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Originally published in 2004 (now available with a new forward), Solnit’s essay collection can seem a bit outdated – she was writing in the midst of a Bush presidency – but it’s general premise is a good one: that the radical and transformative acts we take as activists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?

Prize Announcements + How to Participate in #24in48

We’re just over a week out from the start of #24in48 (have you been following the countdown on Instagram and Litsy?) and I’ve been hard at work gathering prizes for you lovely readers. I’m so excited to announce the first round of prizes. A second round about prize packs for readers who read a full 24 hours will be coming tomorrow!

Even though I’ve been running this readathon for five years (!!!), I’m still tweaking it each round to make it work best for you, the readathoners. Even as it grows, I want to make sure that it’s the same low-pressure and fun ‘thon that it’s always been. I still want to give people who are more active and engaged online the chance to win prizes, but I also want to give people who are just reading at home the chance to win some stuff too.

So to that end, I’m introducing door prizes in addition to challenge prizes. I’ll be increasing my post frequency – every three hours instead of six – in order to give away all these amazing prizes and I’ll be running challenges throughout the weekend here on the blog as well as on social media channels, but you’ll be able to win a prize just for being a readathoner.

If you’re signed up to read, you are automatically entered to win a prize. Just show up and participate over the course of the readathon weekend at the URL/username you signed up with (you can edit your entry via the confirmation email you received when you signed up if you need to adjust or add this URL). Winners will be randomly chosen and announced during every three-hour post on 24in48.com. 

If your name is announced, check the 24in48.com/prizes page to see what’s still available and fill out the form on that page with your top three prize choices. You’ll get a confirmation email with the prize you’ve won by the end of the readathon. If you are based in the US, please choose from the US Only section first, in order to allow any International participants to claim a prize.

Now for the important part! The prizes! (This list may be updated as more are added.)

US Only


Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein (galley, release date: 03-21-2017)
The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan (galley, release date: 04-18-2017)
The Leavers by Lisa Ko (galley, release date: 05-02-2017)
Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy (galley, release date: 03-28-2017)
Be True to Me by Adele Griffin (galley, release date: 06-13-2017)
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Book Riot

Books Beanie
Jorge Luis Borges Paradise Tote Bag
Read Harder Mug


All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (signed galley!, release date: 02-07-2017)
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (signed galley!, release date: 02-07-2017)
Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner (galley, release date: 01-31-2017)
Say Nothing by Brad Parks (galley, release date: 03-07-2017)
Home by Harlan Coben (finished copy, release date: 02-28-2017)
Relentless Spirit by Missy Franklin (finished copy)


Citizen by Claudia Rankine
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
Look by Solmaz Sharif
Whereas by Layli Long Soldier (release date: 03-07-17)

Hachette Audio

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (audiobook CD)
Indestructible by John R. Bruning (audiobook CD)
Mischling by Affinity Konar (audiobook CD)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan (galley, release date: 05/02/2017)
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan (galley, release date: 05/02/2017)
A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume (galley, release date: 04/18/2017)
A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume (galley, release date: 04/18/2017)
Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic (galley, release date: 04/04/2017)
Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic (galley, release date: 04/04/2017)
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (finished copy)
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (finished copy)
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnick (galley, release date: 03/28/2017)
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnick (galley, release date: 03/28/2017)
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saénz (galley, release date: 03/07/2017)
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saénz (galley, release date: 03/07/2017)

Little Brown

Startup by Doree Shafrir (galley, release date: 04-25-2017)
Startup by Doree Shafrir (galley, release date: 04-25-2017)
Startup by Doree Shafrir (galley, release date: 04-25-2017)
Startup by Doree Shafrir (galley, release date: 04-25-2017)
Startup by Doree Shafrir (galley, release date: 04-25-2017)

Less by Andrew Sean Greer (galley, release date: 07-18-2017)
The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel by Isabel Greenberg (finished copy)
The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer (finished copy)


One January 2017 Classic Remix OwlCrate Box

Penguin Random House Audio

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh, read by Ellen Oh, Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina and Various (Listening Library) (audiobook CD)
As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka, read by Ann Marie Lee (Listening Library) (audiobook CD)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith, read by Pippa Bennett-Warner (audiobook CD)


The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal (galley, release date: 05-16-2017)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (galley, release date: 03-07-17)
The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor (galley, release date: 06-13-2017)


The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett (galley, release date: 02-28-2017)
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall (galley, release date: 03-14-2017)
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor (galley, release date: 06-06-2017)


$15 worth of Book Depository books via Jen Shoots Weddings
$15 worth of Book Depository books via Jen Shoots Weddings
$15 worth of Book Depository books via Jen Shoots Weddings

$15 worth of Book Depository books via Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon
$15 worth of Book Depository books via Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

$15 worth of Book Depository books via Sue Dodd
$15 worth of Book Depository books via Sue Dodd

€20 worth of Book Depository to any reader NOT in one of these countries via Anonymous (for readers without access to Amazon):

  • United States
  • United Kingdom and Ireland
  • France
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • China
  • India
  • Mexico

Thanks to our prize sponsors!

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Tracking Your Hours + Prize Pack Announcement!

We’re a week away from the start of the ‘thon and, during the last readathon, I suggested that you keep track of your hours because it might be worth your while. While many of you did just that, and got a pair of Out of Print socks as a reward, I realized after the fact that my instructions about tracking and the requirements for doing so were unclear and many of you lost out on the option to win a prize.

While I won’t be doing another “everyone gets a prize” a la Oprah, if you finish the full 24 hours, you will be entered to win one of three fantastic prize packs (there’s even one for international readers). More about those in a minute, but first the rules.

In order to be eligible for one of these prize packs, you must:

  1. Sign up officially using your name, a valid email, and a URL/username for the platforms you’ll be updating during the ‘thon. (If you need to edit your response to include an actual link or username, you can do so by following the confirmation link you received when you signed up.)
  2. Be active on those platforms during the readathon.
  3. Use some method of tracking your time. This can include your phone’s stopwatch function or a digital stopwatch (preferred) or a written time tracker, but your 24 hours must be clearly recorded. (If you need a digital stopwatch, Google “stopwatch.”)
  4. In the post that goes up at the end of the readathon, you’ll be able to submit your info and proof of 24 hours of reading. You’ll also be asked to note whether you’re US-based or international.
  5. You’ll have 48 hours after the end of the readathon to submit this proof, after which the form will be closed.

Obviously, your proof is on the honor system and, while I’m thrilled to be able to offer these prize packages, please don’t abuse it.

Now for the fun part!

Prize Pack #1:

$50 gift card to the Book Riot Store, courtesy of Book Riot
“Read or Die” T-Shirt, courtesy of Book Riot
Dick: a card game based on the novel by Herman Melville


Prize Pack #2:

$50 gift card to Litographs.com, courtesy of Litographs
A tote from Graywolf Press
Bards Dispense Profanity: a party game based on the works of William Shakespeare



International Prize Pack

$50 worth of books from Book Depository, courtesy of Jen Shoots Weddings
Your choice of one Penguin item (see link for options) from The Literary Gift Company


Questions? Leave a comment or send me an email at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com!