January 2019 #24in48 Sign-Ups are Open!

I’m just going to come out and say it: It’s peak reading season, y’all. Winter was made for cozy blankets and book piles and a crackling fire, if you can swing it. And you know what else cozy winter reading season means:

We’re back with another round of the #24in48 readathon on

📚 January 26-27, 2019 📚


Navigate to: ❓How does it work?   🆕New this year   📝Sign-up details

This past July,  we welcomed 1,912 readers, and we’re looking forward to having each and every one of you back for an excellent weekend of reading.

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A screengrab of a Google calendar showing that January 26 and 27th are blocked off for 24in48

We’re also counting on you to spread the word, and bring your friends! The best part of this event is the community you’ve helped us build; As the years have gone by, we’ve seen you form reading teams, seen groups of you go away for the weekend for uninterrupted friend and reading time, and watched libraries and indie bookstores host events and recommend books.

It gives us ALL THE FEELS, and every time around it keeps getting better thanks to you.

How does it work?

If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am (official timezone is EST) 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. You can pause as much as you need, enjoy regularly scheduled weekend activities, nap, stop for dance breaks with your kids or pets or neighbors. Whatever works for you.

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, just as we did in July, we’re still accepting donations to help us send more prizes out to international winners through the PayPal donate button on the sidebar (or you can go here; every dollar helps). And if you’d like to donate prizes directly, send us an email at 24in48readathonofficial@gmail.com.

New this year

For those joining us again: Y’all. Have we got some exciting things to share.

FIRSTLY: We’ve spent the past few months brainstorming, and the past few weeks working with a designer, and one result of that is…OUR SHINY NEW LOGO. Isn’t. It. The. Best?!?!? And…we’re not done yet.

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The new 24in48 logo: A font evocative of handwriting that layers 24in48 over a horizontal stack of nine books. Font color is a muted navy, and the book stack is various shades of blue, red, and yellow.

SECONDLY: In the coming days, keep an eye on this space and our social platforms for a 24in48 merch announcement to fill your burning desire for more bookish gear (which we know exists because, hey, we feel it too).

We’re working feverishly to get it all up and running in sufficient time for you to outfit yourselves before the January ‘thon, and don’t worry—we won’t let you miss the announcement. The fanfare will last…for days.

There’s even MORE to come than this, and we’re so incredibly excited to get some other additions / surveys / initiatives off the ground. Stay tuned…and get excited.

Sign-up details

Ready to join? Fill out the form below (or if you’re having trouble, click through here) and feel free to list any and all of the places you’ll be hanging out online during the ‘thon. After you sign up, check out who else is participating. If your entry doesn’t immediately pop in to the spreadsheet, give it a few minutes to populate. (It’s also worth noting that mobile phones can make things difficult, so if the form doesn’t work on your phone, try a computer!)

And you can follow the readathon in all the normal places. We’re on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Litsy (@24in48) and you can use the official hashtag #24in48 everywhere to keep up with your fellow readathon-ers.

See you soon!

Hour 18: What’s On Your Nightstand? (Challenge)

SAINTS ALIVE, it’s time for another challenge already?! WHERE IS THE TIME GOING???

First off, I just want to say: you’re all. so. amazing. You’ve been reading all the books, eating all the snacks, spending all this time with us, and—if that isn’t enough—you’re interacting with and cheering each other on.

Every year I think our group of readers can’t get any better, and every year y’all prove me wrong.

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Gif of Jake, Charles, and Terry from Brooklyn 99 in a car saying “Best weekend ever!”

Before we dive into this hour’s challenge, we’ve got some winners from Hour 12! We loved reading your worldview-expanding reads, and (thanks to some help from our random number generator) picked a few winners from the EXCELLENT entries:

Mariann Dargusch

Callie Pastor

Rebecca Simonin

Chessa Hickox

Erin Feinstein

Heather Conley

Michelle Fecko

Jennifer B.

