Snacks, Stacks, & Community: Readers share how they #24in48

24in48 Readathon

Every few rounds of 24in48, we update our How To Readathon: #24in48 Style post. But since we did that this past July, this year we wanted to do something different. We talked to some of our bookternet friends, and asked them what they love about 24in48, how they approach the weekend, and if they had any unique advice, tips, or experiences they wanted to share.

They delivered and then some, so whether this is your first time or your tenth (this has been going since 2012, y’all, wut), be sure to check out what your fellow readers have to say.

Don’t forget: You can find our how to post here, FAQs here, sign-ups here, and participant list here! Don’t be afraid to DM us on social media or send us an email at 24in48readathonofficial [at] gmail [dot] com if you have any questions you can’t find…

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Get your 24in48 swag!

24in48 Readathon

I’m not even going to write up a whole preamble here, folks, because… IT’S SWAG TIME.

We’ve set up our teepublic shop, which is full of shirts and mugs and stickers and totes; all the 24in48 merch your heart desires! We commissioned two “My weekend is all booked” designs, and also have some shiny new logo merch available!

Screenshot one Screenshot of the 24in48 storefront on Teepublic showing our designs on three mugs

You can find our storefront here, and click around by way of desired merch (e.g., click mugs if that’s what your heart desires, crewneck sweatshirts if you wanna be cozy, or onesies if you have a tiny reader spending the weekend with you).

Teepublic handles all order fulfillment and shipping (they ship internationally, too!)

We’re SO EXCITED to share this with y’all; you know what to do. Get your ‘thon swag on.

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Book Review: The Bone Farm by Dean Koontz

The Bone Farm (Jane Hawk, #0.5)The Bone Farm by Dean Koontz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars.

Novella by Dean Koontz only available on audiobook. #0.5 in the Jane Hawk series.

Tightly written story, since it’s 0.5, I’m assuming it’s introducing the character Jane Hawk. The premise, like so many of this genre, is disturbing. All of the characters are well developed; getting into the psyche of the “villain” is uncomfortable, but fascinating.

This audiobook uses two readers, male and female, I think that works well. 2 hours.

Listened 8/11/18

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What Makes Reading Such A Great Escape From Stress and Worry

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Reading is one of those activities that comes with many benefits, including a range of mental health benefits. There’s nothing quite like sitting back on your bed, on the sofa, in a coffee shop – or wherever you are – with a book in your hand and your favourite drink. It’s so tranquil spending time relaxing with a good book, there is quite literally nothing like it.

There’s no doubt about it, reading is a great escape from stress and worry, but what it is that makes reading such a fantastic way to escape your problems, and what other benefits does this hobby come with? For everything that you should know, read on.

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Keeps your mind active

Research has shown that people who read tend to have more active minds than people that don’t read, and people who have these brains are more than two times less likely…

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Word of the day: Shunpike

What a fabulous word! I shunpike whenever possible.
Jul 23, 2018
This week’s theme
Tosspot words

This week’s words

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What does a scarecrow have in common with a pickpocket? A breakfast with a flapjack? They are all tosspot words.

What’s a tosspot word?

Stick a noun to a verb and you have the basic recipe for coining a tosspot word. Two important points. First: the verb comes first. Second: The noun is the object of the verb, i.e. pickpocket is a tosspot word because a pickpocket picks pockets; repairman is not, because a repairman does not repair a man, unless you call your doctor a repairman (better to call him or her a sawbones).

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noun: A side road taken to avoid a toll road.
verb intr.: To travel on a side road.

From shun, from Old English scunian (to avoid or fear) + turnpike (an expressway, especially one with a toll). The word turnpike itself is a tosspot word, from turn + pike. Before a turnpike was a highway, it was a barrier on a road, from turn + pike (a horizontal beam turning on a vertical pin). Earliest documented use: 1853.

“Having safely deposited our daughter in Williamstown, Massachusetts, for the summer, my alluring wife and I decided to shunpike our way back home to Washington.”
Philip Terzian; Little Van, Big House; The Weekly Standard (Washington, DC); Jul 5, 2010.

See more usage examples of shunpike in’s dictionary.