My First Readathon: #24in48

Hell is officially freezing over…I’m participating in a Readathon (#24in48)! Granted, this is one of my 2016 goals, but still…

I’m taking a night away with my husband this weekend and he knows me well enough to build in ample reading time whenever we have these rare opportunities away from the kids. So, the timing of this Readathon is really perfect.

Here’s the plan: we’re driving about 3 hours to Rhode Island on Saturday morning (he will be driving, I will be reading), we’ll have lunch at the resort (no reading), then spend some time in the relaxation room of the hotel’s spa (more reading!) before getting a late afternoon pedicure (me, not him) before dinner. On Sunday, we’ll have a relaxing morning and a leisurely breakfast (breakfast reading is my favorite!) before driving home on Sunday afternoon. This is way more reading time than I would ever get during a weekend at home, but I’m fairly confident it will still be far less than most other participants. And, I’m totally OK with that…but, I’m not going to set any specific goals other than enjoy the weekend and the books!

Given the combination weekend away/Readathon, I’ll be focusing on the reading part of this event rather than the social media side. I’ll check in occasionally, but don’t really want to be on the Internet too much.

I’m sort of a one-book-at-a-time person, so I’m confident I won’t get to all of these. Let’s call them options:

#24in48 Readathon


Youngblood
by Matt Gallagher (February 2, Atria Books)
This Iraq war debut was next on my “list”, but I’m having a mini-hangover from Only Love Can Break Your Heart (it’s great, you should read it if you haven’t already!), so I might need to start out with something lighter instead…

Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (January 26, Delacorte Press)
Like this juicy novel based on Truman Capote and his “swans” (aka NYC socialites like Babe Paley). Plus, my reading twin (Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books) said I had to read it NOW!

Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore (February 9, Hogarth)
I was super excited for this debut, but have recently heard some pretty scathing feedback on this one. I’m going to give it a shot just to see for myself, but I’m not too confident.

Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon (February 23, Doubleday)
I highly doubt I’ll make it to this one during the Readathon, but I’ll definitely be reading it before its release date regardless…since Ariel Lawhon’s debut (The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress) was my favorite debut of 2014!

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36 Comments

  1. Glad you’ll be joining in! That sounds like a pretty amazing weekend away. I’m hoping to hop in as much as possible, too, though I haven’t made a stack and have no idea what I’ll be reading :/

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • Shaina wrote:

      Fly by the seat of your pants, woman! Do you have anything lingering unfinished on the “currently reading” pile? That will be my main focus.

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
      • admin wrote:

        So…I’m a one book at a time kind of person (probably b/c I usually only have small snippets of time to read) so don’t really have anything in progress. I finished one yesterday and started a new one this morning, which I’m counting towards the readathon since I’m planning to cheat by starting today!

        Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Good for you for taking a break from unpacking boxes for the readathon! You deserve it!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  2. Shaina wrote:

    Yaaaay, so glad you’ll be joining in! I’m so excited to devote this weekend to my books. Dewey’s came right after the GRE, #24in48 after my last app… It’s like someone planned them for me! 🙂

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I remember that – glad this one worked out perfectly too!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  3. Sounds like a heavenly weekend!

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  4. Enjoy your weekend away! I’m planning on reading Flight of Dreams.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  5. YAY!!! You, Shannon and Kerry have prompted me to sign up; I probably won’t get as much reading in as I’d like, but I have an extra day (Monday) to read so I’ll participate in my own way. These all look like great selections, Sarah! I wanted to read Wreck and Order, but it has somehow escaped my list; I’ll wait to see what you think. I didn’t know there’d already been some negative feedback! I hope you have a great trip!!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Yay! I’m approaching it the same way – and counting today too…and Monday! I’m a cheater. Check out Wreck and Order’s Goodreads reviews…plus, I’ve heard from another blogger I trust. I’m still going to try it b/c I was so looking forward to it, but have reset my expectations.

