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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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

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:

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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:

ADRIENNE!

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!

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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!

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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 and I’m totally these guys right now:

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

Sarah!!

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

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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!

no sleepOkay, just kidding. You can sleep. See you guys at 6am for another update.