Readathon Update – 2

It is now 9:30 PM Indian Standard Time, so it is fifteen hours since my readathon began. And so far, I have got in 7 and a half hours of reading. I finished Parnassus on Wheels and I absolutely loved it. It is book that every book lover will enjoy. I liked it enough to want to talk about it, so I will do a proper review once the readathon is over.

I have to go read now. 

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Readathon update – 1

The 48 hour period of the readathon is supposed to begin at 12 AM Saturday and end at 12 AM on Monday. But as far as I’m concerned, the day does not begin until the morning, so I’ve chosen to count my 48 hours from 6:30 AM on Saturday morning till 6:30 AM on Monday morning. 

It is now 7:36 AM on Saturday (Indian Standard Time) and I have just clocked my first hour of reading. It has been a blissfully quiet hour. My husband and my kids are asleep and the only real sound is the steady patter of rain outside my window. 

Perfect reading conditions…

It is readathon time again…

This is my third 24 in 48 readathon and I am totally looking forward to it…24 hours of reading over a weekend (22nd and 23rd July). I did this for the first time last July and then again this January. I will, of course, jump at anything that gives me a reason or an excuse to read more. And considering that one of the things I miss most about being a kid is the freedom to pick up a book and read for hours on end, a readathon is the perfect excuse to do so.

But I did have another reason to sign up for this, as I think I mentioned in the post I did about the readathon last year. It was to give my kids an experience of the kind of immersive reading that only happens when you read for a few hours at a stretch. They tried it and they loved it and now they are looking forward to it every bit as much as I am.

And this time I have got my sister and my husband to join us as well. Us adults are aiming for anything from six to twelve hours. My kids are, of course, going for the full twenty four. I will be posing updates as we go and now, I’m going to do a round-up of all the books that we’re trying to read.

I am, at the moment, reading Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. I am thoroughly enjoying it and I’m a third of the way through the book, so this is my first book for the readathon.

 

My second book is A Terrible Splendor : Three Extraordinary Men, A World Poised for War and The Greatest Tennis Match Ever Played by Marshall Jon Fisher. 

My husband is reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. He’s on book two : The Drawing of the Three.

My sister is going to be reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

My son is reading Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J R R Tolkien.

And my daughter is reading Magnus Chase: The hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.

Here’s looking forward to a weekend of reading. And thanks to Rachel at 24 in 48 Readathon for dreaming this up. It is wonderful to put everything else aside for one weekend every six months and just read. If you want to know more about this readathon and how it works and better still, if you want to join us, sign up here: 24 in 48 Readathon.

 

 

24 in 48 readathon 

23-24th July is the 24 in 48 readathon weekend. The idea being that we get in 24 hours of reading over one weekend. I read about this on litsy and I was instantly on board. I love the idea. Not just because it lets me read all weekend, but because signing up for the readathon means that I have to carve out chunks of time for reading…so I get three to four hours of continuous reading at a time instead of the bits and pieces kind of reading that is my normal.

There is nothing better than settling down with a book and reading it in one or maybe two sittings. I used to do that often enough as a kid and a teen (staying up until three or four in the morning to finish my book was completely normal.) But it isn’t something I get to do now. The last book I read in one sitting was Alan Bennet’s The Uncommon Reader. But that is a novella and it only has around eighty pages, so it doesn’t really count.

The last decent sized book I read in one sitting was Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About my Neck. That was eight years ago. I still remember that afternoon. I was at my parent’s house. My kids were still toddlers back then. We’d just had lunch and my kids were busy with my dad and I had nothing pressing to do, so I picked up this book, streched on the couch and started reading. I read and read with no awareness of anything but my book and four hours later, I literally woke from the book to find my kids napping and my mum making tea. It was a wonderful afternoon, a rare indulgence, particularly at a time when I was stressed out and desperately tired from trying to keep up with two very young kids.

Anyway, I am hoping to indulge properly this weekend. I don’t think I can manage 24 hours of reading in two days. Right now, I’m aiming for twelve. Anything more than that is a bonus. The best part about this weekend, though, is that I have managed to get my kids involved in the readathon. They are both confirmed readers who ask for books as birthday gifts. But reading for hours on end is rare for them because they have so many distractions and neither of them has ever read a book in one sitting. I’m hoping they’ll find out what that’s like this weekend.

As for what I will be reading, I have two books going at the moment (being in India, my readathon started eight and a half hours ago,) Now Read On by Bernard Levin and My Grape Year by Laura Bradbury. I have plenty to say about both of these authors, particularly Levin, so I’ll save that for when I post reviews of these books. Now Read On is a collection of essays, drawn from newspaper columns that Levin used to write for The Times (London) and The Guardian back in the eighties and nineties. This particular collection was published in 1990. My Grape Year is a memoir. I’m thoroughly enjoying my reading, so I will go back to my books. I will post an update on my readathon tonight.

Happy reading.

The weekend is over. My readathon is done and it went very well. My daughter and I got in 16 hours of reading and my son managed 15. It was intense and truly wonderful to push everything aside and just read for a whole weekend. It was a great experience for the kids and we’re all looking forward to the next readathon which happens in January.