Hour 30: Flying Under The Radar (Challenge)

*yawn* — *coffee pot noises* — *dogs grumbling as I move from the bed*

It’s 6am on day two, my favorite day of the ‘thon. For me, day two usually consists of extra coffee, cozy blankets, catching up on the hashtag, and some dedicated hunkering down to try and hit 24 hours.

This time around, Kerry & I are hunkering in a hotel together, while Rachel keeps on with her second-annual hunkering in a hotel in Dubai. The hotel edition of #24in48. Over the years, we’ve progressively retreated from everyone who isn’t ‘thonning on 24in48 weekend…and I’m not mad about it.

Wherever you are—hotel or not—and however much you’ve read, I’m happy you’re here. Reading for the sake of reading with a community of other readers across the world is the most important part of this weekend. You’ve dedicated your weekend to reading and connecting, and that’s a win all by itself.

matilda reading and laughing

A laughing Matilda reading a stack of books

To kick off our second day, it’s time for another challenge! We’re always excited about our challenges, but we’re particularly excited about this one.

We wanna know what your favorite, under-the-radar book.

You know what we mean. That book no one ever talks about that was one of the best reading experiences of your life. That book you think about when people ask what your favorite book is, and it’s too personal or too sad or too moving or too important to you to share. Alternatively, this prompt also covers that book that is under-the-radar that you wish more people knew about so you could finally have someone to obsess about it with. Whatever the situation, we want to know about this book (and what about it makes you love it so much, if you want to share).

In the spirit of you-show-me-yours-and-I’ll-show-you-mine, here’s an ‘ol Instagram post of my favorite under-the-radar read from the past few years:

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Screenshot of cohost Kristen’s Instagram post featuring Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi

If you’re posting a photo of your entry on social media, don’t forget to use the official hashtag #24in48 so other readers can find you, and tag us so we can see! We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours (Hour 36), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!

4 thoughts on “Hour 30: Flying Under The Radar (Challenge)

  1. Daphne Frieden says:

    The Speed of Dark is an amazing book by Elizabeth Moon. It is great to start discussion about disability and whether everything needs to be fixed…perhaps most poignant for me is that it makes one question whether the cure is worth it.

    “In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Lou Arrendale, a high-functioning autistic adult, is a member of the lost generation, born at the wrong time to reap the rewards of medical science. He lives a low-key, independent life. But then he is offered a chance to try a brand-new experimental “cure” for his condition. With this treatment Lou would think and act and be just like everyone else. But if he was suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself? Would he still love the same classical music—with its complications and resolutions? Would he still see the same colors and patterns in the world—shades and hues that others cannot see? Most important, would he still love Marjory, a woman who may never be able to reciprocate his feelings? Now Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that might completely change the way he views the world . . . and the very essence of who he is.”


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