July 2018 #24in48 Readathon Sign-ups are Here!

Happy summer reading season, friends! We are back with another #24in48 readathon on July 21-22, 2018 and we cannot wait for you to join us. Back in January, we welcomed close to 1,900 readers and we hope each and every one of you comes back for an excellent weekend of reading.

It’s a perfect way to hang out in a hammock (if it’s not too hot where you are) or chill in the A/C with a stack of great books. However you choose, we hope you’ll spend your weekend reading with us and your 2,000 closest friends.

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am 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, whatever you’d like.

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 January, we’re still accepting donations to help us send more prizes out to international winners through the PayPal donate button on the sidebar. And if you’d like to donate prizes directly, send us an email at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.

Ready to join? Fill out the form below and feel free to list any and all of the places you’ll be hanging out online during the ‘thon. Check out who else is participating. If your entry doesn’t immediately pop in to the spreadsheet, give it a few minutes to populate.

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.

 

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Prize Pack Winners + Update

Thank you to the 1,870 of you that participated in #24in48 readathon! It was our most popular and successful event yet and we are just overwhelmed with the love and support you’ve all demonstrated, not only for us as your hosts, but for each other as a community. (If you haven’t read this love letter from first-time readathon-er Jamie Green, it basically made all three of your hosts leak out of their eyeballs.)

A few admin notes: several prizes are still unclaimed so please make sure you go back through the posts from the weekend to see if you won something. Additionally, if you did win a prize, you will not receive an email notifying you what your prize is. We will be sending mailing information out to publishers in the next week and they will be mailing prizes directly to winners, so please wait a few weeks to a month at minimum to let us know if you did not receive your prize (but do please tell us if you don’t get it so we can reach out to prize donors and publishers). If you won an international prize or a prize that requires you to choose something we will be reaching out to you (also within the next week).

Also, if you haven’t filled out the closing survey yet, please do so. There were tons of you that were first-timers and we’d love your feedback as we look forward to planning our next readathon in July.

Finally, what you’ve been waiting for, our four prize pack winners. Congrats to all of you that completed a full 24 hours of reading (some of you did even more than that!).

Prize Pack #1: $100 Gift Card to the Book Riot store & Jane Austen Print

Morgan Smith

Prize Pack #2: $50 Gift Card to Litographs.com, Emily Dickinson print, and Read the Rainbow tote

Chelsea Kerns

Prize Pack #3: Amazon HD Fire 8 Tablet, $25 Amazon.com Gift Card, and Frederick Douglass tote bag

Danielle Schleicher

Prize Pack #4: $50 worth of books from Amazon.com, Book Depository, or Wordery

Rahaf

Winners, expect an email from me in the next day or so.

So, that’s another readathon in the books! Thank you again to everyone that joined in, officially or unofficially. We hope we see all of you back here in July. Mark your calendars now and get your TBRs ready!

Hour 48: Finish Line

Guys! You did it! You made it a whole 48 hours. Did you hit your goals? (It’s okay if you didn’t!) Did you eat delicious things and get lots of snuggly reading time in? Your hosts had a great time with each and every one of you, whether you were checking in on the reg or not. And there were A LOT of you. Our previous record for readathon participants was 1,400; this weekend, we welcomed 1,850 of your gorgeous faces to #24in48 with us and all three of us are totally overwhelmed by the love. We had lots of first timers and its so great to see this little thing growing.

OKAY, I’m going to stop being sentimental and get to the business of closing this place up. First of all, we have winners to announce from Hour 42’s Challenge:

Katie.cat.books

Bry Boyd

Felkins (kab-89)

Dan Riley

Natasha Barnes

Jeni Smith

Valeria Gerasimova

Tina Porubsky

Qina Liu

Cynthia Desgagné

If you won here (or during any of the previous door prizes or challenges), go to the Prize Page and pick out your top three choices.

Secondly, we’ll be back for another round of 24in48 on….::insert drum roll::…

July 21-22, 2018

Put it on your calendars, request the time off work now, and get your TBRs ready.

Next, we’d love to know how the readathon went for you. There were some changes this time and a lot of you were newbies, so tell us in the closing survey how this round went and if there’s anything you’d like to see change.

Lastly, if you hit 24 hours, you’re eligible to win one of four prize packs, generously donated by our great sponsors. Fill out the form below to provide proof of your full 24 hours read BEFORE midnight ET on Tuesday, January 30th. We’ll announce the winners of those packs next week.

As always, friends, it’s been a wonderful weekend and from all three of your hosts, thank you for joining us and we hope to see you back here in July.

Hour 42: Cover Me

We are so close to the end! Which means you’re either sad that it’s almost over, panicked because you haven’t read as much as you wanted, or kind of losing it a little bit from lack of sleep. (Or likely all three hashtag readathonlife.)

Before you go fully batty, we’ve got Hour 36 winners to announce:

Erika Morris

Ashley Kemp

Holly Latta

Heather Conley

Benni (librarybenni)

Candice Zablan

Susie Kirk

Staijah Unciano-Pantohan

Derby (derbylanereviews)

Erin Flynn

Go check out the Prize page and make your picks.

