Hour 9: I’m Totally Awake

HELLO AGAIN. It’s time for another check-in (and door prizes!).

Most likely, I (Kristen) am just waking up because my dogs were too cuddly and warm and leaving my bed seemed difficult, and I’m stumbling into the shower to become human. Rachel doesn’t move until she coffees, I don’t coffee until I shower. Kerry has usually run 30 miles or something by now. We all have our morning processes.

Now that I’m awake, I’ll say good morning! We’re about 20% of the way through this thing, and it’s All. Going. Great.

How do I know that?! You’re here, you’re reading, and those are two of my favorite things. This readathon means a lot to me, and watching it grown and morph into an even better version of itself every year is one of my greatest joys.

What are you reading? How are you doing? Are you just getting started, or rolling on into hour nine like a champ? Let us know in the comments, or tag us in a post on social media using #24in48!

Also, don’t forget to complete the Hour 6 Reading Nostalgia Challenge (winner announced in Hour 12!), and I’m gonna give y’all another reminder about the Intro Survey! And now…the door prize winners!

Theresa M Emig
Katharine @Kathareads
Jennifer Crawford
Shonda Brewer
Elizabeth @lavidasegunlily
Nubia Rivera
Karena Fagen
Kristine Lewis

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


Hour 6: Reading Nostalgia

Good morning, beautiful readers! If you’re following the official timeclock, it’s 6AM and we here at readathon HQ are in varying stages of sleep and awake, stumbling to the coffee pot and extricating ourselves from snoring dog piles.

Pro Tip to get things going: drink something hot (tea, coffee, you do you), pace yourself, and pick something quick and engrossing to kick off your reading. It’s important to start with a quick read that will make you feel accomplished out of the gate! Trust us.

While we have you, though, it’s TIME FOR OUR FIRST CHALLENGE. We’re coming at you with all new challenges this year, and we couldn’t be more excited! First up: time for some nostalgia.

What’s the oldest children’s book you have, or a book you’ve held onto since your childhood? Share it with us!

Every reader I’ve met has strong childhood memories of devouring every book they could get their hands on, but there are some that stick out among the sea of books. I’ve got a battered copy of The Phantom Tollbooth and The Westing Game on my shelf that I’ll never be able to part with.

Drop your email address and answer into the form at the bottom of this post to enter; you have until Hour 12 to submit your entry! Don’t forget to check the prize page after the challenge closes to see if you won! (ALSO you can still enter the Intro Survey challenge from Hour Zero and check Hour 3 to see if you won a prize.)

Hour 3: Things Are Happening

Oh my god, I can’t believe we’re three hours in. I can’t believe we’re here, full stop!

It’s a new year, a new winter edition of 24in48, a new stack of books, and a whole new round of gifs. You know, the important content you’re all here for.

Wherever timezone you’re joining us from, we’re at hour three and we’re so damn happy to be here. Our Captain Rachel just hit her midday Saturday stride, and your trusty co-hosts Kerry and Kristen are sound asleep in their beds on the East Coast of the U.S. For the second time in a row, we’re all swabbing the decks and manning the sails of the Good Ship Readathon together, and we’re so happy to be here with you.

As we’re kicking things off, we want to remind y’all where everything is. You can find the list of participants here, follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds, check out the Prize page, and get some pro readathon tips here. We’re also on Litsy (@24in48), and you can reach us at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com if you need us! Don’t forget that the entire readathon community tags posts with #24in48 across all social media platforms, so go find each other!

We’ll be quiet now and let you get back to the reading. Remember: you’re doing the thing, you’re amazing, and we like you.

Before you go: we’ve got our first round of door prize winners and a reminder to fill out the Intro Survey! We’ll be back in Hour Six!

Tatiana Ellis
Ingrid Ingram
Mary Ellen @aparanormalromance
Alicia Copeland
Faith Ramage
Christina Hufford
Ness Shortley
Steve @Zakath1
Michelle Rafalski

Congrats to our first round of winners! Don’t forget to claim your prizes here!


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

Finally! It’s back again! We’re in our fifth year of doing this readathon thing, and it has just gotten better and better each time. Let’s gif this round off properly:

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, introductions: my name is Rachel and I’m the creator of the 24in48 readathon. Kerry and Kristen are back again to help me with hosting duties and we’ll be trading off posting responsibilities all weekend. You’ll also be able to catch us on social media all weekend. We’ll be taking turns on the official social handles — TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Litsy (@24in48) — and the official hashtag #24in48.

Before I get into some of the nitty gritty for this kick-off, I wanted to just remind everyone of the donate button over there in the sidebar or click on 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. We’ve gotten a few donations but as we get more 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.

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.

One major change for this round of the ‘thon: rather than entering challenges by leaving a comment, you’ll be asked to fill out a Google form instead. Hopefully this will make life much easier not only for you, but also for your readathon hosts. Note that 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 our re-vamped Intro Survey — fill out the form below to enter and check out your fellow participants’ answers in the spreadsheet. You’ve got until Hour 24 to enter to win.



Leveling Up, #24in48 Style

Readers! We’re back with an updated, condensed version of our How To Readathon Guide (you can find the original version here) a few days before this winter’s edition of 24in48!

Every ‘thon, we add hundreds of more readers than participated last time. With more prizes to win and places to participate than ever before, we’ve identified a commensurate need for some first timer guidance! Whether you’re totally new to the readathon or you’re a veteran looking to level up, these tips are for you!

(If you’re a repeat thonner, give this guide a thorough read: we’ve made a few changes to the challenge posts this time around! If your questions are on the basic end of things–how to sign up, what is the 24in48 anyway, and what counts for reading time–check out our FAQ post.)

  • 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.

stopwatch screen capture

  • 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. This year, we’re switching things up a little and having you submit your challenge entry through an embedded Google Form in the challenge post, rather than comment on the post itself.
    • 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: click on the date of the post (see below) to go to a direct link to the image (https://www.instagram.com/p/BPnWz65AlBh/). Your account must be public (or the @24in48 insta account needs to be following you already) in order to enter. Instagram capture
    • 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.
    • 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).
  • 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.)
    • 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 Tweet us @24in48!

See you soon, readers!


Announcing Jan ’18 Prize Packs

We’re doing some last minute prepping for the readathon this weekend, but of course we couldn’t forget to announce our amazing prize packs for participants who manage to read a full 24 out of 48 hours. Once again, we have some amazing prize sponsors who have generously donated toward these packs.

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.
  5. You’ll have until midnight ET on January 30th to submit this proof, after which the form will be closed.

Obviously, your proof is on the honor system and, while I’m 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:

Prize Pack #1:

Prize Pack #2:

Prize Pack #3:

Prize Pack #4 (For International Winners Only):

  • $50 worth of books from either Amazon.com, Book Depository, or Wordery (depending on your country/shipping options)

Who’s excited? I know I am!


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.