Hour 30: Flying Under The Radar (Challenge)

*yawn* — *coffee pot noises* — *dogs grumbling as I move from the bed*

It’s 6am on day two, my favorite day of the ‘thon. For me, day two usually consists of extra coffee, cozy blankets, catching up on the hashtag, and some dedicated hunkering down to try and hit 24 hours.

This time around, Kerry & I are hunkering in a hotel together, while Rachel keeps on with her second-annual hunkering in a hotel in Dubai. The hotel edition of #24in48. Over the years, we’ve progressively retreated from everyone who isn’t ‘thonning on 24in48 weekend…and I’m not mad about it.

grand budapest hotel

A gif of the lobby of Grand Budapest Hotel (film by Wes Anderson)

Wherever you are—hotel or not—and however much you’ve read, I’m happy you’re here. Reading for the sake of reading with a community of other readers across the world is the most important part of this weekend. You’ve dedicated your weekend to reading and connecting, and that’s a win all by itself.

matilda reading and laughing

A laughing Matilda reading a stack of books

To kick off our second day, it’s time for another challenge! We’re always excited about our challenges, but we’re particularly excited about this one.

We wanna know what your favorite, under-the-radar book.

You know what we mean. That book no one ever talks about that was one of the best reading experiences of your life. That book you think about when people ask what your favorite book is, and it’s too personal or too sad or too moving or too important to you to share. Alternatively, this prompt also covers that book that is under-the-radar that you wish more people knew about so you could finally have someone to obsess about it with. Whatever the situation, we want to know about this book (and what about it makes you love it so much, if you want to share).

In the spirit of you-show-me-yours-and-I’ll-show-you-mine, here’s an ‘ol Instagram post of my favorite under-the-radar read from the past few years (heard through Amanda Nelson, the exec editor of BookRiot):

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Screenshot of cohost Kristen’s Instagram post featuring Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi

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 36), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!

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Hour 27: Who’s Awake?

A tan and white puppy sleeps, and his nose twitches a little.

(it me ^)

On the official readathon clock, it’s 3am (so you can bet your bottom dollar that this post was pre-written and scheduled because yours truly (that’s Kerry, for those keeping track)) is fast asleep right now. But don’t worry, I didn’t head off to bed without first picking some door prize winners…

Ashley Manning-O’Dell

Wendy Mann (lassinthelibrary)

Charlene Cunningham

Alise Freidenfelde

Angélica Gates

Jen LaBruzza

Vanessa Santos

Liberty Hardy

For those on different time zones (or some really hardcore East-Coasters who are still awake at 3am), how are things going? Are you powering through? You’re past the halfway point and doing a great job! Don’t forget to stretch, move around, rest your eyes a bit. And if you’re stuck in your current read and just not digging it, we highly recommend setting it aside and trying something else! This marathon reading is no joke, and we want you to take care of yourselves and have a good time.
An animated chef holding an animated rat (from the movie Ratatouille) raises and lowers his fist down, with the caption "So let's do this thing!"
(Psssst, while you’re here, don’t forget to look back through the previous hour’s posts to see if you won a prize, and if you did, be sure to claim it at the Prize Page!)

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!

Hour 24: Whoa-oh-oh, We’re Halfway There

Jon Bon Jovi in 80s big hair glory spinning with a microphone

Listen, I know I’ve been making the same Bon Jovi joke for years at Hour 24. But honestly, is there any better way to mark the halfway point in the ‘thon? I think not.

How’s everyone doing now that we’re halfway through this shindig? It’s midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning, and you are probably trying to figure out how many hours you’ve got left to hit tomorrow or you’re feeling confident about your numbers from today and thinking you can take it easy Sunday. No matter where you are, just know that Kerry, Kristen, and I are really proud of you guys and you’ve absolutely killed Day One of readathon. 

We’ve got a few challenge winners to announce before we jump into another day packed with reading! First up, the Hour Zero Intro Survey winners:

Daria

Melissa Ormond

Hallie Fields

Sarah Yarbrough

Jessica Kern

Jessica R Pies

Maggie Dodge

Naomi wilson

Zara P.

