Reading sprints are for the weak, I said. This will be fun, I said. WHY did I ever think a 24 hour reading sprint would be a good idea?

This weekend I decided to participate in a reading sprint. My first ever reading sprint. And instead of being a reasonable human being and deciding to read for five or six hours, I decided to go for the gold and participate in a 24 hour reading sprint.

The rules were simple. Three food breaks, unlimited bathroom breaks (obviously,) and a two hour nap bank. The rest of my time would be spent reading books. The goal? To see how many pages I could read in one day.

I woke up around 9 a.m. and got my nightstand ready for the day. I had my electric kettle, a stash of tea options, a few bookish candles to set the mood, all of my books I hoped to get through for the day, and (of course) my kindle sitting on standby in case I somehow managed to finish all of the books on my TBR.

The day started well enough. I picked up the first book of the day, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and started reading promptly at 10 am. I wanted this sprint to be as accurate as possible so I didn’t waste any time getting to work.

I stopped for a short break around 12:30 to get something to eat and walk around a little bit. I had to keep switching between The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe to keep my interest. I would say my attention span is that of a goldfish, but maybe that’s an offensive thing to say about goldfish.

By 2:30 I was starting to feel it. I’m not used to sitting down for long periods of time and my legs were all squished up. I was getting restless, so I picked up the audiobook of Radio Silence and went for a short walk.

After finishing that book, I went back and finished both of the first books on my list. Next I picked up Dumplin’ and Clockwork Angel. I was already about half way through Dumplin’ so I marked my starting page (for accurate stats) and got to business.

Somewhere in there I picked up A Court of Frost and Starlight, just for giggles. Despite being exhausted and utterly sick of reading, I kept pushing through and didn’t end up napping until 3 am. I took both of my two hours all at once (and slept in by 15 minutes, oops) but then got back up and started reading again.

The hardest part of this challenge wasn’t staying awake or reading so many pages, but you know that moment after you finish a book and you’re overflowing with feelings so you have to put everything down and just… take it all in? That moment between books where you just absorb the story and admire the characters and think about what just happened? It’s usually a few hours after I finish a book before I can pick up another because I need that processing time.

This challenge gave no f*cks. Imagine picking up Clockwork Angel literally right after finishing Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. With no time to think about romance or process character deaths or recover from that giant cliffhanger dear lord.

BUT, despite my shortcomings, I did manage to finish 6 books, some of which I was halfway through already, but even with that considered, I was still able to read 1,529 pages this weekend. WHOA!

Check out the breakdown:

I spent most of my time reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, not just statistically, but that book also took the most time per page. It was so hard to get through that book because I wanted to stop and contemplate life every time I read another sentence.

On the upside, I’m not behind on my reading challenge anymore!! I’m actually five books ahead! Yay! Now I can go procrastinate for another month and do another reading challenge at the end of February… not.

I don’t know that I’ll be in a hurry to do another 24 hour challenge anytime soon, but I will say that it was a fun experience and I never want to do it again. I like my sleep.

I’ll have full reviews on all of these books coming soon along with a giveaway!! (hint hint) So keep your eyes out for future reviews because there might be a bonus for extra entries!

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