Hour 27: Warding off the Sleepies

On the official readathon time clock, it’s the wee hours of the morning (3am to be precise), but with such an awesome contingent of around-the-world readers, we know there are ‘thoners out there reading up a storm. Our fearless leader, Rachel, is in the middle of the day in her time zone, but your trusty co-hosts Kristen and Kerry are likely curled up beneath a massive stack of blankets trying to catch a few 3am zzzs before tomorrow’s reading.

Whether you’re sleeping or reading at this very moment, know that we’re all cheering for you. Even Beyonce!

Pro tip: If you’re feeling sleepy and trying to read on through it, some pro-‘thoners suggest switching books to something lighter to keep yourself motivated through the sleepy hours. Don’t be afraid to set aside something that isn’t keeping your attention; you can always come back to it later.

Before we get back to reading (or sleeping, as the case may be), a few door prize winners!

Robyn Schwartzman
Linda Wachlarz
Linda Hurley
Alexandra Endress
Kody Ryan Munson
Neha Kalani

Winners, check out the prize page to claim your door prize.

And don’t forget to check back for another round of challenges to come, starting at Hour 30.

Hour 24: We’re Halfway There!

We’re at the halfway point!!! Or at least the official time clock is at the halfway point. If you’re reading this as it posts, you’re either up late like me (Kerry) or not on the East Coast of the US (which is a whole damn lot of you!). Either way, we’re SO PROUD of what you’ve done so far, and you should be too. Give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back, would you?

We’re moving into the second half of this readathon, and we have no doubt you guys are going to crush your reading goals. Remember that the second day of this thing can be harder than the first; you’ve made some progress, and your brain keeps trying to think about other things (Netflix, or to-do lists, or getting ready for Monday, or what have you). But as a community, we know we can support each other through those tempting non-reading moments, and get back to the books. That’s not to say you shouldn’t give yourself a break, of course–the whole point of 24in48 is that we prioritize reading while still leaving room for other non-reading activities over the course of a weekend. So if you need a nap, or a walk, or a quick dose of television, don’t kick yourself over it! You do you. You’re perfect, never change.

Before we move on, we’ve got some prize winners!

From the Hour Zero Intro  Survey Challenge:

Corrie McMurtry
Danielle Bowen
Sherie Gordon
Ryan A. Franklin
Erin @erin_el_issa
Jennifer Miller-Smith
Hannah Ens
Jackie Edwards
Vanessa L. @YouReadMyEyes
Rebekah @adventuresinpages

And from the Hour 18 Challenge:

Michelle @beckesequus
Melissa Fetterman
Patty B
Sara Hendrix
Hannah Borden
Rebecca Jo Vincent
Myriam Daoust

Head on over to the prize page to claim your prize. And stay tuned for more challenges to come in the next few hours. Until then, happy reading!

Hour 21: Go Away, I’m Reading

Kristen here again, with your hour 21 check-in, door prize winters, and a readathon pet peeve.

At this point, I’ve been ‘thon-ing all day. I’m ensconced in my comfort zone, got my laptop going for the behind the scenes action, my book open for every moment of reading I can grab, and usually two snoring dogs surrounding me.

This is the moment my partner decides to stop by my reading cave and chat. “How’s it going? What are you reading now? How many hours have you finished? You haven’t finished that yet?”

You’d think he’d have learned by now.

BUT. Now that we’ve broken your silence, TELL US WHAT YOU’RE READING.

What’s the most surprising book you read today? The most compelling? The funniest? Saddest? Here at 24in48 HQ, we’re always looking for perfect ‘thon reads (not that our TBRs need any assistance).

If you haven’t hydrated recently, go do that! If you haven’t eaten a single veggie, maybe mix some into your snack situation. 

Stretch, breathe deep, and carry on. You’re. Doing. Great.

Don’t forget to complete the Hour 18 Challenge before Hour 24! This hour’s door prize winners areeeeeeee (that long “e” is totally a drumroll):

Jessica Dubois

Alondra Minor

Kayla @kaylaraeintheway

Rebecca Demaree

Stephanie @itsstephalger

Lady @ FreeFormLady

Go forth and claim your prizes!

Hour 18: From Page to Screen

I don’t know about you guys, but it has been a fan-freakin-tastic day of reading. I’m so impressed with all of the amazing encouragement you’re giving each other all over social media and the number of books you’re putting away.

Before you get back to your reading, I’ve got your Hour 12 winners. So many great first lines you guys have in your stacks! (Don’t forget, you can still enter the Hour Zero Intro Survey challenge.)

