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…

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

I couldn’t help myself. Sorrynotsorry.

Hour 48 Check-In – The Finish Line!

OMG YOU GUYS, WE’RE DONE!!!! Now you don’t have to keep doing this head nod thing to stay awake.

You can actually go to bed and sleep. And what a glorious sleep it will be, knowing you shirked all responsibilities for the joy of reading all weekend (oh, just me with a filthy house then?) Even if you didn’t get your full 24 hours in (it’s okay if you didn’t – I didn’t), you did what the readathon what created to help you do: spend some solid time reading.

Before we get into the business of tallying up the totals, I have a giveaway winner to announce from Hour 36. And that winner is:


Congrats to you (and expect an email from me tomorrow!)

If any of you are feeling up to it – now, tomorrow, in a week, whenever – I’d love to know what your final tally was: how many hours, how many books, how many pages, how many hours of audiobooks, etc. Leave me a comment – I might decide to just send people books if you do. WHO KNOWS? I’M TRICKY THAT WAY. If you’re curious we were 2 readers shy of hitting 200. Ah well, next time, right?

(Also, if you have suggestions or improvements for next time, please leave me a comment too. I want to make this as great as possible, each and every time.)

Now that we’re all good and read out (not hardly, right?), you’re all free to collapse into bed. Unless you live in like Australia and it’s in the middle of the day for you. Eh, you know what? You just read all weekend! You could probably use a nap!

This has been super fun – thanks for letting me be your host once again and thanks to Kristen and Kerry again for the help – and stay tuned here and to the @24in48readathon Twitter account for details of the next #24in48.

Happy Reading, Friends!

Hour 42 Check-In

Holy cats, batman, this weekend has flown by!

There are six hours left in the official 24-in-48 readathon timeline (though you know we like to keep things lax around here, so maybe there are more or less hours left in your version of this readathon).

With the end in sight, do you think you’ll hit 24 hours of reading? What’s the best book you’ve read so far? What’s the best snack you’ve eaten? TELL US EVERYTHING.

After a quick break to move around (impromptu dance party, anyone?) and get the blood flowing again, it’s time to double back down on the books. Six hours is a lot of time to catch up/keep up/hit your reading goals, but if it goes as quickly as the rest of this weekend has, you know midnight will be here before we know it!

Hour 36 Check-In + Prize Winner

Twelve hours left to go, and you guys are going strong!! Some of you in other timezones or on different schedules are already done and I’m so impressed with the bookishness that’s happening. You’re all amazing readers.

It’s lunch time here in NYC, and I’ve got a wonderful cold spicy peanut chicken soba salad to snack on. Perfect for this hot summer day.

You know what else is perfect for a hot summer day? MORE BOOKS! (Duh. What did you think I was going to say?) Lots of you posted your answers to my scary, freezer book question, and I thank you. Now I know which books to avoid ;). Without further ado, the winner of the Hour 24 giveaway is:

Kacie from Kacie’s Bookshelf!!

Keep an eye out for an email from me soon.

And just like last time, I’ve got another prize pack to give away!!

Gulp by Mary Roach
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi
The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
The Merman by Carl-Johan Vallgren

To win this pack, leave a comment and tell me the best book you’ve read during the readathon. I’ll select a winner at the finish line at Hour 48.

Happy reading!

Hour 30 Check-In

This is another guest post from Kristen. 

It is day two, and we are back with another chipper 6AM check-in. Is our perkiness the worst, or the best? You get to decide…just don’t tell us unless it’s the good one.

How is everyone hanging in? More importantly, how are the books? Has anything blown your mind? Have you DNFed a few? This is exactly the sort of conversation we can/want to have over social media, so hop on over if you have things to say or leave your progress in the comments here. We’re listening, and so are almost 200 other people, which is just so dang awesome.

Think about all the people that are reading along with you! Think about how many thousands of pages we have read together, how many new ideas we’ve encountered, how many familiar passages we’ve savored. Think about the cups of coffee, the inevitable ice cream, the “shush, I’m reading” chorus happening across the miles as we read separately, but together.

It might be the lack of any sort of solid/normal sleep regimen getting to me, but I’m pulling the sap out to say: that’s my favorite part about this whole thing, and I’m glad you’re here at 6AM to share it with me.

Hour 24 Check-In – Halfway Mark!

If you’re on the East Coast (though many of you aren’t), it is midnight and the halfway point! Hooray! Exciting! WHEEE!!! Are you getting sleepy yet?

Keep going, you can do it! Maybe a prize announcement will help keep you awake? The winner (randomly chosen) is…


(Of Veggie Bolognese Fame. You’ll get an email from me later today when I’m awake and have had coffee.)

Know what’s even better? ANOTHER PRIZE PACK! This time a set of mystery and thriller galleys of these titles:

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
And Sometimes I Wonder About You by Walter Mosley
The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman
Descent by Tim Johnson
Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

So to win this pack, leave a comment, tell me how many books you’ve read so far and then tell me what’s the most recent book you’ve read that’s made you want to put it in the freezer. I wish I had a pick to add to this but I’m a complete wimp about scary books. But give me yours and I’ll draw a winner in 12 hours at noon today.

You guys are doing great, it’s been so wonderful to talk to everyone on Twitter and Instagram. Keep going! Yew kan dew eet!

Okay, just kidding. You can sleep. See you guys at 6am for another update.

Hour 18 Check-In

This is a guest post from Kerry, who is taking the dinner shift. 

Whoop! You are 18 hours into the first 24-hour stretch of the 48-hour ‘thon. (That’s more math than my typical language-driven brain can really handle.)

How’s it feel? How much reading have you done? Do you feel like you’re on track to reach the goals you may have set for yourself?

Tell us your highs and your lows, and I promise I will get Justin Timberlake to cheer for you.

(See? I always keep my promises.)

It’s coming towards the end of what for many has been a very long day, so I highly recommend standing up and stretching those legs a bit. If you’re on East Coast time, maybe think about dinner (otherwise, think about snacks, because what kind of ‘thon is a ‘thon without snacks?). Go for a walk. Do some jumping jacks.

Then hop back into the books–and happy reading!

Don’t forget you have 6 more hours to enter for a prize pack of books on the Hour 12 post!