48hr challenge wrap-up

48hbcI’m finished! At 7 AM this morning I crossed the finish line for the 48-hour challenge. This weekend was not the best one to sit down and just read. I visit family, battled migraines, cooked, clean . . . This weekend was so busy.

My Stats: Read 3 books for a total of 7 hours

Bone Vol. 1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick
Peace, Locomotion by Jeff Smith

Didn’t finish: Bone Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith

Total Hours: 10

3 spent networking
7 reading

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48 Hour Challenge

48hbcI  officially started at 7:00AM. For the first hour I’m reading Bone Vol 1: Straight out of Boneville by Jeff Smith.

Sunday Salon: Reading events

sunday salonIt’s amazing that May is almost over with. It’s been a forgettable month. I can barely remember what I’ve accomplished. Book-wise I didn’t accomplish much, reading only three adult, four young adult, and fourteen children’s books.

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I couldn’t give you just one book as my favorite this month, so I’m going to give you my top two. Sarah Stewart’s The Friend, a children’s book about unconditional love and the short story collection/graphic novel Tales of Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. Both books are amazing and highly recommended.

Shauna at Reading and Ruminations has been in a reading funk and came up with a great personal challenge. called the Summer Reading Blitz. She wants to read 30 books in 30 days for the month of June. I think it’s such a great idea that I’m joining her. I have a stack of books lined up, ready and waiting.

Also joining the challenge are fellow bloggers

Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews

Brittanie at A Book Lover

Ruth at BookishRuth

Shauna and Brittanie will be hosting giveaways throughout June. Make sure you’re subscribed to their blogs so you don’t miss out.

June is also the start of

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a young adult reading tournament that is the brainchild of the bold Renay. From June 1st through August 2nd, twenty bloggers will be judging sixteen young adult novels, published in 2008, that should’ve received more attention. If you click on the above icon, you can see the books that are being judged.

The judges are:

Valentina, Valentina’s Room
Jodie, Book Gazing
Natasha, Maw Books Blog
Ali, Worducopia and Lenore, Presenting Lenore
Mary Ann, Libr*fiti
Trish, Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’ and Vasilly, 1330v
Kelly, YAnnabe
Becky, Becky’s Book Reviews, and Kailana, The Written World
Heather, A High and Hidden Place
Amy, My Friend Amy
Laza, Gimme More Books!
Stephanie, Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-Holic
Nicole, Linus’s Blanket
Renay, YA Fabulous and Susan, She’s Too Fond Of Books And It’s Turned Her Brain
Chris, Stuff As Dreams Are Made On and Nymeth, Things Mean A Lot

Look out for reviews and updates on the tournament from the judges. Nerdsheartya is also on Twitter. I’m so excited, I’m hoping to read all the shortlisted books.

If you didn’t know already, next weekend is the start of Mother Reader‘s 48 Hour Challenge. For 48 hours bloggers all over the blogisphere will be reading as much as they can. You don’t have to read for 48 hours straight, but within a 48 hour period of time. Of course I’m in.

Posts from this week:

500 Great Books by Women
10 Fiction Books for Summer

What are you reading this week? Have you signed up for the 48 hour challenge?

48 Hour Book Challenge Wrap-Up

The Secret Garden (2004 ed.)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
248 pages
5 out of 5

It’s official. I’m finished with the challenge. This has been an interesting experience. Caffeine was supposed to help me stay up to read in the wee hours of the night, but for some strange reason did not work at all. The lastest I stayed up was until 11 o’ clock last night.
What I read:
Wit: a play 93 pgs
Driving Miss Daisy 39
The Secret Garden 248
The Sandman 240
Time and Materials 85
The Wild Braid 144
The Scent of God 30 – didn’t finish
Rules for old men waiting – 40 didn’t finish
The Lawn, short story by Mona Simpson
from The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories 22 pgs

My page total: 941 pages. I can’t even tell you how many hours I’ve spent on this challenge, my life is too hectic. My book total is 6 books, 2 plays, and a short story.

My favorite reads were Time and Materials, Driving Miss Daisy, The Scent of God, and Wit.

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The Wild Braid: A poet reflects on a century in the garden (2005)
Stanley Kunitz
144 pages
4 out of 5 rating

Summary: It is just what the subtitle says it is: a poet’s reflection of his garden. But it is also his reflections on his childhood, his mother, and the makings of poetry. The book contained some of his poems and the memories that inspired them.
So now I’m off to bed. For some reason the two cups of coffee I drank earlier are not kicking in.

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The Wild Braid: A poet reflects on a century in the garden (2005)
Stanley Kunitz
144 pages
4 out of 5 rating

Summary: It is just what the subtitle says it is: a poet’s reflection of his garden. But it is also his reflections on his childhood, his mother, and the makings of poetry. The book contained some of his poems and the memories that inspired them.
So now I’m off to bed. For some reason the two cups of coffee I drank earlier are not kicking in.

I love a challenge!

On the eve of the 48 Hour Book Challenge, I signed up for Amanda’s second annual Summer Reading Challenge. I really like this challenge because there are no rules except read what you want and try to post every week. I have no idea what I’m going to read, but it doesn’t stop me from joining.

For the 48HBC, I have my books ready and waiting. I almost started reading Rent by Jonathon Larson tonight. Instead of waiting to start at 7 p.m. Friday night, I’m starting at 8 a.m. Friday morning. I’m such a nerd, my books are piled up next to my computer waiting to be read.

The end of the 48 hour challenge

I failed this challenge. I should have known I wouldn’t be able to participate. Today is my youngest baby’s second birthday. So between running around for the party, cooking, and buying him something, I barely got any reading done. I started Grace (eventually) by Anne Lamott, but being the moody reader that I am, I put it down. Maybe I’ll read some of Lamott’s earlier writings later this week. I really don’t feel like reading right now. I’m off to light the candle on my baby’s cake and wish him a happy birthday.

48 Hour challenge

I don’t know what’s wrong with my blog right now. I already posted an entry about the 48hour challenge, but to no avail. What is going on? Okay, I signed up for the challenge. My hours started yesterday afternoon at 4 p.m. until Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Okay, so I’m off to read. I love this challenge!!

48 Hour Challenge

Why did I have to find out about another challenge. This one is the 48 hour challenge. It starts today and for 48 hours you read as much as you can. You pick your own 48 hours but couldn’t start earlier than 7 a.m. this morning and end no later than 7am Monday. So my hours are going to be from 3:30 this afternoon until 3:30 Sunday afternoon. I can’t wait! I’m off to read and blog almost all weekend!