Hour Zero: Welcome to the #24in48 Readathon – January 2017 Edition

It’s here! It’s time!

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of #24in48! Right now, it’s midnight ET on the official readathon clock, but we’re kicking things off with a bang. If you’re just now discovering the ‘thon or have been unsure of your weekend plans, you can still sign up and do so throughout the weekend.

A few notes as we get started:

  1. If you’re planning on reading a full 24 hours (or even just trying to get close), make sure you track your time. You can do this a number of ways but the preferred method is with a stopwatch on your phone or computer or the new Bookout app for iOS devices (per a helpful readathoner). If you finish 24 hours of reading, you’ll be eligible to win one of three prize packs, including one just for non-US participants.
  2. There is ZERO pressure to read for a full 24 hours. Seriously, guys. This is the fifth year I’ve been doing this thing, and I say every time, this is supposed to be fun and low pressure. The goal is to set aside some serious time to read with other like-minded readers.
  3. Take a break, get some sleep, eat well. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
  4. Make sure that your sign-up entry is correct (including email and social media/blog URL). If you’re not active on that social platform during the ‘thon, you won’t be able to win any of the amazing prizes we’re giving away. By URL I mean, don’t just type “Twitter” or “Facebook.” I need to be able to find you, so list your username or the URL of your feed (i.e. http://twitter.com/24in48readathon). If you need to update your entry, you can do so by going through the link you received in your confirmation email. If you didn’t get an email and need to update your entry, email me ASAP at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.
  5. If your name is announced as either a door prize winner or a challenge winner, go over to the Prize page and fill out the form. If you don’t check in there, you’ll miss your shot to win.
  6. Follow the conversation (which honestly is my favorite part of the ‘thon) on social media. I’ll be posting from @24in48readathon on Twitter, on the official Facebook page, and @24in48 on Instagram and Litsy. You can – and should – use the official hashtag #24in48 everywhere as well.

I’ll be posting here every three hours with challenges and door prize giveaways, so check in early and often.

Let’s start off with an intro survey so we can all get to know each other. Post your answers (or a link to your answers) in a comment below:

  1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?
  2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?
  3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?
  4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?
  5. Tell us something about yourself.
  6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

Three people who complete the survey will win their choice of prize. You have until the midway point, Hour 24 at midnight ET tonight, to enter.

Happy reading, ‘thoners!

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230 thoughts on “Hour Zero: Welcome to the #24in48 Readathon – January 2017 Edition

  1. Lauren says:

    Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?
    – I’m reading in Boston, and listening to the birds chirping outside in the trees.

    Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?
    – Yes! I did this last January and I’m trying to set aside even more time to read for this readathon than I did last time.

    What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?
    – “Alice” by Christina Henry. I love reading different takes on “Alice in Wonderland” – my shelfie included the Cheshire Cat himself.

    Tell us something about yourself.
    – I have two awesome cats who have been my reading companions this weekend – they are positively thrilled that I have had so much lap-time available for them this weekend!

    Remind us where to find you online this weekend.
    – You can find me on Instagram @cats_food_books and on Litsy @redheadreads

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    • Barbara says:

      Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

      Madison, WI

      Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

      Nope! This is my first readathon

      Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?

      I heard about it on Litsy

      What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

      It’s kind of a tie between The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe, Hidden Figures, and Everfair.

      Tell us something about yourself.

      I’m a biochemist

      Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

      I’m @bates_barb on Litsy, and on instagram as bates.barb

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  2. * I’m reading in New Hampshire.
    * I have never done the 24in48 before.
    * I heard about it on Litsy.
    * I’m most excited about Habibi by Craig Thompson. Been on my TBR list for a while.
    * I play roller derby.
    *I’ll mostly be posting on Litsy and Instagram – @Giabow

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  3. Jennifer says:

    I’m reading in San Francisco. This is my first 24 in 48 and I heard about it on Litsy. Not sure which book I am most excited about. Just excited to get through some of my massive tbr stack. My favorite weekend plan is a lazy Sunday with a guilty pleasure read and a pot of tea. I will be on Litsy. @jas16

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  4. 1. Jonesboro, AR
    2. Yes, July 2016
    3. The Litsy app!!
    4. Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist
    5. I’m working on completing a list of 30 things by the time I’m 30. You can follow my progress on my blog!
    6. You can find me on Instagram: thirtyby30inthirty, on Litsy, and at my blog lipstickandpaperbacks.wordpress.com
    -Happy Reading!! #24in48

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  5. 1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?
    I’m in Lisbon, Portugal.

