A 24-Hour Readathon (Part One)

Monkey See, Monkey Do

My two most favorite bookstagrammers recently did 24-hour readathons, in which they read for as much time as they could in a single 24 hour span of time.  It was very fun to “tag along” and watch how they did.  I was also inspired to try something similar for myself.

I didn’t think I would be able to do this for awhile.  I rarely take time off work, especially as we get closer to fall because I’ve taken my summer vacations and it’s time to settle into routine again.  BUT, the Lord decided it was time for me to take a day at the house.  I acquired a respiratory virus of some sort (not Covid of course, as I seem to be susceptible to everything but Covid at this point) and was asked to take Monday off of work by my concerned and motherly boss.  So I did.

People, I got to read.  For close to 7 hours.  And I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated.

I considered on Sunday afternoon starting a 24 hour readathon, but it seemed illogical and wasteful of a free day.  I was also sick and thought I shouldn’t strain myself too much.  I didn’t want to give up on the idea so i brainstormed a bit and decided on an alternative method – timing myself reading throughout the next few days / weeks until I hit a total of 24 hours.  I thought it was a decent idea so I started immediately and promptly read 3 books in 8 or 9 hours between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday night.  Here’s what I’ve read so far!

  1. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch           02 : 01 : 03      (Hour : Minute : Second)
    A professor receives news that he has terminal cancer and only 3-6 months to live.  He decides to write and give one final lecture to his students and family.
  2. Living in the Light by John Piper              03 : 49 : 48
    John Piper delves into how and why we are to live separately from the world in matters of money, sex, and power.
  3. Dangerous Territory by Amy Peterson       06 : 56 : 11
    A young woman becomes an English-as-a-second-language teacher in a hostile country and begins questioning how American and evangelical cultures have affected missions abroad.

All three of these books were relatively short non-fiction.  They took me just around two hours a piece.  While these aren’t necessarily books I would have grabbed first normally, I decided I needed to read the first and third book since they were recent recommendations from my Grandpa.  I picked the second as well because it’s in a stack of books I got almost three years ago and haven’t read yet.

That’s what I have so far in my readathon!  I will keep posting as I go.  It could take me awhile to get to a full twenty-four hours if I’m being perfectly honest, but I’m trying anyway!

Until next time! 🙂

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