Sunday, June 5, 2011

The End of the 48HBC

I have had a wonderful time with the 48 Hour Book Challenge sponsored by MotherReader.   When I last checked the starting line page, there were 109 people signed up.  With life being so busy, I have put my favorite pastime of reading on the back burner.  This challenge has reawakened my passion for reading.

The Second 24 hour breakdown:
June 4 11:15 am - 1:15 pm = finished Dark Life by Kat Falls

Review for Dark Life:
What will happen when the oceans rise and the coasts are gone?  Where will humans live when all the available earth is built on?  The only place to go is the ocean floor.  The Rising has occured and now there are two sets of people:  Topsiders and Dark Life.  Living on the ocean floor has advantages: plenty of land to claim and beautiful wildlife.  However, there are dark secrets underwater...secrets that could end life on the ocean floor forever.  I loved this book!  I would be one who would like to live on the ocean floor, farming kelp and fish, living in a house that looks like a jellyfish.  Even when you think you have everything figured out, there are still surprises.

Dark Life

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm = started Skeleton Creek book 3:  The Crossbones by Patrick Carman.
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm = Facebook break (I have an addiction to Farmville), reading blogs
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm = finished Crossbones

Review The Crossbones:
Patrick Carman wove written and visual storytelling successfully.  Ryan and Sarah now live in different states but that doesn't stop them continuing their look into the Crossbones Society.  Ryan wrote in his journal chronicling the mystery while Sarah added informative suspenseful videos.  The Apostle and the ghost of Old Joe Bush are back.  Sarah and Ryan uncovered gold the first time they delved into old secrets.  What will they uncover this time?  Crossbones left me wanting to read the next in the series, The Raven

The Crossbones (Skeleton Creek)

5:15 pm - 5:50 pm = started The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch, abandoned:  This is the second time I have tried to read this book.  I felt like the author was trying to hard to keep the suspense going.
5:50 pm - 7:00 pm = finished from From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm = started Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm = dinner and reading blogs/twitter
9:00 pm - 12:10 am = finished Dead and Gone
June 5 9:30 am - 10:00 am = started Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris.

Review for the Sookie Stackhouse series:
I am rereading the entire series for two reasons.  One, True Blood season 4 is going to start at the end of the month.  Two, the lastest book in the series (book 11), Dead Reckoning, came out and I wanted to refresh my memory on what had happened to Sookie in the past.  Charlaine Harris provides me with my favorite popcorn reading:  nothing too heavy but definitely entertaining.  Sookie is a telepath who lives in small town Louisiana.  She is introduced to a world of vampires, weres, shifters, and faeries.  She finds and loses love, fights battles (literally and figuratively), and learns to accept who she is.

Total reading time for second day = 11 hours, 40 minutes (includes 1 hour for networking)

Total reading time for 48HBC = 19 hours, 15 minutes
My goal was twelve hours and I am excited that I was able to surpass that.  It helped not taking pool breaks the second day.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Almost the first 24

Wrapping up the first part of the 48 Hour Book Challenge.  I started at 11:00 am today (June 3).  Here's the breakdown:

11:00 am - 12:25 pm = Read All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn.
12:25 pm - 12:30 pm = Getting ready to go eat lunch
12:30 pm - 12:50 pm = car ride to Lupi's, read the entire way (All the Lovely Bad Ones)
12:50 pm - 12:55 pm = Lunch with my family
12:55 pm - 1:20 pm = car ride home, read the entire way (finished All the Lovely Bad Ones)

Review for All the Lovely Bad Ones
All the Lovely Bad Ones

Great read for a fifth and sixth grader who likes ghost mysteries.  The main characters are a brother and sister who are visiting their grandma for the summer at her inn.  They hear that the inn is supposedly haunted and decide that the summer might not be so dull after all.  Ghosts that have been quiet for a while are stirred and chaos ensues.  The children must find a way to undo what they have done.  I enjoyed the read and will look for more books by Mary Downing Hahn.

1:25 pm - 4:35 pm = Started and finished books 1 and 2 in The Haunting of Derek Stone Series by Tony Abbott

Review for City of the Dead and Bayou Dogs
Seems to be my day for mysteries.  These books were both short and quick-paced, so I would recommend them to my reluctant readers.  Derek Stone is in trouble.  The dead are after him because he knows something that could alter the War between the good and the bad dead.  He is on the run with only a few people he can trust.  One of his trusted companions is dead and decaying.  Who knows how long he will be around to help Derek.  I can't wait to find out what happens to him in the next book.
City of the Dead (The Haunting of Derek Stone, Book 1)Bayou Dogs (The Haunting of Derek Stone, Book 2)

4:35 pm - 6:00 pm = Farmville break, reading blogs, checking twitter, starting this post
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm = Started Dark Life by Kat Falls
Dark Life
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm = Pool break and dinner
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm = Dark Life
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm = second pool break and making s'mores
10:30 pm - now = checking twitter, reading blogs, finishing this post

It has been a wonderful day!  I am having a great time at my sister-in-laws and reading.  Can't ask for a better weekend.

Total time read (with one hour for networking) = 7 hours and 35 minutes

48 Hour Book Challenge Begins

I signed in at MotherReader where there are 21 people signed up at the moment.  I have my first book:  All the Lovely Bad Ones.  I'm going downstairs to begin.  Let the reading begin!

All the Lovely Bad Ones

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

TBR Pile for 48HBC

I have been going through my TBR pile in anticipation of the 48 Hour Book Challenge from MotherReader.  I had to think about what I can pack easily (going to visit my sister-in-law for a mini-vacation) and what I already have on my iPad. 

Here's the list for this weekend:

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (using Kindle app)
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

The Name of this Book is Secret byPseudonymous Bosch (using Kindle app)
The Name of this Book Is Secret (Secret Series)

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
All the Lovely Bad Ones

Dark Life by Kat Falls
Dark Life

Skeleton Creek:  The Crossbones by Patrick Carman
The Crossbones (Skeleton Creek)

The Haunting of Derek Stone:  City of the Dead by Tony Abbott
City of the Dead (The Haunting of Derek Stone, Book 1)

The Haunting of Derek Stone:  Bayou Dogs by Tony Abbott
Bayou Dogs (The Haunting of Derek Stone, Book 2)


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