Janani

Sheri Cheatwood

Kara Roost

Alexus Green

Caryn Livingston

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

Without further ado, for the third challenge we want a look at your nightstand. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried a lot of nightstand solutions over the years. I’ve had so many stacked up I knocked them over in my sleep, tried a multi-shelved table, stacked them on the floor…No matter what I do, the books take over! Here’s my current situation:

 

 

I like to have options at hand, what can I say? Who wants to extract themselves from the pile of snoring dogs and cozy blankets to peruse their bookshelves?

Show us your nightstand books, or tell us how you decide what to keep on your bedside table! Is it everything you’re reading? Do you limit it to one book? Are your bookshelves so full that your nightstand is, essentially, another bookshelf? Share your situation with us!  

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! We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours (Hour 24—the halfway point!), so make sure you check back after you entered to see if you won! You’ve also got six hours left to fill out 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!

Hour 12: A Whole New World (Challenge)

IT’S HOUR 12, Y’ALL. We’re a quarter of the way through this thing, and you 👏 are 👏killing 👏 it. 👏

This is a perfect opportunity to do some stretching, refill your snacks or-—you know—eat an actual meal if you’re into that, and drink some water while you crack those page-turning knuckles and get ready for our second challenge!

 

Before we dive in, here are the winners from the Hour 6 challenge:

Cassandra Wifert

Lindsay Knutson

Maria Angelis Rojas

Christina (christinastephaniereads)

Carla (simoes)

Chelsie Schadt

Simona

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Audrey Mattevi

Jana Eichhorn

Laura Cerone

Donia K

Kennedy Gelinas

Head on over to the prize page to stake your claim! And now, the second challenge:

One of the best things about reading, in general, is that it takes us outside of our own lives. Whether that’s through a cozy mystery, a fantastical adventure, or quiet poetry that reminds us of the beauty in the world, all those books on your shelves can help you do just about anything.

More specifically, we here at 24in48 HQ love books that open us up to the diverse experiences of humans the world over. Reading opens us up to truths, ways of thinking, and worldviews that we’d never have otherwise (particularly as three cisgender white ladies). And we’re always looking for more books to do just that.

For this challenge, share a book that has expanded your worldview or changed the way you look at something, whether it’s another culture, gender, race, a new concept, social justice issues…the possibilities are endless.

Here are ours:

Rachel: Homegoing by Yaa Ghasi wasn’t my first foray into “diverse” literature by any means. I’d been intentionally and consciously trying to expand my reading to find 

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Cover of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 books and authors that didn’t look or sound or think like me for a while. But it was the first book I read that took my perception of the “American” experience and turned it on its head. It’s one thing to know academically about slavery and its impact on Black Americans; it’s something else entirely to be shown how generation after generation is damaged and scarred by the brutality forced upon vast swaths of people. It is also something else entirely to be reminded that America has never dealt with its abuse of slaves and its ongoing abuse of their descendants. The impact of Ghasi’s generational saga has never left me, and I am reminded of the story every time another abuse of Black Americans is in the news.

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Cover of Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Kerry: “It’s so hard to pick just one, but I’m going with Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. I’d read news coverage and nonfiction works about Katrina and many ways the system failed communities of color specifically in its aftermath, but Ward’s fiction brought the very human, very individualized world of the families most impacted by the storm’s path to light in ways that have stayed with me years after my initial read of the book.”

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Cover of Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Kristen: “I remember gasping, crying, and sitting in heartbroken sickness at various moments as Matthew Desmond shared stories of poverty-stricken Americans stuck in a system stacked against them in Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. It blew my understanding of poverty, the housing crisis, and welfare benefits wide open. Since reading it, I haven’t stopped thinking about what home means to people who are—over and over again—prevented from maintaining one.”

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! We’ll post the winners of this challenge in six hours (Hour 18), so make sure you check back to see if you won! You’ve also got 12 more hours 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!

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 🚨

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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!

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.

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!

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…

Sarah!!

(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.