Fabulous Book Fiend

Shekenah Keith

Mary Partain

Kimberly Sherman

Next up, our challenge winners from Hour 18’s What’s on Your Nightstand? challenge:

Daniela Filipa Pereira Rosas

Cynthia Desgagné

Jill  L

Caroline Ward-Nesbit

JACQUE STENGEL

Kelly Brady

Hallie Szott

Vi Figueroa

Inge van der Heijden

Jennifer Singh

Karin Shank

Erin Coughlin

Robyn West

If you won, go check out the prize page and make your picks. 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!

Also just a reminder to let us know where you’re reading from here and to enter your books into the tracker as you finish them here.

Happy reading!

Hour 21: We Are Doing the Thing

We are almost at the halfway point, and you all are DOING THE THING, and doing a great job of it. Kerry here with a quick check-in to remind you guys about challenges, pick some new door prize winners, and drop in the obligatory motivational gifs:

Chelsea Peretti from Brooklyn 99 shrugs, with a caption that reads "Let's give the people what they want."Meryl Streep stands in an audience at an award show and points to the stage; the caption reads YES.Dame Maggie Smith applauds and smiles, dressed as Professor McGonagall from Harry PotterThe cast of Brooklyn 99 cheers with arms up in the arm and big smiles.Ok, now that we’ve gotten that gif-a-licious cheerfest out of the way, on to this hour’s door prize winners!

Alice @ Reading Rambo

Nina Nesseth

Jessica Peterson

Katie H

Kimberly Theriault

Kathy Trithardt

Aimee Zorich

Stephanie Carder

While you’re here, don’t forget to complete the Hour 18 challenge. And scroll back through the previous posts to see if you won a door prize; we have several winners whose prizes are still unclaimed. (Which reminds me to remind you: If you’ve won a challenge or door prize, don’t forget to hit the Prize Page and claim your prize!)

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!

Hour 18: What’s On Your Nightstand? (Challenge)

SAINTS ALIVE, it’s time for another challenge already?! WHERE IS THE TIME GOING???

First off, I just want to say: you’re all. so. amazing. You’ve been reading all the books, eating all the snacks, spending all this time with us, and—if that isn’t enough—you’re interacting with and cheering each other on.

Every year I think our group of readers can’t get any better, and every year y’all prove me wrong.

three men in a car with one of them excitedly saying best weekend ever

Gif of Jake, Charles, and Terry from Brooklyn 99 in a car saying “Best weekend ever!”

Before we dive into this hour’s challenge, we’ve got some winners from Hour 12! We loved reading your worldview-expanding reads, and (thanks to some help from our random number generator) picked a few winners from the EXCELLENT entries:

Mariann Dargusch

Callie Pastor

Rebecca Simonin

Chessa Hickox

Erin Feinstein

Heather Conley

Michelle Fecko

Jennifer B.

Janani

Sheri Cheatwood

Kara Roost

Alexus Green

Caryn Livingston

Head on over to the prize page to stake your claim!

Without further ado, for the third challenge we want a look at your nightstand. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried a lot of nightstand solutions over the years. I’ve had so many stacked up I knocked them over in my sleep, tried a multi-shelved table, stacked them on the floor…No matter what I do, the books take over! Here’s my current situation:

 

I like to have options at hand, what can I say? Who wants to extract themselves from the pile of snoring dogs and cozy blankets to peruse their bookshelves?

Show us your nightstand books, or tell us how you decide what to keep on your bedside table! Is it everything you’re reading? Do you limit it to one book? Are your bookshelves so full that your nightstand is, essentially, another bookshelf? Share your situation with us!  

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—the halfway point!), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won! You’ve also got six hours left to fill out the Intro Survey!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!

