48-Hour Book Challenge: First Check-in

June 9, 2012 @ 8:12 am | Filed under:

After I signed in at the starting line around 7:15 last night, but I didn’t actually start reading until after 8pm. (Too busy tracking Jane’s flight to Texas. Happy to say she arrived safe, sound, and on schedule, and is delighting me this morning with photos of the Colorado River.) 13 hours later, I’ve clocked 2 hrs and 20 minutes of reading time, and I finished The Year of Learning Dangerously. About which more later. I was already on p. 144 when I started, so I only have 67 pages to put toward my Challenge tally—unless I count double all the pages I immediately reread, this time out loud to Scott to explain why I kept guffawing. Quinn Cummings is one of the funniest writers on the planet.

The Challenge allows you to count a certain amount of social media and blogging time toward your total. I’ve accrued about ten minutes on Twitter, and this post is another five.

This year, the Challenge is doubling as a fundraiser for RIF. (Details here.) Like many participants, I’ve pledged a dollar an hour. Better step up my reading pace if I want to help out my favorite literacy organization!

Now I’m off to visit the blogs of a few other participants—cheering each other on is part of the fun—and then it’s back to the books. Ah, bliss.

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    Jen Robinson says:

    Funny, I had just landed here to cheer you on when I saw a comment from you on my own blog. Great minds! I’m doing my networking/cheerleader time now, while spouse and child are getting ready for an outing, b/c I can’t concentrate on anything else anyway with them in the house. Hoping to get to the 20 hour mark today, though…

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    Beth says:

    I figure it’s the effort that counts; I counted the time reading while baking cookies and fixing PBJs for lunch. I’m pretty sure I put both PB & J on each sandwich and not on the book.

    Oh, I’m reading my way through the Cybils list again this year; I wanted to thank you for getting me started on this yearly challenge. I just polished off another one as part of the read-a-thon.

    Have fun, even if you don’t get thousands of pages!