The February 2021 #24in48GroupRead

You asked for it, you waited for it, and it’s finally here: Introducing the 24in48 group read!

As with everything we do with this ‘thon and community, we were hyper-intentional about our picks for this first group read (and will be for all of them, going forward). It’s our hope that these two books will either help take your reading life in a new direction or reinforce your existing commitment to reading BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ books, and many intersections therein.

Our goal is to be as expansive, intersectional, and representational as possible as our group reads shelf grows. We’re already on the lookout for our summer reads. If you have recommendations for disability lit, neurodiverse books/topics, Native/Indigenous lit, and/or any other marginalized or social justice-related topics/voices, send them our way at 24in48readathonofficial [at] gmail [dot] com.

Two final notes before we get to the reason you’re all here!

  • We’re gonna try tagging group reads throughout the ‘thon weekend with #24in48GroupRead so folks who are joining the group read have an easier time finding each other.
  • The group reads are not “mandatory”, as with everything else 24in48 is about/includes. We encourage, ask, and hope that you’ll join us, but it’s not a requirement for participating in the weekend.

[Fiction] Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

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The cover of Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

An indie bestseller from Stonewall and Lamda Award winner Kacen Callender (they/them; he/him), here’s what you can look forward to:

​Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Here’s an interview with Kacen at YAPride.org

[Nonfiction] White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson

Cover of White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson

A debut from assistant professor of English and cultural critic/New Yorker Staff writer Lauren Michele Jackson (she/her), here’s what to expect:

Exposes the new generation of whiteness thriving at the expense and borrowed ingenuity of black people—and explores how this intensifies racial inequality.

American culture loves blackness. From music and fashion to activism and language, black culture constantly achieves worldwide influence. Yet, when it comes to who is allowed to thrive from black hipness, the pioneers are usually left behind as black aesthetics are converted into mainstream success—and white profit.

Weaving together narrative, scholarship, and critique, Lauren Michele Jackson reveals why cultural appropriation—something that’s become embedded in our daily lives—deserves serious attention. It is a blueprint for taking wealth and power, and ultimately exacerbates the economic, political, and social inequity that persists in America. She unravels the racial contradictions lurking behind American culture as we know it—from shapeshifting celebrities and memes gone viral to brazen poets, loveable potheads, and faulty political leaders.

An audacious debut, White Negroes brilliantly summons a re-interrogation of Norman Mailer’s infamous 1957 essay of a similar name. It also introduces a bold new voice in Jackson. Piercing, curious, and bursting with pop cultural touchstones, White Negroes is a dispatch in awe of black creativity everywhere and an urgent call for our thoughtful consumption.

Here’s an interview with Lauren on NPR

If you have the means, support an indie bookstore by ordering these titles directly from them or via Bookshop.org! And don’t forget to get on that holds list at your local library, if that’s more your speed.

We can’t wait to read along with you on Feb 6&7th (have you signed up yet?).

Until then, wash your hands, wear a mask, and read good books.

-Kerry, Kristen, and Rachel

A #24in48 update

Hello, lovely readers.

It’s July, and as most of you know we usually host a July #24in48. You may have noticed we haven’t announced a July 2020 event yet; that’s not an accident or oversight. This iteration of the ‘thon won’t be happening, and we hope you’ll read through to the end to understand why.

2020 has been unlike any year in recent memory (to put it mildly). A global pandemic has killed over 500,000 people worldwide (a number that will be out of date as soon as we publish this post); in the United States, as in many other countries, a disproportionate number of those deaths are Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color (BIPOC). A centuries-old and yet still unaddressed public health crisis is facing the United States—and, in different ways and to varying degrees, many other countries across the globe—in the form of institutional and systemic racism, showing up in the murders of Black people at the hands of police, the unsolved murders of Black trans women, disproportionately high rates of incarceration for BIPOC, high maternal death rates for Black women and other mothers of color… and the list goes on and on.

We hope that as co-hosts, we have made it clear over the years that we are dedicated to dismantling these systems as best we can in our own small ways. In the #24in48 community, that has looked like only highlighting prize titles by diverse writers; highlighting women and people of color in requests to publishers for prizes; intentionally reading diversely in our own #24in48 (and all personal) reading plans; and encouraging participants to consider the diversity of their own #24in48 reading stacks.

We started asking you all to log what books you read for #24in48 weekends in July 2018. Since then, we’ve received 7,967 entries for a total of 7,242 unique titles. Of those, 1,372 were tagged as written by an author of color; 3,664 were tagged as “I don’t know” for author race. 

