My July 2019 24in48 Readathon

This coming weekend, from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (DST), Saturday, July 20, to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (DST), Sunday, July 21, I am participating in the July 24in48 Readathon, with the idea being to read 24 hours over those 48 hours. Originally, I wasn’t going to participate because I work Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. but then I thought about it and decided that it wouldn’t affect my reading the rest of the time or my normal goal of 12 hours. I’ve never made it 24 hours, but am happy just to set aside whatever time I can for reading for much of the weekend, usually anywhere from eight to 12 hours.

I think I’ll set my goal at 10 hours, right in between eight and 12, over the two days. As for what I’ll read, I have choices (as of Sunday, July 14, when I’m drafting this post, but the list might change completely by the time this is published):

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: My wife recently read and said I needed to read it. I borrowed this one on e-book from the Free Library of Philadelphia, because I didn’t want to see how little progress I was making if I had it in the print edition (if I even make it through it, to begin with, but more likely to finish if I don’t “see” how much I still have to go).
  • Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck: Our library book club recently read Grapes of Wrath and my coworker who was running the group hated it. I told her she should try this instead, because it was shorter. I’m taking my own advice, although for the record, I loved Grapes of Wrath too.
  • The Essential Haiku: Versions of Bashō , Buson, & Issa, edited by Robert Hass: I think I have checked this out from our library before, but didn’t get to. Maybe now I’ll get to it.
  • Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry: I stumbled across this while shelf-reading at the library recently. I’m not a dog person, but I like Barry.
  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne: I recently wrote about some of my favorite books over my last 50 years and mentioned this so I thought I’d see if I still would enjoy it.
  • The Queen Con, the second Golden Arrow, by Meghan Scott Molin: I read the first one, The Frame-Up, the first in the series after buying it on a Kindle deal. It wasn’t great, but it was good and fun enough for me to want to try the second one, so when I saw this one also was available as a deal, I scooped it up. Sometimes I like to hope that a series will get better
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: Like the book on haikus, this is one I’ve always wanted to get to, but just haven’t. I’m now borrowing through Prime Reading. I have time to get to it, even if not this coming weekend.
  • Like Lions by Brian Panowich: I read his debut, Bull Mountain, which was published in 2015, and it was one of my favorite books from that year. I just happened to see this on the new books shelf at our library and decided to pick it up. It is the sequel to Bull Mountain.

I’ll be lucky if I get through one and a half, but hey, it’s good to have goals.

Day 1

5:35 PM

I just got home from work and the store. Today was a b**** of a day, complications with a new DVD organization system at the library (that were worked out this morning, but still frustrating and not the best way to start the day). As a result, I have adjusted my plans for the readathon, which won’t start until 7:30 p.m. for me (here in northcentral Pennsylvania):

  1. I returned The Goldfinch because I need short books for this readathon so that I can feel like I have accomplished something, by the end of tomorrow. This is basically code for I’m padding my numbers with short books. πŸ™‚
  2. The short books from which I’ll be choosing are in print: the collection of haiku, the Dave Barry, Travels with Charley, Like Lions; and on ebook: Meditations, The Queen Con, Bruno: Chief of Police by Martin Walker, and a graphic novel, Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere by writer Mike Carey and illustrator Fabry Glenn.

Day 2

8:30 a.m.: I’m up and ready to go. So what will be my first book of the day? I’m leaning toward Bruno, Chief of Police, but I’m not sure yet. I’ll keep you posted. Off to read some Sunday Salon posts. Hey, it counts as reading, right?

10:30 a.m.

So…I did decide to go to France with Bruno, Chief of Police, but my trip has been delayed, thanks to an accidental purchase of the audio version on Audible. I didn’t even get a pop-up. It just started downloading…

…and then I went to call Audible, they needed to send me a text for two-step verification to confirm that it’s me

…and then my phone wasn’t getting the texts and I hit it too many times to try to confirm so now I have to wait 24 hours for them to try to send me a text again…

…and then I might be able to cancel the transaction, which of course takes 7 to 14 business days to refund.

Now to try to get back into a relaxing frame of mind (shhh, mind, don’t think about the air conditioner continually freezing up…at least, you have one, pal….BREATHE!!!) and read. Right? Right.

3:30 p.m.

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7:30 p.m.

23 thoughts on “My July 2019 24in48 Readathon

  1. Yeah, I can see why you put The Goldfinch aside for this read along. It’s way too long to include in something like this. Also, Audible. What a pain. I have accidentally purchased Kindle books with one click but right afterward you get a chance to say it’s a mistake and they always make it good.

    I was going through my books the other day and noticed a Stephen King from last year that I had not read. What?? How did that happen? It is Elevation and it’s short but for some reason I never read it. I totally forgot about it. Even with me being all over the place this weekend, I still took to the couch for a good three hours to read so I am about to finish another book. Yay! Progress. Maybe I will get to the King book before his new one comes out in September.

    1. Audible doesn’t seem to have that function: of taking back a purchase. More frustrating is (the Kindle) didn’t ask me to confirm the purchase. It just went through…as for the readathon itself, I never read the full time but to me, it’s more that I set aside any time to read. In this case, I also discovered a series that I think I might like.

