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

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.ūüôā

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

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