I am just about at the end of my 48 Hour Book Challenge, finishing at 29 hours and 30 minutes of reading, blogging, and connecting over the past 48 hours. Had I known I would end up so close, I might have tried to stay up later last night, to make it to 30 hours. But really, I'm just thrilled that I was able to spend as much time as I did (and with thanks to a herioc spouse).
I read and reviewed 10 books (9 in print, one on Kindle), listened to about half of an audiobook, and read about 1/3 of another book on my Kindle. Out of the 29+ hours I spent 2 hours networking (commenting on other blogs, responding to comments on my own blog, and chatting with people on Twitter). I spent 5 hours and 25 minutes writing reviews (and this post), 3 hours and 20 minutes listening to audiobooks (and eating, flossing, etc.), which leaves, if my math is correct, 18 hours and 45 minutes reading print and Kindle books.
My general pattern was: read (~2 hours), review (~30 minutes), network (~15 minutes), with breaks for eating while listening to audiobooks.
All in all, it was a great and recharging experience. I wouldn't want to do it every weekend, but it is quite a treat to do this once a year. I am grateful to my supportive spouse and reasonably patient child for the opportunity, and to MotherReader for creating and maintaining the 48 Hour Book Challenge in the first place. Now, I am off to shower!
I almost forgot the most important part. I had decided to donate $5 to RIF for every hour that I spent on the challeng. So, rounding up slightly, that's $150 that I just donated to RIF, in honor of Pam. Book People Uniting!!