Hour 6: Marvelous Opening Lines (Challenge)

It’s all happening! We’re six hours into this thing, and if you’re following the official readathon timeclock it’s 6AM ET.

The sky is lightening, Rachel is wondering when Kristen & Kerry are going to finally wake up, and all of the ‘thonners who started right at Midnight/Hour 0 are taking a nap (we hope).

Whatever your status, we’re happy you’re here! Oh, and also….

🚨 IT’S TIME FOR OUR FIRST CHALLENGE 🚨

A gif with the cast of Brooklyn 99 raising their arms and celebrating while mouthing YES

The cast of Brooklyn 99 raising their arms and celebrating by yelling “Yes!”

We’re a huge fan of first lines here at 24in48 HQ; short, long, dramatic, soft and stunning. Whatever your flavor, a good first line slips its hook into your readerly brain and won’t let go.

Since it’s the beginning of the readathon, we want you to flip to the beginning of the books on your 24in48 TBR stack and share the best first line with us in the form below.

Here’s Kristen’s favorite from her stack:

“It’s rare to know in real time that what you are about to do will define the course of the rest of your life.” –Sarah McBride, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and The Fight for Trans Equality

If you’re posting a photo of your first line 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 12), 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!

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 3: Never Too Late

We’re a short three hours into this thing and if you’re just discovering that readathon exists (um, HELLO, where have you been?), you might be wondering if it’s too late to sign up. The answer is definitely not, no way, it’s definitely not too late. In fact you can sign up and start reading pretty much all weekend and you’ll be eligible for prizes and goodies and why would you want to miss out on that? (Hint: you wouldn’t.) Sign up HERE.

Most of your U.S.-based readers are probably asleep but if you’re global (like me!), what are you starting your readathon with? What’s your readathon strategy? Personally, I like to start with a brand new book and preferably something that’s either super short or super fast so I get at least one book done quickly and I get to feel like I’ve had a productive readathon. Speaking of finishing books, don’t forget that we’re asking you to tell us what books you’re reading all weekend and where you’re reading from. We’ll be updating our shiny new Goodreads profile with all your books this weekend if you want to track what your fellow readathon-ers’ are reading. 

We’ll have your first challenge up in 3 hours at Hour 6, but if you haven’t yet done the intro survey, don’t forget to head over to the Hour Zero post and fill that out.

But I wouldn’t leave you without at least a few door prize winners to kick things off right.

Kaleah
Kimberly Eisner
Erin Abernathy
Jess P
Michael C. Steffens
Cynthia Jacobs
Elizabeth @elizabetheadams
Amy Batkins

If you won, go make your pick on the prize page, and if you didn’t, stay tuned all weekend for more winners. We’ll be drawing random names all readathon and hosting challenges so you’ll have lots of chances to win.

Okay, I think that’s it. I’ll be popping in on all the social media and bouncing up and down, waiting for Kristen and Kerry to wake up and get our readathon squee on together.

(We are not collectively that coordinated, I promise.)

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

It is midnight (well, 12:01am) and this is Rachel here to kick this thing off with a bang! There are so many readers chomping at the bit to get readathoning so without further ado, let’s gif this up and get moving.

Gif of Sister Act nuns dancing

(That’s totes me right now. Kristen and Kerry are pretending not to know me.) (Actually Kristen and Kerry are sleeping peacefully on the east coast. I’m coming to you from Dubai again.)

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, you’ll be able to catch me, Kristen, and Kerry posting here and on social media all weekend. We’ll be taking turns on the official social handles — TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Litsy (@24in48) — and the official hashtag #24in48.

We’re also introducing a new feature to track the books you’re reading this weekend and your geographic location. Let us know where you’re reading from here, and track your books as you finish them here! Also, new this year, we’ll also be logging your books in Goodreads, as well as tracking your three hosts’ TBRs and recommendations.

Additionally, we introduced a PayPal Donate button to help cover the costs of international prizes, which allows us to include many more of your fellow global participants in the prize giving. We’ve gotten a few donations so far this year, but the more we get, the more prizes we can offer. Click on the button in the sidebar or go to 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. As more donations come in 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.

Now, for the meat of the readathon (finally! I know, right?) 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. (Click the Follow button at the bottom of the screen to be emailed every time we post a new update here.)

