Hour 48: The End! + Wrap-Up, Prizes, and More!!

You guys are absolute heroes! We made it to the end, and as always, I’m humbled and proud and freakin’ exhausted. And despite the late night, we’ve got some important business AKA PRIZES to take care of first.

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We had 1165 readers join in from all over the world. Considering that back in January when we did this last, there were just about 460 readers, I’m so stoked about the response this time around.

It has to be said that this explosion is due in no small part to the amazing crew at Litsy, especially Kendra and Liberty for hosting giveaways, challenges and Twitter takeovers all weekend. Litsy was on fire all weekend (in fact, you guys crashed the app a couple times because of the traffic). So many of you won amazing prizes, thanks to our sponsors, Algonquin, Graywolf Press, Coffeehouse Press, and HMH. But the prize winning isn’t over!

As soon as they’ve crunched the numbers, Litsy will be announcing five grand prizes over on the app, brought to you by Novel Tees and Out of Print. They’ll be giving out awards for:

  • “Jay Gatsby Popularity” Award (Most Followers Gained)
  • “MLR: Most Litfluential Reader” Award (Most Litfluence Gained)
  • “Charles Bingley Congeniality” Award (Ms./Mr. Congeniality award)
  • “Most Enthusiastic Readathoner” Award (Most Comments Made)
  • “Eager Reader” Award (Greatest TBR Stack Growth)

Thank you to NovelTeas – who create delicious tea flavors based on classic novels – for sponsoring these awards. Also, look how gorgeous the tins are!

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Stay tuned for those winners to be announced here and on Litsy, early this week.

Also, thanks to Out of Print, everyone – EVERYONE – who finished a full 24 hours of reading is getting a pair of awesome bookish socks. In order to get your pair, leave a comment with a photo or a link to a photo (on social media or a blog etc.) showing proof of your full 24 hours read. If you don’t have social media on which to post a picture or are unable to comment with a picture, leave a comment letting me know and then email me at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com with your photo.**You must get your entries to me NO LATER than 12pm ET, tomorrow (Monday, July 25)** (Be cool, people. No cheating.)

Next, the winner of the $10 giftcard from our Intro Survey – or should I say winners! I know I said there would be just one, but we had so many entries from all over the bookternet that I couldn’t help but give out more than one. So I’m giving away THREE $10 giftcards to Amazon, B&N, Book Depository, or your book retailer of choice (or Starbucks. Because caffeine.). The winners of those prizes are:

Nephele (@NepheleTempest)

Kirsten (@snakes6atx)

Lisa (@flyfarther79)

Congrats to all of you, and I’ll be emailing you soon.

Finally, to make sure I continue to run this readathon in a way that works well for everyone, especially as it gets bigger and bigger, I’d love it if you could fill out the closing survey in the comments:

  1. How many books did you read? Pages? (If you didn’t keep track, tell me that too!)
  2. How many hours did you read?
  3. What do you think worked well in this readathon?
  4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?
  5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon?

Okay! I think that’s all the wrapping up I need to do…Oh wait, you thought I forgot! Obviously I need to announce the dates for the next readathon, don’t I?? The next 24in48 will be held on:

January 21-22, 2017

Can’t wait to see you all then! Now I’m going to go do this:


Hour 42: Honest Book Titles – Litsy Giveaway

Brought to you by Good as Gone from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Hello, lovely readers, it’s Liberty from Litsy. HOLY CATS! We are coming up on the final stretch of the readathon. Congratulations, you’ve come so far!

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And to celebrate reading and readers, we have another giveaway! This one is inspired by the blog “Better Book Titles.” If you’ve never seen it, it’s where people rename books with “better” titles. For instance:
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So funny and clever – just like the readathon participants. So for our next giveaway, we want to see your “honest” titles!
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To enter, head over to Litsy, and share a picture of a book you think could use a new title, and caption it with what you think it REALLY should have been named. 
Be sure to use the hashtags #HonestBookTitle and #24in48 so we can find you!
By posting a picture of your honest book title on Litsy, you’ll be entered to win one of five copies of Good as Gone by Amy Gentry.
We’ll choose the winners at 9PM EST. Now, let’s see some honesty!
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I’ll wait here.

