48 Hour Book Challenge Final Wrap-up

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Total Pages Read- 3498

Total Time Reading- 19.50 hours

Total Books Read – 17

This was my first foray into the Mother Reader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge. I didn’t set any goals going in, other than to read a lot! I could not dedicate the entire 48 hours to reading, as I already had a dinner planned last night (which was well worth it, as I learned I am going to be an honorary “aunt”!) and today I had to dedicate a few hours to food shopping and cooking dinner.

I loved participating in the challenge though. I finally got a chance to read a lot of the books that I have been meaning to get to but never do for one reason or another. Most of the books I read were already published, because they tend to get moved to the bottom of the pile when I receive an interesting ARC.

What I learned:

  • While I am a fast reader normally, the competitive nature in me forced me to read even faster. This meant that I could not savor books that I really loved, and that frustrated me. It also meant that I skipped reading one of the books I really wanted to read, because I had been warned I would want to savor it.
  • The other people in my life think I am crazy to do this. And reading is a bit solitary, so the BF spent the hours playing his new video game.
  • I am getting old! Staying up past 2am to read used to be a very frequent occurrence. Friday and Saturday night I could not keep my eyes open past 12am!
  • It takes me 30-45 minutes to write a review and it is difficult to cut down on that, even if it means having more time to read.
  • Even if I pick out my books beforehand, I still end perusing my piles in between books and choosing different ones.

What I Finished:

Rumors: A Luxe Novel (The Luxe) by Anna Godbersen- 419 pages
Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride by Barbara Ensor- 149 pages
Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita- 255 pages
Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix- 227 pages
Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw- 190 pages
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth- 162 pages
The Trial by Jen Bryant- 168 pages
Physics: Why Matter Matters by Dan Green- 122 pages
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M.M. Blume- 264 pages
Regarding the Bathrooms: A Privy to the Past by Kate Klise- 144 pages
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale- 314 pages
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson- 250 pages
Welcome To Camden Falls (Main Street) by Ann M. Martin- 174 pages
Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin- 214 pages
In the Small by Michael Hague- 124 pages
How to Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl’s Survival Guide by Sarah O’Leary Burningham- 141 pages
Two-Minute Drill: Mike Lupica’s Comeback Kids by Mike Lupica- 181 pages

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11 Responses

  1. I had that problem, with spending a lot of time writing reviews. But now that I’m done, even though I couldn’t read as many books, I’m happy that the ones I did read, I took time to review properly. Looks like you read some great stuff!! We didn’t quite overlap, but I also read a Margaret Peterson Haddix, and I considered, but didn’t get to, Violet Raines.

  2. I’ve read a good chunk of this! I enjoy Haddix and really liked Turnabout. I also enjoyed Cornelia and Princess Academy. I actually read Main Street #3 for the challenge this weekend. I’ve looked for #1 and #2 in the library to no avail, so I went ahead and read #3.

  3. You totally rocked this challenge! And I did the same thing with thinking I was going to read Book A next, but then perusing my piles and picking out something completely different.

  4. The people in my life were not very understanding either. I can totally relate.

  5. That’s a lot of books for only 48 hours. Nice work

  6. What did you think of The Luxe? I read that a while back — interesting concept…

    I am burnt out after the weekend, and I still have about 30 books I did not get to — Oy!

    Fun enterprise, though, eh?

  7. I loved The Luxe. It’s a guilty pleasure book for me. :)

  8. the luxe and regarding the bathroom sounded cool to me.

  9. [...] I LOVED the books the suggested.  They focused on middle school and young adult titles, all were new or newer, and they divided them into categories like sports, the dead, and oddball heroes/heroines.  Check out the list here, and pass it on!  To see my own list of great summer reads, click here! [...]

  10. [...] Last year was my first foray into the reading challenge and it was awesome!  It felt so good to just set aside an entire weekend to do nothing but read and review.  My stats from last year: Total pages read- 3498 [...]

  11. [...] YA titles, too. In the post, you can link to the GMA-recommended list, or the Reading Zone’s own list, courtesy of MotherReader’s 48-hour Book Challenge. She also posted her 2007-2008Class Book [...]

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