Just as we did in January, you’ll be asked to fill out a Google form to enter challenges. 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 the Intro Survey — fill out the form below to enter and check out your fellow participants’ answers in the spreadsheet below the form. You’ve got until Hour 24 to enter to win.

Announcing July ’18 Prize Packs

As we’re finishing all the preparations for this weekend’s readathon, we can’t forget to let you know what you have a chance to win should you successfully read for a full 24 hours. Our fantastic prize sponsors have come through again and given us an abundance of riches to pass along to you all.

In order to be eligible for one of these prize packs, you must:

  1. Sign up officially using your name, a valid email, and a URL/username for the platforms you’ll be updating during the ‘thon. (If you need to edit your response to include an actual link or username, you can do so by following the confirmation link you received when you signed up.)
  2. Be active on those platforms during the readathon.
  3. Use some method of tracking your time. This can include your phone’s stopwatch function or a digital stopwatch (preferred) or a written time tracker, but your 24 hours must be clearly recorded. (If you need a digital stopwatch, Google “stopwatch.”) *Pro-tip: take a screenshot of your stopwatch every time you pause it, just in case you accidentally reset it instead of restarting it.*
  4. In the post that goes up at the end of the readathon, you’ll be able to submit your info and proof of 24 hours of reading. You’ll also be asked to note whether you’re US-based or international.
    You’ll have until midnight ET on July 24th to submit this proof, after which the form will be closed.

Obviously, your proof is on the honor system and, while we’re thrilled to be able to offer these prize packages, please don’t abuse it.

Also, please don’t forget your internationally-based brethren and donate if you can.

Okay! Now for the fun part:

For US-Based Winners:

Prize Pack #1: Banned Books Pack

  • Banned Books tote, mug, & socks, courtesy of Out of Print
  • George by Alex Gino
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Native Son by Richard Wright

Prize Pack #2: Library Card Pack

Prize Pack #3:

Prize Pack #4:

Prize Pack #5:

For International Winners:

International Prize Pack #1: $50 Amazon, Wordery, or Book Depository Gift Card (depending on your country/shipping options)

International Prize Pack #2: $50 Amazon, Wordery, or Book Depository Gift Card (depending on your country/shipping options)

But you can’t win if you don’t sign up! So scurry over and get on that, people! And we’ll see you right back here for readathon-ing this weekend.

How to Readathon: #24in48 Style

Hello, dearest reader friends! We are ONE WEEK out from the next 24in48 Readathon, and we can’t. freaking. wait.Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec smiles and turns to speak. The caption reads, "Are you ready?"

As we get closer to the main event, we wanted to be sure to give you all an updated, condensed version of our “How to Readathon” Guide (you can find the original version here and the January 2018 version here if you’re into archives of stuff).

The 24in48 Readathon has grown every year, and we’re excited to welcome over (as of this writing) 1,000 readers for July 2018 (will we break 2,000 readers? We think so, but help us get there by spreading the word to all your reader friends!) More participants means more prizes, more ways to participate, more platforms to engage with us (and other readers) on, and more questions! So we’re doing our best to lay out answers to questions that are a bit more nuanced than the FAQs (though if you’re new to 24in48 and looking for some basics, be sure to check those out!).

So whether this is your 10th readathon or your 1st, take a spin through the how-tos, what’s-whats, and where’s-thats below. If there’s anything we’ve missed, drop us a line on any one of our social channels or shoot us an email!

Sign-Ups

  • Every ‘thon, we have a few people who don’t sign up because they don’t think they can make it the full 24 hours. It’s perfectly ok if you can’t hit 24 hours! You should sign up anyway! You will only be eligible for door prizes and challenge prizes if you are signed up. And there’s no punishment for not making it the full 24 hours.

Stay in Touch with Us!

  • There is a LOT going on in the 48 hours of the 24in48 Readathon, and we want to be sure you don’t miss out on anything. So be sure to follow us on your social platform(s) of choice, where you can see official #24in48 announcements, engage with other readers, see what books are being read and recommended, participate in challenges… you get the idea:
  • Pro tip: tagging all of your social posts with #24in48 to cheer on your fellow readathoners is great, but make sure your accounts are public (at least for this weekend) so others can cheer you on, too! 24in48 is a great way to connect with other readers across the bookternet (behind the scenes fact: it’s what brought all your hosts’ lives together #HeartEyesFaceForever).

