January 2019 #24in48 Sign-Ups are Open!

I’m just going to come out and say it: It’s peak reading season, y’all. Winter was made for cozy blankets and book piles and a crackling fire, if you can swing it. And you know what else cozy winter reading season means:

We’re back with another round of the #24in48 readathon on

📚 January 26-27, 2019 📚

Navigate to: ❓How does it work?   🆕New this year   📝Sign-up details

This past July,  we welcomed 1,912 readers, and we’re looking forward to having each and every one of you back for an excellent weekend of reading.

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A screengrab of a Google calendar showing that January 26 and 27th are blocked off for 24in48

We’re also counting on you to spread the word, and bring your friends! The best part of this event is the community you’ve helped us build; As the years have gone by, we’ve seen you form reading teams, seen groups of you go away for the weekend for uninterrupted friend and reading time, and watched libraries and indie bookstores host events and recommend books.

It gives us ALL THE FEELS, and every time around it keeps getting better thanks to you.

How does it work?

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am (official timezone is EST) 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. You can pause as much as you need, enjoy regularly scheduled weekend activities, nap, stop for dance breaks with your kids or pets or neighbors. Whatever works for you.

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 July, we’re still accepting donations to help us send more prizes out to international winners through the PayPal donate button on the sidebar (or you can go here; every dollar helps). And if you’d like to donate prizes directly, send us an email at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.

New this year

For those joining us again: Y’all. Have we got some exciting things to share.

FIRSTLY: We’ve spent the past few months brainstorming, and the past few weeks working with a designer, and one result of that is…OUR SHINY NEW LOGO. Isn’t. It. The. Best?!?!? And…we’re not done yet.

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The new 24in48 logo: A font evocative of handwriting that layers 24in48 over a horizontal stack of nine books. Font color is a muted navy, and the book stack is various shades of blue, red, and yellow.

SECONDLY: In the coming days, keep an eye on this space and our social platforms for a 24in48 merch announcement to fill your burning desire for more bookish gear (which we know exists because, hey, we feel it too).

We’re working feverishly to get it all up and running in sufficient time for you to outfit yourselves before the January ‘thon, and don’t worry—we won’t let you miss the announcement. The fanfare will last…for days.

There’s even MORE to come than this, and we’re so incredibly excited to get some other additions / surveys / initiatives off the ground. Stay tuned…and get excited.

Sign-up details

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. After you sign up, check out who else is participating. If your entry doesn’t immediately pop in to the spreadsheet, give it a few minutes to populate. (It’s also worth noting that mobile phones can make things difficult, so if the form doesn’t work on your phone, try a computer!)

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.

See you soon!


Snacks, Stacks, & Community: Readers share how they #24in48

Every few rounds of 24in48, we update our How To Readathon: #24in48 Style post. But since we did that this past July, this year we wanted to do something different. We talked to some of our bookternet friends, and asked them what they love about 24in48, how they approach the weekend, and if they had any unique advice, tips, or experiences they wanted to share.

They delivered and then some, so whether this is your first time or your tenth (this has been going since 2012, y’all, wut), be sure to check out what your fellow readers have to say.

At the end of this post, we also round things out with some specific tried and true book recs for your readathon stack from your #24in48 cohosts. You can download a PDF of our recs here!

Don’t forget: You can find our how to post here, FAQs here, sign-ups here, and participant list here! Don’t be afraid to DM us on social media or send us an email at 24in48readathonofficial [at] gmail [dot] com if you have any questions you can’t find the answer to!

💖 From Michele (@ultrabookgeek):

24in48 is definitely a classic example of it’s about the journey not the destination. It’s not about how long you read or how much you read. It’s about setting aside time to do one activity you really enjoy and making it as simple or extravagant as you wish. You can read in bed for 4 hours or make it to 24 with a million snacks, and tracking systems while ensconced in your coziest chair. As someone who participates time again the best advice I have to offer is to read in blocks of time, have some breaks for eating and napping, stay updated on social media for prizes and other peoples updates and have lots of snacks and drinks on hand. Lastly, make sure your family knows what you’re up to and knows to give you space as needed. Pick some books you’ve been meaning to read, find a cozy spot and happy reading!

