How long has it been since you’ve spent the weekend reading?
For the 48 Hour Book Challenge, I read a total of 14 hours from 7:00 p.m. Friday until 7:00 p.m. tonight. Some of time was spent reading aloud, some was spent reading while wiping down the bathroom mirrors, but most of the time was spent with my nose in a good book.
The Iron Butterfly: Memoir of a Martial Arts Master by Choon-Ok Jade Harmon with Ana María Rodríguez. (See yesterday’s post. Full review is now posted).
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, which is required summer reading for incoming freshman taking honors English at our local high school. Now that I have read it, I can understand why. Although this book probably is not for everyone, the author does use many of the techniques in the writer’s toolkit in a fairly transparent way. Even a novice writer can find the foreshadowing, for example.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexi, which I finished today. Yes, it does deserve the hype. Sherman Alexi threw out the standard writer’s toolkit Anaya used and made up his own fresh ones.
I had listed Redwall by Brian Jacques, Book 1, but didn’t read that one.
I also read from Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, and a few other nonfiction titles for various upcoming events.
I’m going to throw in one of those Amazon widgets, because I’m too tired to make all the covers look pretty.
If you hadn’t done so, run on over to the 48 Hour Book Challenge links and take a look around. I found some great books to read in the upcoming months, including:
Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch… and What it Takes to Win by Judy Dutton at Abby the Librarian blog.
Iron Guy Carl at Boys Rule Boys Read suggested The Philosophical Breakfast Club by Laura J. Snyder, The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan and Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg.
Ms. Yingling Reads reminded me I wanted to read Shirley Duke’s Unthinkable. You need to go see how many books she read.
MotherReader has Bitter Melon by Cara Chow, which might be interesting to contrast with The Iron Butterfly.
At Check It Out, Jone reminded my I wanted to read The Book Thief and The Mermaid’s Mirror.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and who participated. What a wonderful community!
4 Replies to “48 Hour Book Challenge Wrap Up”
Redwall is the sort of book I avoid during the challenge. Just too long, and takes up too much time. I guess I am like my students in that respect!
Great job on your reading! I hope it took your mind off things for a while. Come back with us next year!
You read a lot! I have Bless Me Ultima waiting to be read, so after your comment, maybe I’ll read it next!
I’ll be interested in hearing what you think of it.