Weekend Plans: 24in48 Readathon

Hey guys! I’m giving you a break from the onslaught of reviews (January has been a great reading month for me!), and sharing my weekend plans with you!

This weekend, January 26-27, is the first 24in48 readathon of 2019! Wait, you say. What’s a readathon? What is this 24in48 business and why aren’t you using appropriate spaces for the love of God?! Let me explain.

What’s a readathon?

A readathon is actively setting aside time to read with as few breaks as possible. Think of it like a marathon, just with less running and more sitting and reading. This is honestly as close as I’ll ever get to a running a marathon.

Much like a marathon, it requires planning. Trips to the library or bookstore for reading material, going to the grocery to get snacks, actively avoiding plans for the weekend. I’ve had this weekend blocked out on my calendar for a few months, so I don’t accidentally schedule anything.

So where does the 24in48 part come in?

It’s actually pretty simple—most readathons have a goal of some sort: make a dent in books you own but need to read, read so many pages before a certain date, hunker down and hide from bad weather, etc. The goal for this one is to read for 24 out of 48 hours.

This readathon is hosted by Rachel, Kerry, and Kristen. You sign up on their website and there are various prizes given throughout the event. People participate across platforms (Litsy, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, book blogs) and it’s generally a really great time. The hosts will post questions or various ways for you to engage while you read.

Here’s how it works: from 12:01 a.m. EST Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, try to read for 24 hours. Split it up however you like. In my circles, few of us actually hit 24 hours. But it’s still fun to spend a weekend reading with my some of my best reading buddies.

I’ve half-participated in this before. Most of the time, this seems to fall on a weekend where I’ve already had a lot of stuff planned. The last one was in October, the weekend before my wedding! My husband was gone for his bachelor party, so I spent the weekend meal prepping, packing, and running last minute errands with an audiobook in and reading as much I could. I made it to 18 hours that time, so I’m really excited to actually throw myself into this one.

So, what are you going to be reading this weekend?

I’m so glad you asked! I’ve got a big old pile, because I like to have options. It can be hard to tell what’s going to strike my fancy at any given moment. Here is my tentative list (with links to Goodreads, if you are interested in a synopsis):

An Orchestra of Minorities – Chigozie Obioma (literary fiction)
Rise of the Rocket Girls – Nathalia Holt (nonfiction)
Furyborn – Claire Legrand (YA fantasy–I’ve already started this, but hoping to finish/make a big dent in it)
Forget You Know Me – Jessica Strawser (thriller)
Firestarter – Stephen King (thriller)
The Girls at 17 Swann Street – Yara Zgheib (literary fiction)
Legendary – Stephanie Garber (YA fantasy)
Cockroaches – Jo Nesbø (thriller)
Murder at the Vicarage – Agatha Christie (mystery)
Bring Me Back – B.A. Paris (thriller, audiobook)

Realistically, I’ll get through maybe two or three of these. Furyborn and An Orchestra of Minorities are both chunksters, clocking it at 512 and 464 pages, respectively. I do like to always have an audiobook ready to go, because it’s a great way to keep reading when I have to do laundry, cook, etc.

What is your food situation? You are going to stop reading to eat, right?

Leftovers for the win—sorry, babe. This is why we make meals to save in the freezer. #prioirities

Where can I follow you during 24in48? Will you be posting here?

I’ll post a recap of my 24in48 on Monday, January 28, so keep an eye out for that—make sure you’re following the blog, so you get a notification when it goes live! I won’t be regularly posting reviews for each book I finish, so that way I can focus on the reading, and you aren’t spammed.

If you want to follow me in real-time, check out my Instagram (@hstapleton7) or my Facebook page. You can also follow me on Litsy (@hestapleton).


Even if you aren’t participating in 24in48 (and there is still time to sign up, if you would like!), I hope your weekend is cozy and full of books.

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