July 2018 #24in48 Readathon Sign-ups are Here!

Happy summer reading season, friends! We are back with another #24in48 readathon on July 21-22, 2018 and we cannot wait for you to join us. Back in January, we welcomed close to 1,900 readers and we hope each and every one of you comes back for an excellent weekend of reading.

It’s a perfect way to hang out in a hammock (if it’s not too hot where you are) or chill in the A/C with a stack of great books. However you choose, we hope you’ll spend your weekend reading with us and your 2,000 closest friends.

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like.

And that’s it. The format never changes but it’s always an adventure.

Have more questions? There’s an FAQ page for that. Also, just as we did in January, we’re still accepting donations to help us send more prizes out to international winners through the PayPal donate button on the sidebar. And if you’d like to donate prizes directly, send us an email at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.

Ready to join? Fill out the form below (or if you’re having trouble, click through here) and feel free to list any and all of the places you’ll be hanging out online during the ‘thon. Check out who else is participating. If your entry doesn’t immediately pop in to the spreadsheet, give it a few minutes to populate.

And you can follow the readathon in all the normal places. We’re on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Litsy (@24in48) and you can use the official hashtag #24in48 everywhere to keep up with your fellow readathon-ers.

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Prize Pack Winners + Update

Thank you to the 1,870 of you that participated in #24in48 readathon! It was our most popular and successful event yet and we are just overwhelmed with the love and support you’ve all demonstrated, not only for us as your hosts, but for each other as a community. (If you haven’t read this love letter from first-time readathon-er Jamie Green, it basically made all three of your hosts leak out of their eyeballs.)

A few admin notes: several prizes are still unclaimed so please make sure you go back through the posts from the weekend to see if you won something. Additionally, if you did win a prize, you will not receive an email notifying you what your prize is. We will be sending mailing information out to publishers in the next week and they will be mailing prizes directly to winners, so please wait a few weeks to a month at minimum to let us know if you did not receive your prize (but do please tell us if you don’t get it so we can reach out to prize donors and publishers). If you won an international prize or a prize that requires you to choose something we will be reaching out to you (also within the next week).

Also, if you haven’t filled out the closing survey yet, please do so. There were tons of you that were first-timers and we’d love your feedback as we look forward to planning our next readathon in July.

Finally, what you’ve been waiting for, our four prize pack winners. Congrats to all of you that completed a full 24 hours of reading (some of you did even more than that!).

Prize Pack #1: $100 Gift Card to the Book Riot store & Jane Austen Print

Morgan Smith

Prize Pack #2: $50 Gift Card to Litographs.com, Emily Dickinson print, and Read the Rainbow tote

Chelsea Kerns

Prize Pack #3: Amazon HD Fire 8 Tablet, $25 Amazon.com Gift Card, and Frederick Douglass tote bag

Danielle Schleicher

Prize Pack #4: $50 worth of books from Amazon.com, Book Depository, or Wordery

Rahaf

Winners, expect an email from me in the next day or so.

So, that’s another readathon in the books! Thank you again to everyone that joined in, officially or unofficially. We hope we see all of you back here in July. Mark your calendars now and get your TBRs ready!

Hour 48: Finish Line

Guys! You did it! You made it a whole 48 hours. Did you hit your goals? (It’s okay if you didn’t!) Did you eat delicious things and get lots of snuggly reading time in? Your hosts had a great time with each and every one of you, whether you were checking in on the reg or not. And there were A LOT of you. Our previous record for readathon participants was 1,400; this weekend, we welcomed 1,850 of your gorgeous faces to #24in48 with us and all three of us are totally overwhelmed by the love. We had lots of first timers and its so great to see this little thing growing.

OKAY, I’m going to stop being sentimental and get to the business of closing this place up. First of all, we have winners to announce from Hour 42’s Challenge:

Katie.cat.books

Bry Boyd

Felkins (kab-89)

Dan Riley

Natasha Barnes

Jeni Smith

Valeria Gerasimova

Tina Porubsky

Qina Liu

Cynthia Desgagné

If you won here (or during any of the previous door prizes or challenges), go to the Prize Page and pick out your top three choices.

Secondly, we’ll be back for another round of 24in48 on….::insert drum roll::…

July 21-22, 2018

Put it on your calendars, request the time off work now, and get your TBRs ready.

Next, we’d love to know how the readathon went for you. There were some changes this time and a lot of you were newbies, so tell us in the closing survey how this round went and if there’s anything you’d like to see change.

Lastly, if you hit 24 hours, you’re eligible to win one of four prize packs, generously donated by our great sponsors. Fill out the form below to provide proof of your full 24 hours read BEFORE midnight ET on Tuesday, January 30th. We’ll announce the winners of those packs next week.

As always, friends, it’s been a wonderful weekend and from all three of your hosts, thank you for joining us and we hope to see you back here in July.

