Hour Nine: Coffee Time!

It’s 9am ET on the official clock and it’s the perfect time for a little java or tea or cocoa, whatever makes your perfect reading companion. (I’m sipping a cup of pumpkin spice coffee with hazelnut creamer — don’t judge me, it takes like a pumpkin pie).

It’s also the perfect to time to announce three more door prize winners:

Caitlin Mobley

Angie M (@TheAccountant63 on Twitter)

Alyssa (@literatigeek on Twitter)

What’s waking you up this morning?

Hour Six: Say Cheese!

Good morning, readers! It’s 6am by the official clock and many of you are just shaking off the cobwebs and picking up your first book of the day. I’m snuggled deep in my bed, piled high with pillows and quilts, with my laptop and phone, and a stack of books waiting for me. (Readathon HQ is very tech heavy).

As we start to really stretch into the first day of #24in48, I’ve got your first challenge of the ‘thon and it’s an easy one.

Show me your shelfie! More specifically, stop what you’re doing, and snap a selfie with one or more of the books you’re reading today. Post your photo on the social media outlet of your choice and post a link to the pic in the comments below. (Tagging it with #24in48 or the official handle won’t be enough to have it counted; you must comment to be eligible).

This challenge will be open for six hours until noon ET today, and I’ll announce the winner in the Hour Twelve post. So get to snapping!

But you want prizes now? Oh well okay!

Here are four more door prize winners:

Daisya Spencer

Sophie Wilkinson

Kristy H (@LazyOwl on Litsy)

Brandy (@Handmade_Redhead on Litsy)

See you guys back here in three hours for more prizes!

Hour Three: Just Getting Started

How’s everyone doing? We’re a cool three hours in, and some of you are probably sleeping, some are reading, and some are half-reading, half-sleeping, head nodding.

This is a quick check in to announce four door prize winners:

Meredith (@mtroiano on Litsy)

Heike (@inwhichHeikereadsharder on Litsy)

Susan (from readingsusan.com)

If you won, head over to the Prizes page, choose your top three prizes, and fill out the form.

Back to it (reading or sleeping, whichever!)

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!

The Countdown is On!

We’re less than 12 hours away from the official start of #24in48 and you guys are just killing it already. More than 1,000 readers have signed up, we’ve got a whole butt load of prizes to give away, and demonstrating that books and reading are powerful. Today is….not a good day in the US, but I’m using today and this weekend as a reminder that we can support and encourage each other in all things and only by banding together do we get things done.

Whether you’re using the readathon to ignore the badness in the world or as an excuse to catch up on your social justice reading, the community is here for you. Find and follow your fellow readathon-ers on Instagram, Litsy (@24in48), Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, and Goodreads with the hashtag #24in48. You’ll find me (I linked to the official handles) as active as I possibly can be (with breaks for sleeping, of course), but I encourage you to find each other all weekend (especially those of you in other countries when most Americans are sleeping and you need the encouragement most).

Some of you are squeezing your reading around Saturday’s marches in Washington and across the country and I applaud you all. I also wanted to highlight a few other ways you can make a difference. Check out some readathon books from your local library (these institutions will need our support more than ever), donate to arts and literacy organizations in your area, and think about participating in #diverseathon, which overlaps with 24in48 and starts on Sunday. I’ll personally be dedicating my Sunday (if not my whole ‘thon) with #ownvoices books and books by marginalized people.

So that’s it, until midnight tonight. Don’t forget to check in here during the readathon. I’ll be posting updates every three hours, which will include prize announcements, challenges, and really fantastic gifs. Gather ye snacks and TBR stacks and let’s get ready to read.


We’re on Facebook!

Just a quick post to let you know that you can now find 24in48 on Facebook with our own dedicated page, for those of you using that as your primary social platform this weekend. Like our page to keep up with the convo and join other readers this week to discuss your readathon plans and updates throughout the weekend.

Happy readathon planning, friends

7 Books to Read During #24in48 if You Can’t Go to the Women’s March

A version of this post originally ran on BookRiot.com. 

On Saturday, January 21st, hundreds of thousands (hopefully) of women (and men) will descend on Washington, DC to proclaim that women’s rights are human rights. While the march is not an outright protest against Donald Trump, who will have been inaugurated as the country’s 45th president the day before, Cecile Richards, president of official march partner Planned Parenthood noted, “we will send a strong message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care, abortion services, and access to Planned Parenthood, as they intersect with the rights of young people, people of color, immigrants, and people of all faiths, backgrounds, and incomes.”

If you’re like me and live a prohibitive distance from DC, you can either find a local march to participate in or spend the day (since you’re already readathon-ing) reading march-adjacent books. While many people are bypassing the readathon next Saturday in favor of attending either the Women’s March or a local march, many more of you are unable to travel to DC or to your local capital to participate.

Here’s a reading list for your March day:

hope-in-the-dark-solnit-coverHope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

Originally published in 2004 (now available with a new forward), Solnit’s essay collection can seem a bit outdated – she was writing in the midst of a Bush presidency – but it’s general premise is a good one: that the radical and transformative acts we take as activists don’t always have victories that are immediate or measurable, but this doesn’t mean we should give up fighting. This is particularly valuable advice as our rights are threatened, and sometimes the only thing we can do is donate $5 or call our congressmen.


freedom-is-a-constantFreedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis

Davis’ essays, speeches, and criticisms are newly collected in this compendium and focus on fighting an oppressive and violent state. From the publisher: “Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.” As this new era under a Trump administration dawns, Davis’ words are more necessary than ever.

bitch planetBitch Planet: Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro (artist)

I will never stop pushing people to read Bitch Planet as a specific response to a Trump presidency and its threats to human rights. It’s a modern day version of The Handmaid’s Tale, but closer and more intersectional than ever. Go read it, get angry, fight the patriarchy. Be non-compliant.



what-we-do-now-trumps-america-coverWhat We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America edited by Denis Johnson and Valerie Merians

Hitting shelves just before the inauguration, this diverse collection includes essays from NAACP president Cornell Brooks to Gloria Steinem to Senator Elizabeth Warren to founder and executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality Mara Keisling to George Saunders. Less an academic exercise, these short essays include measurable, definitive advice for fighting the injustices that are sure to come in Trump’s America. As the back cover proclaims, “If you make yourself a sheep, the wolves will eat you.” (Benjamin Franklin)

march-trilogy-coverMarch by John Lewis,  Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
A three-volume graphic novel that explores the origin of marching en masse under the brutal tyranny of the 1960s and the importance of these marches to the civil rights movement. Vital and powerful, these graphic novels are a necessary history lesson in understanding American activism and civil disobedience. While the Women’s March (and other inauguration protests) will likely be much less violent than those of the civil rights movement as portrayed in March, the graphic novels should be required reading for anyone engaged in fighting injustice from their government. Bonus: now that Trump has lashed out at John Lewis, this book is all the more necessary and relevant.


we-should-all-be-feminists-by-chimamanda-ngozi-adichieWe Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This slim 50-page book was adapted from Adichie’s TED Talk of the same name and is a powerful defining text of modern day feminism and the importance of inclusion and intersectionality in that definition. When someone questions the idea that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights, just hand them this book.



feminist-utopia-projectThe Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future edited by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

When the organizers shout, What do we want? these are a few choice answers from a variety of diverse and cutting edge voices. While Women’s March participants and organizers are concerned about stopping the backslide of progress that’s currently overtaking our political systems, this anthology envisions a world that’s feminist as fuck and challenges us to demand a radically better future.


Will you be reading any of these, or any other social justice books, during readathon?