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48-Hour Book Challenge, Day 2

Just a short check-in before I leave for the wedding I’m attending!

Last night I stayed up until 1:30am blogging and reading other blogs & Flawless. This morning I slept in but spent 1 hour & 45 minutes on a combination of Flawless and disc 2 of What Happened to Goodbye while I drank coffee and beautified myself. No books finished, but I added 148 pages of Flawless and 48 more audio-pages of What Happened to Goodbye, bringing me to…

Challenge update:
Time spent reading/blogging: 8.25 hours
Pages read: 760
Books finished: 2 completed books and 3 book fragments
I’ve got about 5 hours of roundtrip driving, so by the time I get back tonight I’ll have at least 5 more hours of listening to What Happened to Goodbye to report back on! Hope everyone else is having a delightful, book-filled weekend!

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48-Hour Book Challenge: 5 hour check-in

Whew! I started reading at 7pm and have been reading for 5 hours! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Captain's Log

So, yes! First I finished off reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, which I started reading earlier this week. It’s an adult novel & wanted to read it because I read a bunch of tweets that basically said, “Oh it’s so awesome but just read it and don’t get spoiled for it!” and then I checked to see if our library had it, and our library catalog’s 1-sentence summary of it is a huge spoiler 😡 I still really enjoyed it, but I think I will second the advice to try not to get spoiled for it if you can help it! Anyway, I read the last 84 pages of that.

Then I decided to take a walk since it was still a nice evening, so I put the first disc of the audiobook of Sarah Dessen’s What Happened to Goodbye on my phone and went out for a stroll. Then I came back inside and used the rest of the disc to do my nails, in preparation for the wedding I’m attending tomorrow.

What Happened to Nail Polish

Beautiful. Anyway, I’m enjoying the book so far! I have only read one other Sarah Dessen book actually–I don’t know why, because I like contemporary YA lit generally, and I liked the other one I read (Someone Like You). I’m excited to continue this one tomorrow on my drive to and from the wedding. I listened to 1 disc of this. Amazon says the book has 432 pages, and this has 9 discs, so we’ll call this the equivalent of 48 pages.

Then I read Invincible Iron Man Volume 5: Stark Resilient by Matt Fraction. I admit I’m a bit of a Johnny-Come-Lately to Iron Man–I hadn’t even heard of the character before the first movie came out, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movies and have been loving Matt Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man comics. Now I’m mad that volume 6 is checked out 😦 I especially love that Pepper Potts gets to be such a hero in the comics too! Go Pep! Anywho, this was 128 pages.

Finally, I made some popcorn and fired up my Kindle to read the first Pretty Little Liars book by Sara Shepherd. I have an ambivalent attitiude about all these teen Mean Girls books–I love the movie Mean Girls, obviously, and I like the wicked sense of humor some of these books bring to the genre–eg Gossip Girl. Some of them just read like Lucky magazine with notes written in the margin by horrible people–eg The Clique. For me, Pretty Little Liars was sort of in the middle. Not as biting as GG but not as inane and boring as The Clique. It ends on a total cliffhanger though; the kind of infuriating cliffhanger that isn’t even really an ending to a book. (The first Vampire Diaries book pulled that shenanigans too and now books 1 & 2 are printed in the same volume, because book 1 lacks an actual ending.) Anyway, so I finished reading it and literally said “WHAT’ aloud to my cat, who has no information regarding A’s identity. (Ugh, why do I even keep him around?) Now I kind of want to read the second dumb book so I can find out who A is, GOD. Or I could just read the Wikipedia entry… we’ll see. For now, I’ve read at least 304 pages about those lovely small mendicants. And I definitely get why these fly off the shelves at the library–teens obviously have to get the next book ASAP because I bet none of these have actual endings! I’m onto you, Sara Shepherd

Pretty Little Duarte(In the time it took me to upload this photo of my cat, I moseyed over to my library’s website to see if our digital copy of Flawless, aka PLL #2 was available… it was. I downloaded it. Am I going to have to read all of these now?! Infuriating.)

Challenge update:
Time spent reading/blogging: 5 hours
Pages read: 564
Books finished: 2 completed books and 2 book fragments
I was originally planning to read a bit more after this and go to bed but there is a very real possibility that I am going to stay up all night angrily reading Pretty Little Liars books… tune in on this very blog to find out!!

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48-Hour Book Challenge!

Guess what your super cool librarians are doing this weekend? Participating in the 48-Hour Book Challenge! Hooray! That is where you try to read as many books as possible over a 48-hour period. Some of you might think that is what librarians do every weekend. And maybe it is, but this time, there are prizes and validation from your peers!

One of our children’s librarians, Abby, has done this in years past and posted some tips for this challenge on her blog.

For myself, I’m not sure how much I’ll get done, since I have to go to a wedding on Saturday, right in the middle of the challenge. Still, I’m prepared to try my best!

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah DessenThe challenge allows for one audiobook, so I got Sarah Dessen’s What Happened to Goodbye on CD and plan to listen to it on my way to and from the wedding (and I guess any other time I spend in my car that weekend)!

I’m also excited about an upcoming backpacking trip, so I’ve checked out some books about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. (Yes, I’ve already read [and loved] Wild.)

And we recently got some new teen ebooks for our library’s lending collection, so I chose a few of those for my Kindle:

Oh, and I also recently stumbled across a book in the stacks that I heard about when it came out and have been meaning to read… a story that will no doubt treat themes of love and loss on an epic scale:

Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal


Can’t wait to see what those twins have been up to!

This should be enough to keep me busy for 48 hours! Check back on the blog this weekend to see how I do, and maybe to read some fun, semi-delirious book reviews!

And library teens, remember–if you’re signed up for Summer Reading Club, you get a prize ticket for every 5 books or 10 hours you spend reading! (And if you’re not signed up for Summer Reading Club… you should sign up for Summer Reading Club.) How many tickets could you earn if you do your own personal 48-Hour Book Challenge? Hmm… only one way to find out!


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