Friday, June 7, 2013

Getting Ready to Start - 48 Hour Reading Challenge

So, for the first year EVER, I am excited to announce that I am participating in the 48 Hour Book Challenge (hosted this year by Ms. Yingling Reads.  

 I know that most of you are thinking "But what about Frances and Gloria??"  I am just going to do my best to read as much as I can, working around the girls and their schedule.  They are with their father until 4pm tomorrow, and then have a birthday party to go to Sunday afternoon, so I'll try to maximize my time.  And realistically, they may watch a movie or two this weekend!

But not only is it a challenge having young children and participating in this challenge, but I am also doing a half-marathon in the morning!  I am a walker, not a runner, so it will take me about three and a half hours to do that.  However, I expect that when I am done, I will look forward to spending the rest of the day reading on the couch.

Without further ado, here is a picture of my weekend TBR pile. 

I am not going to read these in the order they are pictured, but most likely in the order mentioned below (to get as many overdue library books out as possible!):

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West  - Sid Fleischman
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars - Katherine Marsh
Doll Bones - Holly Black
The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories - Harold Courlander
Blink and Caution - Tim Wynne-Jones
The Flight of the Maidens  - Jane Gardam
The Orchid Thief  - Susan Orlean
Real Solutions for Real Moms - Kathy Ireland
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids - Dr. Kathy Markham
So Brave, Young and Handsome - Leif Enger
Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich

I am really looking forward to the reading.  I'll be sharing reviews of them as I finish, but they will be shorter than my usual posts.  I still have a couple of hours more work to get done this afternoon, plus some errands and cleaning to do, and a blog post I am hoping to get written this afternoon, so I am anticipating beginning around 5pm.  I can't wait to see what others are reading!


  1. Woohoo! Good luck this weekend!!!

  2. Happy reading! Enjoy The Trouble Begins at 8 -- I remember that one being lots of fun.

  3. I've heard lots of great things about Doll Bones. Good luck!

  4. Love both Jepp Who Defied the Stars and Doll Bones. Lucky you!

  5. I've been wanting to read Doll Bones, but you were smart to include some "adult" books in your pile. I always mean to do that and never do!

  6. Thanks everyone!! So far I've been reading for 2 1/2 hrs, and am on my second book. Decided to alternate youth and adult books for now. Read The Trouble Begins at 8, which went really fast, and am now reading The Flight of the Maidens (I had already read about 170 pages, so have 100 left and thought it might be a quick win.) Feeling good so far!

  7. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. We have the same blog background ;-)

    Dropping to see what you are reading. I haven't read any of your TBR list. Curious to see which one you liked best.

    Walking a half-marathon?!? This is a busy weekend for you.

    Good luck and happy reading!

    Tallulah A. @ MAD Hoydenish