Hour 45: The Final Countdown

Whoa, nelly. How did it get to be Hour 45 already? Time flies when you’re having fun, apparently, and we are MOST DEFINITELY having fun, are we not? We’ve got three hours left to the finish line, and you know what that means…

A few important countdown reminders from your hosts:

  1. BREATHE. Move. Stretch. Breathe again. Repeat as needed.
  2. Enjoy yourself — and enjoy that book you’re reading. If you AREN’T enjoying it, put it down! Read something else, go for a walk, give your brain a change of pace/story/language/direction/things to think about for a bit.
  3. This readathon is for you, not anybody else. So someone else read 456 books in 24 hours, and you’ve not yet finished one? Who cares. This isn’t a competition. Have fun with it, appreciate this time carved out for reading, and–most importantly–you do you, friend!
  4. Don’t worry about making or breaking your goals at this point. It’s easy to look at the 3-hour countdown and feel like you have to read for EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT to hit your time goals, but goals are just that — goals — and it’s totally ok not to reach them. I (Kerry) have had readathons where I’ve read the full 24 hours, and readathons where I’ve barely eeked out 3 hours of audiobook, and that in the car while driving to some event or another. It’s all good. Sometimes it’s the trying that is the most important part. (Whoa, we’re getting all kind of deep and meaningful this late in the game, apparently).

We love you all, we’re so excited you’re a part of this, and we can’t wait to cheer in these last few hours with you all.

Our last round of door prize winners:

Trisa @ Absolute Bookishness

Rebecca Simonin

Jessie @ Dwell in Possibility

Jenny @ Reading the End

Allie @ A Literary Odyssey

Jenna Morrison Campbell

Kimberly Nelson

Callie LaFleur

If you’ve won a prize here (or on any of the past hours — don’t forget to check!), you can claim your prize at the Prizes Page.

And don’t forget, you still have time to enter the LAST CHALLENGE from Hour 42, which is open until hour 48 (aka the finish line!).

Hour 42: Cover Me

We are so close to the end! Which means you’re either sad that it’s almost over, panicked because you haven’t read as much as you wanted, or kind of losing it a little bit from lack of sleep. (Or likely all three hashtag readathonlife.)

Before you go fully batty, we’ve got Hour 36 winners to announce:

Erika Morris

Ashley Kemp

Holly Latta

Heather Conley

Benni (librarybenni)

Candice Zablan

Susie Kirk

Staijah Unciano-Pantohan

Derby (derbylanereviews)

Erin Flynn

Go check out the Prize page and make your picks.

AND FOR OUR VERY LAST CHALLENGE OF THE READATHON, we want to to see your covers! Find the best book cover and the worst cover on your shelves and post a photo of them on social media (don’t forget to hashtag them with #24in48).

Here are mine:

(And yes, I know the cover for Made for Love is supposed to be terrible.)

Drop the link to your photo in the form below. We’ll pull winners at Hour 48 (the end of this journey!). Until next post, happy reading.

 

Hour 39: Let’s Do This Thing

Hour 39 is upon us, and that means it’s time for more door prizes! But first, a few words of love:

You, yes YOU, are amazing. You are a perfect reading machine, a fantastical whimsical book merperson, a beautiful wonderful literary leprechaun. We’re so, so happy you’re joining us that we can’t even quite make compliments that make sense (though maybe that’s just a by-product of it being hour 39, and yours truly (Kerry) veering just a touch to the loopy side of things). But for reals, this readathon is such an incredible event, and it’s amazing to see its growth, and we couldn’t do any of it without ALL OF YOU WONDERBOOKSTARS. Without further ado…

This hour’s door prize winners are:

Sydney Sullivan

Stephanie Hildreth

Regina Renee Ward

Felicia The Geeky Blogger

Melissa Pickford

Lady @ FreeFormLady

If you won a prize here (or on a past post… don’t forget to check!) you can claim your prize over on the Prize Page. And don’t forget you can still enter the Bookends Challenge from Hour 36, which is open until Hour 42. See you all in a few hours!

Hour 36: Literal Bookends

We’re closing in on the end of readathon, but we’re not losing momentum! It’s the perfect time for another challenge to get you moving and sharing, so get up, stretch, and head back over to your home library.

While you’re walking over there, we’ve got the winners from our last challenge!

Shawntaye Hopkins

Sally Taylor

Ali (@Aliiii0685)

Diana (dnearhos)

Christina Hickey

Cathy Sedge

Jessica Bolton

Alan Compton

Tara Colaruotolo

Abby Mason

For this challenge, we want to see the first book on your shelves, and the last book on your shelves. (Drop your email address and entry into the form at the bottom of this post; you have until Hour 42 to enter!)

I’m always intrigued by the way readers choose to organize their shelves, if at all. Overall, I break things down by Fiction and NonFiction. Within that, I separate hardcover and paperback, and then alphabetize by author. There are a few exceptions, of course; my first bookcase starts out two full shelves of various editions of Harry Potter that my partner and I have collected over the years before flowing into my romance shelves.

I could go on and on, but I know you all would rather see my bookends.

Show us yours, then get back to the books!