#48HBC Update (Sunday)

Update!  It’s strange not dedicating the entire weekend to the challenge, but I’m happy with what I have done so far.  I think with blogging/tweeting/cheering people on, I will just hit the 12 hour mark.  I’ll be thrilled with that, considering I lost an entire day to previous commitments.

*Edited at 2:41pm

I’m reading in hour-long increments now.  So many distractions today!

*Edited at 7:37pm

Had to take the dogs for a run/swim at the park.

*Edited at 9:05pm

Time spent reading:

11 hours, 15 minutes

Time spent blogging/tweeting/encouraging others/catching up on the challenge:

1.5 hours

Total time so far:  10 hours, 39 minutes

Books completed:
Capture the Flag- Fantastic MG mystery.  I loved it!
One for the Murphys- Get your tissues ready.  Loved the connection to Wicked.
The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo- A Christmas gift from my baby sister, which came highly recommended.
Salvage the Bones: A Novel- I am too much of a dog lover to be able to enjoy this book.  I appreciate that it is well-written, but it left me feeling sick to my stomach.  Warning: excessive focus on dog fighting.
Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories (Karen and Michael Braziller Books)- Looking forward to using this with my freshman next year.  Some of the stories are really powerful!
Mangaman- A student recommendation. Not my favorite, but enjoyable. I’m not a graphic novel reader, yet.
Trafficked- So, so good.  I love watching Law & Order: SVU, and this read like an episode of the show.
The Polar Bear Scientists (Scientists in the Field Series)- I love this series so, so, so very much.

48 Hour Book Challenge Update #48HBC

Update!  I spent the day at my in-laws, running around with the dogs before heading off to a wedding. I read in the car on the way there and on the way back (my husband drove!  No worries. :) )

Time spent reading:

4 hours, 15 minutes

Books completed:
Capture the Flag- Fantastic MG mystery.  I loved it!
One for the Murphys- Get your tissues ready.  Loved the connection to Wicked.
The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo- A Christmas gift from my baby sister, which came highly recommended.

#48hbc Update!

I love MotherReader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge!

Stats so far:

Time spent reading- 11 hours and 34 minutes

Time spent blogging/tweeting- 2 hrs. (#YAsaves totally counts)

Total:  13 hours and 34 minutes!

Books Read:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater-  My favorite Maggie Stiefvater book.  Water horses?  Umph.  I didn’t want this to end!
The Fox Inheritance (The Jenna Fox Chronicles) by Mary Pearson- A fantastic follow-up.  Can’t wait to share with my students, especially my students who are really into science/genetics.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray- I can not remember the last time I laughed this hard while reading a book. Fantastic and funny!
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner- Great contemporary YA that I think will be very popular with me freshman!
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness- Oh, oh, oh. There are no words. Still wiping tears from my eyes.
The Elephant Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) by Donna M. Jackson- Another great addition to the Scientists in the Field series.
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba by Margarita Engle- Great verse novel. I learned a lot!
Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan- Like a verse novel version of my favorite musical, Hair. Great for older teen readers.
Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception by Gary Paulsen- A book that will have you laughing out loud!
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr-A book that’s been on my TBR pile for ages. Why did I wait so long to read it?!

Total Pages read: 2203

48-Hour Book Challenge Update

Reviews to come later this week….2 hours left to go in my 48 hours!

Time Reading: 9.25ish hours?

Books completed: 7

Time Blogging/Social Media: 3.5 hours

Pages Read: 1260

Completed book listThe Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Jaguar Stones, Book One: MiddleworldThis Is Me From Now On Shakespeare Bats CleanupThe Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Scientists in the Field Series)The Kite Fighters, Seaglass Summer

48-Hour Book Challenge Update

Time Reading: 8.25ish hours?

Books completed: 6

Time Blogging/Social Media: 3 hours

Pages Read: 1097

Completed book listThe Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Jaguar Stones, Book One: MiddleworldThis Is Me From Now On Shakespeare Bats CleanupThe Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Scientists in the Field Series), The Kite Fighters

48-Hour Book Challenge Update

Time Reading: 7.5ish hours?

Books completed: 5

Time Blogging/Social Media: 2.5 hours

Pages Read: 961

Completed book listThe Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Jaguar Stones, Book One: MiddleworldThis Is Me From Now On , Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe (Scientists in the Field Series)

48-Hour Book Challenge Update

Time Reading: 7ish hours?

Books completed: 4

Time Blogging/Social Media: 2.5 hours

Pages Read: 961

Completed book listThe Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Jaguar Stones, Book One: MiddleworldThis Is Me From Now On, Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

48-Hour Book Challenge Update

Time Reading: 6ish hours?

Books completed: 3

Time Blogging/Social Media: 2 hours

Pages Read: 845

Completed book listThe Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Jaguar Stones, Book One: Middleworld, This Is Me From Now On

48-Hour Book Challenge Update

I just finished The Jaguar Stones, Book One: Middleworld.  LOVED it!  I have an obsession with MesoAmerica and this book is perfect for feeding that obsession. :)

Time Reading: 4ish hours?

Books completed: 1

Time Blogging/Social Media: 2 hours

Pages Read: 586

Currently Reading: This Is Me From Now On

Completed book listThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda, The Jaguar Stones, Book One: Middleworld

The Clique Summer Collection #1: Massie by Lisi Harrison

The Clique Summer Collection #1: Massie (Clique Series) by Lisi Harrison is the first of the Clique Summer Collection books. I’ve never read the Clique books but every year I have a handful of students who love them. I’ve flipped through them before but I’ve never sat down and read one all the way through.

Massie is a spoiled brat. In fact, spoiled probably isn’t even a strong enough word. She drove me crazy throughout the book, tossing out designer names, treating her friends and parents like dirt, and generally being a miserable human being. Yet, I couldn’t put the book down. This is chick-lit for kids, silly, over-the-top, and fun to laugh at.  You would never want to be friends with Massie but you totally love laughing at her insanity!

I know there are some people who think the Clique series is teaching tweens to focus solely on looks and designer brands but my students laugh at that idea.  They tell me all the time that they know the books are fiction and they would never even talk to someone like Massie in real life.  But they do love reading about girls like her.

 

Don’t forget!  You can win all 5 Clique Summer Collection books at my blog by entering here!!!

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