January 2019 #24in48 Sign-Ups are Open!

I’m just going to come out and say it: It’s peak reading season, y’all. Winter was made for cozy blankets and book piles and a crackling fire, if you can swing it. And you know what else cozy winter reading season means:

We’re back with another round of the #24in48 readathon on

📚 January 26-27, 2019 📚


Navigate to: ❓How does it work?   🆕New this year   📝Sign-up details

This past July,  we welcomed 1,912 readers, and we’re looking forward to having each and every one of you back for an excellent weekend of reading.

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A screengrab of a Google calendar showing that January 26 and 27th are blocked off for 24in48

We’re also counting on you to spread the word, and bring your friends! The best part of this event is the community you’ve helped us build; As the years have gone by, we’ve seen you form reading teams, seen groups of you go away for the weekend for uninterrupted friend and reading time, and watched libraries and indie bookstores host events and recommend books.

It gives us ALL THE FEELS, and every time around it keeps getting better thanks to you.

How does it work?

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am (official timezone is EST) on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period.

You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between. You can pause as much as you need, enjoy regularly scheduled weekend activities, nap, stop for dance breaks with your kids or pets or neighbors. Whatever works for you.

And that’s it. The format never changes but it’s always an adventure.

Have more questions? There’s an FAQ page for that. Also, just as we did in July, we’re still accepting donations to help us send more prizes out to international winners through the PayPal donate button on the sidebar (or you can go here; every dollar helps). And if you’d like to donate prizes directly, send us an email at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.

New this year

For those joining us again: Y’all. Have we got some exciting things to share.

FIRSTLY: We’ve spent the past few months brainstorming, and the past few weeks working with a designer, and one result of that is…OUR SHINY NEW LOGO. Isn’t. It. The. Best?!?!? And…we’re not done yet.

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The new 24in48 logo: A font evocative of handwriting that layers 24in48 over a horizontal stack of nine books. Font color is a muted navy, and the book stack is various shades of blue, red, and yellow.

SECONDLY: In the coming days, keep an eye on this space and our social platforms for a 24in48 merch announcement to fill your burning desire for more bookish gear (which we know exists because, hey, we feel it too).

We’re working feverishly to get it all up and running in sufficient time for you to outfit yourselves before the January ‘thon, and don’t worry—we won’t let you miss the announcement. The fanfare will last…for days.

There’s even MORE to come than this, and we’re so incredibly excited to get some other additions / surveys / initiatives off the ground. Stay tuned…and get excited.

Sign-up details

Ready to join? Fill out the form below (or if you’re having trouble, click through here) and feel free to list any and all of the places you’ll be hanging out online during the ‘thon. After you sign up, check out who else is participating. If your entry doesn’t immediately pop in to the spreadsheet, give it a few minutes to populate. (It’s also worth noting that mobile phones can make things difficult, so if the form doesn’t work on your phone, try a computer!)

And you can follow the readathon in all the normal places. We’re on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Litsy (@24in48) and you can use the official hashtag #24in48 everywhere to keep up with your fellow readathon-ers.

See you soon!

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Hour 42: Your Actual Bookends (Challenge)

I’ve got some happy, sad, and generally-feelingsy news to share.

We’re at hour 42, which means you’ve done the damn thing almost all the way through, AND that we’ve reached our last challenge for this edition of 24in48.

I’M HAVING COMPLICATED FEELINGS, OK? Mostly, though, I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad you joined us. I’m eternally grateful for this event, my cohosts, and every single one of you readers the world over.

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Whether you’re cramming through those last few hours to hit your goal, finish that book, or just generally see this thing through to the end, we know you’re here to celebrate the winners of our Hour 30 challenge before we dive into the last challenge.

Stephanie Wang

Amy Slusher

Barbara Wood

Shannon Keller

Jesse Presgraves

Christy Broderick

Sara Plourde

Bethany (@bibliosbinge)

Steph Auteri

Jess7 (thegreeneyedreader)

Sarah @ Reviews and Readathons

Colleen Burns

Steff Pasciuti

You know the drill! If you won, get thee to the prize page to stake your claim!

