24in48 next weekend

Next weekend, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, I’ll be participating in the 24in48 Readathon. The goal is to read 24 hours out of the 48 hours, splitting it up however you’d like. According to the official website, that can mean: “20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between. You can pause as much as you need, enjoy regularly scheduled weekend activities, nap, stop for dance breaks with your kids or pets or neighbors. Whatever works for you.” My goal usually is at least 12 hours, to be honest, and probably will be the same again this time, including naps and just general goofing off.

So what am I going to read? My goal is five books as that’s what I usually have read for most of those readathons in the past.

First up is Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which I started for last year’s January 24in48 Readathon and had as a goal to finish in the July 24in48 Readathon. It’s not that it was bad, but I tried it in audiobook for the July readathon and deGrasse Tyson’s sonorous voice put me to sleep to be honest, so this time I’m just going to read it on ebook as when I started it.

Next up is The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders, which my wife recommended. This year, she is a no-buy regimen for many things, including books, and I think that might be a good idea, so I want to see her, andFlanders’, rationale.

Next up is finishing another one I started last year, but didn’t finish: All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot. Last year, I bought three of Herriot’s works on ebooks about his being a veterinarian in England: All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful. I’m actually not sure where I left off, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out by next weekend.

The final two will be books that I have checked out in print form from our hometown library where I work:

  1. Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  2. The Brutal Telling, the fifth in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny.

I’ve been wanting to read Noah’s book for a while and I started the Gamache series last year. While I don’t know if I love the series, like some other book bloggers I know, I am not opposed to continuing to read it…so far.

Are you planning to participate in next weekend’s readathon? If so, what are you planning on reading? If not, what are you reading lately? Anything good? Anything bad? 😉

This weekend, we’re supposed to get anywhere from a foot to 20 inches of snow between today, Saturday, and tomorrow, Sunday, so I’m just hanging out at home all weekend. My wife is a 911 dispatcher and even though we live near where she works, she’s staying all weekend at the communications center, so I’m “bach-ing” it. Luckily, she left me a pot of chili and hopefully the power will stay on. If not, I’ll be sleeping and reading. For more on my weekend, visit my Instagram account, where I’ll be updating on Instagram Stories.

9 thoughts on “24in48 next weekend

  1. It’s production week so I won’t be able to participate. I am working backstage all day Saturday and then Sunday is church stuff. That book about less… seems to be a trend again with Marie Kondo and her show and all the other books I’ve seen on simplicity. I love the concept of less. I began following an Insta account of this married couple that bought a tiny house to live in, and a tiny house to rent out. Their rule is that if something comes in, something equal needs to go. She does this with her kids too when they want toys. Interesting concept. Given their small space it makes sense.

  2. I love the James Herriot books. I think I will look into 24/48, too, though I might extend it into Friday just so I will get in all the time I want. Good luck.

  3. I wasn’t planning on joining the readathon, but now I think I will. I’m currently listening to a collection of short stories by N.K. Jemisin. Enjoy your Sunday!

  4. These are all great choices for a readathon, I think. I loved the Herriot books when I read them long, long ago. So many wonderful animal stories.

    Let’s hope the snow doesn’t cause lots of difficulties for you and your wife and others in your community.

  5. Born a Crime is a VERY good choice for this readathon! Its light and conversational, so I dont think you’ll get bogged down in it. Good luck!

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