Hour 15: Give Me All the Snacks

FIFTEEN HOURS! We’re rolling! We’re going strong! We’re thinking about… snacks. And puppies, because we all love puppies. And books! And how much fun we’re having, and how much we love you all.

a dog with a stack of cheez-its on his snout

A golden retriever patiently allowing a human to stack cheez-its on his snoot

How are things going for you? Have you taken a break yet? (We highly recommend it; go for a walk, take a quick nap, do whatever you need to do to recharge and power through the next few hours.) Finished any excellent books you want the world to know about? Tell us! Tag your posts with #24in48 so we can be sure to see them, and let us know how things are going.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the Hour 12 ChallengeAnd here is the most recent round of door prize winners!

Rachelle @ Fortified By Books

Leah Crow

Margaret Kelly Pearson

Wendy Bensley

Abantika Bose

Tracey Lafayette

Myndi @ Mad Book Love

Anita Reads

Don’t forget to hop over to the prize page to claim your swag, and stay tuned for more challenges and door prize winners to come!

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!

Hour 12: A Whole New World (Challenge)

IT’S HOUR 12, Y’ALL. We’re a quarter of the way through this thing, and you 👏 are 👏killing 👏 it. 👏

This is a perfect opportunity to do some stretching, refill your snacks or-—you know—eat an actual meal if you’re into that, and drink some water while you crack those page-turning knuckles and get ready for our second challenge!

Before we dive in, here are the winners from the Hour 6 challenge:

Cassandra Wifert

Lindsay Knutson

Maria Angelis Rojas

Christina (christinastephaniereads)

Carla (simoes)

Chelsie Schadt

Simona

ingeveldkamp @leeskipje

Audrey Mattevi

Jana Eichhorn

Laura Cerone

Donia K

Kennedy Gelinas

Head on over to the prize page to stake your claim! And now, the second challenge:

One of the best things about reading, in general, is that it takes us outside of our own lives. Whether that’s through a cozy mystery, a fantastical adventure, or quiet poetry that reminds us of the beauty in the world, all those books on your shelves can help you do just about anything.

More specifically, we here at 24in48 HQ love books that open us up to the diverse experiences of humans the world over. Reading opens us up to truths, ways of thinking, and worldviews that we’d never have otherwise (particularly as three cisgender white ladies). And we’re always looking for more books to do just that.

For this challenge, share a book that has expanded your worldview or changed the way you look at something, whether it’s another culture, gender, race, a new concept, social justice issues…the possibilities are endless.

Here are ours:

Rachel: Homegoing by Yaa Ghasi wasn’t my first foray into “diverse” literature by any means. I’d been intentionally and consciously trying to expand my reading to find 

the cover of homegoing by yaa gyasi

Cover of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 books and authors that didn’t look or sound or think like me for a while. But it was the first book I read that took my perception of the “American” experience and turned it on its head. It’s one thing to know academically about slavery and its impact on Black Americans; it’s something else entirely to be shown how generation after generation is damaged and scarred by the brutality forced upon vast swaths of people. It is also something else entirely to be reminded that America has never dealt with its abuse of slaves and its ongoing abuse of their descendants. The impact of Ghasi’s generational saga has never left me, and I am reminded of the story every time another abuse of Black Americans is in the news.

the cover of Salvage the bones by jesmyn ward

Cover of Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Kerry: “It’s so hard to pick just one, but I’m going with Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. I’d read news coverage and nonfiction works about Katrina and many ways the system failed communities of color specifically in its aftermath, but Ward’s fiction brought the very human, very individualized world of the families most impacted by the storm’s path to light in ways that have stayed with me years after my initial read of the book.”

The cover of evicted by matthew desmond

Cover of Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Kristen: “I remember gasping, crying, and sitting in heartbroken sickness at various moments as Matthew Desmond shared stories of poverty-stricken Americans stuck in a system stacked against them in Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. It blew my understanding of poverty, the housing crisis, and welfare benefits wide open. Since reading it, I haven’t stopped thinking about what home means to people who are—over and over again—prevented from maintaining one.”

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 to see if you won! You’ve also got 12 more hours to enter the Intro Survey

Reminder: This 24in48, we’re trying something new to get a geographic snapshot of all participants and log every book read over the weekend! Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here!