Hour Zero: Social Distancing #24in48 Readathon

Helloooo Readers!

While this is not exactly the situation in which we’d hoped to be back with you, we are happy to be able to gather our little community together and maybe spend a few days curled up with a book (or eight) and not leaving the house. More and more of us are under lockdown or shelter-in-place rules, and while we stay in our houses, we welcome you to social distance, stay home, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and read.

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The guidelines for this #24in48 weekend are going to be a bit different than normal. We’re not doing prizes or challenges. Check-ins will happen every 12 hours here and every six hours on Twitter and Instagram (Facebook will receive automatic pushes, but we won’t be checking in there and Litsy will not be updated at all for this round. However, we encourage you to use your favorite platform to keep up with your community). And no logging titles on Goodreads.

The ‘thon will run as normal from 12:01am EDT Saturday, March 21st (oh hai, that’s now!) to 11:59pm EDT Sunday, March 22nd. You are welcome to shoot for 24 hours, but we won’t be asking for proof in a check-in for prizes at the end. Our only goal (yes, your hosts too) is to spend some time escaping from the world and getting lost in a book. We will be reading all weekend as well (hence the scaled down check-ins and backend work), and we want to encourage everyone to use the #StayHome24in48 hashtag to connect with each other.

Especially if you’re having trouble focusing on books. I know very few people who aren’t struggling with concentrating – on anything, let alone a book – so be patient with yourselves if the pages just aren’t turning. Even if you easily hit 24 hours (and even if you didn’t) in previous readathons, don’t be surprised if you struggle this time around.

Sleep, take walks (but practice good social distancing; stay 6 ft apart from people not in your household) and listen to audiobooks, stretch, eat good food, and stay cozy, friend.

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We’ll see you back here in 12 hours at noon EDT. We’re so happy to see you and to be back with this incredible community.

17 thoughts on “Hour Zero: Social Distancing #24in48 Readathon

  1. Good morning, everybody! Looking forward to this readthon and to getting to know new people! Checking in from Germany, not on lockdown yet, but I have been working from home for a week and only have been outside when I needed to do a spot of shopping. Got up two hours ago and spent 1:45 of those listening to my current audiobook, False Value by Ben Aaronovitch. See you later, thanks for hosting this!

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  2. Katie H says:

    Thank you for doing this. Reading is the best distraction from such a scary reality. Looking forward to a weekend in a fictional world.

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  3. Thanks so much for doing this. The community has always been the best part of #24in48, just knowing so many people are reading around the world at the same time and sharing their favorite reads on social media. Glad you’re all taking the time to read, as well!

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  4. Thank y’all for doing this. This is one of my favorite readathons to participate in so I was so excited when y’all announced it. I’ve already finished one book so far and will be starting book two when I can catch up on some other things.

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  5. Joan Whitney says:

    I have read 7 hours and am jus happy to relax, isolating, and escape in my books. I have slept and read and am going to use Audible too. I am enjoying the camaraderie of fellow Facebook club friends and hearing about both our lives now and the books we are reading. Right now I am reading an ARC of The Queen’s Secret and plan to start the audible of A Woman is No Man. I will be happy with any amount of hours I accrue as it is helping me get out of the bedlam outside my apartment and remind myself to live in the present and escape through books.

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  6. Isti Sara Rika Sari says:

    Love love this idea! I would like to try this with our high school students. They are reluctant readers so I thought I would challenge them with this! There are over 1500 students, most of them are in China but the teachers are in different time zones. Im my self a librarian stuck in Indonesia. We are using Canvas, Microsoft teams, zoom and wechat to connect so far. Could you please help me how to organize this and how to get everyone excited?? Thank you in advance!

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