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The Book Thief: Markus Zusak

48 Hour Book Challenge, My Final Tally

I found this 48 hour book challenge utterly consuming. I didn't cook anything during the 48 hours, didn't put away the dishes in the dish drainer, didn't bring in the mail, didn't go for my usual walk. I could never keep this up all the time, but I learned that it's amazing how much reading and reviewing you can get done, if you make it your top priority.

This experience also reinforced to me how much I love writing book reviews. I had thought that I would do brief reviews, and maybe go back and beef them up later. But I found that I didn't feel like the book counted if I didn't review it with at least a reasonable degree of effort. One habit that helped me was creating the post, with links, when I started reading the book, and filling in notes as I went along. This made writing the reviews fairly quick, and I'm sure that I remembered to include things that I might have missed otherwise. 

But enough of that. Here are my numbers, out of about 46 hours:

  • Total books read and reviewed: 10 (I started #11, but was unable to finish it)
  • Total pages: 2692 (not counting the partial 11)
  • Time spent reading: 22 hours (122 pages/hour)
  • Time spent blogging/reviewing: 5 hours (not counting this summary)
  • Total time reading and reviewing: 27 hours

And here are the books that I reviewed, with links to each review. I read mostly middle grade novels, with a couple of young adult books thrown in towards the end. 8 of the 10 were books that I had not read before - two were old favorites.

  1. 12 Again by Sue Corbett
  2. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
  3. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
  4. Dawn Undercover by Anna Dale
  5. Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
  6. The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  7. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E. L. Konigsburg
  8. The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton
  9. Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jenny Nimmo
  10. Chasing the Jaguar by Michele Dominguez Green

Of the above 10, my favorite remains The Four-Story Mistake. The one that wowed me the most was The Devil's Arithmetic. I also really enjoyed Ruby Holler. But I was 10 for 10 in terms of enjoying the books. And I'll look for next books in the new series that I discovered (Chasing the Jaguar and The Case of the Missing Marquess).

I just noticed that all 10 books that I completed this weekend were by female authors. Purely coincidence. The two that I'm reading now are Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Hmmm, there's a sub-theme there, isn't there?

Thanks so much, MotherReader, for organizing this book challenge!! What a wonderful, book-filled weekend.

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