Hour 36: Self-Isolation Ambiance

The world feels pretty quiet these days. I don’t mean the internet (we’re proof of that this weekend!); I mean the world. I mean when I open the windows, when we walk our dogs, when I take a break from my indoor quarantine to stand barely just a smidge outside my front door (when there are no other people outside and also not touching anything) and try and recharge my heart from the sunshine.

Any other time, I think I’d revel in it. Right now, it’s a little eerie. I’ve been seeking out something to fill the noise. Right now, that looks like me, sitting in my reading chair, facing our TV with a virtual fireplace running on the screen. Earlier, it sounded like this reading soundtrack on Spotify. Maybe for you, it’s the Gryffindor common room.

I’m new to the world of ASMR reading ambiance, but I know a lot of you aren’t! Do you have favorites? Tips and tricks? Good places for us to find new ones? Share em in the comments, or with our dedicated hashtag for the weekend, and let’s get even cozier.

Wash your hands. Drink water. We love you.

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Hour 24: the halftime show

Happy second midnight (well, for your east coast hosts), readers! 👋

Time is a weird thing these days with most of us isolated/quarantined, and tracking it this weekend is helping me feel like I’m getting back on track with knowing, you know, what “days” and “clocks” mean again. ⏰

Whether it’s your first or second or tenth time with us, we hope you’re loving a weekend devoted to books and turning the uncertainty around us into something as positive as we can. 📚

These days, I’ve been thinking a lot about what matters, what deserves energy and focus, what I want to devote my intention to. And my people, my community, and my books? They’re on the top of the list. I hope you’re finding that to be true for you, too. 💖

Now that we’re halfway through this thing, we want to remind you to make sure you’re hydrating and moving! Do some yoga in your living room or have a dance party in your kitchen. Whatever it looks like, leave your nest for a few minutes and get that blood pumping. 🧘💃

Don’t worry, we’ll be here when you get back.

Hour 42: Your Favorite One Challenge

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Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of happy readers, it is the music of a group who is sad the last challenge is here, but ready to rock this thing… (I don’t know, Les Mis just felt right, I’m running low on coffee).

We’ve got one last challenge for you, 24in48ers, and this one is brought to you by our partners at Flatiron Books and Algonquin.

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For this summer’s final challenge, we want you to look back on the books you’ve read this weekend and tell us what your favorite one was, and why.

Be sure to tag your post using our hashtag (#24in48) so that other readers can find you and, you know, add to that ever-growing mountain we call our TBRs.

Submit your challenge entry here or through the embedded form below, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing to win a copy of one of the following titles: 

📘 The Lightest Object in The Universe, 📕 The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, 📗 The Darwin Affair📚 Dominicana, 📙 American Dirt

For our international participants, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

You have until Hour 48 to enter this challenge.

Before you get back to the books, help us congratulate our winners from our Hour 36 Literary Loot Challenge! If you see your name below, keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize! 

Meg BeeRE Sawyer
Naomi WilsonSteph Firby
Kristi LarsonSabella Dunne
Kristen HarveyValerie Tincher
Brooke ScegielKimberly Amico
Audra RussellTiffany Loveland
Yuchen douAlicia Pender

Don’t forget to log any books you finish here, and to interact with your fellow readers using the hashtag #24in48.

Hour 36: Literary Loot Challenge

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Hour 36 marks the start of the final quarter of 24in48, and we know that it’s crunch time for a lot of readers who are aiming to hit that 24-hour mark. Whether you’re closing in on that goal or only read for a few hours this weekend, you’re doing  amazing, and we’re SO thrilled that you’ve joined us and spent this weekend with a community of readers across the world.

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For this hour’s challenge—which is brought to you by our longtime amazing partners at Out of Print—we want y’all to do one of our favorite things as readers: show off that literary loot.

You know what I mean. The mugs, the totes, the shirts. The Funko figures, the stickers, the pins. You love it, we love it, and we want to see it so show us that book swag, folks.

You can submit your challenge entry here or in the embedded form below, and you’ll entered to win one of Out of Print’s Bookshelf Mugs, Velocireader Shirts, or TBR Socks

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Some of cohost Kristen’s favorite swag

For our international participants, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

Before you get back to the books, help us congratulate our winners from our Hour 30 YA & Middle Grade Challenge! If you see your name below, keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize! 

Nicole SpencerMisty SwaffordAlison MorrowAlexis Ennis
Crisna Caroline Alves PereiraRobyn LawMeg Lawson Tori M Stanley
Sarah YarbroughAnaya JonesJennifer HarmonLuna (bookishluna)
Katee HolznagelLaura MyersChrissy JordanElyza Oswald
Jessica HomStacie MayMorgan CornellChessa Hickox

Don’t forget to log any books you finish here, and to interact with your fellow readers using the hashtag #24in48.

Hour 30: YA & Middle Grade Challenge

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It’s early morning on the East Coast, my dogs are snoring, and the coffee is brewing as I take in the magic of my favorite day of the ‘thon.

Whether it’s Winter 24in48 or Summer 24in48, day two always feels a bit cozier in that perfect reading way, where the world is quiet and soft around the edges and you sink into your books with the knowledge that somewhere out there, a whole bunch of other readers are doing the same.

