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48-Hour Book Challenge: Finish Line!

I finished three more books within my 48 hours! Of course it helps that two of them were graphic novels, which make for quicker reading, but I couldn’t have done it without moral support from my cat.

my cheerleader

my cheerleader

So, in my last 4 hours, I read:

Uglies: Shay's Story

Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld. It has been a few years since I read the other Uglies books. I really liked them, but what remains of them in my memory feels pretty much exactly like Shay’s Story? I don’t really remember the plot of the original books well enough for this to feel like an alternate take. I think it would be a more enjoyable read if I’d read it closer to the other books.

Level Up

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang. This was cool and weird and not really what I thought it would be?? What it is is a sad but hopeful look at families and destiny and duty? And Pac-Man.

Everybody Sees the AntsEverybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King. Ah, Jesus! I needed a cry break after this book. It was great, though. Very intense and heavy-hitting, but… an earned intensity. I also loved Please Ignore Vera Dietz. I think I might be the last YA librarian standing who hasn’t already read all of A.S. King’s books, but, uhh… really great, check it out if you haven’t already, now please pass the tissues.

48-Hour Book Challenge

Final Challenge Update:

Time spent reading/blogging: 22.5 hours
Pages read: 2141
Books finished: 8 completed books and 1 book fragment


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48-Hour Book Challenge: Books in the Wild

Even though I was excited about the 48-Hour Book Challenge, it also seemed like a shame to spend a whole weekend holed up inside reading. And then I realized… duh, I didn’t have to to all my reading inside, or even in the car!

5-Star Trails

I flipped through my trusty copy of 5-Star Trails: Louisville & Southern Indiana to find a good trail that I could do with my earbuds in. (Usually I prefer to hike without listening to anything–aside from the soothing sounds of nature, and anyway, sometimes listening to music or audiobooks puts you at risk of being run down by cyclists or trail runners.) But I synced the rest of What Happened to Goodbye to my iPhone and set off for some nature.

Self-Portrait with Audiobook

Self-Portrait with Audiobook

It's not safe! Take a Franciscan Friar!

It’s not safe! Take a Franciscan Friar!

I also brought my Kindle, and when I stopped for a snack break on a nice bench on a bridge, I started reading Riot by Walter Dean Myers. Since it’s written in screenplay format, it was a very quck read, and I read all of it there, looking out on the lake.

Still Life With Kindle

Still Life With Kindle

Riot is historical fiction, set during a specific event–the New York Draft Riots of 1863. It’s a topic that lends itself to a lot of complexity–I have a degree in history and I’m very interested in the clashes along class, color, and cultural lines in American History. These riots–which were largely poor Irish Americans looting poor black Americans when really both groups’ true enemy was wealthy white Americans–seemed like an excellent topic for a historical novel, with lots of complexity to flesh out. Unfortunately, Riot fell a bit flat for me, with a lot of cardboard characters and cardboard dialogue.  One of the protagonists, Claire, says lines like, “None of this is right. Why should anyone hate me because I’m black?” about 20 times throughout the novel. Like, yeah, we the 21st century audience get it, but why would a 15-year-old black girl in 1863 just constantly say things like that in conversation? HMM? But like I said, it is an interesting topic and the screenplay format makes it a quick read–probably a good choice for a certain flavor of reluctant reader.

Anyway, I got off the trail and back to my car just as it started raining! I finished What Happened to Goodbye in my apartment parking lot, hoping to wait out the rain, but it was still going strong when I finished the book and scurried inside. It was solid chicklit–a few elements seemed implausible, particularly the way the teenagers used social media… which was kind of a big plot point… but whatever. I also felt like the teens overreacted insanely to things, and then I realized that I’m old now and the teen drama is probably more realistic than my own adult reactions.

Now I’m home and happy to spend the last few hours of the challenge out of the rain and curled up on the couch with a book. I think I’m going to start with Ugles: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld and see what else I can get through before my finish line at 7pm!

Challenge Update

Time spent reading/blogging: 18.5 hours
Pages read: 1493
Miles hiked: 3
iPhone battery when I got back to my car: 6%
Books finished: 5 completed books and 1 book fragment


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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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