Overall, the publishing industry is 76% white. At the executive level? 78% white. At the editorial level? 85% white. Literary agents? 80% white. Things get even worse, and more shameful, when you look at gender breakdowns, sexual orientation, and disability representation/employment. 

The majority of books that do get through the publishing process are written by white authors: In 2018, more children’s books featuring an animal character were published than children’s books featuring a Black, Latinx, Indigenous or Asian child. For every 100 romance books published by leading romance publishers in 2018, roughly 7% of them were written by BIPOC authors. And for BIPOC authors who are published, they’re often paid far less, and receive less support in terms of marketing and sales

If you remain committed to “just reading good books,” “not paying attention to author race,” or any other version of colorblind reading, you will read white books, by white authors, published by white editors and white agents and promoted by white marketing teams.


It is on us, as readers, to show the publishing industry that there is demand for stories by and about BIPOC. It is on us, as readers, to do so by being intentional about the books we choose to read, the books we choose to review and highlight on our social media profiles, the books we choose to share with our circles, and the people we follow in turn. 

The internet does not need another event hosted by an all-white team, which is what we are: three white women who love books and desperately believe that the world needs to do better, be better, and put meaningful actions behind the words Black Lives Matter. Rather than hosting a July #24in48, we’re encouraging you all to participate in events hosted by BIPOC Bookstagrammers, BookTubers, and reviewers instead. Seek out books by BIPOC. Read them, love them, share them. 


We’ve linked below to a few readathons and readalongs we’re participating in ourselves, and encourage you to check them out. (If you know of others, drop us a line at 24in48readthonofficial@gmail.com and we’ll add to this list!) This is by no means exhaustive (or even sufficiently representative of the online events, reviewers, book clubs, and resources on the web that await you); it’s a starting point to show how much is out there for you to discover, participate in, and enjoy that isn’t helmed by white women.  


Book Clubs & Monthly Subscription Boxes:

  • Read a Book! with Kara: A monthly book club with a book announced at the top of each month, with a livestream at the end of each month to discuss. The July book is Their Eyes Were Watching God, and the first livestream is scheduled for August 1st, time TBD.
  • Call Number Box: A long-time donor to 24in48, this subscription box offers a monthly book by a diverse author along with other goodies.
  • BlackLIT Box: A monthly subscription box featuring diverse titles with fiction, nonfiction, or children’s options. 
  • Now in Books: Featuring diverse YA titles, this Black-owned subscription box ships to US and Canada readers.

Reading Events & Readalongs:

Black Readers & Reviewers on Social Media/YouTube:


We believe that reading, both as an escape and as a way of better knowing and understanding our world, is more important now than ever before, and we implore you to be intentional about what that reading looks like for you. This applies not only to the books you consume and champion, but how you source those books. Whether that’s supporting Black-owned independent bookstores, delving into the thousands of Black authors with work exclusively available digitally on your Kindle, or submitting title acquisition requests to your library: you have a voice, and power to act. Do so.  

Until the next ‘thon, whenever that may be,

Rachel, Kristen, and Kerry

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.

XX

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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@ You Book Me All Night Long
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.

Hour 6: SFF Challenge

challenge post blog headersGood morning, good morning, good morning you glorious bookworms and reading unicorns!

It’s Hour 6, and the seasoned 24in48-ers among us know that that means it’s time for our very first challenge of this July 2019 readathon. This year, we’re running challenge prizes a bit differently, so if you’ve joined us in the past be sure to give this post a thorough read!

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This hour’s challenge is brought to you by our amazing, fantastical partner Tor.com Publishing, “an imprint for science fiction and fantasy novellas and novels.”

Thanks to fabulous donations from our pals at Tor, we want to hear about all your weird, fantastical, magical, technological, cyber, crypto, robotic books.

Basically: Show us that SFF, y’all. Post a photo of yourself with a favorite SFF novel that you’ve loved in the past, a magical tale that’s on your #TBR for this weekend, your SFF-inspired tattoos, that Harry Potter Funko

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Host Kristen’s Deathly Hallows Ink

collection on your bookshelves … whatever gorgeously amazingly weird beautiful fantastical stories that transport you, speak to you, or that you’re discovering for the first time.

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: 

📘 Gideon the Ninth, 📕 Sisters of the Vast Black, 📗 The Monster of Elendhaven,

📚 Silver in the Wood, 📙 Miranda in Milan

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 12 to enter this challenge.

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

Now, get back to it, and we’ll see you in a few hours! 

PS: Don’t forget that we’re going live on Instagram at Hour 10 (10am EST!)