Valerie Lovin

Emily Smith

Dayna Smith

Misty Swafford

Julie @strixalucobooks

Lyubov Niemann

Margaret Dodge

Areli Joy Esguerra

Cindy @LSUChalmation

Stephanie @allshesays

If your name is listed, head over to the Prize page and make your picks.

This hour’s challenge is all about book-to-screen adaptations. As much as we love the books, sometimes a story’s film version makes us equally all heart-eyes emojis.

Personally, I can’t get enough of the recent adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd and my cohost Kristen brought me the prettiest UK edition when she went to Ireland last fall so I can finally read the book.

In the form, tell us your favorite book to movie adaptation, extra bookworm points if you own both the book and the movie. 

Hour 15: Shake Things Up

FRIENDS. We’re 15 hours into this thing! We’re hitting our stride! We’re assessing our snack piles, stretching our limbs, and checking in with each other.

For us old hats, this is inevitably the time when we assess all systems. Is this chair comfortable? Are we getting sleepy? Is there enough light? Are we really enjoying this book, or is it dragging? Do we need a caffeine boost?

While the answer to that last question is almost always yes, wherever you find yourself at this moment, the best laid plans almost always go awry. You plan on reading five books and only get through two. You’re gonna knock out 18 hours on the first day, but you fall asleep on the couch and now you’re behind.

This hour is also when we remind you to take a deep breath and switch things up. There’s no wrong way to do this readathon, AND there’s no right way. Make your own reading magic however you can. Check in online to get some support. Move to a different room. Switch up your format or genre, or take a break altogether.

Share your favorite way to maintain your readathon mojo in the comments below, and don’t forget to complete the Hour 12 Challenge!

This hour’s door prize winners:

Ashley Nicoletto

Christine Traner

Daena Diaz

Melissa Flim

Sabrina Unrein

Callie Pastor

Head over to the prize page to claim your goodies!


Hour 12: Fantastic First Lines

Happy mid-Saturday, readers! I trust everyone has been reading along at a good clip this morning. Have you finished your first book of the weekend yet? What about your 2nd or 3rd? If you listened to Kristen at Hour Six, you started with a short, fast read and are motoring along nicely.

So I won’t keep you from getting back to it for very long. First, we’ve got your Hour Six winners:

Sara Nies
Reanna Hampton
Sarah Yarbrough
Kacie Roberts
Brooke @slightlyfoxed
Kimberly Bower
Lynn Andryshak
Laura Kain
Anna @elianto27
Allison Ivy
Alexis Ennis
Tanya @elemenopew
Windy Dozier

Go check out the Prize page and make your choice.

Now for your next challenge! We love catchy first lines around here. The best first lines of a book will hook your attention and intrigue you and encourage you to keep reading. Not every book’s first line needs to be dazzling, but the ones that are really shine. Take for instance this perfect example from The World Exchange by Alena Graeddon:

“On a very cold and lonely Friday last November, my father disappeared
from the Dictionary.”

For this challenge, open each book in your 24in48 stack and, in the form below, share the most intriguing first line.

Don’t forget that if you post a photo of your first line on social, use the #24in48 hashtag so everyone can share in the challenge fun. We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours at Hour 18, so make sure you check back. You’ve also got 12 more hours to enter the Hour Zero Intro Survey challenge.

Hour 9: I’m Totally Awake

HELLO AGAIN. It’s time for another check-in (and door prizes!).

Most likely, I (Kristen) am just waking up because my dogs were too cuddly and warm and leaving my bed seemed difficult, and I’m stumbling into the shower to become human. Rachel doesn’t move until she coffees, I don’t coffee until I shower. Kerry has usually run 30 miles or something by now. We all have our morning processes.

Now that I’m awake, I’ll say good morning! We’re about 20% of the way through this thing, and it’s All. Going. Great.

How do I know that?! You’re here, you’re reading, and those are two of my favorite things. This readathon means a lot to me, and watching it grown and morph into an even better version of itself every year is one of my greatest joys.

What are you reading? How are you doing? Are you just getting started, or rolling on into hour nine like a champ? Let us know in the comments, or tag us in a post on social media using #24in48!

Also, don’t forget to complete the Hour 6 Reading Nostalgia Challenge (winner announced in Hour 12!), and I’m gonna give y’all another reminder about the Intro Survey! And now…the door prize winners!

Theresa M Emig
Katharine @Kathareads
Jennifer Crawford
Shonda Brewer
Elizabeth @lavidasegunlily
Nubia Rivera
Karena Fagen
Kristine Lewis

Head on over to the prize page to claim your loot!