How many books do you think you could read and review in 48 hours? Four? Fourteen? Forty? What do you think, Big A little a, Blog from the Windowsill, BookMoot, Bookshelves of Doom, Chicken Spaghetti, Fuse#8, Jen Robinson... and that’s only the beginning of the alphabet.
Let me back up.
I have forty books stacked on my floor. Forty.
You see, in my large library system, we have big libraries and smaller libraries. The big libraries get the young adult books, the small libraries only get the graphic novels and the occasional YA book. Since I work at one of the smaller branches, whenever an actual teen novel came through that wasn’t a Gossip Girl special, I took it home to read.
Something has changed in ordering, in our designation, in our demographics and suddenly we are getting YA books like crazy. But I can’t stop my old practice of bringing home every YA book that interests me, which is like half of them. In three weeks, tops, I’ve managed to pile up quite a fair number.
With The 48 Hour Film Project still in my brain, I formed an idea. A terrible, wonderful, awful idea.
How many books could I read in 48 hours? But even more importantly, how many could you read in 48 hours?
Thus I submit to the kids’ lit book bloggers at large, the Mother (Reader) of All Challenges. The 48 Hour Book Challenge.
Think about it. A bevy of book bloggers see what they can read and review in 48 hours. That will give you a little something to talk about at ALA. Who knows? Maybe we could get some press covering us for a change.
The weekend is June 16th, 2006. Read and blog for any 48 hours within the Friday to Monday morning window. Start no sooner then 7:00 a.m. on Friday the 15th and end no later then 7:00 a.m. Monday. So, maybe 7:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday is your thing, or maybe 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Monday works better for you. But the 48 hours do need to be in a row.
Respond to this entry to sign up. Post the challenge on your site to catch the bloggers that come your way, but don’t come mine. I don’t have a lot of links out because I never get around to setting them up, but I would love it if some of the other bloggers join in. Point them to this entry to sign up.
So, come on! When was the last time you did something crazy, silly, inexplicable? Let’s turn the world of kids’ book reviewing on its ear.