    1. It’s frustrating that Audible doesn’t have a way to retract the accidental purchase. Now I have to send a copy of my driver’s license to Amazon and wait one to two days. Mainly, I just want the money refunded…well, and to be able to access my Amazon account, but without two-step verification in the future. I’ll never use it again.

  2. I know it wasn’t funny at the time, but your mishaps with audible sounds funny now. Hope you had a great 24 hours of reading. I did that last year and read so many books. I usually start on Friday, though, so I can essentially read for eight hours each day and get in the whole 24 that way.

    1. Looking back on it, I do find it funny, even though the problem hasn’t been resolved — yet. But I know it will be. Just had to happen on an off pay week and money’s a little tight, but it will work out. I probably shouldn’t have joined anyway since I worked yesterday, but to me, the idea is not read for the whole time anyway. It’s to give myself space to read and that’s what I did today…along with napping and being on the phone with Audible. πŸ™‚ I did finish a good book, Bruno, Chief of Police, by Martin Walker, a new to me series that I look forward to reading more of. (Updating this post shortly)

  3. Sounds like a difficult start, I hope you manage to find some time to read! I haven’t had any time myself this weekend, and now I’m blog hopping while half watching Voyager when I really should be finishing up my current read.

    A large stack of books
    whittled down
    but never ending

    1. So far, one good book. Was trying to start another one, but was delayed because of an accidental Audible purchase of the next book I’m reading. Won’t be able to be fixed until tomorrow. Argh! …but hey, at least, we have a/c. Hopefully rest of day will get better.

  4. I’m terribly curious as to how your readathon is going. I’d planned to jump in this weekend but then we had a funeral yesterday and I brought a peach pie over to my dad’s and today we are taking my sister-in-law to an Agatha Christie play. Maybe after I get back from the play I can get in a few hours of reading. Two in forty-eight, maybe?

    I am eager to read Goldfinch now. I loved Secret History, Tartt’s book from long ago. I was excited to read her second book, The Little Friend. But I had to push myself to get through LF. Goldfinch looks long, so I shied away from it. But in the past few years I’ve heard lots of good things about it. To me, that long-after-publication-date-buzz says a lot about a book, much more than when you hear new books touted. I’m going to put a copy on hold at Overdrive. It will probably take some time to get that book, and by then Paris in July will be over, and I can read it.

    I think you made good choices for the readathon. It seems to help me to pick some very short reads, like graphic novels, or plays, or children’s books, so I feel like I’m making progress.

    I hope you do well with the readathon. Sending some positive vibes. Maybe I’ll join in later today.

    1. Agatha Christie? Hey, that counts as reading. πŸ™‚ So far, I finished the book of haikus, which I saw on Goodreads that you read too. I enjoyed as well but more the haikus than the prose.

      1. I always seem to enjoy the poetry more than the prose. I find that’s true for me at church, too; I love the songs and bear through the sermon.

        Congratulations on winning a prize during the readathon!

  5. How’s your reading going so far? Looks like a great line up of books. Goldfinch is definitely NOT for a marathon. It IS the marathon. LOL

    1. Just got home. Haven’t started reading…yet. Will start about 7:30 p.m. here on the East Coast. The Goldfinch has been dropped. Updating my list here on the blog shortly…on this post. Will be new list. πŸ™‚

  6. I’m guessing readathons are mainly for people who are retired, or who don’t have children or don’t have them at home anymore. Now, there is nothing wrong with those three things, so I don’t mean that offensively, I just mean that it makes it a little easier to do and that’s a cool thing for those able to. I’m going to read some today but probably won’t get that many hours in so good luck!

    1. No offense taken. Sometimes people with children include their children too. And even the organizers of readathons, including this one emphasize that just setting aside any time you have to read is good. I always have big plans, but usually end up binge-watching something on Netflix instead. πŸ™‚

  7. Have fun! Wish I could join in but we’ve got some major cleaning to do. We agreed to let our son and his fiancee host a party at our house (“on your new patio” is how she put it) with their future wedding party, on Sunday. The weather prediction is rain but prior to that it was intense heat. Clearly, there may be little milling on the patio and more hanging out indoors. I’ve read two of those and enjoyed both: Travels with Charley and The Goldfinch. The House of Seven Gables is one of the classics that I hope to get to in 2019. Love Haiku. Good stuff on that pile.

    1. Party?!?! Wooo hoo. Me? At work. At lunch now. Looking forward forward to getting home after long week, relax, and read. Returned The Goldfinch early, may try another time, not for a readathon. Sticking to the shorter stuff this weekend, plus helps pad my numbers. 😁

      1. I kept up with your Instagram posts about the readathon. I do the same thing you did, choosing short titles to feel like I’ve accomplished something. The Goldfinch actually was a pretty quick read for me, but by “quick” I mean I read it in just a few days instead of the week to 10 days I expected. Not a fast reader. You’ve got me in the mood for haiku, btw. Oh, and the party was great – very low-key. Oddly, though, the hostess didn’t show up until about 30 minutes before the party and the host kept going off to nap. That was weird. Husband and I did most of the preparation. We were kind of excited to have an excuse to have people (and to clean our messy house) so we didn’t care but it just was odd, you know? I expected son and future daughter-in-law to be at our house early to clean and decorate, set out food, etc.

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