HOUR 30: Your Favorite Series [Challenge]

Hello, hello, hello, readers! I hope you can hear me over the sound of the coffee percolating, or the kettle boiling, or whatever other morning ritual you’re in the middle of.

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A cat leaning against a counter with a cup of coffee

By the official timeclock, it’s 6AM on day two, my favorite day of the readathon. Day two feels a bit cozier, as we all hunker down and try to hit 24 hours (or whatever our personal goals are). Currently, Kerry and I are hunkered on a couch in her house in the woods, buried under blankets and dogs and cats and consuming all the coffee.

Like I said last year, over the years, your three hosts have progressively retreated from everyone who isn’t ‘thonning on 24in48 weekend…and I’m not mad about it. This community and these weekends are our favorites; reading for the sake of reading with readers the world over is the most important aspect of this weekend. You’re here because you want to read and connect, and that’s a beautiful win, no matter how many hours you read or don’t.

All smooshy feelings aside, it’s time to kick off our day two challenges! Today, we’re gonna follow a bit of a theme: book recommendations.

First up, we want to hear about your favorite series. YA, SFF, Mystery, Kidlit, it doesn’t matter. We want to see and hear about your favorite series, and what makes it so wonderful.

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Cohost Kristen’s challenge entry: NK Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy

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 add your series to their TBR, and tag us so we can see!

For this challenge entry, like the others, post your entry on social media/your blog and drop the link in the form. Don’t forget to identify yourself and jot down where we can find you this weekend to validate your entry.

OK here we go TGP

Michael from The Good Place saying “Here We Go”

 

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!

Hit us with those recommendations, and get back to the books!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

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HOUR 27: Do the Thing!

We’re past the halfway point, and you all are DOING THE THING. Gosh, my bookish little heart could just explode with happiness (in my dreams, of course, because in my time zone, it’s 3am and I am definitely, absolutely fast asleep).

(This is me, cheering for you all right now.)

If it’s not the middle of the night where you are (or even if it is! Some people don’t need sleep as much as I do, I suppose…), check in and let us all know how it’s going. What are you reading? How are you feeling? What’s been the best part so far?

And if you have a few minutes, don’t forget to take a glance at the #24in48 hashtag to cheer on other participants. You might even connect with someone else in your time zone for real-time chats.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget to pull some new door prize winners before I headed to bed for the night.

Mallory (@maladymilady)

Katie (@kjrogers3)

Claudia Rollo

Kendra Allen

Danielle Murray

Monica Sue-Ann Matthews-Rios

Gargi (@captain_lunareine)

Mary Clements

Savannah Dickerson

Amanda Huggett

If you see your name here (or on any of the past hourly posts!), check the Prize Page to select your prize. And stay tuned for more chances to win for the rest of the day!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 24: Meet Me Halfway

Guys, Day 1 of 24in48 is in the books! You’ve hit that mystical midway point, and by the official clock, it is midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning. By now, you’re probably calculating how many hours you’ve read, how many you’ve got left to read on Day 2, and whether you’ll be able to go to sleep soon (psst, you totally can!).

Hopefully you’ve gotten a ton of reading done and you can cruise tomorrow. Even if you haven’t and are trying to figure out how to squeeze 20 hours of reading in, do yourself a favor and prep for your Sunday reading time, kick your feet up, and ready the coffeemaker for the morning. No matter what Day 1 looked like for you, Kristen, Kerry, and I are all so impressed with you and think you’re absolutely killing it.

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Before you crawl into bed for the night, we’ve got a few challenge winners to announce. First up, the Hour Zero Intro Survey Challenge post:

Kelleyn Hawley

Raghad Mahmoud

Melissa Crocker

Cristy Nelson

Kyra Felkins

Anthony Sanchez

Jenny Redlin

Kandecia Avery

Alanna Macron

Katie Salisbury

Terri Leonard

Kate Luistro

And winners from the Hour 18 WeNeedDiverseBooks Challenge:

Kristina Reid

Harry Brake

Brandy Cormier

Benni @LibraryBenni

Koozebane

Clara Luca

Day Saffran

Kristen Harvey

Laura Pamplona

Rebecca Haling

Stephanie Martinez

Nerea González Barral

If you won, make sure you go check out the prize page and enter your pick into the form. If you didn’t win here, don’t forget to go back to the posts from earlier today and check to see if you won a door prize or a challenge prize – you never know when your name might pop up!

We’re pumped for Day 2 and I hope you are too. Now go get some sleep!

Jon Bon Jovi singing at a microphone

(Like I could really write a halfway post without Bon Jovi. Yeah, right.)

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 21: The Doctor Will See You Now

We’ve been going *almost* 24 hours, and I know that some of you are probably starting to wane. But never fear! The Doctor is here to help.The Doctor yells with the caption, "When people need help, I never refuse."

You hear that? The Doctor never refuses. So as a reminder, you are doing a FANTASTIC job.The Doctor smiles with the caption, "Fantastic." No, really, you are.Ok, now that we’ve convinced you of the excellent work you’re all doing, let’s grab some new door prize winners!

Keltie Robertson

Bethany Vos

Alex Klein

Lori Murray

Kelly L. (@library_fairy)

Rachel Despins

Carrie Anderson

Sara P. Campbell

Tanya Sutton

Jess Roberts

Scoot over to the Prize Page to pick your prize if you won (and don’t forget to check past hourly posts to see if you won earlier today!).

