24 Hour Reading Challenge Fail… Life Will Find a Way.

Well, as most of you probably know, I had a 24 hr reading challenge planned for Wednesday!

I pre-planned and made easy one handed meals, had my books ready to go, my coffee ready to brew in the morning and from 6am Wednesday to 6am Thursday I was going to be a READING MACHINE! Check out my prep posts HERE.


Wednesday morning came, I woke at 5am and started to settle in. Coffee and water at the ready, the hat extolled my 1st read,

And my Instagram feed was warned that the game was afoot!

The first 5.5 hrs went even better than imagined! I was 70% done the book (well… I would have been further if I could stop going to my draft post to make notes for my review… But, I was enjoying the book so much and in my old age I didn’t want to forget anything!! Even if I’m going to read a crazy amount of books in a short period of time… I’ll never half ass a review! πŸ˜‰)

My manager from work sent me a text asking me to work the next day *phew* at 6pm (so, still PLENTY of time to end my challenge at 6am, get some sleep, and get to work)

… Then the next text came. Also from my manager, asking if I was free to come into a meeting with her and the owner at 1pm…and everything fell apart. A meeting with my manager AND the owner?? AND, JUST ME?!

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Things have been slow at my work lately. Hours of operation have been cut, people have been let go, and hours for the people left have been cut… I went from about 30 hrs, down to 11… So, this did not bode well. It was noon at this point, and there was NO WAY I was going to continue reading before I had to leave! LUCKILY, I had started a timer when I began so, just pause the timer, come back after this meeting, and continue… I’ll just have to stay awake for a couple more hours than planned, right?? EASY!!

Well, THEY OFFERED ME A PROMOTION!!! I was SO EXCITED!! I was the manager of a business for 14 years, and while I lived this newfound lack of responsibility, it’s definitely been hard to keep my mouth shut and not help out and step up… They’re going to write me up a proper job description and contract before I have to decide, but in my brain I’d already taken it!!



OK… So, back to the Reading Challenge, RIGHT NICOLE??

…………………… 😳



Then my parents called. They have just moved a little over 3 hrs away from me and had come back into town to sign the last papers with the lawyer for the sale of their house. They wanted to go for a drink with me. HOW’S A GIRL SUPPOSED TO SAY NO?? I wasn’t going to be able to see them for a while, so I HAD to go! Plus, what’s a couple more hrs added… Right?

So, one drink turned into 3 and by now it was 6pm.



I went back to the challenge and finished “Father Figure”!! My review post will be up this coming Tuesday, so STAY TUNED!

….. Then the thoughts started plaguing me. Did I really want to go back to management so soon after all the years of stress? What about the dissent in the ranks when I get promoted over good people who were there before me? And, would the job itself even be worth it? Plus, school! Would it suffer more than it already was??

After that, I was pretty much useless.

I read about 100 pages of “The Things we Learn when we’re Dead” (I will finish reading all of these books now), binge watched some of a new K-Drama (which was pretty terrible) and went to sleep.

What did I complete during my “24 hr” Reading Challenge??

Total Reading Time- 8hrs

Total Pages Read- 515

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I’m hoping to try this again in the near future, though if I take this promotion I’ll have a lot less time!

Have you ever had a total reading fail? Or a planned day that just went totally awry? …Should I take the promotion??


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  1. I feel kind of bad for you that it didn’t work out as planned, but at the same time, life does get in the way and I’m still impressed by your 8 hours! Also congrats on your promotion πŸ˜€

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  2. You read for 5.5 hours that is great. Any reading done is a success. Also reading should be done as a pleasure, so I am happy you got diverted, and you spent more time in real life…
    Read when you want without a timer.
    Your college assignments are done on the last day, so you can work full time.
    Promotion come rarely.. In career, one has to ascend so take it up… Since this place already has problems, you can
    1) turn it around
    2) if you can’t, there is a better job availability from the managerial post
    You do have 14 years under you, why not go for it. You are a hard hearted bitch as per your words, you would manage the dissent in the ranks. F**k them go for it


  3. Oh wow congrats on the promotion! Being in management would really be stressful and I understand your hesitation. If it is what you love to do I hope you go for it, but I hope it also doesn’t take you away from us!
    What a crazy day haha! So excited for your future!!


  4. Fist congratulations on your promotions, that’s great news, especially given how people have been fired etc. Well done!
    I wouldn’t worry about the outcome of your reading challenge, as lost as you tried, that’s all that matters in my books. Sounds like it was just not meant to be as it made room for something else… πŸ˜€


  5. Ah, Nicole, my days go wrong everyday at work. I never get done what I planned for a work day, sometimes I don’t even get past start if there is an emergency. So, yeah, I have had my days go a bit awry before and I won’t even get into weekends.

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  6. OLD AGE?! Pppft you’re still a youngin I’m personally waiting till at least 80 for a mid life crisis. I NOT dying until I at least see the rise of a permanent moon colony leaving me to rest in peace knowing that Humanity will ploriforate into the stars. Oh no, you know what a promotion means. more responsibilities! at least you’ll get more of that sweet sweet money nectar.

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    1. Ugh… I can only hope I DON’T live long enough to see humanity colonize some other unsuspecting planet or moon… Watching the wrath and destruction spread is NOT on my bucket list! Ha ha!
      Plus, with technology already way over my head… I’m ok with this being mid-life for me.