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  6. Have an amazing weekend! So glad you’ll be joining in the readathon fun!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Thank you!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  7. yyyaaayyy, glad you’ll be joining us! Your overnight away sounds incredibly similar to my baby moon experience, and the hubs and I each read about a book each! I hope you enjoy your first readathon experience, and looks like you have a decent stack of options to choose from 🙂

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I remember reading about your babymoon! The one difference is my husband will not likely read a book. I don’t think he’s read a full book in years. He reads the news and finance stuff….and sports. Ha!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  8. Amanda wrote:

    That weekend sounds like perfection! I’m anxious to hear about Swans of 5th Avenue. I’m not familiar with the Wife, The Maid – but that title is great so I’m going to have to read your review next.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I started Swans last night and it’s a fantastic light read! Gossip central!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  9. I have Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin on my Kindle right now. I got it from NetGalley a few days ago but I haven’t read it yet. I read another book by Melanie Benjamin a few years ago (2 years maybe?) and though it was well-written I hated the subject matter. This one sounds really good though so I’m going to give it a chance. Anxious to see what you think of it.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I’m 17% in and am really loving it so far. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing and I’m also somewhat fascinated by Truman Capote (I wrote my jr. year high school term paper on In Cold Blood). I hope you get to it!

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  10. Andi wrote:

    Your weekend sounds fantastic! Enjoy yourself and read what you can. That’s a great way to approach it. Have fun!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Thank you!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  11. Carmen wrote:

    The weekend sounds like so much fun. Enjoy! I’m reading The Swans of Fifth Avenue and it’s so far as juicy as an orange. So far I only have great things to say about it; I hope it ends that way too.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I’m 17% in and am loving it so far! Ha – juicy as an orange….yep!!

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  12. Catherine wrote:

    Your weekend sounds divine! I’m only nervous that I’ve oversold Swans, but it is still 5 stars for me. And Wreck? I really want to see what you think. Maybe I am just too old fashioned.

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Nope – no overselling on Swans. Am loving it so far!

      And – check out Wreck and Order on Goodreads..I don’t think you’e the only one 🙂

      Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  13. I’m excited that you are participating! I am very loose about Readathons – for me, it is just about getting some extra reading time in and enjoying it. I don’t stress too much about whether or not I hit the actual 24 hour mark. I want to read The Swans of Fifth Avenue! I’ll be curious to know what you think! Enjoy your lovely and lowkey weekend!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I like that approach! I resisted participating for so long b/c I knew I could never devote as much time as everyone else to it (I have a 2 and 5 year old at home)…but now I’m just going ahead anyway.

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  14. Oh, I hope you get them all in and have fun! Swans has had a huge buzz around it lately and really appeals to me. I’m adding it to my wish list (like I really need another with my backlist). Have fun on your getaway!

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  15. hope you have a lovely getaway with your husband! I’ve only read Flight of Dreams from your list – can’t wait to see what you think!

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  16. No readathon for me…I just don’t have the time! But when I go to Florida in March by myself…yep. I’ve got a race on the calendar but other than that I plan to read ALL THE BOOKS!

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  17. It’s a testament to the rock I’ve been living under that I didn’t realize this was happening now….

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  18. Athira wrote:

    I am thinking about joining too though I will mostly do this unofficially rather than by posting about it. I want to actually focus on the reading, if I can. I don’t think I will get much reading time anyways so we’ll see. I love your options!

    Posted 1.15.16 Reply
  19. emma wrote:

    good luck, I have never done one! May I know what tool you use to make your collages?

    Posted 1.16.16 Reply
  20. That sounds like an amazing weekend! I hope you’re finding lots of time to read.

    Posted 1.17.16 Reply
  21. susan wrote:

    Wow sounds like a crazy readathon weekend. dont kill yourself over it — enjoy your travels!

    Posted 1.17.16 Reply
  22. Diane wrote:

    Getaways without kids are important. Hope the books you choose were enjoyable. Where did you stay Sarah as RI is my baby? LOL

    Posted 1.17.16 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Watch Hill….such a gorgeous seaside town!

      Posted 1.19.16 Reply

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