HOUR 45: Friends Forever

Ok, friends. Fair warning: I’m happy, I’m book-drunk, I spent the weekend working on one of the most amazing book projects I know of with two of the most amazing women I know. I’m about to get sappy on you.

See, the thing about #24in48 is that it’s more than just a reading event. It’s a worldwide, simultaneous readalong. It’s a chance to share your love of books with other readers. It’s also a chance to get to know those other readers. And sure, those bookternet friendships may start on the internet, but they can blossom into so, so much more.

So as we stare down the last few hours of another #24in48, let’s take a moment to appreciate the community of this weekend. The incredible people all around the world who love books just as much as you do. The internet friendships that become lifelong friendships. Here’s to all of you.

If you stuck through all that sappiness to the very end, you’re in luck! Because I’ve got more door prize winners for you:

Julianne @ Outlandish Lit

Christie Aguasin

Viktoria Metodieva

Danielle Rocha Gonzales 

Kate Waggoner

Rachel Rencher

Samantha Garrett

Chantel McCray

Janice Friedel

Dominique Marlow

Check out the Prize Page to select your prize. And don’t forget to check the past hourly posts to see if you won an earlier door or challenge prize.

co-hosts Kerry, Rachel, and Kristen offer cheers from a boat in a selfie taken by Kristen

Cheers from your three co-hosts!

And now I’m off to the books, sending bookish love to all of you and to my fellow co-hosts around the world.

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

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HOUR 39: Everybody Move!

Remember when Andre the Giant parts the crowd for Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride? He’s so imposing that all he has to do is shout and everyone scatters:

“Everybody move!”

Well, picture me shouting this at you. Not that you have to scatter, of course, but this far into the ‘thon, it’s time to get up and move around. Have a little dance party, get yourself a glass of water, go for a walk around the block, do some downward-facing dog, find a new reading spot, shake out your arms, stretch your neck and back. Whatever your fancy, find a way to move, adjust, and realign yourself for the home stretch of this magical weekend. Because we’ve got less than 10 hours to go!

Before you all get up to move, check out this hour’s door prize winners:

Cassandra Lozano

Erin Walton

Dida Hernandez

Rebecca Bailey

Meg lawson

Jill Kilgore

Rob Brock

Lilli Burril

Nancy Wiseman

Kendra Winchester

Check out the Prize Page to claim your prize if your name was pulled here (and be sure to check the past hourly posts to see if you won a previous door or challenge prize, too).

And now, MOVE!

Dance Party!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

 

HOUR 33: We’re on to Day Two!

I’m awake! I’m awake! It’s 9am here at HQ, and co-hosts Kristen and I are officially starting Day 2 (Rachel has been on Day 2 for a while now because she’s in the future, a.k.a. time zones are crazy like that). We’re showered, we’re coffee-ed, we’re curled up with our laptops and book stacks, and we’re ready to go.

I love these morning hours because it’s the time when the three of us are all awake at the same time, comparing notes and handing off tasks and trying to make things operate as smoothly as possible on the backend. But I also love the morning hours because they are full of a new, fresh (and hopefully well-rested!) energy for those of us just waking up. And we can help recharge those of you who have been going strong for hours while we all slept the night away!

While we’re all three awake, then, let’s hear the all of it. What’s the best book you’ve read so far? Have you made any new bookternet friends? Added things to your TBR list? Taken a bunch of naps? Eaten the best snacks? Do tell, do tell.

And, lest you thought I forgot, I’m coming at you with some fresh door prize winners:

Melissa Railey

Barbara Walker

Katie Charles

Kelly Grissel

Kate Kaput

Nicole Sinclair

Libby Gregory

Kailee McMahon

Heather Horgan

Pamela Horton

As per the usual, check out the Prize Page to select your swag if your name’s listed above, and don’t forget to check the past hourly posts to see if you won an earlier door or challenge prize.

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 27: Do the Thing!

We’re past the halfway point, and you all are DOING THE THING. Gosh, my bookish little heart could just explode with happiness (in my dreams, of course, because in my time zone, it’s 3am and I am definitely, absolutely fast asleep).

(This is me, cheering for you all right now.)

If it’s not the middle of the night where you are (or even if it is! Some people don’t need sleep as much as I do, I suppose…), check in and let us all know how it’s going. What are you reading? How are you feeling? What’s been the best part so far?

And if you have a few minutes, don’t forget to take a glance at the #24in48 hashtag to cheer on other participants. You might even connect with someone else in your time zone for real-time chats.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget to pull some new door prize winners before I headed to bed for the night.