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A pile of children’s and YA books

The flip side of day two, though, is always the sleepies, depending on how the first day went for you. To ward that off, we always recommend switching things up, taking a walk, hydrating, and—above all else—mixing in some quick, easy reads. One fantastic way to do that? Diving into those middle grade, young adult, and new adult books in your stack.

For this challenge—brought to you by Simon & Schuster’s Children’s division—we want to hear about your favorite MG/YA novels and series. Do you have old, battered copies of books from your childhood that got you into reading? Maybe you’re a parent teaching your kid(s) to read, or have recently done that reading rite-of-passage where you read them your favorites as a bedtime story. Post about it, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #24in48 so other readers can find you.

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You can submit your challenge entry here or in the embedded form below, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing to win a copy of one of the following titles:

📘 Sorcery of Thorns, 📕 Honeybees and Frenemies, 📗 The Class, 📙 Bunnicula Anniversary Edition, Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation, Fighting For the Forest

For our international participants, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

Don’t forget to log any books you finish here, and to interact with your fellow readers using the hashtag #24in48.

Hour 18: Romance Challenge

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By the official timeclock, it’s 6pm EST and 18 hours have elapsed on the official timer.

In our heads, this looks like a giant clock in a mission control room where we calmly comment on how time has passed. In reality, it’s all of us at 24in48 HQ checking what time it is in a rush and making sure we’ve done everything we need to do for this hour and the last and oh gosh, there’s something I forgot did we check that social platform in the past hour hey someone has a question did we oh Rachel answered that one hold on, OK, we’re good.

Much like real life, even the very best parts of 24in48 can be a bit overwhelming on the brain when you’re trying to juggle everything, and one of our absolute favorite genres to read when that happens is, you guessed it, ROMANCE. (Although, to be fair, it’s just one of our favorite genres all the time.)

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When you pick up a romance novel, you know things will always work out, that the ending will always be happy, that the world will make sense and hit you in the stomach and the heart and the head with all the best feelings in the world. We’re so thrilled that this hour’s challenge is sponsored by Avon and William Morrow, because it means we can talk about romance and give it away!

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We want to hear all about your romance love, loves. Tell/show us about how much romance you read every year, how you got into the genre, what your favorite tropes are, anything related to reading romance is fair game. You can submit your challenge entry here or in the embedded form below; you have until Hour 24 to enter this challenge.

You’ll be entered into our random drawing to win a copy of one of the following romance titles:

📘 The Right Swipe, 📕 A Little Light Mischief, 📗 No Judgments

📙 The Marriage Clock

For our international participants, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

Before you get back to the books, help us congratulate our winners from our Hour 12 Audiobook Challenge! If you see your name below, keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize! 

Amanda CunninghamKathy WebberSera Indelicato
Kelly Brady (blatantcobra)Christine CroftsColleen (janeycanuck)
Katy AliceAmanda HamiltonAmanda Schaefer
Erin McConnellVanessa AldazMarilag Angway
Leslie KlemmLaura CorsiCrystal Vause

Don’t forget to log any books you finish here, and to interact with your fellow readers using the hashtag #24in48.

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WE’RE GOING LIVE ON INSTAGRAM AGAIN at Hour 29; this time we’re focusing on our International readers! Join Rachel at 5am EST, 11am CEST for book talk, golden retrievers, the Italian countryside, and more of us not knowing what we’re doing.   

Hour 12: Audiobooks Challenge

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Oh hi there, readers. Have you stretched recently? Hydrated? Stepped outside to enjoy the (hopefully) summer sunshine?

Around this time, we’re doing a changing of the guard at 24in48 HQ, since Kerry and Kristen are in EST and Rachel is a few hours ahead! It’s the perfect time, because we’re one-fourth of the way through this thing.

We’re back to ring the challenge bell, interrupt your reading, and generally remind you that you’re doing THE GREATEST JOB and we’re SO HAPPY YOU’RE HERE WITH US.

This hour’s challenge is brought to you by our partner Hachette Audio, and we’re SO ready to talk audiobooks. Rachel is a longtime audiobook champion, Kerry is no slouch in that department, and both of them

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conspired to turn nonfiction-on-audio-only Kristen into a fully fledged fiction audiobook reader.

For this challenge, we want to hear (see what we did there 🎧) about your audio reading life. Do you get your books from Audible, or Libro.fm? What does your audiobook library look like? Are there any audiobooks you’ve listened to over and over again? What’s your favorite audiobook?

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Kristen’s Audible library

Post an audiobook-related photo that gives us insight into your audio reading life, and tell us all about it. You can submit your challenge entry here or in the embedded form below; you have until Hour 18 to enter this challenge.

You’ll be entered into our random drawing to win a copy of one of the following audio titles:

📘 Interment, 📕 Once & Future, 📗 Teeth in the Mist, 📙 Dear Evan Hansen

For our international participants, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

Before you get back to the books, help us congratulate our winners from our Hour 6 Challenge!

If you see your name below, keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize! 

Barbara BatesSteff PasciutiKristin Seed
Susanna Palomäki Kaci LundDwayna Paplow
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Rachel Finn-LohmannBrittany Paloma Fiedler
Shai Villanueva Chantel McCrayJoAnna Becker
Vì Figueroa Ryan A FranklinRebecca MacLean
Maíra ProtasioLaura Myers

Don’t forget to log any books you finish here, and to interact with your fellow readers using the hashtag #24in48.