June 16th, 2006

reading

The 48 Hour Book Challenge 2006

The 48 Hour Book Challenge was created by MotherReader. While it does have some basic rules of play, the focus is on the love of reading, not on doing nothing but read for two days straight. MotherReader encourages readers make this marathon what they will. Some participants are planning to re-read favorites novels while others are mixing the old with the new. Parents might be making a point to read out loud to their kids or have a household hour of silent reading.

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What I Read
Two Times the Fun by Beverly Cleary - Decent but not awe-inspiring
Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary - Most likely to cause nostalgia
The Grey Zone by Tim Blake Nelson - Heaviest subject matter
Fairy Realm #1: The Charm Bracelet by Emily Rodda - Cutest
Fairy Realm #2: The Flower Fairies by Emily Rodda - Cutest
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry - Okay, but ultimately disappointing
Gooney Bird Greene and the Room Mother by Lois Lowry - Least impressive
Beany and the Meany by Susan Wojciechowski - Cute and well-meaning
The Secret World of Alex Mack: Alex, You're Glowing! by Diana G. Gallagher - I miss Alex Mack
The Secret World of Alex Mack: Cleanup Catastrophe by Cathy East Dubowski - Earth Day is every day
Ghosts of Albion: Astray by Christopher Golden and Amber Benson - Imaginative; highly recommended
Secrets of Dripping Fang: Book One: The Onts by Dan Greenberg - Funny and family-friendly
What's Yer Poison? by Christopher Golden and Jose R. Nieto - Nice to meet you, Silver Surfer
Radically Both by Christopher Golden - Spider-Man is cool
The Blue Mirror by Kathe Koja - Quickquickquick writing
Things Left Unsaid by Stephanie Hemphill - Delightful; highly recommended

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Results
Total: 16 books read in less than 10 hours
Standout: Astray by Christopher Golden and Amber Benson: Fantasy + myth + historical fiction
Standout: Things Left Unsaid by Stephanie Hemphill: Contemporary + poetic + great execution
Overall: I would have read more if Real Life had allowed it, but I'm still fairly pleased.

MotherReader declared me the winner of the alternate challenge. I am honored.

On July 12th, the 48 Hour Book Challenge was profiled in the the School Library Journal.

Kudos to MotherReader for creating the Challenge, and congratulations to all of the participants. Let's do this again sometime.

Update: The Challenge was such a success that MotherReader did decide to hold the event again. Here's my post from 2007.
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