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48 Hour Book Challenge WINNERS

48 Hour Book ChallengeI’ve allowed as much time as possible for the final statistics to be posted (while I booktalked to eighth graders from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then went immediately to a Girl Scout final party from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Here are the results.

Fifty people completed the 48 Hour Book Challenge. That is freakin’ amazing.

Almost half of the contestants put in 20 hours or more into the challenge. Wow. Let me point out the 20+ hours club members:While of course, we are all winners for so spending so much quality time with books, two bloggers stood out clearly from the crowd.

The winner of the most books read (and highest page count) is Midwestern Lodestar, with a stunning 20 books, 5,433 pages, and 29 ½ hours. The winner of last year’s challenge takes home the crown again.

The winner of the most time spent is Finding Wonderland/Readers’ Rants, with an amazing 32 hours spent reading and blogging, 15 books read, and 3,688 pages. I didn’t even see this one coming, so what a great surprise.

They will both receive price packages that I haven’t had a minute to pull together, but I’ll give the specifics tomorrow. I will also award some prizes to random participants, but again, it will have to wait until tomorrow when I can see what I have and maybe get a little more.

However, Roger Sutton doesn’t need to wait to write his post mentioning the winners using the word “stoked.” Personally, I think the huge numbers of books read and hours spent are probably deserving of another hip urban phrase of choice.

Congratulations to everyone for taking on the challenge in whatever way you were able. It was a ton of fun for me as a participant and organizer. Many thanks go out to my husband Bill, who kept up the website in a far more timely manner than I would have ever done and checked in with participants along the journey. It was a great ride.

18 comments:

ZG said...

Enormous thanks to you and your lovely husband for giving us all such a fun place to play all weekend!

ZG

Aimee said...

Thanks for all you and your husband have put into this challenge! I'm glad I was able to participate.

Snippets and Blabbery said...

Thanks again for dreaming this up and keeping track! Lots of work - we appreciate every bit of it!

eisha said...

Yeah, thanks, MR and BC! Very organized, very fun.

Big ups to the winners, too!

Kristi said...

This was fun - thanks for putting it on!

Sheila said...

Congrats to Midwestern Lodestar and Finding Wonderland! You both rock!

MotherReader and FatherReader: thanks again for all the work you put into making this a great weekend. I think you both deserve a prize, too!

Robin Brande said...

Congratulations to all of you! Mother Reader, you totally rock for doing this. And Bill the Wonder Husband should get his own special prize package. But maybe we'll leave that to you.

Dewey said...

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated! And thank you for all the work it must have taken to organize this.

Jackie said...

I'm in awe. And I thought that LW was surely going to be queen bee!

Gina MarySol Ruiz said...

Congratulations to Finding Wonderland and Midwestern Lodestar!! All I can say is holy crap! Amazing. Enormous thanks to both Mother and Father Reader who devised, kept track and put in time on this marvelous contest! I'm clearing my weekend next year!

cloudscome said...

This really was a ton of fun and I am so glad I got to play. Thank you Mother and Father Reader!

Bill: Cinéaste said...

Thanks to everyone for the kind words; it may have been a lot of work, but it was great to see how much everyone was able to accomplish over the weekend. Congrats to everyone!

(And I suppose I'll have to start using the moniker "FatherReader" from now on. I think it's sticking.)

Sara said...

Father Reader: I liked it when someone called you "Papa Book" myself. I hope you really are going to re-read The Prydain Chronicles. My husband just finished them (for the first time) and is now a huge fan.

MR: Great article on the Girl Scout Sing-Along in the Post. Did you see it?

I wish I could have read with you, but it was my daughter's graduation weekend. Congrats to all---Next year, I'm gonna be booking it with you!

eisha said...

HE DID IT!!!

http://www.hbook.com/blog/2007/06/we-are-all-winners.html

Jennifer Schultz said...

Thanks to the Readers for everything!

jules said...

Congrats!

Nancy said...

Fantastic event to watch, even though I didn't take part.

MR, watch your mail. Promised prize is on the way as of tomorrow.

Little Willow said...

Congratulations to the winners, and kudos to all of the participants! Most of all, thanks to MotherReader for instituting this last year and now making it an annual event. Congrats on the SJL coverage! :)