I can't believe that I just found out about this last weekend, and actually made it happen. I participated longer than I expected, but didn't get as much reading in as I hoped.
Here are my final stats, in all their glory:
Cups of coffee: Five
Two hot, three iced
Hours of Sleep: Three
12:30-2:00 pm and 1:30-3:00 am
Books completed within the 24 hours: Five
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten, The Babysitters Club: Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin, graphic novel adaptation by Raina Telgemeier, This Is Just To Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman, The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny.
Book started within the 24 hours and completed in a bonus hour 25, because at that point what is sleep anyway?: One
Legend by Marie Lu
Books started within the 24 hours but not yet completed: Two
Liar's Club by Mary Karr (read 182 pages) and Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Number of books my husband is telling people I read: 30, in seven different languages
Which is his way of saying he's proud of me. :)
Actual time spent reading: 14 hours
But I read at least fifteen minutes during 21 of the 24 hours.
Blog posts written and published during the event: Five
Chance I will do this again: 100%
Ideas for future attempts:
- Get some large print books for when my eyes get fuzzy with sleep
- See if I can get sponsors for books, pages, or minutes read and either donate to a literacy charity or for my classroom library
- Run a modified version for students who are interested
- Given that many of the mini-challenges are left up for a few hours, and that I sometimes got overly distracted by checking in each hour, I might read to the end of a book (or to my breaking point, whichever comes first) and check in then instead of at regularly scheduled intervals.
- Get myself some Read-a-Thon swag!
- Enlist a co-reader.
- In my dream world: spend the weekend at the beach doing this with some friends.