Hour 48: The End!

WE DID IT! We made it the full 48 hours! I’m so thrilled for every last one of you. More than 1,300 readers participated this weekend and I hope you all had a great time.

Before we can wrap this thing up and put it (and ourselves) to bed, we’ve got a few last things to take care of. Namely, winners of the Hour 42 Literary Dinner Party challenge:

Heike (@inwhichHeikereadsharder on Litsy)

Katy Alice (@thegirlinthegarret on Instagram)

Ashley McMillan (@swishandflick on Litsy)

Jocelyn Bailey (@thebookhooker on Instagram)

Kathy W. (@MsWebberUC on Twitter)

Alisha Soto (@endlessreader on Twitter)

Kaitlyn Dawn (@121books on Twitter)

Jessica (@JPeterson on Litsy)

Frank McGeough (@fmcgeough on Twitter)

Lynn Andryshak (@lmandryshak on Instagram)

If you can, I’d love to know how this readathon went for all of you, anything you’d change, your favorite books, etc. So leave a comment with answers to this closing survey:

  1. How many books did you read? Pages? (If you didn’t keep track, tell me that too!)
  2. How many hours did you read?
  3. What do you think worked well in this readathon?
  4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?
  5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon?

And thanks to our friends at Book Riot, all readathon participants will be getting an email with a 25% discount code for their store. So keep your eyes peeled for that. Thank you to the whole BR gang for going above and beyond for this ‘thon.

Since I know you’re all dying to mark your calendars, the next 24in48 readathon will be on….

January 27-28, 2018!!

Lastly, if you finished a full 24 hours of reading, you’re eligible to win one of four amazing prize packs. Fill out this form, including your proof of hours read, before midnight ET on Tuesday, July 25th.

Thanks once again for joining me and my fellow co-hosts Kristen and Kerry. It’s been a great time.

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Hour 45: Yew Kan Dew Eet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can’t deny that when the Doctor is right, the Doctor is right. You’re so close to the finish line, guys! Can you smell it? That’s the smell of success (unless you didn’t take a shower today… then maybe that smell is you….)

A super quick reminder to double-check all the previous posts to see if your name has been announced as a prize winner this weekend. If it has, you’ll need to go hit up the Prize page and make your selections. And if you’ve hit the 24-hour mark or think you’re going to, don’t forget that you’ll need to record proof of your time in the Hour 48 post after this thing is all over and you’ll only have two days to do so.

And don’t forget you’ve got three more hours to enter the Hour 42 Literary Dinner Party Challenge.

Time for the last door prize winners of the readathon, and one more shout out to all of our amazing prize sponsors for providing such great giveaways. Give them a thanks when you can! This wouldn’t be possible without them.

Heather Gorman (@heather_ogorman on Twitter)

Deborah (@beatccr on Twitter)

Michelle (@gruxita on Twitter)

Sarah (@Sarrie on Litsy)

Shona Lawrence (@anovelobsession on Litsy)

Rebecca (@rebeccamc_00 on Twitter)

Jana Christensen (@jananzareads on Instagram)

Danielle C (@perseph0neinnana on Instagram)

Three hours to go, kids! You got this!

Hour 42: Literary Dinner Party

One of the very best parts of readathon is the food (trust me on this). I am all about planning my snacks and meals in advance, and the name of the game is, ALL THE CARBS. I try to eat healthy, I promise, but then again,  mac & cheese exists in the world. It’s only a problem if you say it’s a problem, right?

I say, combat the sneaking suspicion that food and books are not as closely related as you might think by dreaming up your perfect dinner party. Who would you most like to attend a bookish dinner party with? Authors (living or dead), fictional characters, anything goes. That’s your next challenge: which five bookish people (or animals, I’m not picky) would be around your perfect literary dinner table?

Post a comment with your dinner party guest list; you have until Hour 48 at midnight ET tonight to enter.

And now for the winners of the Hour 36 Swagilicious challenge:

Devin (@devinfeyded on Instagram)

Benni (@books.and.coco on Instagram)

Nicole Dunton (@nickelgrl1986 on Twitter)

Katja Nielsen (@Kalalalatja on Litsy)

Andrea C (@acc5446 on Litsy)

Christina (@CAhnBooks on Twitter)

Sarah @ Reviews & Readathons

Marisa (@marisagbooks on Instagram)

Janet Goodell (@jangoodell on Twitter)

Jenna (@novels_netflix on Twitter)

Congrats and head over to the Prize page now to pick your swag.

Hour 39: Read Your Pants Off!

Okay, maybe don’t read your pants off if you’re in public, but like, stretchy pants are for sure encouraged. We’re just under 10 hours until this readathon thing wraps up and things are getting crazy up in here. There’s been a lot of wonderful chatter, some very hardcore reading, and participants from all over the world, some of whom are already done with their readathons. It’s the middle of the afternoon for official readathon clock watchers, and if you’re blessed with lovely, not miserable weather right now, do the rest of us a favor and take your blanket and do a little of this (full marks for swapping a puppy in for a heteronormative bae):

Don’t forget, you can still post your bookish swag photos in the Hour 36 challenge for another three hours.

