- A stack of middle grade and young adult books from various publishers*
- Caffeine and a fresh bar of Trader Joe's Belgian chocolate
- Assorted Post-It flags
- A notebook (for tracking time)
- An MP3 player (I use the Sansa Clip), fully charged**
- A Kindle, fully charged and with two unread middle grade books***
Looks like I'm ready to start MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge. I look forward to this all year, and I'm so happy that it's finally here. Many thanks for the opportunity / motivation, Pam!
*I find that for me personally, it's better to read books that are on the shorter side. One of my greatest enemies to success during the #48HBC is falling asleep - variety helps, as does stopping more frequently to write reviews. I also try to read from a range of publishers, to keep things fresh.
**Audiobooks are invaluable in continuing to read during times that would otherwise be lost (making lunch, flossing teeth, etc.). This is something I try to do all the time, but especially during the #48HBC.
***This will be the first year that I may mix in Kindle books. Then again, I may not, since I'll be at home with my big stack of books anyway. The Kindle books are very useful in reading while out and about, but I hope not to be out and about for the next 48 hours. Still, I did add a couple of new titles to my virtual drive.
New this year, MotherReader has asked that participants pledge to donate to RIF's #BookPeopleUnite campaign for each hour of reading. Like Pam, I hope that together we can make a positive impact for RIF, an organization that has been making an impact on children's literacy for longer than I've been alive. RIF (particularly CEO Carol Rasco) has been a huge supporter of the Kidlitosphere for years, and I love that we can use the 48 Hour Book Challenge to give something back.
Happy 48 Hour Book Challenge weekend to all! I am in as of 9:38 am Friday (Pacific Time).