Books, Books, Books

  • New this year! Behind the scenes, your co-hosts have made every effort to be intentional about diversity in this event, from prizes to book stacks to increased engagement with international participants (more on this decision, and what it means, here). While participants are encouraged to read whatever books they want during the event, we hope you’ll consider diversity when picking your own 24in48 TBR stacks.
  • New this year! We want to know what you all are reading! We love stats, and want to collect some about the many, many, many books read during this 48-hour window. We’ll have a “Books Read” form live during the weekend and for the week or so after the event for participants to log the books they read during the event.
  • New this year! Follow us on Goodreads to see what your co-hosts are reading, look for book recommendations if you find yourself in a ‘thon slump, or want to view the results of that “Books Read” form we mentioned above! We’ll be collecting them all here.

Tracking Time Read

  • To be eligible for prize packs reserved for participants who read a full 24 hours, you’ll need to keep track of your time read.
  • There are a number of ways to do this, but the most popular/successful is using the stopwatch function on your smartphone or by Googling “stopwatch.” (The Bookout app is also great, but I don’t know enough about it to include instructions here.)
  • Every time you start reading hit start and pause when you stop to take a break. Simple! It doesn’t have to be exact, but because this is on the honor system don’t abuse the clock (no letting it run while you nap, pals).
  • Pro tip: Take a screenshot (esp. if you’re using your phone) every time you stop the clock, just in case you accidentally reset it. You can use multiple screenshots to prove your reading time if needed.

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Challenges and Check-ins

  • Every three hours, a new post will publish on the blog, alternating between challenges and check-ins.
  • The Hour 0 challenge will always be an intro survey, and the Hour 48 post will always be a closing survey.
  • Challenges: every six hours (Hours 6, 12, 18, 24…), you’ll have the opportunity to do a fun little task (usually photo-based) to be entered for a prize. Last time around, we switched things up a little and had y’all submit your challenge entry through an embedded Google Form in the challenge post, rather than comment on the post itself. That worked well on all sides, so we’re bringing it back going forward!
  • Check-ins: If you entered your info on the sign-up post, you’re automatically entered to win a random door prize as long as you’re actively participating on one of the platforms you listed in the sign-up form (i.e. Twitter or Instagram).
  • The best way to keep up with these posts is to subscribe using the Follow button in the bottom right corner of the blog, which will push an email to you every time a new post is published.                                   subscribe button screen capture
  • Pro tip: Even though you are free to participate in the full 48 hours (midnight Friday to midnight Sunday) using your local time zone, following Eastern Time in the US (the official readathon time zone) is the best way to ensure you’re catching as many of the challenges/check-ins as possible. Posts are labeled by hour number, not time (Hour 6 vs. 6:00am on Saturday), so if you start Hour 0 in concert with the readathon itself you’ll have an easier time catching all of the challenges. If you need help figuring out what that translates to in your local time, check out this world clock conversion tool. (The downside, of course, is that if you’re on the opposite side of the world, your reading weekend might spill into Monday or start on Friday instead. If you decide to use local time, you won’t be penalized for having not started or starting early re: prize drawings.)

Adding Social Media to the Form: 

  • Often, the best way to complete the challenge is to take a photo and link it in the form answer box. You can do this by posting the photo to your social media platform of choice and dropping the link into the form (your entry won’t be counted unless it’s submitted through the form).
  • For Instagram: Your post should have a three-dot menu at the top right. Select that, then “share”. From there, it should give you an option to “copy link”. Your account must be public (or the @24in48 insta account needs to be following you already) in order to enter.
  • For Litsy: share a direct link to your post by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the post and selecting how you want to share it (I usually email the link to myself in order to submit the form from my computer, but if you’re using your phone you can just copy and paste the link from you’ve shared it to and add it to the form). For the below post, this is the direct link: http://litsy.com/p/eGlZMm9PZGYw.                                                                        Litsy screenshot
  • IMPORTANT: Due to the number of participants, form submissions  that only include a handle (i.e. @24in48) and directions to go look for the entry will not be eligible. You must include a direct link or the actual image.
  • If you don’t dig social media, you’ll have the option to enter the challenges with a line of text as your entry (where it makes sense with the challenge theme) in place of a link to a social post.