😻 From Melissa (@balletbookworm):

How to have a successful 24-in-48 Readathon (from a reader who has both read for the full 24 hours…and has not even been close on occasion):

  1. Pick out an over-ambitious TBR “stack” (digital and paper and audio formats included): Choose a wide variety of lengths, formats, and genres—this narrows your actual TBR list and prevents aimless meandering around your house wondering about to “read next.” You can even start by knocking off books you have already started (finishing a book right away is a great boost to the start of Readathon). And don’t forget books that aren’t usually considered Readathon fodder like big poetry collections, classroom reading/textbooks, etc. – all reading counts in a Readathon.
  2. Have your favorite junk food at hand, if you like, but don’t forget to have a balanced meal, too: 24in48 isn’t a good time to gorge yourself on junk just because READATHON OMG or try out those new lobster-cheddar balls in the freezer case at the grocery store (trust me, both of those things lead to 2am indigestion regrets). Pick up some trail mix with dried fruit so you can have a snacky/crunchy good time to mix with your favorite candy. Have water standing by as well because as much as many of us are COFFEE DEATH BEFORE DECAF FIGHT ME, hydrating does help with the late-Readathon bleahs. A little advance prep for a stew in the CrockPot or a lasagna in the oven also helps cut down on aimless wandering at mealtime (this time in the kitchen, haha).
  3. Don’t sweat errands/chores, etc. because it’s 24in48: you’ve got 48 hours to play with here, but if you are out and about for periods of time (the kids have a soccer match, or you have to take the car to the mechanic, or do the grocery shopping, etc.) bring along a kicky book (or two) or fire up an audiobook on your phone or tablet (I’m extremely partial to my library’s Overdrive/Libby collection). Audiobooks also make great road companions if you have to drive around for a while and if the kids are in the car, or if the grownups can’t agree on what to listen to, a children’s book like Matilda or the Lemoncello series can keep everyone entertained for hours. And, like I said, all reading counts in a Readathon.
  4. AND IF YOU DON’T GET 24 HOURS OF READING DONE, CELEBRATE WHAT YOU DID READ! The biggest point of Readathon is just reading and sharing that love of reading with the rest of the 24in48 community. So if your plans didn’t work out or someone got sick or you fell asleep or it just worked out to only a few hours of reading time scraped together here or there, that’s OK. Gremlins won’t come after you (and if they do, we’ll fight them for you). Readathon is for having fun. But if you did make it to all 24 hours of reading….HIGH FIVES FOREVER

📚 From Sue (at Doddyaboutbooks):

The 24 in 48 is my very favourite readathon (you always have a special place in your heart for your first, right?) I have never made the full 24 hours (I made it to 19 once which I was totally stoked about). For me the readathon experience is about getting a bunch of reading done, and however much that is is great.

Here are some of my hot tips for a successful readathon:

Have lots of choices available. You will want to feel like you are getting somewhere, so if you have some poetry, novellas and graphic novels on your TBR, now is a great time to tackle them. This will also help keep your attention when you’re feeling tired. Audiobooks are also great for when your eyes get tired or if you have to do chores. Leave the Odyssey and Don Quixote fo another time – you will thank me.

Don’t be afraid to nap! Don’t keep dragging yourself on if you need match sticks for your eyelids! Sleep at night and nap during the day if you need to – it will help you concentrate.

Check in on social media. The blog has 3 hourly check ins, which is s nice time to give yourself a bit of a break and see how others are going. Plus there are prizes!

Snacks. I’m not much of a snacker, but staying hydrated is super important. I tend to stick with water and tea. Also, premake any meals so you just need to reheat them 😉

Last but not least – have fun! That’s the whole point right?

