Last year I dove right in to the 48 Hour Book Challenge for the first time ever. I did ok – I think my total goal between reading and networking was 15 hours. Not too shabby for a mother of 4 boisterous children. So this year I decided to give it another go. My goal is to read for 15 hours, beginning at 9am today and ending at 9am on Sunday.
I have a big stack of books I’m working my way through (and it keeps growing as I add new books!) as I plan our American History lesson plans. So you may notice a theme in my reading.
Once again, my daughter will also, unofficially, be participating. She enjoyed it last year, but gave up when her friends wanted to play. I expect the same to happen this year, but her goal is to read for 10 hours. (She started with 2o hours as her goal, but decided 10 would allow her more play time.)
Now I’m going to eat some breakfast, take a shower and dive into my reading!!
So far, I’ve only read for 3 hours and finished one book – Walk the Worlds Rim I’m going to try and squeeze in a few more hours before the family makes me stop to fix dinner…maybe I can talk them into take-out?
It is now 9pm so I’m 12 hours into the challenge. My current stats:
- Hours read – 7
- Networking – 1
- Books finished – 1 3/4
My goal was to get another 2 hours in tonight, but I’m feeling sleepy – I’m not much of a night owl. Plus, no matter how late I stay up reading, my kids are going to wake me up at 7:30 am. I’m hoping to at least finish the book I’m currently reading – The King’s Fifth.
It’s just about 9am, so I’m halfway through the challenge. My stats thus far:
- Hours read: 8
- Networking: 1
- Books Read: 2
I’m pretty pleased with my progress so far – I am more than halfway to my goal – I might even manage to beat my goal!! I’ve been reading historical fiction so far, which I love, but I’m in the mood for something different, so I think I’m going to read Rules next.
It is now 6:45 pm, and I feel like I’m nearing the finish line, despite the fact that I have many hours left to go. Here are my stats thus far:
- Hours read – 14
- Networking – 2
- Books read – 4
I finished Rules this afternoon. I think it was probably one of the best YA books I’ve read this year. I really loved the main character and how she felt that needed to protect her brother. Then, this evening I read The Fighting Ground 25th Anniversary Edition. I really wanted to love this book – it’s Avi after all. I don’t know why, but I just didn’t connect with it. Maybe it was because I read it following Rules, I don’t know. I definitely think I’ll pass on having my boys read it this year – the German lines alone would have them throwing the book on the floor in frustration.
Ok, I’m going to try and get some more reading in this evening and I’ll update tomorrow morning when I’m finished!
Crossing the Finish Line!
It is now 9:00 AM and my 48 hour challenge is over! I finished up my last book this morning – Sees Behind Trees which I really enjoyed. I think my boys will love it as well.
Here are my finishing stats:
- Hours read – 16
- Networking – 2
- Books finished – 5
- # of pages read – 888
- Total combined hours – 18
I am very pleased with my results – I did better than I thought I would, and I stayed caught up on laundry too! I made a decent sized dent in my reading pile, which was my main goal.