Winning and Claiming Prizes

  • You MUST be signed up on the original sign up form in order to be eligible for prizes. You can sign up after the readathon begins, but you can’t win anything unless you’ve signed up. Your sign up information MUST include not just the platform you’re participating on but the actual place we can go to find you, be that the URL or the handle. (If you’ve already signed up, you can edit your entry by going to the email you received and clicking through to edit or email us at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.)
  • Even if your readathon weekend doesn’t contain much social media or regular check-ins (which is a perfectly fine way to participate), make sure you post something about the readathon when you start the weekend on one of the platforms you entered when you sign up so we know that you actually are participating. You’re still eligible for check-in prizes as long as we can see that you’re reading along.
  • If you are staying away from social for the weekend, don’t forget to check the blog periodically (or at least once at the very end) to see if you won something during a check-in or challenge. Prize winners will be announced throughout the weekend, so scroll through all the posts to check for your name.
  • As soon as you see that you’ve won a prize, hop on over to the prize page (which is being updated as prizes are added) and select your first, second, and third choices. If you live in the US, please do not select any of the international prizes unless that is all that is left. The sooner you claim your prize, the higher the likelihood you’ll get your first choice. The prize page will be updated periodically throughout the weekend so you’ll have a good idea of what’s still available.
  • Pro tip: Make sure that the information you submit through the challenge forms is consistent with your sign up information; if we can’t find you, you’ll lose out.

I hope this helps as you’re prepping for the ‘thon. If you have any follow-up or additional questions, leave ’em in the comments below or reach out on any of our social channels and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

See you soon, readers!

New and Improved FAQs!

Got questions about the 24in48 Readathon? Go check out the updated 24in48 FAQ page!

We’ve tried to cover as many of the basics as we can there, but if we’ve missed something, feel free to drop us a question in the comments here, shoot us an email, or find us on any of our social channels and we’ll get back to you ASAP (Twitter is probably fastest, if your question is pressing).

And stay tuned for a more in-depth and completely up-to-date version of the How to Readathon post coming later this week, which will include instructions for challenges, prizes, sign-ups, you name it.

Still haven’t signed up? Why on earth not? Get thee to the July 2018 24in48 Sign Up Form and join us!

We’re just over a week away from the start of the next ‘thon, and there are already over 1,000 readers participating. We are blown away by the love in this community, and can’t wait to spend a weekend reading with you.

24in48 With Intention: Focusing on Diversity

Over the past five years, our small corner of the bookternet has grown beyond anything we could have imagined. What started with Rachel and 5-10 friends on Twitter is now a sprawling, international, almost 2,000-reader strong biannual event.

I know, right?!

We love all of you, and we’re amazed and proud of how far we’ve come.

With that pride comes realization of the importance of our platform and the responsibility associated with it.

As the ‘thon has expanded internationally, it’s drawn our thon-specific attention and brainspace to the issue of representation and access, including everything from the books we post on social media to the ratio of U.S./Canada prizes to international ones.

The three of us are each dedicated to ensuring representation in our personal reading lives, and while that has naturally carried over into elements of the readathon, we’ve realized that we’re leaving a lot of intentionality on the table.

That’s why, this year, we’re making some changes both publicly and behind the scenes at #24in48.

Publishing is a notoriously white, privileged space filled with gatekeepers who don’t necessarily represent their readership, and we are not OK with carrying on that status quo when our #24in48 community has created this platform allowing us to not only be vocal about the necessity of industry change, but—hopefully—have a measurable impact.

Part of this effort means calling attention to what we’re doing, so we can be accountable for our actions—both when we hit and miss the mark.

We won’t get it right every time, but we’re sure as hell going to try.

What do these changes look like?

More representative book stacks. Actively seeking out titles to recommend that not only include/ represent/promote authors of color, but also LGBTQIA+, disabilities, neurodiversity, geographic diversity, and more. Including descriptions of our images on social media to facilitate accessibility. Encouraging publishers and supporters to consider these intentions when selecting and donating prizes.

We’ll have a few more surveys for you to fill out this year, including an anonymous survey to help us determine the regional distribution of our readership and a book log to show not only how many books are read over the weekend but also the diversity/inclusion statistics of those books.

There’s more to come, and we have more to learn.

Thank you for journeying with us this far; we hope we won’t let you down.

XOXO,

Rachel, Kristen, & Kerry