Countdown to 48 Hour Reading Challenge

I’ve been hearing about this 48 Hour Reading Challenge that goes on every year in the Kidlitosphere, usually hosted by MotherReader, but this year hosted by Ms. Yingling Reads.

Well, Charlotte suggested that doing the 48 Hour Reading Challenge would be a good way to tackle my long, long list of unfinished series. I thought about what I have to do the next two days: a weekend’s worth of chores and laundry, on my own with a three-year-old tomorrow, and a full day of work followed by a family birthday party on Saturday. Sunday will be an all day family reunion on the other side, which is why all the weekend work has to happen tomorrow. Also I have to bake the cake for the family birthday party (assisted by said three-year-old), and I really should start sewing for the two weeks of medieval camping we’ve got coming up. Naturally, I decided that of course I should participate in the challenge. It will be fun, even if all I do is make the other participants feel better about their reading.

Here’s my physical reading list:Reading Challenge Pile

Thanks to Charlotte for the copy of Jinx!  My pile is feeling a little wimpy compared to others I’ve seen, but I’ve got two more text books on my e-reader, Barefoot Pirate by Sherwood Smith and Lament by Maggie Stiefvater.  Also Goliath by Scott Westerfeld on the iPod.  I am planning on doing lots of listening to books while I do the things that have to be done to fit in more reading.  Seeing as how most of my series books are at the library, not home, I figure I can always stock up on more at work on Saturday if I need to. Because reading piles and piles of books in two days is totally possible, right?

The books are posing in front of my rosebush, Therese Bugnet, whom I love because she thrives without my doing anything to her and smells lovely besides.  The picture didn’t show any flowers, though, so here’s a better picture: Therese Bugnet

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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17 Responses to Countdown to 48 Hour Reading Challenge

  1. Charlotte says:

    Good luck to you! That is a busy weekend….I hope you enjoy Jinx!

  2. msyingling says:

    No better weekend to sequester yourself! It looks like you have some great books to read. I hope you enjoy yourself, and that people cooperate.

  3. Have a great weekend! Good luck making a dent in that TBR pile!

  4. Misti says:

    Nice TBR stack! I loved Jinx and adore the Bloody Jack audiobooks. Happy reading!

  5. Kelly M. says:

    A busy Saturday is always the hardest part of the weekend! I had one of those my first year, too, but it’s still fun. Good luck!

  6. What beautiful roses! And I’m glad you’re joining in even if you are busy. Have fun!


  7. Hi! Thanks for commenting at my kick-off post. I loved your photos–especially the rosebush!

    I was lucky enough to go to BEA the other week, which is where I got the new Diana Peterfreund book, which is a companion to For Darkness Shows the Stars. I’m super-excited about that one, since it’s a play on The Scarlet Pimpernel.

    Happy reading!

    Melissa (

  8. Sondy says:

    I love that selfless attitude: I’ll participate to make other people feel better about their reading! I should choose that approach! 🙂 Way to trick yourself into participating even when you’re super busy. I love the 48HBC because it’s a wonderful way to NOT feel guilty about spending time reading — to feel guilty about doing other things for a change!

    • Thank you for the compliment and for stopping by! I think when my kids are a little more self-sufficient I’ll be able to put other things aside better. And maybe if I know in advance I’ll be doing it, I could try to arrange my schedule a little better.

  9. Dropping to see what you are reading. This has been a busy weekend for you! Your photos are lovely. Good luck and happy reading!

    Tallulah A. @ MAD Hoydenish

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