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      1. I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a psychology prof . I don’t remember how we arrived on this topic, but he was describing how he was on a flight from new York to Seattle. He was looking out the window admiring the mountains, clounds, and trees but at the same time he could see new York in the distance enveloped in haze. A thought came to mind that from up above a city looks like a cancerous lesion on the face of the earth. Later on he joined a movement called the voluntary human extinction movement. It calls for people to abstain from reproduction because it would prevent environmental degradation, and bringing a human life into existence guarantees this human suffering so abstaining from reproduction reduces human suffering.

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      2. I’m apparently a part of this movement and didn’t even know it!! I decided not to have children because I can’t fathom bringing a child into this world… With the way things are progressing and the way that parents seem to be losing a handle on their children, and the saturation of children in technology… I don’t even want to be here, how couls I force it on them?


      3. Ad we progress into the future, humanity will converge into sustainable living one where humanity has a symbiotic relationship with earth’s ecology. Just how a rising tide raises all boats , I believe technological change will ease not just human suffering but animal suffering and environmental damage. Emerging tech like lab grown meat , for now scaling it up to an industrial scale is a problem but once it becomes viable . It’s hard to argue against meat that removes animal suffering and at the same time reduces the environmental burden of raising billions in livestock. And that the kind of growth and consumption capitalism needs isn’t viable in the long run I speculated that we will move into a resource based economy.

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  7. 8 hrs of reading for me is a total success, Nicole. I can’t think of how ashamed you’d be if knew how little hours of reading i’ve been getting lately…. but shame aside, congrats on the promotion!

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    1. Thanks Jina!! Well, I’ll have to try it again if I get the chance and see if I can beat my record! Ha ha! I actually did this challenge because I had been seriously slacking in my reading for a bit. Sometimes I just get into a slump where the last thing I want to do is read!

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  8. I woulnd’t call that a fail! 8 HOURS is more than I can ask for in 24 hours!!! At most I probably get like 2-3 hours… And that’s like really good for me considering how busy I get sometimes haha. But LIFE HAPPENS and sometimes there are things that you just have to do.

    Anyway, CONGRATS on your promotion!!!



  9. Fail? Maybe at the reading challenge, but you won in LIFE! A promotion, drinks with the folks, and 8 hours of reading. Sound like a perfect day/night. Now you just owe us another 16 hours of reading. Enjoy!


  10. Congratulations on the promotion! I’d never plan anything like that I’m sure it would go awry!


  11. Lol…I should have totally known that you would make a post that of this β€œfail” (see how I noted fail….it WASN’T a fail), into something that had me LMAO πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    The gifs you used were awesome, and the entire post was written in true Nicole fashion (meaning that your humor is off the charts as always πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).
    Seriously though: I am sorry that things went this way, as I know you were really looking forward to this readathon. Well, I’m sure there will be new ones in the future 😘
    As for your promotion: well you know I am happy for you, you deserve it so much πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ At the same time I want you to be happy about it as well: so I can’t give you any advice on what to do. All I can say is that you should make a decision based on the thing that you want the most: in other words, follow your heart. That usually works 😊
    Other than that : Congrats….you know I totally mean that! 😘❀️😊


  12. well, yahoo!! that’s definitely not a fail. maybe you could start another challenge and be notified of winning the lottery! 😜 and a drinky-poo with the parents? i’d have loved that! nope, that was just a win-win all the way around. congratulations, lady!

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    1. Thanks Virginia! I want to say that maybe I should shut myself away better next time… But, I really would be afraid of what I would miss out on then! Ha ha! I would have missed an extra shift, a promotion, and my parents! Lol!


  13. But, wow! The promotion is so awesome. Congrats on that. You can always do another 24-hr reading challenge later on, right? Plus, 8 hours is really good! I can’t remember the last time I read 8 hours straight! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. I probably won’t have much opportunity in the future! Ha ha! I already had to meet with my bosses today to plan an event, then come home, get my post up and back to work to actually do a shift! Lol! I’m going to get pretty busy, me thinks! πŸ˜…

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  14. I think 8 hours of reading time in one day is pretty awesome! Not what your plan was, but awesome! You told this story so well, by the way. I just knew with all the tension building that something bad had happened for why you didn’t complete your challenge. Too many thrillers, perhaps?! πŸ˜‚ So when nothing bad happened- it was all good- I was so happy for you! Hooray on the promotions! Only take it if you really, really want it though!

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  15. Okay but you got 8 hours of reading done in one day! That’s amazing!!!! Omg! AND you read for 5.5 hours straight!! Girl, props to you!! You got a lot of reading done. I would say it was a success πŸ˜‰ Congrats on the promotion btw!!! πŸ˜€

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  16. Congratulations on the promotion! And I’m sorry you had to go thru the worrisome part about what they wanted. As for Father Figure, I’m super excited. As for the rest, it’s life… you’ll get back to them someday! πŸ™‚


  17. What you call a “fail”, I call an incredibly impressive determination and persistence in the face of overwhelming obstacles πŸ˜‰πŸ’ͺ🏽 well done, doll!!

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  18. Even if the challenge was a fail, at least your life had a success! I’m sure you’ll find time to try it again sometimes. Congratulations on the promotion!

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