Hour 36: Move Your Body

With 12 hours left to go, now is the time when you start to get tingly toes or an achy back from sitting in one place for too long. And the sleepies are a real serious thing on Sunday afternoon of readathon.


So grab an audiobook and get your body moving. Go for a walk, a bike ride (though please don’t ride in traffic with earbuds in your ears), hit the gym, play with your kids or dog, or even go through this simple sun salutation to get the blood flowing.


How are you moving your body today? Can you walk and read at the same time?

Hour 30: Sleep or Nah?

Good morning, readathoners! It’s 6am on the east coast and chances are like, 50/50 that I’m still in bed right now. Because this is the readathon for people who like to sleep! So I’m sure I’ll be rolling out of bed soon enough, grabbing my coffee and settling in for Day 2. Is there anyone that stayed up all night reading? Or most of the night?

You might be thinking that Day 2 is the easy day, right? You’ve got a routine figured out, you’re settling into a rhythm, and Sunday will breeze by. I warn you now: Sunday is the secret killer of 24in48 ambitions. Naps come much more easily and the relative success of your reads on Day 1 can have unintended consequences for Day 2. Did you find that the books you read were bananas good? Sunday books could suffer by comparison. Find yourself in a slump where nothing really clicked? That slump could continue into Sunday.

I’m not trying to scare you, but be warned: Come into Sunday with a plan and an understanding of the pitfalls. Or don’t, and let the day play out as it will. Either way, enjoy yourself! the 24in48 is all about making time to read in big chunks, which you’ve done. Congrats! You win!


Stay tuned both here, and on Instagram and Litsy for more amazing giveaways and challenges all day. And you can still leave a comment with your survey answers on the Hour Zero post to win!

Happy Day Two reading, ‘thoners!

Hour 24: The Halfway Mark

Hello, readathon-ers! How is everyone holding up as we hit the midpoint of 24in48? I’m so impressed with you guys. It’s been an incredible first day and I’ve been having so much fun watching the #24in48 tag on Twitter, Litsy and Instagram. I’m almost having too much fun talking to ‘thoners – I’m losing valuable reading time myself.

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What’s been your favorite part of the readathon? The books? The internet chatter? The snacks? Let me know in the comments!

It’s late night on the east coast so I’m heading to bed soon myself, but don’t forget, you can still enter to win a $10 gift card to Amazon/other book retailer of your choice/Starbucks by leaving a comment on the opening post by the end of the readathon.



Hour 18: Read Together

One of my favorite parts of readathon – and this has been true since the very beginning – is the community that builds online during this amazing weekend of reading. I’ve made some fantastic friends from 24in48 and I know so many of you have too.

I’ve also heard about many of you creating your own little weekend readathon communes where you ditch the kids or the partner and hunker down with friends – both in person and online – to make the most of 24in48. (Shout out to the foursome who got a hotel room to really escape the real world for readathon. You’re doing it right!)

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I hope you’ve been enjoying the giveaways and challenges from our friends at Litsy. And don’t forget that it’s not too late to sign up and/or complete the Intro Survey for a chance to win.

Who are you reading with this weekend? My readathon buddy is failing at keeping me motivated – thank goodness he’s cute!


Hour 12: Spine Poetry

Brought you by As Good as Gone from Algonquin Books

Hey there! Kendra from Litsy here.

On the inside, I suspect all book nerds wish they could be prize-winning poets.  Now’s your chance!!

You see that book stack, probably sitting near you somewhere, the one you’ve been either avoiding totally or dutifully reading through since last night? That’s your muse.

Choose however many books you like and arrange them into bookish art–beautiful spine poetry.

Take a picture of your new creation, head over to Litsy, and share your genius with the world. Be sure to use the hashtags #SpinePoetry #24in48 so we can find you!

By posting a picture of your spine poetry on Litsy, you’ll be entered to win one of five copies of As Good as Gone by Larry Watson (US only).

We’ll choose the winners at 4PM. So what are you waiting for? Go get stacking!