Exciting/Challenging plans for next month’s #24in48 Readathon!

I’ve been away from blogging for a while but hope to come roaring back in June and July. First, I must catch up on posting about my Deal Me In 2017 stories. I’m about 9-10 behind, but have read four of those. I’ll probably do some “collective” posts dealing with several stories at a time. This is the worst I’ve fallen behind since 2011 – the very first year I attempted the Deal Me In challenge. 😦

What I’m starting to geek out about though, is an idea I have for my reading during next month’s #24in48 readathon. The last few times I’ve participated I’ve tweaked the format, reading 24 short stories in 48 hours, using my Deal Me In approach (what is the “Deal Me In” challenge?) of assigning each story to a playing card in a “euchre deck” and drawing them one at a time to randomize the order. I’ve always found that reading short stories during a readathon helps me avoid getting “stuck” in a longer work.

For next month, though, I’m going to up the ante. I’m making this one a “52in24in48” readathon, reading a full deck’s worth of stories with the catch being that they’ll all be stories by Ray Bradbury, the beloved science fiction/fantasy/however you want to label him writer. Reading 52 stories may take me the whole 24 hours too, making this the first time I’ve done the #24in48 in its pure form (of the “24” meaning HOURS, not 24 short stories). I’ll come up with some prize donations for the home site of #24in48, and maybe offer a few on my own site for commenters, or those who read & post about something by Bradbury during the challenge, or even just for logging into and “liking” The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies’ Facebook page. Heck, you should do that last thing regardless of the #24in48 readathon anyway, right?

I’ll firm up the details of this project in the next few weeks.  One thing I have already decided, though, is that one of my “suits” from my 52 cards will be Bradbury Stories recommended by my fellow bloggers, so give me some recommendations starting… NOW! 🙂

(Below: One of Bradbury’s stories later evolved into the iconic novel, Farenheit 451)

the fireman

I should note also that today (June 5th) marks 5 years since Bradbury passed away. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long already.

(below: one of my favorite Bradbury pics – taken with him posing in the driver’s seat of the Time Machine prop from George Pal’s film adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel.)


What about YOU?  Are you doing the #24in48 Readathon next month (7/22-7/23)?  Do you plan to read anything by Bradbury? What are your reading plans for this fun challenge?


  1. Dale said,

    June 5, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    “The April Witch” is one of my more popular posts and it was a good story. I also really enjoyed “The Fog Horn”. Ray Bradbury has so many great stories! And while “The F. Scott/Tolstoy/Ahab Accumulator” might sound a little gimicky, Bradbury pulls it off!

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    • Jay said,

      June 6, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations, Dale! I actually haven’t read those, though I know about “The Fog Horn” My unofficial plan for the readathon is to really try to read for 24 hours this time, which may get me past 52 stories. Fortunately I have about 160 of them in various sources. 🙂

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      • Dale said,

        June 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm

        Yeah! Bradbury has a lot of stories! And of the ones I’ve read, I can’t think of a bad one.

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  2. June 7, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Welcome back, Jay! I’ve been stalled a little bit with blogging and reading because of the busyness of life. Hopefully August will give me more time to myself.

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    • Jay said,

      June 7, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Thanks, Cleo! I’m hoping my busy schedule is finally clearing up a bit too. 🙂


  3. vidyatiru said,

    June 11, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Jay, as Cleo commented, welcome back! and I have been on and off with the business of blogging and reading challenges myself due to all else 🙂 but hoping to at least stick to an on-and-off and maybe will try the 24hour challenge to make up myself..


    • Jay said,

      June 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks! Yes the “all else” in life is sometimes a real blogging killer. This is probably the worst stretch of non-blogging I’ve had in the 7.5 years since I started Bibliophilopolis. 😦


  4. June 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I was looking forward to reading 24 short stories and 48 hours again, but #24in48 is the same weekend as the masters/grandmasters nationals’ ultimate frisbee tournament in Denver. But, there is a chance that my husband’s team won’t make it and I may end up drowning my sorrows in short stories. There are worse fates. (My team has an automatic bid, but we’re not going to spend money on the trip if only one of us is going.)

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    • Jay said,

      June 13, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I didn’t know UF used the “chess terms” master and grandmaster, but that is cool. 🙂 I’m actually ditching a chess tournament on the 22nd in favor of the readathon.

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      • June 13, 2017 at 10:55 am

        In ultimate, it only refers to age rather than skill. Masters is age 33 for men and 30 for women; grandmasters is 40 for men, 37 for women. This is the first year for grandmasters women; hence my team’s auto bid. Eric (though older than me) is still playing in the masters division.

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        • Jay said,

          June 13, 2017 at 11:05 am

          Interesting. So, what you’re telling me is that had I just pursued Ultimate instead of chess, I’d be a grandmaster by now. *sigh*

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