Now… back to the books! You got this!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 18: #WeNeedDiverseBooks…on your shelves [Challenge]

READERS! It’s time for another challenge already! I hope the time is flying for you the way it is for us; don’t forget to stretch those page-turning fingers every once in a while, and to hydrate!

This is a perfect time to take a stretch break while we share the winners of our Hour 12 challenge and I tell you about our final day one challenge. If you see your name below, head over to the prize page to stake your claim!

Chris Myers

Amy Goldsmith

(Maggie @MDodge)

Erin Klinar

Samantha Marshall

Vanessa J (@twistedreads)

Meghan Griffin

Amanda Rodriguez

Jailynn G

Kayla Gallup

Heather Padgett

Rita Cunha

If you joined us this past July, you (hopefully) remember that we talked about 24in48 with intention, and bringing the same personal attention and intention we (as three white, cis women) apply to our personal reading lives to the ‘thon. (For a refresh, check out this post.) In keeping with that goal, we wanted to highlight a grassroots organization that is near and dear to our hearts: We Need Diverse Books.

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In a nutshell: WNDB is a nonprofit organization birthed out of a Twitter conversation about the lack of diversity in kidlit between Ellen Oh and Malindo Lo. Things exploded from there, and what started as a hashtag campaign is now an organization that partners with authors, bookstores, and libraries, providing resources and amplifying marginalized voices, all with the aim of:

“Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children,” to bring about “A world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.”

It’s hard to distill these efforts down into a challenge for our small event, but worthwhile. For the next six hours that this challenge is open, we want to see and hear about the diverse books you love, and the ways you work to diversify your bookshelves.

If you’re looking for a definition of diversity, WNDB offers a great one:

“We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.”

Since this challenge is a bit open ended, we came up with some ideas to get you started (this is not an exhaustive or fully representative list of possible entries; you can interpret this challenge however you wish):

  • Do you have a book on your shelves that expanded your understanding of a social justice issue? Show us, and tell us how/why it did so.
  • Do you have a specific title that opened you up to ideas, persons, struggles, settings, etc., in a new way (read our blurbs from the last ‘thon if you want an example)? We want to see/hear about it.
  • Share a story of encountering a book by a certain author that blew your mind wide open to the importance and impact of #ownvoices representations of life experiences.

We’ll share some of our favorite entries on social media to draw attention to the diverse, representative titles recommended by your fellow readers.

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), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won! You’ve also got until then to enter the Intro Survey!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 15: Live Footage from #24in48 HQ

And now, for live footage from the #24in48 HQ, where your co-hosts are happily liking, sharing, and admiring all of the wonderful bookish posts and goodness happening out there in the interwebs:a black cat with white paws types frantically at a keyboard

But to be serious for a moment: we love, love, love seeing all of you reading all across the world for this amazing event. It warms our little hearts. That said, there’s only three of us, and we can’t promise to see, comment, cheer on every post out there (despite our best efforts!). So if you have a few minutes today or tomorrow, or find yourself itching for a short book break, don’t forget to peruse the #24in48 hashtag on your social media platform of choice to cheer on other readers!

Meanwhile, we’ll be over here pretending to read books but really refreshing all the ‘thon’s social channels to be sure not to miss a single update from all of you.

But before you go, let’s pull some new door prize winners, shall we?

Ariel Barney

Megan Marie Lessard

Kristina Floyd

Caroline (@writereadplan)

Maya (@hooked_to_the_book)

Joshua Miller

Jenn (@reluctantwordthief)

Sam McNeely

Harshmi Shah

Sara Hendrix

If you see your name here (or on any of the other prize pulls in past hourly posts), hop over to the Prize Page to select your prize. And if you haven’t seen your name come up yet, keep on checking! We’ll keep drawing door and challenge prize winners across the rest of the weekend.

🚨 You must be officially signed up to be eligible for door prizes and challenge prizes, and you have until the end of day one to do so. You can search the participant list here to make sure you’re signed up, or if you know that you aren’t, go right to the sign-up form. 🚨

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!

HOUR 12: Show Us That Bookshelf(ie) [Challenge]

Ring that challenge bell, readers, because we’re one whole quarter of the way through this winter ‘thon, and it’s time for me to interrupt your reading again.

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April Ludgate throwing a pencil at Ron Swanson

I’ve got a good reason, though. I’m up and showered and dressed in my 24in48 swag/finery, and it’s time for us to show off our bookshelfies.

For this challenge, all you gotta do is snap a picture of yourself in front of your bookshelf (or shelves, or stack of books threatening to bury you, or at your local library, or next to your nightstand TBR…you get the idea). Strike a pose, include your coffee / snacks, force your furbabies into the photo with you, however the book spirit moves you!

Here’s me and mine!

For this challenge entry, post your bookshelfie on social media/your blog and drop the link in the form. Don’t forget to identify yourself and jot down where we can find you this weekend to validate your entry.

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 after you entered to see if you won! You’ve also got until Hour 24 to enter the Intro Survey!

Before you run off to enter and hit the books again, take a moment to cheer on the winners from our first challenge (Hour 6: What Your Book Starts With):

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Tori M. (@tori_flies)

Coleen Burns

Kay Will

Suzanne Wiggins

Diane Lupton

Tamine Rasse

Dani Moth

Monica Corwin

Cinda Schulberg

Crystal Cline

Caroline Ward-Nesbit

🚨 You must be officially signed up to be eligible for door prizes and challenge prizes, and you have until the end of day one to do so. You can search the participant list here to make sure you’re signed up, or if you know that you aren’t, go right to the sign-up form. 🚨

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying to log every book read this weekend! Track your books as you finish them here, and follow along on Goodreads!