July 2019 #24in48 Sign-Ups are Open!

It is hot. Really, really hot. Steamy, sweltering, and gross. Which means it’s the perfect season for staying inside in lovely air conditioning with a stack of books, a glass of lemonade, and no one to bother you. Or if you’re an outside cat, summer means hammocks, beaches, hiking, or even just sitting on a deck with your feet up. Either way, its time for another round of #24in48!

📚 Join us on July 20-21, 2019 📚


Navigate to: How does it work? 🆕New Merch! 📝Sign-up details

We had an amazing January readathon, with 2,700 readers joining us for two days of non-stop page turning and we are so excited about this summer’s event. We know summer’s endless activities make setting aside a whole weekend to read much more challenging but it also opens up some new opportunities to get the whole fam in on the fun.

A screenshot of an Audible library showing multiple audiobook titles.

Taking a road trip? Put on a audiobook everyone in the car can get into! Hitting the beach? Slather on the sunscreen and pack a stack of paperbacks. Spending your days shuttling kids between activities? Load up your phone or ereader with books or short story collections you can dip in and out of and rack up the page count. Even if you’re hitting the trails, a good audiobook narrator in your ears can make for a fantastic companion (just bring a spare power pack so you don’t end up with an empty phone battery in case of an emergency).

Don’t forget, the point of 24in48 is not just about hitting an hourly goal – it’s always been about spending a weekend reading, however you can make that happen. And for so many of you, you’re making that happen together. We saw that in January with the 40+% increase in participation – you’re all doing this weekend together, whether it’s renting hotel rooms or houses together to escape the day-to-day or organizing readalongs through your libraries or book clubs (online AND in person).

How does it work?

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am (official timezone is EDT) 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. As always, we’re 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 Merch!

In January, we rolled out a bunch of swag in advance of the readathon and you guys snatched it ALLLLL up. To celebrate all the things we love about summer reading (and the July 24in48), we created a limited edition design. Pick it up now in time for next month’s event. Don’t worry – if you missed the originals the first time, you can always add some of those sweet, sweet readathon goods to your cart too.

Stay tuned for even more changes and make sure you subscribe to the blog to get notified whenever we announce a new and shiny thing. 

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 and you can use the official hashtag #24in48 everywhere to keep up with your fellow readathon-ers.

See you soon!

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Heyo, 24-Hour Prize Pack Winners!

Hey there, kids, sports fans, and readers! Is everyone recovering from the readathon last weekend? I know we promised this announcement sooner, but life (as it does) got in the way. But we’re here and I’ve got some winners to announce.

So many of you completed a full 24 hours of reading and we are super impressed with some of you who even went a bit beyond that. But even more significantly, we welcomed 2,700 readers. TWO THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED readers. That’s 800 more than our previous record!!! We are utterly blown away by the enthusiasm for this little readathon and we were thrilled to read along with each and every one of you. Thank you for making this edition of 24in48 such a resounding success.

Now, down to the best part. Here are the winners of our prize packs:

Prize Pack #1

Megan (Megalinity)

Prize Pack #2

Daria Poe

Prize Pack #3

Brandy Smith

Prize Pack #4

Sarah Flourance

Prize Pack #5

Maggie Delancey

International Prize Pack #1

Kathy Trithardt

International Prize Pack #2

Susy @salsa_susy

Winners, expect to see an email from 24in48 shortly and congratulations to all of you, whether you hit 24 hours or 2 hours, and we’ll see everyone back here in July!

HOUR 48: Fin!

YOU DID IT!!!!! WE DID IT TOGETHER!!!!

It’s officially the end of this #24in48 and whew boy, what a great readathon it was. You guys did amazing and so many (SO. MANY.) of you finished a full 24 hours of reading. And literally everyone read some fantastic books this weekend. I’m sure there was some stellar naps and snacks happening too (I know there were, I saw your social media posts).

As always, we’ve got some business to finish before you all collapse into bed (except you still reading over there. Yes, you Liberty.)

Announcing the winners of the Hour 42 Swiss Army Rec Challenge:

Carrie Wilson

Lauren Duke

Sarah O’Leary

ShainaWyche

Jessica Dinan

Natalia Varela

Rebecca Anderson

Emileigh Latham

Maggie Burns

Kellyanne @ellarebee

Madison DeJulio

Thia @thia.reads.a.lot

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…

July 20-21, 2019

Now we’d love to know how the readathon worked for you. We’d love to know what went well and what didn’t and how we might make it better. 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 (announced here), 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, January 29th. We’ll announce the winners of those packs next week. (Don’t forget that you must include a link directly to the proof post, not to your profile or to a story that will disappear).

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 July! Now we’re gonna go pass out for 12 hours.

 

HOUR 45: Friends Forever

Ok, friends. Fair warning: I’m happy, I’m book-drunk, I spent the weekend working on one of the most amazing book projects I know of with two of the most amazing women I know. I’m about to get sappy on you.

See, the thing about #24in48 is that it’s more than just a reading event. It’s a worldwide, simultaneous readalong. It’s a chance to share your love of books with other readers. It’s also a chance to get to know those other readers. And sure, those bookternet friendships may start on the internet, but they can blossom into so, so much more.

So as we stare down the last few hours of another #24in48, let’s take a moment to appreciate the community of this weekend. The incredible people all around the world who love books just as much as you do. The internet friendships that become lifelong friendships. Here’s to all of you.