We’ve still got plenty of prizes up for grabs, so let’s give away some more!

Cloud (@cloudsriser on Instagram)

Carolyn (@carbail on Litsy)

Kate Keehan (@preteavivre on Twitter)

Jade (@jade.elizabeth.c on Instagram)

Melissa Baron (@melissabaron4 on Twitter)

Vicki (@escreations on Twitter)

Samantha (cozyafternoons.wordpress.com)

Tamara (@northerngrl on Litsy)

I’ll see you back here in three hours!

Hour 36: Swagalicious

I LURVE good bookish stuff. Like, absolutely adore it. (If you needed proof of my adoration, check out my weekly Book Fetish column over at Book Riot.) My closet is practically overflowing with the literary tees and totes (seriously, Rach, how many bookish tote bags do you need?) But I can’t stop, won’t stop.

Some of my favorite bookish swag enablers (ahem…retailers…) have been kind enough to donate some amazing prizes to this round of readathon, and I figured I can’t be the only one that loves their bookish swag. For this hour’s challenge task, post a picture in the comments with all your best bookish gear. Mugs, tees, totes, jewelry, show me what you got! This challenge will be open until Hour 42.

(My poor wallet is going to weep, isn’t it?)

It’s noon on the official readathon clock. Which sounds like prize time to me. Here are the challenge winners from our Hour 24 Spine Poetry challenge.

Daan (@TheLibraryMonster on Litsy)

Natasha Krahn (@tashajk72 on Instagram)

Sarah Yarbrough (@sarahy531 on Instagram)

LizPixie (@lizpixie on Litsy)

Pauliina Vuorinen (@puna_bella on Instagram)

Soubhi (@soubhiville on Litsy)

Angela (@proudbookjunk on Twitter)

Jennifer Singh (@jas16 on Litsy)

Matilda H. (@matilda_the_dandelion on Instagram)

Maggie Dodge (@mdodge on Litsy)

We’re 3/4 of the way done, people! You can do it!

Hour 33: Get Up and Move It, Move It

You wouldn’t think that you’d be sleepy first thing in the morning, but then you do the 24in48 readathon and you realize that you can be sleepy and/or hungry ANY TIME. So start your day with some simple stretches or a little exercise to get your blood flowing and help you stay awake and ready to go for the rest of the day.

Throw an audiobook in your ears and take a walk or run or do a simple vinyasa yoga sequence if that’s your thing. I like these if you’re looking for something new.  Whatever you do, I promise you’ll feel better once you’ve gotten your heart rate up.

Know what else gets the heart rate up? Winning some prizes! Here are a few more door prize winners. If you’ve won, don’t forget to go over to the Prize page and pick your spoils in the form.

Jolene Foster  (@p_j_foster on Twitter)

Sheryl (@Ubookquitous on Litsy)

Charlotte (@Charl08 on Litsy)

Melissa (@meldaunt on Instagram)

Sheila Bigelow (@sbigelow4kids on Twitter)

Stephanie Broad (@timetoread___ on Twitter)

Cherie Lampley (@cheriedlampley on Instagram)

Vanessa (@neverbefore on Twitter)

And don’t forget you’ve got another three hours to enter the Hour 30 Spine Poetry challenge!

Hour 30: Write Me a Verse

Good morning, fine people! It’s 6am by my watch and we’ve got a WHOLE ‘NOTHER DAY OF READING IN FRONT OF US! ISN’T IT EXCITING??

I’m super pumped (especially since Sunday is usually the day I actually get to read things). It’s a much more chill day, as readers either buckle down to try to hit 24 hours or realize they’ll probably fall short and decide to just read for the sake of reading. Whichever you are, just know that I’m super proud of you and there is no failure in spending the whole weekend reading. So keep going, turn those pages, and keep cheering each other on.

One way to wake your brain up and get ready for the new day of reading is to make some art. Specifically, give me your very best spine poetry. What is spine poetry? It’s using the titles of books on the spines to create a little verse. Here’s one of my favorite examples in recent memory:

Leave a comment and include a photo (or a link to a photo) of your best spine poetry. You have until Hour 36 to enter!

Now for the winners of Hour 24’s Snack and Stacks challenge:

Meg L  (@Ebooksandcooks on Twitter)

Chessa (@chessakat on Twitter)

Katarina Pearson (@katthekittycat on Twitter)

Tonya (@the_hero_of_books on Instagram)

Nina Carboni (@yeah_i_read)

Dayna Smith  (@Iceangel9)

Rachel Purtteman (@DGRachel on Litsy)

Ann Cox (@ferskner on Litsy)

Lesley (@eyelit on Litsy)

Tracy (@tracy_anne8 on Litsy)

If you didn’t win here, don’t forget to go back and check the other posts to see if you won earlier. Then head to the prize page to pick your spoils!