    2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?
    No, this is my first time and I’m really enjoying it!

    3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?
    If I’m not mistaken, I learned about 24in48 on the Dewey’s 24 Hour site. A whole day devoted to reading seemed terrifying but 24 hours over two days seemed manageable, so here am I giving it a try. 🙂

    4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?
    I’ve been reading A Song of Ice and Fire series and now I’m delving into the fourth volume, A Feast for Crows, which is divided in two in the Portuguese version.

    5. Tell us something about yourself.
    I’ve started a master’s degree in September which meant less time for leisure reading, so I’m enjoying the end of the first semester to get my fill of fiction.

    6. Remind us where to find you online this weekend.
    I’m sharing my reading on Litsy @Carla_B

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  6. Kate says:

    1. Waterford, Ireland 🙂
    2. Nope, first time readathoner!
    3. Litsy
    4. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
    5. I admin a book club on Facebook called Bookish Nerdfighters!
    6. @preteavivre on Twitter, Insta and Litsy

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  7. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

    Bellingham, Washington

    Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

    Nope, first time with this one!

    Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?

    Litsy, my favorite place to connect with other book nerds!

    What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

    Moonglow by Michael Chabon (my long wait for a library copy paid off just in time!)

    Tell us something about yourself.

    I’m a librarian, mom to a seven-year-old. Free time finds me running, cooking, playing games, watching movies and of course READING!

    Remind us where to find you online this weekend.
    Instagram @librarian365
    Litsy @librarian365

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  8. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?
    Norway
    Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?
    No, first timer.
    Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?
    Twitter.
    What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?
    The Malleus Maleficarum, also knows as The Hammer of Witches
    Tell us something about yourself.
    I try to learn one new fact every day.
    Remind us where to find you online this weekend.
    I’ll be on twitter @lesserknowngems and on my blog https://lesserknowngems.wordpress.com/

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  9. JustAnotherReader says:

    1) A Mountain top in West Virginia!
    2) This is my first ever readathon!
    3) BookQuester is a good friend and asked if I wanted to join her this weekend!
    4) Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck
    5) I am studying Piano and Vocal performance for my bachelors. I love making music and jewelry.
    6) @LoveThePages on Twitter

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  10. Pamela Carlile says:

    Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

    Kyle, TX (just south of Austin

    Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

    Nope, first timer!

    Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first?

    Litsy!

    What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    Tell us something about yourself.

    I’m in graduate school right now studying to become a librarian. 🙂

    Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

    Litsy @pamelac.xo

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  11. Jessica S says:

    Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? Phoenix, AZ
    Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Yes! Although I didn’t make it 24 hours.
    Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first? Not my first, but I saw it on Instagram.
    What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? In Order to Live
    Tell us something about yourself. I am a 6th grade reading teacher!
    Remind us where to find you online this weekend. Instagram @sessyjessi or Litsy @jessmarie

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  12. Rachael says:

    1. Minnesota!
    2. Nope, this is my first time.
    3. Instagram! 🙂
    4. The whole Protector of the Small series.
    5. I drink copious amounts of tea while reading.
    6. Instagram! @redrchl.reads

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  13. AmyC says:

    1.) I am in Virginia, USA
    2.) My first gradation
    3.) I believe I saw it on Facebook
    4.) Heartless
    5.) I fell in love with the Kindle and then out of love with it. Real books are better! I just bought a new bookcase and some REAL books 🙂
    6.) FB at Facebook.com/amyc09

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  14. Melissa says:

    1. Pocatello, Idaho
    2. No, this is my first time!
    3. My sister told me about it and we decided to do it together!
    4. Modern Romance-I have been meaning to read it for months!
    5. I love karaoke.
    6. @melissathebeautiful on Litsy!

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  15. Donna Abate says:

    1. Reading mostly under the warm covers in my cozy Oceanside, California cottage.
    2. Did the readathon last year, but only made it to 11 hours. I have a new plan this time to make it all the way. Yes!!!
    3. First heard about this awesome challenge on Litsy
    4. I’m excited to reread The Joy Luck Club and a new book I just found called, “Why Read Moby Dick
    5. I love reading memoirs on celebrities and writers and I’m on a quest to try and visit all 35 libraries in my area this year.
    6. @uwannapublishme on Litsy

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