Monday, 28 January 2019

Reading Record | 24in48

My reading record posts are a way for me to document all things bookish and reading in my life - typically you will see these posts on a monthly basis, however readathons and certain books will have their own specific reading record.

This reading record is for my participation in 24in48 - which took place between Saturday 26th January - Sunday 27th January.

One of my reading goals for this year is to take part in more readathons and bookish events (something I already love doing), and although I already have a few favourites which I enjoy participating in, I knew I want to give some new ones ago also - 24in48 was the event at the top of my 'new to me readathons' list.

Going into 24in48 I knew I wouldn't be able to read for the full 24 hours, however I specifically blocked out 24 from my weekend, so the possibility was there. I split my 24 hours into 6 blocks of 4, with 3 blocks on each day (Saturday & Sunday). I also decided to run my readathon during my own time zone, as opposed to the official time zone - being in the UK, this makes it easier on myself. So I had a plan, a TBR (see opening photo), and book filled weekend on the cards... Here's how it all panned out.

Block One: 6am - 10am
I got stuck in straight away with what I would deem my main read for 24in48: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, and read 134 pages. 

I also started a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie (titled The Listerdale Mystery). I really enjoyed the first, which is the titled story, and then moved onto the second, which felt distinctly familiar to me - and it very quickly transpired that I had read this short story before. I read another short story collection of hers last year, so perhaps it was included in that also.

In total I read for 3 hours and 5 minutes.

Block Two: 12pm - 4pm
I read a further 150 pages in my main book, with my bookmark now sitting on page 286 in The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. 

Again, to break up my reading, I thought I'd dip back in to the Christie short story collection again... I read the third, then moving onto the fourth - well, I'd read that one previously too. Was this the short story collection I read last year, and just did not realise?! Well, nope. I looked in my reading journal, checked Goodreads, and even did a search of the title on my blog, all of which yielded no results of having read this collection prior. The collection I read last year was titled differently. Interesting...

In total I read for 2 hours and 23 minutes.

Block Three: 6pm - 10pm
I actually didn't even make it to the end of this block, heading to bed before the 10pm mark, however I did complete my main read for the event, with all 475 pages of the Samuel Hawley book read. I quite enjoyed this book, and will share my thoughts in a fiction review post very soon.

I ended up DNF'ing the Agatha Christie short story collection. I'm 100% convinced I haven't read this book before, but I've definitely read many of the stories inside - I moved on to story 5 within the book, which was all new to me, but then story 6 was oh so familiar again. Every other story I have read before. I do enjoy Agatha Christie's writing, but I don't want to continue with a book that I've largely read previously, only just last year. A bemusing situation though.

In total I read for 2 hours 7 minutes.

Block One: 6am - 10am
The plan for today is to read my three Enid Blyton mysteries from the Find-Outers series (book 8, 9, 10 in the series) - one book for each block of time. I think that's pretty doable.

In total I read for 2 hours 16 minutes and completed book 8 - The Mystery of the Invisible Thief.

Block Two: 12pm - 4pm
Going strong, with book 9 of the series complete - The Mystery of the Vanished Prince; not my favourite of the series so far, but enjoyed nonetheless.

In total I read for 2 hours 4 minutes.

Block Three: 6pm - 10pm
I actually didn't start reading until gone 7 in this final block of time, but I still achieved my goal of reading all 3 Enid Blyton books today, having finished book 10 - The Mystery of the Strange Bundle.

In total I read for 1 hour 52 minutes. I find it interesting how as I progressed with these three books, although they technically got longer in length (they are all less than 250 pages though), I sped through them quicker. 

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME READ DURING 24IN48: 13 hours and 47 minutes.
With that as a time, and four books read in total, I'm more than happy with that for a weekend of reading!


You can find more information about 24in48 here. The next event takes place July 20th - July 21st.


  1. You did so well! I think I only read for 7 hours because I kept getting interrupted by life.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. 7 hours is great still - I hope you had a fun bookish weekend!

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    1. I actually never read Enid Blyton as a kid, so am playing catch up now!


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