Friday, June 8, 2012
I'm taking part in MotherReader's 48 Hour Book Challenge this weekend. I have been looking forward to this since last year's challenge, where I read a crazy 10 books and 26 hours total. I'm pretty sure I won't get to that much reading this year for a number of reasons, but I'm still eager to spend long chunks of time reading. I'm also going to follow the same protocol I did last year and take notes on what I'll include in future reviews, rather than writing the review immediately upon finishing the book (which I never do anyway). This method saved me an incredible amount of time last year and helped me remember some of the thoughts that could have easily gotten lost by book 7 or 8.
My goal is to put in 15 hours of reading, with a secret goal of making it to 20 hours.
I wanted to take a picture of my pile of books, but because a number of them are ebooks, I can't (yet another reason I'm not crazy about ebooks). But here's what is on my to-read pile for the weekend:
Come See About Me by CK Kelly Martin: I am so excited to read Martin's forthcoming ebook that follows 20-year-old Leah through a number of tough early-adult life events. It's described as a "new adult" title. After reading the first two chapters here and knowing how good Martin's writing is, I'm sold.
Address Unknown by Kressmann Taylor: I've never heard of this book but when Flannery mentioned it the other day after seeing a rave review then giving it a rave review herself, I wanted to check it out. It's a short read and will be a really nice break between longer titles.
Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan: One of the things I've learned about myself in the last year is that I love reading about astral projection. This title was recommended to me by an editor who said it is her standard of judging books on the topic. Sold.
Idaho Winter by Tony Burgess: This book looks so bizarre and in the right kind of way. The main character has a hard life then seeks revenge on the author for doing it.
Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell: Drug trafficking in a high school. Count me in. I mean, not like that.
Never Enough by Denise Jaden: This is a sister story, where the older one is hiding a dangerous secret about her eating disorder. It's set in Wisconsin, which is a bonus in my book.
I'm a big believer when reading for long stretches you have a pile way, way bigger than you could possibly read. That way, when you find yourself looking for a certain type of book, you have it at hand quickly. And that would explain this pile of other titles I've got on hand for the readathon.
If I can finish four books this weekend, I will be thrilled. If I can force myself to start the final installment of the Millennium trilogy, I will be satisfied, too. And I'm going to be honest: I've already got my eye on a few other books not even mentioned in this post, too, including See You At Harry's, Tina's Mouth, and more. My mood dictates my choices. And my eyes. But I have choices.
I'll likely update once or twice during the weekend with quick reactions about what I'm reading. If I can put a book down, that is.