Sunday, June 7, 2009

48-Hour Book Challenge: Summary

The 48-Hour Book Challenge hosted by MotherReader is done! Here is the final summary:
  • Hours spent reading: 16
  • Hours spent blogging and writing/reading reviews: 2
  • Books finished: 4
  • Pages read: 1268
These are the books I read:
  • Good to a Fault, by Marina Endicott
  • Eye of the Crow, by Shane Peacock
  • Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter, by W. Bruce Cameron
I also convinced Kate, my 10-year-old, to do some extra reading this weekend, and she completed 4 hours. She suggested we donate to our local Humane Society, for each hour we've read. For each of her hours, she will donate 50 cents from her allowance and I'll match her donation, and then I will donate $1 for each of my own hours, for a total of $20.

I enjoyed the weekend immensely (even though I have a lot of unfinished housework waiting for me now), especially having my friend Sharon join me for a few of those hours. It is great to be able to read with good friends, without feeling the obligation to make small talk during the process, but being able to exchange recommendations and ideas with them afterwards.

I am also happy to have discovered this challenge and MotherReader's blog. Many of the other bloggers doing this challenge seem to be particularly interested in children's and young adult books, and a good number regularly review books in these categories. I mainly read literature (especially Canadian literature) and mystery myself, though I do read a good number of children's books recommended by my kids. However, these days, I'm always on the lookout for good young-adult novels for Julia. I only managed to read a small sample of the many reviews posted during the 48-Hour Book Challenge, but I'm looking forward to going back to some of the blogs in the next week.

It was a great weekend of reading, and I certainly hope to do it again next year!


Saints and Spinners said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge! By the way, I'm reading aloud a Canadian book to my 6 year old daughter now. It's Fog Magic by Julia L. Sauer. Do you know it? Thus far, it's the only children's book I've read that takes place in Nova Scotia.--Farida

MotherReader said...

So glad that you joined us and that you got your daughter involved too. Great reading!

Laughing Stars said...

I LOVE the way you and your daughter worked together and raised money for the Humane Society. Kudos to both of you!!

Paulina said...

I hadn't heard of Fog Magic, but now I'll have to look it up! In case you're interested in more contemporary Canadian books for kids, a great place to start is the Forest of Reading lists:

Ms. Yingling said...

Didn't realize Fog Magic was by a Canadian author. I blog all YA (mainly for 6th-8th graders), so if you ever need a recommendation, hop on over. My own daughter is just 11 and VERY particular.

Liyana said...

Great job, I hope to see you participating again next year!

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

I can't wait until my kids are old enough to do the challenges together. Great job!