48 Hour Book Challenge: 2nd Check-in

June 10, 2012 @ 7:24 am | Filed under:

It’s Sunday morning. I woke early and snuck in a half hour of Wise Child time before I dragged out of bed. That brings me up to:

10 hours 15 minutes of reading time

1 hour 20 minutes of social media/blogging time

Books read:

The Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings (the final 67 pages)

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (entirely because of a conversation on my FB page yesterday—I had a sudden need to reread it; first time in years)

Welcome to Lizard Motel by Barbara Feinberg (also mentioned in that FB discussion by my friend Kathy Ceceri; I’d bought it months ago—also based on her recommendation—and her mention of it yesterday reminded me to pull it off the shelf)

Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading by Lizzie Skurnick, chapter 1. (A reread for Girl Detective’s Summer of Shelf Discovery reading project. Now I get to pick one of the books mentioned in the chapter—or another book with a heroine who made a big impression on me as a kid. Wrinkle in Time is there, if I want to indulge myself with a favorite. But I’m thinking I should visit something new. Would you believe I’ve never read Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself?)

Plus a good-sized chunk of Brambly Hedge to Rilla at bedtime. That totally counts, right? Oh, and a new picture book, It’s a Tiger!, which arrived from Chronicle for review yesterday, and I squealed because ART BY JEREMY TANKARD (you know we adore him) and the book is hilarious and it’s a safe bet I’ll be called upon to read it at least seventeen times this week.

I’ve got just about 12 hours left in my 48-hour window. Will I finish Wise Child? Will I veer off on another rabbit trail? (Lizard Motel added at least four titles to my TBR list.) Will I wind up playing trains on the back patio all afternoon? It’s anyone’s guess.

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  1. Vasilly says:

    I think you’re doing great! Tuck Everlasting is one of my favorite books. I haven’t heard of The Year of Learning Dangerously before but I’m going to check it out. Have a great Sunday.

  2. Emily C says:

    I love Tuck Everlasting! I just pulled it out to schedule it in for my boys this coming school year cause I think they’re at just the right age for it. You’re doing awesome for being at the halfway point! Good luck and happy reading!!

  3. Maureen says:

    Eeeee!! New Jeremy Tankard book? I love his art.

  4. Misti says:

    Hope you’re enjoying the last few hours of your challenge (or trains on the back patio, whichever happened)!

  5. Melissa Wiley says:

    @Maureen, it’s a hoot. The author is David LaRochelle. Jeremy Tankard was a PERFECT choice for the art–such a sense of fun and energy to his work, and I’m crazy about his childlike renderings. Somewhere I have a to-melt-for video of Huck, age 2, “reading” Grumpy Bird to himself. ::swoon:: Need to find that…

    @Vasilly, Year of Learning Dangerously is hilarious. It’s about Quinn’s first year of homeschooling her daughter—her doubts, her search for a tribe, her ups and downs—and there’s a lot of smart rumination on the state of education, and the strengths and shortcomings of various approaches (including public and private school), delivered with Quinn’s customary candor and wit. She pokes a little fun at some of the folks she encounters, but she has a way of finding some point of connection with every group, even those who adhere to vastly different ideologies than Quinn’s own. She had me crying laughing in parts.