My July ’18 #24in48 Readathon

16105636_152884821871312_1447800456731236936_n.jpgLike I mentioned last week, I’ve signed up for back-to-back summer readathons for the next two weekend. The first is the 24 in 48 Readathon from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, until 11:59 a.m. Sunday, July 22 (reading for 24 out of any of the 48 hours); the second, a reverse Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, from 8 p.m. Friday night, July 27, until Saturday night, July 28.

This is my potential list for both:

  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  3. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by by Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Brian Stelfreeze (artist), Joe Sabino (letterer), Manny Mederos (designer), Rian Hughes (logo designer), Jack Kirby (writer, artist), and Laura Martin
  4. Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel by Attica Locke
  5. Booked by Kwame Alexander
  6. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  7. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  9. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  10. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  11. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  12. Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  13. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  14. We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  15. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie

Nine are physical books and six are a combination of audio- and e-books, with one: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry in both of the latter two formats. The Poet X, I found on Hoopla from the Free Library of Philadelphia in audiobook, but not in ebook on Overdrive.

In the past, both readathons have encouraged reading diversely, but the 24 in 48 Readathon organizers this year are putting a special emphasis on it (see their post here). To that end, for the two readathons, I plan on focusing on diverse authors, not only authors of colors (although I will admit my list is lopsided toward them) as the organizers mention, but also also authors and books that represent “LGBTQIA+, disabilities, neurodiversity, geographic diversity, and more.”

I’ll be updating here throughout the 24 in 48 Readathon.

Hour Zero

Where are you from, where are you now, and what’s the furthest from home you traveled in the past year? New Albany, PA, USA; Wellsboro, PA, USA; Cleveland, Ohio.

Have you done 24in48 before? How many times?! If it’s your first time with us, where did you hear about 24in48? Yes, a couple of times, not sure exactly how many.

Are you readathon-ing alone? If not, who are you doing 24in48 with? By myself.

What book are you kicking 24in48 off with? Rebound by Kwame Alexander

What’s your Hogwarts house? Gryffindor.

Where I can be found this weekend? Besides here, also on Instagram: www.instagram.com/stillunfinished.

Hour Three

I have finished two books, Rebound and Black Panther, and now I am headed to sleep for a bit.

Hour Six

I am asleep.

Hour Nine

I’m getting ready to start my third book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, after a breakfast sandwich lovingly prepared by my wife. She also got me lunch fixings for later, as she will be asleep (works midnight shift as a 911 dispatcher).

Hour 12

Over at 24in48.com, the challenge for this hour is to “share a book that has expanded your worldview or changed the way you look at something, whether it’s another culture, gender, race, a new concept, social justice issues…” For me, that book is Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Just read it.  Another one from way back is The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which not only opened my eyes to the African-American experience but also to Islam. I still get chills thinking about the book and the movie based on the book that was done by Spike Lee.

As for where I am with my reading, I’m about two-thirds of the way through The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and it is absolutely living up to the hype.

Hour 15

I finished The Hate U Give, which was easily the best book I have read so far this year.

Hour 18

I have started on my fourth book of the readathon, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, the sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. My wife and I just recently watched Love, Simon, the movie based on the first book so this seemed like perfect timing.

The third challenge over at the readathon website for Hour 18 is to share what’s on your nightstand, but as I don’t have a nightstand, I have nothing to share. I’m also one of those people that don’t read often before I go to bed. I play Solitaire and listen to music before I go to bed; that’s my wind-down routine, not reading, which would keep me up, to be honest.

Hour 21

I just finished Leah on the Offbeat, which while good wasn’t as good as the first book. I still enjoyed it, though.

Hour 24, 27, 30

24-30: Asleep. Up at 6 a.m. to discover our power was out. Went back to bed.

Hour 30 Challenge: A favorite under-the-radar book: All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver. The late Carver was better known for his short stories, but this collection of poetry is one of my favorite collections of contemporary poetry, and one that deserves more attention than it gets.

Hour 33

Up and trying to decide on my next book. I tested Six of Crows and Children of Blood and Bone, but didn’t work for me (at least right now) so went with Behold the Dreamers and after 49 pages, I’ve decided to stick with it.

Hour 36

I took a break, was going to watch a NASCAR race with a neighbor, but there was a rain delay.

Hour 39

Instead, I came home and a half hour before Hour 42, I finished my fifth book, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, which was great.

Hour 42

I start The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo on audiobook as read by the author. I’ll admit that I fall asleep at first and then have to rewind to listen to the parts I missed, which was most of it.  I’ll also admit that I don’t listen to audiobooks, but I changed my mind when I learned that this was read by the author and that it also was by an award-winning slam poet.  I’ve been wanting to read but couldn’t find at the libraries I use in ebook or print form and then found it via Hoopla at the Free Library of Philadelphia on audiobook.

Hour 45

I finish The Poet X and I’m so glad that I listened to it in audiobook as read by the author. It was…beyond amazing.

Altogether, I finished six books in 12 and a half hours:

  1. Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  2. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by by Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Brian Stelfreeze (artist), Joe Sabino (letterer), Manny Mederos (designer), Rian Hughes (logo designer), Jack Kirby (writer, artist), and Laura Martin
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  5. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  6. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

So I have nine books left for next week’s readathon:

  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel by Attica Locke
  3. Booked by Kwame Alexander
  4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  5. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  6. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  8. We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  9. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie

As for this week’s readathon, the best books I read were The Hate U Give, Behold the Dreamers, and The Poet X. Each of them was brilliant in its own way. The other three were good, but not as incredible as the other three.

So did you participate in this weekend’s readathon? How did you do? What was your favorite book? If you didn’t, what was your favorite book from this past week?

 

9 thoughts on “My July ’18 #24in48 Readathon

  1. I pretty much love readathons but likely won’t do anther one until Fall. Of the books you put on your list, here are my thoughts on those I have read.
    July 28.

    Booked by Kwame Alexander…I haven’t read this one but really enjoyed his first book.

    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi….I actually liked this book a lot. The story, set in Nigeria, incorporates folklore from the region. There are some really exciting parts.

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas…I loved this book, too. It is important also. Did you see that some police were trying to banit from summer reading lists?

    Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli…I loved Simon v Homo Sapiens Agenda but haven’t heard much about this one.

    The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo…I read this book and didn’t care for it. But everyone who has listened to the audiobook loves it. I should give it another try in this format.

    You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie…very impactful. My husband I listened to the audiobook together. There is a lot to digest within.

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