Monday, June 19, 2006

48 hour book challenge: wrap-up

For my personal 48 hour book challenge, I set a goal for myself of reading 2 books in 48 hours. For my two books, I chose Valiant, by Holly Black, and Snow, Fire, Sword, by Sophie Masson.

I thought it would be challenging for me to read two books in 48 hours, because it usually takes me several days to read one book. Not only did I complete the challenge, but I was surprised how easy it was to read a fair bit when I actually devoted time to it. Not only that, but it was really enjoyable to just sit and read for several hours at a time. That tells me that I should probably set more time aside for reading. With everything else going on in life, I guess I just keep pushing reading time aside because I'm too busy.

It was also good for me to push myself on doing the two reviews quickly. I usually like to stew on a book for a while and think about it before I post a review, but I found that pushing myself to review the books right away actually worked out pretty well.

Thanks to MotherReader for proposing the challenge. It was really fun to do the challenge, and also to check in with the other participants to see how they were doing. I'm amazed at how many books some of you were able to read!

Total books read: 2
Books read:
Valiant, by Holly Black
Snow, Fire, Sword, by Sophie Masson.
Total pages: 667


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on making your goal! That's awesome! I think that Valiant in particular looks like a great read. I cheated a bit by reading relatively short, relatively easy books, but all ones that I've been wanting to read or re-read for a while. Anyway, glad that you enjoyed the challenge!

Michele said...

Do you really not set aside lengthy periods of reading time ? And you with all that reviewing you do ! Amazing...

Unknown said...

Yes, I have to admit that I don't set aside blocks of reading time, although I do sometimes get involved in a book and then I have to keep reading until I finish. Hard to believe, isn't it? I have this teensy problem with overcommitting, so I perpetually have too much to do. I tend to read 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there as I have time.

Unknown said...

Jen, thanks for the congrats. I was impressed with your results, too. You may think you cheated, but you still read an impressive number of pages.

MotherReader said...

I am so glad that you met your goal...(soft, meaningful voice) and I think you learned something. It is wonderful to give of your time, but sometimes you have to take. You have to take some time for yourself.
(back to my normal, casual, quasi-flip tone) Thanks for playing along!

Oh, and I agree, Shelia, on the pages count for Jen. That's why I threw that in the contest, so we would have it as a measuring tool.