Wednesday, May 27, 2009

48 Hour Reading Challenge

Next weekend, June 5-7, is the 48 Hour Book Challenge organized by Mother Reader. I am getting my book list together and getting excited! Pam lays it out:

Here are the basic guidelines:
  1. The weekend is June 5–7, 2009. 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 fifth 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. Edited to add: But during that 48-hour period you may still have gaps of time in which you can’t read, and that’s fine. In the middle of the three different challenge weekends I’ve had to go to work, attend a ballet recital, and drive for a Girl Scout event. You can certainly work around the other events in your weekend.

  2. 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. Two graphic novels can be included in the reading. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. On your blog, state when you are starting the challenge with a specific entry on that day. This makes it easier to track the participants. Write your final summary on Monday, and for one day, we’ll all be on the same page, so to speak.

  6. 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 8th.

  7. Sign up in Mother Reader's comments here. You’re more than welcome to post the challenge on your site. Point them to today’s post to sign up. On Friday, June 5, I’ll have a starting-line post where you can sign in to say you’re officially starting the challenge.
There are going to be fantastic cool prizes!! And a Greater Good component: this year I am raising support for Bridget Zinn, the YA author and librarian fighting cancer. (Visit the auction site here before the end of May to bid on super cool stuff and support her medical fund too).

I plan to read as many YA books as possible in the 48 hours and blog short reviews (like Twitter length updates probably.) My pledge: for every comment I get on those posts I'll donate $.25 to Bridget's medical fund. You are welcome to match my donation for your own challenge if you like. The more we read and discuss books, the more we can help!

So are you reading in the 48 Hour Challenge? Or, if your life committements don't allow it, please plan to blog comment and cheer us on!


Vasilly said...

I've plan on doing the challenge. I haven't picked out my books yet. Good luck and happy reading.

Vivian said...

I won't be able to participate this year, but it will be fun to see how everyone does. Good luck!

Becky said...

Hi! I wanted to let you know that I've started a mini-challenge for this summer. Summer Studies asks participants to choose one gospel to study over the summer. I hope you can join in. And if you do, I'd love for you to spread the word among your friends. :)