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AND NOW: THE LAST CHALLENGE. This time around, we want to see the first book on your shelves, and the last book on your shelves.

I’m always intrigued by the way readers choose to organize their shelves, if at all. Overall, I break things down by Fiction and NonFiction. Within that, I separate hardcover and paperback, and then alphabetize by author.

Here’s where things start and end on my shelves:

 

Now, show me yours. Tell me how you organize. Cry about how you’ll never find the beginning of your stacks of books and will ultimately be buried under the weight of them because you can’t stop buying more. You know. You do you.

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 48, the very end of 24in48), 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!

 

Hour 36: Childhood Reads (Challenge)

Sweet, sweet midday on day two of 24in48. If you’re following the official timeclock, it’s noon (EST) on day two, and it’s the time when you need the most motivation.

We’re 3/4 of the way through this thing, and it’s time to caffeinate, nap, hydrate, take a walk, splash some cold water on your face—whatever  you need to keep going.

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kitten boops human nose and says “WAKE UP”

Before we get to our (!!!) second-to-last challenge of this iteration of 24in48, here are the winners of the Hour 30 challenge:

Samuelle B.

Raghad Mahmoud

Tamara Cotzias

Sasha Speck

Sharon Traucki

Debbie Grillo

Ashley Gutierrez

Meg @beebearbanana

Karen Gill

Andrea Campos

Melanie Belson

Laura Newsholme

Courtnee Jackson

Head on over to the prize page to stake your claim! And now, it’s time to walk down memory lane.

What’s the oldest children’s book you have, or a book you’ve held onto since your childhood? Share it with us!

Every reader I’ve met has strong childhood memories of devouring every book they could get their hands on, but there are some that stick out among the sea of books. I’ve got a battered copy of The Westing Game on my shelf that I’ll never be able to part with, in addition to a well-loved-cover-falling-off copy of Little Women that belonged to my mother before me.

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A vintage, well-loved copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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 42), 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!

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.

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A gif of the lobby of Grand Budapest Hotel (film by Wes Anderson)

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.

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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 (heard through Amanda Nelson, the exec editor of BookRiot):

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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!

Hour 18: What’s On Your Nightstand? (Challenge)

SAINTS ALIVE, it’s time for another challenge already?! WHERE IS THE TIME GOING???

First off, I just want to say: you’re all. so. amazing. You’ve been reading all the books, eating all the snacks, spending all this time with us, and—if that isn’t enough—you’re interacting with and cheering each other on.

Every year I think our group of readers can’t get any better, and every year y’all prove me wrong.

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Gif of Jake, Charles, and Terry from Brooklyn 99 in a car saying “Best weekend ever!”

Before we dive into this hour’s challenge, we’ve got some winners from Hour 12! We loved reading your worldview-expanding reads, and (thanks to some help from our random number generator) picked a few winners from the EXCELLENT entries:

Mariann Dargusch

Callie Pastor

Rebecca Simonin

Chessa Hickox

Erin Feinstein

Heather Conley

Michelle Fecko

Jennifer B.

Janani

Sheri Cheatwood

Kara Roost

Alexus Green

Caryn Livingston

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

Without further ado, for the third challenge we want a look at your nightstand. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried a lot of nightstand solutions over the years. I’ve had so many stacked up I knocked them over in my sleep, tried a multi-shelved table, stacked them on the floor…No matter what I do, the books take over! Here’s my current situation:

 

I like to have options at hand, what can I say? Who wants to extract themselves from the pile of snoring dogs and cozy blankets to peruse their bookshelves?

Show us your nightstand books, or tell us how you decide what to keep on your bedside table! Is it everything you’re reading? Do you limit it to one book? Are your bookshelves so full that your nightstand is, essentially, another bookshelf? Share your situation with us!  

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 24—the halfway point!), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won! You’ve also got six hours left to fill out the Intro Survey!

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!

