#24in48: The Social Distancing Edition

Readers, we miss you.

Your hosts have been busy busy busy with many non-bookish things of late: a baby, job shifts (of both the good and bad varieties), family demands, the rigors of day-to-day living in the current news cycles, international travel. It’s been a lot. And it’s why we decided to pause our beloved 24in48 readathon this winter, skipping the regularly planned January edition while we figure out what the future of this corner of the bookternet might look like (more to come on that; thanks for your patience!).

I mean. Can you even? One of us MADE THAT. 

But in the meantime … we miss you. And as more and more countries are implementing social distancing recommendations (if not actual quarantines), we decided it was time to find comfort in books and the community that loves them.

Which brings us to the Social Distancing Readathon.

Stay home.

Wash your hands.

Read books.

March 21 & 22. 

It’s that simple. No prizes. No hourly challenges. No requirements. Just a chance to reconnect with this amazing bookish community (online! no hand sanitizer required!), read some good books, and talk about them with other readers.

This spontaneous Social Distancing Readathon will take place next weekend, (officially) starting 12 a.m. EST on March 21st. You know the drill by now; adjust your timezone as desired, and read with us on Saturday (21st) and Sunday (22nd) from wherever you are in the world. 

So, who’s in? Sign up here. Connect with us on Instagram and Twitter, and we’ll use the hashtag #StayHome24in48 all weekend.  

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Plan on reading—with us—a whole lot.

We’ll see you on the internet, where digital hugs have no virus transmission risk. 

XX,

Kerry, Kristen, & Rachel 

Hour 42: Your Favorite One Challenge

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Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of happy readers, it is the music of a group who is sad the last challenge is here, but ready to rock this thing… (I don’t know, Les Mis just felt right, I’m running low on coffee).

We’ve got one last challenge for you, 24in48ers, and this one is brought to you by our partners at Flatiron Books and Algonquin.

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For this summer’s final challenge, we want you to look back on the books you’ve read this weekend and tell us what your favorite one was, and why.

Be sure to tag your post using our hashtag (#24in48) so that other readers can find you and, you know, add to that ever-growing mountain we call our TBRs.

Submit your challenge entry here or through the embedded form below, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing to win a copy of one of the following titles: 

📘 The Lightest Object in The Universe, 📕 The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, 📗 The Darwin Affair📚 Dominicana, 📙 American Dirt

For our international participants, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

You have until Hour 48 to enter this challenge.

Before you get back to the books, help us congratulate our winners from our Hour 36 Literary Loot Challenge! If you see your name below, keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize! 

Meg BeeRE Sawyer
Naomi WilsonSteph Firby
Kristi LarsonSabella Dunne
Kristen HarveyValerie Tincher
Brooke ScegielKimberly Amico
Audra RussellTiffany Loveland
Yuchen douAlicia Pender

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

Hour 36: Literary Loot Challenge

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Hour 36 marks the start of the final quarter of 24in48, and we know that it’s crunch time for a lot of readers who are aiming to hit that 24-hour mark. Whether you’re closing in on that goal or only read for a few hours this weekend, you’re doing  amazing, and we’re SO thrilled that you’ve joined us and spent this weekend with a community of readers across the world.

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For this hour’s challenge—which is brought to you by our longtime amazing partners at Out of Print—we want y’all to do one of our favorite things as readers: show off that literary loot.

You know what I mean. The mugs, the totes, the shirts. The Funko figures, the stickers, the pins. You love it, we love it, and we want to see it so show us that book swag, folks.

You can submit your challenge entry here or in the embedded form below, and you’ll entered to win one of Out of Print’s Bookshelf Mugs, Velocireader Shirts, or TBR Socks

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Some of cohost Kristen’s favorite swag

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 30 YA & Middle Grade Challenge! If you see your name below, keep an eye out for an email from us to claim your prize! 

Nicole SpencerMisty SwaffordAlison MorrowAlexis Ennis
Crisna Caroline Alves PereiraRobyn LawMeg Lawson Tori M Stanley
Sarah YarbroughAnaya JonesJennifer HarmonLuna (bookishluna)
Katee HolznagelLaura MyersChrissy JordanElyza Oswald
Jessica HomStacie MayMorgan CornellChessa Hickox

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

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.

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 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 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
Christina
@ You Book Me All Night Long
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.

Hour 6: SFF Challenge

challenge post blog headersGood morning, good morning, good morning you glorious bookworms and reading unicorns!

It’s Hour 6, and the seasoned 24in48-ers among us know that that means it’s time for our very first challenge of this July 2019 readathon. This year, we’re running challenge prizes a bit differently, so if you’ve joined us in the past be sure to give this post a thorough read!

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This hour’s challenge is brought to you by our amazing, fantastical partner Tor.com Publishing, “an imprint for science fiction and fantasy novellas and novels.”

Thanks to fabulous donations from our pals at Tor, we want to hear about all your weird, fantastical, magical, technological, cyber, crypto, robotic books.

Basically: Show us that SFF, y’all. Post a photo of yourself with a favorite SFF novel that you’ve loved in the past, a magical tale that’s on your #TBR for this weekend, your SFF-inspired tattoos, that Harry Potter Funko

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Host Kristen’s Deathly Hallows Ink

collection on your bookshelves … whatever gorgeously amazingly weird beautiful fantastical stories that transport you, speak to you, or that you’re discovering for the first time.