Mallory (@maladymilady)

Katie (@kjrogers3)

Claudia Rollo

Kendra Allen

Danielle Murray

Monica Sue-Ann Matthews-Rios

Gargi (@captain_lunareine)

Mary Clements

Savannah Dickerson

Amanda Huggett

If you see your name here (or on any of the past hourly posts!), check the Prize Page to select your prize. And stay tuned for more chances to win for the rest of the day!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 21: The Doctor Will See You Now

We’ve been going *almost* 24 hours, and I know that some of you are probably starting to wane. But never fear! The Doctor is here to help.The Doctor yells with the caption, "When people need help, I never refuse."

You hear that? The Doctor never refuses. So as a reminder, you are doing a FANTASTIC job.The Doctor smiles with the caption, "Fantastic." No, really, you are.Ok, now that we’ve convinced you of the excellent work you’re all doing, let’s grab some new door prize winners!

Keltie Robertson

Bethany Vos

Alex Klein

Lori Murray

Kelly L. (@library_fairy)

Rachel Despins

Carrie Anderson

Sara P. Campbell

Tanya Sutton

Jess Roberts

Scoot over to the Prize Page to pick your prize if you won (and don’t forget to check past hourly posts to see if you won earlier today!).

Now… back to the books! You got this!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 15: Live Footage from #24in48 HQ

And now, for live footage from the #24in48 HQ, where your co-hosts are happily liking, sharing, and admiring all of the wonderful bookish posts and goodness happening out there in the interwebs:a black cat with white paws types frantically at a keyboard

But to be serious for a moment: we love, love, love seeing all of you reading all across the world for this amazing event. It warms our little hearts. That said, there’s only three of us, and we can’t promise to see, comment, cheer on every post out there (despite our best efforts!). So if you have a few minutes today or tomorrow, or find yourself itching for a short book break, don’t forget to peruse the #24in48 hashtag on your social media platform of choice to cheer on other readers!

Meanwhile, we’ll be over here pretending to read books but really refreshing all the ‘thon’s social channels to be sure not to miss a single update from all of you.

But before you go, let’s pull some new door prize winners, shall we?

Ariel Barney

Megan Marie Lessard

Kristina Floyd

Caroline (@writereadplan)

Maya (@hooked_to_the_book)

Joshua Miller

Jenn (@reluctantwordthief)

Sam McNeely

Harshmi Shah

Sara Hendrix

If you see your name here (or on any of the other prize pulls in past hourly posts), hop over to the Prize Page to select your prize. And if you haven’t seen your name come up yet, keep on checking! We’ll keep drawing door and challenge prize winners across the rest of the weekend.

🚨 You must be officially signed up to be eligible for door prizes and challenge prizes, and you have until the end of day one to do so. You can search the participant list here to make sure you’re signed up, or if you know that you aren’t, go right to the sign-up form. 🚨

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 9: The One Where We’re All Awake

It’s Hour 9, and by the official Readathon clock, that makes it 9am for Kerry & Kristen and 6pm for Rachel. The upside to being in different time zones is that someone is always awake to man the 24in48 ship during the weekend; the downside is that we aren’t always awake at the same time, so we miss out on chances to catch up with each other. But Hour 9 is one of my favorites because it’s the one when all three of your hosts are reliably all awake, which means you get extra co-host attention (and we get a shot at actually reading a few pages of a book here and there between hosting duties!). Rose, Blanche and Dorothy from The Golden Girls huddle together with the caption, "We should celebrate."So much celebrating to be done! But first, breakfast (or dinner for Rachel). And books. And then more books. I (Kerry) spent this week trying to wrap up all my partially finished reads so I could start today with a blank slate, and I’m so excited to dive into my stack and decide what to read first. Should I pick something short and sweet? Or a chunkster to see me through the day? What’s your technique?

Oh — and don’t worry, we didn’t forget door prize winners!

Kaitlyn (@topkatiewho)

Emily (@spookyemily13)

Suzanne (@sfbeavers)

Christina Hufford

Alex DiGennaro

Angela Musall

Alexa (@alexa.reads)

Melissa Hamm

Kathy Spellman

Kirsten Griffith

If you won a door prize, head on over to the prize page to take your pick of prizes. If you didn’t win, don’t forget to keep checking back as we’re pulling door and challenge prize winners every few hours! (Which reminds me, be sure to check back through the past posts to see if you already won earlier in the day.) And you still have lots of time to enter the Intro Survey challenge from Hour Zero.

🚨 You must be officially signed up to be eligible for door prizes and challenge prizes, and you have until the end of day one to do so. You can search the participant list here to make sure you’re signed up, or if you know that you aren’t, go right to the sign-up form. 🚨

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!