Hour 12: A Whole New World (Challenge)

IT’S HOUR 12, Y’ALL. We’re a quarter of the way through this thing, and you 👏 are 👏killing 👏 it. 👏

This is a perfect opportunity to do some stretching, refill your snacks or-—you know—eat an actual meal if you’re into that, and drink some water while you crack those page-turning knuckles and get ready for our second challenge!

Before we dive in, here are the winners from the Hour 6 challenge:

Cassandra Wifert

Lindsay Knutson

Maria Angelis Rojas

Christina (christinastephaniereads)

Carla (simoes)

Chelsie Schadt

Simona

ingeveldkamp @leeskipje

Audrey Mattevi

Jana Eichhorn

Laura Cerone

Donia K

Kennedy Gelinas

Head on over to the prize page to stake your claim! And now, the second challenge:

One of the best things about reading, in general, is that it takes us outside of our own lives. Whether that’s through a cozy mystery, a fantastical adventure, or quiet poetry that reminds us of the beauty in the world, all those books on your shelves can help you do just about anything.

More specifically, we here at 24in48 HQ love books that open us up to the diverse experiences of humans the world over. Reading opens us up to truths, ways of thinking, and worldviews that we’d never have otherwise (particularly as three cisgender white ladies). And we’re always looking for more books to do just that.

For this challenge, share a book that has expanded your worldview or changed the way you look at something, whether it’s another culture, gender, race, a new concept, social justice issues…the possibilities are endless.

Here are ours:

Rachel: Homegoing by Yaa Ghasi wasn’t my first foray into “diverse” literature by any means. I’d been intentionally and consciously trying to expand my reading to find 

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Cover of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 books and authors that didn’t look or sound or think like me for a while. But it was the first book I read that took my perception of the “American” experience and turned it on its head. It’s one thing to know academically about slavery and its impact on Black Americans; it’s something else entirely to be shown how generation after generation is damaged and scarred by the brutality forced upon vast swaths of people. It is also something else entirely to be reminded that America has never dealt with its abuse of slaves and its ongoing abuse of their descendants. The impact of Ghasi’s generational saga has never left me, and I am reminded of the story every time another abuse of Black Americans is in the news.

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Cover of Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Kerry: “It’s so hard to pick just one, but I’m going with Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. I’d read news coverage and nonfiction works about Katrina and many ways the system failed communities of color specifically in its aftermath, but Ward’s fiction brought the very human, very individualized world of the families most impacted by the storm’s path to light in ways that have stayed with me years after my initial read of the book.”

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Cover of Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Kristen: “I remember gasping, crying, and sitting in heartbroken sickness at various moments as Matthew Desmond shared stories of poverty-stricken Americans stuck in a system stacked against them in Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. It blew my understanding of poverty, the housing crisis, and welfare benefits wide open. Since reading it, I haven’t stopped thinking about what home means to people who are—over and over again—prevented from maintaining one.”

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 18), so make sure you check back to see if you won! You’ve also got 12 more hours to enter the Intro Survey

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!

Hour 6: Marvelous Opening Lines (Challenge)

It’s all happening! We’re six hours into this thing, and if you’re following the official readathon timeclock it’s 6AM ET.

The sky is lightening, Rachel is wondering when Kristen & Kerry are going to finally wake up, and all of the ‘thonners who started right at Midnight/Hour 0 are taking a nap (we hope).

Whatever your status, we’re happy you’re here! Oh, and also….

🚨 IT’S TIME FOR OUR FIRST CHALLENGE 🚨

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The cast of Brooklyn 99 raising their arms and celebrating by yelling “Yes!”

We’re a huge fan of first lines here at 24in48 HQ; short, long, dramatic, soft and stunning. Whatever your flavor, a good first line slips its hook into your readerly brain and won’t let go.

Since it’s the beginning of the readathon, we want you to flip to the beginning of the books on your 24in48 TBR stack and share the best first line with us in the form below.

Here’s Kristen’s favorite from her stack:

“It’s rare to know in real time that what you are about to do will define the course of the rest of your life.” –Sarah McBride, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and The Fight for Trans Equality

If you’re posting a photo of your first line 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 12), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won! You’ve also got until Hour 24 to enter the Intro Survey!

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!