✨ From Sarah:

How I Readathon:
I’ve been most successful by choosing a stack of short (under 200 pages) books to have on hand, as well as a regular length engrossing audiobook. Every time I need to get up to do something, I put in my headphones and switch to the audiobook. This allows for almost continuous reading. The stack of books helps because then I can just grab whichever one looks good next instead of having to go choose from a larger selection. Having shorter books allows for a feeling of accomplishment throughout the weekend. Finishing a book every few hours motivates me to keep going!

💻 And finally, from Katy’s “So you want to do a readathon” post following our July 24in48 (at thebookishcronk):

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Great Selection of Snacks

My very first readathon I had no snacks or really any food in my house. This was a mistake. You have to have some snacks or meals planned out or at least some easy finger food like a sandwich. I tried to eat ramen my first one readathon and it was Not Good. (Picture a book with broth on it. Sad day indeed). Also I tried to read and cook at the same time and I tripped over my cat. True story.

Preparing a Book Stack and Sharing it with Your Friends is Fun!

I actually really enjoy this part even though I haven’t had a chance to create my stack until this evening. For me, it’s the dream of books I could get done this weekend, but don’t feel like you have to stick to it if something on your bookcase appeals to you after a really intense book. I also recommend that you have a few shorter books and/or graphic novels included. Sometimes, that’s a perfect break from novel-reading that can get you across the 24 hour mark.

We’ll see you in a few weeks, ‘thonners! (We can’t wait)



Get your 24in48 swag!

I’m not even going to write up a whole preamble here, folks, because… IT’S SWAG TIME.

We’ve set up our teepublic shop, which is full of shirts and mugs and stickers and totes; all the 24in48 merch your heart desires! We commissioned two “My weekend is all booked” designs, and also have some shiny new logo merch available!

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Screenshot of the 24in48 storefront on Teepublic showing our designs on three mugs

You can find our storefront here, and click around by way of desired merch (e.g., click mugs if that’s what your heart desires, crewneck sweatshirts if you wanna be cozy, or onesies if you have a tiny reader spending the weekend with you).


Teepublic handles all order fulfillment and shipping (they ship internationally, too!)

We’re SO EXCITED to share this with y’all; you know what to do. Get your ‘thon swag on.


24-Hour Prize Pack Winners Announced

It’s been just over a week since we wrapped up the July 24in48 readathon, and we’re still all heart-eyes emoji over the incredible weekend you guys took part in and helped to make wonderful.

We topped out with just over 1,900 readers, making this our most successful readathon to date (and summer ‘thons are notoriously less popular). We also started tracking the books you guys read during the readathon; you logged 2,476 books and 1,887 unique titles. Readers came from literally all over the world: we had participants from 6 continents (and now my goal is to find a reader in Antarctica to participate), with nearly 78% in North America. And nearly 44% of you were first-timers!

We got (almost) nothing but positive feedback on our push for diversity and we thank you for supporting this effort. Of the books you logged, 30% were by authors of color and more than 60% were by women. We still have work to do though; for more than 60% of logged books, participants noted that they weren’t sure about the author’s race, sexuality, neurodiversity, or disability status.

That’s all to say thanks for making this most recent readathon a resounding success.

Now for the best part! Announcing our SEVEN prize pack winners. (Here’s one more stat: 227 readers sent in proof that they’d completed a full 24 hours of reading!)

Prize Pack #1

Miriam W.

Prize Pack #2

Kelly Brady

Prize Pack #3

Erin Feinstein

Prize Pack #4

Emily Blaeser

Prize Pack #5

Devin (@devinfeyded)

International Prize Packs

Samuelle Boyer
Melanie Taddeo

Winners, expect an email from us shortly! Congrats and great job everyone, whether you finished a full 24 hours or just two and we’ll see you all back here in January.

Hour 48: That’s a Wrap!

YOU GUYS! You did it! We’ve hit the end of another fantastic 24in48 readathon. I don’t know about you but we are thoroughly exhausted and full of books. Everyone gather round for a big ole group hug. Yes, even you in the back!