Submit your challenge entry here or through the embedded form below, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing to win a copy of one of the following titles: 

📘 Gideon the Ninth, 📕 Sisters of the Vast Black, 📗 The Monster of Elendhaven,

📚 Silver in the Wood, 📙 Miranda in Milan

For our international participants, you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift card to your choice of Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery.

You have until Hour 12 to enter this challenge.

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

Now, get back to it, and we’ll see you in a few hours! 

PS: Don’t forget that we’re going live on Instagram at Hour 10 (10am EST!)

Announcing July 2019 Prize Packs

We are SO SO SO CLOSE to this weekend’s #24in48 readathon, but we’ve still got a few more announcements up our sleeves. Namely, our prize packs! These are amazing prizes for participants who read for a full 24 hours during the ‘thon – more and more of you are hitting that milestone and we couldn’t be more happy to give more of you the opportunity to win goodies. (Don’t forget, whether you read for 24+ hours or 2 hours, you’re doing the damn thing and setting aside the time to spend with books, and that’s the most important thing.)

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Because of our incredibly generous donors, we’re going to be able to offer SEVEN prize packs for US-based winners and two for international winners.

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 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.

Now for the prize packs!

For U.S.-Based Readers:

Prize Pack #1
One Fiction Box from Call Number
Velocireader Dolman Shirt (Out of Print)
TBR socks (Out of Print)
Jane Austen Tea Mug (Obvious State)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Tote (Obvious State)
Rumi Journal (Obvious State)

Prize Pack #2
One Nonfiction Box from
Call Number
Velocireader Dolman Shirt (Out of Print)
TBR socks (Out of Print)
T.S. Eliot Spoons Mug (Obvious State)
Emily Dickinson Tote (Obvious State)
Sappho Journal (Obvious State)

Prize Pack #3
3 month subscription from
Feminist Book Box
Velocireader Dolman Shirt (Out of Print)
Jane Austen Tote (Obvious State)
Sappho Journal (Obvious State)

Prize Pack #4
Gift card for
one Litographs poster (up to size 24×36″) 
Velocireader Dolman Shirt (Out of Print)
TBR socks (Out of Print)
Jane Austen Tea Mug (Obvious State)
Shakespeare Journal (Obvious State)

Prize Pack #5
Velocireader Dolman Shirt (Out of Print)
TBR socks (Out of Print)
Hearth & Hammer Literary Travel Tin Trio 
T.S. Eliot Spoons Mug (Obvious State)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Tote (Obvious State)
Shakespeare Journal (Obvious State)

Prize Pack #6
Velocireader Dolman Shirt (Out of Print)
TBR socks (Out of Print)
T.S. Eliot Spoons Mug (Obvious State)
Emily Dickinson Tote (Obvious State)
Hearth & Hammer Literary Travel Tin Trio 
Rumi Journal (Obvious State)

Prize Pack #7
One Standard Books and Baths Co. Box 
Jane Austen Tea Mug (Obvious State)
Jane Austen Tote (Obvious State)
TBR socks (Out of Print)
Hearth & Hammer Literary Travel Tin Trio

For International Readers:

Prize Pack #8
US$25 gift card to Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery
Book Nerd Tote Bag
Go Away I’m Reading Mug
Crocomark

Prize Pack #9
US$25 gift card to Amazon, Book Depository, or Wordery
Read Like A Girl Tote Bag
Book Lover Mug
Nessie Tale Bookmark

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.

HOUR 42: What’s your swiss army book rec? [Challenge]

It’s Hour 42, and if you’ve been here before you know that that means: It’s time for our last challenge, and for some Kristen feelings.

Hour 42 means you’ve done the damn thing all the way through, and that this is my last post, and that we’re wrapping up another round of my favorite weekend on the internet until six months from now.

janet cryingI have a lot of feelings around this hour of the ‘thon, because I never want it to end AND I am exhausted AND maybe I’ve cried a bit because you’re all so wonderful AND Kerry and Rachel are the best AND other very important complicated reasons. I CONTAIN MULTITUDES.

Mostly, though, I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad you joined us. I’m eternally grateful for this event, my cohosts, and every single one of you readers the world over.

Whether you’re cramming through those last few hours to hit your goal, finish that book, or just generally see this thing through to the end, we know you’ve got some gifs of celebration/applause to share with the winners of our Hour 36 challenge (head over to the prize page to stake your claim, winners!):

Jamie E.

Jules Q @phreneticmind

Becca Scott

Ariel Kirst

Erin Feinstein

Cecilia Grip

Angela N

Chelsea Stephens

Jackie Edwards

Sarah Flourance

Taylor Worley

 

To round out this shindig, we want you to tell us about your favorite swiss army pick. If you’re not familiar with the lingo, all that means is tell us The Book That You Recommend To Everyone, no matter their book preferences or whether or not they’re generally “a reader”.

You know what we mean, the book you can give your grandma to read and your best friend and your partner and that coworker who stops by your desk and says “So, you read a lot, right? What should I read?”…and no other information.

Here are ours:

 

 

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!

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. We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours (Hour 48), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won!

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!