January 2018 24in48 Readathon Sign-ups are Open!

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy end of 2017! I don’t know about you guys, but this year was kind of a dumpster fire, both personally and in the world at large. I’m ready to start fresh in 2018 and what better way to do that than blocking off a whole weekend to read?

Setting reading goals for the new year? Taking on a new reading challenge? The 24in48 is here to help. Last summer 1400 readers joined in on the festivities and I’m so excited to jump start the year with all of you again. I’ll personally be using the weekend to kickstart two challenges for the year, Read Harder (as always), and the new Reading Women challenge.

The next #24in48 will be taking place on Jan. 27-28, 2018! And I hope you can join us for a weekend full of warm blankets, snuggly pets, stacks of books, and blessed alone time.

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, we’re still accepting donations to help us send more prizes out to international winners through the PayPal donate button on the sidebar.

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 TwitterInstagram, Facebook, and Litsy (@24in48) and you can use the official hashtag #24in48 everywhere to keep up with your fellow readathon-ers.



Taking Your Feedback, Making It Better

We are just about 46 days from our next readathon and your team is hard at work preparing for another fantastic event. This past July, we had a record turnout for #24in48. Close to 1,400 of you signed up and read for a full weekend. You came from all over the world—from Australia to Japan, Finland to Brazil, the UK and the US—and when all was said and done, we shared a lot of great experiences and received a lot of feedback on ways to make this little readathon better.

July’s event was the first time I had any help managing the workflow (why I waited so long, I’ll never know) and the first time we were able to offer such an abundance of prizes thanks to increased publisher support. Many of you won drawings but were unable to select books from our prize list because they were specific to US-based contributors. We’re actively reaching out to international publishers and their sales teams to solicit more prizes for our growing participant base. I’m hopeful that these efforts will expand the number of international prizes offered for the readathon. (If you have contact information for or are employed by an international publisher and you’d like to help, send an email to 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.)

One way we’ve been able to add more prizes for non-US readers is by funding Book Depository and Amazon gift cards, either ourselves or through the generous (though rare) contributions of readathon participants. We’ve been brainstorming ways to expand the inclusivity of the event on an international level. Now that the need (and expense) is greater, we need some help.

To this end, a PayPal “Donate” button has been added at the bottom of this update and on the site’s sidebar to accept monetary donations.100% of the funds donated (minus PayPal’s standard fees) will go to creating and purchasing international prizes. Together, we can create a readathon that embodies the increasingly global community we have all worked to grow over the last five years.

Additionally, if you’re interested in donating actual prizes—be it bookmarks from your Etsy store or new books to be sent to a winner in your own country—please send us an email.

I’m so proud to be a part of this fantastic community, and I know each of you are too. Thanks in advance for your support.

Post-Readathon Update + Prize Pack Winners

It’s been just over a week since the end of #24in48 and your hosts are just now picking themselves up off the book-strewn floor to provide an update on the ‘thon.

First of all, thank you everyone that participated. We had a record turnout with 1398 readers participating. (I’m sure there were a couple of readers who jumped in without officially signing up, so I’m calling it 1400 even.)

We’ve got just a little bit of business to get through, before I announce the winners of the four prize packs. I appreciate everyone’s patience if you won a prize; as I noted in the post-readathon email you received, unless there is an issue (or your prize requires you to choose something) you will NOT hear from us confirming which prize you won. With close to 150 prize winners, I just can’t email everyone individually.

I also want to apologize again to all of the international prize winners who missed out on choosing a prize because we didn’t have enough for you. We work directly with US publishers for the US prizes and for a variety of reasons, they will not ship outside the country. International prizes are donated by your fellow readathoners and hosts and we rely on this generosity to make any international prizes available. Your hosts are brainstorming ways to expand the number of international prizes before January’s event (prize donations are always welcome – email us at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com if you want to contribute). If you have suggestions, please leave a comment or send us an email. (Question: if we opened up a PayPal donate button, specifically dedicated to international prize shipping costs, would you be willing to donate?)

Also, if you haven’t filled out the closing survey yet, please go do so (in particular, we’re interested in how the readathon can improve for next time).

Now, for your prize pack winners! (Winners, you should expect an email hitting your inbox shortly).

Prize Pack #1 ($100 Book Riot Gift Card and Virginia Woolf Obvious State print)

Rachel Wright

Prize Pack #2 ($50 Gift Card to Litographs.com, Herman Melville print, & Graywolf Press tote)

Shawntaye Hopkins

Prize Pack #3 (Kindle Fire 7, $25 GC to Amazon.com, Book Riot tote bag)

Kendra Winchester

Prize Pack #4 ($50 worth of books from BookDepository.com, Your choice of mug (up to EUR 15) and your choice of tote (up to EUR 15) from The Literary Gift Company)


Congrats to all of the winners and thank you to the prize sponsors who made these prize packs possible.

If you have any additional questions or suggestions, please drop us an email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Otherwise, prize winners, keep an eye on your mailboxes!


Hour 48: The End!

WE DID IT! We made it the full 48 hours! I’m so thrilled for every last one of you. More than 1,300 readers participated this weekend and I hope you all had a great time.

