I got done. I think had I not burned out I would’ve finished Sergio’s novel and probably had time for a fifth book! It almost makes me want to set aside a day every month to read for 24 hours straight! I just might do that…*Cue suspense music*

Stay tuned because on Wednesday we return to Texas for a look at my newest pick! Until next time, readers.

#24in48: Halfway point

Hello, readers!

It’s midnight and I’ve just hit the 12 hour mark! We started reading at 11:30, took a break in between, and have just reached our halfway point. So far I’ve managed two books. The first one was José Daniel Older’s Midnight Taxi Tango, which is the sequel to Half-Resurrection Blues. The second one was a book I’d been meaning to read for the longest time, Palacio by Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón. I’m happy with the choices I’ve made in terms of books, so far.

As for the marathon experience itself, it’s felt more leisurely than I thought it would. We’ve been taking breaks, getting distracted, stopping to look up strange words like demesne. To be honest, I think if it weren’t for all those things I would’ve probably gotten more done! Still, I enjoy it. The slow, languid pace has allowed me to enjoy my books, while also getting a solid amount of reading time in.

Tune back in tomorrow for an update on my second half of the readathon! If you’re participating give me a shout out in the comment section below!

May the (book) force be with you!

#24in48: Off To the Races!

Good morning, everyone!

My best friend, The Lemming Transcript, and I are up and setting up the scene for the #24in48 Readathon! We’ve got a host of snacks, a stack of books, and boundless enthusiasm. I always forget to tweet, but I’m going to dust off my account for this. I’ll also be back at the 12 hour mark to update you guys and talk a little bit about the experience. But first, I thought I’d tackle the official survey. Sharing is caring you guys. Let’s do this!

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Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

We’re in the sunny island of Puerto Rico where it’s currently 10am (we’re getting a late start) and the birds are chirping outside like they have no reading to do. Which they don’t. Birds, man.

Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

We’ve never done the readathon before! This is actually our first reading marathon. So many jokes, so little time.

Where did you hear about the readathon?

The readathon is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, but never quite got around to. I realize this doesn’t answer the question, but I honestly don’t remember where I got it from. I decided this was going to be the year and roped my best friend into it for good measure!

What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

I’m excited to finally be reading Palacio, and possibly Dicen que los dormidos, by Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón. He’s my best friend’s brother. The first book came out years ago, the second one about 2 or 3. I still haven’t read either of them. It’s just bad form, you guys.

Tell us something about yourself.

Something about myself… I don’t drink coffee, but I love tea. I’m a big fan of Indian food. I don’t like Jasmin or Rose scented things. I wish I could subsist on ice cream alone. Cookie dough ice cream, to be exact.

Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

Like I said, I’ll be Tweeting (@DestinationRead), posting here on the blog, and possibly posting pictures on Instagram (@DestinationReading)!

Catch you later!

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11 O’Clock News

I have an announcement! I will be joining this year’s #24in48 Readathon!

Here’s how Rachel, the creator of the readathon, describes it:

Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.

And that’s it. The format never changes but it’s always an adventure.

Adventure is definitely a good way to describe it. I’ve never done a reading marathon, so I’m excited to participate! It’s the perfect opportunity to get some reading done before the semester starts.

If you’re interested in participating, head over to the 24in48 website to sign up! If you’ve done the challenge before, let me know! I’d love to hear the experiences you guys have had with it!

I can’t wait!