Total time: 21 hours (my goal was 20 hours)
Time spent reading: 14 hours
Time spent listening to audiobooks: 4.5 hours
Time spent blogging and tweeting: 2.5 hours
Money raised for Room to Read: $118 (21 hours + 13 comments)
Since the challenge does not end for everybody until 7 a.m. Monday, June 6 any comments submitted by then will be added to this total. Updated: Thanks to everyone who commented and the support that meant for Room to Read’s local language publishing programs!
Books completed: 8
Also Called Harper by Ann Haywood Leal (ICCA nominee 2011–2012)
Chime by Franny Billingsly
The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes by Marlane Kennedy (ICCA nominee 2011–2012)
Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin (ICCA nominee 2011–2012)
Franny Parker by Hannah Roberts McKinnon (ICCA nominee 2011–2012) (got a copy since challenge started)
Garden of Eve by K. L. Going (audiobook) (ICCA nominee 2011–2012)
Melonhead by Suzanne Jurmain (ICCA nominee 2011–2012)
The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne Jurmain
I spent hardly any time tweeting, blogging and commenting on the last day as I really wanted to finish more books and was at the Summer Reading Program kick-off in the middle of the day. So I’m off to go read others posts now and keep adding to my TBR pile. I learned about some great titles yesterday and am sure it will be the same again tonight. I hope to write reviews on the books I read in the coming days.
Books I am most interested in reading after reading others reviews/tweets, etc.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman
Science Fair Season by Judy Dutton (hadn’t heard of this one at all before 48HBC)
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
What I would do differently:
If I am able to do the challenge next year, I will throw more nonfiction and more new titles into the mix. Listening to an audiobook worked pretty well for me and at least 3 of the hours I spent listening to it would not have been reading hours so it was great in helping me reach my 20 hours goal. I will, however, use narrator recommendations more heavily when choosing the audiobook next year. I’m pretty sure I would have liked Garden of Eve sooner if I’d been reading, rather than listening to it. Another option might be a nonfiction audiobook so that I’m not trying to keep multiple story lines going in my head.
Overall, doing the 48hbc was a good experience. I enjoyed the snacks and had a couple of great conversations with kids about ICCA nominees at the library this afternoon that were definitely richer because of my recent reads. Many many thanks to Mother Reader for coordinating the challenge!