Before we can wrap this thing up and put it (and ourselves) to bed, we’ve got a few last things to take care of. Namely, winners of the Hour 42 Literary Dinner Party challenge:

Heike (@inwhichHeikereadsharder on Litsy)

Katy Alice (@thegirlinthegarret on Instagram)

Ashley McMillan (@swishandflick on Litsy)

Jocelyn Bailey (@thebookhooker on Instagram)

Kathy W. (@MsWebberUC on Twitter)

Alisha Soto (@endlessreader on Twitter)

Kaitlyn Dawn (@121books on Twitter)

Jessica (@JPeterson on Litsy)

Frank McGeough (@fmcgeough on Twitter)

Lynn Andryshak (@lmandryshak on Instagram)

If you can, I’d love to know how this readathon went for all of you, anything you’d change, your favorite books, etc. So leave a comment with answers to this closing survey:

  1. How many books did you read? Pages? (If you didn’t keep track, tell me that too!)
  2. How many hours did you read?
  3. What do you think worked well in this readathon?
  4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?
  5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon?

And thanks to our friends at Book Riot, all readathon participants will be getting an email with a 25% discount code for their store. So keep your eyes peeled for that. Thank you to the whole BR gang for going above and beyond for this ‘thon.

Since I know you’re all dying to mark your calendars, the next 24in48 readathon will be on….

January 27-28, 2018!!

Lastly, if you finished a full 24 hours of reading, you’re eligible to win one of four amazing prize packs. Fill out this form, including your proof of hours read, before midnight ET on Tuesday, July 25th.

Thanks once again for joining me and my fellow co-hosts Kristen and Kerry. It’s been a great time.

Hour 45: Yew Kan Dew Eet!












You can’t deny that when the Doctor is right, the Doctor is right. You’re so close to the finish line, guys! Can you smell it? That’s the smell of success (unless you didn’t take a shower today… then maybe that smell is you….)

A super quick reminder to double-check all the previous posts to see if your name has been announced as a prize winner this weekend. If it has, you’ll need to go hit up the Prize page and make your selections. And if you’ve hit the 24-hour mark or think you’re going to, don’t forget that you’ll need to record proof of your time in the Hour 48 post after this thing is all over and you’ll only have two days to do so.

And don’t forget you’ve got three more hours to enter the Hour 42 Literary Dinner Party Challenge.

Time for the last door prize winners of the readathon, and one more shout out to all of our amazing prize sponsors for providing such great giveaways. Give them a thanks when you can! This wouldn’t be possible without them.

Heather Gorman (@heather_ogorman on Twitter)

Deborah (@beatccr on Twitter)

Michelle (@gruxita on Twitter)

Sarah (@Sarrie on Litsy)

Shona Lawrence (@anovelobsession on Litsy)

Rebecca (@rebeccamc_00 on Twitter)

Jana Christensen (@jananzareads on Instagram)

Danielle C (@perseph0neinnana on Instagram)

Three hours to go, kids! You got this!

Hour 42: Literary Dinner Party

One of the very best parts of readathon is the food (trust me on this). I am all about planning my snacks and meals in advance, and the name of the game is, ALL THE CARBS. I try to eat healthy, I promise, but then again,  mac & cheese exists in the world. It’s only a problem if you say it’s a problem, right?

I say, combat the sneaking suspicion that food and books are not as closely related as you might think by dreaming up your perfect dinner party. Who would you most like to attend a bookish dinner party with? Authors (living or dead), fictional characters, anything goes. That’s your next challenge: which five bookish people (or animals, I’m not picky) would be around your perfect literary dinner table?

Post a comment with your dinner party guest list; you have until Hour 48 at midnight ET tonight to enter.

And now for the winners of the Hour 36 Swagilicious challenge:

Devin (@devinfeyded on Instagram)

Benni (@books.and.coco on Instagram)

Nicole Dunton (@nickelgrl1986 on Twitter)

Katja Nielsen (@Kalalalatja on Litsy)

Andrea C (@acc5446 on Litsy)

Christina (@CAhnBooks on Twitter)

Sarah @ Reviews & Readathons

Marisa (@marisagbooks on Instagram)

Janet Goodell (@jangoodell on Twitter)

Jenna (@novels_netflix on Twitter)

Congrats and head over to the Prize page now to pick your swag.

Hour 39: Read Your Pants Off!

Okay, maybe don’t read your pants off if you’re in public, but like, stretchy pants are for sure encouraged. We’re just under 10 hours until this readathon thing wraps up and things are getting crazy up in here. There’s been a lot of wonderful chatter, some very hardcore reading, and participants from all over the world, some of whom are already done with their readathons. It’s the middle of the afternoon for official readathon clock watchers, and if you’re blessed with lovely, not miserable weather right now, do the rest of us a favor and take your blanket and do a little of this (full marks for swapping a puppy in for a heteronormative bae):

Don’t forget, you can still post your bookish swag photos in the Hour 36 challenge for another three hours.

We’ve still got plenty of prizes up for grabs, so let’s give away some more!

Cloud (@cloudsriser on Instagram)

Carolyn (@carbail on Litsy)

Kate Keehan (@preteavivre on Twitter)

Jade (@jade.elizabeth.c on Instagram)

Melissa Baron (@melissabaron4 on Twitter)

Vicki (@escreations on Twitter)

Samantha (cozyafternoons.wordpress.com)

Tamara (@northerngrl on Litsy)

I’ll see you back here in three hours!