If you stuck through all that sappiness to the very end, you’re in luck! Because I’ve got more door prize winners for you:

Julianne @ Outlandish Lit

Christie Aguasin

Viktoria Metodieva

Danielle Rocha Gonzales 

Kate Waggoner

Rachel Rencher

Samantha Garrett

Chantel McCray

Janice Friedel

Dominique Marlow

Check out the Prize Page to select your prize. And don’t forget to check the past hourly posts to see if you won an earlier door or challenge prize.

co-hosts Kerry, Rachel, and Kristen offer cheers from a boat in a selfie taken by Kristen

Cheers from your three co-hosts!

And now I’m off to the books, sending bookish love to all of you and to my fellow co-hosts around the world.

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 42: What’s your swiss army book rec? [Challenge]

It’s Hour 42, and if you’ve been here before you know that that means: It’s time for our last challenge, and for some Kristen feelings.

Hour 42 means you’ve done the damn thing all the way through, and that this is my last post, and that we’re wrapping up another round of my favorite weekend on the internet until six months from now.

janet cryingI have a lot of feelings around this hour of the ‘thon, because I never want it to end AND I am exhausted AND maybe I’ve cried a bit because you’re all so wonderful AND Kerry and Rachel are the best AND other very important complicated reasons. I CONTAIN MULTITUDES.

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.

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’ve got some gifs of celebration/applause to share with the winners of our Hour 36 challenge (head over to the prize page to stake your claim, winners!):

Jamie E.

Jules Q @phreneticmind

Becca Scott

Ariel Kirst

Erin Feinstein

Cecilia Grip

Angela N

Chelsea Stephens

Jackie Edwards

Sarah Flourance

Taylor Worley

 

To round out this shindig, we want you to tell us about your favorite swiss army pick. If you’re not familiar with the lingo, all that means is tell us The Book That You Recommend To Everyone, no matter their book preferences or whether or not they’re generally “a reader”.

You know what we mean, the book you can give your grandma to read and your best friend and your partner and that coworker who stops by your desk and says “So, you read a lot, right? What should I read?”…and no other information.

Here are ours:

 

 

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!

For this challenge entry, like the others, post your entry on social media/your blog and drop the link in the form. Don’t forget to identify yourself and jot down where we can find you this weekend to validate your entry. We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours (Hour 48), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 39: Everybody Move!

Remember when Andre the Giant parts the crowd for Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride? He’s so imposing that all he has to do is shout and everyone scatters:

“Everybody move!”

Well, picture me shouting this at you. Not that you have to scatter, of course, but this far into the ‘thon, it’s time to get up and move around. Have a little dance party, get yourself a glass of water, go for a walk around the block, do some downward-facing dog, find a new reading spot, shake out your arms, stretch your neck and back. Whatever your fancy, find a way to move, adjust, and realign yourself for the home stretch of this magical weekend. Because we’ve got less than 10 hours to go!

Before you all get up to move, check out this hour’s door prize winners:

Cassandra Lozano

Erin Walton

Dida Hernandez

Rebecca Bailey

Meg lawson

Jill Kilgore

Rob Brock

Lilli Burril

Nancy Wiseman

Kendra Winchester

Check out the Prize Page to claim your prize if your name was pulled here (and be sure to check the past hourly posts to see if you won a previous door or challenge prize, too).

And now, MOVE!

Dance Party!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

 

HOUR 36: What’s Your Favorite Food-related Book? [Challenge]

OK, y’all. It’s the final countdown. We’re 3/4 of the way through this thing, and are amazed by every single one of you. Whether you’ve read for two hours or 20 so far, you’re a champion in our eyes, and we love hanging out with you. If you haven’t been, be sure to drop in on the hashtag (#24in48) every once in a while to see what your fellow readers are up to and cheer them on!

Before we continue, it’s time to announce the winners of our Hour 30 challenge! Give your best gif celebration to these readers, and if you see your name below head over to the prize page to stake your claim:

Gretchen Larson

Rachel Purtteman

Allison (@technoblueberry)

Thea Fransen

Susy (@salsa_susy)

Jennifer Edwards

Lynne Kramer

Erin Coughlin

Chessa Hickox

Amanda Leff

Kara Middleton

Brianna Flores

Now is the point of the ‘thon where my brain gets consumed by all the snacks I’ve eaten thus far, and whatever meal is coming next. This year, I’m hanging out in Kerry’s house in the woods, which is always the best because her partner spends the whole weekend leaving us alone to read while making us gads of food.

It usually looks something like this (and yes, that bread is also homemade. I mean, c’mon):

inkedscreenshot of kevin's bread_li (2)

A screenshot of an instagram post of a charcuterie board

Since I’m thinking about food already, for today’s recommendation challenge I want to hear about your favorite, most loved, best ever food-related book.

This can be a food memoir, a collection of food writings, the cookbook that is so food-splattered and stained and falling apart but you’ll never replace it and can’t live without it, the cocktail recipe book that lives on your bar (and that you actually use). Here are a few of ours:

food posts

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 add your series to their TBR, and tag us so we can see!

For this challenge entry, like the others, post your entry on social media/your blog and drop the link in the form. Don’t forget to identify yourself and jot down where we can find you this weekend to validate your entry. We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours (Hour 42), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won!

Don’t forget to check past posts to see if you’ve won, and visit the prize page if you have!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!