I got off to a bit of a later start than I intended, for various reasons, but I'm now officially announcing my launch of MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge. It is 2:00 pm , Pacific Time. I've got my little reading study all set up, with water and tissues and a blanket and pillow, and of course a big stack of books. My current top 11 list of candidate books is:
- Running Out of Time - Margaret Peterson Haddix
- The Willoughbys - Lois Lowry
- Lulu Atlantis and the Quest for True Blue Love - Patricia Martin
- Cicada Summer - Andrea Beaty
- Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit - Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
- Confessions of a Serial Kisser - Wendelin Van Draanen
- Neptune's Children - Bonnie Dobkin
- Steel Trapp - Ridley Pearson
- Saffy's Angel - Hilary McKay
- 100 Cupboards - N. D. Wilson
- The Seems: The Split Second (Book 2) by John Hulme and Michael Wexler (this one showed up this morning, part of a big box of ARCs from Bloomsbury, and rapidly jumped onto the list)
And I plan to start with Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit.
Here are the basic guidelines:
- The weekend is June 6–8, 2008. Read and blog for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Monday-morning window. Start no sooner than 7:00 a.m. on Friday the sixth and end no later than 7:00 a.m. Monday. So, go from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday... or maybe 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Monday works better for you. But the 48 hours do need to be in a row.
- The books should be about fifth-grade level and up. Adult books are fine, especially if any adult book bloggers want to play. If you are generally a picture book blogger, consider this a good time to get caught up on all those wonderful books you’ve been hearing about. No graphic novels. I’m not trying to discriminate, I’m just trying to make sure that the number of books and page counts mean the same thing to everyone.
- It’s your call as to how much you want to put into it. If you want to skip sleep and showers to do this, go for it. If you want to be a bit more laid back, fine. But you have to put something into it or it’s not a challenge.
- The length of the reviews are not an issue. You can write a sentence, paragraph, or a full-length review. The time spend reviewing counts in your total time.
- For promotion/solidarity purposes, let your readers know when you are starting the challenge with a specific entry on that day. Write your final summary on Monday, and for one day, we’ll all be on the same page, so to speak.
- Your final summary needs to clearly include the number of books read, the approximate hours you spent reading/reviewing, and any other comments you want to make on the experience. It needs to be posted no later than noon on Monday, June 9th.
Happy reading to all!!!