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.

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Hour 27: Do It. Fierce. Power.

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Ok, friends. We’ve made it up to and through the halfway point of this weekend. It’s currently 3am for co-hosts Kristen & Kerry, and 9am for Rachel. (K&K are probably asleep right now; Rachel is steering the ship while we get our beauty rest.)

This is about the time that people tend to really need some motivation to keep going, power through, and read on, so here’s a reminder that even if you aren’t going to make a full 24 hours of reading (I know I won’t!), you’ve still got most of an entire day ahead of you to make books and reading and this community (and naps and snacks and whatever else makes you the happiest) your priority.

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Listen to Leslie Knope. She knows what she’s about.

And in case that wasn’t enough motivation for you, how about some more door prize winners? This round of door prizes is brought to you by Penguin Random House Audio. Winners will randomly receive one of these audio titles:

📙 Someone We Know | 📗 The Lager Queen of Minnesota

For our international winners, you’ll be able to pick between a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

Hour 27 Door Prize Winners:

Stephanie Dawson Megan FordLaura Newsholme

Congrats to each of you! Keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize.

Want to win a door prize yourself? All you have to do is be sure you’re officially signed up for the July #24in48 and are actively participating online somewhere we can see you!


As in recent ‘thons, we’re aiming to keep track of ALL of the books read during the #24in48 weekend. Enter the titles of all the books you’ve finished in this form, and then pop over to our July 2019 24in48 Goodreads shelf to see what others have been reading during the weekend!

Hour 24: Halfway There

(Don’t make a Bon Jovi joke, don’t make a Bon Jovi joke…)

OMG you guys are kicking ass! Taking names! Chewing gum! Turning pages! By the official time clock, we have just hit the halfway mark in this readathon and I’m just so impressed with the amount of hours and books and comics and audiobooks you’re all tearing through. Even if you have no hope of hitting 24 hours, you’re doing an incredible job setting aside quality reading time. And really that’s all that matters.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE, let me remind you: 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.

The best way to mark this midway milestone and the end of Day 1 of 24in48 is obviously with some prizes. Hour 18 winners, your time is now.

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

Elley MurrayStephanie CarderMemory Scarlett
Mackenzie JonesRebecca SimoninAlex Klein
Melissa OrmondJulia G (julesg)Robin Taylor
Marisa GothieStephanie AurelioAmanda Beverly
Kimberly “Book Queen” ShermanCandice Zablan

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

If you’re heading to bed or heading for more coffee or if you’re like me and it’s the beginning of a brand new Day 2, be good to yourself and have an amazing second half of the readathon.

Because we are…

after all…

halfway there…

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I couldn’t help myself. Sorrynotsorry.

Hour 21: The Doctor Is In

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What? You thought this would be the #24in48 where I managed not to draft a post entirely filled with Doctor Who gifs? Pssh. No way. Never going to happen.

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So, since The Doctor is in, as it were, let us know how things are going! Are you hanging in there? Crushing your goals? Struggling and needing a bit of encouragement? Ready for a nap? (I know I am…)

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Wherever you are in your #24in48 journey, this is a reminder that you (yes, you!) are doing a great job. Whether you’ve read for 21 seconds, 21 minutes, or 21 straight hours, you’re making reading a priority in whatever way works for you, and that’s an amazing thing!

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Be kind to yourself, and give credit where credit is due.

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And remember…

Matt Smith as the Doctor shouts "You can do it!"

But before you go forth to do the thing, how about some more door prizes? This round of prizes is kindly brought to you by Graywolf Press, a non-profit publisher of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and genre-defying literature whose aim is to foster new thinking about what it means to live in the world today. Door prize winners for Hour 21 will be randomly selected to win one of the following cool titles from Graywolf:

📕 Be Recorder | 📗 Machine

For our international winners, you’ll be able to pick between a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

Hour 21 Door Prize Winners:

Sandy Reimche | Jennifer Daniell | Tracy Towley | Heather Hill

Corissa Wallace | Kristen Matti | Shalini Banerjee (international)

Congrats to each of you! Keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize.

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.   

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the Hour 18 Challenge for more chances to win great prizes, which is open until Hour 24 for submissions! Want to win a door prize yourself? All you have to do is be sure you’re officially signed up for the July #24in48 and are actively participating online somewhere we can see you!


As in recent ‘thons, we’re aiming to keep track of ALL of the books read during the #24in48 weekend. Enter the titles of all the books you’ve finished in this form, and then pop over to our July 2019 24in48 Goodreads shelf to see what others have been reading during the weekend!

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 15: The One With More Prizes

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Hey hey, friends! Has anyone told you today how amazing you all are? And how excited we are you’re reading with us this weekend, you and your co-hosts and just a few thousand of your favorite online readerly friends? No?

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Well. You’re AMAZING. And we’re so excited you’re reading with us this weekend!

Behind the scenes, your hosts are loving all of your updates, check-ins, challenge entries, likes, comments, and more. If you’ve sent us a question and haven’t heard back yet, we’re doing our best to stay on top of all emails and DMs across a bunch of platforms, so hang tight! We’ll get back to you ASAP. We’re also making some lists and checking them twice so we can announce more prize winners… like, right now!

This round of door prizes is brought to you by Doubleday Books, a publisher of commercial fiction, literary fiction, and serious non-fiction titles. Winners will randomly receive a copy of one of these Doubleday books:

📙 The Most Fun We Ever Had | 📗 The Porpoise

International winners can pick between a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

Hour 15 Door Prize Winners:

Franchesca (@death_by_tbr)

Angela Heath

Kara Roost

Carlee Loupe

Dalvina Chin

Congrats to each of you! Keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the Hour 12 Challenge for more chances to win great prizes, which is open until Hour 18 for submissions! Want to win a door prize yourself? All you have to do is be sure you’re officially signed up for the July #24in48 and are actively participating online somewhere we can see you!


As in recent ‘thons, we’re aiming to keep track of ALL of the books read during the #24in48 weekend. Enter the titles of all the books you’ve finished in this form, and then pop over to our July 2019 24in48 Goodreads shelf to see what others have been reading during the weekend!

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.