Well, friends… I did it.
The Readathon is complete! I had a lot of fun yesterday, and it was one of my most relaxing 24-Hour Readathons so far! (read: I didn’t fall asleep in any of my books!)
I also decided to post only once about this Readathon, rather than splitting it up into two parts! This was easier for me, and I think I like this better than making two parts.
5:30am – This morning, I woke up at 5:30! A bit later than usual for these readathons, but I just wanted more sleep.
And… as soon as I woke up, I heard a noise, and was suddenly very much afraid of the dark. 😅 Which lead me to create the day’s theme – mystery/thriller!
The first book I picked up was Jackaby by William Ritter. I actually started reading this book three years ago, but I had to return it to the library before I was done. I recently bought it from BookOutlet so I could try it again!
5:50am – This book… really felt like Sherlock Holmes and Fantastic Beasts. Jackaby has the deduction skills of Sherlock and the loftiness and wonder of Newt Scamander.
Also, there’s something very comfortable about it. It’s slow, but relaxing.
6:53am – Page 47. In my notes, I only wrote the word “fast”, but I’m not entirely sure what that was supposed to mean. 🤔 I think the readathon was just going by fast at that point!
7:11-7:26am – I went downstairs, and started to make some coffee and breakfast. ☕️
9:30am – One of my college friends texted me about our final grades! I received my grades from this semester, and I’m proud to say this was actually my best semester ever! 😊🎉🎉 (I guess the blogging hiatuses really paid off, huh?)
9:55am – I switched to an audiobook of One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus so I could work on a discussion post for later!
I had already started this audiobook a few days ago, so I began at 10%.
10:18am – There were like 3 different conference calls going on downstairs, so I moved back upstairs to my room.
10:35am – Last week, I applied to several literary internships, and I just received a reply of interest this morning! 😊 It was all very exciting, and it also distracted me a bit.
11:34am – At this point, I realized that the post I was working on will not be complete for a while. 😅 Maybe Thursday!
On the bright side, I was at 33 % on One of Us Is Next!
Kind of like my experience with One of Us Is Lying, I was having trouble differentiating between the characters sometimes, but I think that was mostly me not paying attention enough. 😅
12:00-1:30pm – My parents were so excited about my grades that they wanted to take me to pick up some lunch! (curbside, of course!)
1:45pm – I decided I would read The Hand on the Wall as my last book of the day, but I also realized that I didn’t remember much about the previous book, so I started to reread the last few chapters of The Vanishing Stair first.
3:23pm – I was going back and forth between books, and I ended up at 47% on One of Us Is Next.
???-5:49pm – I stopped to watch a YouTube video for just 2 seconds… and then completely forgot I was doing a readathon, and proceeded to lose track of time. 😂
I have no idea how long I was gone! 5 minutes? 35 minutes? Who even knows?
But at this point, I was officially done with half of the readathon! Only 12 more hours to go! 😅
6:10pm – I decided to play some Animal Crossing while listening to One of Us Is Next! 😊
6:40pm – I was at 63% in One of Us Is Next, and I started to realize that I didn’t feel suspense until then?
I think I was a lot more invested in the first book than this one. One of Us Is Next felt like I was just going through the lives of these characters, and I was not really stressed out by whatever is happening. I liked it, but I wasn’t really concerned or anything until about 60%.
7:20-9:20pm – We got dinner ready, and talked/relaxed. I probably should have been reading at this time, but I also got into a deep conversation about Disney with my sister, which threw me off a bit! Fun times.
I also had some tea! ☕️
1:08am – I finally finished On of Us Is Next and 🤯
After that, I went upstairs to finish Jackaby for the remainder of the night. (morning?)
1:30am – Believe it or not, I was not as tired as usual! Usually, at this point in the Readathon, I feel like I’m going to faint or something 😅 but I was doing okay!
2:20am – I finished Jackaby! 🤗 This marked the first time I had ever finished two books during the Readathon!
Although I had said I would eventually read The Hand on the Wall, I decided to end the Readathon on a positive note… and go to sleep. 😴 I was a little sleepy, not miserable, but I wanted some sleep!
READATHON PAGE COUNT:
Jackaby: 296 pages
One of Us Is Next: 370 pages
The Vanishing Stair: 42 pages
TOTAL: 708 pages
Thanks for reading about my experience with this Readathon! 😊 I had a lot of fun, and this was the most relaxed I’ve ever been during a Readathon! I hope you enjoyed reading about my day.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Have you ever done a 24-Hour Readathon? Would you be willing to join me next time? It’s a lot of fun, I promise!
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Happy reading, everyone! 😊 Have a lovely day! Stay safe and healthy!