Okay, fine. I respect personal boundaries. But I request the highest of fives instead:

But before we can wrap this up, we’ve got a few last pieces of business to take care of. Starting with the winners for the Hour 42 Bookends challenge:

Christina Hickey

Brittany Radomski

Amanda Salas

Meg L @megabooks

Tori Markwalder

Melissa Daunt

Shaina Wyche

Cassia Lima

Cherry (@_forevermint)

Stephanie Dawson

Angela Boersma

Carol Ellison

Bree Dumont

If you won here, go to the Prize Page and pick out your top three choices. Don’t forget to go check previous posts to see if you won a door prize or challenge task!

Don’t forget to go add all the books you read during readathon to our tracker (and go check out Goodreads to see what your fellow readathon-ers were flipping through this weekend).

Next, mark your calendars. The next round of readathon will be held on…

January 26-27, 2019

Now we’d love to know how the readathon worked for you. We added a few new elements this time, including asking you to let us know what books you read and where you’re reading from, and we’d love to know what went well and what didn’t. Your feedback helps us produce an event that’s as enjoyable for everyone as possible.

Lastly, if you managed to read a full 24 hours, you’re eligible to win a prize pack, courtesy of some of our fantastic donors. Fill out the form below to provide proof of your full 24 hours read BEFORE midnight ET on Tuesday, July 24th. We’ll announce the winners of those packs next week.

Once again, we are so thrilled you were able to join us this weekend and we hope you had an amazing couple of days full of great books, yummy snacks, and few interruptions. We’ll see you back here in January!

Hour 45: Even Doctor Who Believes In You

Honestly, I’m going to let the good ol’ Doctor do the talking here…

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We have just THREE hours left in this round of 24in48, and we’re all here cheering each and every one of you in to the finish line. We can’t wait to hear all about the books you read, the new connections you made, the books you’ve added to your TBRs… we’re overflowing with bookish love, and ready to ride out these last few hours in STYLE.*

But first, more door prize winners!

Alison Huston

Andi @ Estella’s Revenge


Candi Colby


Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Renee Smith

Julianne @ Outlandish Lit

And don’t forget there’s still time to enter the last challenge of the weekend, Hour 42: Your Actual Bookendswhich will be open until Hour 48 of this thing!

*Ok, let’s face it, “STYLE” for your co-hosts right now = pajamas, pillow forts, and stacks of books. And proud of it.

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!

Hour 42: Your Actual Bookends (Challenge)

I’ve got some happy, sad, and generally-feelingsy news to share.

We’re at hour 42, which means you’ve done the damn thing almost all the way through, AND that we’ve reached our last challenge for this edition of 24in48.

I’M HAVING COMPLICATED FEELINGS, OK? Mostly, though, I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad you joined us. I’m eternally grateful for this event, my cohosts, and every single one of you readers the world over.

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Whether you’re cramming through those last few hours to hit your goal, finish that book, or just generally see this thing through to the end, we know you’re here to celebrate the winners of our Hour 30 challenge before we dive into the last challenge.

Stephanie Wang

Amy Slusher

Barbara Wood

Shannon Keller

Jesse Presgraves

Christy Broderick

Sara Plourde

Bethany (@bibliosbinge)

Steph Auteri

Jess7 (thegreeneyedreader)

Sarah @ Reviews and Readathons

Colleen Burns

Steff Pasciuti

You know the drill! If you won, get thee to the prize page to stake your claim!

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AND NOW: THE LAST CHALLENGE. This time around, we want to see the first book on your shelves, and the last book on your shelves.

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.

Here’s where things start and end on my shelves:


Now, show me yours. Tell me how you organize. Cry about how you’ll never find the beginning of your stacks of books and will ultimately be buried under the weight of them because you can’t stop buying more. You know. You do you.

If you’re posting a photo of your entry on social media, don’t forget to use the official hashtag #24in48 so other readers can find you, and tag us so we can see! We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours (Hour 48, the very end of 24in48), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won! 

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!