Saturday, June 9, 2012

48 Hour Book Challenge 2012

I'm about eight minutes away from starting my 48 Hour Book Challenge.

I know I probably won't read as much as last year - I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and then, weather permitting, I'll be checking out the local Pride parade. But the rest of the time will be all about reading.

My "To Read" pile is massive. Check back soon for pictures and updates.

For more information about the 48 Hour Book Challenge, check out MotherReader's blog.

Update #1: 10:20PM on Friday June 8

Time spent reading: 2 hours 40 minutes
Time spent blogging: 0 minutes (I will count this blogging time in my next update)

Books completed:
Hourglass by Myra McEntire (390 pages)

Books started but not yet completed:
Margaret and the Moth Tree by Brit Trogen and Kari Trogen (70 pages)

It feels good to have one completed book under my belt. I'd been meaning to read Hourglass for a long time, and I'm hoping to read the sequel Timepiece before it disappears from NetGalley (I hope I'm not already too late!)

Here's a look at the pile of books I've corralled onto my couch to pick from for the next 48 hours:

I had it as one stack, but then that stack started to topple over so I put it in two. It looks a little less threatening this way, I think. I thought that it represents a pretty good mix of middle grade, teen, and adult as well as fiction and a bit of non-fiction, but it wasn't long before I realized that there was one big thing missing: graphic novels! Maybe this is okay, because it will push me to catch up on word (prose?) novels and books.

Of course, this isn't all I have to choose from. The third book from the bottom is actually my Kobo, and there's about 50 books I have on there right now. I toyed with the idea of making this a physical book only challenge, but my NetGalley list is so close to being somewhat manageable and I would love to read a few more of those this weekend. So my rule (for now) is that the Kobo will only be for reading in bed, while physical books can be for reading in the living room, bedroom, or outside. I'm hoping to find an audiobook that I can put on my iPhone for tomorrow.

Update #2: 1:58pm Saturday Afternoon

Total time spent reading: 5 hours 12 minuts
Total time spent listening to audiobooks: 1 hour 12 minutes
Total time spent blogging: 14 minutes
Total time spent networking: 0 hours
Total total: 6 hours 38 minutes

Books completed since last update:
The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman  (261 pages read during 48HBC)

Books started since last update:
Purity by Jackson Pearce (18 pages read during 48HBC)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook, 1 hour and 12 minutes)

The good news is that all of my weekend commitments are now over. The not-so-good news is that my reading time isn't as high as I'd like it to be. I haven't said too much about a goal, but I had somewhere around 20 hours in mind.

I don't think I'm going to list the total books that I finish here (although that could change) - I think I'll save the big list for the finish line post. 

I'm enjoying The Scorpio Races so far, I'm having a bit of a hard time getting into it but I know that there's a lot of story left (and I'm a bit out of practice in listening to audiobooks). The Little Woods was one I got from NetGalley; it's set to be published in July. It's a mystery/thriller with a bit of supernatural mixed in, all set in a boarding school.

The plan is to now spend some time networking and seeing what other people are reading.  And then go read some more.

Update #3: 7:16pm on Saturday

Total time spent reading: 7 hours 1 minute
Total time spent listening to audiobooks: 1 hour 12 minutes
Total time spent blogging: 42 minutes
Total time spent networking: 30 minutes
Total total:9 hours 25 minutes

 Books competed since last update:
Margaret and the Moth Tree by Brit Trogen and Kari Trogen (176 pages)
Purity by Jackson Pearce (157 pages read during 48HBC)

At just over 24 hours into the challenge, I've completed four books,  read just under 1000 pages, and have 9 hours of reading/blogging/networking time in. That's not too bad! I'm reaching a temporary limit on teen angst, so I think I might switch over to some non-fiction


  1. Looking forward to seeing what you have on your pile. After reading your quote, I wish I had some Danziger here to read-- I read that there is going to be a new Amber Brown book that Bruce Coville and another of her friends are working on.

  2. Looks like a healthy pile! I loved My Life in Black and White when I read it.

  3. Hope the reading continues to go well for you! I have finished my 48 hours but am in a groove and it's hot outside so I continue to read! All the best for a great week in front of you, Book People Unite!