AND FOR OUR VERY LAST CHALLENGE OF THE READATHON, we want to to see your covers! Find the best book cover and the worst cover on your shelves and post a photo of them on social media (don’t forget to hashtag them with #24in48).

Here are mine:

(And yes, I know the cover for Made for Love is supposed to be terrible.)

Drop the link to your photo in the form below. We’ll pull winners at Hour 48 (the end of this journey!). Until next post, happy reading.

 

Hour 18: From Page to Screen

I don’t know about you guys, but it has been a fan-freakin-tastic day of reading. I’m so impressed with all of the amazing encouragement you’re giving each other all over social media and the number of books you’re putting away.

(Okay, not putting away like that.)

Before you get back to your reading, I’ve got your Hour 12 winners. So many great first lines you guys have in your stacks! (Don’t forget, you can still enter the Hour Zero Intro Survey challenge.)

Valerie Lovin

Emily Smith

Dayna Smith

Misty Swafford

Julie @strixalucobooks

Lyubov Niemann

Margaret Dodge

Areli Joy Esguerra

Cindy @LSUChalmation

Stephanie @allshesays

If your name is listed, head over to the Prize page and make your picks.

This hour’s challenge is all about book-to-screen adaptations. As much as we love the books, sometimes a story’s film version makes us equally all heart-eyes emojis.

Personally, I can’t get enough of the recent adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd and my cohost Kristen brought me the prettiest UK edition when she went to Ireland last fall so I can finally read the book.

In the form, tell us your favorite book to movie adaptation, extra bookworm points if you own both the book and the movie. 

Hour 12: Fantastic First Lines

Happy mid-Saturday, readers! I trust everyone has been reading along at a good clip this morning. Have you finished your first book of the weekend yet? What about your 2nd or 3rd? If you listened to Kristen at Hour Six, you started with a short, fast read and are motoring along nicely.

So I won’t keep you from getting back to it for very long. First, we’ve got your Hour Six winners:

Sara Nies
Reanna Hampton
Sarah Yarbrough
Kacie Roberts
Brooke @slightlyfoxed
Kathie
Kimberly Bower
Lynn Andryshak
Laura Kain
Anna @elianto27
Allison Ivy
Alexis Ennis
Tanya @elemenopew
Windy Dozier

Go check out the Prize page and make your choice.

Now for your next challenge! We love catchy first lines around here. The best first lines of a book will hook your attention and intrigue you and encourage you to keep reading. Not every book’s first line needs to be dazzling, but the ones that are really shine. Take for instance this perfect example from The World Exchange by Alena Graeddon:

“On a very cold and lonely Friday last November, my father disappeared
from the Dictionary.”

For this challenge, open each book in your 24in48 stack and, in the form below, share the most intriguing first line.

Don’t forget that if you post a photo of your first line on social, use the #24in48 hashtag so everyone can share in the challenge fun. We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours at Hour 18, so make sure you check back. You’ve also got 12 more hours to enter the Hour Zero Intro Survey challenge.

 

Hour Zero: Welcome to the Jan ’18 #24in48 Readathon!

Finally! It’s back again! We’re in our fifth year of doing this readathon thing, and it has just gotten better and better each time. Let’s gif this round off properly:

Now that we’ve appropriately welcomed one of the two best weekends of the year, we’ll go through some of the basics of the weekend. First of all, introductions: my name is Rachel and I’m the creator of the 24in48 readathon. Kerry and Kristen are back again to help me with hosting duties and we’ll be trading off posting responsibilities all weekend. You’ll also be able to catch us on social media all weekend. We’ll be taking turns on the official social handles — TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Litsy (@24in48) — and the official hashtag #24in48.

Before I get into some of the nitty gritty for this kick-off, I wanted to just remind everyone of the donate button over there in the sidebar or click on this link to be taken to our donation page. 100% of your donations (minus PayPal’s fees) will go toward helping your fellow participants who are not US-based the chance to win prizes. We’ve gotten a few donations but as we get more throughout the weekend, we’ll add to the prize page so as many people as possible can win. Thank you to all of you that have already contributed.

It is midnight ET according to the official time clock and we’ll be posting updates every three hours until we wrap this thing up on Sunday night at midnight ET. It is definitely not too late to sign up, which you can do here, and you should sign up whether you think you’ll hit 24 hours of reading or not. You’ll have the chance to win prizes just for participating, as well as in challenges that will be posted here throughout the course of the weekend.

One major change for this round of the ‘thon: rather than entering challenges by leaving a comment, you’ll be asked to fill out a Google form instead. Hopefully this will make life much easier not only for you, but also for your readathon hosts. Note that challenge entries only added in the comments will not count toward prize eligibility. (Speaking of prizes, have you seen the prize list for this round?)

For more tips and instructions, check out our post on how to readathon.

Let’s start with our re-vamped Intro Survey — fill out the form below to enter and check out your fellow participants’ answers in the spreadsheet. You’ve got until Hour 24 to enter to win.